This Time Last Year
391, 7th February, 2003
WASTE OF SPACE
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...
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 14th 2003
| Issue 392
WAKE UP! IT'S YER PEACE MONGERING
Iraq and Ruin | Slaughterhouse
5 | Crap Arrest of the Week |
The Cost of War |
| Pants Away
| SchNEWS in Brief | Base
Instinct | Body Language
| Demo Call | ...and finally...
IRAQ AND RUIN
||Why of course
the people dont want war
But after all it is the leaders
of the country who determine the policy, and its always a simple
matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist
Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought
to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is
tell them theyre being attacked, and denounce the pacifists
for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
-Hermann Goering, Nuremberg, 1946
The bewildered herd is a problem. Weve got to prevent
their rage and trampling. Weve got to distract them. They should
be watching the Superbowl or sitcoms or violent movies. Every once
in a while you call on them to chant meaningless slogans like Support
our troops. Youve got to keep them pretty scared, because
unless theyre properly scared and frightened of all kinds of
devils that are going to destroy them from outside or inside or somewhere,
they may start to think, which is very dangerous, because theyre
not competent to think. Therefore its important to distract
them and marginalize them. - Noam Chomsky
Saturday promises to be the biggest day of global action against war
in world history, with demonstrations in seventy countries and hundreds
of cities from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Ramallah in Palestine to
Tel Aviv in Israel, from Seoul in South Korea to the USA, in all the
countries of Europe and in many of South America and Africa.
While the unelected Bush administration talks of endless war
and full spectrum dominance, the American public gorges
itself on gaffer tape and tinned prunes in case of terrorist attack
or armageddon. On Tuesday, the people of Britain woke up to the appearance
of tanks and armed patrols around Heathrow airport. Terrorist threat
or theatre? Helping to thwart terrorists or introducing fear so that
we may all eventually agree to a war on Iraq? Walter Lippman, the
Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist, argued that what he called
a revolution in the art of democracy, could be used to
manufacture consent the skilful use of propaganda
and the manipulation of facts in order to get the public to agree
to things they would otherwise have opposed.
As well as telling outright lies, such as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident,
when the US lied about an attack on a US warship as an excuse to launch
the Vietnam War, governments also try to manipulate the debate so
that it takes place entirely on their terms. Hence President Blair
always talking about the present situation as if it is caused entirely
by Saddam Husseins failure to disarm (despite the fact that
the US and UK governments have tolerated exactly this same situation
for years) in an attempt to draw attention away from what has really
changed the political motives of the current US administration.
Switch on the news and hear about more terrorists being arrested.
But who are they? In December, five Turks and a Briton were charged
under the Terrorism Act 2000 for supporting the Turkish Revolutionary
Peoples Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C. They were nicked
because DHKP-C has been banned by the UK government and the six
arrestees were supposedly facilitating the retention or control
of terrorist property. Guns? Bombs? Er, no, the people arrested
were simply in possession of magazines, videos and posters that
supported the DHKP-C. At a pre-trial hearing, the judge ordered
all the defendants to surrender their passports and banned them
from selling or distributing copies of Vatan, a radical
Turkish-based magazine that has the bare faced cheek to criticise
that bastion of human rights, Turkey.
One of those nicked was Rory ODriscoll, who had recently joined
other people in a visit to Turkish hunger strikers protesting about
prison conditions. His house was then raided and he was held for
two weeks at Paddington Green police station where every hour someone
would open up the hatch to his cell and ask if he was alright
(a friendly way to deny a prisoner of sleep, dont you reckon?).
If found guilty of the crime of possessing magazines
and supporting Turkish hunger strikers, Rory could face up to 10
years in prison.
Meanwhile, under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act, thirteen
people have been arrested and held without charge for 14 months
without being told what they have done and with no way of knowing
if and when they face trial or release. One of these, a Palestinian
father of five, has been transferred to Broadmoor and is suffering
from mental health problems.
But wait a second... arent Bush and Blair the real terrorists
here? Just recently the Pentagon announced that it intended to shatter
Iraq physically, emotionally and psychologically by
raining down 800 cruise missiles in two days on the Iraqi people.
Military strategist Harlan Ullman told American television: There
will not be a safe place in Baghdad. The sheer size of this has
never been seen before, never been contemplated before. The
strategy is known as Shock and Awe and Ullman is apparently
its proud inventor. He said: You have this simultaneous effect,
rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima, not taking days or
weeks but minutes.
What will his Hiroshima effect actually do to a population
of whom almost half are children under the age of 14? The answer
comes in a confidential UN document, which says that
as many as 500,000 people could require treatment as a result
of direct and indirect injuries.
A Bush-Blair attack will destroy a functioning primary health
care system and deny clean water to 39 per cent of the population.
There is likely [to be] an outbreak of diseases in epidemic
if not pandemic proportions.
