This Time Last Year
432, 28th November, 2003
MIAMI VICE FTAA demonstrators enjoy George Bush's "freedom
to protest" amidst a carnival atmosphere of tear gas, rubber bullets,
water cannons and worse. Also - Thessaloniki hunger strikers released,
animal vivisection in Cambridge, ESF reports, and more...
431, 14th November, 2003
CARD SHARKS Blunkett announces the introduction of ID cards by
the back door despite them being massively unpopular and technologically
unfeasible. Thessaloniki Hunger Strikers In Critical Condition. Bush
bashing plans, Urgent, Bar End protest camp update, European underground
art and more.
430, 7th November, 2003
POSTIE MORTEM Executives pushing to "modernise" Royal
Mail beaten by wildcat strikes, showing that despite betrayal by union
bosses, workers are still prepared to fight back.
429, 31st October, 2003
SIAM OLD STORY George W Bush takes a break from Disneyland to
visit Thailand and the Philippines, neo-liberal "paradises".
The locals welcome him with less than open arms.
428, 24th October, 2003
YOBSMACKED! In Manchester residents are beginning to take community
policing into their own hands after the official methods prove useless.
427, 17th October, 2003
IN LOZADA TROUBLE Tens of thousands flood the streets, set up
burning barricades and hurl dynamite at a murderous military as Bolivia
teeters on the brink of full-blown revolution.
426, 10th October, 2003
MUSICAL SHARES The music industry complains about falling sales,
blaming it on the punters. Their links with the arms industry should
keep their profits up though...
425, 3rd October, 2003
GM CONTAMI-NATION GM debate results come through load and clear
- "We don't want it!". GM companies and anti-gm activists
424, 27th September, 2003
CORPORATE PUNISHMENT Jarvis get a very poor report card for work
on privatised schools but are still laughing all the way to the bank.
423, 19th September, 2003
FLUSHED DOWN THE CAN-CUN Talks at fifth ministerial WTO talks
collapse as thousands pull down the fences outside.
422, 12th September, 2003
ARMLESS FUN Despite massive police operation DSEi arms fair attracts
a grand string of actions, dinghies block warships etc.
421, 5th September, 2003
MoD'S 'N' WRECKERS DSEi arms fair looms, a cool £1m is
being spent to keep us out. Isn't it us who should be afraid?
420, 29th August, 2003
AGRI-VULTURES WTO's ministerial meeting in Cancun - the world's
fat cats sustain environment-destroying, corporate agriculture.
419, 22nd August, 2003
SHELTER SKELTER Yarl's Wood trial comes to an end with Group
4 coming out as a laughing stock.
418, 15th August, 2003
THIRST FOR PROFIT The WTO's "privatise everything"
plan rumbles forward towards Cancun and a water supply near you...
417, 8th August, 2003
MAI EYE! Corporate and governmental fat cats line up for another
farcical round of trade talks to 'level the trading field'.
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...
415, 18th July, 2003
VISION CHIPS Real Freak Horrorshow Big Brother has landed.
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...
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It looked like a popular, bloodless revolution on the
streets. Behind the scenes, it smells more like another victory
for the United States over Russia in the post-Cold War international
chess game. - Mark MacKinnon, journalist
While government ministers meet in Milan this week for more farting
about climate change, the pursuit of dwindling oil stocks continues
to map events across the globe. According to the snappily named
Association for the Study of Peak Oil - made up of such radicals
as former industry executives, geologists and statisticians - oil
is running out and reserves have started to decline. No news there
then. And none of this bothers the oil junkies. While the US has
less than 2 per cent of world crude-oil reserves, it gobbles up
a quarter of the worlds supplies. Without imports, it would
run out of its own reserves in just three years. Britains
total oil reserves are enough to satisfy our cravings for a mere
seven and a half years.
US Professor of Peace and Security studies, Michael Klare, predicts
the emergence of a new geography, Attracting the greatest
interest will be places that harbour particularly abundant supplies
of vital materials. The Persian Gulf region, which includes
Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait possesses two-thirds of known
future oil reserves. The Caspian Sea Basin which includes the Central
Asian states of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
is next, with a fifth of the worlds total reserves, so theyre
the next target for the oil junkie West.
