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Issue 2470 | February 2006

Government defeats in the Lords, card plans on the rocks

It is a sad indictment of our so-called liberal democracy, and the ultimate irony of Tony Blair's constitutional reform agenda, that it is the unelected House of Lords who must stand up tim

Activist Trauma Gathering in London

The Activist Trauma Network is organising a day of discussion and networking on 4 February for all those involved in promoting practical mutual support in activist, campaigning and communit

There's a debate to be had - make your voices heard

There is strong public demand for debate about the future of Britain's nuclear weapons system, to which the government has recently appeared to acquiesce.

Jerry Hartigan: 1931-2006

Jerry Hartigan, peace activist extraordinaire, died on 9 January after months of treatment for Hodgkin's disease.

Military mums, canny carpenters, and fun with mud

Back in December, The Mole surfaced at London's City Hall - the glass monstrosity near Tower Bridge, home of ex-red Ken Livingstone.

Love your enemy - everyone can change: George Galloway

Well gather round me people there's a story I'm gonna tell, about a brave young prophet, you should remember well...

Joined-up resistance

Doors continue to swing open for Faslane 365, the ambitious plan to blockade Faslane naval base continuously for a year. It seems to be catching the imagination.

Damned Iceland

The Saving Iceland campaign began in 2003, when the Icelandic government bypassed a series of laws in order to allow the national power company, Landsvirkjun, to build a gigantic hydroelect

Celebrating nonviolent resistance

At the end of December I attended the international Celebrating Nonviolence conference in Bethlehem, representing the War Resisters' International and our new Nonviolence Programme.

Disarming the banks

Since October 2003, the bank-watch organisation Netwerk Vlaanderen, and the peace organisations Vrede, Forum voor Vredesactue and For Mother Earth, have been running a campaign against Belg

Whalers under pressure from NVDA

In December and January activists from environmental groups Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd battled with a Japanese whaling fleet in the ocean off the coast of Antarctica.

"Operation Infinite Love" returns

Now in its fifth year O-I-L, Operation Infinite Love, is still bringing people onto the streets to celebrate.

Kicking the arms traders off campus

In October 2005, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) relaunched its University Clean Investment campaign with the revelation that nearly half of all UK universities invest in the arms tr

Cyclists take Met to court

The attempt by the Metropolitan Police to criminalise central London's monthly Critical Mass bike ride (see PN2467) faces legal action supported by Friends of the Earth's Rights &a

Nonviolent resistance promised over nukes

As Peace News went to press, campaigners were making a last ditch attempt at halting the planning process for AWE Aldermaston's controversial Orion laser facility.

Right to protest back on trial

The latest round of cases against people accused of defying London's “no-protest zone” began towards the end of January: eleven individuals were scheduled to appear in four separate trials.

Road protests resurgent

Recent months have seen an upsurge in activity within the road protest movement, particularly in Scotland, reinforcing existing camps and campaigns - such as the ongoing occupation of Bilston Wood