This Time Last Year
8th August, 2003
MAI EYE! Corporate and governmental fat cats line up for another
farcical round of trade talks that are apparently supposed to level
the trading field. Plus the Israeli "security wall" and an
activist web site host jailed (eek!)
416, 25th July, 2003
I'M AN AMERICAN, GET ME OUT OF HERE! US troops
queue to get out of Iraq while US corporations queue to get in... Plus
Chechenya, Organic school dinners, Coca-killer and more...
415, 18th July, 2003
VISION CHIPS Real Freak Horrorshow Big Brother has landed. Plus,
Sherwood Forest, Simon Shaw, Lockheed Martin and more...
414, 11th July, 2003
GAM SHOW Massacre in Aceh, (Indonesia again pummels state wanting
independence with British arms). Plus, Victory for Arundel, rest of
country not so lucky..
413, 4th July, 2003
POVERTY EXPRESS Multinational biotech companies, with full backing
from Bush and his cronies, try to save the world by shoving GM leftovers
down the throats of the worlds poor.
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...
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2003 | Issue 418
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THIRST FOR PROFIT
"Their cup runneth over"
How do you feel about your public services? Would you
like them to stay public? Or would you prefer it if they were forcibly
prised open to foreign corporate competition by way of a new international
law? All in the name of trade, of course. - Paul Kingsnorth,
Modalities. Appellate bodies. Singapore issues. Single undertakings.
Come again? Welcome to the dictionary of the World Trade Organisation
(WTO) whove been busy inventing their own language to bore
us all into submission and pull the wool over our eyes so we just
dont see their plans for the corporate carve up of the planet.
Last weekend nearly 200,000 people in France saw through this fog
of language and took part in a weekend rally against the WTO, whose
fifth ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico is less than a month
For the past few years, the WTO have been trying to expand its
snappily titled General Agreement on Trades in Services (or GATS
see SchNEWS 286), whose privatise everything!
small print is a wet dream for corporations. The EU is using GATS
to target everything from public healthcare, welfare, water, energy
and transport networks in the developing world as its new golden
goose. Its 109 requests for developing countries was
a strictly classified document that got leaked onto the web. But
why do they want to keep it a secret?
One of those requests from the EU is that 72 developing countries
make commitments to open up their water supplies to competition.
The effects of this would be disastrous for the worlds poor.
Take Brazil for example. In Porto Allegre, the local water company
DMAE is publicly owned, and financially independent from state control
thanks to water bills paid by the 1.4 million city inhabitants.
All profits are re-invested in the water supply, and through public
meetings, everyone can have their say in what they think should
be priority. This participatory model has been a massive success.
99.5% of the citys population now have access to clean water
- the highest rate in Brazil. Overall consumption has gone down
while the water rates are some of the lowest in the country. But
under GATS if the Brazilian government imposed legal requirements
for all water companies to act like DMAE it would be a barrier
to trade and illegal.
In the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, a proposed privatisation was
strongly opposed by the water workers union, so the Dhaka
Water Authority contracted out one zone to the union, while another
zone was given to a private water company for a years trial.
The union co-operatives results were so much better that they
won the contract. Many more people now have access to running water
and there has been a sizable reduction in water losses. But should
the Government of Bangladesh give in to the EUs request then
if any of their policies tried to expand the cooperative model they
would likely to be in violation of GATS rules.
The city of Santa Cruz in Bolivia boasts one of the best-run water
companies in Latin America and the only not-for-profit co-op in
the world responsible for water supply and sanitation in a major
urban centre. The EU is requesting that Bolivia put its water supplies
under GATS rules. Should they agree then the promotion and implementation
of these alternative models elsewhere in Bolivia would be illegal.
In Panama strikes and demonstrations in 1998 forced the then president
to back down on plans to privatise the national water company and
in Trinidad the UK water company Severn Trent, were kicked out of
the country after 5 years after theyd put prices up while
providing a worsening service.
