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Issue 2513 | September 2009

Hich is free!

Hicham Yezza, a Nottingham university peace activist, was convicted in February on immigration charges - which he is appealing.

Activists walk into Faslane!

On 17 August, five citizen inspectors from Trident Ploughshares entered Britain’s most important military site, the nuclear submarine base at Faslane, north of Glasgow, by walking in throu

Trident poll is good news!

For the first time in Britain’s nuclear history, an opinion poll has found that a majority of people in Britain are in favour of Britain abandoning its nuclear weapons - without regard to

The Camp for Climate Action Scotland

Between 3-10 August the first Camp for Climate Action was successfully held in Scotland. Climate Camp Scotland occupied Mainshill Wood, the site of a proposed new opencast coal mine.

1939: What would you have done?

Peace News asked participants in the Trident Ploughshares Summer Camp in Coulport to reflect on the Second World War, and to give their suggestions for what they would have done in 1939.

Climate Camp Cymru: Clean Coal, Dirty Joke

At the Drax Camp for Climate Action in 2006 a few Wales participants formed a neighbourhood with the West Country and West Midlands, the legendary - out West anyway – ‘Westside Hood’.

Nonviolently resisting the Israeli occupation

Palestinians, Israelis and international activists continue to resist the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

Defend Joe Glenton

This month, lance corporal Joe Glenton of the Royal Logistic Corps faces court martial for refusing to return to combat in Afghanistan.

Britain "crucial" to Afghan war

“I don’t think the public are up for it any more. Everything has changed.

Elections, warlords and withdrawals

The Afghan presidential election on 20 July – the results of which may not be known until mid-September – has already received a fair amount of critical coverage in the British press.

Not the bloodiest day

Recent media coverage of the deaths of British soldiers in Afghanistan obscures an uncomfortable reality: that US/NATO forces are responsible for much – perhaps most – of the killing in Af

(Some) Israeli arms stopped: more good news!

On 13 July the UK government announced that it had revoked five arms export licences to Israel, reportedly on the grounds that the exports breached “Consolidated EU and National Arms Expor

More nuclear-free footsteps

This summer I participated in my third International Walk for a Nuclear-Free Future, from Geneva to Brussels.

Withdrawal majority censored

Four separate polls undertaken throughout July by the BBC/ Guardian, ITN, The Times and the Independent consistently showed that the majority of Britons want immediate or rapid withdrawal

Keith Mothersson 8 May 1948 - 3 July 2009

Sometimes in your life you find yourself under the influence of a powerful personality: it could be a lover, a political leader, an author, or a spiritual teacher.

Summer camp

The first-ever Peace News Summer Camp was held at Westmill Farm near Watchfield in Oxfordshire from 23-27 July.

Your very own spy

It is never pleasant to think that one of the people you are working with, possibly very closely, who you go drinking with, who is sleeping with one of your friends, who seems so full of l

Defending the coal train hijackers

This is an edited version of the closing speech given on 2 July at Leeds Crown Court on behalf of the 22 people who pleaded not guilty to obstruction of the railway after stopping and partially unloading a coal train heading to the Drax coal-fired power station in Yorkshire last year. See PN 2499-500.


Marching on Gaza

To mark the first anniversary of Israel’s bloody 22-day assault on Gaza, hundreds of international activists will march nonviolently alongside the people of Gaza on 1 January 2010, breaching the il

Defending Vestas workers

With the Big Green Gathering cancelled at the last minute, a few Bicycology activists visited the Isle of Wight to support Vestas workers occupying their wind turbine factory to protest ag


The heavy iron door slammed behind me. Something about the situation seemed familiar. A woman police constable turned and faced me: “I’m arresting you for breaching your bail conditions.

Peace, politics, and the peloton

During the Second World War, BSA Cycles made folding bicycles for paratroopers.

Campaign Profile: Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

The British Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (VSC) was set up in 2002 in response to the attempted military coup in Venezuela, aims to defend Venezuela’s sovereignty and independence, and to defend th

Activism and... PN Summer Camp

I didn’t think there would be such a mix of ages, but then people young and old set up camp, and the variety of workshops was fit to please all.