Issue: 2546

June 2012


Top Stories

Legal action stops Afghan torture transfers

by Gabriel Carlyle

Even as Afghanistan introduces its own system of internment – and the UK seeks to circumvent high court restrictions aimed at preventing the torture of detainees – activists and lawyers in the UK have succeeded in temporarily halting the transfer of prisoners from British forces to the Afghan secret police.

Iran: Lawyers say no to pre-emptive war

by Milan Rai, Emily Johns

Prominent lawyers warned the British government against supporting an illegal attack on Iran as the British government consulted its legal advisors on its military options. Meanwhile, international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme stalled at a meeting in Baghdad in late May, as Western diplomats rebuffed concessions from the Islamic Republic.

Is it revolutionary - or counter-revolutionary - to attack the police?


More singing, less bashing

by Gabriel Carlyle

Some reflections on the Big Six Energy Bash demo in London on 3 May, which was 'kettled' by police.

Faslane’s 30 Days of Action

by Leonna O'Neill

Faslane Peace Camp reveal details of some of the host of actions planned against the Trident nuclear weapon system in Scotland during June.

1,600 hunger strikers’ victory

by David Polden

On 14 May, some 1,600 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons won major concessions from the Israeli prison service, leading them to end their mass hunger strike which started on 17 April (see PN 2545).

Conscientious Objectors’ Day

by Janet King, Bill Hetherington

Last month, peace activists held commemorations in Manchester (13 May), London (15 May) and Birmingham (20 May) to mark the thirtieth International Conscientious Objectors’ Day.

Interrupting Vince


An anti-arms trade protester manages to upstage Vince Cable, the business secretary, at the British arms exporters' biggest annual conference.

Scotland & Wales

Contradictory pro-NATO Nats

by David McKenzie

Scotland needs a 'real stushie' over the SNP's contradictory position on nuclear weapons.

Coal: Douglas Valley Residents take action

by Oli

Coal Action Scotland gears up for more action.

Viennese Mexican NPT Wave!

by Janet Fenton

Interest in Scotland's new position on nuclear weapons at the May 2012 NPT PrepCom meeting in Vienna.

WISE Up for Bradley Manning

by Genny Bove

Recent campaigning in Wales in solidarity with the US whistleblower.

Robert Mugabe... what happened?

by Lotte Reimer

Review of a film about the African dictator.

Peace Fair Tregaron

by Ruth Owen

A highly-successful Peace Fair was held in Tregaron to celebrate the bicentenary of Welsh peace campaigner Henry Richard MP.


Countering Olympic myths

by Emma Sangster

Exploring some of the concerns around the London Olympics.

FEX: Funding the revolution

by Milan Rai

Radical philanthropy shares power with activists

An Argentine pacifist perspective

by Ian Sinclair, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel describes nonviolent resistance in Latin America

CAAB counter-surveillance

by Lindis Percy, Melanie Ndzinga

Looking back over the history of an important peace campaign.

Taking control

by Ian Sinclair

PN marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of a ground-breaking pamphlet

We're all going on a summer holiday: Peace News Summer Camp 2012

by Milan Rai, Emily Johns

Delicious details of Peace News Summer Camp 2012


30 years ago: Waste dumping in Wales – a campaigning success

by Albert Beale

Arguments about nuclear power stations and nuclear waste were prevalent 30 years ago, as now – and PN played a key part. Ex-PN-staffer Paul Wesley tells of a campaign that succeeded.

The world-wide awkward squad

by Jeff Cloves

You act alone, and you don't tell....

Cartoons etc