Joe Glenton

Joe Glenton refused to serve a second tour in Afghanistan on legal and moral grounds, later spending five months in military prison. He has written for the Guardian, the Mirror, and New Internationalist. His book, 'Soldier Box', is published by Verso.

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If I were Prime Minister: The army wouldn't pledge allegiance to the Crown, but to the working class from which it's drawn

Our series in the run-up to the General Election – 100 days, 100 contributors, but no politicians – continues with the writer and ex-soldier

Amputee Corie Mapp watches as other wounded servicemen use some of the exercise machines in the new Help for Heroes' Tedworth House rehabilitation centre for wounded servicemen and women during a press preview day on October 18, 2012 in Tidworth, England.
'Not everybody or even a majority of the people we have been killing (and who have been killing us) can easily be lumped under the neat heading Taliban'

A single bullet from a sniper's rifle, but don't be so sure the six men it killed were 'Taliban'

What is apparent to me as a veteran, but has remained largely taboo in the media at home, is that we have not been fighting a fixed and easily identifiable group

Reducing the defence budget is not the end of Britain. It could be part of our rebirth

We have vastly better things to do with the money

David Cameron at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2010

David Cameron says 'Mission Accomplished,' but are Afghanistan veterans really 'proud'?

'Murders, kidnaps, opium production, bombing and the molesting of young boys. All of them are up since 2001'

Robert Webb rejoined the Labour Party after reading Russell Brand's article

Comedians at war: Choosing between Russell Brand and Robert Webb

At least there will be some light entertainment available on the barricades

The fact that public opinion is against further wars of choice has not gone unnoticed by the military

The Ministry of Defence is taking care to rebrand its image

The military slogan ‘Train Hard, Fight Easy’ is more than just rhetoric – as the latest deaths show

As long as men and women are put through the forge in preparation for war, the drive towards realistic training will exact a toll in blood

A TV screen shows a news report about Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Edward Snowden’s decision to run is a sound tactical choice

I wish the fugitive well. But we should focus on what he revealed, not who he is

David Cameron at Camp Bastion last year.

Camp Bastion another black mark on Britain's war in Afghanistan

The idea that our forces would act as a break on American excesses was a pipe dream

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