This Time Last Year
444, 5th March, 2004
MINER SURGERY SchNEWS looks back at the struggle between striking
miners and Thatcher's government. Also US involvement in Haiti, camp
updates, Bayer update, anti-terrorism case thrown out, and more...
443, 27th February, 2004
PENTA-GONER A Pentagon think-tank recently issued a report describing
climate change as an urgent "national security threat" - whilst
Bush and his cronies continue to try and deny it all. Also racist cops
cause trouble for Sydney aboriginals, Fortress Road Social Centre still
under threat of eviction, fairtrade and more...
442, 20th February, 2004
SHOP 'TIL THEY DROP Chinese cockle pickers died because they
are at the bottom of the food production chain. We look at how the big
supermarkets exploit imigrant workers and then everyone else. Also Bayer's
anti protest injunction, Thessaloniki arestees charged dropped and more..
441, 13th February, 2004
SPELLBOUND Road protest camps, the 'Harry Potter ruling' and
more... Also: alternative community centre, Birmingham Northern Relief
Road, direct action and shoddy journalism in Dublin, clampdown in Argentina,
440, 6th February, 2004
DUSTING DOWNER More on Depleted Uranium weapons in Iraq and the
movement against their usage and in aid of their victims. Also: forced
evictions in Chiapas, Mexico, Sydney Opera House "redecoration"
case, WHISC worldwide (the School of the Americas), camp updates, and
439, 30th January, 2004
PRIMATE CHANGE Cambridge University finally abandons controversial
plans for a primate vivisection lab. Also: Chelmsford travellers evicted,
Costain tree-felling, Trident sub trials, Old Kent Road Asda, and more...
438, 23rd January, 2004
BOMBAY MIX The fourth World Social Forum, held in Mumbai, India,
examines the real impact of Globalisation, and also offers an
international alliance to battle the multinationals. Also: crap
jobs, FSB harassment of Russian activists, Monsanto rapeseed case rapes
farmer's living, seed swap, free Vanunu campaign and more...
437, 16th January, 2004
FLAW AND DISORDER The proposed Civil Contingencies Bill, Neo-Labour
wet dream come true, would further erode civil rights in Britain. Also:
travellers fighting eviction in Coventry, Nine Ladies anti-quarry camp
in the Peak District, finger-printing Americans in Brazil, and more...
436, 9th January, 2004
UP THE INJUNCTION Bayer wins an injunction severely limiting
the rights of anti-GM protesters. SchNEWS takes a look at Bayer's legal
history. Also: "strategy of tension" steps up in Italy?, IDF
sniper arrested for murder of ISM volunteer, and all the usual...
435, 19th December, 2003
FUEL BE SORRY Bigger airports, failed Climate Change summit,
no plans for tax on flying, stinking carbon sinks and more all add up
to a bright future sun cream sales in Scotland. Shame about the 120,000
deaths a year. Also US repression of Iraqi trade unions, tidal electricity
and festive cheer...
434, 12th December, 2003
RIGHTS SAID FRED A run down of the human rights abuses metted
out/supported by President Bliar and Emperor Bush while Bliar spouts
off about "Freedom not tyranny. Democracy not dictatorship".
Also info on writing to prisoners, the media ignoring terrorist suspects
releases and more...
433, 5th December, 2003
FUEL'S GOLD With Western oil supplies shrinking and reserves
declining, the petrochemical junkies must look elsewhere for their fix
- and they've got qutie a few strategies for doing just that. Also -
Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, positive SchNEWS from Costa Rica, anti-awards
for mining companies, and more...
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...
12th March 2004 |
WAKE UP! IT'S YER FOOD FOR THOUGHT...
Maize of Lies | Cooking
the Books | Blinded by Science | Crap
Arrest of the Week | Feet
of Strength | Chance Meeting |
Dakar Rally | SchNEWS
In Brief | Inside SchNEWS | Bring
Out Your Dead | Positive SchNEWS
| SchNEWS At 10 Tour | ...and
MAIZE OF LIES
This week the Chardonnay drinking neo-Labour bureaucrats gave
the go-ahead for the commercialisation of the UKs first genetically
modified (GM) crop a fodder maize, with the snappy name Chardon
This new wonder-crop is coming to us from the test tubes of Bayer
CropScience (for more about one of our favourite companies check
out SchNEWS 436), and will supposedly only be fed to animals- who
luckily for Bayer cant say no! Despite massive opposition
to GM in this country this decision will give the biotech companies
their first Frankenstein foot in the door.
Bayer probably cant believe how easy its been to blind
the gullible Environment Minister Margaret Beckett with crap science.
