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Issue 2519 | March 2010

Wales visits Aldermaston!

At the 15 February Big Blockade of the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), the Welsh were assigned to Construction Gate, one of the most important gates for vehicle access in the coming

Are we about see the first Green MPs elected?

The Green Party is focusing its attention on three constituencies where it has a reasonable chance of electing a Green MP in this year’s general election: Lewisham Deptford, Norwich South and Brigh

Mainshill's just the start

The forced eviction of the Mainshill Solidarity Camp ended on 29 January, with over 70 people resisting the eviction, 45 arrests and a huge number of defences that kept the National Eviction Team b

Arrest Blair!

Tony Blair may be sleeping a little less soundly in his bed following the launch of ArrestBlair.org.

Faslane solidarity with Aldermaston

A vigil was held at Faslane Naval Base on 15 February in solidarity with the Aldermaston blockaders’ action that day. The vigil was called by Faslane Peace Camp and neighbouring Helensburgh CND.

Red Dragon in Gaza

In February 2009, I went to Gaza as one of a European Parliament group to see the destruction caused by Israeli attacks.

Democracy's banners

On 27 January, activists interrupted representatives of the nuclear industry giving evidence to the energy and climate change parliamentary select committee.

Afghanistan negotiations "inevitable" says US - but not yet

Despite “a growing recognition in Washington… that some form of power-sharing deal [between the Afghan government and the Taliban] may be the only way to end the war” (Financial Times, 22 January),

Campaigners challenge BAE corruption plea bargain

On 5 February, a brief press release from the serious fraud office (SFO) announced that it had reached a settlement with BAE Systems, the UK’s largest arms company.

BANg on at the NPT!

This May, parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty will meet for a full review conference. International youth will be represented there through “Ban All Nukes Generation” (BANg).

Campaign against military drones

The second part of a PN investigation


The very, very least we should demand of the NPT

Security guarantees for non-nuclear-weapon states


Keith McHenry

PN interviews the legendary co-founder of Food Not Bombs


After Copenhagen: moving forward

The UN COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen in December was a shambles.

Aldermaston bomb factory shut down!

More than 500 activists shut down access to the Aldermaston nuclear bomb factory in Berkshire on 15 February to protest against the expansion of the Atomic Weapons Establishment’s research, design


The night before, I scrolled through his Wikipedia entry to brief myself on what to expect. “Voted sixth by New Statesman readers on their list of ‘Heroes of our time’.” Holy cow, I thought.

Tell it like it is

The greatest pleasure in writing for PN has always been that its editors let me write about whatever catches my fancy. And my fancy is to write about anything I fancy will interest PN readers.

Colin Ward 14 August 1924 - 10 February 2010

Colin Ward was the leading anarchist thinker and writer of post-war Britain. His was an anarchism that was at once constructive, creative and immensely practical.

John Rety 8 December 1930 - 3 February 2010

John Rety, former editor of the anarchist newspaper Freedom and good friend of Peace News, has died at the age of 79.

Activism and... Hate

I don’t think I would label any of the emotions I have in relation to activism as “hatred”. But there are things that come close.