This Time Last Year
448, 2nd April, 2004
GACK ATTACK SchNEWS looks at the evils of the food industry and
food advertising, as well as some alternatives to unsustainable fast-
and junk-food industries. Also poll boycott in Indonesia, anti-GM victory,
protest camp updates and more...
447, 26th March, 2004
CROAKER COLA We discover that not only is Coke's fancy bottled
water is just filtered tap water but that it's got cancer causing chemicals
in it too! If that weren't enough, they'er killing trade unionists in
Columbia and stealing villiagers water in India too... Also South African
repression, protest camp update and more...
446, 19th March, 2004
TOTAL PAZ TAKE Bombings in Madrid from a perspective not seen
in the corporate media - mass murder siezed upon to remove civil liberties
and continue the so called "war on terror". Also Coca Killer,
Catakiller, animal killers, "I'm no killer" and more...
445, 12th March, 2004
MAIZE OF LIES Neo Labour gives the go-ahead for the UK's first
GM crop - ScNEWS says (again) GM ain't all it's cracked up to be. Also
Aldermaston march, SHAC, first Indymedia Regional Meeting, SchNEWS Tour
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...
16th April 2004 |
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER OASIS OF TRUTH...
Wud'ja Fallujah It! | Statue
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WUD'JA FALLUJA IT!
How can the media report this when they dont even
have a correspondent in Falluja? Why are they failing so completely
to report the Iraqi side of the story? How much more obvious can
it be that they are only parroting the U.S. military lies concerning
the situation? Dahr Jamail, Independent reporter
Remember the old Iraqi Information Minister nicknamed Comical
Ali who amongst other things proclaimed the defeat of U.S.
forces even as they moved into Baghdad? Well now its the turn
of Comical Blair and Bush who denounce any Iraqi resistance to the
invasion and occupation of their country as outside terrorists,
an extremist who has created his own militia, and remnants of a
brutal dictatorship. While on the other side, they talk of
people of immense courage and humanity
thinks Blair is talking about American and British soldiers!).
So while Secretary General Amr Moussa said at a meeting of the
Arab League, that a U.S. war on Iraq would open the gates
of hell in the West we are being drip fed corporate news which
Dahr Jamil, one of the only journalists who has been in Falluja
since the siege says is merely parroting the U.S. military
lies. In Iraq they are told instead of watching the televised
images of Americans and coalition soldiers killing innocent
civilians, to change the channel because these
are not legitimate news sources.
In fact it was one of those illegimate news sources
that helped precipitate this latest wave of resistance, with the
closure of the al-Hawza newspaper. Shut down for reporting eyewitness
claims that a supposed car bombing that killed numerous volunteers
for the New Iraqi defense forces was actually done by an American
helicopter. The newspaper also criticized the Coalition Authority
leader Bremner - something which is not allowed in the new free
US officials are fighting more than just the people of Iraq, but
a huge propaganda war to cope with the truth of their actions. The
war in Iraq is indeed a war of media, where they use images like
weapons to manipulate public opinion. The fact that Bush is facing
elections in the US increases the importance of this manipulation.
On a televised speech, he asserted that the situation in Iraq was
not a civil war, not a popular uprising, and that most of
Iraq is relatively stable. Old Comical Bush has obviously
been watching too much CNN, because as the American author Rahul
Mahajan explains In general, there is no quicker way to get
an Iraqi to laugh, than to talk about how the United States is bringing
freedom or democracy to the country.
Statue of Liberty?
Take Firdos Square where the infamous pulling down of Saddams
statue was stage managed. Independent journalist Dahr Jamail said
A few days ago it was closed and blockaded by the American
military. I stood atop my apartment listening to a speaker blaring
instructions that anyone who approached the area would be shot on
sight. This is freedom. A week earlier Iraqi soldiers, trained
and controlled by coalition forces had opened fire on a demonstration
there. As the protesters returned to their homes in the poor neighbourhood
of Sadr City, the US army followed with tanks, helicopters and planes,
firing at random on homes, shops, streets, even ambulances. According
to local hospitals, 47 people were killed and many more injured.
