Issue: 2499-2500

July - August 2008


By Milan Rai, Emily Johns


By Maya Evans

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By Jeff Cloves

We – Pat V T West, Dennis Gould, Jeff Cloves – first performed together as RiffRaff Poets in St Ives in 1970.

By John Rety

This picture by Milein Cosman, Flight, shows her concern for peace. The refugee: the universal victim; her uptilted chin shows the determination to overcome her plight and to retain dignity.

By Frances Laing

At the time of going to press (and almost a month after she died) the exact cause of Pauline Campbell’s death remains unclear. At her funeral in Whitchurch a former work colleague said simply: “She died of a broken heart”.

By Genny Bove

The facts are fairly straightforward, although whenever I recount the tale, my listener’s jaw drops. “They did what?” But the authorities are deadly serious. This is what happened:

By Naomi Klein, Andrea D'Cruz

PN In the book you don’t embrace or push any single ideology. Why?

By Sarah Young

Sarah Young reports on the Peace Chain Around Faslane

By Emily Freeman

During the Big Blockade of Faslane on 1 October 2007, Emily Freeman was arrested. Charged with breach of the peace, she was finally brought to trial in Helensburgh on 18 May 2008.

By Andrea D'Cruz

Following months of talks, Hamas and Israel finally agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, which came into effect at dawn on 19 June.

By Andrea D'Cruz

On 28 May king Gyanendra became the last king of Nepal, bringing an end to the 239-year-old-monarchy. He was peacefully deposed as Nepal became a federal republic, following the recent election of the Maoists to government.

By Aisha Maniar

On 24 July 2008, Binyam Mohamed will be 30 years old. Unlike most other people aged 30, on that day, Binyam will have spent one out of every five years of his life in illegal American detention.

By Mark Chapman

On 7 May, I represented myself at Helensburgh District Court, facing a charge of “breach of the peace” at the Faslane 365 Big Blockade, 1 October 2007.

By Jane Tallents

Faslane 365 – the year-long blockade of the Faslane nuclear weapons base finished on 1 Oct last year.

On 13 June, 29 Climate Camp activists wearing boiler suits saying “leave it in the ground” blockaded a coal train heading into the Drax power station in Yorkshire. During the 16-hour occupation, they shovelled around 30 tons of coal out of the train, onto the tracks. PN interviewed a London-based participant.

By Kelvin Mason

On Saturday 21 June, a toddler in a child-seat and twenty cyclists from the Welsh Youth Forum on Sustainable Development, Gwerin Y Coed (Woodcraft Folk) and Grwp Beic Aberystwyth completed the 157 miles from Machynlleth to Cardiff to publicise the