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Issue 2507 | March 2009

Afghans reject US escalation and demand negotiated solution to the war

A recent poll in Afghanistan has found a majority condemning Western airstrikes in the country, and calling for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.

30,000 = 0 says US

The US’s top commander in Iraq, general Raymond Odierno, has appeared to claim that all US forces will be out of Iraq by the end of 2011 (as required by the agreement signed by the US and Iraqi gov

US war resisters and UK soldiers' mother speak out against the wars

While US soldiers continue to resist deportation from Canada, the mother of two British soldiers serving in Afghanistan has spoken out against the war.

Free Hicham!

On 12 February, after a surprisingly brief trial (the judge cut the presentation of complex evidence down to one day), peace activist and former Nottingham University student Hicham Yezza

Carry on camping

On 5 February, the Court of Appeal quashed Ministry of Defence bye-laws banning “camping in tents, caravans, trees or otherwise” near the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berksh

Fasting for Gaza

Parliament Square peace protestor Maria Gallastegui fasted for 30 days to protest against the escalating military assault and in solidarity with the people of Gaza .

Beam me up, Data

On 18 February, I represented the ethical internet service provider (ISP) GreenNet at an industry meeting on data retention.

Copenhagen or (we're) bust!

I went to the UN Climate Negotiations in Poznan in December as an International Youth Delegate, hoping to help sway the negotiators from their positions of bad science and inaction to buil

The appeal of low-impact

Low Impact Development (LID) is an approach to creating homes and livelihoods that works with nature, using natural construction materials, renewable energy, and Permaculture design principles.

Instituting peace in Wales

Wales is now investigating setting up a Peace Institute, along the lines of the Belgian Peace Institute first proposed in 1973, set in motion by the Flemish parliament in 2004, and operati

Making Palestinian dreams real

Visiting the West Bank in 2003, one young Palestinian girl, above all others, touched my heart.

Scottish Students Fully Occupied!

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde students ended occupations, after winning demands to fund scholarships, disinvest from military industries and boycott Israeli companies including Eden S

Drax 29 walk free

The Drax 29, who in June had obstructed a train carrying 1,000 tonnes of coal to be burnt at Europe’s largest coal-fired power station, were sentenced on 4 September.

EDO prisoners

The nine activists who decommissioned the EDO arms factory in Brighton in January, in protest against the supply of British arms to Israel and the assault on Gaza, are now facing the much

Annexing The Jordan Valley

As Israel commits brutal war crimes in Gaza, it also continues to covet the land of Palestinians living in the West Bank.

Against the Green State

The most firmly held myth of our time is that no society can exist without a government and that we need the state to protect us – including from environmental destruction.

Occupation!

Over the past month or so, in the wake of Israel’s brutal bombardment of Gaza, the UK’s student population has witnessed a widespread political awakening.

We lay down and wept

At the very heart of the British Museum there is a gentle murmuring in many languages.

Only connect

British anti-war groups active in the first years of the new century, in the era of the “war on terror”, are united predominantly by opposition to particular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Free Gaza! Aid boat prepares to break Israeli siege

The Free Gaza Movement is, at the time of going to press, preparing to break the Israeli siege on Gaza again.

Gwyn

I have been asked to write this column alternating with Jeff Cloves who lives in the lovely town of Stroud. I live in the London Borough of Newham.

Diary

It was beginning to get light as our seven-seater pulled into Aldermaston with our patchwork affinity group.

Activism and... Standing for and holding office

Because it takes so many years to actually get anywhere, even in the council election, I’ve found there’s more focus on building a campaign than actually becoming a part of the “party machine”.

Campaign Profile: Campaign Against Depleted Uranium

The Campaign Against Depleted Uranium (CADU) was launched in 1999 to focus specifically on trying to achieve a global ban on the manufacture, testing, and use of depleted uranium weapons.

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