To prove that GM maize didnt damage the environment, field
trials were carried out which compared GM maize to a crop grown
using a conventional growing system, which uses the pesticide Atrazine
- a pesticide which will be banned in the EU because its so
Some independent scientists think that these tests
are a justification for giving the go-ahead - Chris Lamb, Director
of the John Innes Centre, commented that the decision was based
on scientific evidence. Er, of an invalid field trial? But
of course his judgement wont be clouded by the massive funding
the John Innes Centre receives from the biotech companies and governments
biological research council whose aim is to help industry,
commerce and Government create wealth. Research was also carried
out into the effect on cattle wholl be fed the maize, but
the results were obviously so bad the report was never published.
The full details of conditions under which GM maize can be grown
wont be published until the summer. Until then it isnt
clear whether the GM crops will be separated from other crops, and
whether the government will be obliging enough to publish where
the crops will be grown. For the sake of the 3,000 people who have
signed the Green Gloves Pledge - to rip up GM crops when theyre
planted - lets hope they do.
But it wasnt all good news for the biotech industry this
week: The government rejected the commercialisation of GM beet and
oil seed rape (as a result of field scale trials which showed GM
varieties caused more damage to wildlife than conventional varieties).
Also Chardon LL T25 maize wont be grown this year, and will
have a license that will only run until October 2006 (the date when
Atrazine will be banned). So theyll have to hope the government
gives the green light again. The biggest blow to the pro-GM lobby
though, is the governments decision that those whove
developed and grown the GM seeds will have to accept all liabilities
for any contamination of conventional and organic crops, although
the biotech companies are none too happy with this. This may provide
a faint glimmer of hope that GM crops wont be coming to a
field near you soon.
Cooking the Books
In other parts of the world where GM crops have already been grown
commercially theres mounting proof of cross-contamination
of the environment. In the USA, two thirds of all crops grown are
now contaminated with GM genes, admittedly the amount of contamination
is usually less than 1%, but this still causes long term future
concerns. The US Biotechnology Industry Association is rather blasé
about all this saying they were not surprised by this report,
knowing that pollen travels and commodity grains might co-mingle
at various places. This has become one of the GM industry
tactics, hoping that once GM contamination is widespread the public
will just give in and drop its opposition.
Another tactic of the GM industry is to fund independent
research to present a respectable front. A $6 million research project
supposedly conducted by the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
into a virus-resistant GM sweet potato which would double yields,
was in fact paid for by the World Bank, USAID and Monsanto. The
corporate media in the US loved this story, and used it to attack
anti-GM campaigners. The only problem was that all the claims were
complete crap the sweet potato was susceptible to virus attack
and yields were already at the target level!
One of the biotech giants main claims, that GM reduces pesticide
application has also been proved to be blatant rubbish. According
to official records of the US Department of Agriculture the planting
of 55 million acres of genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybeans
and cotton in the US since 1996 has increased pesticide use by about
50 million pounds. This is not surprising, as the plants grown are
herbicide tolerant, tempting the farmer to chuck on a load more
herbicide the moment a weed appears. A similar situation
in China has occurred where pest resistant cotton cultivation has
resulted in pesticide usage going back up to 1999 levels.
Blinded by Science
But the battle over GM crops isnt just about single issues
like health or the environment, its much larger than that.
Its about a few major companies monopolizing the food chain.
It doesnt matter whether its Monsanto or Bayer who own
the technology, they arent really competing against each other,
the biggest threat to their commercial interest are the small seed
companies, the farmers and the general public. So theyve been
busy buying up smaller seed companies, bribing farmers with promises
of increased yields and just hoping those pesky protesters will
go away and the public becomes resigned to the fact GM is here to
Their last desperate attempt (after claims GM would benefit the
environment as well as feeding the world made everyone puke) to
get GM forced down peoples throats is to accuse anyone opposed
to GM food as being anti-science, even when their own science is
Many scientists have allowed themselves to become pawns used by
the government and biotech companies - afraid to speak out against
their paymasters for fear of being marginalised and having research
grants cut. If the power of the big bio-tech companies is limited
then science could become free of the shackles of corporate control
and dedicated to serving the public. The way this will happen is
for people to continue to reject GM food and the manipulation by
science of the food chain.
- Almost 3,000 people have signed up to rip up GM crops if they
are commercially planted: Green Gloves, 16B Cherwell Street, Oxford,
OX4 1BG. www.greengloves.org
- GM Watch has a list of people playing an active role in the
massive and deceptive push to promote GM foods. www.gmwatch.org
- For a comprehensive list of what foods are GM and what arent
Crap Arrest of the Week
For walking along the street.