As Dahr Jamil angrily writes Its no wonder the corporate
media rarely reports on the torturing of many of the over 10,000
detained Iraqis by the US military, the constant home raids, or
the infrastructure in nearly complete disrepair as we begin the
second year of the occupation. For most of the corporate media tend
to stick closer to their hotels, rather than where the stories are
occurring and being lived every day - out amongst the Iraqi people.
The majority of the corporate media tend to simply go where
the U.S. military tells them it is safe to go, while donning their
flak jackets, helmets, and the preferred us vs. they
mentality with Iraqis
Instead, the US public is fed bogus polls
telling them half of Iraqis feel they are better off now with a
year of occupation under their belts. That is an amazing figure,
since nearly every one of the hundreds of Iraqis I interviewed throughout
Iraq was understandably enraged at the 70% unemployment, less than
8 hours of electricity per day in Baghdad, water so terrible there
are cholera outbreaks in southern Iraq, and a security situation
that spirals further out of control on a daily basis.
About the only time its easy to find Iraqis who are pro-occupation
is if you let the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) show them
to you thus its the journalists with the least initiative
that find the rarest selections of public opinion by speaking to
those pushing brooms or sitting at a desk at CPA HQ.
Getting the facts in Iraq is not rocket science. I am simply
doing my job to report the Iraqi side of the story. An informed
citizenry forms the basis of a democracy. Not only are U.S. citizens
being deprived of access to information about the true nature of
the critical situation in Iraq, they are being outright lied to
by most of the corporate media outlets.
- Read a moving account of Jo Wildings time in Falluja:
George Bush says to the troops on Easter Sunday that, I
know what were doing in Iraq is right. Shooting unarmed
men in the back outside their family home is right. Shooting grandmothers
with white flags is right? Shooting at women and children who
are fleeing their homes is right? Firing at ambulances is right?
- Read Rahul Mahajans report from Fallujah To Americans,
Fallujah may still mean four mercenaries killed, with
their corpses then mutilated and abused; to Iraqis, Fallujah
means the savage collective punishment for that attack, in which
over 600 Iraqis have been killed, with an estimated 200 women
and over 100 children. www.empirenotes.org
Rahul also recently wrote Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S.
Power in Iraq and Beyond.
- Read Dahr Jamail, Iraq weblog dispatches Solutions? One
thing that remains glaringly apparent today is that Falluja has
become another rallying point for the resistance. While most media
in the U.S. (and many other Western countries) are failing to
report the Iraqi side of the story there, everyone here knows
its turned into a full-on massacre, and people are extremely
angry. This and the entire debacle of how the Americans have handled
the situation with Muqtada Sadr, have together brought rivers
of volunteers into the already growing resistance to the occupation.
- This Saturday (17) Ewa Jasiewicz who has been living in Baghdad
and Basra will be speaking at Kinning Park Complex, Cornwall St,
Glasgow 1pm. For a full list of her Scottish speaking tour www.tramping.org.uk/ewa
- There is a major conference being held in London and sponsored
by Shell, from 26-28th April on the privatisation of Iraq with
many corporate representatives looking for a piece of the pie
and representatives from the Governing Council and Occupation
Authority (Citizens arrest anyone?) attending. Counter demonstrations
and actions are being planned by a variety of different peace,
justice and anti-militarisation groups, plus a special focus on
workers rights in occupied Iraq as well as a counter-conference
website. An organizing meeting was held on the 15th. For more
information see: www.warprofiteers.com,
or contact Voices in the Wilderness on 0845 458 2564 / email@example.com.
Workers at the DHKC (Revolutionary Peoples Liberation Front)
Brussels information Bureau were arrested last week by heavily armed
anti terrorist police, who had previously sealed off the whole district
and broken in the doors of the office.
The police commandos even dug up the garden hoping to find some
explosives but all they found were vegetables and flowers. This
ridiculous operation was really aimed at the office of Halkin Sesi
TV, a TV channel broadcast by internet and whose office is on the
top floor of the same building.
The channel committed the crime of broadcasting news about fighting
units of the DHKC reported by telephone from Italy.
