Issue: 2472

April 2006



By Eddy Canfor-Dumas

Established in 2003, the Ministry for Peace (MfP) is "an organisation working for the creation of a Ministry for Peace within government". The case for this controversial - and to some minds positively counter-revolutionary - initiative is made here by the Chair of MfP, Eddy Canfor-Dumas.

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 John LaForge

Anti-war activists have always pondered the irony of boxing champion Muhammad Ali having claimed conscientious objector status when he was drafted for the Vietnam War.

By The Mole

A few months ago, The Mole was musing about the idea of a peace movement “Bacon Number, where we see how many links - of some defined sort! - it takes to build a connection between different peaceniks.

By David MacKenzie

A week or so ago the Local Heroes affinity group conducted a gentle forensic raid on the Labour Office in Airdrie, in order to out a dubious hombre by the name of John Reid who has been linked to Al McKayda.

Eating meat causes environmental destruction, damages human health and inflicts immense suffering on billions of animals. And the solution to all these problems is in our own hands: stop eating animals now.

By Andreas Speck

After spending almost one year in amilitary prison, Turkish conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan has been released, but the repression and persecution of objectors continues. Andreas Speck reports.

By Javier Garate

Antimilitarists in Paraguay have expressed concern at recent military operations targeting predominantly poor, civilian populations and campesina organisations in rural areas.

By Emma Sangster

In the early afternoon of Sunday 26 March, Brian Haw was standing with fellow campaigner Barbara Tucker when the police came by and decided that a crime was being committed.

By Leshy

In 2006, the G8 will meet in Russia for the first time.

By Andrew Frisicano

On the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, protesters coordinated events around the globe to demonstrate their continued opposition.

By Kat Barton

After months or torturous legal proceedings, harassment and imprisonment, good news from Brighton's SmashEDO as, in March, the legal cases brought against them began to crumble.

By Lesley Docksey

A county-wide campaign against the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system has taken off in Somerset.

On 16 March, Milan Rai, author, activist and founder of Justice Not Vengeance, went on trial for organising an unauthorised demonstration within the 1-km exclusion zone around parliament on 25 October 2005, contrary to the Serious Organise