The Bolivian mountain city of Cochabamba was also the setting for
an epic struggle for control of the water supply in early 2000.
Thousands protested at the sell-off of the citys water system
to the US multinational Bechtel, who raised water bills by up to
300 per cent and required people to get a permit to collect rainwater
in rooftop tanks. Eventually massive protests drove the corporation
out and led to the water system being taken back into public ownership
an unprecedented reversal of a major privatisation.
So what would happen now if the Bolivian government decides to
open up all its water services to corporate competition? Well the
WTO has learnt that whenever governments try to sell off essential
services they have faced mass protests. So theyve come up
with the GATS trump card - that once a service has been liberalised
(thats WTO talk for privatisation) theres no going back.
As the WTO website once put it, GATS helps to overcome domestic
resistance to change. Which means even if there is massive
protests or a government wants to take back control from a failing
private company, it wont be able to unless it is ready to
face the trade sanction consequences.
Clare Joy from the World Development Movement says The record
of water liberalisation and privatisation around the world has been
a disaster. Many developing countries and impoverished communities
have rejected the idea of providing water for profit yet the European
members of the G8 are pushing them into a trade agreement, lobbied
for by business and negotiated in secret, that will lock in liberalisation
regardless of the cost to the poor and vulnerable.
Or as Paul Kingsnorth puts it This is the story of Cancun
the story of a continuing power grab by private corporations
operating under the fig leaf of the World Trade Organisation; a
global colonisation of pretty much everything by profit-seeking
private interests. And this is the key thing to grasp: this is not
about trade at all; its about power and who gets
it. Governments or corporations? Ordinary people or profiteers?
The answers to those questions will affect all of our lives.
Time we started reminding them of the language of the street protest.
* Join the protests to derail the talks www.nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/agp/free/cancun
* Decode the gobbledegook the World Development Movement
has loads of excellent resources on GATS 020 72747630 www.wdm.org.uk
Why is the European Union so keen to get its hands on other
countries water supplies? Well 70% of the worlds private
water supplies are owned by just two French companies Vivendi
and Suez. The third largest is Thames Water, now part of German
utilities conglomerate RWE.
Crap Arrest of the Week
For wearing a badge.
A passenger was ejected from a British airways flight from America
to London for wearing a button saying Suspected Terrorist.
His partner was chucked off too because she was associated
with him. John Gilmore was asked to remove his button but refused,
saying it was a political statement. The captain told him this was
a federal crime and the two were chucked off. They were met by a
BA official who said that passengers and crew are nervous about
terrorism and that mentioning it bothers them. Asked whether he
would be allowed to fly if he wore other buttons, perhaps one saying
Hooray for Tony Blair, the official reckoned that that
would be okay. www.statewatch.org/news
OIL THAID UP
For 3 years a beach at Lan Hoi Saip in Southern Thailand has been
occupied by local residents in opposition to the Thai- Malaysian
gasline project. The pipeline which runs 366km from the Gulf of
Thailand to Kedah State in Malaysia is due to pass near to the beach
and a gas separation plant is also due to be built nearby. Local
opposition has already forced the Thai Prime Minister to announce
a rerouting of the pipeline. But the protesters are vowing to fight
on as one protester said Its not really the gas pipeline
or the plant that the government plans to build here that we are
talking about, but the issue of local autonomy. This is part of
a development plan that the state plans to implement in the south
of Thailand and it contradicts the will of most people here. The
state has failed the people already in eastern Thailand. Development
there came with the construction of massive industrial estates.
The result was people cant even live there. Schools had to
move because of chemical fumes and no one can eat the fish anymore
The occupation of the beach has already caused serious delay to
the pipeline, so much so that the Malaysian government are now threatening
to build it on their own and use all the gas themselves. With the
pressure mounting on the Thai Government the protesters have been
subjected to increased levels of repression. In December last year
police attacked a demonstration in the nearby town of Hat Yai, 30
protesters and 15 police officers were injured. Since then several
protesters have been arrested on trumped up charges. Now over 400
police have been drafted in to make sure that construction work
on the project can begin. A police encampment has now been set up
a few hundred yards from the Lan Hoi Saip encampment.
