This Time Last Year
383, 29th November, 2002
Gone to the Dogs - Police still suppressing sabs while hunt thugs
get away with gbh...
382, 22nd November, 2002
Firebranded - the Fire Brigade Union were planning an eight
day strike over Neo Labours refusal to pay them a decent wage...
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...
| Friday 6th December
2002 | Issue 384
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! KISSinger MY ARSE...
Kissinger of Death | A
Right Carry On | Crap Arrest of the Week
| Surround RAF Fairford |
| War Briefs
| SchNEWS in Brief | Disconnected
| Inside SchNEWS | ...and finally...
KISSINGER OF DEATH
Next Tuesday is International Human Rights Day - 54 years since
the signing of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, which amongst other things declared, All human beings
are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Apparently the British government decided to get in on the celebrations
a bit early this year by releasing a 23-page dossier on Iraqi human
rights abuses, with foreign secretary, Jack Straw, telling the world,
It is important that people understand the comprehensive evil
which is Saddam Hussein.
SchNEWS has no problem with spelling out the fact that Saddam is
a torturing evil scumbag, but as Richard Bunting of Amnesty International
pointed out, Iraqs human rights record is appalling,
but we have been saying this for years. The British and US are being
selective, conveniently ignoring other countries and using this
record to drive forward foreign and military goals.
Even the Iraqi dissident that Neo-Labour dragged out to support
the dossier said he was opposed to a war that may cause the
Iraqi people a great loss of life and infrastructure. Hussain
al-Shahristani, a former nuclear scientist, was tortured and jailed
for 11 years for refusing to work on Saddams secret nuclear
programme, and is now head of the Iraqi Refugee Aid Council. When
I was in jail, he added, I was held with British-made
handcuffs. In the cells next door, I could hear the screams of people
who were having holes drilled into their bones. Those drills were
made in Britain
The dossier about human rights abuses is correct.
Each of the events took place. But I am critical of the silence
of Britain and other European countries for over two decades about
Thats because when it comes to human rights abuses, governments
seem to have selective amnesia about just who are the worlds
Before Iraq invaded Kuwait, the UK government supported President
Saddam and British companies helped arm him. After the gassing of
the Kurds at Halabja, British ministers and officials tried to blame
the chemical attack on Iran. Human Rights Watch said that when it
collected evidence of Saddams abuses at Halabja and elsewhere
in the Kurdish area of Iraq, the Foreign Office ignored it.
Or what about Turkey, whove been busy repressing the Kurdish
people without anyone so much as batting an eyelid. Arbitrary arrest,
detention, torture, disappearances, extra-judicial killings, the
banning of political opposition and harassment of human rights groups
are just some of the treats in store for you if youre Kurdish.
Add to that the fact that Kurdish language, names, music, culture,
and clothing are outlawed. Conservative estimates reckon that in
the past 15 years, Turkish Security Forces have destroyed 4000 Kurdish
villages - leaving 30,000 dead and 3 million driven from their homes.
So Kurds fighting Iraq are good, but Kurds fighting against Turkey
are bad because Turkey is a member of NATO and an important ally
of the United States thanks to its strategically placed air bases.
A Right Carry On
And now the American public can rest easy knowing that human rights
champion Henry Kissinger is to head an independent commission
to investigate the attacks on America on September 11th. Who better
to investigate 9/11 than Kissinger, the man behind untold amounts
of state-sponsored terrorism and wanted across the world as a war
criminal! A proven liar has been assigned the task of finding the
As war criminals go, Kissinger is in the premier league. During
the Vietnam War he was co-architect with Nixon in the secret bombing
campaign of Cambodia, which is estimated to have claimed the lives
of hundreds of thousands of civilians.
In 1971, Pakistani General Yahya Khan, armed with U.S. weaponry,
overthrew a democratically elected government in Bangladesh
an action that led to a massive civilian bloodbath. Kissinger blocked
U.S. condemnation of Khan and instead noted the Generals delicacy
In the early 1970s, Kissinger masterminded the CIAs $8 million
campaign to overthrow the democratically elected government of Salvador
Allende in Chile. When Allende won power, all US aid was cut and
Kissinger announced, The issues are much too important for
the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves. So
in came the murderous military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
On June 8, 1976, at the height of Pinochets repression, Kissinger
had a meeting with the dictator, telling him, We are sympathetic
to what you are trying to do here.
