Issue: 2504-2505

December 2008 - January 2009



By Milan Rai, Emily Johns

Over two-thirds of the British public want all British troops withdrawn from Afghanistan within 12 months, according to a new BBC poll. Meanwhile, five million Afghans are facing a winter of starvation because of “donor fatigue”.

By Declan McCormick

The trade union movement in Britain, as elsewhere, has gone through periods where the rank and file has felt the need to organise itself in order to revive, reform or replace the existing structures.

By Declan McCormick

“If we are to roll back the tide of privatisation and war, rebuilding the grass roots of our movement is essential.”

Bob Crow – General Secretary, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT)

By Gerard Benson

The current set of Poems on the Underground contains two poems that relate directly to the 90th anniversary of the Armistice at the end of the first world war – the war often misnamed The Great War.

When I was younger and more active in the peace movement, I would say to people who said “I was once in CND”, or who were a bit too old for active service: why once? You can still write!

By Maya Evans

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By Jeff Cloves

Back in September eight short video films were shown in Stroud to mark World Peace Day. Collectively the films tried to answer this question: what does it take to build peace?

A body of work by Liz Jones, based on musings on creative nonviolent interventions at military places, in particular AWE Aldermaston.

By Milan Rai

Reactions have been mixed to The Baader-Meinhof Complex, a new film encapsulating the history of the ruthless German urban guerrilla group.

By Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is a permaculture teacher. He catalysed the Transition Town movement when he set his students a project to design an energy descent plan: a timetabled strategy for weaning a town off fossil fuels. We must all engage with the debate and action on how we respond to peak oil and climate change.

By Elise Desiderio

Norman Finkelstein, one of North America’s leading critics of Israeli policy, spoke to PN on a rare visit to Britain.

By Elise Desiderio

To illuminate the credit crunch and to find a new way forward, Peace News has chosen four recently-published books about the financial crisis.

By Elise Desiderio

Looking around for active alternatives to capitalism, PN interviews an anti-capitalist printing co-op

By Richard Wolff

How did we get here?

By Milan Rai

Here we are, in a world of financial and economic pain, with millions of people around the world facing unemployment, reduced pensions, and reduced incomes, all because of the “credit crunch” – and most of us are still in the dark as to h