Thai activists are calling for international support. Contact the
Thai Prime minister and ask him to stop the repression and give
people the right to protest. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
More info www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/EF24Ae02.html
The Talamh Life Centre in South Lanarkshire aims to build solutions
to the social and environmental problems our society faces, by raising
awareness that they are fundamentally linked. Set in a 50-acre site,
the Centre was opened in 2000 with the intention of creating an
educational resource, running courses in permaculture, managing
wildlife and developing organic gardens and renewable energy. It
also provides employment and a housing co-operative.
TLC provides a venue for events and workshops, and works co-operatively
on a number of exciting projects each year with the local community,
volunteers and various voluntary organisations. People of all backgrounds
are welcome to come and learn, gain valuable work experience, and
exchange and discover new skills in a relaxed environment. Or simply
sit back and enjoy the natural environment. No previous experience
is necessary, and all contributions are welcomed.
They have an open day on the 30 August, from 11am-4pm at Lintfieldbank
Hall (next to Talamh Life Centre), with guided walks, info, composting
and gardening demo, herb walk and talk, creative writing and story
telling. 01555 820880 or have a look at their web site www.talamhlifecentre.org.uk
SchNEWS in Brief
- This Saturday (16) its Coca Karma, an anti Coca
Cola Benefit with a live Algerian band, Egyptian belly dancing
with a Japanese twist, DJs, Cafe/Bar. 10pm-7am, Eton Mission
Social Club, 91 Eastway, Hackney Wick, London. £3. Coca
Cola is responsible for the killings of union leaders in their
bottling plants in Colombia where workers have called for a boycott
of the drink and other associated products. Coca Colas misuse
of water and HFCs (global warming compounds) is causing environmental
havoc across the globe. (see SchNEWS 416) www.killercoke.org
or www.cokewatch.org 020-89867966
- About 300 people at the noborder camp in Cologne were
arrested by German police on Saturday 9th. About 30 people were
injured when batons were drawn and teargas was fired at protesters
preparing for an anti-racist demonstration against a neo-nazi
march. As it was a pro-freedom of movement camp, refugees and
immigrants without papers were among those arrested. Solidarity
actions have erupted all over Germany and a day of action has
been called in Cologne for the 16th. See: www.noborder.org
- Info night on Roma and Nomadic People looking at the
plight of the 700 Medjitlija Roma on the Greek border and the
struggles of travellers in England and across fortress Europe.
7-11pm, 28th August, 2-4 Sutton Street, Whitechapel, London. 07956601849
- Benefit party for Rising Tide, the climate change campaigners,
with Sierra Leonean, Jewish and Gypsy music and DJs mixing
global beats plus Green Gold, a new film about a South
African woman with a hazardous dumpsite in her doorstep. Its
at The Spitz, 109 Commercial street (Liverpool St tube) 21st August,
7pm-12pm £10/£7. 01865 727911 www.risingtide.nl
- The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that Shearer
Lumber Products, one of the main employers in a small community,
was within its rights to fire 22-year Michael Edmonson. Michaels
crime was to go to meetings opposing a logging project being proposed
by Shearer. He did not speak up at the meeting or express opinions
to his fellow employees, but was fired anyway. Now what was that
about the right to free speech?
