This Time Last Year
381, 15th November, 2002
Florence of Arabia - European Social Forum meeting in Florence -
another example of the growing movement against Bush and Blairs
war plans that is sweeping the US and Europe.
380, 8th November, 2002
Assault and Pepper - Police brutality in Brighton
379, 1st November, 2002
Putin the Boot In - Chechen rebels attack in Moscow...
378, 25th October, 2002
Tricky Treaty - the EU Nice Treaty is here bringing enlargement
and GATS - the green light to a neo-liberal Europe. Plus - Romanys under
eviction, McDonalds day, Sangatte and more...
377, 18th October, 2002
Sari Sight - why Australia isn't such an innocent bystander in the
Bali bombing. Also - Bougainville, Ukrainian nuclear protester murdered,
Sizewell and more
376, 11th October, 2002
Docu-mental - Bush's self interested, pre-emptive National Security
Strategy comes out as anti-war activity steps up. Also - Brazilian elections;
US dock strike and more...
375, 4th October, 2002
Acres And Pain - comparing the two marches in London last week -
Stop The War and Countryside Alliance. Also - cannabis cafes, polish
road protests, Stop The War actions and more...
373/4, 27th September, 2002
Weapons Of Mass Deception - what is this war all about? Oil. Plus
special report from Palestine, Stop The War listings, Unocal in Burma,
Porton Down and more...
372, 13th September, 2002
Silent But Deadly - a critical look at the US on the anniversary
of September 11. Also - Xenotransplantation, Brighton Peace Centre,
Lappersfort, Reclaim The Future and more...
371, 6th September, 2002
Summit Rotten - report from Johannesburg Earth Summit. Plus -
the new Criminal Records Bureau, latest from Chiapas, Meanwhile Gardens
370, 30th August, 2002
Apocalypse Soon - the suits are going to Johannesburg, as the
global environment goes south. Plus - GM in Africa and Dorset, Bhopal
and Union Carbide, Countryside Alliance...
369, 23rd August, 2002
Return To Sender - Bush boycotts Earth Summit in Johannesburg,
plus Indonesian villagers sue Exxon Mobil, Strasbourg No Borders camp
arrestee Ahmed Meguini and more...
368, 16th August, 2002
Gravy Plane - Snapshot of South Africa leading up to the Earth
Summit - privatisation and structural adjustments. Plus Uruguay in trouble,
UNICEF get together with McD's and more...
367, 9th August, 2002
It's A Nuke Out - the h-bomb in Hiroshima shares its anniversary
with another disaster - 12 years of sanctions in Iraq. Plus - airport
stopped in Mexico, Commonwealth Games...
366, 2nd August, 2002
Borderline Case - report of the No Border camp held in Strasbourg
19-28 July. Plus - anniversary of Genoa, free party bust-up near Bristol,
Brighton's Earthship and more...
365, 19th July, 2002
Beach Bummer Boozy Bottleneck - Fat Boy Slim has an abomination
on Brighton Beach, while local free parties get oppressed. Plus - oil
in Nigeria, AFC Wimbledon, Paraguay and more...
364, 12th July, 2002
Last Supper - Lip service to the starving at the World Food Summit,
Rome. Also - protests against Commonwealth Games in Manchester, oil
pipeline to Caspian Sea, and more
363, 5th July, 2002
Identity Crisis - Blair wants to introduce ID cards - called
Entitlement Cards. Plus - free parties this summer, death in Argentina,
Costa Rica resists neo-liberalism, and more
361/2, 27th June, 2002
Summit Outta Nuffin - preview of the Rio+10 Earth Summit in Johannesburg.
The multinationals have taken control. Plus - EU Summit in Seville,
Esso to sue Greenpeace and more...
360, 21st June, 2002
Choker Cola - privatisation of water in indigenous lands. Plus
- G8 summit in Canada, Satpal Ram is released and Mark Barnsley will
be out soon, Gypsy community evicted and more...
