Issue: 2448

September - November 2002



By Theresa Wolfwood

A banner in the rally said it all.

By Lindsay Barnes

A Pakistani tribal council ordered the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman to avenge their tribal “honour” after her young brother's alleged illicit affair with a higher caste woman.

By Ippy D

In the spirit of satyagraha, three survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster began a hunger strike outside the Indian parliament on 28 June.

By PN staff

In July, 36 activists were sentenced to terms of between 90 days and six months in prison for their symbolic trespassing at the US “school for assassins” the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Co-operation, (formerly the School of

By PN staff

In south-eastern Nigeria, hundreds of unarmed Ijaw women used boats to occupy four Chevron-Texaco pipeline stations.

By Lindsay Barnes

In a special report for Peace News, Lindsay Barnes talked with Indian, Pakistani and international peace groups about nuclear tensions in the ongoing Kashmir conflict.

By Kevin Buley

16 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, have we gone back to sleep? Was Chernobyl a turning point or simply the first such catastrophe in a dangerous industry just a few decades old? Kevin Buley visits the radioactive exclusion zone

By Tikiri

Tikiri reports on some of the events and actions which took place at the Eurosatory arms "exhibition" in France in June.


There may be more than one way to stage a nonviolent protest. We had our chance on the Monday, getting to Eurosatory at the crack of dawn, ready to greet visitors to the Expo as they got off the métro.

By Gareth Evans

In this introduction to the issue's thematic section, Gareth Evans takes stock of the ideas and practice of current cultural resistance and suggests that, while much of it may emanate from the street (or equivalent), it can also help to build networks for long-term change.

By Theresa Wolfwood

During the G8 meeting in Canada, Theresa Wolfwood met and talked with former child soldier Albino Forquilha, coordinator of the Mozambican Transforming Arms into Ploughshares project. Their conclusion? Maintaining a culture of peace requires an economic solution.

By Mary Begley

Irish activist Mary Begley offers some thoughts on her "tough and rewarding" life and work as a street musician.

By Matt Mahlen

French artist and antimilitarist Matt Mahlen offers a personal reflection on life, work, and identity, and what "culture and resistance" means to him.

By Adam Sherburne, Ippy D

Ippy: Your music is politicised by design, but what did you get into first, music or politics, and when?

By Gustavo Esteva

For some, Zapatista "leader" Marcos already has the same iconic status as Che. But in a few years time will commercial companies also be selling Marcos T-shirts, using and reducing him to yet another commodity: making the transition from cultured revolutionary to object in mainstream popular culture? And is he, and indeed Zapatismo, inspiring a culture of resistance, or cultural resistance? We asked Gustavo Esteva what he thinks.