The logic is brilliant. To save the Iraqi people from a murderous
dictator (who we put there in the first place) we must first kill
them with sanctions and then with bombs. To stamp out terrorism
we must attack countries and kill innocent people, which will produce
more terrorists. And to protect our civil liberties and freedoms
we must, of course, take them away.
SchNEWS wants regime change in Iraq, but regime change must also
happen here. Who voted to leave the running of the world to this
motley crew of self-interested oil-fuelled egomaniacs? Saying no
to this war alone is asking for trouble. We must say no to its leaders
as well. As Novelist Kurt Vonnegut so aptly put it (America)
has been taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy coup detat
Recommended reading: John Pilger - The New Rulers of the World (Verso
2002). Noam Chomsky & Edward S. Herman Manufacturing Consent
- The Political Economy of the Mass Media ( Pantheon Books).
For an indepth analysis of world events see www.zmag.org
Crap Arrest of the Week
For reading the wrong sort of magazine! (No, not Hello!
- see Slaughterhouse 5 above)
The Cost of War
Its estimated that even a short war in Iraq could cost the
taxpayer £3.2 billion (and the US $33bn), and thats
not taking into account the money that will be needed for long term
security. This is good news for the UK arms industry, but not so
good for those crying out for more state funding. Here are some
suggestions from SchNEWS on how the money could be better spent:
- £180 million to give the fire fighters the pay rise they
- £65 million to take on 35,000 extra nurses
- £2.6 billion to give pensioners a £10 a week rise.
And youd still have enough spare change to buy up the Daily
Mail and re-launch it as an anarchist daily!!
Alternatively we could send the whole population of Iraq on holiday
to Brightons Grand Hotel for a week while the special
friends bomb the fuck out of their country.
We could save the Brighton West Pier from falling into the sea and
turn it into a jail for all politicians!
Or, we could blow the whole lot on getting Harrogate Railway FC
and the rest of the clubs in the Northern Counties league into the
- Army reservists whove been receiving their call-up
papers during the last few weeks have been refusing to go in
record numbers. So far one in three have either applied for
exemption or have just ignored their call-up papers.
- Last Saturday 25,000 people took to the streets of Munich,
Germany to demonstrate against the NATO security meeting being
held there. Predictably, the police raided the convergence centre,
arresting 22 people and only releasing them after the protests
had ended. All over Germany, several thousand people took part
in antiwar demonstrations. www.indymedia.org
- Having achieved their objective of drawing attention to the
unconstitutional use of Shannon airport for US war preparations,
the victorious Shannon Peace Camp has now been dismantled
and in a major victory for them, the US aircraft which used the
base have now been moved to Germany. Unfortunately, the protestors
arrested for damaging US military equipment are still being held
in Limerick prison www.shannonpeacecamp.org
- Over 30 people stormed Labour Party HQ on Tyneside last
Friday, barricading themselves in the lobby to demand that the
Labour Party stop its terrorist war against the people of Iraq.
- Over 300 people marched through Worthing town centre
last Saturday to protest against the prospect of war against Iraq.
There will be a Worthing Against War meeting at The Downview
pub in Tarring Road at 7.45pm on 4 March and an anti-war day on
Sat 29th March email@example.com
- Stop Europes biggest ever death fair! One of the
worlds biggest ever trade fairs for guns, bombs, military
planes, small arms, mines and tanks will take place in London
from 9th-12th September. Theres a week long festival of
action, protest and resistance planned 0781 7652 029 www.dsei.org
- To find about actions going on around the country join the Direct
Action Against the War discussion group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/directactionagainstwar/
All over the world people are protesting by taking their war briefs
off. From New South Wales in Australia to Sussex to Florida to New
Yorks Central park (where a group of women used their bodies
to spell the words No Bush) protesters are getting together,
getting naked and rolling around in snow, sand and grass to get
their message across. www.theage.com
Chickenhawk is the term used to describe a warmonger who
has carefully avoided direct involvement in conflict themselves.
Chief Chickenhawk is Bush himself who managed to not turn up for
National Guard duty during the Vietnam War and since then has never
been able to account for his absenteeism - were fairly certain
it had nothing to do with being a conscientious objector. In that
same war, Dick Cheney also had other priorities than
serving and Rush Limbaugh (a notorious right wing radio presenter)
was excused on account of his anal cysts. For a full list of Chickenhawks:
If war makes you sick, why not phone in sick if the bombs start
to drop? Sorry boss I turned on the radio, heard about
all the death and destruction and felt physically sick - its
just gotten worse all day.. This will leave you free to take
part in a little civil disobedience later in the day - after your
miraculous recovery of course.
Australian PM John Howard has come up with a novel way to combat
terrorism - by spending ten million quid on junk mail! Every Australian
household has been sent a Government Terrorism Kit, courtesy
of Howard, consisting of that well known domestic terrorism deflector,
a fridge magnet, plus a booklet filled with handy tips for avoiding
disaster. Our personal favourite was keeping on the look out
for people with a lifestyle that doesnt add up. Mayor
of Brisbane, Jim Soorley, has condemned Howards propaganda
exploits as scare-mongering and is urging anyone of an anti-war
persuasion to send the packages right back where they came from.