In 1975, President Gerald Ford and Kissinger offered advance approval
of Indonesias brutal invasion of East Timor, where tens of
thousands of East Timorese were killed.
In 1976, as the Argentinan military junta was beginning its so-called
dirty war against supposed subversives between
9,000 and 30,000 people would be disappeared by the
military over the next seven years Argentinas foreign
minister met with Kissinger and received what he believed was encouragement
for his governments violent efforts. A few years later Kissinger
travelled to Buenos Aires as the guest of dictator General Jorge
Rafael Videla and praised the junta for having done, an outstanding
job in wiping out terrorist forces.
As journalist David Corn points out, For many in the world,
Kissinger is a symbol of U.S. arrogance and the misuse of American
might. In power, he cared more for U.S. credibility and geostrategic
advantage than for human rights and open government.
As the declaration goes All human beings are born free and
equal, it just seems that some are a lot more free and a lot
more equal than others.
* Check out all yer favourite war criminals www.icai-online.org
Crap Arrest of the Week
For sending an e-mail!
When veteran Icelandic peacenik Asthor Magnusson warned fellow citizens
that their government was allocating £3m of their money to
transport US weapons and using troops to murder the people of Iraq,
he found himself in solitary confinement! He now faces a possible
3-year sentence. www.peace2000.org
SURROUND RAF FAIRFORD!
A national demonstration and weapons inspection on Saturday 14th
December. US stealth bombers are being deployed at RAF Fairford
in Gloucestershire on their way to carpet bomb Iraq. We want these
weapons of mass destruction removed. Transport from across the country.
More info: http://bristol.indymedia.org
* Brighton coach leaves St Peters Church at 8.30am Tickets £6
from The Druids Pub, Ditchling Rise, or from the Sussex Action for
Peace stall, Gardner St, Saturday 2-4pm. 01273 298192 www.safp.org.uk
18 years after one of the worst chemical leaks in history, the
people of Bhopal are still waiting for justice in the wake of the
Union Carbide disaster. Proving how little the powers that be actually
care about peoples suffering, Dow Chemicals (who now own Union
Carbide) have told the people of Bhopal that therell be no
compensation or clean-up because it would piss off shareholders
and fellow Multinationals.
On the 25th of November, a group of survivors of Union Carbide and
supporters of the Campaign for Justice in Bhopal tried to clean
up some of the toxic waste thats still poisoning their land
and water supplies. Police waded in and 100 were arrested.
Neither the government nor Dow have done anything to protect the
health of the people living round the factory site. More than 20,000
have now died as a direct result of the disastrous pesticide leak
at the Union Carbide factory on December 3rd 1984. And a further
150 000 have been left chronically ill. Unsurprisingly, Dow hasnt
paid a cent towards the victims often massive medical bills.
Though every single legal investigation has found Union Carbide
guilty of criminal negligence, both Union Carbide and Dow have consistently
denied these findings. We understand the anger and hurt,
said Dow Spokesperson Bob Questra. But Dow does not and cannot
acknowledge responsibility. Our responsibility is to our shareholders.
If we accepted responsibility we would be required to expend many
billions of dollars on cleanup and compensation much worse,
the public could then point to Dow as a precedent in other big cases.
We are unable to set this precedent for ourselves and the industry,
much as we would like to see the issue resolved in a humane and
Shareholders are delighted. One said, Bhopal is a recurrent
problem thats clogging our value chain and ultimately keeping
the share price from expressing its full potential. This has cleared
the way. www.bhopal.net
- A coalition of Canadian peace groups is sending an international
team of volunteer weapons inspectors to the US this winter. Rooting
Out Evil are to send inspectors to the US and want unhindered
access to all sites, including presidential compounds. A spokesperson
said, On the basis of Bushs guidelines, it is clear
that the current U.S. administration poses a great threat to global
security. See www.rootingoutevil.org
- Two day training event in Oxford this weekend
(7-8) in preparation for next weekends weapons inspection at Fairford
airbase. 01865 794 504 firstname.lastname@example.org
- It is twenty years since 30,000 women demonstrated against
the USs nuclear cruise missiles at Greenham Common
and this is being celebrated at Womenwith Hill Womens Peace
Camp next Thursday (12), Embrace the Base: 10 am - 4 pm. The next
day, Blockade the Base: Non-violent direct action. Info: 01943
- Last Monday 250 people staged a die in in Whitehall.
