This Time Last Year
390, 7th February, 2003
Holocaust hypocrisy in the British Press.
389, 24th January, 2003
INS AND OUT
Terrorism gets blamed on refugees?
388, 17th January, 2003
Direct Action Stations
Protest - can it make a difference?
387, 10th January, 2003
Oily Drums of War
George and Tony's oily war plan rumbles on
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...
| Friday 7th February
2003 | Issue 391
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! BEAM US OUTTA HERE...
Waste of Space | Start
Wars | Locked | Crap
Arrest of the Week |
Shannon You Crazy Diamond
| War Briefs
| Positive SchNEWS | Electrickery
| War Demo | ...and finally...
WASTE OF SPACE
||Just as by the
year 1500 it was clear that the European experience of power would
be its domination of the global seas, it does not take much
to see that the American experience of power will rest on the domination
of space - The Future of War: Power, Technology and World Dominance
in the 21st Century by George and Meredith Friedman.
On Saturday NASA- the American space agency- provided the people of
Texas with a spectacular firework display, as the space shuttle Columbia
burst into flames and disintegrated on re-entering the atmosphere.
All 7 astronauts on board were killed and America became a grief struck
nation. SchNEWS hopes they show the same remorse when thousands of
Iraqis are killed by American bombs.
The space shuttle Columbia is one of the shuttles that are used like
taxis by the Kennedy Space Centre to ferry equipment and people out
to the International Space Station, but on their way the astronauts
on board also carry out their own scientific research.
Columbias last crew included Israeli Air Force pilot Ilan Ramon,
whose mission was to test a multi-spectral camera that probes the
effect of sandstorms on climate change. The all-weather camera is
also key technology for military spy satellites and unmanned drones
searching for targets obscured by dust, smoke and clouds - sounds
like that could come in useful in the looming Iraqi war! The other
international astronaut onboard was Kalpana Chowla, an Indian born
civilian engineer. It is probably a bit more than a coincidence that
both Israel and India are trying to establish their own space programmes,
which will concentrate on, you guessed it - military purposes. Its
no wonder that Columbias ultimate mission was interpreted as
a threat across parts of the Middle East and South Asia.
In recent years space shuttles have been used for everything from
repairing the Hubble Telescope to studying the effects of weightlessness
on tiny insects to deploying global positioning satellites that provide
signals for most of todays precision-guided smart
bombs. In recent years Congress has cut NASAs funding and theyve
had to rely on the Pentagon for funding. With the arrival of Bush
and Dick-face Cheney at the Whitehouse this has meant many Shuttle
missions have military objectives, thinly disguised as scientific
research. Many people believe that through a combination of
financial cuts and mismanagement (the space shuttles have now been
92% privatised and are now run by aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed
Martin) the Columbia disaster was an accident waiting to happen. Over
the summer a retired 36-year veteran of NASA called on President Bush
to enact a temporary moratorium on all space shuttle flights, but
his pleas were ignored and now 7 astronauts are dead.
Not content with being the worlds only superpower, the USA
wants to extend its military might to achieve what it so bashfully
calls Full Spectrum Dominance, which will mean backing
up its dominance on earth by building up its weapons
in space. The US is currently working on technology which is of
course only for defensive purposes but which still makes
a ridiculous farce of their hunt for weapons of mass destruction
Without the help of Darth Vader theyre developing the so-called
Star Wars programme - a series of lasers that will form
a protective shield, to shoot missiles out of the sky before they
ever reach American soil.
This is accompanied by development of a Nuclear Space Initiative,
which would see rockets powered by nuclear generators - this is
necessary to power long distance exploration into deepest space
and more significantly to provide the enormous power needed to keep
their mega laser battle stations orbiting above the Earth. For America
the Columbia shuttle disaster has come at a bad time just when it
was looking to greatly broaden its program to use nuclear power
in space on rockets launched from Kennedy Space station which has
a 10% failure rate. Theres already been two nuclear rocket
explosions over the US and after being showered with plutonium residents
of Florida were warned to stay away from the rockets debris
which should have been easy to spot cos it glowed in the dark!