- Why Dont You?, the new direct action
campaigning group for Tyneside, are holding a friendly competition
for the best actions to get a message across. Contact email@example.com
- Since the end of the Iraqi war over 1000 Iraqi children have
been killed or injured by unexploded cluster bombs. This Sunday
(17) Children Against the War are staging an anti-cluster
bomb protest in Whitehall. Meet noon in Parliament Square to march
on Downing Street. Oldies are welcome too. Info 0845 4582564
- Yesterday four people staged a rooftop protest at Smiths Aerospace
in the West Midlands, the protest is a part of the buildup
to the Disarm DSEi protests against Europes biggest
arms fair (6th-12th September). They were all later arrested under
Section 241 of the Trades Union and Labour Relations Act which
was introduced to stop people intimidating strike breakers! There
are many more protests and gatherings planned in the run-up to
DSEi. See www.dsei.org www.destroydsei.org
- SchNEWS needs someone to sort out our town distribution
every Friday for a couple of hours. Please get in touch with the
Richard Campbell is serving a sentence for hostage taking. He told
SchNEWS whilst defending my squat from the governments attempts
to make me homeless and destitute I effectively held on to a policeman
barring his escape from the building. I have no family and no one
to write to so any support whilst I am in here would be appreciated.
Write to Richard Campbell DE8059, HMP Wolds, Everthorpe, Brough,
Hall of Infamy
On June 21st Kevin White, a campaigner for Save the Newchurch
Guinea Pigs, was arrested within one minute of leaving his car for
attempting to join a demonstration at Branston Golf Club in Staffordshire.
He was arrested on three charges, including causing intentional
harassment and distress to the police officer that was pinning him
to the ground, and failure to leave (spot the contradiction). As
a result, Kevin is probably the first animal rights protester in
the UK to be served with an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBOS
- see SchNEWS 209).
ASBOs can be served on anyone over the age of 10 and were introduced
in 1999 primarily to deal with neighbours from hell
and nuisance youths on housing estates. But the guidelines for its
use include such distressing activities as graffiti and under-age
smoking and drinking. Not only can an ASBO be served without the
recipient being present to defend their case, but also hearsay evidence
is permitted and is often the only evidence presented in proceedings.
In Kevin Whites case, written harassment warnings for attending
protests outside farm workers houses have been used against him.
When he took a small claim to the county court objecting against
restrictions on his lawful right to protest, the case was thrown
out, he was told he would be liable for court costs, and the fact
that he had the bare-faced cheek to make the claim in the first
place was included in the decision to serve an ASBO on him! Kevin
says that in the likely event that he is found guilty of any of
the three charges made on June 21st, his ASBO will come into force,
restricting his activities for a period of 2-5 years and potentially
banning him from the whole of Staffordshire.
The demonstration at Branston was intended to pressurise the club
to dissolve the membership of John Hall of Newchurch Guinea Pig
Farm. Newchurch Farm in Staffordshire breeds guinea pigs and sells
them on to vivisection laboratories across the country. The multi-millionaire
Hall family have run the farm for over 30 years and keep around
10,000 guinea pigs in filthy, overcrowded conditions where death
from disease is common. The mothers often become so distressed that
they eat their young, and when breeding stock animals become inefficient
they have their necks broken by animal-loving staff. If the guinea
pigs are unlucky enough to stay alive at the farm, they are sent
off to labs for poisoning, mutilation and torture and the final
humiliation of keeping the Hall family in luxury. Meanwhile, bail
conditions prevent Kevin from coming within 4 miles of the farm,
so protests have been set up at that point on the road leading to
Save The Newchurch Guinea Pigs (SNGP) have been campaigning since
1999 for the closure of the farm, raising public awareness in the
area with regular demonstrations, rallies and marches.
SNGP 01902 564734 www.communigate.co.uk/worcs/rar/page5.phtml
* John Hall has since resigned his membership at Branston Golf
Club following an Animal Liberation Front action in which 9 greens
were damaged and spray-painted.
Traffic wardens are a zealous bunch and they even hound you after
youre dead! In Australia a sharp-eyed warden slapped a parking
ticket on a car parked illegally with what he believed was a very
drunk man asleep in his car. The warden has now been sent for an
eye test by his employer because he failed to notice that the man
in the car was in fact dead, and had been for some time. The council
has been forced to apologise to the mans family but failed
to say whether they need to pay the fine.
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