This Time Last Year
410, 13th June, 2003
MENWITH BALLS The US spy base at Menwith Hill gets some overdure
attention. Plus Martin Shaw update; Group4 have recruitment problems;
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
| Friday 20th June
2003 | Issue 411/412
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER TERROR FRIED...
Terror Fried Brains | Poached
Rights | Crap Arrest of the Week |
SHAC Attack |
| Argentina Autonomista Tour
| SchNEWS in Brief | Party
| World Turned Over
| Positive SchNEWS | Alcoa-Kicks
| Inside SchNEWS | and
TERROR FRIED BRAINS
Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick
up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall,
just to show the world we mean business.- Michael Ledden,
holder of the Freedom Chair at the American Enterprise
Last week a poll revealed that a third of Americans believe that
weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, while 22 per
cent reckon Iraq actually used them! Even before the war, half of
those polled said the Iraq regime was responsible for September
11th. But no ones found any weapons of mass destruction let
alone used them (well apart from the Americans and British) and
no Iraqis were on the planes that hit the twin towers. So how could
people be so misinformed?
Most people get little whiffs and fragments of news, not in
any organized way, says Thomas Mann of Brookings Institution
And there have been a lot of conflicting reports on the weapons.
But for conflicting reports read lies a constant drip feed
of false rumours (like alleged weapons factories and mobile labs)
which if later proved wrong dont seem to register so highly
on the media Richter scale. This sort of media sensationalism is
what author Noam Chomsky (see SchNEWS 386) describes as manufacturing
consent getting us so damn scared of the enemy out
there that we will swallow anything and ignore whats really
happening on our doorstep. In President Bushs case it was
the mid term congressional campaign, which his campaign manager,
Karl Rove, very clearly explained could not be won by focusing on
social and economic issues. Slashing public medical assistance,
education and social security, while giving huge tax cuts for the
rich, sharp increases in military spending and increasing state
power is not a vote winner. As Rove pointed out, if they can make
national security the main issue then people will forget all this
and instead rally round the troops.
In Britain Prime Sinister Blair said we were only 45 minutes from
an Iraqi attack; a few days before the biggest anti-war demonstration
in British history tanks were stationed outside Heathrow airport,
and only this week the head of MI5 said it was only a matter of
time before those terrorists got themselves a dirty bomb
and used it on the West (SchNEWS would like to point out that this
is totally different to a nice clean bomb which is what
Britain and America dropped on the Iraqi people).
Switch on the news and you 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 and Ekmek
ve Adalet both radical Turkish-based magazines that has the
bare faced cheek to criticise that bastion of human rights, Turkey.
One of those nicked was Rory ODriscoll, who had recently visited
Turkish hunger strikers protesting about prison conditions. His
house was 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.
In February at 5.20am, Ali Serir and his pregnant wifes house
were raided by armed terrorist police part of an anti-terrorist
operation mounted across the UK. Seven were arrested in the raids
and the media had a field day. Ali and his wife had their front
door smashed in, before being handcuffed at gunpoint and driven
to Govan Police Station. Their house was searched for two days while
Karen was held for 36 hours and Ali for four months under the Immigration
Act because they didnt believe his marriage was valid. He
was very nearly deported back to Algeria before finally being released
a fortnight ago, without being charged with any terrorism offences.
Leading barrister Mike Mansfield says that by using the atrocities
in the US as an excuse, Neo-Labour has effectively declared war
on Britons civil liberties Anti terror legislation introduced
by the Government has done more to attack people in Britain than
defend them from terrorists.
These anti-terror laws came in very handy for stifling protest when
the war started.
As B-52 planes left Fairford to drop clean bombs on
the grateful Iraqi people the police imposed an anti-terrorist cordon
over the whole of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire giving them the
power to stop and search anyone without any excuse. People had terrorist
objects like toothbrushes confiscated and sandwiches were searched
As Noam Chomsky put it 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.
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 in depth analysis of world events see www.zmag.org
Crap Arrest of the Week
For reading the paper!
An American anti-war prisoner serving time for protesting at a military
base was put into solitary confinement for eight days after he got
sent and distributed anti-war articles from such radical publications
as the New York Times, Readers Digest, Newsweek, and The Guardian!
Better not send him this weeks SchNEWS then. www.naplesnews.com/03/06/florida/d939395a.htm
The Protection from Harassment Act was introduced in 1997 to give
women protection against domestic violence and stalking by strangers.
But now poor Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), that nasty pharmaceutical
testing company, are feeling so harassed by protestors that they
want to hijack the Act to issue a temporary injunction against animal
rights activists which will allow them to continue torturing and
murdering animals undisturbed.