A group of eight people were walking home from a show recently in
Vancouver Canada when all of a sudden they were attacked first by
one group of cops, before back up officers arrived on the scene
using batons and pepper spray. At the height of the frenzy there
were around 30 coppers and 15 cars, and the street was shut down
for two hours. Out of all this seven were held for 18 hours and
are now facing criminal charges for obstruction and assault on police
officers, while another was knocked unconscious and hospitalised.
Why? Could it be that all those nicked are well known anti-poverty
activists. One woman who was beaten is a nurse who opened North
Americas first safe injection site for drug users. When police
closed this site last year, activists re-opened it by grinding off
Feet of Strength
Remember the first march to Aldermaston? Never heard of the place
and wondering what the fuss about Aldermaston is? Well while people
were wondering where the Weapons of Mass Destruction were they forget
to check out Berkshire!
Way back in 1958 Britains nuclear weapons programme caused
such disquiet amongst the population that thousands of people joined
a march from London to Aldermaston called by the Direct Action Committee
against Nuclear War. The march was a key point in the formation
of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. The symbol for Nuclear
Disarmament, now the universal symbol of peace, was designed specifically
for the march and was displayed on the original lollipop-style placards
carried along the way.
The Atomic Weapons Establishment, where Britains nuclear warheads
are designed and built, still exists at Aldermaston (near Reading).
Whats more, planning permission has recently been given for
an extensive development programme worth £5.3 billion. So
people from across the country will again be marching to Aldermaston
AWE over the Easter weekend (10-12 April) starting at Trafalgar
Square. To join in (the march goes through Southall, Slough and
02077002350 / 07968420859 www.aldermaston2004.net/
- Required reading: The CND Story by John Minnion
and Phillip Bolsorer, published by Alison & Busby and Police
Movements by April Carter published by Longram.
- 9-12 April Peace Walk to Faslane trident nuclear submarine
base from Glasgow. Leaving George Square at 1pm on the Friday.
March and rally on the Monday Assemble 1pm at Faslane Peace Camp.0141
423 1222. www.hull.ac.uk/php/ggsdah/faslane/Fashome.htm
- Spearhead, the company behind the DSEi arms fair (SchNEWS
421,422) have recently been bought by Reed Exhibitions (020 8910
7910) They are one of the largest exhibition companies and obviously
wont want any bad publicity at all their corporate shows.
Meanwhile the offices of Spearhead were redecorated earlier this
week with red paint and glue. Theres a National Disarm DSEi
meeting this Sunday (14) Cathays Community Centre, Cathays Terrace,
Cardiff, 1pm email@example.com
- Day of action against Spearhead next Tuesday (16) around
the Excel Centre in London Docklands where the company are organizing
the Oceanology exhibition.
An undercover lawyer from law firm Clifford Chance has been exposed
as infiltrating an animal rights group. After questioning he admitted
his agenda was to persuade activists to intensify the campaign against
State Street Bank, which would enable Clifford Chance - State Streets
lawyers - to move against various animal rights groups including
Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. The bank are being targeted because
of their association with Huntingdon Life Sciences. The partners
of Clifford Chance can all expect a polite visit from animal rights
The first Indymedia Regional Meeting in Africa will be taking place
from the 1st to the 14th of March 2004 in Dakar, the Capital of
Senegal. The two week event is titled the Alternative (Indymedia)
Conference to embolden participants who though interested
and involved in alternative media, may never have had the possibility
to be in contact with Indymedia. http://imc-in-africa.so36.net/en/
SchNEWS In Brief
- Brightons premier pirates Radio 4A back on the
airwaves this weekend (12-14) 101.4 FM - http://web.ukonline.co.uk/radio4a/
for info and audio streams
- The 300 year old beech tree and other surrounding trees at the
Sherwood Forest tree camp have won a reprieve and the Council
have now agreed to an independent inquiry (SchWOOPS! We
printed the wrong phone number last week for the protest camp
- it should be 07792 789 803)
- SchWOOPS II, Last week an obituary to a woman who had
worked with just about every North London based anarcho
organisation primarily organising benefit gigs. Unfortunately
we got her surname wrong. We should have put Chris Groner. A benefit
gig will be held on May 15th at Chats Palace with PAIN and other
ChrisG bands. www.chris-groner.com
- Theres a Rising Tide roadshow this Saturday (13)
with the aim of discussing the bigger picture of War,
Oil, Capitalism and climate change - which connects all our campaigns.
