Blog posts

    15 Apr 2015

    Milan Rai

    Musing on the manifesto....

    Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader, said yesterday: 'Austerity has failed and we need a peaceful political revolution to get rid of it.' Pippa Bartolotti, the leader of the Wales Green Party, said: 'We can have a peaceful…

    09 Apr 2015

    Elizabeth Ingrams

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams spoke recently at Winchester University.

    Jody Williams spoke at the university of Winchester's Peace Jam event on 13 March. Peace Jam is a new programme launched by Winchester centre of religions for reconciliation and peace…

    16 Mar 2015

    Peter Salmon

    As Theresa May announced a public campaign into the scandals around undercover policing, campaigners against police racism and corruption, The Monitoring Group, have launched a petition to stop the gagging of undercover whistleblower Peter Francis.

    ImagePeter Francis, who infiltrated anti-racism and trade union groups in the 1990s, has been at the forefront of exposing a secretive undercover unit, that targeted campaigns since 1968. It is now known that hundreds of officers from the Special Demonstration Squad were deployed across the political spectrum, many using…

    19 Sep 2014

    Lindis Percy, Chris Cole

    Ahead of the national demo there on 4 October, Lindis Percy and Chris Cole take a look at RAF Croughton & its role in the US drone wars.

    ImageSeemingly not many people know about ‘RAF’ Croughton near Brackley and bordering Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. Misleadingly referred to as RAF, this important US base is occupied and controlled by the US and their agencies under the umbrella of the United States Air Force. It supports Presidential, NATO, US European Command, US Central…

    08 Sep 2014

    Ian Sinclair

    Ian Sinclair looks beyond the "babbling brook of [mainstream media] bullshit" about the Iraq crisis.

    ImageJust over ten years since it failed the public so completely over the 2003 Iraq War, the mainstream media’s coverage of the current Iraq crisis has been predictably awful.

    “Stop droning on Mr Cameron……

    15 Jul 2014

    Jonathan Doering

    Thirty years on, the anti-nuclear war drama Threads has lost none of its power to shock. Its message of making connections has inspired many, including one of its producers, Richard Levitt.

    Ruth and Jimmy kiss in their car on the Moors. A fighter jet roars ominously overhead. Potential violence erupts into the everyday. Some of the images in Threads - a mushroom cloud rising over Sheffield, a middle-aged woman urinating in fear - are etched forever into my mind’s eye. Watching the film again, the same cold fear washes through my guts at the thought that such destruction is still within the reach of several world leaders…

    13 Jul 2014

    William Worthy

    Four years after the successful conclusion of the Montgomery Bus Boycott - and two-and-a-bit months before the first Freedom Ride - legendary activist and journalist William Worthy reported for Peace News on the treatment meted out to African-American interstate travellers who failed to comply with segregation.

    This article first appeared in the 24 February 1961 issue of Peace News.

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    08 Jun 2014

    Cornerstone Cath

    A Leeds co-operator explores the pleasures and perils of Community Organising ...

    ImageMy tummy tightens as I stand up for my turn.  'Why I am here'.  120 faces turn to me.  I take the microphone.  Shit.

    I remembered to print all the agendas, the register sheets, I knew who should be there, I'd sorted out the IT/AV and music, I made sure the tea and coffee was happening and 90-odd chairs and tables were set up as…

    27 May 2014

    Marc Morgan

    International fast to be held between Hiroshima and Nagasaki days (6th-9th August) in Burghfield, Paris, and Büchel.

    Every year an International fast is held between Hiroshima and Nagasaki days (6th-9th August) in Burghfield, Paris, and Büchel, the last Nato base in Germany at which nuclear weapons are stationed. PN has covered the fast in both Paris and Burghfield with several articles in the past (see PN September 2012, June 2013 and September 2013).…

    07 May 2014

    Jill Gibbon

    Report and images from Trident Protest at Rolls Royce AGM.

    Trident KillsRolls-Royce directors were confronted with the harrowing testimony of a Hiroshima survivor, Setsuko Thurlow, at their AGM on 1 May. Although the quote was lengthy, the chair was too disorientated to interrupt, and the board responded with nervous laughter.

    Rolls-Royce provides power systems for Britain's Trident nuclear-powered, nuclear…

    30 Apr 2014

    Milan Rai

    Peace News co-editor Emily Johns tells the story of Walden Pond Housing Co-op,

    ImageLast night, 21 people crowded into the Friends Meeting House in South Villas, Hastings, to hear Peace News co-editor Emily Johns tell the story of Walden Pond Housing Co-op, which was set up in 1998 and now owns a house and a flat in the town.

    The main point of the evening was to explain '…

    30 Apr 2014

    Jessica Davies

    San Sebastián Bachajón on the anniversary of the assassination of Juan Vázquez Guzmán

    Juan Vazquéz Guzmán Vive!Last year, Peace News featured

    19 Apr 2014

    Ian Sinclair

    Covert US and British support for Syrian rebels has continued, despite overwhelming public opposition.

    When the Coalition Government was defeated in parliament over military intervention in Syria last summer many activists probably thought that was the end of the matter. After all Prime Minister David Cameron had conceded ‘the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that and the Government will act accordingly.’

    What many people don’t realise is the UK…

    09 Apr 2014

    Maya Evans

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    09 Apr 2014

    Hakim

    Afghan Peace Volunteers

    On the 28th of March, 2014, at about 4 p.m., the Afghan Peace Volunteers heard a loud explosion nearby. For the rest of the evening and night, they anxiously waited for the sound of rocket fire and firing to stop.  It was reported that a 10 year old girl, and the four assailants, were killed.

    Four days later, they circulated a video, poem and photos prefaced by this note:  “We had been thinking about an appropriate response to the violence perpetrated by the Taliban, other militia…