Barnes, Lindsay

Barnes, Lindsay

Lindsay Barnes

1 June 2003News

The recent meeting of the Second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in Geneva was notable for an increasingly public conflict between the United States and Iran, which the Bush administration is accused of being determined to incite.

Displaying antagonism not seen at previous PrepComs, the US accused Iran of developing a nuclear weapons programme, and demanded that Iran declare its intentions openly.

In response…

1 December 2002News

“In prison, when I am forced to salute state and army, I shall, in my mind and heart, be saluting all my brave friends ... all those who sacrifice so much more then I for peace, against the occupation.”

How you can take action Publicise this abuse via email, websites and word of mouth. Write letters of appeal to the media. See for Israeli media. Write to the prisoners: [Prisoner's…

1 December 2002News

Hundreds of thousands of people have marched in peaceful demonstrations around the globe in the past few weeks, joining the growing protest against the US's impending war on Iraq.

More than 300,000 people took to the streets in the United States on 26 October in a day of national protest bolstered by simultaneous demonstrations in many other countries.

Thousands of people took part in 150 different protests in Britain on 31 October and an estimated 400,000 people from…

3 September 2002Comment

In a special report for Peace News, Lindsay Barnes talked with Indian, Pakistani and international peace groups about nuclear tensions in the ongoing Kashmir conflict.

International and grassroots peace groups are continuing to urge strong action to defuse the escalating tension between Pakistan and India over Kashmir - mostly out of fear for an “accidental” launch of a nuclear weapon.

The Kashmir flashpoint is the most dangerous nuclear threat in the world today, according to the Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament (MIND), a New Delhi-based peace group. This is because the temptation to use nuclear weapons is the greatest during war or near-…

1 September 2002News

A Pakistani tribal council ordered the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman to avenge their tribal “honour” after her young brother's alleged illicit affair with a higher caste woman.

The teenager was raped in a room by four men, one of them a council member, reportedly while a large crowd of villagers laughed and cheered outside, in the remote village of Meerwala in southern Punjab on 22 June 2002. The young woman was threatened that if she did not accept the council's verdict and…

3 March 2002Comment

We rejoice in the good news that, since the ousting of the Taliban, Afghan women are no longer forced by law to wear burqas to cover themselves from head to toe in public. So why is it that the majority of them are choosing to retain the veil, in real fear for their lives? Lindsay Barnes investigates.

Just how much freedom have women in Afghanistan actually gained since the interim government was put in place late last year, and what is the prospect for real change for them to become citizens enjoying full - and lasting - rights? Rather than nearing successful completion, the fight by women's rights activists and groups to secure a better future for Afghan women is in reality just beginning.

There can be no doubt that life for our Afghan sisters has improved considerably since…