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Picasso and war

Roger Stephenson on Picasso’s anti-war art


Baha Mousa

Maya Evans reviews the latest play from the Tricycle Theatre


Peace News 75th Birthday Party Pics

The site of the PN75 party

PN 75: On that day: Angie Zelter

Angie Zelter on what she was doing (and thinking) on 6 June 2011 - the day Peace News turned 75.


Not keen on Libya

Polls in the UK show confusion and a lack of enthusiasm for the war in Libya


Interviewing Nicolas Kent, Tricycle Theatre

Milan Rai interviews the Tricycle Theatre's artistic director


Revolutionary Homework

“On December 23, April 6 activist xxxxxxxxxxxx … alleged that several opposition parties and movements have accepted an unwritten plan for democratic transition by 2011; we are doubtful of this claim” – secret cable from the US Embassy in Cairo to Washington [1]

“Nonviolent action is not just about non-violence, but also about joy and happiness … [People] saw in Tahrir what Egypt could possibly be in the future and they wanted to be part of this new Egypt” – Wael Adel, Academy for Change [2]

In the popular imagination, mass nonviolent action (“people power”) is often portrayed as a largely improvised and unplanned affair. The reality is usually very different.

Thus, Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger and the ensuing Montgomery bus boycott are respectively (mis)remembered as the action of an ordinary woman who was simply “too tired to move”, and a spontaneous public reaction to her subsequent arrest and prosecution.

In reality, Parks was secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) and had recently attended the legendary Highlander Folk School – a crucial training center for civil rights and labour activists. Moreover the local Women’s Political Council had decided to call a boycott at least nine months before Parks’ refusal, and were just waiting for the right person to get arrested. [3]

Peace News 75th Birthday Party on 4 June!




BAE AGM: 4 May 2011

Jill Gibbon at the 2011 BAE Systems AGM


A glowing report for Sizewell Camp

Dan Viesnik reports from a protest Camp outside Sizewell nuclear power station.

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