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Issue 2480-81 | December 2006 - January 2007

Blair's legacy? Fifty more years of nuclear posturing

On 4 December the government published a White Paper outlining its preferred option for the continuation of Britain's nuclear weapons programme, committing the country to a new fleet of nuc

Prestwick inspectors acquitted as Crown falters on permission issue

Five of the 17 Prestwick weapons inspectors were acquitted on 1 December after the Crown failed to prove that they did not have permission from the US Air Force to be on their plane!

More seriously organised criminals

Nearly a year after Maya Evans became the first person to be criminalised under Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 for demonstrating without authorisation the “d

Opposing the occupation

One of the outcomes from last month's anti-occupation strategy gathering in London, hosted by Iraq Occupation Focus, was the need for an Early Day Motion to enable MPs to demonstrate their

64 down, 301 to go

As the government outlines a timetable to replace Trident, resistance at Faslane, where the world's "biggest penis enlargement" is deployed, continues. Despite traditional Scottish west coast weather, a great number of people have been singing, dancing, blockading, drinking tea, camping, playing, running around and, of course, sitting down at the gates of Faslane. Our special correspondent, Anna-Linnea Rundberg, reports from nearby Helensburgh.


Hundreds descend on Brize

On 2 December, hundreds of people from across the peace and anti-war movements descended on RAF Brize Norton.

Europe-wide protests against nuclear NATO

Campaigners in more than 50 cities across Europe have taken part in a month-long action protesting against the nuclear capacity of NATO member states.

A month of action against occupation and war

Whilst the world turned its attention to Lebanon over the summer, the Israeli military were as busy as ever in Gaza; more than 400 Palestinians were killed, with 1000s injured; 150 buildings were completely destroyed, including homes - leaving many hundreds homeless - and essential infrastructure including a main power station, roads and bridges targeted. Individuals, groups and coalitions around the world have taken action in protest over the last month. Jenny Gaiawyn reports.


Thousands say "NO" to nuclear waste as Castor passes through

Activists throughout France and Germany staged a series of actions over a two-week period in November, in protest at the transportation of 12 containers of highly radioactive nuclear waste

Thinking local, acting global

In what is perhaps the first academic survey of locally based anti-war groups in this country, a picture emerges of a movement which, whilst primarily concerned with international conflict,

A new strategic focus for the peace movement?

Let's start with the good news: currently, the British armed forces are under-staffed. They are 5,170 soldiers short, which is equivalent to 2.7%.

Roads and runways everywhere

A lot has changed over the last 15 years.

The rise and rise of the movement against road building

Why is road building back on the agenda after the infamous protests against road building in the 1990s forced a dramatic turn around in government transport policy away from building roads?

Stop the short haul

I first met Plane Stupid in November 2005, at a protest outside a conference gala dinner for aviation executives on London's TowerBridge.

The colour of peace

There has been a Saturday morning peace picket in Stroud's High Street since the build-up to the Iraq war.

Challenging oppression with Turning The Tide

Craig Barnett reflects on the need for the peace movement to develop its theory and practice, and the Quaker-funded workshops helping to supply the tools and space to do so.


Shopping for peace

The big shopping splurge of the year is upon us. Are we buying war and injustice for gifts and ourselves? It is time to consider the implications of our shopping habits.

Torture, the Geneva Conventions and the School of the Americas

I spoke for the first time at the School of the Americas Watch protest at Fort Benning, Georgia, on Saturday 27 November, 2006.

Beyond a joke, tears for dictators, and pacifist percussion

Tom Lehrer, the US scientist turned satirical singer-songwriter, gets “rediscovered” from time to time, delighting a new generation of admirers.

Love your enemy – everyone can change: The Olympics

London's 2012 Olympics have been taking a bit of a bashing in the mainstream press, but not being the type to jump on the bandwagon, PN attempts to take a rather more kindly look a