This Time Last Year
408/409, 6th June, 2003
MY HAMSTER Another G8 summit; more meaningless declarations from
'our' 'great' 'leaders', more kids on the streets fighting for a better
world and more police repression.
30th May, 2003
Get Yer Rocks Off! America "liberate" Iraq but
keep their hands firmly on the Congo and their resources. Blunkett's
trying to push through yet more "justice bill" laws and so
23rd May, 2003
Bob the Bilderberg
£lite take young politicians under their wing for... sensible
16th May, 2003
Repression in Palestine increases as international observers are
9th May, 2003
SHAKY FOUNDATIONS Blair he goes again, PFI-vatising the country's
health, education and transport infrastructure...
402/3, 2nd May, 2003
BOMBS 'R' US Mayday takes on Lockheed Martin, 24 hour weapons of
mass destruction delivery service...
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...
| Friday 13th June
2003 | Issue 410
WAKE UP! IT'S YER NODDY AND BIG EARS...
Menwith Balls | Independence
from America | SchNEWS Double Whammy
| Crap Arrest of the Week
| Rope Burns
| Group4 Analysis
| SchNEWS in Brief | TB
or not TB | Positive SchNEWS
| Bechtel Basics | Inside SchNEWS
| ...and finally...
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping
on a human face - forever.- George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty
Its the largest electronic monitoring station in the world.
The Big Brother of all global spy installations, its gigantic
golf balls listening in on our every word. The Menwith Hill spy
base near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, is run by Americas
National Security Agency (NSA), part of their global network of
spy bases, which monitors the worlds communications and relays
information back to NSA HQ at Fort Meade in Maryland, USA.
One of Menwiths spying systems is called Echelon which as
one report put it has sifted the private international messages,
telegrams, and telephone calls of citizens, corporations or governments
to select information of political, military or economic value to
the United States. (see SchNEWS 379). Meanwhile Britains
very own GCHQ staff filter through key word information,
then pass any juicy segments onto the likes of MI5, Special Branch
and Scotland Yard. Its believed that Menwith is capable of
tapping two million telephone calls an hour.
Since 1951, the giant NSA base has occupied land in a secret
relationship between the US Air Force and the Ministry of
Defence. It employs more than 1,800 staff, the majority from America,
and the ever-expanding spy station covers over 560 acres of land,
surrounded by a security fence topped with razor wire, watched by
CCTV cameras and patrolled by Ministry of Defence Police.
Journalist Duncan Campbell who has spent years monitoring Menwith
said Although it is impossible for analysts to listen to all
but a small fraction of the billions of telephone calls, and other
signals which might contain significant information,
a network of monitoring stations in Britain and elsewhere is able
to tap all international and some domestic communications circuits,
and sift out messages which sound interesting. Computers automatically
analyse every telex message or data signal, and can also identify
calls to, say, a target telephone number in London, no matter from
which country they originate.
Menwith played a crucial role in both Gulf wars and even won an
award for its work during the first one. It is also central to plans
for the Star Wars National Missile Defence programme
which is part of Americas plans for Full Spectrum Dominance,
giving the US control of space itself. Washington says the missile
defence system is designed to protect the US from the potential
new threat of missiles fired by rogue states such as
North Korea, Iran and er, Iraq. However US bases in Britain will
be used not for the defence of Britain, or even of continental Europe,
but just for the good ole US of A!
For more on Menwith contact the Campaign for Accountability American
Bases: 01943-466405 www.caab.org.uk
or Yorkshire CND; www.cndyorks.gn.apc.org/mhs/
INDEPENDENCE FROM AMERICA
If youve had enough of those nosey neighbours then get along
to the Independence from America Day/Gatecrashers Ball at Menwith
on 4th of July. There will be bands, soundsystems and speakers including
comedian Mark Thomas. Recommended dress is tuxedo or ball gown
and er, ladders. Why the party clobber? Coz in Mark Thomass
words: Menwith is a key part of the US war machine in Britain.
