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Issue 2544 | April 2012

On nonviolence

“The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.” Martin Luther King Jr

George Lakey: nonviolent warrior

A Peace News interview with the man who persuaded us to go ‘for nonviolent revolution’.

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Nonviolent revolution: a contradiction in terms

A dedicated nonviolent activist asks some hard questions

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April Carter, People Power and Political Change: Key Issues and Concepts

Routledge, 2011; 207pp; £23.99

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News

Ash Wednesday marked in London and Liverpool

Blessed ash and charcoal were used to mark the walls of the ministry of defence (MoD) in Whitehall, London, on 22 February.

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Gabriel and Maya go to prison

Two peace activists found guilty in 2009 of highway obstruction during an anti-war protest were jailed in the last month.

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Bahrain continues to rise

Despite a widespread security clampdown (see PN 2543) around the anniversary of last year’s 14 February nonviolent uprising, Bahrainis continue to struggle for democracy with demonstrations and an open-ended hunger strike.

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Roouminations ...

News

Save £84bn: Cut Trident not the NHS

New report finds that the UK would benefit from huge savings if Trident's replacement is cancelled.

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Taliban suspends peace talks as US fails to make confidence-building move

Peace New's war news reporter on developments in the 'peace talks' process

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Internationals join Jeju island protests

Demonstrations against new naval base heat up.

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Maria challenges PRASRA

On 5 March, Parliament Square protester Maria Gallastegui had her day in court contesting the new restrictions on demonstrating around parliament.

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Veterans for peace

New UK group is launched.

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‘Putting government above the law’

The right to a fair trial is under attack.

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George Lakey: nonviolent warrior

A Peace News interview with the man who persuaded us to go ‘for nonviolent revolution’.

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Comment & features

Parking the car... for good!

Bicycology not automobility

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The SOCPA victory and the ‘blanket’ ban

As the ban on unauthorised protest around Parliament under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) is finally repealed, the new restrictions that replace it are being tested in the High Court.

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Clowning around

A trainee rebel clown reports

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Breakfast in Gaza

A response to Operation Cast Lead

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30 years ago: Stop This War

PN was naturally a leading voice in the opposition to the Falklands War, both in terms of its own editorial line and in its promoting of the views of the main British pacifist organisations and the international networks to which they were affiliated.

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Ray Hainton: 29 October 1921 – 9 February 2012

My mother Raymonde ‘Ray’ Hainton, peace activist, Quaker and former teacher and medical social worker, died peacefully on 19 February 2012, aged 90.

Activism and... Prison

I was really frightened of going to prison. I’d had a really bad experience of being in a boys-only boarding school, and I thought prison would be like that except worse.

Wales & Scotland

The Wales section is edited by Kelvin Mason. The Scotland section is edited by Sarah Young.

Edinburgh Campaign Against Poverty action

On the national day of action against workfare

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Stop Wylfa B demo

Anti-nuclear action in Wales

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Bradfest!

A festival of events is to be held in Wales from 11-28 April to highlight the case of Bradley Manning and the issues it raises.

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Crunch time for the Douglas Valley

The Douglas Valley hosted the Earth First! Winter Moot at the end of February. People from across Scotland and the UK piled into the Glespin community hall to strategise, debate and plan.

Not one stone, not one flower

Wales-based peace activist and Nobel peace prize nominee Angie Zelter is among those who have been arrested in ongoing protests against the building of a new naval base on Jeju Island in South Korea.

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Painting for peace

During our weekly vigil at Faslane, a quiet discussion arose about doing an action at the army recruitment offices in Glasgow to highlight the dishonest propaganda used to persuade young people to

Coalition launches lobby for Welsh language communities

The launch of a new alliance for Welsh language communities

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Prison... for painting

On 19 March, Barbara Dowling was given a three-month sentence for painting ‘political graffiti’ on the internal walls of Dunbarton sheriff court in 2010.

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