This Time Last Year
386, Winter Solstice, 2002
Chompin' at the Bit Noam Chomsky gives his views on the 'war on terror' and North America
385, 13th December, 2002
Wide-Boys UK government struck by road-building frenzy
384, 6th December, 2002
Kissinger of Death - America assigns known terrorist to investigate
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 10th January 2003|
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER OILY RAG...
Oil Drums of War | Spin-U-Like | Crap Arrest of the Week | SchNEWS Annual 2003
| War Briefs
| Better Profits
| SchNEWS in Brief | Drop us a Pipeline
| Let Them Eat Soup
| and finally... |
OIL DRUMS OF WAR
||Britons woke up to a planned terrorist attack on their shores this week. But any chemical attack using ricin produced in a north London flat is nothing compared to whats in store for the people of Iraq, with a leaked UN report saying that up to 500,000 Iraqi people could suffer serious injuries during the first phase of a terrorist attack.
Thats state terrorism brought to you by America and Britain so they can get their hands on Iraqi oil. Foreign secretary Jack Straw said as much on Monday when he told 150 British ambassadors at a meeting in London that one of the key priorities of British foreign policy was to bolster the security of British and global energy supplies. Its just an amazing coincidence that Iraq has the second biggest known oil reserves in the world.
The US burns a quarter of all the oil consumed and is world champion at producing the greenhouse gases that are causing global warming. A study sponsored by the US Council on Foreign Relations says that the American people continue to demand plentiful and cheap energy without sacrifice or inconvenience. Seeing as the worlds oil reserves will begin to seriously decline within 5 to 10 years its not surprising US Vice President Dick Cheney calls Iraq the great prize.
In the National Security Strategy, a document in which each American administration outlines its approach to defending the country, Bush laid out his aggressive military and foreign policy, embracing pre-emptive attacks against perceived enemies. It speaks in blunt terms of ignoring international opinion if it suits U.S. interests and lays out a plan for permanent U.S. military and economic domination of every region on the globe which will come from the $379 billion its budgeting on the military.
The Strategy sounds very similar to a report issued in September 2000 by a bunch of conservative business leaders called the Project for the New American Century. This stated At no time in history has the international security order been as conducive to American interests and ideals
The challenge of this coming century is to preserve and enhance this American peace. Written way before September 11th, the authors of the Project report included Paul Wolfowitz, now deputy defence secretary, John Bolton, undersecretary of state, Stephen Cambone, head of the Pentagons Office of Program, Analysis and Evaluation, and Eliot Cohen and Devon Cross, members of the Defence Policy Board, which advises Secretary Of Defence Donald Rumsfeld.
The Project clearly identified Iran, Iraq and North Korea as primary short-term targets, well before elected President Bush dubbed them as the Axis of Evil. It says U.S. forces will be required to perform constabulary duties - acting as policeman of the world - and says that such actions demand American political leadership rather than that of the United Nations. To meet those responsibilities, and to ensure that no country dares to challenge the United States, the report advocates a much larger military presence spread over more of the globe, in addition to the roughly 130 nations in which U.S. troops are already deployed. It wants permanent military bases in the Middle East, in Southeast Europe, in Latin America and in Southeast Asia.
While the weapons of mass destruction façade has well and truly fallen off the oil war in Iraq, last years oil war in Afghanistan was far better dressed up as something else, allowing the good work to go ahead
The latest US ambassador to Afghanistan - a senior executive of US oil company Unocal - along with the current Afghani president Hamid Karzai (once employed by a Unocal subsidiary) are oiling the wheels for a lucrative pipeline to carry oil and gas across the country from the Caspian sea. And whos building this pipeline? Er
As the BBC reported on September 18, 2001: Niaz Niak, a former Pakistani foreign minister, was told by senior American officials in mid-July 2001 (pre 9-11) that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October. It was Naiks view that Washington would not drop its war against Afghanistan even if bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taliban. As journalist John Pilger puts it One of the reasons the Americans attacked Afghanistan was not to liberate women but to liberate the pipeline deal.
Pilger continues, This is the hidden agenda of the war on terrorism - a term that is no more than a euphemism for the Bush administrations exploitation of the September 11 attacks and Americas accelerating imperial ambitions. In the past 14 months, on the pretext of fighting terror, US military bases have been established at the gateways to the greatest oil and gas fields on earth, especially in Central Asia, which is also coveted as a great prize.
Meanwhile Donald Kagan, who served as co-chairman of the 2000 New American Century Project, embraces the idea that the United States should establish permanent military bases in a post-war Iraq. We will probably need a major concentration of forces in the Middle East over a long period of time. That will come at a price, but think of the price of not having it. When we have economic problems, its been caused by disruptions in our oil supply. If we have a force in Iraq, there will be no disruption in oil supplies.
