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Rai, Milan

Chilcot - reasonable unreasonableness and delays that aren't delays

I just read the transcript of the evidence given by John Chilcot, head of the Iraq Inquiry, to parliament's foreign affairs committee on 4 February. I was staggered to read in a footnote that they are going to publish 1,500 British government documents alongside the Chilcot Report itself (which will be hundreds of pages long).

The report refers to 7,000 government documents. They looked at 150,000 documents. These are big numbers.

The MPs on the foreign affairs committee tried to get Chilcot to say that his former colleagues in the civil service had delayed the publication of the report by dragging their feet over the declassification of relevant secret documents. Chilcot (who was permanent secretary at the Northern Ireland Office for most of the 1990s) avoided saying anything critical of the government, the civil service or the decision makers from 2003 who are going to be criticised in the report.

Chilcot - dipping a toe in

A sceptical look at the evidence given to the British government's Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war by Richard Dearlove, head of MI6 at the time. Dearlove sticks to his WMD story but it has a big hole in it....

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British Greens advocate nonviolent 'revolution'

Musing on the manifesto....

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Climate not Trident!

PN's editor reflects on the choices facing activists before and after the May 2015 election.

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Obituary: Narayan Desai

24 December 1924 – 15 March 2015

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Talking Trident out

A brief report-back from the Nuclear Information Service's 'Trident Strategy Day'

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Kevin Thomas, HORN! The Collected Reviews

OR Books, 2014, 192pp, £10. Available to purchase online here: http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/horn-collected-reviews/

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Weaving our own web

A report on the Peace News online campaigning conference in January which introduced the PN digital toolset Zylum to the movement

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Aidan Ricketts, The Activists’ Handbook: A step-by-step guide to participatory democracy; Eric Mann, Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer

Zed Books, 2012; 256pp; £14.99 (Ricketts) and Beacon Press, 2011; 232pp; £13.99 (Mann)

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Mission possible?

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

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