This Time Last Year
465, 20th August, 2004
CHIT AND CHAVEZ Venezuela's Hugo Chavez continues to get right
up the US' nose with his "Communist", "terrorist"
policies. Elsewhere, good news abounds, as the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline
is called off, and the South Yorkshire bus drivers' strike is a success!
464, 5th August, 2004
FIRST FOR PROFIT South Yorkshire bus drivers are on strike for
better pay and conditions that would hardly dent the companies £160
million profits. Meanwhile the government gear up for huge "defence"
budget increases, a mobile phone mast is pulled down and you're all
invited to meet the G8 in Scotland in 2005!
463, 23rd July, 2004
PAY AS YOU LEARN Neo Labour's plans for schools sound like more
choice for kids and parents but look more like privitisation to us.
Also, builders pull out of a contract to build an animal testing lab,
new protest camp in Weymouth and more...
462, 9th July, 2004
IRAQ-ING UP THE PROFITS The corporate carve-up of Iraq continues
while people are arrested and charged for trying to stop it. Also, the
last big GM company pulls out of Britain, Zimbabwean women fight back
2nd July, 2004
SHUT YOUR CAKE HOLE The SchNEWS crew usually use any excuse for
a party but the 60th birthday of the IMF and World Bank is an exception.
While they're still screwing people and planet we'll keep on trying
to stop them!
459/460, 18th June, 2004
G8 WAY TO HELL The G8 have another shindig, in the good old US
of A this time. Same old story really. Shell are also up to their old
tricks in Africa and everywhere else - environmental destruction and
stamping on anyone who complains...
458, 11th June, 2004
SKYEWAY ROBBERY SchNEWS looks at how PFI went all Dick Turpin
with the Skye Bridge highway tolls, as well as other Hall of Shame PFI
entries like the Edinburgh and Cumberland Infirmaries. We also bid a
'fond' farewell to Bush Jr. prototype, Ronald Raygun. He'll be missed
456/457, 4th June, 2004
BITE THE BALLOT The BNP are threatening to gain seats at forthcoming
elections. SchNEWS takes a look at ways of dealing with these fascists.
Also Saudi oil and alternative fuels, Guadalajara, the World Bank on
oil, and all the usual gubbins.
455, 28th May, 2004
MONSKANKO! Nasty Canadian farmer found guilty of infringing on
nice friendly Monsanto's "intelellectual property rights"
by his rubbish convensional oil seed rape being contaminated by their
great new GM version. Fair enough?
454, 21stMay, 2004
IDENTENTACLE Big Brother Blunkett is crashing on with his plans
to introduce biometric ID cards. Prepare yourselves for the project
to run massively over budget and finish way behind schedule (here's
453, 14th May, 2004
NORM RULES OK? United Nations plans to make international law
apply to multinational corporations are opposed by multinational corporations
like Shell. Surprised?
7th May, 2004
BORN TO BE FILED Big Brother reaches out a "helping hand"
to the youth of the nation... yeah right! Also SchNEWS tour report,
inside SchNEWS, and all the usual...
451, 30th April, 2004
BANKERS' CRAMP! SchNEWS takes a look at the European Investment
Bank and finds plenty of skeletons in its closet. Also anti-fascist
news, positive SchNEWS, and more...
450, 23rd April, 2004
IT'S A BIG 'UN! May Day comes around again, with nation-wide
action expected despite May Day being "banned" by the corporate
media. SchNEWS also looks at the relationship between big business and
the EU. Also fleecing Iraq, more on May Day, and all the usual.
449, 16th April, 2004
WUD'JA FALLUJA IT? As bombs fly into Falluja, few accurate reports
are coming out on the corporate media - SchNEWS investigates and offers
alternatives. Also squat updates, Coca-Cola update, NHS telly hell,
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...
3rd September 2004 |
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER WIDE AWAKE...
I.D.eal Citizen | Infomaniacs
| Crap Arrest of the Week | SchNEWS
at Ten | Bank Robbed!
| Positive SchNEWS | ID
Maths Box | SchNEWS In Brief | ASBOmeter
| Animal Wrongs | ...and finally...
In May 1995 SchNEWS reported our fears about ID cards (SchNEWS
24). This May we voiced our fears again (SchNEWS 454), and reported
on the proposed Childrens Bill which will create a database
of every child in the country (SchNEWS 452).
Last Month, Richard Thomas, a big fan of SchNEWS and The Governments
Information Commissioner did an interview in the Times,
in which he said almost exactly the same stuff as weve been
saying for years. He outlined his fears that Britain could be sleepwalking
into a surveillance societyand specifically mentioned the
Childrens Bill as he outlined how Britain could become like
East Germany or Francos Spain.
