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SchNEWS 388, 17th January, 2003
Direct Action Stations
Protest gets shouted about

SchNEWS 387, 10th January, 2003
Oily Drums of War
George and Tony's oily war plan rumbles on

SchNEWS 386, Winter Solstice, 2002
Chompin' at the Bit
Noam Chomsky gives his views on the 'war on terror' and North America

SchNEWS 385, 13th December, 2002
UK government struck by road-building frenzy

SchNEWS 384, 6th December, 2002
Kissinger of Death
- America assigns known terrorist to investigate 9/11

SchNEWS 383, 29th November, 2002
Gone to the Dogs
- Police still suppressing sabs while hunt thugs get away with gbh...

SchNEWS 382, 22nd November, 2002
Firebranded - the Fire Brigade Union were planning an eight day strike over Neo Labour’s refusal to pay them a decent wage...

SchNEWS 381, 15th November, 2002
Florence of Arabia
- European Social Forum meeting in Florence - another example of the growing movement against Bush and Blair’s war plans that is sweeping the US and Europe.

SchNEWS 380, 8th November, 2002
Assault and Pepper
- Police brutality in Brighton

SchNEWS 379, 1st November, 2002
Putin the Boot In
- Chechen rebels attack in Moscow...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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…

SchNEWS 376, 11th October, 2002
- 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...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 371, 6th September, 2002
Summit Rotten - report from Johannesburg Earth Summit. Plus - the new Criminal Records Bureau, latest from Chiapas, Meanwhile Gardens and more...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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…

SchNEWS 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…

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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...


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  “The idea that terrorism is a third world import carried in by non-white people has become the widely accepted excuse for increasingly repressive border policies throughout the global north... A border panic has been carefully constructed so that the ‘terrorists’ are always seen as existing ‘outside’ of ‘our society’.” - Nandita Sharma, Green Pepper magazine, Autumn 2002

“No borders, no nations, fuck deportations.” - Marchers outside San Francisco Immigration and Naturalization Service, 18th Jan 2003

Fresh from registering his postal vote at San Franciso’s British Consulate last Saturday, SchNEWS’ man in California was surprised to be swept aside by 2,000 masked-up young Americans who proceeded to trash the front of the building. Intrigued by shouts of “Tony Blair is an embarrassment to British people everywhere,” and unable to answer queries of, “has Britain become a colony of the United States?” our boy followed the mob - a breakaway faction from the 200,000 strong anti-war rally - downtown where they proceeded to graffiti and smash the offices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). It turns out the INS is the US’s latest tool in the ‘fight against terror’...

The role of the INS is to deport people back to countries where they often face persecution and death – the US answer to Britain’s Immigration Service, who you may recall suffocated Jamaican mother Joy Gardner in 1993 in her Tottenham home while trying to deport her.

Anyway, a new addition to the INS is the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), a ‘special registration’ scheme, conceived by Bush’s ultra-conservative Attorney General, John Ashcroft, and hastily added to Ashcroft’s repressive post September 11th Patriot Act. It means thousands of men must report to the INS for questioning, photographing and fingerprinting. Classed as legal non-citizens and temporary foreign visitors, the chosen “non-immigrants” hail from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen – a good cross section of the world’s population then.

Many are required to hand over credit card and bank details, names of relatives, what mosque they attend, charities they donate to and so on. If during ‘special registration’ your records or your answers aren’t up to scratch, or if you’re late for registration because you didn’t hear about it, or if you have minor visa problems – even caused by incompetence at the INS “…you may be considered to be out of status and subject to arrest, detention, fines and/or removal from the United States. Any future application for immigration may be adversely impacted,” says the INS ‘call up’. And it goes on “…if you leave the United States, you must appear in person before an INS inspecting officer at one of the designated ports and leave the United States from that port on the same day.”

Stating the obvious, a spokesperson for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles has said “I don’t think the terrorists will go and register.” However over 15,000 men have registered, with many discovering that not even US citizenship gets them out being required to ‘register.’