More info about the Return to Sender campaign at www.sydney.indymedia.org
SchNEWS in brief
- Brightons premier pirate radio station Radio4A is
on air and internet this weekend with live coverage of Saturdays
protest, music and allsorts. Tune in from Friday night to Sunday
night 101.4 FM. www.radio4a.org.uk
- Get along to the Sale of the Century Tour, 17th February
1st March, part of the World Development Movements
ongoing campaign against the General Agreement on Trade in Services
(GATS- see SchNEWS 286) To find out if the tours happening
in your area call 020 72747630 www.wdm.org.uk
- The Cowley Club café and radical bookshop is now open
in Brighton! Come in and have a cuppa whilst browsing your
favourite anarchist weekly (SchNEWS of course!). The Club café
and bookshop are located at 12 London Road, opposite Somerfield,
and are open Tues-Sat 12noon-4pm. The café and bookshop
are co-operatively owned and run by unpaid volunteers, so new
volunteers are always needed. If you have any time to spare, come
in and speak to someone about helping out
- SchWOOPS! In last weeks positive SchNEWS column
we wrote about the Pedal Power Convention this Sunday (16th) but
put the wrong web address. Its really www.c-realevents.demon.co.uk
There are regular demos at many of the military bases throughout
Menwith Hill, in North Yorkshire, is the largest electronic
monitoring station in the world. Run by the US National Security
Agency (NSA) & operating as a US sovereign territory (!!), Menwith
Hill spies on emails, phone calls, and all sorts of communications
throughout Europe and the Middle East with its vast array of satellites.
It even won an award for its heroic eavesdropping in the last Gulf
War! Menwith is also a key base for Americas pet project of
long-term military aggression Star Wars. There
are regular demos, and on 23rd March theres a planned demonstration
to Foil the Base (disrupt the satellite signal receivers
by using tin foil). There has to be as much foil in the air as possible,
so bring foil kites, foil balloons, foil puppets- use your imagination.
Info: Yorkshire CND 01274 730795 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairford, in Gloucestershire, is the biggest bomber base
in Europe and can now house the U.S B2 Stealth bombers. These lovely
friendly planes can release mini nuclear weapons, dubbed more
usable by the trigger-happy MoD. The U.S wants to use British
soil to house these weapons of mass destruction, placing the UK
in the frontline of the US war for oil. A peace camp is being set
up outside Fairford military base from the 23rd February. Info:
Faslane Peace Camp, near Glasgow. Now 20 years old, Faslane
naval base is home to the UKs trident nuclear submarine fleet.
Even if you cant stay for very long, moral support and supplies
are always appreciated. Contact: 01436 820901
On the 17th of February, up to fifty human shield volunteers will
fly to Jordan. From there, theyll travel by bus to Baghdad
to meet up with the convoy of human shield volunteers who left London
last month. The Human Shield movement aims to put loads of Western
peace activists in Iraq around the large civilian areas in the hope
of preventing bombing. Human Shield groups are now starting in Spain,
Slovenia, Italy, Australia and the US. As one volunteer said, I
dont want to die. I love life. But every life is precious,
and we need to recognise that a war that will kill innocent Iraqis
must be opposed
I am going to Iraq to try to stop this war,
and so to preserve life. If you dont want to be a shield
but want to help, make out a cheque for Human Shield Action
and send it to 90 Mercers Road, London, N19 4PR. If youd like
to sponsor a shield directly, call Uzma on 07764 603106. www.humanshields.org
Need a rest after marching in London this Saturday? Why not pay
the US Embassy a visit in Grosvenor Sq near Hyde Park? Or join a
mass sit-down in Piccadilly - meet at 5pm in Green Park.
3rd February - Fairford Airbase Mass Weapons Inspection.
Noon, Fairford Town Centre, Gloucestershire. www.safp.org.uk
22nd March - Fairford again! Noon at the junction of High St/Park
St, Fairford. www.gwi.org.uk
and Menwith Hill Foil the Base www.now-peace.org.uk
For more info on action against the war check out: www.schnews.org.uk/stopwar/
Wankers Against The War
Weve all heard of groups like Doctors For Peace, Lawyers Against
The War and even Businesses For Peace but here at SchNEWS Towers
a new group we came across made us laugh out loud. Masturbators
For Peace is a new anti war posse that is causing a stir with slogans
like I cum in peace, Touch your sack, not Iraq
and War is silly - Whack your willy. As they say on
their website, Theres no greater antidote for war than
love. However, any real love must start from within. You cant
love others without loving yourself first. And of course masturbation
is the greatest expression of self-love. So its natural that we,
the citizens of the world, are joining together to masturbate for
peace. Mind you this could be a load of old toss, so check
it out for yourself at http://www.masturbateforpeace.com
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