If the much larger Columbia had been carrying plutonium Bush might
well have lost himself a few thousand of his Texas voters.
So just why is the US so hell-bent on developing a Star Wars programme?
Perhaps it has something to do with the people behind the unelected
Muppet. People like Bruce Jackson, vice president of Lockheed Martin,
the largest weapons manufacturer and a major contractor in US space
military work who claimed I wrote the Republican Partys
foreign policy platform. No doubt Lockheed Martin are doing
very well out of the threat of war on Iraq. He claims he hasnt
pressed for development of Star Wars That would be an implicit
conflict of interest with my day job. So who did advocate
it? Stephen Hadley, a military adviser to Bush Snr, and is a lawyer
who represents, er Lockheed Martin. He claims that Space is
going to be important. It has a great feature in the military.
And no doubt important for swelling Lockheed Martins bank
balance and those associated with it, like Lynn Cheney, the wife
of US vice-President Dick Cheney, who is a board member of
The rest of the world is not too impressed with Americas war
mongering. Last November 160 Nations passed a United Nations resolution
called Prevention Of An Arms Race In Outer Space, with
only the US, Israel and Micronesia abstaining. This re-affirmed
the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, international law that sets aside outer
space for peaceful uses. Canada is pressing for all weapons in outer
space to be outlawed (currently only weapons of mass destruction
are banned) because they fear another arms race will start.
If one state actively pursues the weaponization of space we
can be sure others will follow commented Marc Vidricaire,
Canadian representative to the UN.
The USA is to start that arms race with the development of a space
air force. The US Air Force Space Command in its Almanac 2000 stated
The future of the Air Force is space
The future Air Force will be better able to monitor and shape
world events... Scary stuff. It might not be too long before
space terrorism becomes a reality.
*In typical Tony Blair style Britain is doing its bit to help
America retain its world dominance by allowing two of our
military bases- Menwith Hill and Fylingdales- to be used to aid
their Star Wars programme. There are ongoing protests at both of
these bases. Info Yorkshire CND 01274 730795 www.cndyorks.gn.apc.org
*Foil the Base - Mass action against war and Star Wars at Menwith
Hill - 22 March. Info email@example.com
*More information on the nuclear space race at www.space4peace.org
Crap Arrest of the Week
For skinny dipping! A Mapuche woman delegate of the World
Social Forum in Porto Alegre bathed nude in a river to cool off
from the warm temperatures of the Brazilian summertime, only to
find herself arrested under charges of obscene acts.
Her arrest then sparked a non-violent naked protest by 400 activists.
Police attacked the protesters arresting and injuring an unknown
number of them and then turned on fully clothed journalists and
Shannon You Crazy Diamond
Last week Mary Kelly, was arrested for breaking into a hangar and
trashing a US military plane with a hatchet, causing 300,000 Euros
worth of damage. And this week five members of the Catholic Worker
Movement were arrested for cutting through fences at Shannon airport
to pour human blood onto the runway and building a shrine dedicated
to Iraqi children killed by twelve years of US and British military
Contrary to the Irish Constitution and international law, the Irish
Government continues to allow Shannon Airport to be used by US forces
on their way to US bases in Kuwait and Qatar. The Shannon Peace
Camp has temporarily been disbanded as the camp was more of
a news story than the war on Iraq and the use of Shannon Airport.
Mary Kelly is being held at Limerick prison and is due to appear
in court this Wednesday 5th Feb. The other five are at Shannon and
Ennis police stations. And just so there can be no misunderstanding
as to where his sympathies lie, Bertie Ahern, the Irish Taoiseach,
has now ordered 150 armed troops to provide 24-hour security
at the airport. www.shannonpeacecamp.org
- Minister of War Geoff Hoon was trapped inside the Connahs
Quay Labour Hall for 40 minutes this week by peace protesters
who had a warrant for a citizens arrest of Hoon for his
possession and threat to use weapons of mass destruction. Hoon
was on the North Wales leg of his UK war tour that
aims to reassure grassroots Labour activists about a military
attack on Iraq.
