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Issue 2539 | November 2011


At the start of Occupy London Stock Exchange.


Scotland squares up to the system

The continued resistance to cuts and a wider protest against global economic injustice and the financial system has been expressed through occupations in Scotland’s

Resistance in the rain

A report from the Glasgow march and rally against the cuts


Occupy Washington

There’s no substitute for the outrage of the streets.


OCCUPY THE WORLD! The story so far

Peace News takes a look at the Occupy movements that are taking the world by storm


The Peace News guide: How to occupy!

There is a lot of anger out there – and a lot of support for the Occupy movement. Get started where you live with this quick guide.


Other news

Michael Lyons’ appeal fails

Michael Lyons, the navy medic who was jailed for seven months for refusing, on moral and ethical grounds, to attend rifle training, has lost his appeal against conviction.


SOCPAvistas, sleep on!

New legislation to curtail protest around Parliament.


Maikel forcibly hospitalised

Imprisoned Egyptian pacifist blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad has been sent to Abbasseya psychiatric hospital for examination.


Solar meltdown at nuclear demo

A report from the Hinkley Point blockade.


Red Dragon Newsround

News from Wales.


Aldermaston women descend on Faslane

Women from Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp visit the home of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system.


News from Afghanistan

NATO’s hidden Afghan victims

NATO claims to have killed at least 3,873 individuals – and detained a further 7,146 – since December 2009, but how many of these were actually civilians?


Afghanistan: peace talks not yet dead

The September assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, chairman of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council – the body established to seek peace talks with the Taliban - by an alleged Taliban envoy appeared to derail any prospect of a negotiated end to the war.


Afghan torture

The UN has found compelling evidence of systematic torture in five facilities run by the Afghan intelligence agency (NDS) – including at least one facility deemed safe for detainee transfers in the UK high court last year.


Visiting Afghanistan

As Maya Evans prepares to leave for Afghanistan, PN tracks her progress.


other comment & features

The Wreckage of Gillie Woodiwis

The painter, Lorna Vahey, on how a veteran from the First World War influenced her father's pacifism.


Poppy politics

Poppies, poppies, poppies – we are entering the season of remembrance and of the ubiquitous red on the lapel of every public figure and increasingly on the front of buses, on products, in schools and just about everywhere.


Poppy history

A brief history of remembrance the pacifist way.


Stroud and the Spanish Spring

For the whole of my life so far, civil war has raged somewhere in the world and there seems no end in sight.

From the archives: Non-pacifist objector exempted; letters from soldiers

Peace News 55 years ago


Activism and... criminal records

This morning I was sacked... again. Not because of anything I had done, or not done, in my job; I had been a model worker in my work as a trainee (unpaid and therefore without rights) teaching assistant.


Making media

In the wake of the Rebellious Media Conference, Peace News takes a look at what the conference achieved, how to work with the mainstream media and interview Matthew Alford, author of Reel Power: Hollywood cinema and American supremacy.

Rebellious Media Conference

Over 1,100 people crowded into London’s Institute for Education on 8 October for the start of the Rebellious Media Conference (RMC), organised by Peace News, Ceasefire, NUJ, Red Pepper, Undercurrents and visionOntv.


Rebel voices

Reflections on the Rebellious Media Conference, London, October 2011


Hollywood at war

Peace News explores the politics of cinema with Matthew Alford, author of Reel Power: Hollywood cinema and American supremacy


Getting the most from mainstream media

After recently reading Flat Earth News by Nick Davies about “churnalism”, distortion and propaganda in the global media, I thought hard about choosing the “Getting the most from the mainstream medi