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Issue 2450 | March - May 2003

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Turkey Rallies Against War

Recently, Turkey witnessed an unusually spirited long weekend. There was action almost everywhere in the country starting on Friday 24 January.

Support conscientious objectors in Israel - Get involved in War Resisters' International's campaign for 15 May (International Conscientious Objectors' Day)

International Conscientious Objectors' Day 2003 focuses on solidarity with conscientious objectors in Israel, and nonviolent resistance against the Israeli occupation. Andreas Speck, WRI's CO Campaign Worker, explains why.

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Learning the ropes of peace activism

Friends of South Asia (FOSA), a California organisation working for peace between India and Pakistan, came into existence when, in December 2001, nine of us, the founding members, came to

Nonviolent resistance to war in America

The Iraq Pledge of Resistance is a US campaign of nationally coordinated nonviolent civil disobedience to oppose the war in Iraq.

View from Italy

The Nonviolent Movement (Movimento Nonviolento or NM), founded in the sixties by Aldo Capitini, “father” of Italian nonviolence, works to remove individual and group violence from every as

Prophets in Pakistan

“So how was Pakistan?” Friends eager to know more about my recent work in the Islamic Republic have had to wait patiently as I search my vocabulary for the appropriate words.

Resist: resisting the war on Iraq!

For some time now the US government has threatened to expand the “war against terrorism” - suggesting that more “rogue states” will face war.

Palestine from inside

Answering an appeal from Palestine/Israel to help pick olives, I joined a group of friends from Switzerland for a couple of weeks (28 Oct - 10 Nov 2002) under the auspices of the YMCA and

Developing resources for change

Our society is undergoing a period of serious transition.

Facing our challenges?

This has turned into a bit of a funny issue really, but the original idea was to try to generate a snapshot of the “health” of the international peace movement in the “post 11 September 20

The alternative

Since 1991, the democratically oriented public in Russia had advocated for the legal regulation of an alternative civil service as a substitute for military service by conscription.

Towards a peaceful world: a student's perspective

The world is in grave danger. The global scenario has completely changed since 11 September, with just one terrorist attack on the United States.

Countering the pro-war campaign

San Diego County in California is home to not only one of the largest military installations in the world, but also the second-largest Iraqi population in the US.

Broadening the concept of resistance in Israel

It is a little known fact that Israel is the only country with mandatory conscription for women.

Seeing links and opportunities

How has Britain's most active nonviolent direct action campaign against British nuclear weapons responded to the war on terror? TP2000's press officer David McKenzie reports

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Poor taste in music is no excuse for bombing!

The gang of lads asked my name, then dissolved in giggles, slapping each other's shoulders, when I told them mine and asked theirs.

Tribal leader killed in attempt to re-occupy land

On 15 January 2003, gunmen shot and beat Marcus Veron, a leader of the Guarani-Kaiowatribe in Brazil, after he attempted to reoccupy ancestral land.

Shouting, in the name of women, "Put your sword back into it's scabbard"

After 11 September 2001, and at a time when there is an expectation of war about to be waged by the US on Iraq, there are many small rallies - of various types - being held every week in K

View from Zimbabwe

The Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) started in 1990 and rose to international prominence in 1995 when it applied to attend the Zimbabwe International Book Fair which had as its theme

Becoming a Prophet

“You can take as much time as you'd like, Michael.

Hammers away!

“The US military have taken a right hammering this year.” So said one activist, commenting on the plethora of ploughshares type actions that have taken place so far during 2003.

Navy drops 200,000 pounds of bombs on Viques

The US navy recently completed its latest round of bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

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Ten million stand up for peace

The demonstrations of 15 February are a milestone for peace. Never before have so many people taken to the streets to protest against war.