Squat This Space
- Theres a new squatted social centre in Oxford
at 220 Cowley Road, where they are organising meetings, workshops.
Find out more on Oxford Indymedia or contact them for information:
- The Roundhouse, made of wood with a turf roof, was built
by Tony Wrench in 1997 as part of an experimental community is
under threat of demolition. In a bid to stop the demolition, around
40 squatters occupied the Roundhouse in Pembrokeshire Coast National
Park over the Easter weekend. Protesters also occupied an Iron
Age hill fort, built straw and wooden roundhouses in a lay-by
to speak to the public, marched through local villages and then
went to speak to the national park authorities. The planners first
refused to speak to them, but after the determined protesters
camped overnight in the park authoritys car park, they met
and agreed to hold a public meeting in 4-6 weeks. For more information
contact Chapter 7 / The Land is Ours: 01460 249204, http://www.thelandisours.org
- The squat at Colliers Wood School in London was violently
evicted by police last Monday despite an agreement that the occupants
would go peacefully. Developers have moved in, demolished the
whole school and dug a trench around the site to stamp their
authority on it. The squatters are determined to carry on
the fight by other means in Colliers Wood, which has been devastated
by greedy developers. Local residents associations and council
workers are supporting them. Call Dave - 07986465552
- The Tufnell Park squat lost their court case two weeks
ago, and are trying to appeal. They are negotiating to avoid eviction
before mayday, but the Police are determined to close the centre,
and say they will storm it at the end of April. There is a campaign
to stop the eviction including local residents and squatters.
Resistance to the eviction is being planned, and they need your
help, theres a meeting at the Grand Banks opposite Tufnell
Part tube station next Wednesday (21st) at 7:30 pm, www.wombles.org.uk,
or call 07986 075829.
- Residents of Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire took over a former
Council building in West Yorkshire over Easter. They turned it
into an open community space, with films, a free shop, food and
events all weekend. The building was a former Tourist Information
Centre, which has been handed to a developer by Calderdale Council.
Developers want to turn the building into posh flats and a chippy.
The occupiers said they wanted to highlight the threat of unsustainable
development and rising house prices. The developers went running
to the police asking them to evict the squatters, the police had
to acknowledge that the locals were legally squatting
the building. More info: www.hebdenbridge.co.uk
Critical Mass London is 10 years old later this month and youre
all invited to their birthday party. Critical Mass is a monthly
get together of cyclists that happens in hundreds of cities around
the world. It started eleven and a half years ago in San Francisco
and is a celebration of the alternatives to cars, pollution, accidents
and the loss of public spaces and freedoms.
As one cyclist put it At the end of every workday, thousands
of people pour into the streets, in what has become a central ritual
of life in the 21st century the daily commute. For most people,
however, getting off work is not cause for celebration, or even
relief. The ride home promises frustrating gridlock, disgusting
air, and for cyclists, constant threats to safety and well-being.
But one day a month, the ritual is transformed. Hundreds of us get
together and ride through the streets on bicycles, providing motorists,
as well as ourselves, with a vision of how things could be different.
Ultimately, Critical Mass is just a bunch of cyclists riding around
together. But the incredible thing is that, in attempting this simple
task, so many important and interesting questions come up. Why is
there so little open space in our cities, where people can relax
and interact, free from the incessant buying and selling of ordinary
life? Why are people compelled to organize their lives around having
a car? What would an alternative future look like?
So if youre in London April 30th get along to the Southbank
at Waterloo, in front of the National Film Theatre, under Waterloo
Bridge at 6pm www.criticalmasslondon.org.uk
- 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 9YE www.akuk.com
- We arent blocking traffic, We Are Traffic!
a movie about Critical Mass showing on the 29 April at Indymedia
Cinema @ The Other Cinema London, 11 Rupert Street, London W1
Coca-Cola Lose Their Bottle
In an important victory by the Colombian food and drink union,
Sinaltrainal, has ended a 12-day hunger strike (see SchNews 447)
with victory for the strikers and 91 co-workers, who had been targeted
for dismissal. Supported by fellow trade unionists, church and other
solidarity groups the workers were also protesting against the use
of illegal paramilitary groups to target union organisers. Bottling
plant Femsa, has also agreed that the hunger strikers will receive
two weeks of paid holiday for some R&R (hunger strikers were
required to worktheir usual eight-hour shifts and faced disciplinary
action for falling productivity!) The company has also agreed to
run a national newspaper advertisement discouraging paramilitary
reprisals against the workers.
