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Issue 2484 | April 2007

Vital interests

What is Trident for?

Chomsky on Iran

  • Shank: With similar nuclear developments in North Korea and Iran, why has the United States pursued direct diplomacy with North Korea but refuses to do so with Iran?

Spinning passports, nuclear non-news, and wishful thinking

The Home Office's spin doctors must be feeling pleased with themselves, given the way so much of the media fell for a lot of absolute nonsense just recently.

Obituary: Audrey Smith 1921-2007

Just after Christmas, Audrey came by the Saturday morning peace vigil (where I sell PN) in Stroud High Street. It was the last time I saw her.

Campaign Profile: Shell To Sea

About: Shell to Sea is a grassroots campaign in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland.

Bumpy road ahead in Nepal

  • How would you describe the state of democracy in Nepal one year on from the jana andolan II?

Iraq – Sanctions

  • PN: In February 2000, after more than 30 years of working for the UN you resigned to protest the sanctions on Iraq. Why?

Four years of war

To mark the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, groups worldwide engaged in anti-war actions between 17 and 20 March - from mass marches and vigils naming the dead, to protests out

Good news

Seven British doctors recently embarked on a 10-day visit to the Dove and Dolphin International Medical Centre in Gaza to spend time with Palestianian doctors and medical students.

Muslim peace makers

“Salam”, the Arabic word for peace, is both a friendly greeting and the goal of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT) in Iraq. “Salaam is not just a greeting...

Iraq: polls suggest growing discontent

A number of polls have been conducted in Iraq to mark the fourth anniversary of the invasion, demonstrating enormous and growing hostility to the occupation.

Iraq – War

While in Amman, Jordan, in January, I received a joyful phone call from friends in Baghdad announcing that one of their daughters was engaged.

Nepal one year on

The demonstrations had been going for a couple of days, and my middle class ass was feeling impatient to join "the masses" and engage in the united protests against over 230 years of medie

SOCPA challenges continue

The week of anti-Trident demonstrations in mid-March saw arrests made under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) both outside parliament and at Aldermaston.

Northern Ireland's "lacklustre" elections

The rather lacklustre Northern Ireland Assembly elections on 7 March saw parties talking a lot about “bread and butter” issues, in particular the forthcoming introduction of a new water ra

Reclaim the night

On 29 December 2006 a Reclaim The Night march was held in Ipswich: 250-300 people attended from around the country. It was sad, moving, joyful and amazing all at the same time.

Whatever they vote - Trident is still wrong !

On Wednesday 14 March, the government won a House of Commons vote to replace Britain's Trident nuclear weapons.

Slavery, rebellion, abolition

A myth is being created. The myth of William Wilberforce, the great white liberator, as perpetuated by Amazing Grace, the Hollywood version of the abolition of the slave trade.