Is there anything ordinary people can do to halt or retard the insidious global arms trade, that murky “parallel world of money corruption, deceit and death”, as activist Andrew Feinstein has described it? This year marks the centenary of the First World War, The Great War, “the war to end all wars” in which, thanks to the global arms trade, an estimated 15 million people died and 30 million more were injured. To mark the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa as well as the centenary of the deadliest conflict in human history, War Resisters’ International, founded in 1921 by conscientious objectors to the First World War, will hold its first conference Africa in Cape Town from 4 – 8 July. By MARIANNE THAMM.