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Issue 2546 | June 2012

Iran: Lawyers say no to pre-emptive war

Prominent lawyers warned the British government against supporting an illegal attack on Iran as the British government consulted its legal advisors on its military options. Meanwhile, international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme stalled at a meeting in Baghdad in late May, as Western diplomats rebuffed concessions from the Islamic Republic.

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Legal action stops Afghan torture transfers

Even as Afghanistan introduces its own system of internment – and the UK seeks to circumvent high court restrictions aimed at preventing the torture of detainees – activists and lawyers in the UK have succeeded in temporarily halting the transfer of prisoners from British forces to the Afghan secret police.

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features

We're all going on a summer holiday: Peace News Summer Camp 2012

Delicious details of Peace News Summer Camp 2012

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Taking control

PN marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of a ground-breaking pamphlet

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CAAB counter-surveillance

Looking back over the history of an important peace campaign.

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An Argentine pacifist perspective

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel describes nonviolent resistance in Latin America

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FEX: Funding the revolution

Radical philanthropy shares power with activists

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Countering Olympic myths

Exploring some of the concerns around the London Olympics.

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news

Interrupting Vince

An anti-arms trade protester manages to upstage Vince Cable, the business secretary, at the British arms exporters' biggest annual conference.

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Conscientious Objectors’ Day

Last month, peace activists held commemorations in Manchester (13 May), London (15 May) and Birmingham (20 May) to mark the thirtieth International Conscientious Objectors’ Day.

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1,600 hunger strikers’ victory

On 14 May, some 1,600 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons won major concessions from the Israeli prison service, leading them to end their mass hunger strike which started on 17 April (see PN 2545).

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Faslane’s 30 Days of Action

Faslane Peace Camp reveal details of some of the host of actions planned against the Trident nuclear weapon system in Scotland during June.

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More singing, less bashing

Some reflections on the Big Six Energy Bash demo in London on 3 May, which was 'kettled' by police.

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comment

Painting by Bridget Coffey

   

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The world-wide awkward squad

You act alone, and you don't tell....

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Activism and... Having a laugh

I used to belong to an affinity group whose motto was ‘fun and effective’. Every action was supposed to be both effective in advancing our cause, and fun for those of us carrying it out.

30 years ago: Waste dumping in Wales – a campaigning success

Arguments about nuclear power stations and nuclear waste were prevalent 30 years ago, as now – and PN played a key part. Ex-PN-staffer Paul Wesley tells of a campaign that succeeded.

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Roouminations....

Scotland & Wales

Peace Fair Tregaron

A highly-successful Peace Fair was held in Tregaron to celebrate the bicentenary of Welsh peace campaigner Henry Richard MP.

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Robert Mugabe... what happened?

Review of a film about the African dictator.

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WISE Up for Bradley Manning

Recent campaigning in Wales in solidarity with the US whistleblower.

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Viennese Mexican NPT Wave!

Interest in Scotland's new position on nuclear weapons at the May 2012 NPT PrepCom meeting in Vienna.

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Coal: Douglas Valley Residents take action

Coal Action Scotland gears up for more action.

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Contradictory pro-NATO Nats

Scotland needs a 'real stushie' over the SNP's contradictory position on nuclear weapons.

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Almost....

A comment on the Olympics