Of course SchNEWS now realises that the Iraq war was nothing to
do with oil - if Iraqs main export was parsnips we are sure
Britain and America would still have invaded out of a profound sense
of moral duty. A morality much in evidence in Americas response
to the recent velvet revolution in Georgia.
Last year Georgia, a country of five million was given $64 million
of US aid, making it the second biggest recipient of US aid per
capita after Israel. The reason? Georgia is in the frontline of
the war on terror. Russia says that its mountainous
Pankisi gorge is a hideout for Chechen rebels, while the US reckons
that amongst these fighters there might be as many as a dozen Al-Qaeda
members, which works out around over five million dollars a head!
Now it just so happens that for the last 10 years the US and Britain
have been investing in central Asian oilfields, but have been struggling
to find a way of getting the oil to the West without taking it through
Iran or Russia. Bingo! Just weeks ago the World Bank and European
Development Bank each approved a £300 million contribution
for BPs massive Baku-Ceyhan pipeline project, which will stretch
from the Caspian through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to the Mediterranean.
According to the director of the Liberty Institute in Georgia, western
oil money provided some of the finance behind the toppling of the
Shevardnadze regime. With 60 percent of its population living well
below the poverty level, the Georgian people had clearly had enough
of Shevardnadze. But he had also upset his western friends
by arguing that the Baku-Ceyhan pipelines could damage the countrys
ecology and, more importantly, by pursuing major energy deals with
Within weeks, President elect Bush sent senior adviser
Stephen Mann to Tbilisi with a warning: Georgia should not
do anything that undercuts the powerful promise of an East-West
energy corridor. When the energy deals with Russia went ahead
anyway, former U.S. secretary of state James Baker flew in and warned
the Georgian leader of the need for a free, fair parliamentary election.
The vote was rigged, the people rose, and in a bloodless coup Shevardnadze
became history. The new president Mikhail Saakashvili is a US-trained
lawyer who, according to Business Week, has been courting Washington
for some time with promises to block Shevardnadzes plan to
give Russian oil interests a foothold in the country.
Even if we forget the damage that oil is causing to our climate,
governments and oil companies always claim that new pipelines will
benefit the poor.
Just like in the Sudan. A recent report Sudan, Oil and Human
Rights shows that oil company executives turned a blind
eye to well-reported government attacks including aerial bombings
of hospitals, churches, relief operations and schools, so that the
opening up the oilfields might go ahead. While Sudanese government
oil revenues rose from zero in 1998 to almost 42 percent of GDP
in 2001, the biggest benefactor was the military who received 60
percent of the money.
The World Bank Group justified its $93 million commitment to the
Chad-Cameroon pipeline by claiming it would help reduce poverty.
But before a drop of oil had even flowed through the pipes the Chad
Government had blown an estimated $4.5 million of oil-related money
on arms to fight its civil war.
As Michael Renner, a journalist looking into conflict caused by
resource exploitation, points out: In case after case, an
array of burdens - ranging from the expropriation of land, disruption
of traditional ways, environmental devastation, and social maladies
- are shouldered by the local population.
Meanwhile the US has given the protection of pipeline routes (rather
than the protection of people) as a prime reason for its
war on terror. In its May 2002 report, the US Office of the
Co-ordinator for Counterterrorism has classified more than half
of the international terrorist attacks committed during 2001 as
being directed at a single pipeline in Colombia. In keeping with
this, the US military is redefining its role to include oil pipeline
security. US troops are now in Colombia training the army to provide
In September 2000 a bunch of neo-conservative nut cases issued
a report, the Project for the New American Century (see SchNEWS
387) stated: At no time in history has the international security
order been as conducive to American interests and ideals
challenge of this coming century is to preserve and enhance this
American peace. It advocated the need for the US to engage
in constabulary duties with a much larger military presence
across the globe. With many of those Dr. Strangelove wannabes now
in the Bush administration, their dreams are now the worlds nightmares.
The war on terror provides a handy smokescreen for America
to set up military bases across the world and help itself to the
worlds dwindling oil supplies.
