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Issue 2570-2571 | June 2014

Learning from the war

Choosing war

A historian uncovers the truth behind Britain’s rush to war in 1914


A summer of peace

This year, the main theme of Peace News Summer Camp (31 July – 4 August) is countering the militarism and jingoism around the centenary of the First World War, which is why the camp is called ‘The World is My Country’.


The Tribunal

No 2 in Peace News’ ‘The World is my Country’ poster project.


Refusing to kill

Every year on 15 May, pacifists and anti-war activists gather in London’s Tavistock Square in front of a massive slate memorial that was unveiled by composer and conscientious objector Michael Tipp

Remembering conscientious objectors, 100 years on

On International Conscientious Objectors Day


Hedd Wyn: 1887-1917

In this centenary year of World War, everyone seems to be looking for stories from that conflict. One that encompasses the tragedy is the story of the Welsh poet Hedd Wyn.


75 years ago: Fellowship of COs formed

Pacifists are now looking back 100 years to the start of the First World War, and at the lessons still to be learned by those who renounce war. Our predecessors, who were looking back from only 25 years’ distance, also digested the lessons of that earlier era, but with a greater sense of urgency.



Celebrate Howard

On 17 May, 100 friends and colleagues of the British pacifist author and activist Howard Clark gathered at a ceremony organised by Peace News Trustees in Conway Hall, London.


May Day in Cardiff

The sun shone down on Cardiff city centre, the day made even more attractive and colourful by the trade union banners of the May Day march.

Palestinians practise nonviolent resistance

On 24 April, Palestinian prisoners in Israel began a new open-ended hunger strike.


Nant Llesg opencast coalmine protest

'Death of the valley'


Any more arms fairs? Ding ding

At the London Transport Museum


I am sailing... for Syria

On 21 June, British peace activists Maria Gallastegui and Simon Moore will embark on a 3,500-mile voyage from London to Lebanon in solidarity with the people of Syria, saili


A surge of outrage against US drone wars

43 protesters arrested at spy HQ and air force bases in the US


Iraq war ‘promoted terrorism’

‘Far from reducing international terrorism... the 2003 invasion [of Iraq] had the effect of promoting it'


43 protesters arrested at spy HQ and air force bases in the US

Anti-drone activism


US to spend £189m on British spy base

The US is going to spend £189m on converting the US air force (USAF) base at Croughton, near Milton Keynes, ‘into one of its largest intelligence hubs outside the mainland United States’, the&


Rolls-Royce Trident protest

Rolls-Royce directors were confronted with the harrowing testimony of Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima survivor, at their AGM on 1 May.


Megaphone Mitch demystified

Peace News investigates a London activist on whom suspicions have been cast....



the street of the poet Al-Mutanabbi

Paging all poets


Diary: living closely

This has been a difficult email to write’. I can only see the first line of the email, but I know what it’s going to say. I slam the desk and swear loudly. Co-workers stare.

Arlo Tatum: 21 February 1923 - 2 April 2014

Arlo Tatum played significant roles in the US, British and international pacifist movements.

Dafydd Arfon Rhys: 16 July 1941 – 20 April 2014

The Quaker meeting at Pwllheli Community Centre on Saturday 3 May, following the sudden death of Arfon Rhys, was, in many ways, unusual.

Activism and... Meetings

Ah. (Laughs.) I’ve not had very good experiences with meetings.


The defiant ones

Another staggering work of heart-breaking genius – about activists and academics



The never-ending ‘wake-up call’

The mainstream media and climate change


Yes to independence

Scottish independence could reinvigorate radical movements north and south of the border, and deal a blow to British imperialism


Organising against fracking

Peace News brings together environmental activists for a transatlantic round table


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