Part of the road was blocked for 5 hours in protest against the
war. 35 people were arrested for obstruction of the highway. www.viwuk.freeserve.co.uk
- Make a pledge to engage in civil disobedience if war
starts at www.j-n-v.org
- The Fire this Time, a CD by Grant Wakefield
which charts the history of the Wests manipulation of the
political landscape in the Middle East with background tunes from
the Aphex and Orbital, is out now. www.firethistime.org
- Stop the War have just released Peace Not War
benefit CD compilation including tracks from Public Enemy, Fun-da-mental,
Massive Attack, Billy Bragg and even Crass. Available in most
record shops www.peace-not-war.org
SchNEWS in brief
- Stingy Brighton Council want to evict a group of Irish Travellers
from a derelict site at Preston Barracks. The sites been
abandoned for years, but the Council has suddenly decided they
need it for development. Planning permission couldnt
go through before the end of 2003 at the earliest and the travellers
say they only want to stay til January anyway. Nevertheless,
the Council are considering sending in their heavies to evict
the site. Why not ring the council and give your support to the
travellers. Pat Foster 01273-290000 or Heather James 01273-291142
- An Italian priest from a small town near Naples was last
week sacked because, according to his superiors, his behaviour
is scandalous to the faithful. His crimes were to
speak at a Gay Pride march and join anti-capitalist protesters
at the Genoa G8 summit. The priests faithful local
parishioners are furious at the decision and are planning the
biggest march in the towns recent history to demand hes
- This Sat (7) March with the Firefighters. Noon, Cleopatras
needle, Embankment, London. www.fp4f.com
- Also this weekend, Youth & Student CND National Gathering
with workshops, talks, and video screenings. LARC, 62 Fieldgate
St, Whitechapel, London. Contact in advance if you need accommodation
020 7607 3616 email@example.com
- How UK Foreign Investment Creates Asylum Seekers,
seminar and launch of new Ilisu Dam Campaign Project. This Sat
(8) 1-6pm, at the Kurdish Community Centre, 11 Portland Gardens,
London N4. 0787 6771576 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brighton Council will decide on the controversial Brighton
Station development, which includes another Sainsburys
store and posh hotels. Noon, 11th Dec, Hove Town Hall. 01273 681166
- Xmas Benefit night for the Simon Jones Memorial Campaign
and Mosaic Mixed and Black Parentage Family Group, Dec 12th,
11pm-3am, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton.
- If you didnt vote at the last election, feel good about
it and check out www.vetothevote.com
for more about our so-called democracy.
- Sub-Cultural Radikal Arts Productions presents Wreck n
Roll Cirkus, Friday 13th, loadsa musik and subversion. 9.30pm-
6am, The Imperial Gardens, 199 Camberwell New Road, London. £7
b4 11pm, £10 after. 077731334958
- Workers Left Unity - Iran meeting in solidarity with
the growing protest movement and in support of Iranian students,
journalists, writers and workers. 13th Dec, 6pm. NUJ Building
308 Grays Inn Road, London WC1web@etehadchap.com
- West Papua Solidarity Fri 20th The Wick 25
Whitepost Rd, Hackney Wick (Bus 276) after 8pm £3/2-Disruptive
Element + support
Workers in Ozarow Poland have been rioting against the closure
of their telephone cable factory. They rejected the measly payoff
they were offered, and instead started a 219 day occupation of the
factory which ended abruptly two weeks ago when several buses of
security guards violently evicted the protesters. Theres been
mass solidarity with the workers and small groups of anarchists
from around Poland have joined them in helping with blockades around
the factory and organising various ambushes on trucks leaving the
site. As one Polish anarchist said, As soon as we started
harassing security guards in a more organised way, they started
living in a state of permanent siege, hiding inside the factory
behind barricades they built to be protected from us. All day and
night black bloc, workers, and small group of local hooligans attacked
them. Lots of workers were amazed by our way of fighting.
