A recently leaked report assessing the GM farm scale crop trials
revealed more surprising good news for anti-GM campaigners - it
showed that two out of the three varieties under trial caused significantly
more damage to the environment than conventional crops. The full
report is due out on the 16th October and it seems likely to be
a bumper harvest of anti-GM facts. This follows two other reports
commissioned by the government, which were critical of GM
showing there was no economic necessity for them and highlighting
the potentially dangerous environmental effects. Combined with the
public rejection of GM this is causing pro-GM Tony Blair, if not
to reverse his policy, then at least to consider slowing down.
However Tony maybe able to avoid making himself even more unpopular
if new EU and international trade laws make the banning of GM crops
by any country illegal. In Europe theres currently a moratorium
on new GM crops being grown, but this is due to end, and the European
Commission recently ruled that no country or region can rule itself
GM free. This has all come following intense pressure from the US,
who are taking the EU to the World Trade Organisation courts saying
the moratorium and even labelling food as GM is a barrier to trade.
Europes caution has already cost the American biotech companies
an estimated $30 billion. So if the US gets its way you might never
know if youre eating GM foods.
The so-called free market may well force GM crops into the fields
and down our throats. To stop this well have to take to the
fields for a bit of decontamination gardening and targeting the
companies producing the unwanted GM products. Time to have a field
* Take up the Green Gloves Pledge to decontaminate GM crops:
write to Green Gloves, 16B Cherwell Street, Oxford, OX4 1BG.
* For more on the campaign against Bayer see www.stopbayergm.org
or phone 07092 036576
* Publicity day against Bayer - October 11th.
* Electronic Blockade of Bayer - October 13th - contact
Bayer to tell them what you think of GM food, phone: 01223 870312,
fax: 01223 872142 or email: email@example.com
* Big Noise Demo. 13th November from 10am outside Bayers
Newbury office, Strawberry Hill, Newbury. Bring whistles, horns,
drums, etc. For transport details contact the Stop Bayer campaign.
Tickets for transport from Brighton (£5) from The Cowley Club,
London Road. Transport from Leeds email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Tractors and Trolleys against GM in London, October 13th.
Demo against GM crops drive a tractor or push a trolley through
the streets of London. Info: 0808 800 1111 www.tractorandtrolley.com
* Dont Worry It Is Safe to Eat - the True Story
of GM food, BSE and Foot and Mouth talk by the author Andrew
Rowell Sat 1st Nov, 11am, at the Cafe Diplo, French Institute
17, Queensberry Place, SW7 London. Booking in advance helps the
organizers £2 non-members/£1 members 0709 234 8726 email@example.com
* Corporate Watch have detailed briefings on the three companies
involved in GM crops: Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta - www.corporatewatch.org.uk/genetics/genetics.htm
* To read the results of the GM Nation debate see www.gmpublicdebate.org.uk
Brazil has recently allowed the commercial growing of GM crops.
However this is limited to one year and will be limited only to
the southern province of Rio Grande do Sul. The farmers will have
to sign a document making them responsible for any damage to health
or the environment.
Meanwhile three weeks ago while the WTO were meeting in Cancun,
Mexico, farmers in India trashed a Monsanto research station in
Bangalore. Monsanto India said One greenhouse was destroyed.
We lost valuable plants and are seriously concerned. SchNEWS
reckons Monsanto Brazil are gonna have to make a similar statement
sometime in the near future.
Crap Arrest Of The Week
For going to a festie...
The chairmen of a pro-Kurdish party in Turkey and a popular rock
singer were nicked for attending a controversial Kurdish festival
held earlier this month in Germany. Controversial cos the
festie was apparently organised by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK),
a Kurdish separatist rebel group. The prosecution is investigating
whether singers and politicians who attended the festie were aiding
an illegal organisation, an offence which can carry a seven-year
jail sentence. SchNEWS reckons the prosecutions barking up
the wrong tree they should be chasing after the UK capitalist
rebel groups like Mean Fiddler, a legal organisation guilty of organising
soulless, money-spinning festivals.
Its been a busy week for corporations and lobby groups whove
been sponsoring fringe events, holding receptions and setting up
exhibition stalls at the Neo Labour Party Conference hoping to get
special favours from the government.
Friends of the Earth, fed up with all this corporate brown-nosing,
have for the second year running dished out the Exposed Awards,
highlighting the most environmentally and socially damaging of those
on parade in Bournemouth.
