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‘A new stasi system’

In 2016 members of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit created what they themselves termed ‘a new stasi system’ to ‘vet’ members and supporters in an effort to undermine Jeremy Corbyn, an

Barclays: storm & spin

Campaigners organised a social media storm on 7 May to coincide with the AGM of Barclays bank, the largest European provider of fossil fuel financing.

BDS legal victory

On 29 April the UK’s Supreme Court ruled that government ‘guidance’ banning local government pension schemes from ‘using pension policies to pursue boycotts, divestment and sanctions [BDS] against

Plowshares update

On 8 June, Catholic peace activist Elizabeth McAlister (80) was sentenced to time already served for her part in a symbolic nuclear disarmament action at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St.

1,500 years

The UK will take 1,500 years to de-carbonise its domestic heating if funding levels proposed this April are maintained, New Scientist reports.

‘A good alarm signal’

The dramatic melting of Greenland’s ice sheet in the summer of 2019 – which saw near-record rates - was largely down to a persistent zone of high pressure over the region, according to a scientific

Money to burn

Global military expenditure rose by 3.6% (from 2018) to reach $1.917 trillion in 2019, according to data compiled by The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), released in April<

War in a time of covid

RAF planes resumed bombing Iraq on 10 April after a lull of nearly seven months, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Radical Music: 'How can we sing together when we are apart?'

For the last few months PN columnist Penny Stone has been posting 'learn-and-sing-along' song videos on her website, as a way to help people who are social distancing to keep singing whilst ‘non-essential’ activities such as singing groups have been temporarily suspended. In this piece (written back in March) she explains the thinking behind this project.


In other news...

For obvious reasons, non-COVID-19-related news has been side-lined since mid-March. So in case you missed them, here are a few of the other things that have been happening as the world scrambled to tackle the pandemic.