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Issue 2514 | October 2009

Why is Britain in Afghanistan?

“Are you really asking me this goddamn silly question?” – Walt Rostow, National Security Adviser to Lyndon Johnson


We march on Gaza

Over 700 people from around the UK have now signed up to support the Gaza Freedom March.

A week of action against the DSEi arms fair

Between 8-11 September the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands hosted the Defence Services Equipment International exhibition (DSEi), the world’s largest arms fair.

"Beyond the Pale" but over Wales

In an interview with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Lord Bingham compared drones with cluster bombs and landmines.

Wales in London

Following Climate Camp Cymru in mid-August, Wales set up a neighbourhood at the Climate Camp in London.

Biofuel power station plans thwarted

Across the UK, companies are planning to cash in on a subsidy bonanza for electricity from burning biofuels.

Council trashes refuse workers

Edinburgh’s refuse workers are currently in dispute with City of Edinburgh Council over “modernisation” plans that would see them lose £300 a month in wages.

It's official - risk of nuclear disaster at Faslane

Scottish CND has succeeded in obtaining copies of two risk assessments on the dangers incurred if there should be a major accident involving a Trident submarine in the shiplift at the subm

Update from Mainshill Wood

Since Climate Action Scotland (see PN 2513), the camp at Mainshill Wood, site of a proposed opencast mine in Lanarkshire, has continued into its third month with the support of the local C

Army recruitment rises in Scotland

This year, the number of school leavers applying for university places rose by almost 10%. But what of those who don’t have the qualifications needed to ride out the recession at college?

Election fraudsters

Confronted with evidence of wide-ranging fraud on his behalf in Afghanistan’s recent presidential election, Hamid Karzai told Le Figaro: “There was fraud in 2004, and there is today, and t

War resisters

Joe Glenton – the British lance corporal who refuses to return to Afghanistan on grounds of conscience (see PN 2513) – has had two charges of disobeying a lawful command dropped.

Celebrating our history: Peace Pledge Union

The Peace Pledge Union was formed in 1934 in response to a letter to the national newspapers from Dick Sheppard calling on the population to “renounce war and never again, directly or indi

Afghanistan: We must get out

The British people are tired of the lies and evasions. We are sick of the futile deaths of British soldiers and the shocking airstrikes on defenceless Afghan civilians.

Is it yet too late to prevent a futile slaughter?

I claim that the most effective contribution which Britain can make to world peace at this juncture is a declaration to end its own imperialism and to sacrifice its monopoly powers.

What's the rush?

Routes into the movement

Burgers not bombs

“Already a legend, this awesome creation has manifested itself at countless gatherings, events, festivals and protests the length and breadth of the UK. There are thousands upon thousands of hungry campaigners who have feasted on these top-notch meat-free burgers at all hours of the day, all points of the compass. Truly a legend.”Vegan Environmental Awards



I thought this would be a vox pop bit in Peace News but as it goes, I am beginning to feel weirder and weirder about walking around with a pen and a little notebook in my hand asking peopl

Effective letters

How to write a good one.



It was on 27 May two years ago that the town of Haji Nabu in Afghanistan was bombed, and a wedding party was destroyed, killing 47 people. Many were women and children.

Activism and... Guilt

Guilt is the feeling that “I can’t do enough”. That as much as you try to go to all the meetings you can, do all the bits and pieces you can, you never feel you’re doing enough.

Campaign Profile: Workers' Climate Action

Founded in 2008, Workers’ Climate Action (WCA) is a direct action and solidarity network made up of socialists, anarchists and other class struggle activists involved in both the environme