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Issue 2557 | May 2013

Nuclear News

A rising against the military machine

A call for military spending to be re-directed to meeting human needs

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AWEsome

On 10 April, eight activists from Oxford CND, Reading, Croughton and Hampshire closed Tadley gate at Aldermaston AWE (atomic weapons establishment) as part of a year-long ac

55 Easters

Ever since the first Aldermaston March at Easter 1958, Aldermaston, where the UK’s nuclear warheads are made, has been the focus of CND’s anti-nuclear protest at Easter.

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ICAN do it

 At the beginning of March, 500 activists from 70 countries gathered in Oslo for a Civil Society Forum organised by the International Camp

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Drones, Trident... buzz off!

On 13 April, protesters gathered outside the ministry of defence drone testing site near Aberporth.

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Scrap Trident

On 15 April, 47 campaigners were arrested as hundreds of people from as far away as New Zealand converged on Faslane naval base, home to the Trident nuclear missile submarine system, 25 miles north of Glasgow.

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Faslane Peace Camp faces closure

A proposal

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And more news

Thatcher sparks solidarity

One of the most creative responses to the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher on 8 April was a website called ‘Don’t Hate, Donate’.

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2014 and a Wales Peace Institute

Jill Evans, Plaid Cymru MEP, is calling on Wales’ first minister to make peace the theme of next year’s centenary commemorations of the start of the First World War.

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By the Waters

The ‘By the Waters’ performance in Chapter Gallery, Cardiff was conceived by Cardiff-based British-Iraqi artist Rabab Ghazoul to commemorate th

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More news

Real world drones

Recent polls suppress the disturbing realities behind US and UK drone strikes

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Defend the defenders

In April, Britain’s Law Society intervened in the case of Mandira Sharma, a Nepalese human rights lawyer facing persecution as an ‘anti-Maoist dollar mongerer’.

The economy: a big game

On 15 April, as part of the Global Day of Action Against Military Spending, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), Pax Christi, War on Want, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and others joined together to take their message to parliament in London.

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Comment

Self portrait

“I was doing a self-portrait around the time when the firestorm on Iraq started. That was ten years ago. It was the beginning of the immoral and illegal onslaught on people like us. Thinking of their religion and ancient culture, I gave myself a kind of hijab to say where and with whom my heart was at that hour of unfolding horror.”

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Diary: Thinking about group dynamics

In March I spent a week in the eco-cabins at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, at a workshop organised by trainers from three training collectives – Rhizome, Tripod and Seeds for Change.

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Liverpool gains a gem!

A send-off to long-time PN volunteer, Martyn Lowe

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50 years ago: PPU stays on the fence

Whether to work more with peace campaigns with limited aims, at the expense of concentrating on the fundamental issue of the rejection of war itself, is a never-ending debate within pacifist organisations. Here, Harry Mister reports from the 1963 AGM of the Peace Pledge Union.

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Activism and...telling the parents

For my parents, people who go to court are people who ha

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Features

Txt it!

The uses of texting for activists

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You redact, we react

The anti-roads campaigners take on the department for transport over Combe Haven

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Sex & drugs & off the dole

Disabled people tell Atos Stories

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Taking a lead from the Global South

Peace News Summer Camp breaks new ground

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Creatively agreeing

An interview with Seeds for Change

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Memorials for German deserters

30,000 German soldiers deserted during the Second World War: 20,000 were executed

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