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Issue 2520 | April 2010

Opinion polls, civil war and self-deception

“Rubbish!” cried a man in the audience. The scene was a public meeting against the war in Afghanistan.

The poor die young

Official statistics of British forces fatalities in Afghanistan obscure the fact that it is younger people from poorer backgrounds who are suffering most from the increasing intensity of the fighti

Sizewell blockaded for democracy

At 6.40am on 22 February, anti-nuclear power activists from the recently-formed “People Power not Nuclear Power Coalition” began a blockade of Sizewell nuclear power station.

Gandhi in Palestine

On 5 March, to mark the International Week Against Racism, the weekly Friday march from the Palestinian village of Bil’in to Israel’s apartheid wall was led by demonstrators dressed as Mohandas Gan

SFO-BAE plea bargain halted

Events have moved rapidly since 5 February, when the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced a plea bargain with arms giant BAE Systems (see PN 2519).

Bringing the message of the Flemish Peace Institute to Wales

Nelly Maes, president of the Flemish Peace Institute, spoke at the David Davies Memorial Institute (DDMI) in Aberystwyth on 24 February to an audience of students and local people.

St Athan military college moves forward

A four-week inquiry into the £12 billion privatised military training establishment due to be based at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, ended in early February 2010.

Dismissing the message of the national “Defence Leagues” at our peril

The attempt by the Scottish Defence League (SDL) to stage a rally in Edinburgh on 20 February was the mother of all damp squibs, as the “patriots” were confined to a couple of pubs in the vicinity

Politicians move forward: the movement stands still

On 13 March, Edinburgh appeared to host two manifestations of popular nationalist sentiment on the same Saturday, one considerably larger than the other.

Adi's story

The Waihopai Ploughshares trial


Obama and the NPT: our nuclear future

The upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference could be the beginning of the end for nuclear weapons.

Movements for mountains

State terrorism, corporate mining and nonviolent resistance in India


Women rising

8,000 women joined the annual “Million Women Rise” International Women’s Day march on 6 March, according to organisers. That’s 3,000 more than last year.


Three New Zealand peace activists found not guilty for $1m damage to US spy base.


Reflections on Joe Glenton

It may seem a strange preoccupation for a pacifist, but I am very concerned about the injustices suffered by members of the armed forces.


I was standing in front of a dishevelled block of flats in Hackney, half the flats were boarded over with orange grills, it seemed more like we were making a documentary about inner city slum livin

Obituary - Michael Foot: Learning the right lessons from history

Five years ago, I went to visit [the former Labour Party leader] Michael Foot, when I was writing a history of CND. He was kind, witty and utterly committed to nuclear disarmament.

Campaign Profile: Survival

Founded in 1969, Survival is the only international organisation supporting tribal peoples worldwide.

Obituary: Seeing history from below: Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn, US historian and activist, died in January of a heart attack at the age of 87.

Activism and... Reunions

We had a reunion recently after 20 years.