This pressure has triggered new negotiations, but across Poland
the number of strikes are growing because of worsening economic
On Monday morning, protestors from Rising Tide, who campaign for
climate change justice, performed an environmental and social impact
assessment of the London office of Environmental Resource Management
(ERM), with some barricading themselves in the directors office
and hanging out a banner Oil is War. ERM has been carrying
out research work for oil giant BP on the proposed 1,770-km pipeline
from Baku in Azerbaijan through Georgia to the port of Ceyhan in
Turkey. ERMs role is to greenwash the whole project - it plays
a crucial role in convincing public funders to give financial backing
to the scheme. www.ermconcerns.com
Meanwhile, last week in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, a group of
people paid a friendly visit to the office of the Georgian International
Oil Company, one of BPs partners in the pipeline project.
The protest came in response to the Georgian Governments decision
to issue permission for construction of the pipeline by November
30th. The decision violates Georgian environmental legislation,
as it allows the pipeline to pass through protected areas and water
sanctuary zones in the sensitive Borjomi Gorge. The decision, the
Government says, was made to meet the project timeline and thus
fulfil BPs requirements.
Rising Tide network 01865 241097, www.risingtide.org.uk
The five animal rights activists who were facing jail sentences
for conspiracy to hold a protest at the Old Surrey and
Burstow Hunt Kennels (see last weeks SchNEWS) have all escaped
prison sentences. Instead, thanks to the judge reading last weeks
SchNEWS of course, they were sentenced to do community service of
between 200 and 240 hours, plus court costs.
In a further blow for the Hunt, a protester had his conviction for
Harassment overturned. The judge ruled that the charge was an abuse
of the Protection from Harassment Act (originally introduced to
prevent stalking of women). He cited a case in the High Court where
it was ruled that the Act should not be used to prevent political
Some passionate Sydney activists puckered up for a mass game of
Spin the Bottle outside the New South Wales State Parliament
last month and managed to tally up a smouldering 154 kisses between
them. Apart from giving themselves severely chapped lips, they were
protesting against the confiscation of the Spin The Bottle Blocs
six-foot papier mache bottle at the anti - World Trade Organisation
demos which took place in Sydney last month.
The confiscation of the bottle was justified by the
Sydney police because they believed protestors were planning a violent
confrontation, as proved by the Spin the Bottle Blocs own
communication, which read, We invite you to join us for the
most militant game of spin the bottle ever attempted - turning up
the heat until every kiss becomes a molotov. The police, who
obviously dont know much about the power of love or the classic
teenage party game, have refused to return the bottle, though they
obviously wont have much use for it themselves http://sydney.indymedia.org
SchNEWS warns all right on readers we print the right stuff not
out right lies. In our right old carry on theres no rights
left out despite writers cramp. Honest.
issues 51-100 - nearly sold out - £5
SchNEWS Annual issues 101 - 150 going for £3!!
SchNEWS Survival Guide issues 151 - 200 and a whole lot more
- also at £3
The SchQUALL book - almost sold out - at only £7
SchNEWS and SQUALLs YEARBOOK 2001 - bargain £5
SchNEWS Of The World issues 301 - 350. 300
pages of adventures from the direct action frontline. £7 You
can order the book from a bookshop or your library, quote the ISBN
If you can help distribute the new book by taking a few boxes from
Brighton or East London round the country, call the office and ask
for John, Thanks.
Add £1.50 p&p for each book, cheques to Justice? Honest!
In the UK you can get 2, 3, 4 & 5 for £20 inc. postage.
(US Postage £4.00 for individual books, £13 for all
to 50 issues of SchNEWS, each book contains articles, photos, cartoons,
subverts, a yellow pages list of contacts, comedy etc.
to SchNEWS: Send 1st Class stamps (e.g. 10 for next 9 issues)
or donations (payable to Justice?). Or £15 for a year's subscription,
or the SchNEWS supporter's rate, £1 a week. Ask for "originals"
if you plan to copy and distribute. SchNEWS is post-free to prisoners.
SchNEWS, PO Box 2600, Brighton, BN2 0EF, England
Phone/Fax: +44 (0)1273 685913
- information for action - copy and distribute!