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Issue 2456 | September - November 2004

Action stations

Remembering Hiroshima

Every year, in the city of Hiroshima, Japan, people come from far and wide to float lanterns decorated with prayers, thoughts, and messages of peace down the rivers in commemoration of the

Darfur protests continue

Over the past three months there have been growing protests at the ongoing violence in Darfur.

Eco-campaign against toxic missile burning

A protest camp against the incinerating of ballistic missiles took place from the beginning of July to the end of August in the central Russian city of Perm.

Can't keep a good ship down

On 19 July the historic peace vessel the Fri sank in a dock at the shipyard where she was built in 1912.

Anti-NATO summit in Istanbul

An “anti-NATO” summit took place in Istanbul between 19 and 27 June as a response to the NATO summit being held in the city.

Israel-Palestine ... in brief

A UN report released on 30 July found that economic and living conditions in all Palestinian areas had deteriorated, with 63% of Palestinians now living in poverty.

Action stations!

We are killing each other and the planet: the arms trade, car-culture, exploitation of other species, domestic violence, racism, cash and GM crops, capitalism and ingrained militarism. The list seems endless.


Cafe culture

When you put strangers, caffeine and ideas in the same room, brilliant things can happen.

Power and strategy

Preparing for effective action and developing coherent strategies for change require an understanding of power. Steve Whiting offers some good foundations.


So you want to run a workshop?

We all have something to share and sometimes the most effective way of imparting information, offering and combining this with opportunities for safe discussion and exploration, is via a workshop f

From tactics to strategy

We wanted this issue of Peace News to look at action and strategy, so this seemed a perfect little workshop plan for getting activists to consider where our exciting (and sometimes slightly barmy) tactics might fit into a wider blueprint. This plan is lifted in its entirety from George Lakey's Training for Change website.


A stone in their shoe

Peace Brigades International (PBI)'s work in conflicts around the world involves intensive interaction with the local police and military.

Surviving public order situations

Bear in mind that the police are probably much better equipped and trained for close combat than you or we.

In defence of people, animals and nature ... and ourselves!

Some of the thinking and strategies for dealing with "activist trauma" that have been developed in recent years by trainers and activists.


Feeling the fear but doing it anyway

Some actions can be traumatic and disempowering. In my experience, public genetix (GM crop-pulling) rallies are most likely to produce these situations.

Pt'chang: a Nonviolent Community Safety and Peacekeeping Group

For about eight years now, Pt'chang, a small activist organisation based in Melbourne Australia, has been experimenting and learning about how we can apply non-violent principles and appro

The good, the bad and the ugly...

Some are really great, some area bit weird, but we felt that all these online guides are potentially useful. 


History repeats itself

It repeats itself: the main hospital has been closed down by US troops and is being used for military operations, ambulances are being prevented, again by US troops, from moving around the

Getting the priorities right: human or military security?

World military spending has returned to Cold War levels.

Community is the currency

There can be no peace without the unity of humankind and specific structures of inclusive social justice. That thought reflects the mature form of every major religion.

The return

As Ariana flight 404 from Dubai touched down at Kabul International Airport, its applauding passengers straining to locate family members among those standing on top of the arrivals buildi

25 years on ... Sandino and a song

Writing from Nicaragua, Paul Baker Hernández reflects on the country's revolutionary ambitions and the need to stand firm in the face of anticipated raids on Latin America's "sweetest water".