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Needham, Andrea

Anti-roads activists acquitted!

Judge Crabtree warned us that while judgements in magistrates’ courts usually take between 45 minutes and two hours, this one was likely to take considerably longer.

OCCUPY THE WORLD! The story so far

Peace News takes a look at the Occupy movements that are taking the world by storm


Maikel forcibly hospitalised

Imprisoned Egyptian pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad has been sent to Abbasseya psychiatric hospital for examination.


Michael Lyons’ appeal fails

Michael Lyons, the navy medic who was jailed for seven months for refusing, on moral and ethical grounds, to attend rifle training, has lost his appeal against conviction.


Criminal classes

Andrea Needham, Hastings

I was pleased to read the positive accounts in last month’s “Activism and..work”column. My experience was very different.

Manchester highlights death merchants

Brimar – a Manchester-based weapons manufacturer – is the latest armaments firm to feel the heat from campaigners.

Ewa Jasiewicz et al, 'If I Had a Hammer: Decommissioning the Arms Trade'

2009; 32pp; £1.50 where sold – available from Housmans, Freedom Bookshop, the Cowley Club and Kebele; or download free from www.smashedo.org.uk


Kate Evans, 'Thank you Greenham' and Joseph Siracusa, 'A Very Short Introduction to Nuclear Weapons'

Thank you Greenham, Laughing Moon Press; 2008;ISBN 978-0956006103; 100pp; £7. A Very Short Introduction to Nuclear Weapons, Oxford, 2008; ISBN 978-0199229543, 144pp; £6.99


Jessica Mills, 'My Mother Wears Combat Boots: a parenting guide for the rest of us'

AK Press, 2007; ISBN 978­1904859727; 330pp; £10


George Marshall, 'Carbon Detox: Your Step-by-step Guide to Getting Real About Climate Change'

Gaia Books, 2007; ISBN 1856752887; 256pp; £7.99