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Issue 2515 | November 2009

A street debate

Afghan anniversary actions


61 arrested in DC

Afghan anniversary actions


High-tech G20

Afghan anniversary actions


Sizewell 5 acquitted

Two days into a four-day trial, five anti-nuclear activists were found not guilty of aggravated trespass after a blockade in 2008 of the Sizewell nuclear power station in Suffolk.

Aldermaston Big Blockaders put on trial

Five anti-nuclear activists who peacefully blocked access to the atomic weapons establishment (AWE) Aldermaston last autumn were tried before Reading magistrates’ court on 21 and 22 October.

Nonviolence in Palestine-Israel


Climate campaigners shut down opencast coalmine single-handed!

Okay, so there were two of them rather than one, but with just a little cargo netting and rope borrowed from friends, campaigners closed Ffos-y-Frân, Wales’ largest opencast coal mine on 23 Septemb

Wales challenges Europe on climate change

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans hosted a visit of climate campaigners from Wales to Brussels in mid-October.

Swooping for success

Saturday 17 October. 1.03pm. The first tweet comes in on my mobile phone: “The fences are breached. There’s people on top of the coal pile. The Swoop is go!”

Reading the world

SY What do you do?

"To fight is not the solution"

Are those calling for withdrawal selling out Afghanistan’s women?



On 1 October, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it was taking steps to prosecute BAE Systems in relation to arms deals in Eastern Europe and Africa.

Whither Trident?

On 16 July, the government published its international strategy in the lead-up to the NPT Review Conference next May.

Copenhagen here we come!

The Little Mermaid, Tivoli Gardens, Probably The Worst Beer In The World: these may be some of the tourist attractions, but what will draw people to Copenhagen this December is the United Nations C

Broadening the base

Peace News invited the Brighton anti-arms trade group Smash EDO to share thoughts on strategy, tactics and movement building.


People Power: a strategic political force

Michael Randle assesses civil resistance and its role in creating social change.


Manchester highlights death merchants

Brimar – a Manchester-based weapons manufacturer – is the latest armaments firm to feel the heat from campaigners.

Resisting hate

There was a letter in October’s PN headlined: “Research on Reading”. I missed the capital letter and found I was reading about Reading and the impact of the cold war on this town.


I looked out of my kitchen window as the rain belted down.

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Activism and... the Anarchist Bookfair

When I go, I feel revitalised, and reawoken, and really stimulated.