Home Secretary David Blunkett is carrying on with his plans regardless.
A bill authorising the creation of a National ID Card Register will
appear in the Queens Speech in November and is supported by
both Neo-Labour and the Tories. This register of peoples personal
details linked to biometric information has had Blunkett getting
all hot under the collar for a long time, claiming it will solve
everything from illegal working and benefit fraud to crime and terrorism.
The whole point of illegal working is that its all cash in
hand, no-questions asked. How an ID card would stop this SchNEWS
cant quite figure out. In the case of illegal immigration,
if someone is entering the country illegally theyre most likely
to vanish and end up exploited by unscrupulous employers
earning very little and doing many jobs that no-one else wants to
do. An ID card system will just mean that anyone who doesnt
look British will be harassed more than ever, with immigration
services and police demanding to see peoples ID cards.
Blunkett and Co. reckon ID cards will make it easier to access
public services, as a single piece of identity will help prove you
are entitled to public services. But hang on, what about yer National
Insurance number? ID fraud is a tiny fraction of total benefit fraud,
a big proportion of which occurs through people forgetting to mention
a couple of hours cash in hand work they do each week to top up
their crap benefits. Health tourism would be stopped
with the ID card (yes, tourists apparently come over here to use
our world class health system - while British people go over to
Europe for theirs!) Ignoring Blunketts policy line, John Hutton,
Minister for Health admitted that it is the case of course
that you can have entitlement to NHS care, but not an ID card and
it is perfectly possible that you could have an ID card, but not
be entitled to NHS care. Er, we think the government just
shot itself in the foot there. And of course as you rush to accident
and emergency, nurses will have plenty of time to check everyones
ID card by taking their fingerprint before providing treatment
But the most hyped argument the government likes to use is cracking
down on organised crime and terrorism. Well for a start fake ID
cards will provide a lucrative business for organised crime, and
secondly the Met Police have admitted that the introduction of an
identity card would not of itself lead to a reduction in crime or
an increase in detection rates. The people involved in the 9/11
attacks had either legitimate identification papers or very compelling
forgeries. Spain has a compulsory ID card which totally failed to
stop the Madrid bombings. A Privacy International study found that
of the 25 countries that have been most adversely affected
by terrorism since 1986, 80% have national identity cards, one third
of which incorporate biometrics.
Police, Inland Revenue, Customs & Excise, Security Services
and the Department for Work and Pensions will all have access to
your file. Theres likely to be data sharing with other countries
such as the USA. And private companies like banks and insurance
companies will have the right to look at your ID cards and make
a check on you. People administrating the system will also of course
have access to your records. But the one person who wont be
able to access your own personal details is
YOU! Yes, thats
right a whole load of government and private agencies can know everything
about you, but youll have bugger all right to look at your
own details and no way of knowing if theyre correct.
Considering the record of companies administrating government computer
systems its time to get worried. Each month 100 people are
falsely accused of having criminal records by Capita who run the
criminal records bureau. Can we really trust them with running a
scheme for 47 million people?
Another company seeking involvement is NEC who have Automated Fingerprint
Identification software, considered to be the best on the market,
claiming to be 99.3% accurate. So 420,000 people in the UK can expect
to be mistakenly identified. Another company is Identix who have
a $27m, 5 year deal with the US Department of Homeland Security.
Recently Identix paid $3 million to settle a Class Action lawsuit
for overstating revenues to artificially inflate the companys
As government doesnt want to appear draconian, the ID card
will be voluntary. So voluntary that youll need one to work,
drive a car, travel abroad, use the banking or health system, vote,
buy a house, or receive benefits. The draft bill which proposes
the ID card contains provisions for the card to be made compulsory
at a later date.
Through compulsory identification, the state is set to acquire
unprecedented surveillance powers over all of us. In the current
climate of eroding civil liberties and lack of democratic accountability,
it can only be expected that these powers will be used to extend
government invasion into our daily lives, buttress social inequalities
and stifle political dissent.
SchNEWS reckons we should get our camcorders and cameras out and
follow pro-ID polititians and policemen around, documenting their
lives. If they get annoyed about this invasion of their privacy,
remember the Blunkett mantra: Nothing to hide - nothing to
Crap Arrest Of The Week
For having the crap of the week!
Student Jesse Huffman is facing charges of criminal mischief after
blocking a toilet he used during a random search by border guards
while traveling to Montana. Huffman said the clogged piping was
completely unintentional, the result of an urgent, but natural bodily
function: Ive never been arrested before or anything
like that, and I get arrested for taking a dump.
On Saturday October 16th SchNEWS will be celebrating 10
years of publishing with a book launch, conference and party.
