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Issue 2534 | June 2011

UN demands ceasefire

Libya: NATO refuses to support humanitarian “pause”


The long game

British forces are likely to remain in Afghanistan long after David Cameron’s 2014 deadline for the end of Britain’s “combat” mission, according to the commander of British forces in the co

Britain takes direct control of armed drones in Afghanistan

On 13 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced it is forming a second RAF drones squadron to be based at RAF Waddington, Lincs.

Pakistani anti-drones sit-down blocks NATO’s supply route

On 23 April, thousands of Pakistanis, “led” by ex-cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan blocked the Khyber pass, the route for 70% of supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Pacifist WWI veteran dies

The last survivor of more than 70million military personnel who served in the First World War died in Australia on 5 May, aged 110.

Ceredigion against the cuts

Welsh activists march against the cuts


Join us on Epynt mountain!

Peace News readers are invited to join Cymdeithas y Cymod (the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales) on their pilgrimage to the military training ground on Epynt in mid-Wales on 25 June.

Conscious Oil

What if there was a spirit of oil? What would it see?


Taking it lying down

On 18 May, the UK government announced its plan to spend several billion pounds over the next five years on new nuclear-armed submarines.


Sizewell Camp: a glowing report

Dan Viesnik reports from the Stop Nuclear Power Network's latest action


Assassinating Osama

The killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in Abottabad, Pakistan, on 1 May, brought an end to an extraordinary life, and a humiliating search by the US.

Revolutionary Homework

Gabriel Carlyle explores the lessons to be learnt from the long back-story to the Egyptian uprising.


Peace News: the early years

A PN board member looks back over the early years


Women’s voices, Women’s action

Like much of the (male-dominated) British peace movement, Peace News had an uncomfortable time coming to terms with second-wave feminism in the 1970s. Here are some thought-provoking reflections on feminism and nonviolence published in PN over the last few decades.


Peace News: The first 75 glorious years

Albert Beale makes a personal selection of a few of the more noteworthy images and pieces of writing that have appeared in Peace News over the last 75 years. Some of the items are chosen because of their eloquence, some because they typify PN's often lonely and unique take on the world, and some because they connect with major world events. And sometimes all three.


Tricycle: the power of radical empathy

As London’s Tricycle Theatre celebrates 30 years of political engagement, Peace News interviews pioneering theatre director Nicolas Kent.


War of the words

H G Wells and the anti-cuts demo



Monday: I was just about to leave the house for work. I turned off my record player which had been blasting some early B52s.

Activism and... my first Peace News

In Charing Cross Road in London in the 1950s, there used to be an elderly woman selling Peace News who stood on the pavement saying: [uses frail voice] “Pacifist paper.