Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, and seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.
Tony Benn was a Member of Parliament for 50 years before retiring to "spend more time on politics". Since leaving Parliament, and has been one of the most inspirational figures in the anti-war movement. Tony is president of Stop the War Coalition.
Phyllis is a veteran writer and analyst of Middle East issues. Author of many books and countless articles, she has played a leading role in the US anti-war coalition United for Peace and Justice. Phyllis is currently is the director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Victoria Brittain is a journalist a campaigner who has written extensively on war, torture and unjust extradition. Victoria is a former associate foreign editor of the Guardian and has published books including Hidden Lives, Hidden Deaths and Death of Dignity
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Noam Chomsky is a world famous linguist, historian, political critic, and activist. He is the author of Failed States, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies, Manufacturing Consent and dozens of other books.
For the past three years Chris Cole has been researching and campaigning on the issue of armed drones. He is co-author of Convenient Killing: Armed Drones and the Playstation Mentality, secretary of the Drones Campaign Network and he maintains the Drone Wars UK blog.
Jeremy Corbyn has been the Member of Parliament for Islington North since 1983. As well as representing his constituents, Jeremy has campaigned strongly for many years against western intervention and against the Iraq war. He is the Chair of the Stop the War Coalition.
Active in grass-roots politics for many years, Lindsey is a writer and campaigner and is the Convenor of Stop the War Coalition. She is also the author of several books including 'A People's History of London' and 'Stop the War: The story of Britain's biggest mass movement'.
Manuel Hassassian is a Palestinian writer, academic and diplomat. Manuel was born in Jerusalem and was for twenty five years a professor of political science at Bethlehem University, and has published extensively on Middle East politics. Since 2005 he has been the Palestinian Territories' ambassador to the UK.
Kate Hudson is General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and is a long time anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner. Kate is was a founding editor of the journal Contemporary Politics. Kate and is also author of 'CND Now More than Ever'.
Owen Jones is a columnist for The Independent. He was born in Sheffield and grew up in Stockport. After graduating, he worked as a trade union and parliamentary researcher. His first book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, was published by Verso in June 2011.
Jemima Khan is a writer, campaigner for human rights, Associate Editor of the New Statesman and European editor–at–large for Vanity Fair. She has campaigned against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and against the CIA's campaign of drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas.
Seumas Milne is a writer and Guardian columnist. Seumas is a longtime speaker on war and imperialism, such as at the recent Media & War: Challenging the Consensus conference.
Robert is a London-based, Scottish artist who works in a space between street art and academia. He has produced many antiwar pieces and more recently worked around the Occupy movement.
Andrew Murray was Chair of Stop the War from its formation for a decade and remains a leading figure of the anti-war movement. He is currently Chief of Staff at Unite the Union.
Explo has campaigned for years against the dictates of the IMF, World Bank and Foreign Multinationals in Africa. As a result of this he had to escape death and flee his country of birth and live for 27 years in exile. He was the Coordinator of the Campaign Against Proxy Wars in Africa from 2005 to 2010.
Derrick O'Keefe is a Canadian writer and social justice activist, and is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Peace Alliance. Derrick is the editor of the widely-read progressive news site rabble.ca and co-authored A Woman Among Warlords with Afghan activist Malalai Joya.
Mitra Qayoom is an Afghan activist and writer. Mitra is a member of Afghans for Peace, an alliance of Afghans from various ethnic, religious, socio-economic, cultural, and political backgrounds with a united vision for a democratic, all inclusive, just and peaceful Afghanistan.
Sami Ramadani was a political refugee from Saddam's regime, and is now a senior lecturer in sociology at London Metropolitan University. Sami was active in campaigning against the brutal sanctions imposed on Iraq in the '90s, and against the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation.
Salma is a politician, former local councillor and was leader of the Respect party. Salma has been a long time anti-war voice and is active in Birmingham Stop the War Coalition. She is also a member of the national Stop the War steering committee.
Rafeef Ziadah is a Palestinian spoken-word artist and activist and is a founding member of Canada's Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid. Rafeef’s poetry speaks to the struggle of immigrants and the politics of exile.