This Time Last Year
401, 25th April, 2003
less popular than they thought they would be...
400, 11th April, 2003
AID 'N' A BET military spending skyrockets, international aid evaporates
and millions in Africa face starvation. Coincidence?
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...
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
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On Mayday, we propose a pre-emptive strike
an attack on
the real weapons of mass destruction: oil companies, arms manufacturers,
multinationals and banks. - Mayday flyer.
Yesterday was Mayday and time for the traditional game of cat and
mouse, with a few thousand anarchists and anti-capitalists trying
to outwit and outsprint thousands of cops. Many of our favourite shops
had either been boarded up or not even bothered to open up for the
day while workers took the day off obviously fearing that hungry anarchists
would eat them alive.
One of those who didnt bother opening was Lockheed Martin, one
of the main targets of the Mayday pre-emptive strike strategy. Lockheed
are the worlds largest weapons manufacturer who make a killing
out of, er, killing. The defence companys share
prices rocketed after September 11th and with their fighter jets very
busy during the war in Iraq, theyve reported a doubling of profits
in the first few months of this year.
In late 2001, the company won what has been described as the
largest defence contract in history, a $200 billion development
contract to build a Joint Strike Fighter, which according to their
own website, aims to provide the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine
Corps, and the UKs Royal Navy and Royal Air Force with an affordable
and stealthy tactical aircraft for the 21st century. One capable
of killing thousands of civilians who happen to live in rogue
states no doubt
Since lining its pockets through war, suffering, and destruction is
what Lockheed Martin is all about - just check out its latest Making
Weapons For the World advertising - it comes as no surprise
that the companys most lucrative export item is the F-16 combat
aircraft. Since the mid-1970s, theyve managed to flog over 3,000
of them to such freedom-loving customers such as Israel, Turkey, Pakistan,
Indonesia and Egypt.
But if your stomach for flying has weakened since September 11th,
Lockheed are one of the only arms manufacturers still to offer a nice
line in anti-personnel land mines, with a life span of up to one hundred
years, which they flog for as little as £2 each - surely it
cant be good business to make them so they last that long? Across
the world, landmines claim a new victim every twenty minutes, thats
more than 26,000, mostly civilian, deaths and injuries each year.
Lockheed are leaders in the design and development of nuclear technology
and its by-products in the US and are responsible for the production
and maintenance of British nuclear warheads at their Atomic Weapons
Establishment at Aldermaston in Berkshire where they specialise in
state-of-the-art hit-to-kill precision weapons. They receive
$1 billion per year from the US Dept of Energy to help run the notorious
Nevada Test Site where it carries out sub-critical testing,
which attempts to exploit loopholes in the Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty. They are also heavily involved in the Trident programme in
the US, as well as here in the UK which costs us £1.5 billion
a year. British nuclear-powered Trident submarines are on patrol,
24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Each submarine can carry 48 independently
targeted nuclear warheads, each of which has seven times the explosive
power of the first atomic bomb at Hiroshima, which killed 140,000
Lockheed produce the AUP-3(M) depleted uranium missiles that have
been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. These indiscriminate weapons
are classified illegal by the United Nations. When a DU shell explodes,
it sends out contaminated dust particles small enough to be inhaled
- high doses kill, low levels cause cancer. Unfortunately dust particles
are not smart enough to distinguish between civilian and military
victims and since the last Gulf War incidences of leukaemia and Hodgkins
disease in Iraq have increased tenfold, as has the proportion of babies
born with birth defects, that is without heads, brains, spines and
With a track record like Lockheeds they just couldnt resist
sticking their fingers in the Star Wars pie. They are the lead contractor
for the Theater High-Altitude Area Defense programme, a system designed
to intercept medium-to-long-range ballistic missiles. Of course, if
you make loads of money producing some of the worlds most destructive
weaponry, it only makes sense to make loads more by creating systems
to protect people against those same weapons. Its
the ultimate business plan.
Lockheed also does a good line in bribery and corruption. According
to Tim Weiner, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Lockheed has
a criminal history that includes paying millions of dollars in bribes.
Since 1990 theyve been done a total of 63 times, handing over
$230 million in fines and settlements.
