Blog posts

    16 Nov 2018

    Rebecca Elson-Watkins

    A film that uses humour to convey the absurdity of armed conflict.


    Sands Films is a unique gem; snuggled up against the south bank of the Thames, it is one of those little secrets that Londoners cherish. Not usually known for their events – it’s normally a fully functional film studio – they felt they couldn’t let the centenary of the…

    12 Nov 2018

    Cedric Knight

    Cedric Knight comments on Theo Simon's recent piece on Extinction Rebellion.


    I hope to join at least some Extinction Rebellion events. I'd like to add further cautions, though, that aren't in any way meant to reduce enthusiasm but might affect tactics as regards communication, prompted partly by the talk by Dr Gail Bradbrook on the XR website. I'm a layperson but familiar…

    08 Nov 2018

    Symon Hill

    Sales of white poppies are higher this year than they've ever been – since the Co-operative Women's Guild created the symbol in 1933 to remember all those killed in war.

    White poppies for peace

    The Peace Pledge Union – the pacifist organisation that supplies and distributes white poppies in Britain – has sold 119,555 white poppies this year, as of the end of Wednesday 7 November.

    The number is bound to rise further in the remaining days until…

    08 Nov 2018

    Theo Simon

    Theo Simon responds to Gabriel Carlyle's recent article.


    Gabriel's Peace News piece, “Why I'm sceptical about the Extinction Rebellion initiative (and why I hope I'm wrong)”,  contained some really interesting and…

    02 Nov 2018

    Tim Gee

    If British peacemakers of the early twentieth century had been listened to, we could have avoided the rise of many destructive movements.

    Each year, around Remembrance Day, people all over the UK uphold the memory of those who have died in war. Some people wear red poppies to remember allied soldiers. Others wear white poppies to remember civilians and soldiers killed in war and to express their hope for a culture of peace.

    01 Nov 2018

    Gabriel Carlyle

    If Extinction Rebellion plans to gradually build capacity for its big demands by winning smaller-scale victories then why has it launched itself with (apparently) no indication as to what these smaller-scale wins are going to be?


    Melburnians at the March for Science on April 22, #Earthday2017. Image: Takver via Wikimedia Commons.

    Lots of people seem to be very excited about Extinction Rebellion (XR)’s…

    26 Oct 2018

    Marc Hudson

    An important new book on anti-racism in the age of Trump and Brexit is coming soon.


    A new book, The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence, published by Zed Books is being launched on Saturday 10 November in London. Peace News contributor Marc Hudson conducted an…

    10 Sep 2018

    Michael Randle

    This is the longer version of an obituary of the prominent US radical pacifist.

    David McReynolds, who died in New York at the age of 88 on 17 August, played a leading role in the US and international peace movement. He was one of the main organisers of the anti-Vietnam war mobilisation in the US, which not only contributed to the ending of that war but had a profound impact on US politics and society. He was also prominent in the anti-nuclear campaign both in the US and internationally, and, though not a gay…

    16 Aug 2018

    Esme Needham

    Esme Needham reviews Tessa Boase's new book Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather

    ImageTessa Boase
    Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather: Fashion, Fury and Feminism – Women's Fight for Change

    Aurum Press, 2018; 336pp; £20

    If you asked someone who had never read or heard anything about the origins of the Royal…

    08 Aug 2018

    Radical Bakers

    A food-centred gathering at Crabapple Community in Shropshire.

    Radical Bakers 2018 wasn’t very radical, unless you count learning how to do things for yourself as radical… There were a range of practical skill based workshops. We had sourdough, baking, brewing, fermenting, infusions, ointments, cold remedies, textiles, woodworking, mushrooms, foraging, a team bake-off and loads more, full programme here.

    The event was well-attended and made a small profit in the first year. The people…

    20 Jun 2018

    PN staff

    A Trident Ploughshares Press Release

    Trident Ploughshares activists chained to houses of parliament in central London 20 June 2018

    At 1.30pm on 20 June, while Britain's Westminster parliament was sitting inside, 60 activists from across the UK chained themselves to the…

    14 May 2018

    Anna Rääs

    At a London training day, women prepare themselves to lobby for nuclear disarmament.


    Paula Shaw, Dr Rebecca Johnson and Sheila Triggs (left-right) at a WILPF UK training day on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in London, 7 April 2018.

    'We need to recognise that we can change…

    04 May 2018


    The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has been given permission to keep putting the British government's arms trade policies on trial – over the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

    On 4 May, the British court of appeal granted permission for the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) to appeal the legality of British arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

    CAAT took its legal case to the court of appeal on 12 April for a one day hearing in an attempt to overturn a high court judgment which allows the UK government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.

    On 4 May, two court of appeal judges, lord justice Irwin and lord justice Flaux,…

    03 May 2018


    A Metropolitan Police disciplinary board has found against one of its own, a former undercover police officer with the notorious Special Demonstration Squad who deceived three women activists into relationships.

    British undercover police officer Jim Boyling

    Today, 3 May 2018, former undercover police officer Jim Boyling has been found…

    30 Apr 2018

    Ian Sinclair

    What is a sustainable diet? Is a vegan diet necessarily sustainable? And what's blocking moves to a more sustainable food system? Ian Sinclair investigates.


    Last year public health nutritionist Dr Pamela Mason and Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at the Centre for Food Policy, City University of London, published their book Sustainable Diets: How Ecological Nutrition Can Transform Consumption and the Food System with Routledge.