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Issue 2530 | February 2011

Afghanistan: war failing, peace possible say experts

Barack Obama should “sanction and support a direct dialogue with the Afghan Taliban leadership residing in Pakistan”, according to an open letter to the US President signed by over fifty experts on


Careful investigation by environmental activists has uncovered the identities of three long-term police infiltrators, one of whom advocated violence.


On 19 January, Christian peace activist Chris Cole was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment by Westminster central magistrates court for non-payment of a fine following a protest at the DSEi arms fair

Women say no to police abuse

On Monday 24 January, 35 women and men blockaded the metropolitan police’s headquarters at New Scotland Yard, London in response to revelations of infiltration of activist movements by undercover p

US/Israel responsible for major cyber attack

Iran’s nuclear industry damaged by Stuxnet virus


Free University, teach-ins, and tax dodgers

A look at cuts protests in Wales


Talking Trident

In December a delegation to the Scottish Parliament met Bruce Crawford, minister for Parliamentary Business in the Scottish Government, to hand in an open letter to the first minister.

Faslane Friendship

In early December, members of Trident Ploughshares, Helensburgh CND and the Faslane Peace Camp braved freezing temperatures to hold a vigil at the gates of Faslane Naval Base in solidarity with the

Happendon Wood happenings

Over the past couple of months THWAC (The Happendon Wood Action Camp) has been a hive of activity, with direct action and community resistance taking place all over the Douglas Valley in South Lana

Afghan Youth Speak

Worldwide, voices of young people are challenging repressive systems


Ratcliffe climate trials

Two victories and a defeat


Anarchist Europe: a view from the outside. Part 1

Rai Ko Ris, a punk band from Nepal, toured Europe last autumn. Frontwoman Sareena Rai describes how the anarchist scene surprised her.



PN interviews Michael Albert of Z Magazine on his model of anarchist economics.


Weeding the garden

The most memorable film I saw in 2010 – at the cinema or on TV – was Julien Temple’s visionary TV documentary Requiem for Detroit.

Activism and... Infiltrators

PN has permission to quote long-term anarchist organiser Ian Bone, a key figure in Class War in the 1980s: “I’ve never knowingly met a police spy, but we had loads of journalists trying to infiltra

From Tunisia With Love

As Peace News goes to press, the leaderless people’s uprising in Tunisia is about to sweep away its second government in as many weeks, as part of a global youth revolt that stretches all the way to the student occupations in Britain.