So how come they seem to get all the contracts? The US Centre for
Responsive Politics reports that Lockheed spent more than $9.8 million
lobbying members of Congress and the Clinton administration during
2000 and gave $225,000 to the Bush-Cheney inaugural fund. Whilst in
the UK theyve been busy mopping up contracts as Neo Labour puts
our public services on sale to the highest bidder. When air traffic
control was part-privatised Lockheed was there, eager to add to its
already existing contracts with the Royal Mail, the Met Police and
the UK Census. Now they are bidding for the £3 billion contract
to run the nerve centre of the NHS, which would enable it to profit
not only from bombing people but also from putting them back together
again. No doubt soon theyll be running our schools telling kids
that War is Peace.
* For more on this delightful company www.actagainstwar.org/article.php?id=177
* Check out some of their war porn www.lockheedmartin.com
* CND have a scrap Trident campaign 020 77002393 www.cnduk.org
* Campaign Against Arms Trade 020 7281 0297 www.caat.org.uk
* Recommended reading The No Nonsense guide to the Arms Trade
by Gideon Burrows (Published by Verso 2002) www.versobooks.com/
* There were more pre-emptive strikes against the arms trade at the
BAE Systems AGM on Tuesday. BAE is the UKs biggest arms dealers.
One person who was dragged out by security yelled Its
on your conscience. How do you sleep at night, you bastards?
By thinking about all the lovely profits they make out of war and
* Were you nicked at Mayday? Did you see anyone get arrested or beaten?
Then get along to the meeting today (2) 6pm at LARC, 62 Fieldgate
Street, London E1 (corner of Parfett St.) If you saw someone getting
nicked then get in touch with the Legal Defence and Monitoring Group
* DSEi (Defence Systems Equipment International) is Europe's largest
trade fair (6-12 September in London) for guns, bombs, military planes,
small arms, mines and tanks. A mass international protest has been
called, get ready to Disarm DSEi! 07817652029 / 07887620379 www.dsei.org
Crap Arrest of the Week
For barking at a dog!
A barman from California, faces up to a year in jail and a $1000
fine for the highly serious crime of barking at a police dog! Walking
in down town San Jose during the Mardi Gras street party he came
across an agitated dog in police and a friendly woof
back to the caged animal, then he was promptly nicked by over zealous
cops. He plans to plead innocent saying Its ridiculous that
someone could be charged for barking... And what about the First
Amendment rights? Is there no freedom to bark?
Ulla Roder is still on remand after causing £25 million
damage to a Tornado jet at RAF Leuchars in March. If found guilty
she could face up to 15 years in prison. Ulla is one of the Trident
three who were famously acquitted at Greenock in 1999 after
smashing up jets bound for Indonesia. Write to: Ulla Roder, Cornton
Vale, Cornton Rd, Stirling Scotland FK9 5NY. For advice on writing
to prisoners and a list of other Trident Ploughshares prisoners
go to www.tridentploughshares.org
Long-term prisoner Keith Pringle is still serving time despite
his sentence being up at the beginning of the year. After being
in Full Sutton at the 1997 mutiny he has spent the last 5 years
in high security segregation units. He went on dirty protest against
conditions in Frankland segregation unit and to help a cell-mate
get fair treatment. It is for this prisoner solidarity as much as
open defiance of the system that prison authorities consider him
subversive. Keiths prolonged stay is due to threatening behaviour
towards a bully prison officer, the most recent news
is that following an attack on him by prison officers at Durham,
he is on a dirty protest in the segregation unit of that prison.
To send messages of solidarity to Keith Pringle (CD0078)
HMP Durham, Old Elvet, Durham DH15YD
Own Up Dow
Survivors and supporters of the 1984 Bhopal poison gas disaster
are still desperate for justice and on Mayday launched a hunger
strike in the financial district of New York to highlight the liabilities
of Dow Chemicals, who own Union Carbide, the company charged
with culpable homicide after poisonous gas from its
pesticide factory killed 8000 and poisoned over 200,000 in Bhopal,
India (see SchNEWS 238). When Union Carbide fled India it left thousands
of tons of toxic waste. Dow stockholders are twitchy about their
share prices falling when a future disaster blights the lives of
a few hundred thousand people. www.bhopal.net
Information and Entertainment
Apart from SchNEWS there are a load of resources to keep you informed
* Guilfins Something For the Weekend a weekly
info-burst, keeping you up to date with the latest festival, party,
gigs dates, and all the upcoming campaigns. www.guilfin.net
* Eroding Empire: monthly DIY punky bulletin listing gigs,
actions and events for the London-ish area. Send stamps to receive
copies c/o 56A Crampton St., London, SE17 5AE.