Dissenters have likened the scheme to the internment of the Japanese in the US during World War II. Babak Satoodeh, President of the American Iranian Alliance (AIA), in an interview with the Digital Freedom Network said ‘special registrations’ are creating and solidifying negative public opinion concerning people from the Middle East, South Asia, and Muslims in general. “People react to how this government makes decisions,” he said.

Already around 500-700 have been detained, and immigration officials admit that anyone with a slight visa irregularity is subject to arrest, regardless of personal histories. Detainees’ lawyers have challenged the US government to produce any evidence of criminal behaviour among their clients, let alone link them to international terrorist groups.

Next up for registration is any man over 16 from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Jordan.

“I came here because I thought there was freedom,’ Ahmed, from Yemen told Washington DC Indymedia. “It doesn’t look so free now.” A middle-aged Somalian man added, “I know the US is scared, but do they think that anyone meaning damage will come in?”

“Turkey has had terrorists but Turkey is not on their list,” said one Lebanese businessman. “Why? Because the US needs their airbases to continue their no-fly zone.”

Shackle it all about

Back in Britain, the much maligned Anti Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (see SchNEWS 331) has been taking to the streets. The Act gives the government the power to lock up any foreigner they reckon is a terrorist, without a trial. So far 13 people have had that privilege. In a statement to Amnesty International some of the detainees said: “Our lives and our families’ lives have been destroyed and we see no hope in sight.” One of those held is a Palestinian father of five who was granted refugee status as a torture victim and diagnosed as suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. This week he went on hunger strike to protest being held 13 months without charge.

Under the Terrorism Act 2000 (see SchNEWS 268), around 200 people have been arrested, many under the catch-all Section 57 which reads: “A person commits an offence if he possesses an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation, or instigation of an act of terrorism.”

Journalist Faisal Bodi points out, “For all the hysterical headlines warning of a bin Laden in our backyard, the reality is a picture of political repression of Muslims that is starting to resemble the experience of Northern Ireland’s Catholics throughout the Troubles.” Remember the old Prevention Of Terrorism Act - targetted at the IRA? 5,000 mainly Irish were arrested, but less than 7% were charged let alone convicted.

*To read the full transcript of the excellent Indymedia article we used, visit:
*For more about the Patriot Act:
*Get hold of the Autumn 2002 “borders” issue of greenpepper mag: CIA office, Overtoom 301, 1054 HW, Amsterdam, Netherlands
*Another good site on US government repression:

“Say No To The Daily Mail’s War on Refugees and Immigrants” - Demonstrate at the Daily Mail offices on Monday 27th Jan at 5:30pm, Associated Newspapers Building, 2 Derry St, Kensington, London W8.

Crap Arrest of the Week

For interviewing a vampire victim
Malawi cops arrested a radio journalist cos his interviewee claimed to be attacked by a vampire. The authorities are a bit touchy about the subject as local rumours have it that the government colludes with vampires to fill up the blood banks. After his court appearance, the journalist said, “My sojourn in jail has reinforced my resolve to unearth issues authorities would otherwise prefer buried.”

No Morales

Since last Monday (13th) many parts of Bolivia have been brought to a standstill as people have taken to the streets and blockaded major highways as part of a mobilisation against the government. The demands of the wide range of protesters are vast but include defending their rights to oil, gas, and coca, the return of privatised industries to the people, the fair redistribution of land, and the rejection of Bolivia joining the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas). The government has responded to the situation with extreme aggression and clashes between protesters and police have left at least 5 people dead and an estimated 800 people arrested. Business leaders this week complained that the blockades had so far cost them at least $7.6 million and urged the government to do all they could to ensure that the export economy doesn’t suffer.
Last June, the popular socialist party ‘Movement toward Socialism’ (MAS) came second in the Bolivian elections and it’s leader, Evo Morales, came close to becoming the country’s President. After the elections, MAS decided to take its fight against the destruction of coca plants and the neo-liberal policies of the government from the streets into the corridors of power. But by early December, when the Bolivian National Congress approved the entrance of U.S. troops into Bolivia to destroy coca crops as part of the US’s ‘War Against Drugs,’ the MAS decided they’d had enough of banging their heads against a brick wall and began to mobilise for the mass street protests which now cripple the country.

