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Issue 2494 | February 2008

Sceptics question St Athan ethics

17 January was the anniversary of the announcement that the Metrix consortium had successfully bid to build a privately-run military academy in South Wales.

Managing protest: no problem!

Saturday 12 January saw a brilliant number and diversity of protest and campaign slogans displayed in the centre of Aberystwyth.

Carry on camping! Citizens close open-cast mine

"Sitting on my sleeping mat, nestling a cup of tea, dry and cosy in waterproofs and thermals, I erupted into giggles as my friend passed me a biscuit. What was so funny?

The people's navies

The "People's Navy" solidarity voyage to Diego Garcia (see last issue) has made further progress: the Cindik boat has reached Egypt, and the Musichana is moving on from Thailand.

Animal rights activists defy march ban

Despite heavy police presence and last minute restrictions, about 150 activists participated in an anti-vivisection demonstration against Sequani Limited in Ledbury, Worcestershire, on 15

Iran: US war drive blocked by US intelligence

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), visited Iran in January, and was allowed a rare meeting with Iran's supreme leader, ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Plane Stupid penguins fly BA ice

On 12 January Plane Stupid activists staged an innovative “reclaim the ice” protest on the British Airways-sponsored rink at the Natural History Museum in London.

The Scottish ID cards scandal

Campaigners against the government's identity cards scheme sometimes warn that it will become Labour's Poll Tax. There may be more truth to this than people realise.

Good News: There's been much to celebrate in Nepal recently

Not only did the Nepali democracy movement manage to effectively de-throne the hated King Gyanendra (see p4), but an historic ruling in December saw the Supreme Court legitimise gay rights in the K

Supporters overwhelm anti-war graffiti artists

Two graffiti protestors were overwhelmed by a crowd of well-wishers when they arrived for their trial at Edinburgh sheriff court on 9 January.

Aldermaston 2008: the bomb stops here!

This Easter Monday 24 March the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is holding a massive “surround the base” event at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston.

Gaelic punk

Anarcho-punk legends Oi Polloi have been around since 1981, but recently their music's taken a completely new turn.

Mobilising for peace

The phone never stopped ringing.

We could have won

Recently, reading about Ukraine’s 2004 “Orange Revolution” – with its iconic tent-city occupation of Kiev’s Independence Square, the Maidan – my memory was sent hurtling back to the 2003 “

Police and protesters a nonviolent "arms race"?

"A group of eight activists blockaded the entrance to AWE Aldermaston this morning at 6.45am. Using steel lock-on tubes the group have completely blocked the road.

Power of nonviolence?

If there is power in nonviolence, what are its effects? How are we to assess the impact of nonviolent direct action (NVDA)?

Military expelled from schools

School Students Against War (SSAW) has been campaigning against the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan since the inspiring two-million strong demonstrations and student walkouts in 2003.

What we won

The 15 February 2003 demonstrations, showed, as The New York Times observed, that “there may still be two super- powers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion.”


For many years I have been concerned about the human rights, or rather the lack of rights, of people in the armed forces. That may seem a very strange preoccupation for a pacifist.

Maya Evans' Diary

The Islam Expo schedule described the event as “Europe’s largest- ever exhibition to ‘combat the myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings of Islam’.” As I stepped off the Tube at Kensington Olym

Activism and... Reading

Reading has changed for me over the years.

Paths through utopias: Love and lepers

Most journeys require a return, unless they are fugues or escapes into exiles.

Putting climate change on trial Legal breakthrough in Nottingham court case

East Midlands climate change activists who managed to shut down Ratcliffe-on-Soar power plant for several hours in early 2007 won two significant legal victories in a Nottingham court in January.

Are pensions worth dying for?

On Monday 9 February a group of students from Aberystwyth University staged a lunchtime “die-in” in the busy Arts Centre plaza.