Issue: 2539

November 2011


Top Stories


by Gabriel Carlyle

At the start of Occupy London Stock Exchange.

A perspective on events in Libya.

News from Afghanistan

NATO’s hidden Afghan victims

by Gabriel Carlyle

NATO claims to have killed at least 3,873 individuals – and detained a further 7,146 – since December 2009, but how many of these were actually civilians?

Afghanistan: peace talks not yet dead


The September assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, chairman of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council – the body established to seek peace talks with the Taliban - by an alleged Taliban envoy appeared to derail any prospect of a negotiated end to the war.

Afghan torture

by Gabriel Carlyle

The UN has found compelling evidence of systematic torture in five facilities run by the Afghan intelligence agency (NDS) – including at least one facility deemed safe for detainee transfers in the UK high court last year.

Making media

In the wake of the Rebellious Media Conference, Peace News takes a look at what the conference achieved, how to work with the mainstream media and interview Matthew Alford, author of Reel Power: Hollywood cinema and American supremacy.

Rebellious Media Conference


Over 1,100 people crowded into London’s Institute for Education on 8 October for the start of the Rebellious Media Conference (RMC), organised by Peace News, Ceasefire, NUJ, Red Pepper, Undercurrents and visionOntv.

Rebel voices

by Milan Rai

Reflections on the Rebellious Media Conference, London, October 2011

Hollywood at war

by Ian Sinclair

Peace News explores the politics of cinema with Matthew Alford, author of Reel Power: Hollywood cinema and American supremacy

Other news

Michael Lyons’ appeal fails

by Andrea Needham

Michael Lyons, the navy medic who was jailed for seven months for refusing, on moral and ethical grounds, to attend rifle training, has lost his appeal against conviction.

SOCPAvistas, sleep on!

by David Polden

New legislation to curtail protest around Parliament.

Maikel forcibly hospitalised

by Andrea Needham

Imprisoned Egyptian pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad has been sent to Abbasseya psychiatric hospital for examination.

Solar meltdown at nuclear demo

by Dr Vole

A report from the Hinkley Point blockade.

Red Dragon Newsround


News from Wales.

Aldermaston women descend on Faslane

by Leonna O'Neill

Women from Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp visit the home of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system.

other comment & features

The Wreckage of Gillie Woodiwis


The painter, Lorna Vahey, on how a veteran from the First World War influenced her father's pacifism.

Poppy politics

by Emma Sangster

Poppies, poppies, poppies – we are entering the season of remembrance and of the ubiquitous red on the lapel of every public figure and increasingly on the front of buses, on products, in schools and just about everywhere.

Poppy history

by Peace Pledge Union

A brief history of remembrance the pacifist way.

Activism and... criminal records


This morning I was sacked... again. Not because of anything I had done, or not done, in my job; I had been a model worker in my work as a trainee (unpaid and therefore without rights) teaching assistant.

Cartoons etc