359, 14th June, 2002
FB Lied/Bug Eyed - double front page about spooks. Plus - nuclear
fuels in get Mox-ed up, GM crop sabotage, pink castle, West Papua, Golden
Jubilee and more...
357/8, 31st May, 2002
Kashmir Sweater - as the India-Pakistan conflict escalates -
so does British arms sales to both sides. Plus - brands at the World
Cup, Titnore Woods and more...
356, 24th May, 2002
Blood On The Tracks - Michael Mungovan - another victim of casualised
labour. Plus - schools sell-off in Wales, hospital closure in Cornwall,
East Timor gains independence
355, 17th May, 2002
American Wet Dream - Bush turns his attention to bombing Iraq,
even though US-UK sanctions are already crippling it. Plus - march for
Palestine, Pink Castle GM action, Chechnya...
354, 10th May, 2002
Festival Pied - Ten hard years for free festivals in Britain
since Castlemorton. Plus - U'wa tribe in Colombia, Yusufeli Dam, RTS
in Dublin goes blue, Wombles off their charges
| Friday 22nd November
2002 | Issue 382
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! THE ALARM'S GONE OFF...
Firebranded | Sick
Pay | Crap Arrest of the Week |
Demo Call |
School of the Assassins
| In the Vanguard
| No-Glo Baloney | It
Just Ain't Cricket | No Purchase Neccesary
| ...and finally... |
As SchNEWS went to press the Fire Brigade Union were planning
an eight day strike over Neo Labours refusal to pay them a
decent wage. Because some people in authority are lining up to condemn
the firefighters, SchNEWS has come up with a new Are You Worth It?
Quiz and asked three leading figures just how much they think theyre
I do not think we impress the public if we set too low a value
on our own worth... If we believe our work here is important we
should not shrink from putting proper value on it. Who said
this? Step forward leader of the House, Robin Cook, voting with
other MPs for an inflation busting 42% pay rise last year.
Bank of England governor Sir Eddie George, who over the weekend
said that a high settlement (for the firefighters)
be very damaging indeed, earns just under £257,000 a
year and can look forward to an annual pension of £167,000.
Sir George Bain, chairman of the so- called independent
inquiry into firefighter pay, became principal of London Business
School in 1989 and secured himself one of the most lucrative
remuneration packages in the whole of academia, according
to the New Statesman. Hes also vice-chancellor of Queens University
of Belfast, director of Blackwell Publishers, the Economist Group,
Canada Life and Bombardier Aerospace Shorts Brothers.
SchNEWS knows what these people are really worth, but we do wonder
if any of them went on strike, would anybody notice?
Meanwhile, greedy, selfish firefighters want £30,000 and according
to the government are putting all our lives at risk by going on
strike. Which is a bit rich coming from a government that cant
wait to start bombing Iraq, a war which, according to a new report
by British health professionals, could lead to the death of half
a million people, the majority of them civilians.
The new pay deal offers pay increases with serious strings attached
what Neo Labour likes to dress up as modernisation, but what
everyone else calls job cuts, penny pinching and creeping privatisation.
Already Fire Stations are being built by and leased back from private
companies, while fire appliances and even fire tunics and fire boots
are maintained and owned by outside companies.
As a nation we are very rich - the UK is the fourth wealthiest industrial
nation. But when people ask for the wealth to be distributed a bit
more fairly, we are told we cant afford it. But we can, of
course, afford to bomb Iraq at a cost of billions. And we can apparently
afford to let big business fiddle their taxes. In 1997, a report
by accountants Deloitte & Touche put the figure for legal tax
avoidance at £85 billion! Minutes of an Inland Revenue meeting
revealed the agency was soft on multinational tax returns for fear
of driving investment away from the UK.
As one Fire Brigade Union (FBU) official said, They are not
serious about modernisation. They are serious about cutting costs
and about breaking the fire brigades union for daring to ask for
more. This dispute is highly political because the New Labour government
are scared that the scandal of low pay in the public and other sectors
will be exposed and the floodgates will open. The government want
to break the FBU as a lesson to all public sector workers.
