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Issue 2556 | April 2013

People power in Africa

Nonviolence. Yes, it is working in Kenya

African activists work to prevent election violence and make social change


Turning the Tide

British trainers were invited by Kenyan Quakers  to share skills for social struggles against injustice


Poetic resistance

Western Sahara’s word weapons


More news

Jellies mark ‘Wobbly Tuesday’

The tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq on 19 March was marked by peace group Justice Not Vengeance with a 32-pint vegan jelly (topped by a more modest dessert), as a reminder of ‘Wobbly Tues

Four years on, a G20 victory

A persistent G20 protester has won compensation for a police assault in London in April 2009.


Just 3% of Olympic cycling arrests result in convictions

Five of the 182 cyclists arrested at last July’s Critical Mass bike ride in east London (PN 2549) were c


Knitting, droning, uniting the world in song...

Things are bubbling under in Wales this month, all set to boil over in a series of events and actions that keep the heat on the military-industrial complex and a complicit state.


Scotland says: Scrap Trident!

Last week a public poll found that four out of five Scots want to see the Trident nuclear weapons system removed from Scotland. It is hardly surprising that support for the Scrap Trident weekend of protest and action on 13-15 April is mounting at a phenomenal rate.



Drone terrorism

Britain supports US strikes and prepares its own killer drone base in Lincolnshire


Solidarity extends from a Yorkshire spy base to Guantánamo hunger strikers

Menwith Hill protests


EDF, police and Shell back off

Activists have been celebrating a brace of victories, from Nottinghamshire to the Arctic.


Israel’s dirty war

While Palestinian prisoners continue hunger strikes against their detention without trial, Israeli and Egyptian forces are using sewage against Pal


Parliament Square camps cleared by police for tenth anniversary of Iraq war

On 8 March, a police and council swoop removed the peace camps in Parliament Square that have been a symbol of war resistance in central London since 2001, when a vigil was



Massive disappointment

How the media loves anniversaries and now I’m at it too; it hardly seems 10 m


Diary: on taking on EDF

ImageIt’s 2am on a starry October night.

Activism and... Mud

I do find that quite a lot of people think that to ‘get back to nature’ we should spend our time wallowing i


50 years ago: The spies were right

Anti-nuclear campaigners caused a furore in 1963 by publishing details of the government’s secret Third World War control bunkers, to coincide with CND’s Aldermaston March at Easter.




Turkey’s Kurds hope for peace

One of Europe’s longest-running wars may be coming to an end, in large part due to a grassroots nonviolent intervention.


Fourth estate agents

Progressive activists have often had a difficult relationship  with the mainstream media. Ian Sinclair discussed the advantages  and pitfalls of working with and in the mainstream with five activists


Fallujah, city of martyrs

Where the Iraqi insurgency began, 10 years ago


The dawn of the modern mind

A shamanic practitioner reviews the British Museum’s Ice Age Art exhibition


Tony Telford