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1 November 2013News

Malala Yousafzai takes US President to task over drone strikes

US drone attacks are increasing the risk of terrorism, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee told US president Barack Obama during a private meeting in the White House in Washington DC on 11 October.

Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, 16, said in a statement released after the meeting that she had thanked the president for supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan: ‘I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fuelling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in…

1 November 2013Feature

Heavy-hearted judge imposes minimum sentence on anti-drone activists

On 7 October, six peace activists were found guilty of criminal damage during a protest at a British drones base, RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. They were given a conditional discharge for six months, were fined £10 and ordered to pay £75 in court costs.

Defendant Keith Hebden told PN: ‘The judge recognised the validity of our arguments, saying Waddington was a “legitimate target for protest”. The token order to pay £10 in compensation reads to me like an invitation to press…

1 October 2013News

High Court adjourns case involving anti-fracking campaigners

Balcombe, 22 September. Photo: Gabrielle Lewry

On 16 September, a high court judge adjourned an application by the West Sussex county council to remove anti-fracking protesters from Balcombe after describing it as ‘flawed’.

Justice Beverly Lang said there was a need to consider the protesters’ right to peaceful assembly.

Demonstrators have been camped along London Road…

1 October 2013News

PN interviews the makers of a new documentary, Transition

In September, PN interviewed Moscow-based journalists Marina Darmaros and Wissam Moukayed, makers of a short documentary film Transition, which exposes the extensive use of cluster bombs by the Syrian regime and the hopelessness of the people living in Azaz camp, in Aleppo.

PN: Why did you decide to make a documentary about Syria?

Marina Darmaros: I’ve been living in Russia for six years, and Wissam for more than seven. We decided to spend money from our own…

17 September 2013Blog entry

Report about a recent anti-GM researchers and campaigners event.

Being cautious and trying to apply the saying “you are what you eat” today can perhaps be trickier than simply checking the nutritional information about the levels of sugar, fat and vitamins that the food you are buying contains. Indeed, last year about 170 million hectares of genetically modified (GM) crops were…