Issue: 2533

May 2011


Reflections on the deaths of two war photographers.


By Milan Rai, Mark Bowery

One of the most significant attempts to broker a peace deal to end the war in Libya failed in mid-April, undermined by western leaders who assured Libyan rebels of a military victory over Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

By Gabriel Carlyle

Reports that the Obama administration is about to get serious about peace talks in Afghanistan are belied by plans for long-term bases


This year’s Unarmed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June has a North African theme to it

By Alexandra Olano Salinas

Anti-war campaigner Brian Haw has lost his last appeal to keep his peace camp on the grass in Parliament Square, after the mayor of London was granted a possession order by the high court on 17 March.

By Alexandra Olano Salinas

Vittorio Arrigoni, an outspoken Italian peace activist, was murdered in Gaza on 14 April, after being abducted by an anti-Hamas, al-Qa’eda-inspired group. Arrigoni arrived in Gaza on a Free Gaza Movement siege-busting boat in 2008.

By Milan Rai

The event planned for October formerly known as “the Radical Media Conference” has been forced to change its name after being subjected to legal threats by an international PR and production company calling itself “Radical Media”.

By David Polden

On 14 April, the high court ruled that police acted illegally when they cordoned (“kettled”) Climate Camp protesters in Bishopsgate, London, at the G20 protest on 1 April 2009.

By David Polden

The Irish environmental group “Shell to Sea” has published a video in which a police sergeant suggests to another Garda (Irish police officer) that they should say to an arrested protester: “Give me your name and address or I’ll rape you”.

By Paula Boulton, Dr Vole, Zayeet

From London to Pontypridd and beyond, Wales has been marching against cuts, nuclear power and capitalism

By Brian Larkin

Four years ago the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), in coalition with the Greens, formed a minority Scottish government. Its manifesto and campaign literature had prominently declared opposition to the Trident nuclear weapon system.

By Chris Cole

PN examines a new MoD report on the growing use of armed drones

By Milan Rai, Emily Johns

“The RAF’s over-budget Typhoon fighter jets are being deployed in Libya on missions for which they are ill-equipped, because military chiefs are anxious to justify their high cost,” military sources revealed to The Times on 23 April.

By Maikel Nabil Sanad

The report that led to its author, a young Egyptian peace activist, being imprisoned on 12 April for three years. Its title refers to the demonstrators’chant in Tahrir Square: “the army and the people are one hand!”

By Andreas Speck

“We got rid of the dictator, but not of the dictatorship”. Maikel Nabil Sanad wrote this in a post on his blog, in which he analysed the role of the Egyptian military during and after the revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak.

By Peggy Gish

A report from the recent Voices for Creative Nonviolence delegation to support the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers.