'It's not like you make a choice to be a conscientious objector,' he said. 'It's something that develops over time and goes against the grain of your being.'
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"Two years on from the Arab Spring, I’m clearer about what it was that it inaugurated: it is a revolution. In some ways it parallels the revolutions of before – 1848, 1830, 1789 – and there are also echoes of the Prague spring, the US civil rights movement, the Russian ‘mad summer of 1874’ … but in other ways it is unique. Above all, the relationship between the physical and the mental, the political and the cultural, seems to be inverted. There is a change in consciousness, the intuition that something big is possible, that a great change in the world’s priorities is within people’s grasp."
"If you go out onto the street and you look at the exhaust fumes coming out of car" James Marriott, author of The Oil Road, says on this radio show, "because of just in time delivery one can be fairly clear about how long it's going to take to get from five kilometres under the Caspian Sea to that car's combustion chamber; and it's round about twenty two days."