Protect and Server
The effect of the raids has been to shut down 21 (mostly European)
Indymedia sites, six, including Indymedia UK, are now back on line.
Indymedia UK had multiple back-ups of its files as they are all
paranoid according to one Indymedia volunteer
and such paranoia has actually been justified as many other sites
without backup have lost lots of data. There is a gaping hole on
the internet where about one million Indymedia news articles, comments,
photos, audio reports, and videos used to be.
The FBI has stolen an irreplaceable piece of our collective history.
Theyve also made a direct attack on an important component
of the movement against global capitalism, a part that carries messages
around the globe without the corporate media telling us what to
Indymedia is working hard to restore sites, but about ten remain
down. At least four - Uruguay, Italy, Western Massachusetts and
Nantes - have lost data. This FBI operation gives us even
more reason to continue with what we have been doing, says
an activist from Italy Indymedia. The interruption of Uruguay
Indymedia comes at a bad time with the elections coming up,
Libertinus, an Indymedia volunteer says Uruguay has a long
history of media repression. We dont have the money to pay
for web hosting, so we rely on the solidarity of other countries.
Actions like this make the whole world insecure for free media.
Indymedia has called for solidarity actions and has received many
statements of support. Aidan White, General Secretary for the International
Federation of Journalists said The way this has been done
smacks more of intimidation of legitimate journalistic inquiry than
crime-busting. Tim Gopsill of the National Union of Journalists
said: If the security services of the UK or US can just walk
in and take away a server, then there is no freedom of expression.
Indymedia is consulting the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
on how to prevent further government attacks on free speech. EFF
is deeply concerned about the grave implications of this seizure
for free speech and privacy, and we are exploring all avenues to
hold the government accountable for this improper and unconstitutional
silencing of independent media. said EFF Staff Attorney Kurt
Its ironic that the seizure of the servers comes just before
the Communication Rights and Tactical Media Production conference
- of which Indymedia is a part of (see www.efcr2004.net).
As the conference blurb says As Governments and corporations
increasingly base their authority on the ownership and control of
information - a closer look reveals these areas as the landscape
in which crucial struggles are being played out. Communication
Rights is at the heart of these struggles. The attacks
by the US, UK, Italian and Swiss governments on Indymedia are a
direct attack on these Communication Rights.
The servers have now been returned - but Indymedia still dont
know who took them in the first place and what action to take in
the face of these illegal seizures!
For updates about this, as well as the ESF see www.indymedia.org.uk
NEW BOOK 'SchNEWS At
Ten' OUT NOW -
from Oct 16th at SchNEWS Conference & Party and other ESF
events. Or order yours from us for £9 inc p&p
Crap Arrest Of The Week
For having an argument 20 years ago!
Caroline Levett was nabbed after getting confused when asked by
US immigration officials whether she had ever been convicted of
a crime involving moral turpitude. Just about to start
her dream holiday, and unsure what exactly turpitude
meant, she admitted being arrested for damaging a former partners
property during a row, 20 years ago. Obviously turpitudous in nature,
the crime lead to her deportation and being escorted to the plane
by two armed guards.
at Ten Birthday Party
Come and celebrate ten years of SchNEWS on Saturday
October 16th at The Coronet, New Kent Road, Elephant and
Castle, London in conjunction with Brighton based sound
who are also ten years old.
The line up includes:
* Freq Nasty (Legendary
* Top Cats (UKs finest Ska band)
* VJamm Allstars
(live Audio-Visual) featuring Matt Black (Coldcut)
* Babyhead (fantastic Ska/Hip-hop)
Plus in the Circle Bar:
* Flannel (anarcho-narco-funk-punk)
* Chris-T-T (man with
guitar singing clever, funny, angry songs)
* Don Bradmans (undisputed champions of chap rock)
* Friends of SchNEWS and Innerfield playing music to get
drunk to (and beers only £2.50!)
10pm till 6 am. Tickets are £8 in advance (in
Brighton get them from Community Base, Queens Road, in London
from Access All Areas, Kentish Town Road) £10 on the
door (or £8 for ESF delegates), or from ticketweb.
Wrong side of the track
Michael Mungovan was a 21 year old student earning some extra money
working on the railways when he was hit by a train and killed. Not
trained or qualified to do the work and without proper supervision
Michael had found himself working on one of the most dangerous tracks
in Britain. He was employed by McGinley Recruitment Services a contractor
for Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure Services, part of Britains
biggest construction consortium (SchNEWS 356).
The case recently came to court, and corporate killers Balfour
Beatty were given a slap on the wrist for their part in his death,
being fined £150,000 for exposing their workers to risk.
£150,000 might seem like a lot to us, but its a small
dent when youve earned £2 billion in the last six months
like Balfour Beatty have. The fine is so small because it is in
proportion to the turnover of the company which employs the workers
rather than the parent company.
