Issue: 2511-2512

July - August 2009


By Emily Johns, Milan Rai


By Milan Rai, Emily Johns

After the storm, we can make peace

By PN staff

On 20 June, activists occupying a plot of derelict land beside Kew Bridge, London, held an “open day” for their planned eco-village. The site was taken by over 70 people on 6 June.

By David Polden

In May and June, five people were up on charges arising from the April 2008 “Carnival Against the Arms Trade” at the EDO-MBM arms factory in Brighton.

By Rhys Dafydd Jones

Plaid Cymru environmental and justice campaigner Jill Evans was re-elected to Brussels, while Labour slumped in the vote, losing their second seat to UKIP.

By Chris Bluemel

On 5 June, Brighton magistrates court acquitted me of assaulting a police constable (PC) in the course of his duty at the “Carnival Against the Arms Trade” in Brighton on 4 June 2008.

By Kelvin Mason

Bethan Jenkins AM (Plaid Cymru) will meet with Assembly environment minister Jane Davidson to raise concerns on behalf of constituents and campaigners who fear new regulations on opencast mining may not be enough to protect the health and

By Milan Rai

Earlier this year, I was invited to take part in a discussion about “growing the radical peace movement” in Britain.

By Milan Rai, Emily Johns

The declaration of a semi-closed, semi-open, no-blame inquiry into the Iraq war is said to be part of British prime minister Gordon Brown’s strategy to secure his position as leader of the Labour party.

By Kathy Kelly

10 June: In Jayne Anne Phillips’ Lark and Termite, the skies over Korea, in 1950, are described in this way:

By Jonathan Stevenson

Ed Miliband’s announcement that new coal power stations will only be permitted if 25% of their emissions are carbon-captured and stored hasn’t put a stop to the blossoming UK anti-coal movement – and rightly so, given the massive loophole

By John Gurr

Western Sahara, illegally occupied by Morocco 33 years ago, faces a mounting challenge to the integrity of its rich natural resources.

By Emily Johns

Lib Dems won’t replace Trident, The public rejects Star Wars

By Emily Johns

13 years after the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni human rights activists Shell was brought to court in New York for complicity with the Nigerian government for these state murders.

By David Gribble

David Gribble worked for 30 years at Dartington Hall and Sands schools. He now edits Lib Ed and champions democratic education initiatives around the world. To hear more from him on children and libertarian education come to Peace News summer camp.

By Milan Rai

It is testimony to the spirit of trust and unity created by the organisers of the recent Anarchist Movement Conference in London that it was possible to take a photograph of the 200-plus people who gathered for the final plenary of the ga