Perhaps Andrew Smith, Neo-Labours Secretary of State for Work
Till You Drop, spelt it out fairly clearly when he said, The
biggest challenge of the new decade is to encourage people to work
longer. For less pay and for longer hours no doubt - unless
of course youre an MP or company director, then of course
we all know thats different because youre worth
Support the firefighters: Donate to their hardship funds, take them
tea and cake on the picket lines, or just tell them you support
what they are doing. Get a striker to come and talk at your workplace
or group. And keep an eye out for support groups around the country.
In Brighton there will be a stall outside the Open Market, London
Road, 10am till 12 noon this Saturday Come and find out how
to get involved. www.30kfirepay2.co.uk/
Pay the Fire Fighters, not the Fire Starters
Join the anti-war protests at the Confederation of British Industry
AGM this Sunday (24) 3.30pm at the GMEX, Manchester City Centre.
Rolling protests continue till late Monday. Guests at this years
event include Gordon Brown MP, Paul ONeill, US Treasury Secretary,
Lord Browne, boss of BP, and Tony Blair MP, plus the bosses of the
arms companies and private firms after our public services. ANSWERmanchester@aol.com
With all the hassle these pesky fire fighters are giving our neo-labour
boys, its a wonder that they dont just privatise them.
Surely theres nothing like bringing a private contractor in
to stop all this nonsense about essential workers demanding decent
pay. A company that has years of experience in driving down wages
in the public sector and has been doing extremely well out of Neo
Labours drive to privatise and modernise the public
sector is Sodexho, a French multinational private service provider.
The company has its fingers in lots of pies - defence, schools and
colleges, asylum detention centres and prisons.
Sodexho is a perfect example of the private sectors drive
to suppress wages in order to cut costs, win contracts and ultimately
line their own pockets. The company has come under fire from labour
groups and government bodies in nearly every country it operates
in, having been involved in labour disputes and court actions from
Australia to the US. Now its UK workers are biting back.
Hospital service workers at Glasgow Royal Infirmary were the first
to decide that they were worth more than the miserable £4.15
an hour Sodexho were forking out for their services. In August,
around 300 staff won increased pay and conditions despite Sodexhos
attempts to draft in scabs from Liverpool to break the picket lines.
Service staff at Liverpool Royal Infirmary, also on Sodexhos
generous £4.15 an hour, followed Glasgows success. They
took strike action last Friday, during which a Sodexho manager on
£70,000 a year showed his solidarity by helping to give out
tea to patients (presumably not at $4.15 hour). Negotiations are
underway, but threat of further action still looms over Sodexho.
The porters, cleaners and caterers of Glasgow and Liverpool may
not be in the business of saving lives. But their success has shown
that collective action by workers getting shat on by the privatisation
of essential services in New Britain has still got teeth.
As Caroline Leckie, UNISONs branch secretary said, We
won because we organised. We set our own agenda, we did not work
to managements agenda. More on Sodexho disputes - www.labournet.net/default.asp#sodexho
Excellent articles on privatisation - www.monbiot.com
Arrest of the Week
For stealing your own car!
A Brighton man was pulled over in his car on a routine police check,
arrested with his two passengers, and held for 11 hours for suspicion
of theft - of his own car which was taxed and insured. When
he tried to get his car back he was told by Worthing cops that hed
have to wait. Meanwhile at the police compound, cars are only kept
for a week and when he didnt show up, his car was crushed!
FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE
Demonstration in Brighton
Saturday 23rd, 12pm at Preston Park. Anti-war speakers before
a nice stroll down to the Seafront. Info: 01273 685946 www.safp.org.uk
(More stewards are needed get in touch.)
of the Assassins
The order was to take everyone: parents, grandparents,
kids, wives, everyone. It was very rare that anyone survived after
being taken by my battalion. At first the children were abandoned
in the park or the marketplace. But then General Alvarez Martinez
said These seeds will eventually bear fruit. So we had
to eliminate the children as well. School of the Americas
(SOA) graduate who was once a member of Battalion 3-16, a secret
death squad in Honduras. Gen. Alvarez Martinez was also trained
at the SOA.