Over the past 14 years, nine Sinaltrainal members have been murdered,
five of its leaders have gone to jail on terrorism charges, and
65 of its activists have received death threats. Coca Colas
support for anti union activities is well documented from the United
States, to Guatemala and Brazil. Stop the attacks and support an
international boycott of Coca Cola, remember that Coke also owns
Barcardi Breezers, aquapure, Dr Pepper, Dannon, Sprite and Schweppes
Thousands of NHS hospital patients were offered TV beside their
beds as part of a deal with a private company, it was billed as
a triumph for the governments drive towards patient
power. The only problem was that the patients couldnt
turn the sets off. The TVs were not equipped with an off switch,
and cast their flickering light for a fixed 15 hours a day.
The sets were installed by Patientline, a private firm chaired
by Derek Lewis, former director general of the prison service. Their
captive audience includes 17,500 patients in 32 hospitals across
the country. The sets come on automatically at 6am or 7am and close
down at 10pm. Patients pay £3.20 a day for the full range
of programmes. But those not wanting to subscribe dont escape:
they get trailers for the service and messages from the hospital
authorities instead. So you either have to pay for constant trashy
TV or get non stop adverts for fifteen hours a day. SchNEWS reckons
its a cunning way of getting people to leave hospital quickly
and cut waiting lists.
A company spokesman said the failure to provide an off button was
an accident that was rectified in more recent installations.
Robert McMaster, a patient at Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading,
said it was irritating to be subject to this continuous and
unwelcome stimulation, particularly at night or when trying to rest.
A Patientline spokesman managed to tear herself away from the TV
for a minute to comment: These complaints have taken us by
surprise. Weve been operating the system since 1995 and Ive
not known of this criticism before.
The SchNEWS at Ten Tour continues with the
following dates in:
(16) Leamington Community Gallery, Avenue Road. (17)
Bolton (18) Liverpool (19) Lancaster LaRC-The basement, 78a
Penny St. (20) Glasgow. Pearce Institute, Govan, G51 3UU
(21) Faslane Peace Camp, probably. (22) Bilston Woods
road protest camp, near Edinburgh. (23) Edinburgh Forest
Cafe, Bristol Place (24) Newcastle The Cluny, under Byker
Bridge 2-4pm. (25) Leeds The Packhorse Pub, Woodhouse Lane
(26) Sheffield. Cricketers Arms, Bramall Lane 8pm. (27)
Nine Ladies protest camp (28) Manchester Arch Bar, Stretford
Road, Hulme 7.30pm. (29) Nottingham. Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone
Street 8.30pm (30) Norwich The Hog In Armour, Charring X,
7-11pm. (May Day) Ipswich.
For more details 01273 685913 www.schnews.org.uk/extras/tour.htm
New lows were reached when a judge told Shirley Law, Plymouth grandmother
and veteran peace activist, it was time to put down her bolt
croppers and pick up her knitting needles, and to stay the right
side of the fence!
Shirley, along with two others were recently found guilty of breaking
into Devonport Dockyard - the base for the MoDs illegal Trident
Nuclear Submarine Refit Programme and the Hunter Killer submarines
used on Iraq. Magistrates refused to hear the protestors arguments
relating to international law.
SchNEWS reckons that our legal system should stop trying to pull
the wool over our eyes, and face up to the illegality of having
our own use of nuclear weapons of mass destruction. The wisdom of
older people should be respected and they should be manning the
barricades instead of being sent to old age knitting hell homes.
- Trident Ploughshares have organised another Devonport Disarmament
Camp on the 27th May 1st June. 0845 4588363 www.tridentploughshares.org
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