In the absence of the non-violent zen revolution I feel the least
we can do is occupy it for a party for the day.
* Transport is being organised across the country. Phone Manchester
CND - 0161 834 8283. Brighton get your tickets from Community Base,
Queens Road for £10.
* Fairford Peacewatchers are also organising a party for Independence
from America and a Gatecrashers Stroll. Itll be on July 4th
at Fairford airbase, where planes are loaded with B-52 bombs to
drop on Iraqis. Meet up at the main car park at the top of the main
street in Fairford town Gloucestershire 3pm onwards 07932 628269
* Also at Lakenheath, Suffolk, home to 30 US Illegal Nuclear Weapons,
there will be a Peacemakers Ball. Put on a party mask and
wear your best tuxedo or ball gown. Bring food, a bottle of bubbly,
party poppers, ladders, Banners, Puppets, Music, Drums, People etc.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
SchNEWS DOUBLE WHAMMY
A double dose of SchNEWS events on Monday 16th June:
ARGENTINA AUTONOMISTA TOUR
Over the last year an incredible wave of social protest and action
has engulfed Argentina. In the midst of a severe economic crisis
people are improving their own lives without bosses and politicians:
over 200 factories are under workers control, over 300 cooperatives
have been formed by unemployed people, countless neighbourhood associations
formed and many other autonomous popular initiatives. Two women
from the Piqueteras (Unemployed Worker Movement) along with a full
length puppet show are touring the UK about these inspiring grassroots
organisations for global economic justice and social change.
6pm at the Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton. Free.
More info on the tour and other dates - www.autonomista.org
CAN WE STOP THE NEXT WAR?
With comedian and activist Mark Thomas and a speaker from SchNEWS.
There will be a discussion on resisting the war plans of the New
8pm at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton. Free.
Crap Arrest of the Week
For having a stall!
An animal rights campaigner who set up a stall in Pride Hill, Shrewsbury
is possibly the first person to have been successfully prosecuted
for putting up a stall. A magistrate ruled that David Crouch had
used the highway in an unreasonable manner for a number of hours
over the busy lunch time period, found him guilty of wilfully
obstructing free passage and gave him a six-month conditional
discharge with £150 costs. Hes planning to appeal.
For performing poetry!
In another clamp down on the use of public spaces, a
poet in William Shakespeares own Stratford-upon-Avon, was
arrested for performing in a public space without a licence. A licence
would have set him back £52. Poor old Willy must be turning
in his grave.
The British activist Martin Shaw, who was seriously injured when
police cut his ropes during a climbing action against the G8 summit,
is still in hospital in Lausanne. He is now out of intensive care
having undergone operations for two broken vertebrae, a broken pelvis,
ankle and foot, but looks likely to remain bed bound for at least
another six weeks. At some point he will require further surgery
to remove the bolts holding his ankle and foot together. SchNEWS
has also received graphic descriptions of the state of his genitals,
but were much too squeamish to pass it on. Just think aubergines.
Martin, along with the woman activist that climbed with him and
another six who participated in the action, has been charged with
blocking traffic on a motorway. Shaw says: There seems to
be a desire from the Swiss government to forget about this whole
event. No charges have been brought against the police who cut the
rope or those who set up the operation, but we are working to mount
a legal case against the police and the Swiss government.
The support group helping Martin are in the process of finding a
lawyer to bring a civil compensation claim, and criminal charges
against the Swiss police. A UK bank account has been set up to receive
donations to help with costs. Donations by bank transfer can be
paid to Dr. J Bonnet, HSBC Bangor, 274 High Street, Bangor, Gwynedd,
LL57 1RU. Sort code: 40 09 03 Account number: 61666517.