If any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocents,
they have become outlaws and murderers themselves. - George
Bush on the day he began bombing Afghanistan.
This past weekend, nearly 10,000 people marched to shut down the
USs number one terrorist training camp, the School of the
Americas. Located in Fort Benning, Georgia, the US- Army-operated
SOA has been around for the last 56 years, training Latin American
paramilitaries whose victims total tens of thousands. As of January
2001, the SOA officially closed its doors and reopened almost immediately
as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Co-operation, or
WHISC - an attempt by school and military officials to confuse public
criticism and distance the school from its violent past. Nice try,
guys, but did you really think we were that thick? The name may
have changed, but the underlying purpose of the school remains the
same - to control the economic and political systems of Latin America
by aiding and influencing Latin American militaries. Or put another
way, to make Central and South America safe for US interests
by supporting the rape, torture, and genocide of so-called dissidents.
Since 1946, the School of the Americas has trained over 60,000 Latin
American soldiers and policemen. Among its graduates are many of
South and Central Americas most notorious torturers, mass
murderers, dictators and state terrorists. In 1996, the Pentagon
was forced to release SOA training manuals which included top tips
on the use of torture, blackmail and execution. As hundreds of pages
of documentation compiled by the pressure group SOA Watch shows,
groups trained by the SOA have ripped Latin America apart. Here
are just a few highlights from some of the SOAs former students:
**In Chile, SOA graduates ran both Augusto Pinochets secret
police and his three principal concentration camps.
**Former SOA student Colonel Byron Lima Estrada ran the D-2 military
intelligence agency in Guatemala with the help of two other SOA
graduates. Throughout the 1980s, D-2 coordinated an anti-insurgency
campaign which obliterated 448 Mayan Indian villages and murdered
thousands of innocent people.
**The list of atrocities commited during El Salvadors civil
war is long and bloody, but none is more horrifying than the massacre
in El Mazote, where in 1981, members of the Atlacatl Battalion murdered
more than 900 villagers including women, children and the elderly.
At least nine of the Atlacatl Battalion were former SOA graduates.
In 1993, the United Nations Truth Commission on El Salvador named
the army officers who had committed the worst atrocities of the
civil war. Two-thirds of those named had been trained at the School
of the Americas.
And the list goes on and on
As one Brazilian human rights
group said, The mark of the School of the Americas is engraved
in the minds and bodies and in the histories of the families of
the tortured, killed, and disappeared.
Meanwhile, protesters who dare to speak out against their governments
support and orchestration of such acts are promptly arrested and
jailed. Last weeks demo in Georgia saw the arrest of 90 protesters,
including a 12-year-old who were quite sure posed a grave
threat to the State. One man was arrested when he refused to submit
to a police metal detector scan and bag search. Later, in a court
hearing to determine the legality of searching protesters, police
officers testified that they had never experienced a single act
of violence or even the threat of violence in the past 13 years
of protests against the SOA. They justified the searches, however,
by saying they felt that hostility had been growing with the increase
in numbers of anarchists and bare breasted women. Bare-breasted
women being decidedly more dangerous than military death squads
trained and armed to the teeth by the US government, of course.