* London Free List free and cheap events around London at
* Free parties: check out www.partyvibe.com/freeparties.htm
* www.protest.net reports actions
around the world
* For the Animal Rights Calendar see www.veggies.org.uk/calendar,
or in ARCNEWS, 0845 458 0146
* Urban75 features bulletin boards, games, photos, protest,
rave, drugs & more. www.urban75.com
* See Indymedia for latest reports of protest and news you
wont see on TV. www.uk.indymedia.org
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Sneaky BP this week admitted unprecedented profits for the first
quarter of this year just a week after its AGM where Chairman P.
Sutherland denied that the war in Iraq was about Oil! Guzzling a
whopping $41m PER DAY - double what it slurped down in the same
period last year BPs windfall quarter has
been directly attributed by analysts to the war in Iraq which sent
oil prices rocketing.
This will come as no surprise to hundreds of activists who disrupted
the AGM last week with a Carnival Against Oil Wars and Climate Change.
Outnumbered by police and BPs own private army of security
guards, shouting protestors with whistles, drums and a Samba
band kept up the noise level so that those inside could hear the
voice of dissent. True there was not much attempt at the kind of
direct action which might have invaded and obstructed the meeting,
but the activists did come up with one fantastic master stroke:
Ordinary shareholders attending the AGM were handed a spoof Annual
report which so closely resembled BPs own in design that indignant
shareholders, believing it was the real thing, challenged the BP
Chairman on its contents: Whats all this? blustered
one elderly gent, rediscovering his conscience, We are reaping
the rewards from the latest in a long line of oil wars? Thats
simply not on. P. (for Pinocchio) Sutherland assured shareholders
that the war in Iraq had nothing to do with oil and that BP had
no plans to work in Iraq. Yeah, like BP are gonna miss out on the
worlds second biggest oil reserves!
Meanwhile, environmental organisations last week submitted complaints
about the consortium to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development) meeting in Paris. Its controversial Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan
(BTC) pipeline through Georgia openly flouts OECD guidelines by
damaging the environment, failing to take the rights of nearby communities
into consideration and by ignoring existing legislation in the countries
the pipeline passes through. Who cares? Not BP, whose legal team
has been openly boasting about creating new laws in Azerbaijan,
presumably to get around such minor problems.
* UK Firm AMEC who are plugging for one of the largest contracts
in the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, are having their AGM next
Thursday (8th). Meet 9am At speakers corner, Hyde Park for
a briefing 10 am outside the Radisson Hotel, Portman Square, London
to build a GIANT pipeline. 01865 200550 firstname.lastname@example.org
* Meanwhile in a bizarre example of corporate disingenuity Transocean
Inc., the worlds largest offshore drilling company, managed
to keep the fact that dozens of US and British oil workers have
been held hostage for the last 14 days on a rig in Nigeria totally
secret! A labour dispute among Nigerian workers escalated into insurrection
on April 19th and the ex-pats were taken hostage. There are reports
that they have been incarcerated in metal containers and dangled
overboard and that at least 2 have had nervous breakdowns. But Transocean
- whose motto is were never out of our depth -
dont care about the welfare of a handful of their workers.
By keeping it secret they were clearly hoping that the Nigerian
navy would sort it out in their own (very bloody) way.
* For copies of the spoof BP report send an A4 SAE to London Rising
Tide c/o 62 Fieldgate St., London, E1 1ES email@example.com
SchNEWS in Brief
- Last week peace activist Lindis Percy was arrested at
Menwith Hill spy base for the 150th time (!) whilst testing
the enforcement of military land bylaws. She was charged with
aggravated trespass www.caab.org.uk
- To find out whats happening in North East England
- The Botswana government has banned materials from Survival
International being in the countrys schools, as part
of ongoing attempts to silence criticism of the treatment of the
Gana and Gwi Bushmen. www.survival-international.org/bushman.htm
- A GCSE student from Braintree, Essex is taking her schools
Board of Governers to the high court after they upheld the decision
to exclude her from school for a month after she took part in
anti-war demonstrations. Her case has been taken up by Liberty
Behind the televised occupation of Iraq, the Argentinian state
is waging a peculiarly brutal war against the blossoming Argentinian
social movement. The Argentinian state is focusing all its repression
on the okupas, the many squatted social centres and
factories that have become a vital part of Argentinian communities
as they attempt to take control of their lives in the midst of a
shattered economy. Unfortunately for the Argentinian social movement
its election time and all five presidential candidates are
promising a return to neo-liberal economics and a good ol
crack-down on squatted property. The man likely to win in the second
round of the elections is Carlos Menem, the former president who
sold off the Argentinian economy in the early 90s and who
has promised to send the military onto the streets if he comes into
Argentinians got a taste of things to come two weeks ago, when 200
police officers evicted Brukman, a suit factory, which had been
under worker control since December 2001. Police evicted the workers
and turned the entire block into a military zone guarded by machine
guns and attack dogs. Within hours thousands of supporters were
on the streets to condemn the eviction and to support the factory
remaining under workers control. When the workers attempted
to re-enter the factory police began shooting: tear gas, water cannons,
rubber bullets, then lead. 30 demonstrators were injured and there
were over 100 arrests.