Crap Stick-Up Of The Week
Stickers are really good. As propaganda they work well because
people see them for a long time.
But one particular sticker managed to stop a plane. An unidentified
man stuck one proclaiming War is Terrorism on a Bigger Budget
on the door of a 727 while boarding a flight from Atlanta to San
Francisco. After everybody had got on, a ground crew worker spotted
it and then all 162 people were made to get off again and get searched
once more. The plane finally left 4 hours later.
P.S. Dont get stuck up if you want any SchNEWS stickers.
Just send an SAE to the office.
Fancy working in India? The Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, Madhya
Pradesh are looking for volunteers to work in their centre, helping
local victims of the 1984 Union Carbide chemical leak help themselves.
This month is the 19th anniversary of the Hiroshima of the
chemical industry (see SchNEWS 238) and it continues to poison
people, with each monsoon washing more and more toxic chemicals
into the soil. In an effort to save a whopping $37 per day, managers
at the plant cut back on safety regulations and overfilled storage
tanks with the noxious MIC chemical - 500 times more dangerous than
cyanide. The inevitable initial leak killed up to 10,000 people,
with 130,000 still affected Cancer, monster births and
menstrual disorders are now rife in the area, for which Union Carbide
(now owned by Dow Chemicals) have never been held to account for.
In 1994, ten years after the leak, money raised in the UK was used
to fund a multi-purpose clinic on a 2 acre plot, ½ kilometre
from the now deserted chemical plant. Volunteers work with local
residents of Bhopal in providing herbal remedies, yoga and educational
programmes to those still affected by the chemical leaks. The Sambhavna
Clinic is in the process of expanding their operations, building
a new clinic which intends to be a model for holistic, integrated
health care, helping the community to help themselves. Anyone
is welcome as a volunteer, with people staying for a minimum of
two weeks, often integrating the work with a broader tour of India.
People with medical skills are in big demand at the centre. Work
is also needed on video documentation, solar electric system and
biological wastewater management. For those of us who like to remain
in soggy old Britain, the Pesticide Action Network (www.pan-uk.org,
020 7274 8895) needs help with raising funds and awareness. www.bhopal.net
Not every little country down south bends over backwards (or forwards)
to accommodate the Yankee oil dollar. Last year Costa Ricas
newly elected President Abel Pacheco promised new legislation banning
all future extraction of oil and coal and looks set to deliver on
this with politicians currently negotiating the text of an Environmental
Bill of Rights.
Pachecos decree was a direct result of 3 years well-organised,
non-stop protest and direct action by indigenous NGO, Anti-petroleum
Action who fight oil concessions to US and Canadian companies. Particularly
big in the loser stakes are Harken Energy, Texas-based friends of
Bush, who were hoping to stick their rigs in the Talamanca region
of southeastern Costa Rica: a pristine area resting between several
protected wilderness areas and home to endangered sea turtles.
The best case scenario is that this non-cooperation will spread
through the area and the signs are hopeful. In May this year Nicaraguan
activists in the Oilwatch network called for their government to
institute a moratorium on oil concessions. In June, Ecuadorian environmental
activists presented the new government of Lucio Gutierrez with a
proposed prohibition on expansion of the oil frontier.
In an environmentalists wet-dream of a presidential statement,
Pacheco announced that the ban was to protect his countrys
future: The true fuel and the true gold of the future will
be water and oxygen, our aquifers and our forests. Whatever
hes on can George have some please?
- Harken Energy has lodged a claim against the Costa Rican government
for $57 million over the cancellation of an oil exploration contract.
The compensation demanded is equivalent to more than three times
the Costa Rican GDP, and 11 times larger than the annual government
SchNEWS in Brief
- Discussion and skills-sharing event to re-launch Lancaster
Indymedia - Sun 14th, 2-6pm, The Basement, 78a Penny St.,
- What a surprise, the Indonesian government has been using British
made Hawk jets, Scorpion tanks and Saracen armoured vehicles to
repress dissent in the Aceh province, despite Indonesian
assurances that British equipment will not be used for offensive
or counter-insurgency purposes. These so-called assurances are
what the British government uses to justify sales of weapons to
oppressive regimes. http://tapol.gn.apc.org/pr030623.htm
- An electricity supply station in Bergamo, Italy near a Bayer
industrial site was attacked with a pipe bomb. A communiqué
published by local newspapers stated that the action was done
to stop the works inside the factory and as a direct attack against
the genetic engineering projects of Bayer Crop Science. www.bayerhazard.com
- The DHoppe protest camp in Belgium, despite being
evicted back in July has prevented the landfill being expanded.
