Blog posts

    28 Sep 2017

    PN

    US author and Quaker activist tours UK

    ImageUS author and Quaker activist George Lakey is touring the UK mainly to talk about his new book Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can too (about how mass nonviolent struggle won radical changes). George is also the author of…

    21 Sep 2017

    Catherine Tauriello

    CND marked the opening of the nuclear ban treaty for signatures in New York with an event in Downing Street, central London.

    On 20 September, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) handed in hundreds of letters from citizens across the United Kingdom at No 10 Downing St in London. The United Nations had started to accept signatures for the nuclear arms ban treaty earlier the same day.

    'British democracy has happened this afternoon. The public have made their voice heard, and we hope that the prime minister will take notice,' said Kate Hudson, CND general secretary. 'There’s a big multi-signature…

    21 Jul 2017

    David Mumford

    A report from a Christian conference on nonviolence.

    The practice of nonviolence was an integral part of the life, teaching and work of Jesus. This was the message heard by those attending the conference Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence, sponsored by the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, Pax Christi and the Fellowship of Reconciliation held in Kinnoull, Perth on 14-16 July.

    John Dear, a Roman Catholic priest from the USA, looked over the life of Jesus and the lives of the early Christians to draw inspiration for the idea that practising peace…

    07 Jul 2017

    PN staff

    122 countries vote in favour of a treaty banning nuclear weapons - Britain refused to participate

    New York, 7 July 2017: Negotiations of a new international treaty that bans nuclear weapons concluded at the United Nations today as the treaty was formally adopted by states. The United Kingdom, alongside other nuclear-armed states, has boycotted the negotiations despite government claims to support multilateral disarmament and a world without nuclear weapons.

    'States that are serious about eliminating nuclear weapons have joined the United Nations treaty negotiations to ban nuclear…

    03 Jul 2017

    Kathy Kelly

    Who carries out the works of mercy in the war-torn country of Afghanistan?

     At an April, 2017 Symposium on Peace in Nashville, TN, Martha Hennessy spoke about central tenets of Maryhouse, a home of hospitality in New York City, where Martha often lives and works. Every day, the community there tries to abide by the counsels of Dorothy Day, Martha’s grandmother, who co-founded houses of hospitality and a vibrant movement in the 1930s. During her talk, she held up a postcard-sized copy of one of the movement’s defining images, Rita Corbin's celebrated woodcut listing…

    28 Jun 2017

    PN staff

    Blending theatre, art and politics, the Peace History Conferences go from strength to strength

    Michael Mears performs This evil thing

    The Movement for the Abolition of War (MAW), organiser of the series of Peace History Conferences, has a strong and creative relationship with the…

    22 Jun 2017

    Milan Rai

    A right-wing British journalist selectively quotes from and distorts an article in an Islamic State magazine, Dabiq, which actually says that IS attacks could be suspended if the west stops its airstrikes, interventions and torture.

    If you want a straightforward example of journalistic dishonesty about terrorism, one clear recent case is provided by right-wing columnist Dominic Lawson in his article, 'Put down the nail bomb - Jeremy wants to talk'.

    Lawson selectively quotes and misrepresents an Islamic State (IS) document which actually contradicts his argument. The article he quotes in fact says that the west could achieve a suspension of IS terror attacks by ending western airstrikes, invasions, occupations,…

    22 Jun 2017

    Milan Rai

    How the mainstream media self-censored 'revenge' for western foreign policy from their reporting on the Manchester attacks

    Fallujah

    In the month since the attack on the Manchester Arena on 22 May, commentators have offered a number of different motivations that could have led a Manchester-born-and-raised 22-year-old to massacre dozens of teenage girls and parents as they left a pop concert.

    While there has been a lot of confident…

    22 Jun 2017

    Milan Rai

    Britain's wars abroad increase the risk of attacks at home: the public knows it, Conservatives know it, and the police and security services know it

    Haditha

    After dozens of civilians are killed by suicide bombing in a large British city, a major opposition politician speaks up linking the atrocity to British foreign policy. There is a short-lived storm of controversy.

    This sequence describes not only the aftermath of the Manchester Arena atrocity on 22 May 2017, but also events after the four…

    22 Jun 2017

    Milan Rai

    How the British mass media exploded with outrage over Jeremy Corbyn's speech linking terrorism with British foreign policy - and then pretended the speech never happened

    The Haditha massacre, Iraq, 2005

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made an extraordinary speech just days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people, nine of them teenagers, one an eight-year-old, at the end of a pop concert in Manchester on 22 May.

    In his speech on 25 May, Jeremy Corbyn linked the Manchester attack to British…

    30 May 2017

    PN staff

    Peace News publishes the first full-face photographs of police officer Andy Coles while he was undercover as 'Andy Davey' in the early 1990s. Coles was exposed as a police infiltrator on 12 May 2017 and forced to resign as deputy police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire on 15 May

    Undercover police officer Andy Coles marches in Fairford, March 1991

    Today, Peace News is publishing the first full-face photographs of 'Andy Davey', the identity taken by undercover police officer Andy Coles in 1991 when he infiltrated the nonviolent direct action group ARROW. …

    27 May 2017

    PN staff

    On 17 May 2017, Peace News and Housmans Bookshop celebrated the release of Chelsea Manning, along with dozens of her supporters.

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    Chelsea Manning is a whistleblower who was working for the US military as a data analyst during the US-led coalition war in Afghanistan. She was sentences to serving 35 years in military prison for leaking classified US government documents to the…

    19 Apr 2017

    Jon Lockwood

    Jon Lockwood reviews Leon Fleming's recent play

    Leon Fleming's new play concerns a brother and sister growing-up and living in Birmingham trapped in the clutches of an uncaring welfare system. The story is told with flasback scences from their childhood, mixed with the contemporary tale of two people being processed by The System TM and trying to survive. It is a grim tale, but not without moments of comedy, but those bittersweet moments come from the past rather than the relentlessly grim present of our protagonists. Their lives now…

    15 Mar 2017

    Leon Fleming

    Playwright Leon Fleming on the biographical inspiration behind his new play 'Kicked in the Sh*tter' and why he believes that theatre is the greatest medium we have created for dragging thoughts out of a society.

    ImageI’ve written a play, Kicked in the Sh*tter. Sounds a bit grim, but it's pretty funny.

    It is.

    That’s the plug over.

    When I first wrote this play, I had no idea what I was writing. Or why.

    But I soon realised I’d been writing about a world I know…

    13 Mar 2017

    Ian Sinclair, Robert Jensen

    Ian Sinclair interviews activist and author Robert Jensen about his latest book The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men (Spinifex Press, 2017)

    Ian Sinclair: How does radical feminism differ from other forms of feminism?

    Robert Jensen: First, by radical feminism I mean the understanding that men’s subordination of women is a product of patriarchy and that the ultimate goal of feminism is the end of patriarchy’s gender system, not merely liberal accommodation with the system. Second, radical feminism is central to the larger problem of hierarchy and the domination/subordination dynamics…