Anybody who has any photo/video evidence, please send unedited copies
to his support group: email@example.com
Messages to Martin: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or write to him: Martin Shaw Room 226, 14th Floor, CHUV, Rue de
Bugon 46, 1011 Lausanne Switzerland. UK based support group, contact
* Guy Smallman, a photographer covering the G8 summit protests for
Images Sans Frontieres had his left calf torn off after a German
copper took aim and fired a succession of concussion grenades right
at Guy. One witness has suggested that police were unhappy about
him taking pictures of their actions before and during the build-up
to the attack.
The MK3A2 offensive hand grenade otherwise known as a concussion
grenade, and fast becoming the weapon of choice for riot police
worldwide, is a military weapon designed to produce casualties during
close combat while minimizing danger to friendly personnel.
The NUJs National Freelance Organiser John Toner said: Once
again police have seized the opportunity
to target a working
journalist. We are making a strong protest to the Swiss government
which apparently invited in the police of a foreign power to attack
Group4 the security firm who managed to burn down Yarlswood
Detention Centre last February, are now trying to recruit staff
for the Centre, which is due to reopen in September. After failing
to recruit enough Custody Officers at their first open day, their
second open day on Thursday was again disrupted by protesters, who
informed applicants what the job really involved - the arbitrary
and indefinite detention of men, women and children who have not
been accused of any crime. www.barbedwirebritain.org.uk
* National demonstration against Haslar removals centre, Next Sunday
22, meet at 4pm at Haslar, Dolphin Way, Gosport, Portsmouth. Bring
drums and noisy things, so the detainees can hear you! Transport
from Brighton, tickets from Community Base, Queens Road or Cowley
Club, London Road. email@example.com
SchNEWS in brief
- Terra Audio a new squatted social centre has opened in
Brighton. Punk Bands on Friday night (13th) at 10.30pm; Sunday
(15th) - Evian report back and footage, riot flicks and practical
positive stuff, doors open 6pm. At the ex-Territorial Army barracks,
Lewes Road. Info 07786413028.
- The Bilston Free Festival, 13th-16th June includes an
Edinburgh Punks Picnic, Osama Laden Bin skip café, free
dance party every night, tonnes of bands, storytelling, fire and
circus show. Bilston camp is 8 miles south of Edinburgh and has
been set up to stop the construction of a privately financed road
- Mad Pride have organised a Midsummer Petefest
(Sat 21st) as a tribute to Pete Shaughnessy who tragically killed
himself before Christmas. Pete was the inspiration behind Mad
Pride, Reclaim Bedlam, Southwark Mind and Bermondsey & Rotherhithe
Mental Health Support Group, and changed the British mental health
scene forever. At The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London. Music
from Alternative TV, Nikki Sudden, The Fish Brothers, Ceramic
Hobs, Melanie Clifford & Caesar Reel 7-11pm Tickets £5
07985 780385 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Next Saturday (21) Prof. Allyson Pollock will be speaking at
The NHS reform: public health or private profit?
at Cafe Diplo, The French Institute 17, Queensberry Place, London.
11am. Info 0709 234 8726 email@example.com
- Banner Theatre go on tour with their new show Migrant
Voices, based on in-depth interviews with Iraqi Kurdish
refugees and asylum seekers living in Britain. Starting Sat 14th
3.30pm, Central Library Theatre, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham.
Mon 16th 1pm, also at Birmingham Central Library. Tue 17th 1.30pm,
Armthorpe Community Centre, Church Street, Armthorpe, Doncaster.
Wed 18th 8pm, St Georges Hall, Exeter. Thu 19th 8pm, Main
Hall, University of Plymouth. Sat 21st 2pm, Main Hall, Sandwell
College, Smethwick. Info 0121 440 0460 firstname.lastname@example.org
- SPEAC (Stop Primate Experiments At Cambridge) Launch
party for a new animal rights campaign in Cambridge, 5th July
at the Chesterton Working Mens Club, 172 High Street, Chesterton,
- The government has backed down on the use of Indonesian timber
in the building of the new Home Office after the site was occupied
by Greenpeace for two days last week. Greenpeace claim that the
timber was illegally logged though the Home Office have denied
- Fed up with the Newtown Festival being turned into an
army recruitment fair, peace activists in Wrexham, whod
been refused a stall at this years festival turned up anyway,
and as well as setting up their own stall, managed to landmine
the whole area surrounding the army stalls, anyone approaching
was told to keep well clear.
