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Issue 2474 | June 2006

Editorial

Former British prime minister Tony Blair’s justification for the Iraq war is now that, for all the devastation it caused, launching the invasion was better than leaving dictator Saddam Hus

Pirates, boats, subs and missiles

Between 18 and 21 May, the fifth annual Trident Ploughshares peace camp was set up in a public park directly opposite Devonport dockyard in Plymouth.

Veggies score, as schools give unhealthy food the boot

Recent weeks have seen two victories that should roll back years of deteriorating standards and ensure a healthy food environment for children across the country.

Belfast peace network pickets recruitment day

Peace activists with the INNATE network held a picket of a British army recruitment day at the Kinnegar base, Holywood, County Down on 21 May.

Time to go home

It is now almost 40 years since the Chagos islanders were secretly thrown off their Britishowned* islands to make way for a US military base.

Convoy and builder blocking at AWEs

Block the Builders returned to AWE Aldermaston on 15 May for the now-monthly blockade in protest against the development of new nuclear weapons facilities at the warhead factory.

Interventions all round

As reported in last month's PN, `twas the season for AGM-related protests. Here's a quick roundup of protest at three of the worst companies' annual junkets:

Gollum and the ring of power

Blair's nuclear madness - is he cracking up or melting down? - prompts Howard Clark to look back to the 1970s anti-nuclear movement and the role PN played in supporting it.

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A commitment to its core values

In the mid-1930s there was a ferment of pacifism in Britain.

Timeline of resistance

A brief chronology of the key moments in the history of Peace News

"When there's a community that stands up for itself..."

The Peace Community of San Jose' de Apartado' consists of around 1,200 people - men, women, youths and above all children. We demand respect from the armed actors in the region of Uraba.

Tuesday 23 May: STOP PRESS ...

Just before 3am on Tuesday 23 May, around 50 police swooped on Brian Haw and his supporters in Parliament Square. Their instructions were to remove most of the anti-war display.

Police swoop on five-year protest

On 8 May, Brian Haw's exemption from the ban on unauthorised protest under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) came to an end.

An exercise in non-sequiturs

It's been a rough few weeks for the Home Office.

Dale Farm: Neo-nazi vote deepens threat

A pensioner like myself, an elderly man accosted me outside the railway station: “Hey, Mr Gypsy - you. You're a lot of land-grabbers!

Clean-ups, postcodes, and corporate hypocrisy

Governmental attempts to soften up public opinion for an announcement of more nuclear power stations have their parallel in the nuclear industry itself.

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