The pressure from the camp forced the government to investigate
the landfill, which was found to be too large and was contaminating
the environment with chlorides, heavy metals and phenols. The
owner has 9 months to clean up the contamination or face legal
proceedings. More proof that direct action works.
- Milan Rai will be talking about his new book Regime
Unchanged: why the war on Iraq changed nothing Thurs 11th
6pm, Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton
- Keith McHenry, founder of the Food Not Bombs movement
will be speaking Weds 10th at the Forest Cafe, 2 Bristol Place,
- Also on Weds 10th Slough for Peace are hosting Giving
Globalisation the Thumbs down, the Labour Memorial Hall
Church St, MEP Dr. Lucas will be one of the speakers 8pm www.slough4peace.net
- Guantanamo Bay Demo: Sat 13th End injustice at Guantanamo
Bay. 1-4pm, opposite Downing Street, London. Campaign against
Criminalising Communities 020 7250 1315 www.cacc.org.uk
While the Mining Industry was having its annual back slapping award
ceremony at the Mines and Money Congress, anti-mines campaigners
handed out their own awards for making a big fat mess of our plant
rather than for making big fat wads of cash. Top prize of the Death
Roll Award went jointly to Jim-Bob Moffet and Robert Wilson
who are respective heads of the US company Freeport and the UK-based
company Rio Tinto. Under their leadership the companies have taken
the worlds richest mineral deposit at Grasberg from under
the feet of the indigenous people of West Papua, Indonesia. John
Rumbiak, a native Papuan human rights activist said: In the
three decades that Freeport has operated in Papua, the company has
single-handedly succeeded in establishing its own fiefdom. With
the assistance of the Indonesian armed forces, paid by Freeport
to safeguard its operations, the company decides who can enter the
area surrounding its mine and who cannot. Rio Tinto also won
the Goni Lozada Award For Unsustainable Development
(which is fitting considering its close relations with the Bolivian
ex-president after whom the award is named). The judges were shocked
that Rio Tinto, given its track record, was nominated for the Mines
and Money equivalent award for Sustainable Development.
Rio Tinto also shared the Emperors New Clothes Award
with Newmont and Placer Dome for its advocacy of Submarine Tailings
Disposal (dumping waste in the ocean!) in the Asia-Pacific region
despite the problems such dumping has caused elsewhere.
For more information Phone: (+44) 20 7700 6189 or see www.minesandcommunities.org
Democracy is alive and well in 21st Century Britain courtesy of
Thames Valley Police. Yep, you can demonstrate as long as you dont
mind being searched, shoved into the corner of a car park where
no one can see you, only allowed to protest for two hours and have
your numbers restricted. This is what happened at the tenth annual
protest against Campsfield asylum detention centre last Saturday.
Despite nine years of demonstrating outside the gates of Campsfield
with organisers cooperating with the cops, this year the police
decided to impose severe restrictions on the demo, under Section
14 of the Public Order Act. Many of the people demonstrating were
themselves asylum seekers who after fleeing persecution were very
frightened by what the police were doing. Apparently the restrictions
were the result of police intelligence, so had the police
uncovered a sinister plot? No, Group4 Security had told lies to
the police saying that detainees were upset by the fact that people
outside were vocally supporting them with drums, chants and loud
hailers. The police even had the audacity to cite the Human Rights
Act that detainees have the right not to be disturbed in detention!
This is despite people from the Campaign being told repeatedly by
detainees that they welcome outside support. The Close Campsield
Campaign are going to make complaints about the policing operation,
they are seeking reports and pictures of the demonstration. Contact
Bill on 01865 558145 or go to www.closecampsfield.org.uk
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