Issue: 2473

May 2006



By Andrew Frisicano

Between 7 and 21 April, cyclists rode from Faslane to London to protest at the continued persecution of nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu by the Israeli government.

By Andrew Burgin

As Peace News goes to press, Military Families Against the War (MFAW) are preparing to descend on parliament to lobby their MPs. They are demanding an end to the war in Iraq and that the troops be withdrawn.

By Rikki Blue

Every Sunday afternoon, campaigners stage an open picnic on Parliament Square to plan ideas to subvert or test the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (section 132).

By BtBers

Practical resistance to new WMD facilities under construction at AWE Aldermaston continues, with monthly blockades of the site. Block the Builders gave PN this report on the escapades at April's blockade.

Those pesky horticultural pioneers were at it again when they visited the Ericsson Microwave arms factory in Mo”lndal, near Gothenburg in Sweden, on 14 April.

On 16 April, tens of thousands of people marked the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising against British rule at a massive parade in Dublin.

By Albert Beale

It's spring - and a young activist's thoughts naturally turn towards... company AGMs.


This year the annual 4 July demonstration was on a Monday, it was pouring with rain, and lots of people were at the G8.

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By Richard Lightbown

More than US$900bn is spent annually on arms, with over 550 million small arms and light weapons in circulation worldwide. Eight million new weapons are manufactured and 500,000 people killed every year by small arms fire. Richard Lightbown tells us what all this has to do with the world's forests in.

By Sasha Turrell

Gas-guzzling cultures are driving the route to environmental disaster and fuelling resource wars - changing a few lightbulbs at home just isn't going to cut it. Participants in the Camp for Climate Action this summer will work together to take action on the "biggest challenge" currently faced by humanity.

By Andrew Frisicano

Across the world, campaign groups and indigenous communities are struggling against the corporate destruction of the world's forests. Andrew Frisicano reports on recent developments.

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 Andreas Speck

Last month's Peace News carried an article by Eddy Canfor-Dumas in which he argued the case for the establishment of a "Ministry for Peace". This month we invited an opposing view. Andreas Speck makes his pitch for why a Ministry for Peace would merely be.

By Jeff Cloves

The UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights ( was read daily at a “War & Peace” exhibition in the Friends' Meeting House in Nailsworth, Glos, during the last week of April.

By The Mole

The Mole is fascinated by some of the strange cults found above ground.