The party will be at the Coronet, Elephant and Castle in
conjunction with Brighton based sound system Innerfield
who are also ten years old.
The line up includes VJamm Allstars featuring Matt Black
from Coldcut, Babyhead (Bristol ska, hip hop), Evil Nine
and of course, Flannel with films throughout the night from
Indymedia etc. Starts 10pm till 6 am and advanced tickets
costing only eight pounds will be available in the next
few days from SchNEWS; Community Base, Queens Road, Brighton;
Access All Areas, 117 Kentish Town Road, London and online
for details see our website.
Last Wednesday morning at 5.30 am around forty police and 30 bailiffs
smashed down the door of the Ex Grand Banks Occupied Social Centre
in Tufnell Park near Camden, London and evicted its inhabitants.
The Centre had previously resisted eviction in May thanks to 120
people including many kids from the local school. The police Forward
Intelligence Team filmed the event, photographed everybody, photographed
notebooks and as much paper based material as they could find.
One of those running the social centre explained its importance
During a period of increasing privatization, gentrification
and desire for an easy profit, where community resources are being
closed down and sold off by the council, and the closure of youth
clubs coupled with the new Anti-social behaviour curfews mean kids
have nothing to do and nowhere to go, there is an urgent need to
reclaim our spaces from greedy property developers and run them
ourselves to meet our real needs.
In a place like Camden where the spiralling price of property means
that no ordinary group of people can afford to rent or buy this
space, and where many buildings lay empty, squatting seems the obvious
practical and political answer we decided to take back buildings
ourselves, rather than fight a losing battle lobbying a council
that appears to care less and less about the impact its policies
have on peoples lives.
The property - an ex-wine bar - had lain empty for over two years
before it was occupied and the centre had proven to be one of the
most successful community projects for some time, providing a vibrant
mix of workshops and skills share from screen printing to radio
training, free lunches for students, childrens days,
English lessons, and a fair trade café supporting Zapatista
communities in Mexico.
But dont worry though, they intend to squat another building
soon. In the meantime to find out if there are social centres in
your area go to www.londonarc.org/social_centre_network.html
- The Saturday discussions in the lead up to the Beyond the
European Social Forum Conference will continue at various venues.
The next one is this Saturday (4) on the theme of flexible labour,
casualisation and dole resistance. Its at the Archway Theatre,
behind the Methodist Church, opp. Archway station. www.wombles.org.uk
- Theres a new squatted social centre in Birmingham
at the old Bournbrook nursery, No 1 Bournebrook Road, B29 7BC
Alternative housing is the vision of sustainable, grassroots
communities free from landlords, interference and powerlessness;
and dynamic enough to be involved in promoting wider social change.
Banging your head against the housing brick wall? Then why not pop
along to the Alternative Housing Conference at Clays Lane Housing
Co-operative in East London on the 11 September. Speakers will be
talking about co-op networking, community, ownership, sustainable
building and squatting. 11am till 6pm. The Clays Lane Summer Fayre
will also be happening at the same time. www.althousing.net
Cost of ID card system according to the Home Office:
£1.3 to £3.1 billion (does not include
the expense of biometric readers and other equipment to
be installed in other Departments).
This is to save:
£50 million in benefit ID fraud
£200 million in health tourism
Hardly good value for money.
SchNEWS In Brief
- Andy Worthington will be talking about his new book Stonehenge:
Celebration and Subversion next Thursday (9) 6pm at
the Cowley Club, 12 London Rd., Brighton. The book looks at the
history of Solstice gatherings from late 19th century onwards
including the Battle of the Beanfield, road protest movement and
the growth of paganism. For details of his excellent book www.hoap.co.uk/alternative.htm
- Theres an indymedia short films and discussion
night next Tuesday (7) Fawlty Powers - The World Bank
and IMF at Sixty 8pm in the upstairs bar @ Brixton Ritzy,
Coldharbour Lane. Cost - donations
- Also next Tuesday Worthing eco-action will be discussing
Know Your Rights upstairs at the Downview Pub
(opposite West Worthing railway station) 7.45pm.
- Benefit Night for Sudan next Thursday (9) 9pm - 2am
at Po Na Na, 75-79 East Street, Brighton with everything from
balearic to breakbeat. Tickets £10
- We Interrupt This Empire and Uncovered:
The War On Iraq will both be showing at Red Dragon Hall,
Drefach Velindre, West Wales next Thursday (9) www.newcastle-emlyn.com
- Brian Haw, the anti war protestor who has been camped
outside Parliament for over three years, is in court Tuesday 14
September 10am at Bow St Magistrates Court and would welcome any
- World Carfree Day is happening this year on 22 September
For ideas on creative direct resistance against car culture: www.carbusters.org/freesources/action_ideas.php
- Rising Tide have organised another Climate Change
Network Gathering on 1-2 October at the Sumac Centre in Nottingham.
