Issue: 2616 - 2617

April - May 2018


Top Stories

Decline and rise?

by Nick Megoran

The Christian church is well-placed to be a movement for nonviolence

How to infiltrate activists

by PN

Extracts from spycop Andy Coles’ Special Demonstrations Squad (SDA) Tradecraft Manual.

The undercover cop’s guide to being an undercover cop

by Milan Rai

An internal manual for infiltrating activist groups, written by disgraced undercover police officer Andy Coles, has been made public by the Undercover Policing Inquiry

To win the changes we want we need to shift from 'mobilising' to 'organising', argues Milan Rai


Fasting for freedom

by Lindsey Gilroy

Mid Wales Refugee Action takes action in support of Yarl's Wood detainees

Fasting for devolution

by Colin Nosworthy

Farmer calls for devolution of broadcasting powers to Wales

60 year strong

by Awel Irene

CND anniversary celebrated in Caernarfon

Free Ahed Tamimi

by David Polden

Israel’s military justice system characterised by prolonged pre-trial detention, abuse of kids and sham trials, says Amnesty

Yorkshire anti-frackers declare victory

by David Polden

Well capped after government calls for financial review of Third Energy

Enemy within

by Jeff Cloves

New play tells story of WW1 peace activist framed by police spies for non-existent murder plot

Army abuse trial collapses

by Symon Hill

Military police blame 'more urgent enquiries' for 'unacceptable delay' in bringing case to trial

North Korea – peace is possible but it’s going to be hard to avoid disaster and war

by Milan Rai

Break down in hasty Trump-Kim summit could 'take us closer to war' warns George W Bush's North adviser on North Korea

Walk-out threatens future of spycops inquiry

by PN, Inquiry Participant

Doreen Lawrence says chair turning hearing into 'inquiry cloaked in secrecy and anonymity'


Mark Kennedy spied on French activists too

by David Polden

Terrorism charges followed arrival of British undercover cop, documents reveal

‘How to build peace’ – Quakers publish report

by Benjamin Kaplan

Dublin and Berlin events to follow London launch

Arms fair trials abandoned

by David Polden

13 cases dropped after aquittal of Christian activists

Common values

by PN

LGBT+ rights defenders protest outside Westminster Abbey


America’s tortured brow

by Oska Lappin

Oska Lappin, America’s tortured brow, from Oska Lappin, Scary Amerika (Seditionaries Free Press, 2018)

Frightened all over again

by Milan Rai

Milan Rai reviews Daniel Ellsberg's new book The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Collective problems, collective solutions

by Audrey Versteegen

Housing co-ops are being hit by new taxes

CND and direct action

by Kate Hudson

An extract from a new book marking CND’s 60th birthday

How PN helped give birth to the peace symbol and other stories


‘Without you ... there would have been no symbol.’

Climate justice jobs

by Gabriel Carlyle

A Corbyn premiership could open up exciting possibilities for a just transition to a zero-carbon economy

Make your own white poppy

by Linda Murgatroyd

Display of peace poppies made by public planned to mark WW1 centenary


Case Study: India: February – March 1918

by Natalia Choi

Textile workers win economic justice

Hope abounds

by Penny Stone

Penny Stone finds protest songs alive and well on the college lecturers' picket lines in Edinburgh

The Personal Column: vinyl, fake news & red propellors

by Jeff Cloves

Jeff Cloves looks in the window of his new local record shop

Bruce Kent: As I please

by Bruce Kent

Blowing up the world in 'a graduated controlled way'

And legacy: on becoming a full human being

by Oluwafemi Hughes

How does one make sense of a self, or the world, when stories of one’s ancestors were of strange barbarians who early Europeans decided were ‘non human’?, asks Oluwafemi Hughes

Obituary: Beatrice Smith: 24 July 1937 – 4 February 2018

by Lyn Meredid

Poet, author, hospital worker and socialist 'was never one to give up when things got tough'

Cartoons etc

Roouminations by Donald Rooum

Telford by Tony Telford