Worthy winners the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) won
the award for being extremely backward in its approach to
regulation, regularly lobbying against measures to protect the environment
(e.g. the Climate Change Levy) or to give people more rights.
Shortly behind in second place was weapons manufacturer BAE Systems,
a master of greenwash, having run a massive advertising
campaign describing itself as a global systems company
which provides protection from the storm, but
which in reality is the worlds second largest arms producer
and manufactures many of the missiles (containing depleted uranium)
that rain down upon the victims of war... BAE has benefited from
the war in Iraq but has also been the subject of widely reported
allegations of corruption over arms deals with Saudi Arabia.
In third place was supermarket giant Tesco. Tesco held a fringe
debate at the Conference Promising the Earth? Food, Farming
and Rural Communities. Tesco has amongst other things been
busy shafting farmers and helping to close local shops (Tesco now
account for 12% of all sales in the UK) while making worthless
promises in glossy brochures.
Other highlights include Nestle sponsoring a fringe meeting by
the Foreign Policy Centre. Nestles foreign policy
is one that pushes its powdered baby milk products over breast milk
in poor countries where everyday 4,000 babies die from unsafe bottle
Barclays Bank spoke at a Social Market Foundation fringe meeting
on whether Labour can bridge the inequality gap. Not
when two of their greedy bastard directors take home over £1.6
million a year.
Not to be outdone the Mobile Operators Association sponsored
a Social Market Foundation fringe meeting on how planning decisions
can be speeded up. This lobby group is made up of the big five mobile
phone companies who are obviously keen to get mobile phone masts
plastered all over the country quick sharp and are fed up with local
residents trying to stop them.
* Copies of Exposed: Big Business in Bournemouth from
Friends of the Earth 0808 800 1111 www.foe.co.uk
* More on Labour Party conference sponsorship in the latest Private
SON OF A BEECH
Bellway, the property developers revving up their chainsaws so
they can Friar Tuck up the ancient Sherwood Forest in order to build
270 poor quality homes, have been given the go-ahead by the Sheriff
of Nottingham to evict the merry protesters living in the beech
tree at the centre of the controversy (SchNEWS 415). The 60ft, 300
year old tree is situated on a piece of green that has been used
by local residents as a recreation area for over 40 years. With
massive local support protestors are preparing an application for
village green status, their only remaining option to protect the
site. More merry men and women are urgently needed to stay on the
site and stop the developers robbin woods from locals. 0789
016 5727 http://mysite.freeserve.com/sherwood_camp
* Day trip every Monday to help at the camp. Meet 8am Sumac Centre,
245 Gladstone St., Nottingham
Force Of Will
Disgusted by their countrys murderous occupation of the Palestinian
territories, 27 Israeli air force fighter pilots have signed a letter
refusing to participate in operations against civilian targets.
This brings the number of refusers in Israels armed and air
forces to 1148.
Desperate to stem a rising refusenik tide, the Israeli authorities
have summoned nine of the pilots to disciplinary meetings. If the
pilots dont retract their statement, they will be dismissed
from serving in the air force. In reaction to a debate on the matter
held by the air forces Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee,
the pilots said that The very same committee that supports
an unethical policy that leads to the killings of innocent citizens
on both sides, is today attempting to preach morals to us.
Email the pilots letters of support: firstname.lastname@example.org
More info: www.refusersolidarity.net,
* Meanwhile, Yesh Gvul, an Israeli refuser organisation, has gone
to the Supreme Court, asking the authorities to launch a criminal
investigation into the deaths of 14 innocent civilians who died
when an Israeli plane dropped a one-ton bomb on a residential district
in Gaza, with the aim of killing senior Hamas leader Salah Shehadeh.
* GI Special is a weekly resistance round up about opposition to
the military by soldiers serving mostly in Iraq but also elsewhere
in the world. www.notinourname.net/troops
Z communications consists of a monthly magazine called Z Mag, published
since 1988 and crammed full of critical thinking on political,
cultural, social, and economic life in the US, and (SchNEWS
favourite) Z Net, a deliciously detailed website updated daily with
articles from every continent, covering everything from terror and
war to alternatives to capitalism.