So why such violent repression of a factory? Well Brukman isnt
just a factory; its a fabrica ocupada, one of 200 factories
across the country that have been taken over and run by their workers
in the past 18 months. For many, the factories, employing more than
10,000 nationwide and producing everything from tractors to ice
cream, are seen not just as an economic alternative, but as a political
one as well. They are afraid of us because we have shown that,
if we can manage a factory, we can also manage a country,
Brukman worker Celia Martinez said, Thats why this government
decided to repress us. This poses a threat to the government
as across the country a social movement network composed of hundreds
of self-managed factories, squatted social centres and unemployed
workers groups struggling for dignity and power over their
own lives. But for some reason the powers-that-shouldnt-be
dont see it like that. Evictions are increasing with Indymedia
Argentina evicted just weeks ago followed by various squatted community
centres. As the federal judge wrote in Brukmans eviction order,
Life and physical integrity have no supremacy over economic
interests. So its not about your lives its about
the economy, stupid! www.argentina.indymedia.org
Things havent been going too well this year for those involved
in trying to flog us genetically modified (GM) crops, lucky for
them western governments are on the side of their mutated chums
* Cargill, the worlds biggest grain exporters and big fans
of trade liberalisation and GM crops, have become the latest corporate
criminals to get their foot in the door of the newly liberated
Iraq. Ex-Cargill senior executive, Dan Amstutz, has been put in
charge of agricultural reconstruction in Iraq, no doubt hell
ship in all their surplus GM grain no on else wants. As Kevin Watkins
from Oxfam said Putting Dan Amstutz in charge of agricultural
reconstruction in Iraq is like putting Saddam Hussein in the chair
of a human rights commission. For the low down on Cargill
check out www.corporatewatch.org.uk
* The UK government is due to make a decision, soon, on the commercialisation
of 18 GM crop applications. Theres a public consultation period,
but its suspected that they wont wait until this is
over, before giving the GM companies the green light. Despite this
anti-GM groups are still urging people to join in the GM Public
Debate, which begins this month, to show that the opposition
to hasnt gone away. Regional meetings are taking place in
Birmingham, Swansea, Taunton, Belfast, Glasgow and Harrogate from
3-13 June. Info 020 7261 8528. www.gmpublicdebate.org,
you can also organise your own meeting. For background information
on the evils of GM crops check out www.genewatch.org
* Monsanto had their AGM last week where not only did they announce
a 15 percent slump in their profits, but also faced a shareholder
resolution urging them to rethink the safety of genetically engineered
seeds. But rather than worrying that their stance on GM is denting
their wallets theyve instead produced a new position paper
adopting a positive stance on genetic seed sterilisation (so called
terminator technology) - which makes seeds produced
by plants infertile, thus increasing farmers dependence on seed
companies- even though they pledged in 1999 not to develop the technology.
* Last Friday it was the turn of Bayer CropScience, Europes
top GM pushers, to have their AGM. As well as protests outside the
AGM in Germany, their UK headquarters in Cambridge were simultaneously
blockaded. Eight people were arrested. For the low down on Bayer
check out www.bayerhazard.com
* This is the last year of the GM farm scale trials in the UK. If
youre fed up of not being listened to why not take some direct
action out in the fields. For tips on decontamination www.geneticsaction.org.uk
In a pre-emptive strike against capitalism, a group calling themselves
the Trade Regulation Organization (TRO) have issued their own version
of the 55 most wanted playing card deck. The cards feature
those jokers whose existence are no longer consistent with
world peace or prosperity including George W as the 4 of clubs
and Rupert Murdoch as the King of Hearts. The TRO reckon that the
cards might lead the way to regime change and eventual large-scale
war crimes proceedings. But their spokeswoman Hedwig Ixtabal-Mono
has issued a word of caution If one day the people on these
cards are indeed brought to justice, just following orders
or supporting our troops will be no excuse for the rest
of us. Check if your favourite boardroom terrorist has got
their own card at www.gatt.org/regime
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