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Anti-War Activism: New Media and Protest in the Information by By (author) Jenny Pickerill, By (author) Frank Webster By

By By (author) Jenny Pickerill, By (author) Frank Webster By (author) Kevin Gillan

The first educational account of the twenty first century anti-war and peace stream. Empirically wealthy and conceptually leading edge, Anti-War Activism will pay in particular shut awareness to the replaced details setting of protest, the advanced alliances of activists, the range of individuals, in addition to campaigners' use of recent (and outdated) media.

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The spread of democracy round the globe was presented as central to long-term American security, with Cheney Post 9/11 15 envisaging a ‘community of democratic nations bound together by a web of political, economic and security ties’. This was set out at a time when commentary frequently argued that no two democracies would go to war; hence, security could be enhanced by encouraging democratic practices (Friedman 1999). We return to this issue soon, but for the moment elaborate the Defense Secretary’s special concern for the security of American interests.

This stoked the concern of many, including those in the anti-war movement, which saw in the United States’ actions an inappropriate response that increased alarm as Iraq was occupied and insurgency there grew into civil war. British support for America, notably from Prime Minister Blair, meant that the UK too became a focus of attention for protesters who felt that this country was engaged in an illegal invasion of another nation. A third difficulty with the ‘War on Terror’ is that it is exceedingly difficult to develop measures of success for such a policy, still less for bringing it to a successful conclusion.

It’s amazing that when you think everything we ever said about the war was right. We’re the last people they think of asking about it because the greatest offence in politics to be a bit ahead of your time: that is unforgivable. Exasperation with mainstream media is a common theme among anti-war activists, but for some it is now less of an issue because the movement has its own information networks. Here, for instance, is an extract from the 4 October 2006 Newsletter of the StWC commenting on a demonstration it had organized that was held in Manchester at the Labour Party annual national conference.

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