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Issue 2521 | May 2010

Fearing tipping point, CIA backs European propaganda campaign

The CIA is worried that “a spike in French or German casualties or in Afghan civilian casualties could become a tipping point in converting passive opposition into active calls for immediate withdr

Taliban leadership talks "long overdue"

Talks with the Taliban leadership are “long overdue”, the UN’s former envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, told the BBC World Service in mid-March.

Swan Island shutdown

On 31 March, four Christian peace activists broke into a secret Australian military base in a protest against the war in Afghanistan.

Vulture funds banned

On 8 April, Britain became the first country in the world to ban profiteering in “third world debt”, in the final hours of the last parliament.

EDO on trial: Decommissioners go to court

The six EDO Decommissioners, who caused £300,000 damage to the EDO MBM arms factory in Brighton to protest against the war on Gaza, go to trial on 17 May.

Archbishop Oscar Romero remembered

Archbishop Oscar Romero addressed these words to the national guard in El Salvador, the day before he was brutally murdered in San Salvador on 24 March 1980: “Brothers, you belong to your own peopl

Aberystwyth Peace and Justice Hustings: No young hopefuls

Aberystwyth Peace and Justice Network got the election ball rolling in March, organising a peace and justice hustings in the Morlan Centre.

Testing death drones at Aberporth

The MoD Watchkeeper drone programme is beginning trials at ParcAberporth using the Israeli-built Hermes 450 UAV (“Unmanned Arial Vehicle”).

Resistance film festival

Edinburgh’s first “Celebrating Cultures of Resistance” all-day film festival took place on 20 March at the Banshee Labyrinth, a unique venue near the Royal Mile.

Life in the Faslane

The Faslane naval base, home of the UK’s nuclear weapons and a regular site of protest and nonviolent direct action, saw demonstrations on 3 April as part of a European day of action against nuclea

PN columnist takes on Afghan torture

Allegations of British complicity in the torture and abuse of detainees in Afghanistan are being scrutinised at a judicial review in the high court, as PN goes to press.

What effect would a hung parliament have on war and peace?

Recent opinion polls suggest an increased likelihood of the 6 May general election resulting in a hung parliament, something last seen in 1974.

Cutting militarism

As politicians warn of post-election cuts in public spending, the question arises: how much could be saved by reducing Britain’s military presence worldwide?


US war policy depends heavily on UK political support. A leading US peace activist reflects on the Afghan war – and the lack of reaction in the US and Europe to atrocities.


The Catholic Worker at 77

As Peace News heads towards its 75th anniversary next year, we cast an eye at some of our sister peace publications. This month, the extraordinary Catholic Worker.


Watching, and challenging, the armed forces

It’s difficult to avoid the feeling that the military are becoming increasingly embedded into civil society.

Obama threatens Iran

The US nuclear posture review is actually nuclear terrorism


Activism and... Electioneering

“This era saw PN publishing an anti-election manifesto in September 1974. ‘Don’t vote, it only encourages them,’ was the paper’s advice at the time of the earlier, February, election that year.

Bookshop notes

Are you looking for out-of-print books relating to the peace movement?

Ten Ten

Hello everyone! This article here is supposed to be about how Peace News is getting on as a member of the 10:10 initiative to cut carbon emissions by 10% in 2010.

Campaign Profile: Forces Watch

Challenging military recruitment practices in the UK and contributing to a wider understanding of peaceful alternatives to conflict, Forces Watch is a new network set up to:


Afghanistan has now become a big concern for me.

Poetry - ah life!

This column purports to be a review of PVT West’s poetry but it requires confession. Pat was a friend and poet/performer with whom I worked from time to time for over 30 years.

Gene Stoltzfus 1 February 1940 - 10 March 2010

On 10 March, Gene Stoltzfus died in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada when his heart stopped while he was bicycling near his home on the first spring-like day of the year.