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Issue 2490 | October 2007

Good news

Residents of the Palestinian village of Bil'in were celebrating last month after the Israeli High Court decided in favour of their petition calling for a change in the route of the illegal separati

Another Fantastic Five!

In a ruling that surprised and thrilled defendants and supporters, after a day-long trial on 14 September, a Horseferry Road magistrate dismissed charges against five protesters under the Serious O

Protest in Harmony!

This summer, Edinburgh-based Protest in Harmony and Glasgow socialist women's choir Eurydice combined with other political choirs for the “Rise up Singing” Faslane 365 blockade.

All aboard the Peace Boat! Heddwch to heiwa via Faslane

In July, twenty European young people met to represent their nations at Faslane 365.

A welcome on the hillside; arrest by the loch-side

Fresh from a speaking tour that included a warm welcome in Wales, US peace activist Bruce Gagnon was extended the full hospitality of the British state at Faslane nuclear submarine base in Scotland

As they sold death - we stood for life (DSEi arms fair)

The biennial Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi), one of the largest arms fairs in the world, has once again been met with protests in East London, where it has been held since 199

Wales at the Camp for Climate Action?

Rob Newman, in a set that was surely as politically and historically informed as comedy gets, said that, when our descendants look back, the Camp for Climate Action will be the single most importan

"I wanted to be Petra Kelly"

KM:How do themes of peace, justice and environment come to be at the centre of your political life?

Carry on camping

On 9 August, charges against ten women (and a dog), brought under the Aldermaston byelaws, were dropped ( “Women arrested at cocktail party”, July/Aug PN).

Besieging the bomb

On 4 July 2005, during the G8 summit, 2,000 people blockaded Faslane Naval Base, home of Britain's Trident submarines, armed with nuclear missiles, and closed it for the day.

Women take on nuke factory

By the time parliament voted in March 2007 to replace the Trident nuclear submarine fleet, AWE was busy building new facilities to test, design and build new warheads -- while the governme

Why I go to jail

In October 2005, Maya Anne Evans was arrested opposite the Cenotaph for reading the names of British soldiers who had died in the Iraq war. She was later convicted of participating in an "unauthorised" demonstration under the "Serious Organised Crime and Police Act" (2005). Maya has refused to pay her £200 fine, or the £100 fine she received for a similar protest a year later. At the beginning of September, Maya learned that a warrant had been issued for her arrest. She faces two 14-day prison sentences.

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1.2m Iraqi war dead, says poll

A poll of 1,461 adults in 15 of Iraq's 18 regions indicates that as many as 1.2 million Iraqis have died violently because of the conflict since the invasion

Iran opens door to peace But US/EU undermine UN inspectors

After four years of mounting tension, Iran has finally agreed to answer by December all questions about its nuclear programme posed by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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