At present the temporary injunction permits only one demo every
30 days in exclusion zones around the companys sites and a
50-metre exclusion zone has been set up around the home of every
employee. SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) told SchNEWS that
this makes no difference to their campaign of targeting people who
do business with Huntingdon.
The injunction also states that the use of hooters and klaxons could
be deemed harassment! But it wasnt harassment
that killed baboon W201m who died of a stroke after two days of
suffering from limb spasms and paralysis, or baboon W205m who had
to be sacrificed after 21 days. A genetically modified
pigs heart had been welded to the vital arteries within its
neck. Researchers noted the heart was swelling way beyond its natural
size. Strange yellow fluid was seen seeping from the organ.
But this re-application of the Protection from Harassment
Act goes far beyond the death labs of HLS and the homes of its corporate
slaves their 30 day injunction is yet another shiny nail
in the right to demonstrate coffin. The decision on
whether HLS are granted their extension is due next week. As womens
rights campaigner Rahila Gupta, commented: The central irony
of the Huntingdon case is that a law which was, in part, the product
of political activism is being used to clamp down on political activism.
Now theres a surprise.
For more on the campaign to close down Hungtingdon Tel: 0845 458
For more on shockingly sick science and government collusion www.xenodiaries.org
* Anti-vivisection campaigners Uncaged are holding a London-wide
street collection on19th July and help is needed. Tel: 0114 272
10 years ago Twyford Down in Hampshire became the battleground
that spawned the anti-roads movement. The extension of the M3 through
Twyford was eventually built but as some sort of compensation former
Tory Transport Minister Malcom Rifkind promised that the old Winchester
by-pass would be allowed to return to fields. This area now supports
over 200 flowering plant species, is easily accessible, particularly
to children and people with limited mobility, and is well used by
the local community. But now Neo-Labour has given permission for
Hampshire County Council to redevelop part of the land for a park
and ride. Attempts to fight this proposal in court have so far been
unsuccessful, a footpath across the land is due to close on 23 June,
and work on the car park needs to start by October otherwise planning
A meeting is being held at the site on Sunday from 11am to 1pm to
discuss what else might be done. Its off Bar End Road, (an
extension of Chesil Street) about a mile and half from the railway
station. Call Keith Story on 01962 854 880 if you need a lift. Or,
leave the M3 at junction 10 and head for St Catherines park
and ride site, which is next to the proposed new site.
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
there have been massive street protests, over 200 factory under
workers control, more than three hundred cooperatives organized
by the unemployed. Two women from the Piquetera (Unemployed Worker
Movement) along with a full length puppet show are in the UK to
tell people about these inspiring grassroots organisations. www.autonomista.org
July: 1 Glasgow Alexander Thompson Hotel, 320 Argyle St., 7:30pm
07941 038377; 2 Edinburgh Slide show at Forest café, Westport,
2pm and Millenium Centre, 7, Muirhouse, Medway, 7.30pm 0131 557
6242; 3 Edinburgh CWU, 15 Brunswick Street 7.30pm; 5 Lancaster,
The Gregson Centre, Moor Lane, 8.30pm 07810 168082; 7 Bradford 1in12
Club, 21-23 Albion St. 7pm 01274 734160; 8 Leeds Woodhouse Community
Centre, 7pm; 10 Liverpool Merseyside Trade Union Centre, hard Hardman
street Hardman Street, 7.30pm, 0151-220-6630; 11 Cardiff venue tbc,
12 Bristol Kebele, 14 Robertson Rd, time tbc, 0117 9399469. 13-19
Ireland tbc contact email@example.com
SchNEWS in brief
- Last month Poland saw its largest ever critical mass
bike ride, when over 1,000 people took to the streets of Warsaw.
Critical mass is becoming increasingly popular in Poland www.fz.eco.pl/2002/masa.htm
- For a full list of critical masses in the UK see the
party and protest section of our website
- For a history of critical mass check out Critical Mass-
Bicyclings Defiant Celebration by Chris Carlsson,
available from AK Press, PO Box 12766, Edinburgh, Scotland. EH8
- The Italian Minister for Reform, Umberto Bossi, this week voiced
his opinion on how to deal with the problem of illegal
immigrants let the Italian navy open fire
on boats carrying them! And he may soon be able to get away with
it if the Italian Parliament approves a law being pushed through
by dodgy Prime Minister Berlusconi (whos currently facing
corruption charges) which will ensure that the five most senior
members of the Italian government will be immune from prosecution
as long as they hold their posts.
- The Trials of Arthur by CJ Stone is a new
book all about the adventures of the new King Arthur Pendragon
at Stonhenge, Newbury and elsewhere. Published by Element Books.
