Issue: 2450

March - May 2003



By Caroline Lauer

The demonstrations of 15 February are a milestone for peace. Never before have so many people taken to the streets to protest against war.

By Christie Church

The US navy recently completed its latest round of bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

By Urvi Makwana

“The US military have taken a right hammering this year.” So said one activist, commenting on the plethora of ploughshares type actions that have taken place so far during 2003.

By Michael Shank

The Focus on South Asia Peace Conference inspired young people to be peace workers every single day. Conference facilitator Michael Shank reports.

By Keith Goddard

The Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) started in 1990 and rose to international prominence in 1995 when it applied to attend the Zimbabwe International Book Fair which had as its theme that year “Human Rights and Justice”.

By Jung Min Choi

Women's groups in Korea are working to tackle militarism in both the domestic and international spheres: from US military bases on Korean soil, to the impact of the war on terror on domestic anti-terrorism laws, and from military spending to a gendered analysis of war and violence itself. Jung Min Choi, from the Korea Women's Network Against Militarism, reports.

On 15 January 2003, gunmen shot and beat Marcus Veron, a leader of the Guarani-Kaiowatribe in Brazil, after he attempted to reoccupy ancestral land. Veron, 70, was the third BrazilianIndian to be killed in two weeks.

By Jo Wilding

So, while millions marched across the planet in protest at war on Iraq, what was 15 February like for people in Baghdad? Jo Wilding sent this first-hand report from the Iraqi capital.

By David McKenzie

How has Britain's most active nonviolent direct action campaign against British nuclear weapons responded to the war on terror? TP2000's press officer David McKenzie reports

By Ruth Hiller, Sergeiy Sandler

Israeli women who object to military service find themselves marginalised by both "normal" society and within the resistance movement. Ruth Hiller and Sergeiy Sandler report on a New Profile initiative to challenge the influence of dominant gender constructs within the activist community.

By Molly Morgan

Molly Morgan reports on a project to counter military propaganda in US schools.

By Subhadip Mukherjee

Writing from India, Subhadip Mukherjee argues that the "war on terrorism" is bringing inhuman suffering and misery to an already impoverished population, and that economic depravation and the threat of monoculture are driving forces behind certain acts of terrorism.

By Daniel Garay

On 28 July 2002, the Russian President signed into law the federal bill "On Alternative Service" (ACS), adopted by the Russian Federation Federal Assembly shortly before. In November 2002, War Resisters' International's Daniel Garay was in Russia to attend the in augural meeting of the antimilitarist Organisation Without Weapons, set up to rally against military conscription.

This has turned into a bit of a funny issue really, but the original idea was to try to generate a snapshot of the “health” of the international peace movement in the “post 11 September 2001 security environment”.

By Ucha Nanuashvili

Human rights and antimilitarist groups in Georgia face a range of specific challenges. Ucha Nanuashvili reports.