P4C!'s first decade:
The magazine was first published in the winter of 1989/1990, soon after the creation of COAT
to expose and oppose a huge arms bazaar in Ottawa called ARMX.
(Read more about that campaign
and succeeding ones here.) For about a decade, the magazine focused almost exclusively on
global efforts to promote a "peace dividend" and
specifically to transform military production and infrastructure
to socially-useful and environmentally-sound, civilian alternatives.
As such, it was the only periodical in Canada, perhaps the world,
devoted to the coverage and promotion of military conversion.
Each issue contained news and information from around the world
on many practical and theoretical dimensions of economic conversion.
The magazine also included articles on how the weapons trade,
particularly Canada's military exports, impacted upon human rights
in "Third World" countries.
Expanding the concept of "conversion"
In 1999 COAT expanded its concept
of "conversion" beyond the limited economic definition that relates to the
transformation of military industries and bases. Since then, Press
for Conversion! has covered a broad variety of issues of relevance
to peace/antiwar, human rights, development and anti-globalization activists.
(For more on this broadened understanding of conversion, see
here to read issues since 1999 (with summaries of each issue and
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