This Time Last Year
399, 4th April, 2003
PERLES OF WISDOM US carve-up of 'rebuilding' contracts.
397/8, 28th March, 2003
MASS DUST-RUCTION The 'humanitarian' war underway, we report the
protests the media ignore so well...
396, 14th March, 2003
RUNWAY TERROR Anit-terrorism protestors treated like terrorists...
395, 7th March, 2003
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONNAIRE?
A look at how America are trying to buy votes at the UN Security
394, 28th February, 2003
With all the hot air about deposing Saddam, we check out what the
U.S. has done for Afghanistan so far.
393, 21st February, 2003
Reports from anti-war demos around the world
392, 14th February, 2003
IRAQ AND RUIN
War mongering and anti war actions continue
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...
| Friday 11th April
2003 | Issue 400
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER TREASURE CHEST
AID 'N' A BET | Home-Made
Terror | Crap Arrest of the week |
Friendly Fire |
SchNEWS in Brief
| Inside SchNEWS
| Weapons of Mass Construction | War
| ...and finally...
| Carnival Against BP
AID 'N' A BET
Unfortunately, Bush and Co are not through yet. This invasion
and conquest will encourage them to do it again elsewhere. The real
purpose of this war was to say to the rest of the world, Dont
Mess with Texas If You Got What We Want, Were Coming
to Get It!
Oscar-winning comedian Michael Moore
Last week the White House got the green light for yet another $75
billion to be spent on the Iraqi invasion and on its favourite
new form of at-home repression, homeland security. This is on top
of the $360 billion budgeted for defence every year
an annual military budget that exceeds the combined annual
military budgets of the next 25 top countries! The sums are mind-boggling,
but to put them in some sort of perspective, the cost of a single
cruise missile costs $800,000, which means that the opening blitz
on Baghdad, when 320 missiles were dropped in a single day, cost
the US a stupendous $256 million. Considering that the war was touted
as a humanitarian war, this has to be the biggest single
expenditure of aid in world history.
Last year, after America finished bombing the living hell out of
Afghanistan (while still never managing to get hold of Osama bin
Laden), the United Nations estimated that Afghanistan would need
at least $10 billion for reconstruction over the following five
years. The US, which had just spent $4.5bn on bombing the country,
offered a measly $300m for the first year of reconstruction and
refused to make any commitment for subsequent years. This year,
George Bush managed to forget to produce an aid budget
for Afghanistan at all until he was forced to provide another $300m
by Congress. That George Dubya! Aint he such a great liberator!
SchNEWS is overwhelmed by his boundless generosity and concern for
oppressed and suffering peoples throughout the world. However, the
US governments true priorities are highlighted by the amount
its willing to shell-out on a single stealth bomber$1.26
billionwhich is about the same amount as America gives in
aid each year to sub-Saharan Africa.
while the US and UK have focused their budgets and military might
on Iraq, the United Nations is facing a massive shortfall in feeding
the worlds poorest people: In the drought-struck Horn of Africa,
11 million Ethiopians are at risk from hunger, yet only half their
food needs have been pledged by richer nations. In neighbouring
Eritrea, two thirds of the population face starvation, but just
over 2 per cent of the $163 million asked for by the UN has been
offered. Southern Africa is also in the grips of drought with 14
million people in desperate need of food aid yet Western aid has
been trickling in. In Burundi, almost one sixth of the inhabitants
have been forced out of their homes by conflict and natural disasters.
The country has now been officially listed as the third poorest
nation on earth, but has received only 3% of its UN request.
Two and a half years ago at the Labour party conference, Prime Sinister
Blair talked about Africa as a scar on the conscience of the
world, but if the world focused on it, we could heal it. Now,
however, Tonys so focused on scarring Iraq with his war of
conscience that any chance of helping Africa is remote at best.
As journalist George Monbiot points out, The payments and
promises that have been extracted so far chart the collapse of international
concern for the people of almost every nation except Iraq.
Yet in the post war carve-up of Iraq, while Western companies battle
for control of resources, it will be the Iraqi peoples turn
be forgotten by their liberators, just as the people
of Afghanistan have been.
While the humanitarian war was taking place in Iraq,
liberating an entire nation through massive bombing raids and civilian
deaths, the IDEX arms fair was happening in the United Arab Emirates.
The Gulf region remains the ideal market in the world for
military hardware, said Major-General Sultan Al-Suwaidi, head
of the committee that organised the five-day event. Every permanent
member of the UN Security council had big exhibitions at the fair,
hoping to entice countries like Iran, Syrian Algeria, and Libya
to step right up and buy their weapons of mass destruction. But
Britain held pride of place by being the largest exhibitor at the
show, with some 100 UK firms taking part. Organisers of the fair
had, after all, announced that despite the war the show must
go on. Oh well, at least the next time that our boys
follow the US into battle, they can be proud of being shot by British-made
Carnival Against Oil Wars
and Climate Chaos
Protest outside BPs Annual General Meeting on April
24th. 10am, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank,
BP would like to give the impression that they are a lovely,
green, sustainable corporation, while still keeping busy wrecking
the environments of Colombia, West Papua, Alaska and Azerbaijan.
