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Comment and Analysis

Editorial Note

Before you get stuck into reading this thematic section on nonviolent action in Israel/Palestine, we thought it important to point out some inconsistencies in language that you are about t

Prisoners of conscience

In Finland around 60 young men refuse to participate in military or alternative service every year. Several will go to prison for their principled refusal. Activist group For Mother Earth (FME) campaigns in support of the COs. Katri, from FME, reports.


State of terror

The problem is, the Thai government always obeys the US administration. They should realisethat a free trade agreement with the US would hurt Thai farmers. And Thailand might become a terrorist target if we support the US war on terrorism.
Suriyasai Katasila, secretary general of Thailand's Campaign for Popular Democracy


A military constitution for the EU?

In July 2003, the European Convention presented a draft European Union Constitution, consisting of 260 pages, divided into four chapters, plus several appendices and additional agreements

Editorial: The third nuclear age?

Perhaps 2003 will be remembered as the year the world's nuclear states (and aspiring ones) began another chapter in the development of genocidal weapons of mass destruction.

Between a rock and a hard place

A few days before the bombing started, my friends Zaid and Asmaa and I decided, when the time came, we would be running through the streets of Baghdad together, tearing down Saddam portrai

Impressions from a journey through the South Caucasus

When WRI planned a visit to the South Caucasus, to develop co-operation with local groups on antimilitarism and conscientious objection, it was clear that this wouldn't be an easy task.

Tyrants always fall. Always

Although not forseen by the political pundits of the time, the salt campaign launched by Mahatma Gandhi and the Congress Party in India became the key nonviolent direct action campaign to

Editorial: Paying the price

As Peace News went to press, US conscientious objector Stephen Funk was about to stand trial (scheduled for 4 September) in a military court for “desertion”.

Editorial: Defy the culture of inevitability!

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.