Its at East Moors Community Centre, Sanquahar Street, Splott,
Cardiff 10 am 07762 252932 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Refuse is a festival of resistance happening
this weekend in Cambridge (13-14) including workshops, Indymedia
cinema, café plus entertainment in the evening. For location
details call 07968894591 on Fri eve/Sat morn or email: email@example.com
- Houzan Mahmoud, from the Organisation of Womens Freedom in
Iraq will be speaking on Saturday (13) at Caxton House, 129
St Johns Way, N19 (Archway tube) 6pm
- Theres a theatrical protest and tour of Whitehall
to mark one year since the US/UK invasion of Iraq next Friday
(19) 11am at the Edith Cavell Statue, St Martins Place, London
0845 458 2564 www.voicesuk.org
- Theres a screening of The Fourth World War
film at Chats Palace,42-44 Brooksbys Walk, London E9 at
8pm this Sunday (14) donation.
- Next Sunday (21) two Israeli Refuseniks (soldiers who
refuse to fight in Palestine) will be speaking at Brighton Friends
Meeting House, 2.30pm check website for more dates www.brightonpalestinecampaign.org
- Get clued up about Globalisation with the do
summat crew on Tuesday 23rd March, from 7pm til midnight at
the Green Room on Whitworth St, Manchester. Speakers include a
Kenyan flower picker and worker for workers rights Redemta Akoth,
plus short films and music, entry donations www.dosummat.org.uk
- A conference for those involved and interested in projects such
as social centres, squats, workers collectives, co-operative
projects etc is taking place in Berlin from 4th-11th April. To
book a place www.autoorganisation-04.org
Stuart Tideswell is appealing his conviction under anti-stalking
laws which saw him sentenced to four months for harassing benefits
staff after having his benefit stopped. This stretches a law designed
to protect individuals, and sets a dangerous precedent which could
lead to it being used to protect other govt bodies or even companies.
Apparently it was the nasty letters he wrote for which he was branded
a terrorist not that youd expect real terrorists
to sign and address their correspondence! The real reason the judge
came down heavy on Stuart was because he is also an animal rights
activist. Write to Stuart Tideswell (JH8108), HMP Leicester, Welford
Road, Leicester LE2 7AJ. www.fightback.me.uk
Bring Out Yer Dead
Next Friday (19) Arms Dealers Out Of Our City - Local actions at
arms companies around the county to draw attention to their activities.
In Brighton the focus will be on EDO MBM who reside at Home Farm
Business Park, just off Lewes Rd opposite the Moulsecoomb estate.
This company boasts that it is a proven designer and manufacturer
of weapon interfacing systems. In other words, these pleasant
people make aerial bombing possible. They are proven
because their products are effective at killing people. Lets make
it a day they wont forget
Meet at the Old Steine
2pm - there will be a vigil outside the companies HQ 5.30pm 07752
- There will be a Libertarian bloc on the London Stop the
War demo next Saturday (20) 12 noon under Marble arch look out
for the black flags. www.enrager.net/bloc
Fancy some fair trade pesticide-free cold pressed Palestinian olive
oil? Zaytoun is a non-profit project set up to distribute this oil
around Europe. 65% of Palestinians live in rural areas, and rely
heavily on agriculture for their existence despite the Israeli occupation
destroying their livelihoods through stealing their land and destroying
the ancient olive groves, as well as controlling water supplies
and preventing them distributing produce outside. To get yours now
(minimum orders are required). www.pal-arc.org
SchNEWS at 10 Tour
As part of our 10th birthday celebrations (yeah, we know our birthdays
in November but we are starting early) some of the SchNEWS crew
are hitting the road again with a 16 date tour! Well be showing
some short films, talking about SchNEWS, the G8 coming to Britain
next year, and giving local groups a forum to talk about what theyre
up to. Well be starting with Bath on the 10th of April and
ending in Norwich on the 30th. For a full list of dates www.schnews.org.uk/extras/tour.htm
More help is needed with finding venues, publicity and places to
stay, and if people have short, political digital films then send
us a CD-ROM and we might be able to show them. Cheers!
- West Pier Records have just launched a SchNEWS benefit CD
featuring mainly Brighton based acts, as diverse as Andy Baron
and the Believers (Reggae) to Mudlow (Swamp Blues) to the Fish
Brothers (Music Hall Punk!) A fiver from Punker Bunker, Syndey
Lads magazines have branched out since the days when they
only wrote about footballers and cars. The magazine Zoo
recently offered the chance to win a Cannibal sex holiday
in Papua New Guinea, suggesting the local savages were
into a bit of headhunting and random orgies. To throw
this empty publicity grabber back in Zoos face, West Papuan
tribal leader Benny Wenda - currently seeking asylum in Britain
after torture and imprisonment in Indonesia - visited the Zoo office
dressed in full tribal gear! He then told Zoo whats really
going on in Papua, and demanded an apology for their cheap racist
stunt. Comedian Mark Thomas - once a columnist for Zoo, who quit
after one issue calling it predictable, voyeuristic and dull
- came along with Benny to introduce him to some former colleagues.
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