Let them know the games up! Expose them for the liars
they are! www.burningplanet.net/
Transport going from Brighton. Tickets available for £5
from the Cowley Club, London Road.
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Crap Arrest of the Week
For getting in a jam...
An irate Irish copper whod stormed in to remove anti-war protesters
from blocking a road in protest at George Dubyas arrival in
Belfast, found himself in a sticky situation after treading on a
bag of jam. As well as getting a few good bashes with a baton, the
owner of the jam (whod intended to use it for a bit of street
theatre) was arrested for assault and criminal damage. Another protester
came to a sticky end getting dragged off by the hair after attempting
to smear wjam on a riot shield. Beware the heinous offence of making
a coppers uniform sticky! www.indymedia.ie
The fog of war obscures more than just news
from the battlefield. It also provides cover for radical domestic
legislation, especially ill-considered liberty-for-security swaps
which have been historically popular at the onset of major conflicts.
- Matt Welch, Alternet.
Nearly two years ago, while American troops was busy sorting
out Afghanistan, Bush and his cronies used their patented
if youre not with us, then youre against us
rhetoric to push the USA Patriot Act 2001 through Congress. The
Patriot Act became law just 7 weeks after the downing of the Twin
Towers and was the most dramatic expansion of state power at the
expense of civil liberties in the history of the US. It gave the
state new powers to wiretap phones, confiscate the property of suspected
terrorists, spy on its own citizens without judicial review, conduct
secret searches, and even snoop on the reading habits of library
So with the US war machine pounding away once again, its no
surprise that theres a whole new round of even more repressive
laws in the pipeline for Americans - this time in the form of The
Domestic Security and Enhancement Act, the so-called Patriot Act
II. This Act includes more than 100 new provisions aimed at taking
away all the freedoms they accidentally left people with in the
first Patriot Act. The Patriot Act II does quite a nice job of filling
in the cracks in the first Act, adding a whole new range of oppressive
measures to the states already massive arsenal. The act allows
the connection of DNA from people suspected of wrong-doing,
the ability for American citizens to have their citizenship revoked
if they are deemed to have contributed material support to organisations
deemed to be terrorist, the ability to monitor a persons
internet usage without a warrant, and the expansion of the death
penalty to include 15 new offences. The Patriot Act II would also
allow for the creation of a vast database of consumer, personal
and political information on all US citizens, called the Total Information
Awareness system - We got all the information on you, little
citizen, and youre completely unaware of it. For further
info on Patriot Act II www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=15541
With the euphoria of the war victory setting in, the
US government may have to wait for the next terrorist attack to
get their new bit of dodgy legislation passed, but in the meantime
the US police and the legal system are acting as if theyve
already got totalitarian powers.
On Monday morning, California police opened fire on a peaceful anti-war
protest at the Port of Oakland where military supplies were being
shipped from. 500 protesters had blockaded the port and many dockworkers
had walked out in solidarity. On arrival, police gave protesters
two minutes to disperse, then opened fire with wooden bullets, concussion
grenades and tear gas. Several people, including six dockworkers,
were injured when police began shooting at very close range. The
protesters didnt manage to close the docks for long, but the
incident caused dockworkers to go on strike for the day. The union
official Trent Willis said, They shot my guys. Were
not going to work today. The cops had no reason to open up on them.
for more on the California port situation.
Last October, three Roman Catholic nuns entered the N-8 Minuteman
III missile silo in Colorado to protest against US war mongering.
This week they have been convicted of obstructing national defence
and damaging government property. The nuns are expected to receive
five to eight years each for cutting two gate chains and a fence,
painting six crosses on the missile silos with their own blood and
symbolically tapping hammers on the railway tracks used to transport
SchNEWS in Brief
- Radio 4A is on the airwaves in Brighton this weekend
101.4 FM and internet streams at www.radio4a.org.uk
- Atkins Education, whod taking on running schools
in the London Borough of Southwark, have discovered that running
schools aint as profitable as they had hoped and so theyve
walked away after just two years. Whoopee for privitisation!!
- The Mayday Football Tournament is on May 4th, Clissold
Park, Stoke Newington, London, theyre looking for teams
to enter. 07958-112870 Blackstarrebels@aol.com
- October Books, Southamptons co-operatively run
independent bookshop, has moved to 243 Portswood Road, Southampton
SO17 2NG. 023-80581030
- The Anarchist Press: Whats it for? Discussion Tuesday
15th at LARC, 62 Fieldgate St, London, 7.30 pm
- Mad Pride, which campaigns for improved civil liberties
and social conditions for psychiatric patients, is launching a
Stop the Suicides campaign, Friday 18th, 8pm,
at Chats Palace, 42 Brooksbys Walk, Homerton, London.