Workshops include: Oil War and Climate Change, direct action training,
blocking airport expansion and eco-Housing Booking essential 01865
- The Leeds offices of Ready-Mix Concrete had its locks
glued and the message No Marine Quarrying scrawled
across the front of the building this week. The action was part
of a national fortnight against the company for their part in
the sub-aquatic quarrying of gravel beds which are home to a rich
diversity of marine beasts
- For a taste of the way protesters of any kind are likely
to be treated over here in the years to come (G8 in Scotland next
year, for instance) take a look at the reports on the anti-Bush
protests in New York on http://nyc.indymedia.org
- Hundreds of farmers occupied BP facilities in Bolivia,
last month paralyzing oil production and demanding better distribution
of land. They are pissed off at the proposed development of a
$5bn, 5,000-mile pipeline program to pump Bolivian gas to California
to feed the energy hungry US.
- For Latin American issues from an anarchist perspective,
check out the Venezuela group, El Libertario which is starting
to produce a bimonthly newsletter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or see www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/08/296983.html
- Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike since August
15th have stopped their strike after the Israeli Government agreed
to negotiate and grant more rights to prisoners. www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/09/297168.html
- The BASS Community Fayre is happening
on The Level This Saturday (4) from 12-6pm. Attractions include
SchNEWS movies, kids space and workshops, DJ workshops,
Eco-Arcadia, cream teas and veggie food. email@example.com
- Rebel Alliance - the irregular get together of Brightons
Direct Action Groups, with a speaker from London NoBorder Network
next Wednesday (8) 7.30pm at the Unemployed Centre, Tilbury Place.
Two more protestors were this week dispersed by cops using the
catch-all Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs). They were
holding a banner and handing out leaflets outside Reed Exhibitions
(owners of Spearhead and organisers of DSEi, the worlds largest
arms fair). One of those demonstrating said The protest lasted
around half an hour until a van of cops pulled up and said that
whilst they respected our right to protest we couldnt do it
where we were because we were on private property and if we took
a step forward we would be on the highway and they would nick us
for obstruction. They also claimed that it was illegal to display
a sign outside a private building! However they did say that we
could go and protest on the green which is a ten minute walk away
and has no relevance. The ASBO banned them from Richmond for
24 hours. www.dsei.org
- A wannabe copper, one of those Community Support Officers,
in Richmond, south west London, told two 14-year olds to disperse
after he observed them browsing CDs in local shops. He accused
them of acting suspiciously and issued them with a leaflet including
a map of Richmond marked as a Designated Dispersal Area.
Failure to comply with a dispersal order can result in a fine
up to £2,500 or three months in jail.
Four years ago Steve Christmas was out trying to stop a fox cub
hunt, when he was deliberately run over by Michael Maynard (SchNEWS
274). He has finally received some justice after being awarded £18,500
compensation for his injuries, which included a crushed pelvis,
broken ribs and serious abdominal injuries. The driver of the vehicle
escaped prosecution for the attack and it took the police two years
from the time of the assault to bring a case against Maynard for
driving with no insurance or license.
- Cub hunting has started and with it looking increasingly
unlikely that fox-hunting will be banned, despite Tony Bliars
promises, the only way to save lives is getting out in the field.
Contact the Hunt Saboteurs Association 0845 4500727 www.huntsabs.org.uk
- Harlan Firgrove, in East Sussex a breeder of rabbits and
guinea pigs for vivisection has closed after a four year campaign.
Harlan says it has nothing to do with the protests, although SchNEWS
reckons the increased costs of security with a galvanised steel
perimeter fence and 12 security cameras must have played a part.
Harlan had also failed to get an injunction to stop some of the
protesters costing them £70,000.
Its all go here at SchNEWS Towers, so dont expect a
SchNEWS for the next couple of weeks We are nearing the deadline
for the SchNEWS at Ten book which will be out for our conference
and big party on Saturday 16th October.
We are still finalizing details of the Conference which will be
at the Camden Centre, Euston Road London so keep an eye on our website.
Both the Conference and the Party are costing quite a bit to put
on, so if you want to stop us worrying ourselves to death, you can
get cheaper advance tickets for the party by sending a cheque for
£8 (payable to Justice?) with an SAE to 55 Canning St., Brighton,
Keep sending us your party and protests cos we will be updating
the party and protest section on the web each week cos were
nice like that.
SchNEWS warns all snoopers ciphering off the profits - youre
on a ID-ing to nothing in this ID- ill world. Honest!
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