* For the past 10 years one of the worlds dirtiest wars has been fought out in Algeria, between Islamists and security forces, in which almost 200,000 people - mostly civilians - have been killed. Groups such as Human Rights Watch have accused the Algerian Government of arbitrary arrest, disappearances and torture and even America has been critical of the countrys human rights record. That criticism changed after September 11th, thanks to Algeria support for Americas so called war on terror and as a thank you they got promises of increased military aid. US Assistant Secretary of State William Burns, during a visit to Algiers, even went as far to say Washington has much to learn from Algeria on ways to fight terrorism. Incidentally, Algeria is the second biggest natural gas exporter in the world and ranks fourteenth in oil reserves.
* To read more about the Project for the New American Century report visit:
* To see the leaked UN report www.casi.org.uk
Crap Arrest of the Week
For hanging a placard on a statue!
When a woman activist from d10 (antimilitarist, non-violent directaction collective) saw a statue outside the Ministry of Defence of Boom Trenchard (father of the Royal Air Force) she decided to hang a sign round his neck saying Boom no more! She was arrested, held face-down on the pavement and handcuffed with such force that she suffered serious injuries to her wrists. She was released seven hours later without charge. www.northwood.cjb.net
SchNEWS Annual 2003 Shout Out
Believe it or not we are starting the next annual, due out for the summer!!
So - send us in yer ideas, articles, photos, cartoons, subverts and news of stuff thats going on local or global. Theres a theme about sustainable futures and another about childrens annuals - so if anyone can think of anything sustainable you can make with sticky-back plastic that would be handy....
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- With even Neo Labour becoming shaky about the war, nows the time to step up the protests. There will be a meeting about taking direct action against the war in London this Saturday (11) after the Stop the War Conference. Its being hosted by our good selves 6.30pm in the Cock Tavern, on the corner of Phoenix Road and Eversholt Street, London, five minutes from Euston Station.
- Two Scottish train drivers yesterday refused to move a freight train carrying ammunition destined for the Glen Douglas base on Scotlands west coast, Europes largest weapons store. Railway managers had to cancel the Ministry of Defence service after the crewmen, described as conscientious objectors by a supporter, said they opposed Tony Blairs threat to attack Iraq.
- There will be another weapons inspection at USAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on 26th January. Fairford has just had a £100 million refit so it can house the new smaller bunker busting nuclear weapons firing B-2 bombers. Assemble in Fairford village 12 noon www.gwi.org.uk
- Get along to Northwood in London on the 18-19th January the command post for British rapid deployment forces. Northwood would play a key role in directing British forces in any attack on Iraq and officers from the base spent much of December in Qatar participating in a US wargame preparing for the invasion of Iraq . The weekend of action Operation Internal Look (OIL) - coincides with the anniversary of the 1991 Gulf bombing and will include a tour of the base, a mass blockade, a mass breaching of the Official Secrets Act, non-violence training and autonomous affinity group actions. To find out more call 0845 458 2564 www.voicesuk.org
- Fancy going to Iraq as part of the Human Shield Convoy? Its leaving 25th January from London. www.uksociety.org 07799 650 791 donations and help needed.
- Just before Christmas three people from London Catholic Worker were arrested and charged with criminal damage after pouring red paint from baby bottles (symbolising blood) on the two main gate signs at Northwood
- 15 anti-war protestors were arrested by US military police at the US airforce base in Mildenhall on Sunday after cutting through the fence and getting onto the site. They were later released without charge.
- To find out about planned protests if war starts visit...
The Baku-Ceyhan pipeline is a BP led project to channel Caspian oil and gas reserves to western markets. It is key for BPs growth, and for the strategic interests of the US who wish to secure non-OPEC oil supplies. Oil coming from the pipeline will also end up fuelling the key US Air Force base in Incirlik, Turkey. The pipeline would create a 1,750km militarised corridor through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Under the BP-Turkey host government agreement the consortium running the pipelines will have no liability whatsoever in the event of a spill or any other form of damage. Whats more BP expects the pipeline to be largely financed by tax-payers money!
To find out more come to a teach-in Saturday 25th January, 10am - 5pm, London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate St, London, E1 contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01865 241 097. www.baku-ceyhan.org.uk
SchNEWS in brief
- Cops in Genoa are in trouble after admitting fabricating evidence against protestors including planting petrol bombs during investigations into the policing of the G8 summit last July. Italian media have been publishing transcripts of the inquiry. 77 officers are under investigation for alleged brutality and three police chiefs have been moved to other jobs
- Brightons premier pirate station Radio 4A is on air again this weekend (9pm Friday till midnight Sunday) on a new frequency 101.4FM. For listing and audio-streams visit www.radio4a.org.uk
- Activist Allen OKeefe couldnt believe his ears when magistrates in Newbury ordered him to pay £750 compensation for cutting a tiny piece of fence at Aldermaston during the Trident Ploughshares disarmament camp there in May 2001. Courts have so far imposed fines and compensation orders totalling £52,000 on protestors but hardly anyone has paid up! 0845 4588366 www.tridentploughshares.org
- Check out a new Legal issues website for UK political activists (especially animal rights and environmentalists). www.freebeagles.org offers info on your rights re police tactics and intimidation.
