Issue: 2514

October 2009


By Emily Johns, Milan Rai


By Milan Rai, Emily Johns

The British people are tired of the lies and evasions. We are sick of the futile deaths of British soldiers and the shocking airstrikes on defenceless Afghan civilians.

Founded in 2008, Workers’ Climate Action (WCA) is a direct action and solidarity network made up of socialists, anarchists and other class struggle activists involved in both the environmental and labour movements.

Guilt is the feeling that “I can’t do enough”. That as much as you try to go to all the meetings you can, do all the bits and pieces you can, you never feel you’re doing enough.

By Maya Evans

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By Jenny Maxwell

 The purpose of writing a letter is that it should be read. This may sound obvious but it’s important to consider your letter from the point of view of the recipient.

By Sareena Rai

For the past two years Peace News has been tracking the civil war and ensuing peace process in Nepal. The British government contributed military training and equipment to the conflict, but the British non-governmental organisations also have their part to play in entrenched inequality. PN interviews a Nepali domestic worker in Kathmandu.

By Pat

For 25 years Veggies Catering Campaign has been the field kitchen of the British activist scene. This month they invite you to celebrate their vibrant history.

By Maya Evans, Tamsin Omond

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By Wilfred Wellock

We reprint Peace News front page 15 September 1939. A pacifist socialist response to the outbreak of war:

By Emily Johns

PN was for many years the mass circulation weekly of the Peace Pledge Union, the pacifist group founded 75 years ago. The PPU celebrated its birthday on this year’s Unarmed Forces Day, 27 June.

By PN staff

Joe Glenton – the British lance corporal who refuses to return to Afghanistan on grounds of conscience (see PN 2513) – has had two charges of disobeying a lawful command dropped.

By Gabriel Carlyle

Confronted with evidence of wide-ranging fraud on his behalf in Afghanistan’s recent presidential election, Hamid Karzai told Le Figaro: “There was fraud in 2004, and there is today, and there will be tomorrow.”

By Sarah Young

This year, the number of school leavers applying for university places rose by almost 10%. But what of those who don’t have the qualifications needed to ride out the recession at college?

By Sarah Young

Since Climate Action Scotland (see PN 2513), the camp at Mainshill Wood, site of a proposed opencast mine in Lanarkshire, has continued into its third month with the support of the local Community Council.

By Scottish CND

Scottish CND has succeeded in obtaining copies of two risk assessments on the dangers incurred if there should be a major accident involving a Trident submarine in the shiplift at the submarine base at Faslane.