Issue: 2546

June 2012


Top Stories

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.

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.

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


Interrupting Vince


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

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.

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).

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.

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.

Scotland & Wales

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.

Robert Mugabe... what happened?

by Lotte Reimer

Review of a film about the African dictator.

WISE Up for Bradley Manning

by Genny Bove

Recent campaigning in Wales in solidarity with the US whistleblower.

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.

Coal: Douglas Valley Residents take action

by Oli

Coal Action Scotland gears up for more action.

Contradictory pro-NATO Nats

by David McKenzie

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


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

Taking control

by Ian Sinclair

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

CAAB counter-surveillance

by Lindis Percy, Melanie Ndzinga

Looking back over the history of an important peace campaign.

An Argentine pacifist perspective

by Ian Sinclair, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel describes nonviolent resistance in Latin America

FEX: Funding the revolution

by Milan Rai

Radical philanthropy shares power with activists

Countering Olympic myths

by Emma Sangster

Exploring some of the concerns around the London Olympics.


The world-wide awkward squad

by Jeff Cloves

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

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.

Cartoons etc