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Issue 2472 | April 2006

Burma: calls for calm as student activist murdered

On 17 March, student activist and former political prisoner Thet Naing Oo was allegedly beaten to death on the streets of Rangoon by police, firefighters and members of the Union and Solida

Arms producers slammed as injunction is lifted

After months or torturous legal proceedings, harassment and imprisonment, good news from Brighton's SmashEDO as, in March, the legal cases brought against them began to crumble.

Antimilitarists respond to targetting of civilians in Paraguay

Antimilitarists in Paraguay have expressed concern at recent military operations targeting predominantly poor, civilian populations and campesina organisations in rural areas.

Two arrests after no surrender on pink "war criminal" banner

In the early afternoon of Sunday 26 March, Brian Haw was standing with fellow campaigner Barbara Tucker when the police came by and decided that a crime was being committed.

...and the trials of the "unauthorised" continue

On 16 March, Milan Rai, author, activist and founder of Justice Not Vengeance, went on trial for organising an unauthorised demonstration within the 1-km exclusion zone around parliament on

West Country launch new Trident campaign

A county-wide campaign against the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system has taken off in Somerset.

Iraq War: Global opposition persists

On the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, protesters coordinated events around the globe to demonstrate their continued opposition.

No apology needed

Norman Kember, the British pacifist released after being imprisoned in Iraq for almost four months, has returned home to face a predictable lack of understanding of his pacifist stance - just as hi

"International support means a huge amount to us"

In 2006, the G8 will meet in Russia for the first time.

Celebrate, for now

Good news for a change from Turkey: on 9 March, gay Turkish conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan was unexpectedly released from the military prison in Sivas, following an order by the Milit

"Oh, what a lovely war"

Three years after the invasion of Iraq, PN reflects on the experience of soldiers, civilians and peace campaigners.


We need a Ministry for Peace

In the UK we think education is important -- so we have a ministry for education. We think health and the environment are important -- so we have ministries for them.

Love your enemy ...... everyone can change: Hollywood

We all like to be entertained don't we? And isn't it great that the hero gets the girl, the poor get rich and the good guys (us) always win?

Vietnam War refuser wins Medal of Freedom from Chicken Hawk

Anti-war activists have always pondered the irony of boxing champion Muhammad Ali having claimed conscientious objector status when he was drafted for the Vietnam War.

Profumo's peace links, hazardous headlines, and drains for disarmament

A few months ago, The Mole was musing about the idea of a peace movement “Bacon Number, where we see how many links - of some defined sort!

Can you do laughs when the agenda is real heavy?

A week or so ago the Local Heroes affinity group conducted a gentle forensic raid on the Labour Office in Airdrie, in order to out a dubious hombre by the name of John Reid who has been lin