Issue: 2456

September - November 2004



Some are really great, some area bit weird, but we felt that all these online guides are potentially useful. There were more ... but we just could not fit them in!Find the rest at:

By Anthony Kelly

For about eight years now, Pt'chang, a small activist organisation based in Melbourne Australia, has been experimenting and learning about how we can apply non-violent principles and approaches to help create safety at the local community

By Rowan Tilly

Some actions can be traumatic and disempowering. In my experience, public genetix (GM crop-pulling) rallies are most likely to produce these situations. But much of this can be avoided through careful preparation and good support.

By Andrew Rose

Activists often experience traumatic events: violence expressed towards themselves or towards third parties, or the fear and anxiety that can develop as a result of new and threatening situations. Minor physical injuries are common, but the long-term impact of trauma on activists has only recently begun to be discussed. Websites such as Healing Trauma ( and groups such as the Aubonne Bridge network ( have started to provide materials and create spaces for activists to deal with trauma in the face of increasing repression. Starhawk has published some useful texts on this topic: See

By Manchester Earth First!

Bear in mind that the police are probably much better equipped and trained for close combat than you or we.

By Abbie Fielding-Smith

How can a small organisation committed to nonviolence affect the outcome of their encounters with government forces? Abbie Fielding-Smith reports on the tactics used by Peace Brigades International in their dealings with military and police authorities on the ground.

By George Lakey


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.

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 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.

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 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".

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 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 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.