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Issue 2576-2577 | December 2014 - January 2015

Highlights

Uncovering Kobane

International attention has focused recently on Kobani/Kobane, a Syrian Kurdish town on the border with Turkey, besieged by the al-Qa’eda splinter group ISIS (known to opponents by its Arabic acronym ‘Daesh’). Here a well-informed non-pacifist anarchist explains some of the background to the conflict.

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Resisting empire’s call

The hidden history of the Global South and the First World War

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Anarchy & Beauty

Emily Johns is inspired by the life and art of William Morris

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Features

Radical Routes and radical social change

The long story behind current debates about principles in a radical co-op network

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Te Puea

Maori resistance to WW1

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‘What the hell have we got to do with the war?’

Opposition to WW1 in the West Indies

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Gandhi goes recruiting-oh!

The 'great soul''s role in WW1

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Here comes Zylum!

Peace News launches a new set of internet tools to support grassroots campaigning groups

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Bertha von Suttner

Celebrating the memory of a forgotten German pacifist

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The limits to eco-villages

PN interviews a British radical educator from the London Community
Housing Co-op who visited an idyll in Northern Germany

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News

Radical co-ops face crossroads

What happens when the founders of a radical organisation move on, new people come in, and the strict entry standards that were put in place originally are set aside? How does it affect who joins the organisation, and how does it affect the politics of the organisation?

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How not to follow Solidair into thin air

PN examines the fate of Dutch co-operative network

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Stand with Shaker

Photo action for Guantanamo detainee

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The right to refuse

Updates on two US war resisters

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Occupy Democracy

Occupy Christmas anyone?

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Are you an extremist?

New banning orders for the law-abiding

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Israel boycott successes

From Sodastream to Zim (and beyond)

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Comment

The culture shifts we need to build stronger movements

The US anti-racist collective, Catalyst Project, recently circulated this text with the subject heading ‘What do you mean by anti-racism?’

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The History Column: Breaking the silence

WW1 COs' resistance didn't end when they entered prison ...

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70 years ago: It's still the same

The distinguished physicist, astronomer and mathematician, Arthur Eddington, was a First World War conscientious objector and life-long pacifist (and a keen cyclist, devising the Eddington Secondary Number which measures a cyclist’s achievements; his own E-number was 84). One of the pieces Peace News published to mark his death on 22 November 1944 looked at what he’d written to explain his continuing pacifism during the Second World War.

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The Personal Column: Hedd Wyn

Jeff Cloves reflects on the life of Welsh poet Ellis Evans

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Diary

Our Leeds-based cooperator mulls the politics of exclusion

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Activism & ... Feeling Overwhelmed

That just makes me think of... nearly everybody. You feel like activism isn’t something you choose to do, it’s somethig you have to do.

News

Mission possible?

Can we stop the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapon system?

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Kites not drones

Welsh activists 'drape the drones' at Parc Aberporth

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Remembrance poppies: spot the difference

White poppies binned - and restored - in Aberystwyth

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Greenham Common Peace Garden

Garden handed over to Community Trust

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Roouminations

Almost ...