For more info on the SOAs dirty dealings, check out the excellent
website www.soaw.org Protest info
While Blair is threatening Iraq with war if they dont grant
access to weapons inspecters and has warned Britain to be on high
alert for terrorist attacks, last Friday two people broke through
totally non-existent security and spent thirty unhindered minutes
inspecting one of Britains illegal weapons of mass-destruction
a Trident nuclear submarine. They were eventually arrested
after several attempts to set off faulty fire alarms to let security
know they were there! The HMS Vanguard is one of four subs set to
be refitted at Devonport Royal Navy dockyard in Plymouth, joining
the 12 already there. More info phone 0845-458-8366 or see www.tridentploughshares.org
* On 14th Dec theres plans for a mass weapons inspection
of US airforce base Fairford in Gloucestershire, at the same
time as US stealth bombers are due to arrive at the base. Transport
is being organised from Bristol. Info: http://bristol.indymedia.org
* Next Sussex Action for Peace meeting is Tuesday 26th, 7.30pm
the Brighthelm Centre, North Street, Brighton. To join a discussion
of anti-war activities in Brighton go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brightonagainstwar
Last Friday, Italian police raided the homes of members of the
Italian social movement No Global. 20 were arrested, denied access
to lawyers, and held in solitary confinement, while another 22 have
been placed under house arrest. The arrest warrants declared No
Global a subversive association with intentions to conspire
against the Italian State proof of the intensification
of the Berlusconi governments attempts to suppress the vibrant
Italian social movement. This comes after the success of the European
Social Forum in Florence, attended by 40,000 delegates, with nearly
1 million people taking to the streets for Europes largest
ever anti-war demonstration (see last weeks SchNEWS). The harmony
of the week-long Social Forum and the demonstration was the polar
opposite of the terror and violence that
Berlusconi and his media mouthpieces claimed the event would bring.
So repressione it is and even though the powers-that-be
cant find anything horribly criminal to charge No Global with,
theyve decided to hit them with political conspiracy
and subversive propaganda. Protests have been called
in solidarity with those arrested and over the weekend 30,000 people
took to the streets of Rome and thousands more marched in Naples,
Genoa, Florence and Milan. www.resist.org.uk
Just Ain't Cricket
Sydney residents unsure about the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
meeting in their city were enlightened last Friday by the Institute
For Applied Piracy, who jammed a commercial radio station for ten
minutes, replacing the broadcast with a message about the dodgy
dealings of the WTO. They explained to listeners how the WTO are
an unelected body who represent corporate interests and promote
free trade never mind human rights, workers rights, the environment
or anything else which is a barrier to trade.
Meanwhile, the first meeting of the WTO since Doha focussed discussing
the use of cheap AIDS drugs to bully developing countries into free
trade. And outside the guarded fence, another festival of anti-capitalism
kicked off. Streets were occupied in central Sydney last Thursday
and even featured a padded up, all-white, Cricket Bloc.
On Friday, 2000 protesters hit the conference centre at Olympic
Park where the fence was breached several times and 35 were arrested.
Aboriginals re-occupied the tent embassy site they created
during the Olympics at Victoria Park, re-lighting the peace fire
theyd started there during the Games. http://sydney.indymedia.org
* Britain has signed a trade agreement with Thailand promising to
increase imports of farm produce and find new markets for Thai goods
in return for supplying weapons to the Thailand military. Thats
good old free trade for ya.
With Christmas fast approaching, advertisers are stepping up their
usual hype Buy, buy, buy! Youre inadequate if
you dont posses the latest gadget/colour/label/toy.
But why not take a day (or preferably the rest of your life) off
from this consumer bullshit and join in on Buy Nothing Day. The
message is simple. Shop less live more. Spend time with family
and friends, rather than spending money on them.
Theres loads of events happening around the country. To find
your nearest event phone 07887 608609 or see www.buynothingday.co.uk
*SchNEWS doesnt like to promote consumerism but
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SchNEWS has scoured the high street to find you the most ridiculous
bit of consumer crap available for the holiday season- one apple
for the price of five. For 49p (the price of a whole pound of apples),
Sainsburys is offering just one ready sliced apple, with the
perfect added preservativea plastic bag. What a bargain! Whats
next? Pre-peeled bananas? Ready chewed food? If you are not
entirely satisfied with this product, please let Sainsburys
know on 0800 636262
And if thats not enough to make you sick, then why not join
in on mass vomiting actions planned for Buy Nothing Day? A group
of anti-consumers are looking for people to join them in taking
a Brazilian plant which induces vomiting. After taking the plant,
the group plans to visit local consumerist meccas en masse for spectacular
puking sessions. Sound appealing? If so contact them at email@example.com
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