Issue: 2470

February 2006



By Phil Booth

It is a sad indictment of our so-called liberal democracy, and the ultimate irony of Tony Blair's constitutional reform agenda, that it is the unelected House of Lords who must stand up time and again protect our civil liberties, and the v

By Martin Shaw

The Activist Trauma Network is organising a day of discussion and networking on 4 February for all those involved in promoting practical mutual support in activist, campaigning and community groups.

By Kate Hudson

There is strong public demand for debate about the future of Britain's nuclear weapons system, to which the government has recently appeared to acquiesce.

By Di McDonald

Jerry Hartigan, peace activist extraordinaire, died on 9 January after months of treatment for Hodgkin's disease.

By The Mole

Back in December, The Mole surfaced at London's City Hall - the glass monstrosity near Tower Bridge, home of ex-red Ken Livingstone.

By Sian Glaessner

Working on the solid nonviolent principle that we should transform our enemies, PN brings you a slightly tongue-in-cheek column dedicated to getting to know our "enemies" better.

By David McKenzie

Doors continue to swing open for Faslane 365, the ambitious plan to blockade Faslane naval base continuously for a year. It seems to be catching the imagination.

By Anonymous

The Saving Iceland campaign began in 2003, when the Icelandic government bypassed a series of laws in order to allow the national power company, Landsvirkjun, to build a gigantic hydroelectric dam, now being constructed in the country's ea

By Javier Garate

At the end of December I attended the international Celebrating Nonviolence conference in Bethlehem, representing the War Resisters' International and our new Nonviolence Programme.

By Christophe Scheire, Inez Louwagie

Since October 2003, the bank-watch organisation Netwerk Vlaanderen, and the peace organisations Vrede, Forum voor Vredesactue and For Mother Earth, have been running a campaign against Belgian bank groups' investments in weapons.

By Jess Orlik

In December and January activists from environmental groups Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd battled with a Japanese whaling fleet in the ocean off the coast of Antarctica.

Now in its fifth year O-I-L, Operation Infinite Love, is still bringing people onto the streets to celebrate.

By Tim Street, Jo Wittlams

In October 2005, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) relaunched its University Clean Investment campaign with the revelation that nearly half of all UK universities invest in the arms trade.

The attempt by the Metropolitan Police to criminalise central London's monthly Critical Mass bike ride (see PN2467) faces legal action supported by Friends of the Earth's Rights & Justice Centre.

By Janet Kilburn

As Peace News went to press, campaigners were making a last ditch attempt at halting the planning process for AWE Aldermaston's controversial Orion laser facility. Janet Kilburn reports...