The growing of coca is part of Bolivian indigenous culture. The leaves are used by local farmers for tea, chewing and medicinal purposes. But the USA was so unimpressed with Evo Morales’ support for the coca farmers that they tried to intervene in last year’s elections by warning people that if they voted for him it would endanger future US aid to the country. (in Spanish)

** ‘Desire for Change: Women on the Frontline of Global Resistance’ is a new book of interviews, stories and first hand accounts of women involved in various campaigns, projects, and direct actions all over the world. To order a copy email: or call 0207 3779088.

Positive SchNEWS

In the past 100 years we have lost 97% of our vegetable varieties in the U.K. alone. Just 3 corporations control a quarter of the world’s entire seed market – the same corporations that are trying to force us all to eat their genetically modified greens.

So what can you do about it? Get along to Seedy Sunday on 2 Feb and take part in a community seed swap happening at the Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove. Along with talks on everything from saving your own seeds to genetics, there will be a mini farmers market, community allotment groups, tool sharpening, composting, café, creche and more. 11am-5pm, £1, children Free. 01273 622671

* There’s a Seedy Saturday community seed swap happening on 8th Feb at the Octagon Cafe, Inkerman Street, Llanelli, Wales 11am- 3pm.
* Recommended reading ‘Fatal Harvest – The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture’ edited by Andrew Kimbrell (Island Press 2002) Essays from 40 leading environmentalists taking an unprecedented look at America’s destructive farming practices and offering positive solutions in support of a new vision of farming. Stunning photography!

War Briefs

  • There were massive anti-war demonstrations across the world on Saturday from Turkey to Pakistan to Japan to Antarctica! The biggest were in Washington DC, with 300,000 people, and in San Francisco with 200,000. In the UK, 2000 people travelled to Dublin and on to Shannon airport to protest the military use of the airport and to oppose the war. A permanent peace camp has now been set up outside the airport
  • Also on Saturday, 70 people were nicked blockading the Northwood Military HQ. Five protestors locked arms into a giant pair of purple Y-fronts decorated with a “War is pants” slogan.
  • The Minister for War, Geoff Hoon, will be at Lambeth Town Hall, Acre Lane / Brixton Hill SW2 (Brixton tube) on Monday (27) at 6pm and would love to meet you all!
  • No War for Oil’, Tuesday 4th Feb. Call for protests at UK petrol stations—support the day of action with leafleting, vigils, street theatre, and other nonviolent direct action. If you organise a protest send details to and to the action page of the Target Oil Coalition website
  • Beyond TV’ are putting together a new cd rom on direct action against war with video pieces, photos, rants, music, artwork or any inspiring, relevant material. The cds will be copied and distributed freely around the world so get involved!
  • Corporate Watch newsletter issue 11/12 is out & packed with info on corporations that profit from war. £1 plus 43p SAE to Corporate Watch, 16b Cherwell Street, Oxford OX4 1BG
  • Get down to a Mass Weapons Inspection at RAF Fairford on 26th Jan - Several coaches organised, see SchNEWS Party & Protest

Green Washout

It seems the £20m BP spent on its fashionable green image (SchNEWS 276) was a total waste. In late 2000, BP jumped aboard the gravytrain of ethical investing by publicly acknowledging the dangers of global warming in the misguided hope they would avoid being the target of environmental protests. BP plastered its website with transparent concern for social issues, but since then its shameful working practices don’t live up to its laughable rebranding as caring and progressive.