£4 on the door. 07985780385 email@example.com
- Francisco Ramirez, president of a Colombian mine workers
union, is in Britain April 21st - May 12th and is willing to give
talks to groups. Info: 020-7254-4699 firstname.lastname@example.org
- To see how all the companies that are pushing for the commercialisation
of GM crops are linked, then get hold of the biotech family
tree poster from Corporate Watch, 16b Cherwell Street, Oxford,
OX4 1BG. 01865 791391 email@example.com
- The ETC Group have produced a report on Terminator Technology
& Exorcist Technology in GM crops. www.etcgroup.org
- Benefit night for the people of West Papua, with Papuan
Musicians, Matt Black from Coldcut, and film showing of the new
film Merdeka. Next Tuesday (15), The George IV, Brixton,
- Greg Pallast, author of The Best Democracy Money
Can Buy, will be signing books and talking at Conway
Hall, Red Lion Square, London, 6pm, 23rd April. £5/£2
07077-229459 Proceeds go to the firefighters.
Swiss anti-nuclear eco-anarchist prisoner, Marco Camenisch is
serving 10 years in jail for blowing up power lines leading to nuclear
power plants. He can read and write in French, German, Spanish and
Italian. He can read English, but does not feel confident to write
long letters in English. Write to: Marco Camenisch, Sennhofstrasse
17, 7000 Chur, Switzerland.
Animal rights campaigner Sonia Hayward has been sentenced
to 15 months for her involvement in campaigns against Huntingdon
Life Science. Letters of support can be sent to her Sonia Hayward,
KV 5943, HMP Cookham Wood, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3LU.
Weapons of Mass Construction
The tradition of Mayday has always been about the celebration of
life, a way of people uniting all over the world to celebrate their
power and to reclaim public spaces.A day of defiance against authority.
This years action on will see a pre-emptive strike against
the real weapons of mass destruction: oil companies, the arms manufacturers,
multinationals and banks.
In London on May 1st there will be a number of autonomous actions
with the main meet ups at 2pm at LockHeed Martin - the biggest arms
company in the world - Berkshire House, corner of High Holborn &
Endell St, and 4pm at the headquarters of oil company Shell UK,
More info: www.ourmayday.org.uk
or send an SAE to BM Mayday, London WC1N 3XX.
- Stop the War national demonstration, Saturday 12th, in
memory of those that have died in Iraq. Bring flowers, cards,
wreaths etc to lay outside 10 Downing Street. Assemble 12 noon
at either York Road, Waterloo or Victoria Street 020 7053 2153
- If you dont want to trudge through London on Saturday
but want to listen to the same old speakers, then stay at home
and listen to www.cableradio.co.uk
wholl be broadcasting live from the main stage.
- For anti-war protest in Scotland, meet 11.30am Blythswood
square, Glasgow 0131 538 0257 www.edinburghstw.org.uk
- On Monday (14) theres a Kites for Peace at MOD Llanbedr,
nr Harlech, at 2pm. Meet Machynlleth Station, 12.30pm. Bring pictures,
ribbons and flowers and a kite to fly. Flying kites is forbidden
at MOD Llanbedr, so they will be flown as a symbol of opposition
to the war machine. Info: 01654-702166
- London school students Direct Action planning meeting:
To create a network of school activists and to follow up the anti-war
student walk-outs with a student strike on Mayday. Meet 19th April,
1pm on Houghton St, WC2 near Holborn and Temple tubes. firstname.lastname@example.org
- The next mass blockade of Faslane Naval Base in Scotland,
the home of Britains very own weapons of mass destruction,
will be on 22nd April. More info: www.banthebomb.org/rbb.
Coaches from London and elsewhere. £20/£30. To book
a seat ring 07810 192905 or email email@example.com.
- Australian Prime Minister John Howard and other top Defence
officials watched red-faced as HMAS Sydney set sail for the Gulf
with a No War banner attached to its bow after protesters
arrived on inflatables and surfboards and clambered up the hull
in a daring anti-war demonstration. Two protesters were arrested,
but not before they had forced the ship to a halt.
- Film Premier of Jeremy Hardy versus The Israeli Army,
23-24 April at Bloomsbury Theatre, UCL, 15 Gordon Street, London,
8pm.Tickets £6.50 020-7388-8822
- Brazils new leftist government of Luiz Inacio Lula
da Silva has delayed spending $760m on a fleet of new fighter
jets, saying that it would look instead at plans to lease around
12 second-hand planes and spend the money it saves on tackling
- A BBC television producer, moments before he was wounded by
an American fighter aircraft that killed 18 people with friendly
fire, spoke to his mother on a satellite phone. Holding the phone
over his head so that she could hear the sound of the American
planes overhead, he said: Listen, thats the sound
of freedom. For more brilliant cover of the war see http://pilger.carlton.com/print
War! What is it good for? Well, apart from the obvious, like arms
dealers, oil companies, world dictators and George Bushs mates,
its also pretty good for toy companies. Hasbro, one of the
largest toy manufacturers in the world has just marketed its latest
costume for G.I. Joe, Americas equivalent to Action
Man. Joes new get-up is none other than a stunning Gulf War
II nuclear, chemical and biological suit, complete with gas mask,
boots and gloves. Another topical action doll thats
been marketed in the U.S. recently is the National Guard Homeland
Security Amy. Too bad it doesnt come complete with life
size wire taps, computer monitoring systems, and loads of new jails
in which to put evil-doers.
SchNEWS warns all readers dont toy around.. Well be
back on the 25th April. Honest!
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