- More help is needed with the SchNEWS mailout on Friday
afternoons, give the office a call if you can help.
TB or not TB
Over the past 25 years over 30,000 badgers have been gassed or
shot in an attempt by the government to try and prove a link between
the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle and badgers. Despite
spending £7 million a year on the research, no link has been
found and bTB has spread to new areas of the UK. According to animal
welfare groups the reality is that bTB is spread from cow to cow,
on the farm and in the marketplace, and the increase in infection
is due to poor standards in animal health due to intensive farming
practices. Very little effort has so far been put into looking into
cattle to cattle transfer of the disease. Last month, the controversial
badger cull began again in North Devon after a three month closed
season. The Coalition of Badger Action Groups is co-ordinating actions
against the cull, but it really is a race against time with traps
being set at the moment. So if you can spare some time why not get
down there and take some direct action. www.badger-killers.co.uk
* Some good news for badgers: The badgers of Saltdean, who escaped
death thanks to wide scale protests last year, have now been promised
new homes in artificial setts in nearby gardens.
* 21st June is National Badger Day. 020 7498 3220, email@example.com
Question: How do you turn a vegetable into a dangerous pollutant?
Answer: Simple, just put it in the bin!
As much as 40 per cent of what households throw away in their bins
is compostable, and yet the UK currently composts just 3 per cent
of its total waste. So instead of being put in a compost bin and
being turned into organic fertiliser for the garden, it gets thrown
into landfill sites where it produces methane, a potent greenhouse
gas and leachate, a liquid pollutant that can contaminate
ground water supplies. To get you all in on the composting habit,
the Centre for Alternative Technology have just produced How
to Make Soil and Save Earth by Allan Shepherd For copies call
01654 705980 www.cat.org.uk
Early last Thursday morning, several hundred peaceful protesters
blocked the entrances to Bechtel headquarters in San Francisco in
protest at the corporations involvement in the war against
Iraq. Police, who outnumbered protesters, made numerous arrests
and eventually got the building opened around lunchtime, by which
time many employees had been told to take the day off.
Bechtel have got one of biggest rebuilding contracts in Iraq. Worth
$680 million over 18 months, it includes rebuilding and repairing
everything from electrical grids to water and sewage systems. The
contract was, naturally, granted in backroom deals without open
and transparent bidding processes, and the content remains hidden
behind a veil of secrecy. Corporate Watch say that details
of the contract have not been publicly disclosed to American taxpayers,
who will be paying the majority of the bill. While there is no doubt
that Bechtel has experience in these areas, it is an experience
from which the people of Iraq should be spared.
To read Corporate Watchs report on Bechtels dodgy dealings
The 10 people who are appearing in court next Friday (20th) on
charges of criminal damage at RAF Fairford, will be pleading lawful
excuse based on the fact that the war on Iraq was illegal,
making their actions, or attempted actions, legal. This is the first
time a UK court will have to make a ruling as to whether the war
was legal or illegal. Support on the day would be appreciated, meet
10am Gloucester Crown Court, Kimbrose Way, Gloucester. firstname.lastname@example.org
Youd have thought there would be enough bullshit within the
confines of the White House without America having to import any
more of the stuff, especially from as far away as India. But that
is what is happening. Authorities in New Delhi are planning to send
all of their cows dung and urine to the States to be made
into compost and bio-pesticide, because it seems that, despite there
being no shortage of cows in the U.S., Indian cow dung has a much
higher organic content. Proof, if we needed any, that even the Yanks
bullshit is a bit iffy.
We warn all eavesdroppers on SchNEWS we just whisper sweet nothings
down the phone. Honest!
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