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Issue 2527 | November 2010

A crude awakening

“This is not a rally, a demo or a march,” read the flier. “This is mass direct action that aims to disrupt the flow of oil into London. Welcome to the Crude Awakening.” Crikey.

Iraq's week of nonviolence

Iraq’s third annual Week of Nonviolence began on 10 October, organised by La’Onf (“no violence” in Arabic), a network of nonviolent Iraqi civilians and civil society groups.

Hammertime in Brighton

A mass siege of the EDO arms factory in Brighton took place on 13 October.

Jewish yacht to Gaza stopped by force

The latest attempt to break the Israeli siege of Gaza was organised by Jewish groups using a Jewish-crewed catamaran.

No funds for privatised military training at St Athan

Despite its other shortcomings, it was good to see that the UK government’s Public Expenditure Review has not allocated funds to the privatised military training college at St Athan.

From Peace Institute to Palestine Solidarity

On 28 September the Petitions Committee of the Welsh Assembly Government posted its official decision on the ambition for a Peace Institute (Academi Heddwch) in Wales.

Youth Forum deliver cycling petition to WAG

Fifteen members of the Welsh Youth Forum on Sustainable Development (WYFSD), Gwerin y Coed (the Woodcraft Folk in Wales) and representatives of other youth organisations spent five days in the sadd

Stopping Scottish Coal's Smash 'n' grab

The Scottish Resources Group (SRG), an umbrella company that includes Scottish Coal, has submitted an application for a “mixed use development” across a 230 hectare area which would include leisure

Anti-Trident campaigners paint Scottish court

Immediately after being fined £500 for blockading Faslane two women painted their judgement on the walls of the Dumbarton court building.

Happy Birthday Peace Centre!

UN World Peace Day was marked in Edinburgh with the rededication of the Peace Pole at the city’s Peace and Justice (P&J) Resource Centre.

Killing peace

Despite a spate of recent press reports regarding secret high-level talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban leadership, brutal US and British actions on the ground are undermining the p

Drones industry insider laments "armistice day curse"

The “prospect of peace” in Afghanistan “poses a serious danger” to the burgeoning drones industry, according to a recent anonymous comment piece in Flight International, believed to have been autho

Going beserk for Bezeq

Part of the British “boycott, divestment and sanctions” (BDS) for Palestine movement attended the British Olympic ball on 24 September, to put pressure on the ball’s sponsor, BT, to cut its ties wi

Building Bamiyan Peace Park

The city of Bamiyan, with a population of roughly 60,000, has only one paved street, a wide, two-kilometer road without lanes that is a site of constant activity from 5am to curfew at 10pm, and is

The capitalism question

Can we stop climate change without first overthrowing capitalism? PN sought views from around the movement.


Projecting power, protecting interests

Britain’s new strategic defence and security review is aggressive and anti-democratic


No Borders Calais: how to organise a secret festival

“Dwelling, moving about, speaking, reading, shopping and cooking are activities that seem to correspond to the characteristics of tactical ruses and surprises: clever tricks of the ‘weak’ within the order established by the ‘strong’, an art of putting one over on the adversary on his own turf, hunter’s tricks, manoeuvrable, polymorph mobilities, jubilant, poetic and warlike discoveries.” Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

“Everything is possible if people work together – even stopping Calais from being Calais.” Arnaud Borderer.


74% of British people support wealth tax

The overwhelming majority of people in Britain support the idea of a one-off 20% wealth tax on the richest 10% of the population that could pay off the national debt.

Activism and... Unemployment

I don’t like the term unemployment because it is negative and stigmatising.