Issue: 2456

September - November 2004



By Kate Jones

Every year, in the city of Hiroshima, Japan, people come from far and wide to float lanterns decorated with prayers, thoughts, and messages of peace down the rivers in commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

By Ippy D

Over the past three months there have been growing protests at the ongoing violence in Darfur.

By Caroline Lauer

A protest camp against the incinerating of ballistic missiles took place from the beginning of July to the end of August in the central Russian city of Perm.

On 19 July the historic peace vessel the Fri sank in a dock at the shipyard where she was built in 1912.

An “anti-NATO” summit took place in Istanbul between 19 and 27 June as a response to the NATO summit being held in the city.

A UN report released on 30 July found that economic and living conditions in all Palestinian areas had deteriorated, with 63% of Palestinians now living in poverty.

By Jo Wilding

It repeats itself: the main hospital has been closed down by US troops and is being used for military operations, ambulances are being prevented, again by US troops, from moving around the town, which is being pounded from the air while t

By Richard Jolly

World military spending has returned to Cold War levels. Between 2001 and 2003, world military spending increased by 18 percent to reach US$956 billion - very close to the Cold War peak in 1987.

By Peter Challen

There can be no peace without the unity of humankind and specific structures of inclusive social justice. That thought reflects the mature form of every major religion.

By Marnie Summerfield

As Ariana flight 404 from Dubai touched down at Kabul International Airport, its applauding passengers straining to locate family members among those standing on top of the arrivals building, Mosa Gholam personified impatience.

By Paul Baker Hernández

Writing from Nicaragua, Paul Baker Hernández reflects on the country's revolutionary ambitions and the need to stand firm in the face of anticipated raids on Latin America's "sweetest water".

We are killing each other and the planet: the arms trade, car-culture, exploitation of other species, domestic violence, racism, cash and GM crops, capitalism and ingrained militarism — the list seems endless.

By Vicki Robin

When you put strangers, caffeine and ideas in the same room, brilliant things can happen. For that very reason, the British Parliament banned coffee-houses in the 1700s as hotbeds of sedition.

By Steve Whiting

Preparing for effective action and developing coherent strategies for change require an understanding of power. Steve Whiting offers some good foundations.

By Janet Kilburn

We all have something to share and sometimes the most effective way of imparting information, offering and combining this with opportunities for safe discussion and exploration, is via a workshop format.