- On Tuesday fourteen Greenpeace volunteers handcuffed
themselves to Gulf-bound tanks and jeeps at Southamptons
Marchwood Military Port and decorated them with anti-war
- Anti-war demos last weekend included 1,800 in Swansea, 1,500
in Cambridge and 40 in sleepy Sussex town Haywards Heath.
- Meanwhile six protestors closed nearby RAF Lakenheath
for an hour last week while other weapons inspectors
entered the base, and searched for American-controlled weapons
of mass destruction.
- Stop the War have organised loads of anti-war Valentine
events the day before what promises to be the UKs biggest
ever anti war demo Full listing 020 053 2153 www.stopwar.org.uk
- In Brighton Make Love Not War, Valentines
Day, 5.00pm Churchill Square. Bring flowers, candles and pink
- Make Bass Not War - get partyin for peace with DJs, stalls
and stuff, 13th at Concorde 2, Brighton www.safp.org.uk
- Legal observers and stewards are urgently needed for
the mass nonviolent sitdown protest to take place after the anti
war march on February 15th. Contact 0845 458 2564 www.j-n-v.org
- Theres a Students Against War National Meeting
this Saturday (8) from 12 noon, New College, Oxford. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check out our spanking new direct action against the war section
on this website www.schnews.com/stopwar
Pedal power puts polluters through their paces at the unpredictable
7th Pedal Power Convention. - DIY pedal and wind generators, pedal
powered music and other contraptions to make the mind boggle, their
is also a free junk pile of motors, meters, and other useful contraption-making
stuff to be taken from or added to. Come along to learn about low-impact
living in a comfortable atmosphere. Its on Sunday 16th Feb and starts
at 12 noon till 6pm at RISC centre 35-39 London St, Reading, RG1
4PS. Please book if youre bringing stuff to display on 01344
Thousands of poor people getting evicted from their homes. Water
and electricity supplies cut-off. Live ammunition fired at the protesting
poor. Welcome to the new South Africa! Thousands of poor people
in ghettos all over the country are getting a brutal taste of neo-liberalism
as the ANC government continues to open up its economy to market
forces. This has seen public services being handed over to
western multinationals that cut jobs and raise water prices. One
multinational Suez Lyonnaise is now the owner of South Africas
water utilities it hiked water rates for the urban poor.
The ANC government once promised cheap water, electricity, housing,
health care and education. But they have broken their promises and
sold off their country to western multinationals who are upping
prices and laying off workers.
But South Africas poor have erupted like a burst water pipe.
Organisations such as the Anti-Privatisation Forum and the Anti-Evictions
Campaign have sprung up in defence of the basic human right to water,
warmth and shelter. In April last year 87 people from Soweto, including
pensioners and children, were arrested on charges of public violence,
malicious damage and assault, they had gone to the ANC Mayor of
Johannesburgs house to show what it was like to have your
water and electricity cut off. His bodyguard didnt reckon
it was funny and shot at them with live bullets. The activists reacted,
as one does when shot at, and they got nicked.
The trial of the Kensington 87 was delayed, following
international protests, till 22 January where the mayors bodyguard
was unable to explain how two protestors were wounded by his bullets
if he only fired warning shots into the air. The verdict is expected
In Cape Town hundreds of residents, led by the Mandela Park Anti-Eviction
Campaign, recently marched to the local ANC councillor to put forward
their demands that promises of free electricity become a reality.