- The Radical Dairy social centre is one year old next weekend and is celebrating with a birthday party next Friday 17th from 8pm onwards. Theres music and food and it will be probably be the last party as theyve been served with eviction papers. Theyre at 47 Kynaston Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16
- Theres a meeting for people interested in restarting the campaign in the UK for the release of Mumia Abu Jamal after 21 years on Death Row. Its next Wednesday (15) 7-9pm. Somerstown Coffee House, 60 Chalton Street (off Euston Road) London NW1. email@example.com
- Yet again unaccountable, unelected representatives from the corporate world of industry and media moguls will mingle with political leaders and decide the future of the planet and its people at Davos, Switzerland. International demonstrations against the World Economic Forum take place 25 28 January. www.antiwef.org
- Meanwhile in Brazil at the same time the World Social Forum meets to look at alternatives www.worldsocialforum.org Extensive reporting on www.zmag.org
- At least 15 000 people turned up for the Asian Social Forum in Hyderbad, India at the beginning of this year under the banner another world is possible. www.wsfindia.org
- Theres a call out for anarchists and anti-authoritarians to get involved in the European Social Foum. Read about it at www.squall.co.uk. Get along to the next meeting this Wednesday (15) 6:30 pm at the University of London Union Student Union Building, Malet Street, London www.mobilise.org.uk
- Injustice the film about deaths in police custody is being shown in Hackney on Jan 18th, along with live music at a squatted venue (ex-community centre) on White Post Lane, just round the corner from Hackney Wick Station. 07770 432 439. The film is also now available for people to buy www.injusticefilm.co.uk.
Drop us a Pipeline
After years of human rights abuse in Turkey it looks like the EU are finally taking notice. By doing exactly the same! On December the 11th last year 7 activists were arrested in London and detained for five days before being charged under the 2000 terrorism act, not for doing anything, but with membership and fundraising for a prescribed organisation. The protesters were supporting the DHKP (Turkish Peoples Revolutionary Front) led deathfast in protest of human rights abuses in Turkish prisons.
So, as we suspected, people are already being arrested under the banner of terrorism, not for doing anything, but for what they believe. According to Terry Harkin of the Irish solidarity group the IRSP This is another example of how this war on terror is being used to tighten the control of America over the world. He also points out that there is a direct correlation between Tony Blairs meeting with the Turkish premier and George Bushs pressure on Britain. Strange how we should be doing Turkeys dirty work right at the time we need their air bases!
There will be a picket outside Bow Street Magistrates Court on January 13th at 10am organised by People Against terrorism Act. For info call beth 07810 397268
Let Them Eat Soup
Inhuman, cruel, downright evil .. and thats only what MPs have said about Blair and Blunkets latest assault on the human rights of Asylum Seekers which came into force on the 8th January.
Thousands of Asylum Seekers, including pregnant women and people with disabilities and special needs, will be forced to sleep rough under the draconian section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act (NIAA).
This section states that if a refugee does not apply for Asylum immediately on arrival at the port of entry they will receive no support, no accommodation, no food... ever.
Statistically, 65% of Asylum Seekers (around a hundred a day) do not present themselves to immigration officials on arrival... for obvious reasons. Many don¹t know who they can trust, typically being abused, often tortured, victims of the authorities. Many are totally traumatised both by what they are fleeing (genocide for example) and the possibility of being put straight back on the next plane home. Others do not speak a word of English.
Quite apart from the fact - as upheld in International Law - that many refugees are forced to travel clandestinely to avoid punishment by the regime they are fleeing.
But who cares about International Law, or Human Rights or the recently agreed EU minimum standards of support for Asylum Seekers? Not Tony and Dave.
Nor Peter Lilley (remember him, he was the right-wing one) who introduced similar measures back in 1996. Appalled by the sight of homeless, starving refugees, often inadequately dressed and begging on the streets, charities and support groups set up soup kitchens and emergency shelters. Lilleys policy was successfully challenged in the high court under the 1948 National Assistance Act and stopped.
But Neo-Labour have already thought of that - their new Act specifically debars refugee agencies from going to court and trying the same thing!
Nevertheless Liberty intend to press ahead with a Human Rights case against section 55, stating that the policy is incompatible with our fundamental human right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
0207 654 7700 www.refugee-action.org
Check out the act www.asylumsupport.info
Jumping on the terror bandwagon, an enterprising London firm is offering specially designed gas masks for use by tube-travellers in the event of a chemical attack a snip at just £188. Ozonelink also plan to offer the British public chemi-hoods and polytection suits in the near future.
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