Issue: 2453

December 2003 - February 2004



By Jess Orlik

The fifth ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) opened in Cancun, Mexico on 10 September 2003.

By FME/Whitney Lanphear

On 25 October hundreds of citizens from Belgium, Britain, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy carried out an inspection of SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe), the NATO military headquarters in Mons, Belgium.

By Franco Perna

It is estimated that nearly half million people walked from Perugio to Assisi on 12 October on the traditional peace march which first took place in 1961.

By Sian Glaessner

The FSB, one of the successors to the KGB, have accused humanitarian organisations working in Chechnya and Ingushetia of producing “anti stability” propaganda harmful to the efforts made by the Governments involved to seek a resolution of

By Caroline Lauer

In October a US jury found 19 peace activists not guilty after their trial for trespassing at a depleted uranium weapon maker's headquarters.

By <a href="mailto:Katri@ForMotherEarth">Katri@ForMotherEarth</a>

Not many people are aware that every year more than 60 young men are sentenced to six and a half months of imprisonment because of their refusal to take part in the system of compulsory military service in Finland.

By Peter Burt

In October, George W Bush began a round of state visits to Asian and European countries. Peter Burt reports on the impact of the US president's visit to Thailand during the APEC talks.

By Tobias Pfluger, Andreas Speck

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 which will also have constitutional status.

By Ippy D

Hate radio, peace journalism, the Internet, SMS organising, the underground, the overground... it's all here. This issue of Peace News focuses on war and peace in the information age: here's an introduction...

By Radio Netherlands

During 1994 an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 people were killed in the Rwandan genocide. Therole of radio broadcasts across the country in inspiring and encourag-ing individual and collective acts of violence has become one of the best-documented and most extreme cases of the use of media to fuel conflict.After being indicted in 1996 by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the trials of reporters allegedly central tothe hate broadcasts began in 2001. Radio Netherlands reporters have kept a close eye on developments.

By Beena Sarwar

What is it like to work in the mainstream media? What are the opportunities for reaching a wide audience with progressive ideas? These questions and more were put to occasional PN contributor Beena Sarwar - a print and TV journalist working in the mainstream media in Pakistan.

By Vesna Jankovic

In 1991, the disintegration of Yugoslavia and descent into outright war picked up speed. Activists from the emerging women's, environmental and peace groups in Croatia, trying to maintain their values and keep contact with their new "enemies", began producing a magazine as part of the activities of the Antiwar Campaign. Vesna Jankovic reflects on the challenges of developing independent media during conflict and the value of making dissenting voices heard.

In 2001, German nonviolent-anarchist newspaper graswurzelrevolution began an ambitious media solidarity project with Turkish antimilitarists. The editors of the project reflect on the challenges and outcomes to date.

By Nigel Parry, PN staff

This interview was conducted by email during October 2003.

By Vision Machine Collective

With new forms of media available to activists around the world, we hear from members of an international film collective who work to "analyse and respond to the conditions and mechanisms of economic, political and military power", in a participatory and collaborative way.