Anti-war movement

1 April 2006Review

Verso Books, 2006; ISBN 1 84467 116 8; Pb 57pp; £5

Timing and space dictate that this second offering from Verso - a slim volume of anti-Iraq war essays - gets a rather slim space in this issue of PN.

This collection of six short articles, written over the past three years by contributors Brian Eno, John Le Carre, Harold Pinter, Richard Dawkins, Michel Faber and Haifa Zangana, was published in March to mark the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

To a large degree this book is essentially “recycled material”: I…

1 July 2005Review

Inner Ocean Publishing, 2005; ISBN 1 930722 49 4, US$14.95

In an effort to prevent the war on Iraq, millions of people around the world took to the streets and demonstrated their own passion for peace. The war still happened. The occupation of Iraq continues. But why couldn't we stop that war? What more could we

1 July 2005Review

Bookmarks, 2005; ISBN 1 905192 00 2; 276pp; £15.99

Despite the subtitle, this is not “The story of Britain's biggest mass movement”. There are brief inspiring accounts scattered throughout and some wonderful poems and posters, but these are in the margins, drowned in a sea of analysis and national pol

3 June 2003Comment

War is not an inevitable fact of life - though it may seem so when we look at the entirety of human history - it is something that we create.

The long build-up to the war on Iraq, the disastrous mess the occupiers have created (and no doubt, eventually, will leave behind) may appear to be just another sorry chapter - a predictable consequence of the global power structures and aspirations of our, predominantly, militarist, capitalist, mode of operating.

Take the big step

1 June 2003Feature

"Our first priority has to be to fight against the possibility of war on the peninsula and elsewhere." Christian Karl reports on the struggle of migrant workers in South Korea and their mutually supportive relationship with the anti-war movement.

“Migrant workers from different nationalities in Korea stand united against the US war against Iraq. We join in solidarity with other peace--and freedom--loving people in Korea and the rest of the world, and with millions of our fellow migrants and compatriots in our homelands and overseas, in saying NO! to this unjust war.”. So read the text on a leaflet ETU-MB (Equal Trade Union Migrant's Branch, a part of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions/KCTU) members distributed during the anti-…

1 March 2003Feature

When the law turns into injustice, resistance becomes a duty. So say German activists from the resist campaign. Elke Steven reports on a European pledge initiative that is gaining strength.

For some time now the US government has threatened to expand the “war against terrorism” - suggesting that more “rogue states” will face war. On the US defined “axis of evil”, Iraq is the primary target, with a war being threatened since May 2002.

Activists from a variety of German peace groups wanted to organise against this war - a war which we believe is in breach of human rights and international law - and in autumn 2002 we came together to develop forms of resistance to the war…

3 December 2001Comment

How should the international peace movement respond to this war? Geov Parrish offers both a critique of the tactics being widely employed by activists worldwide, poses some difficult questions, and suggests a few answers.

The overt military phase of the War on Terrorism has begun. And so, too, have the demonstrations, both in the Islamic world and through the cities of the Western democracies - including the US. Past polls have shown an overwhelming majority of the world opposed to US military retaliation for the atrocities of 11 September - 80 to 90 percent in much of Europe and Latin America. But in the US, the “peace movement” faces a number of challenges in making its case against this, the first military…