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Issue 2495 | March 2008

Iraq: Year Six

“I am obsessed with the next five years in Iraq, not the last five years in Iraq.” - UK Foreign Secretary,

David Miliband, December 2007

Censored again

After additional research undertaken in rural Iraq, Britain's ORB (Opinion Research Business) polling agency has largely confirmed on 28 January its earlier estimate that over a million Ir

Court vs court

On 7 February, the High Court upheld the right of a peace activist to summons a US airman alleged to have caused her actual bodily harm (and against two Ministry of Defence police officers

Gaza freed

After months of a tightening siege by Israel in retaliation for Qassam rockets fired into Israel, Gaza was freed on 23 January by a major act of nonviolent direct action.

Good News: Shell forced out by Art Not Oil

Climate campaigners won an important victory at the end of January when multinational oil company Shell was ditched as sponsor of the annual Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine `Wildli

Gaza: breaking the siege

On 5 February, I was one of ten Members of the European Parliament who broke through the Israeli siege and travelled to Gaza to see the situation for ourselves.

Festival for Nicaragua

Following the success of last summer's Victor Jara festival in Machynlleth, El Sueno Existe (“the dream lives on”) staged a winter festival entitled “Nicaragua: New Time, New Hope”, inspired by the

Scaling to peak oil The transition local resilience

On 12 February, Rob Hopkinsm the “co-parent of the Transition Town movement”, spoke in Machynlleth about peak oil and climate change.

More than books

In Britain and especially in Glas- gow there are fewer and fewer outlets for independent and radi- cal materials.

Renewing Trident will cost our jobs

This was the key message from a conference on "Trident, Trade Unions & Scotland's Economy" jointly held by the Scottish Trades Unions Congress and Scottish CND.

Kimmie Weeks

The following quotes are from an amazing young African children's rights activist Kimmie Weeks, who has inspired and changed many young people's lives in Africa.

Paths through utopias: From socialism to anarchism via capitalism.

The rain freezes as it hits the windscreen, creating a 1970s dappled frosted glass effect not very useful when you're driving in ice rink conditions on thick snow.

CND: life begins at 50

On 16-17 February, CND celebrated its fiftieth birthday in style; holding a “Global Summit for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World” at London's dramatic glass-walled City Hall (courtesy of mayor

Kenya: women's rights

PN How are Habiba International Women and Youth Affairs struggling for women's rights?

Zimbabwe: gay rights

PN How does GALZ struggle for equal rights for LGBT people in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe : peace action

With the highest rate of inflation anywhere in the world - currently 100,000% - the Zimbabwean economy has been in free-fall for several years, creating massive social unrest and chronic food short

A million women rise

In the month of the 97 International Women's Day, PN celebrates another year of women around the world rising up and resisting all forms of oppression and injustice:



ike Turner, the head of BAE, is used to getting his own

way. He wrote furiously to Gordon Brown last July,

Conchie chronicles

I heard the words “conscientious objector” on the news the other day and they immediately grabbed my attention.

Activism and... Being black

I suppose one of the things is that I don't see myself as “black”. I don't give myself a label. I'm just trying to stay alive, and do the things that can make that happen.

Maya Evans' diary

I recently read Monica Ali’s highly-acclaimed novel Brick Lane. At first I felt drawn to the book.