Now theyre proposing a daily subscription-only on-line paper
with up to 20 essays a day to choose from. However, they need to
know if people would be willing to financially support it. To check
out the site and the online poll go to www.zmag.org
SchNEWS in Brief
- Get along to the Rio Cinema in Hackney this Saturday (4) to
see the Pete Shaughnessy film With endless love.
Film starts 11pm at 107 Kingsland High Street, Hackney E8, its
£7 and also showing is a film about schizophrenia, Some
voices. Side Cinema in Newcastle are also showing Petes
film on 28th October www.SideCinema.com
Mad Pride Pete tragically killed himself late last
year. For more on the man www.peteshaughnessy.org.uk
For copies of the video: www.madpride.org.uk
- Hastings anti-war activists are hosting a conference: Waging
War - Making Peace, Saturday Oct 18th at the White Rock Theatre
on the seafront (free/donation). Also a fundraising funk/ska/soul
gig at the Carlisle Pub, Hastings, this Sunday (5) (£3/4).
- We Interrupt This Empire - a hard hitting anti-war video
from the USA is being shown at the Downview, opposite West Worthing
station, next Tuesday (7) 7.45pm.
- Palestinian HipHop band DAM will be touring the UK over
the next couple of weeks with gigs at the Scala, London (9) Malcolm
X Centre, Bristol (10) The Drum, Birmingham (12) Bluecoat Arts
Centre, Liverpool (14), Brighton Gloucester (15) Fibbers Club,
York (16) and Mechanics Theatre, Burnley (18). For more details
on the tour 07919 134144, email@example.com
On the night of the 15th of September five raids occurred in Barcelona;
six anarchists were arrested; one has since been released. Charges
include sending a book-bomb, urban terrorism, planning two assassinations,
illegal possession of firearms, arson attacks and belonging to a
terrorist group. They allegedly took part in a campaign of
urban attacks in Barcelona in March. The infamously
violent and corrupt Guardia Civil claims to have found a revolver,
a gun, different chemical materials, timer devices and two manuals
for the production of explosives.
The investigation, which is still officially open, concerns connections
with two Italian anarchists already in prison in Spain and with
groups active in other European countries apparently illegal?!
Theyre also being charged with the unexploded letter bomb
which was sent to the Greek embassy in Madrid to protest the arrests
in Thessaloniki. The five now find themselves isolated without the
possibility of communication either with their lawyers or with their
families. They are being treated under Spains licence
to torture anti-terrorist laws, which recently saw the editor
of the Basque magazine Egunkaria tortured while in custody.
This is part of an ongoing campaign against anarchist groups in
Spain which started almost a year ago with the arrest of 4 people
in Valencia, followed by four more 10 months later. Repression also
hit Barcelona with 4 arrests in February of this year and one in
the same operation in Almeria. The mass media and government fuel
public hysteria with trumped up stories of connections to ETA or
Al Qaeda, misinformation and smear campaigns. Police figures have
been quoted without questioning and the detained have also had their
photos, names and addresses released, against the privacy codes
which protect those awaiting trial.
For more information, names, addresses, and contact details check
There are also bank account details for an urgent appeal for money
to pay bail and legal costs.
* Kastro Dakduk, a Syrian living in Greece, was one of several
people beaten up and arrested under false charges at protests against
the EU conference in Thessaloiki, Greece in June (see SchNEWS 413).
Currently on remand in Greece and faces a long prison sentence.
The Greek authorities plan to deport him back to Syria. If deported,
Kastros life would be in danger as he fled Syria to escape
persecution for his political beliefs. Fighting for his life, Kastro
has now gone on hunger strike. For updated information please email:
Please write letters of support to: Kratoumeno Kastro Dakduk, Dikastikes
Flylakes Diavation, T.K. 540 12, Thessaloniki GREECE [Be sure to
include a return address on the back of the envelope]
Ever thought that prisons a drag? Thats what Brazilian
prisoner, Moacir Pacagnan, reckoned when he attempted to escape
from the bland concrete of a Sao Paulo prison wearing a wig, fake
breasts, high heels and drowned in mascara. The pretty prisoner
wouldve waltzed to freedom had it not been for the fact that
he couldnt manage the breasts and the heels. According to
a prison spokesman he looked like a beautiful woman
but walked like a duck. So the dolled-up jailbird got
dragged back to his cage.
SchNEWS warns all readers not to send Bayer round the bend with
prank calls asking them to modify their position. Honest!
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