They reckon 20 units is far too little electricity to last a month
- the unemployed, pensioners, disabled people cannot afford to buy
electricity beyond whats provided so they have to go without
light and energy for cooking and heating. Pissed off residents are
demanding that electricity cut-offs be abolished. But the AEC isnt
just pleading with fat politicians- its fighting for free
education for poor students and it has led a good deal of direct
action demonstrations against evictions and cut-offs The AEC protects
families from being evicted by staging sit-ins and demonstrations
to turn away the armed guards who come to evict families. If the
orrible guards are determined to take the property away then
AEC activists often decide make the house unlivable
- they smash it up so no-one else can live there! See http://southafrica.indymedia.org
The day after the election we will physically take over the
Blairs' empty flats regardless of the legal situation. We dont
intend to waste time on legal niceties when families with young
kids have nowhere to live. - Sid Street, Bristolian Election
In a town where most folks have been pushed to the outskirts thanks
to rocketing house prices, the Blairs decided to buy two luxury
flats last November. Empty since then, the flats are fingers up
to anyone in housing need. The Blairs now have three homes, Downing
Street, Chequers for the weekends, and a house in County Durham
- they really NEED all of them. Honest.
John Prescott told the House of Commons this week that councils
should be able to take control of empty properties by force if theyve
been empty for too long. So watch out you Blairs! Sadly its
unlikely the council will ever get their acts together enough to
enforce it. At the moment there are 2,348 houses in Brighton and
Hove and a staggering 70,000 properties in London and the south
east which have been empty for at least six months (most have been
empty for years). Prescott also announced that hed cut the
discount for buying an ex-council property from £38,000 to
£16,000 in March. So therell probably be a rush to buy
up the remaining houses before the sale ends, er, nice one. Hurry
now! Sale ends soon! Everything must go! In the last 20 years £13
billion has been re-directed from council housing into central government
coffers. Neo-Labour have done this by cutting funding to most local
councils all over the country, preventing councils from buying or
building new houses and from repairing and improving existing ones.
Those of you familiar with Brighton will know about the (in)Sainsburys
development near Brighton station. The hugely unpopular superstore
was finally given the nod this week despite opposition from local
residents and small businesses, campaign group BUDD and the popular
community squat at Harvest Forestry. Instead of building hundreds
of affordable new homes, the council chose to suck Sainsburys proverbial
cock and grant them permission to build a spanking new superstore,
even though theyve already got one ten minutes walk
down the road. Pissed off with all this sort of nonsense, UNISON
and Brighton and Hove tenants joined people from all over the country
the other week in a national Defend Council Housing rally of Westminster.
Steve Foster from UNISON told SchNEWS, The right to housing
is fundamental. Our objective is to stop the unnecessary and expensive
sell-off of the Councils remaining stock, and restore some
of the public investment in Council Housing that has been lost in
recent years. Defend Council Housing: 020 7987 9989 www.defendcouncilhousing.org
Worldwide protests against the war next Saturday (15). Three meet
up points 12 noon @ Embankment, 12.30pm Gower St, 12 noon under
Waterloo Bridge for cyclists. Sit down protest after the demo at
Piccadilly Circus, meet 5pm Green Park. Transport from around the
country 020 7053 2153 www.stopwar.org.uk
Tickets for Brighton coaches available from Community Base, Queens
Help give out SchNEWS on the day. Pick up bundles on Friday afternoon
at the Cowley Club, London Road, or if you see us struggling under
thousands of bits of paper please give us a hand.
* Scottish Coalition for Justice not War will visit the Labour Party
Conference in Glasgow. 15th Feb, 10am at Glasgow Green to surround
the SECC for a Jericho Rumpus at 1.30pm followed by
a rally at 2.30pm info, transport and maps from www.banthebomb.org.uk
Over the past few years many cycle lanes have sprung up making
life easier for cyclists. Except that many of these cycle lanes
are poorly thought out, go nowhere or are just plain stupid and
a waste of money. And Brighton is no exception, one cyclist fed
up with the Councils poor record has set up his own website,
featuring the shortest cycle lane at less than the length of a bike!
The website has a host of weird and downright dangerous cycle lanes.
Scary Cycle Lanes of Brighton shows some life threatening
lanes, like those that run down the middle of the road between two
lanes of traffic travelling in opposite directions. There are also
lanes with metals posts, bollards or trees right in the middle of
them and a sign telling cyclists to dismount at a cycle crossing.
Check out http://weirdcyclelanes.co.uk/
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