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Issue 2559-2560 | July/August 2013

A black day for PN

For the first time in its 76-year history, the content in Peace News this month is entirely the work of people of colour.


PN Summer Camp 2013: Who, what, where, why and when

The theme for this year's Camp is "Taking a lead from the Global South", and the Camp will feature Egyptian, Nigerian and Colombian activists


What anti-oppression workshops should teach

One of the world’s leading activist trainers draws on decades of experience



Nonviolent uprisings

Turkey, Brazil and Indonesia


Drones defied

On 4 June, six Christian peace activists were held overnight after breaking into the British drones base, RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, and planting a peace garden.

Hiroshima fast comes to Burghfield

The Paris fast for Hiroshima and Nagasaki this August, referred to in the last issue, is actually a Paris-Burghfield-Büchel fast!


Guantánamo hunger strike continues

As PN went to press, US military authorities were stepping up their attempts to break the hunger strike of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay detention centre in Cuba.



The US finally agrees to direct talks with the Taliban, as demanded by the Afghan people

As PN entered production, news broke of dramatic developments in the Afghan conflict. The Taliban were finally admitted to talks with the US government and the Afghan government, something polls show that the Afghan people have long desired. 


G8 demos met with force

Anti-capitalist demonstrations in England, northern Ireland and Germany were met with excessive policing last month, as eight of the world’s wealthiest countries met at Lough Erne in northern Ireland for the G8 summit on 17-18 June.


Prying Prism

In June, a former CIA technical worker revealed US surveillance tactics, allowing the government access to phone records, individually stored data, and the servers of large social networking sites.


Smash Sameness

The Personal Column


Pat Allen, 4 February 1929 - 3 June 2013

If I’ve ever met a personification of the word ‘staunch’, I think it must have been Pat Allen.

50 years ago: The curious dilemma of the American Negro

The South African political exile Lewis Nkosi, writing in Peace News in the period before he became a well-known author, drew on his experience of the South African struggle to criticise the analysis of African-American writer Louis Lomax in the latter’s book The Negro Revolt. This was part of PN’s wide-ranging coverage – by those involved – of the Civil Rights movement in the US in the ’60s.


Rong Radio

Benjamin Zephaniah chose these poems to contribute to this special issue of Peace News



‘The peace garden is opposite the War Memorial,’
Said the old soldier.

‘We had to fight to make peace
Back in the good old days.’

Diary: Aneaka Kellay

While sitting on a train bound for Manchester, I read over an article I’d drafted for Radical Rumours, a housing and workers co-operative zine.

Editing and...

It was a year ago that I came up with the idea that this issue only have content created by people of colour (photos, articles, cartoons). Why are we doing it this way?


The violence of empire

Behind the scenes of a historic victory for Kenyan torture victims


A Peace News expose

Peace News played an important role in exposing British colonial torture in Kenya, publishing an expose by whistle-blower Eileen Fletcher on 4 May 1956.


Western nuclear terrorism

Milan Rai surveys the history of Western nuclear threats against the Global South


Standing up to Islamophobia

Since the Woolwich attack in London on 22 May, at least 13 mosques have been attacked, according to Islamophobia monitoring group Tell MAMA, which has recorded 212 incidents targeting Muslims – including harassment, violence and damaged property.


Power, race and peace

An interview with the director of England’s Fellowship of Reconciliation


Satta Hashem

Buhrez - 2004. Ink on paper 33cm x 24cm.


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