As PN entered production, news broke of dramatic developments in the Afghan conflict. The Taliban were finally admitted to talks with the US government and the Afghan government, something polls show that the Afghan people have long desired.
Anti-capitalist demonstrations in England, northern Ireland and Germany were met with excessive policing last month, as eight of the world’s wealthiest countries met at Lough Erne in northern Ireland for the G8 summit on 17-18 June.
Since the Woolwich attack in London on 22 May, at least 13 mosques have been attacked, according to Islamophobia monitoring group Tell MAMA, which has recorded 212 incidents targeting Muslims – including harassment, violence and damaged property.
The South African political exile Lewis Nkosi, writing in Peace News in the period before he became a well-known author, drew on his experience of the South African struggle to criticise the analysis of African-American writer Louis Lomax in the latter’s book The Negro Revolt. This was part of PN’s wide-ranging coverage – by those involved – of the Civil Rights movement in the US in the ’60s.