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Issue 2554 | February 2013

Direct action!

Shock and Awe

PN’s Gabriel Carlyle reports on the sometimes shambolic, always peaceful and often heroic resistance to the tree-felling in Combe Haven for the Hastings-Bexhill Link Road, and the lessons learned.


Scrap Trident! Let Scotland lead the way to a nuclear free world!

On 15 April, hundreds (maybe thousands!) will descend on the Faslane naval base, home to Trident, in a mass display of nonviolent direct action.


Hard harvest

Gill Knight has been doing solidarity work in Palestine for a number of years.  This autumn she helped bring in the olive crop.


Action Atomic Weapons Eradication! Now!

At last Trident is on its way out. After 19 years of service, the Vanguard class nuclear-powered submarines that carry the 58 Trident II missiles designed to deliver more than 180 thermonuclear warheads are ready for retirement. 



Action on drones in Wrexham as MPs drone on in parliament

On 11 December 2012, as MPs in London prepared to debate British involvement in drone warfare, Wrexham Peace & Justice Forum (WPJF) held an information stall about drones – unmanned aerial vehi

Fallujah protestors killed by Iraqi army

At least five demonstrators were shot dead in the Iraqi city of Fallujah on 25 January as a Sunni anti-government protest came into conflict with the Iraqi army, who were blocking their way or trying to disperse them.


Academi Heddwch Cymru / Wales Peace Institute

CND Cymru urges supporters and all who care about peace and justice in the world to put the date of the next Academi Heddwch Cymru/Wales Peace Institute conference in their diaries: 10am – 4.30pm,

Lockheed Martin, Regent Street

Raising awareness in the heart of London


US trainers bring magic to Margate

Training for Change



Peace across borders: VCNV UK in Afghanistan

In early January, a delegation of British women from Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK (VCNV UK) returned from a two-week peace delegation in Afghanistan (see PN 2552-2553). 


Kabul winter appeal

Thousands of kilos of aid is delivered.


Court rules out whistleblower defence for Bradley Manning

On 16 January, US military judge colonel Denise Lind ruled that US army intelligence officer Bradley Manning will not be able to use a whistleblower defence during his trial.


Nuclear power protests heat up

On 19 December, four anti-nuclear power campaigners pleaded guilty to obstructing traffic at Hinkley Point in Somerset, in late November.

Alfie Meadows and Zak King face third trial

Student protestors Alfie Meadows and Zak King face a third trial for taking part in a  demonstration on 9 December 2010 against the trebling of university tuition fees, the scrapping of the Educational Maintenance Allowance and other attacks on public education.


Occupy Palestine!

On 10 January, over 300 Palestinians set up camp in an Israeli-occupied area north-east of Jerusalem known as ‘E1’.

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A photomontage by Cat Picton-Philips and Peter Kennard


Ian Thomas: 29 March 1963 – 28 December 2012

In December, our good friend Ian Thomas died, unexpectedly, aged 49. He had a heart attack while asleep at home in Southampton.


Leslie Gordon Harris: October 1916 – 31 December 2012

Leslie Gordon Harris, Christian pacifist and Second World War conscientious objector, died at West Middlesex Hospital in December, aged 96.


Nuclear madness

I wish I could find the words to express my anger and frustration at this Tory government’s headlong rush to establish nuclear power stations.

Fair play at the front

In 1963, what was then London Transport transported me to The Theatre Royal Stratford East and there I saw its legendary production of Oh What a Lovely War!

Liverpool Diary: February 2013

Thoughts from Rose Howey housing co-op


30 years ago: Peace camps round-up

At their height, there were a dozen simultaneous peace camps at military bases around Britain; PN ran a regular round-up each fortnight.


Activism and... junk food

I guess the thing that comes into my mind is, the first thing that comes into my mind, is activism plus going on road trips equals junk food. Activism and an adrenalin rush.

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Aldermaston Women

An update on the long-running peace camp at the Atomic Weapons Establishment


Women for Life on Earth

From Cardiff to Greenham Common


The march that shook Blair

Ten years on from 15 February 2003, Peace News publishes a new book on the demo.


What do you know about Northern Ireland?

The December 2012 de Silva report on the assassination of Belfast human rights lawyer Pat Finucane in 1989 led prime minister David Cameron to concede that there had been ‘shocking levels of collus