Even though the £20mil is peanuts compared to the billions BP spends yearly on fossil fuel exploration, it was still a waste of money as BP just can’t quite seem to back up their eco-friendly, pro-worker image with action. Alaskan authorities have only just started looking at introducing regulations after a well at BP’s Prudhoe Bay site exploded, causing an oil spill and maiming native Alaskan worker Don Shugak for life. BP later admitted to opening the well “without adequate safeguards.” Three months later an accident at the same site killed welder Rodney Rost. Despite their worker-friendly propaganda, BP actively fought against tightening safety procedures after the accident, saying “a rule to protect workers wasn’t necessary”.

On Tuesday, Hendersons Global Investments was first in the queue of ‘socially responsible investors’ to dump £millions worth of shares because of their activities in Alaska. On the same day, ISIS Fund Management made BP squirm by asking the board if “Problems are repeated worldwide, not just in Alaska?

And has health and safety been compromised by aggressive high production targets and cost cutting?” Union rep Robert Brian suffered years of harassment for criticising BP’s health and safety procedures but when he publicly announced that the well explosion was avoidable, BP harassed him so aggressively that he has filed a complaint against them with the US Dept of Labour. Now that’s what we call a caring, progressive company!

SchNEWS in brief

  • Critical Mass bike ride this Sunday (26) meet 2pm Hunter Square, by the Tron Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh.
  • Reclaim The Future II next Sat (1 Feb) in London with workshops, cabaret, comedy, political cinema & café from 3pm. Kids space in the afternoon, Party till late. £2 in afternoon, £5/3 after 7pm, help still needed: or 07931 560 569. Check from noon on the day for details of venue.
  • Mayday 2003 workshop Sunday 8th Feb 2pm. Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X.
  • Following a visit from SHAC East Midlands and hundreds of phone calls, faxes and emails, White Rose have withdrawn their services to Huntingdon Life Sciences. White Rose are a specialist incineration company who dispose of hazardous waste and until yesterday the bodies of animals murdered at HLS! Who’s the only place willing to dispose of the evidence now? Cambridge Pet Crematorium! Contact the crematorium at freepost CB947, Royston, Herts SG8 7BR. Tel: 01763 208 295, Fax: 01763 208 885 2.
  • The Summit’ a film which looks behind last year’s Earth Summit in Johannesburg, and ‘Zapatista’ a film which gives a first hand account of the Zapatista struggles in Mexico, are two new videos now available at Cultureshop.
  • If you fancy a laugh get a copy of ‘Now That’s What I Call
  • Space Invaders: Festival of Arts and Resistance at the old TA building (next to B&Q), Lewes Road, Brighton (23/1-2/2) ‘A non-stop celebration of underground DIY culture.’ Get involved 07952 512533 Timetable at

Inside SchNEWS

Dave Blenkinsop, an animal rights activist who is currently serving 4½ years, was sentenced to another 5½ this week for planting incendiary devices under lorries belonging to an abattoir. His sentences are to run consecutively so he is now serving a ten year prison sentence. He’d appreciate letters of support. Dave Blenkinsop, EM7899, HMP Bullingdon, Patrick Haugh Road, Arncott, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX6 0PZ

...and finally...

Ever thought, “Shit, I wish I’d been at that riot, taking back control of the city of London and pelting the riot cops with eggs and rotten fruit?” Well today is your lucky day! The newly formed London Riot Re-enactment Society is offering folks the chance to take part in the many famous riots of London, past and present. From the Peasant Revolt of 1381, to the Gin Riots of 1743, to the more up-to-date riots of Brixton (1981, 1996, 2000), the poll tax (1990), and of course J18 in 1999, the society will re-enact them all. One of the advantages of riot re-enactment is that while trying to be as historically accurate as possible, you can decide which parts of the riot to keep in and which to skip out. For example, while re-enacting the riot of November 30th 1999, members of the society can decide to set fire to the police van but skip the part where everyone had to stand around for hours surrounded by riot cops without a toilet! The Society hopes that after a bit of practice, members will be able to form a Rapid Re-enactment Force which re-enacts riots immediately after they’ve happened (or even AS they happen), causing things to spiral out of control! To join send an email to: or visit

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