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Issue 2455 | June - August 2004

All at sea

The paramilitary candidate

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velezhas used all the means at his disposal to ensure that the truth about his links to paramilitary death squads and the drugs cartels remains hidden. Tom Feiling from campaign group Justice for Colombia reports.

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Things are not as bad as they seem: they are much, much worse

Russia after the election is a grim place. With electoral doubts safely swept under the carpet, Putin has been sworn into Office.

The dangers of international terrorism

I write as a lifelong peace campaigner who has been on all the big demos against the Iraq war, and at the same time is very concerned that the peace movement is failing to come to grips wi

Breaking the cycle

Despite intense losses in the recently ended war with neighbouring Ethiopia, and a few worrisome signs of incursions on freedom of speech and the press, the hopes amidst the people of the

"Moon, We hoped you were safe"

Alice Walker in "Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful

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That sinking feeling

PN: Tell us a bit about yourself: your background and how you got interested in climate change issues?

Save our deep seas: stop the strip-mining of deep-sea biological diversity

Mars calling Earth: “what is all that blue stuff?”

Flotillas of hope

In August 2001, during an Australian election campaign, about 400 people seeking asylum in Australia were saved from a sinking boat by the Norwegian ship, the Tampa.

Ahoy there!

Taking on board a deep and rolling theme like this certainly offers vast opportunities for useless metaphors.

Stormy weather

Between 1969 and 1977 Paul Watson was involved in the groups and actions that would spawn Greenpeace International.

Can't sink a rainbow

“When you see something horrible happening, your instinct is to do something about it. You can freeze in fearful apathy or you can even talk yourself into saying that it isn't horrible.

Prisoners of War

The Marine Connection, an international London-based charity dedicated to the conservation of dolphins and whales, regularly highlights its concerns about the use of dolphins in war.

After Fukushima: where now?

“If there is anything to be learnt we will learn it, because safety is our number one concern”, said energy secretary Chris Huhne on 14 March, after the horrendous nuclear accident at Fuku

Marching on...

This Easter, biologically and culturally time of new life and hope in western Europe, saw a new and very large step taken by hundreds of anti-nuclear activists in Britain.

David v Goliát en Vieques, Puerto Rico

On 1 May 2004 we celebrated the first anniversary of the end to 60 years of US navy bombing and presence here on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Dispute in the South China Sea

Territorial disputes have torn the South China Sea region over recent decades.

MAYDAY!

1 May is International Workers Day - traditionally a day of struggle against exploitation and capital - and each year there seems to be a widening of the issues focused on by activists glo

Anti-nuclear pilgrims reach Japan

The International Peace Pilgrimage has arrived in Japan, signalling the final leg of the eight-month journey across Australia and Japan in protest at nuclear weaponry and uranium mining.

Shell protest in London links Ireland and Nigeria

Crossing the Irish Sea, the “Battle of the Bog” reached London at the end of September, as protests were held outside Shell's South Bank headquarters.

Iraq: one year on

Even the most quixotic of observers must surely have been forced to admit, in the light of the shocking pictures of abuse suffered by Iraqi prisoners at the hands of US (and probably Briti

Vanunu released to cheers and veers

On Tuesday 21 April, Mordechai Vanunu was released after spending 18 years in prison.

In Chile, Latin-America and the whole world: INSUMISION!

It's 15 May, 10.45am: a group of four Chilean activists approaches Alameda and the Altar de la Patria with its eternal flame of Chilean “nationhood”.