- Next Wednesday (25) George Monbiot will be appearing
at the Odeon in Brighton. The night includes a screening of Bowling
for Columbine. Tickets £5 from Borders, Churchill Square
- Keep up to date with the protests at the Greece EU Summit
taking place this weekend at www.thessaloniki.indymedia.org/
- Check out the new look UK indymedia website at its new
- Brightons Alliance of Sound Systems (BASS) are
holding their annual Solstice Burning of the Rigs this
Sunday (22) 7.30pm on Brighton Beach, just past the Concorde 2.
Followed by a party at the Concorde 2 at 10pm- 2am £3
- Problems at work? Regular free, confidential advice on
pay, health & safety, redundancy, harassment or anything work-related.
Every Tuesday at the Cowley Club 5-7pm. www.iww.org.uk
- Brighton ISM in solidarity with the Palestinian people is campaigning
to force Caterpillar to withdraw from its involvement with
the Israeli army. Make potential customers aware of their profitable
involvement in ethnic cleansing at Hillhead 2003, the biggest
UK exhibition of earthmoving equipment. Transport from Brighton
on June 25th. Contact Chris on 07977 204334.
Keep up to date with whats happening with our Party and
Protest guide on the web. www.schnews.org.uk/pap/guide.htm
and submit your events. And heres some more useful resources...
Festival Eye. £3.50 (postal order/cheque to Festival
Eye) plus an A4 addressed envelope from BCM 2002, London, WC1N 3XX.
Free Parties happen up and down the country despite the best
efforts of the authorities. Track them down at www.headfuk.org
www.guilfin.net and http://bass23.org
World Turned Over
The World Trade Organisation (WTO SchNEWS 240 / 327) is
gearing up for its next ministerial meeting, taking place in Cancun,
Mexico from September 10th - 14th, and SchNEWS predicts massive
protests along the lines of those seen in Seattle in 1999. To keep
up to date with developments leading up to Cancun, check out www.investmentwatch.org
Or read WDMs report www.wdm.org.uk
and this months Ecologist
The Sambhavna Trust is planting an organic Ayurvedic herbal medicine
garden at its new clinic in Bhopal the place where thousands
were killed by poisonous gas from a nearby chemical factory 19 years
ago. The garden project will produce the fresh herbs needed to make
Ayurvedic medicines dispensed by the clinic, train people in organic
gardening techniques, educate community members about growing and
using medicinal herbs, and demonstrate a home-grown alternative
to expensive, often harmful drug-store variety health care. They
are keen to make contact with organic seed suppliers in India and
could definitely do with a hand. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
and take a look at www.bhopal.org
Alcoa, the US-owned transnational aluminium giant has got the go-ahead
from the Conservative Icelandic government to trash one of Europes
largest remaining areas of natural wilderness. The profit hungry
vandals will flood large swathes of the Icelandic highlands
currently a centre of eco-tourism with loads of fantastic waterfalls,
glaciers, geothermal springs, unique plants and animals to
build a massive dam to provide electricity for the giant aluminium
smelter they intend to build smack bang in the middle of one of
the countrys most beautiful fjords.
Icelanders are totally baffled as to why their government ignored
the advice of their own planning agency - which rejected Alcoas
plans out of hand on ecological grounds - and the desperate protests
of national and international environmental campaigners, just to
line the pockets of corporate fat cats from another planet.
Preliminary work has already begun but Icelandic campaigners say
its still not too late to join in the direct action protests.
Its really important for people who are imprisoned for acts
of resistance to be kept informed about whats happening on
the outside. It can be scary writing to somebody you dont
know, but a short letter and a magazine can do a lot to cheer up
an otherwise dull day.
In March this year Trident Ploughshares peace activist Ulla Roder
was arrested and charged with causing £25 million of damage
to a tornado plane at RAF Leuchars, Scotland. Tornados from the
base were involved in the bombing of Iraq. She has been on remand
ever since. Her trial was due to start on the 30th June but has
now been adjourned until at least the end of July. Letters of support
can be sent to her · Ulla Roder, HMP Cornton Vale, Cornton
Road, Stiling, FK9 5NY www.free-ulla.org/
In February this year 5 Pitstop Ploughshares Activists disarmed
a US Warplane docked at Shannon Airport, Ireland. Theyre are
appearing in court on 24th June (see party&protest).
For a full list of people serving time for their beliefs and whod
appreciate support see www.brightonabc.org.uk/
An anti-war protester has been fined £170 in Bosnia for decorating
a statue of Jesus with three multi-coloured condoms and a plate
inscribed Peace. Fedja Stukan placed the condoms over
three fingers on the Sarajevo statues right hand and was astonished
when he was arrested and fined. The judge at the Sarajevo court
said his protest had deeply offended the countrys Catholic
Church but Stukan says he stands by his message: Make love
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