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Issue 2445 | December 2001 - February 2002

Prison and nonviolent struggle

Mirroring neighbours

In this view from the South, Naeem Sadiq examines the events of 11 September - and beyond - in relation to the long-term Indo-Pakistani political tensions.

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The anti-war movement's challenge

The overt military phase of the War on Terrorism has begun. And so, too, have the demonstrations, both in the Islamic world and through the cities of the Western democracies - including the US.

The Intifada: from violence to more violence

On 28 September 2001 the Palestinians commemorated the first anniversary of the second Intifada with more people killed and injured adding to the already hundreds of deaths and the thousan

An intense experience

I was attending a Council meeting of the War Resisters' International (WRI) for the first time and I thought, as many participants did, that the council meeting would be an opportunity to

Reflections on a one-week meeting

The War Resisters' meeting may have had two parts - Council and seminar - but most of the themes discussed throughout the week were common to both: anti-militarism, conscientious objection

From protest to resistance: War resistance after 11 September

While we are writing this, Britain - where we WRI workers live - and the US are dropping bombs on Afghanistan: it is the first weeks of the “war on terrorism”.

Taking action in prison

After experiencing my first couple of week-long prison sentences in the 1980`s - when all I did was keep my head down - I started to learn how to continue my actions and resistance from “i

Amnesty International's continuing struggle against torture

Not many people would today defend the use of torture. And yet, every day, people are tortured in almost every country of the world.

Limited reading list

  • David Anderson, Sensible Justice: Alternatives to Prisons (New Press, 1998. ISBN 1565843894, 182pp).

World Prison Population Statistics

The British government's Home Office " Research, Development and Statistics Directorate" produce a publication called Research Findings.

New Web-based resources

A collaboration between the Law School of King's College at the University of London and Roy Walmsley, has produced an excellent website for the International Centre for Prison Studies.

Web-based resources

  • The Prison Activist Resource Centre is an online prisoner support site.

Delivering the message, loud and clear

Thirty-two people is a small number. A demonstration with thirty-two participants would hardly be worthy of the word.

Prisoners for Peace, 2001

When, in summer 2001, War Resisters' International decided to highlight the situation in Israel and Palestine for this year's Prisoners for Peace, there was no 11 September, no “war on ter

Prisoners for Peace - the 2001 list

 

Prison letter

Claire Marie Hanrahan, No 90285-020, Range 1, Federal Prison Camp

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Against the current views on crime and punishment

Why is punishment inflicted? Most people don't even ask themselves that question.

Quit tickling!

According to the Washington Post "FBI and Justice Department investigators are increasingly frustrated by the silence of jailed suspected associates of Osama bin Laden's

To work or not to work...?

As a nonviolent activist who has been to prison for short periods on a number of occasions over anumber of years, the issue of how much we, as prisoners and as activists, participate in ou

Prison and nonviolent Struggle

Timed to coincide with the annual Prisoners for Peace list and associated articles, Peace News takes a look at prison and nonviolent struggle.

So live!

A scholar of Gandhi and Tolstoy from the US asked the founder of the Vedchhi Ashram “How do you decide when to offer Satyagraha and when to continue with constructive (village dev

The praxis of resistance

Coskun, you were imprisoned for almost 12 years, from 1979 to 1991, when the rest of your sentence was changed to a suspended sentence.

The Great Escape! - campaigning in support of a total objector in Finland

On 23 August a Finnish antimilitarist civil disobedience group - The Wall Breakers - symbolically attempted to rescue a total objector from prison.

Peaceniks win prizes (again!)

Usually referred to as Alternative Nobel Prizes , the Right Livelihood Awards started in 1980 and are presented annually in the Swedish Parliament.

Prisoners of homophile conscience

I can't offer a historical analysis of the situation for the gai or lesbian community in prison.

Behind bars hotels

Internationally, the role of the private sector in the criminal justice system is now substantial and set to expand.

Terror, prison and the time to rebuild

At 8.30am on the morning of Tuesday 11 September, as my subway train took me just under the World Trade Center (WTC) from my home in Brooklyn to my job in upper Manhattan, I am struck by a

Torture: its complexity, moral dilemmas and its introduction into our lives

I have been invited to write about torture for this issue on prisons and really, much or nothing could be said, the topic simply does not allow for neutrality or impartiality.

Gandhi and prison: an opinion

Gandhi practised two types of Satyagraha in his mass campaigns. The first was civil disobedience, which entailed breaking a law and courting arrest.

For peace in Chechnya

For two years, with a small break of a couple of months, our human rights organisation “Soldiers Mothers of St Petersburg has held a picket every Thursday on Nevskij Prospekt, where member