Issue: 2494

February 2008


By Emily Johns, Milan Rai


By Anne Greagsby

17 January was the anniversary of the announcement that the Metrix consortium had successfully bid to build a privately-run military academy in South Wales.

By Lotte Reimer

Saturday 12 January saw a brilliant number and diversity of protest and campaign slogans displayed in the centre of Aberystwyth.

By Mid-Wales Climate Action

"Sitting on my sleeping mat, nestling a cup of tea, dry and cosy in waterproofs and thermals, I erupted into giggles as my friend passed me a biscuit. What was so funny? It sounds like your average camping trip.

By Andrea D'Cruz

The "People's Navy" solidarity voyage to Diego Garcia (see last issue) has made further progress: the Cindik boat has reached Egypt, and the Musichana is moving on from Thailand. They are set to meet in the Maldives.

By Polina Aksamentova

Despite heavy police presence and last minute restrictions, about 150 activists participated in an anti-vivisection demonstration against Sequani Limited in Ledbury, Worcestershire, on 15 December.

By Milan Rai

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), visited Iran in January, and was allowed a rare meeting with Iran's supreme leader, ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

By Andrea D'Cruz

On 12 January Plane Stupid activists staged an innovative “reclaim the ice” protest on the British Airways-sponsored rink at the Natural History Museum in London.

By John Welford

Campaigners against the government's identity cards scheme sometimes warn that it will become Labour's Poll Tax. There may be more truth to this than people realise.

By Kat Barton

Not only did the Nepali democracy movement manage to effectively de-throne the hated King Gyanendra (see p4), but an historic ruling in December saw the Supreme Court legitimise gay rights in the Kingdom.

By Sarah Young

Two graffiti protestors were overwhelmed by a crowd of well-wishers when they arrived for their trial at Edinburgh sheriff court on 9 January.


This Easter Monday 24 March the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is holding a massive “surround the base” event at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston.

By Tomas from Skye

Anarcho-punk legends Oi Polloi have been around since 1981, but recently their music's taken a completely new turn.

By Phil Steele, Linda Rogers

On 15 February 2003, over one million people marched against the Iraq war in London. This amazing total was the result of hard work by thousands of local organisers. Here is one story from Bangor, north Wales.

By Gabriel Carlyle

Recently, reading about Ukraine’s 2004 “Orange Revolution” – with its iconic tent-city occupation of Kiev’s Independence Square, the Maidan – my memory was sent hurtling back to the 2003 “Day X” protests in London on the day that Britain

By Andreas Speck

Long-time peace activist Andreas Speck casts critical reflections on nonviolent direct action.