Its not as if this kind of thing hasnt happened before,
Simon Jones was killed at Shoreham Docks in 1998. Simon worked for
SchNEWS and we helped launch a campaign of direct action to get
justice for him and to expose casualisation. Simons mother
Anne, spoke of the frustration of trying to talk to a government
who wont listen or learn and dont appear to care: For
five years Ive been hammering it into Government ministers
that they must put an end to agencies pretending the workers they
send out are self-employed and so avoiding doing a risk
assessment for the job and walking away scot free when things go
The Tories cut health and safety enforcement budgets by 25% in
1996, and Neo-Labour, despite many promises over the years, has
failed to introduce a law on corporate manslaughter. The Health
and Safety Commission, recently dropped their demands for a corporate
manslaughter, after a note from the Confederation of
British Industry was circulated at one of their meetings. Privatisation,
deregulation and casualisation, have seen the replacement
of professional, unionized workers with casual labour supplied by
agencies as and when required. This is the enlightened idea of big
business directors trying to shave a few more pennies off their
* Anne Jones and Edgar Paez, international secretary of Columbian
trade union SINALTRAINAL (who are spearheading the coca-cola boycott)
will be speaking on Our lives, their profits how we
fight exploitation at the SchNEWS conference this Saturday
in the Camden Centre 2pm.
On Monday 18 people from Trident Ploughshares and Theatre of War
locked themselves into a 45-foot model Trident submarine outside
the gates of No.10. They were calling on the government to uphold
international law and disarm the submarine, in compliance with the
Non-Proliferation Treaty, which has been signed by 187 countries.
Cherie Bliars Matrix Chambers has just published legal opinion
which says that Britain will be in breach of the treaty if it renews
the 1958 nuclear cooperation pact with the United States later this
year. Both leaders are about to sign the pact. Where Bush goes,
Blair will follow, this time armed with Nukes, hovering around Iran,
Syria and North Korea.
Rupert Read, on behalf of the activists, said While Iraq
has now been conclusively shown not to have had any Weapons of Mass
Destruction, Britain has them aplenty, and in flagrant disregard
of international law and treaty obligations, like an outlaw state
is doing nothing to rid itself of them.
So Blair & Bush are breaking international law, ripping up
international treaties, attacking other countries for supposedly
doing the same and making a massive profit to boot. Pissed off with
the warmongers and want to know how to oppose them? Mark Curtis,
director of the World Development Movement and author of Web of
Deceit, Ewa Jasiewicz, human rights activist and journalist recently
imprisoned in Israel and Jo Wilding, activist, writer and witness
to the siege of Falluja will be at the SchNEWS conference this Saturday
How Direct Action Can Save the
Active, popular opposition to oppressive rulers has
been the force of change throughout history. Find out first
hand, how to get involved, organize, plot and discuss resistance
to the onward goose-step of capitalism.
2-3pm: WORK: Our lives, their profits
how we fight exploitation.
3-4pm: WEATHER: Climate change
capitalisms legacy to the world.
4-5pm: WAR: The warmongers and how
to oppose them.
5-6pm: WINNING: How direct action can
save the world.
Saturday 16th At The Camden Centre, Bidborough Street,
(nr. Kings Cross) WC1. www.schnews.org.uk/at10
and it's free!
* This is also the launch for our new book
True to D-Form
Last weekend the D-form festival in Barcelona, a celebration of
music and art from the alternative culture, was dawn raided by riot
cops. Crushing sculptures, the kids space, a skate ramp, the café
and the bar, which were all built from recycled materials, the police
moved through the festival site chucking what they could into bin
lorries. The festival had been set up to showcase genuine grass
roots art from all over Europe, without sponsorship or state funding,
using underground decentralized networks to communicate.
In stark contrast, Barcelonas council wasted millions of
euros earlier this year on the European Forum of Culture - a massive
and expensive flop, badly attended and widely criticized for its
hypocrisy. A forum for peace, art and sustainability was sponsored
by among others INDRA, Spains biggest weapons manufacture
and Coca-Cola who recently used para military forces to kill trade
unionists in Columbia; the sustainable transport stand
was sponsored by Toyota! Supposedly to promote cultural diversity,
the Forum hosted a gypsy week which was built on a spot
from which a big camp of er, gypsy families were forcibly evicted
to make way for the sleek Forum venue.
Not ones to give up easily, the would-have-been-festival-go-ers
threw a big loud peaceful protest, which took over the centre of
town. More than three thousand people danced through the streets
while Ojos de Brujo, a local hip-hop flamenco band played on the
back of a truck.
SchNEWS in very brief
- Next Thursday (21) G8 Trapese roadshow will be
at Brightons Cowley Club talking about climate change, oil,
war and civil disobedience using workshops, short films and a
pub quiz that aim to stimulate debate about the G8. Starts 6pm
12 London Road 01273 696104 www.cowleyclub.org.uk
- Its anti McDonalds day this Saturday (16) in Brighton
people will be at London Road McDonalds from 1pm. www.mcspotlight.org
or 020 7713 1269
- For hundreds more party and protest dates check out our party
and protest guide at www.schnews.org.uk/pap/index.htm
Triple Road Bypass
In time honoured corporate style, Neo-Labour has put UK plc.firmly
back on the route to more road building. Their mates at the Confederation
of British Industry have convinced Blair that they need to get their
hands on the £20 billion in profits that congestion supposedly
costs the country each year. And to help company bosses jet around
to extract cash from every corner of the world, airport expansion
plans are aplenty.
From the Aberdeen western bypass to the Weymouth Relief Road, protest
camps against road building projects are constantly fighting eviction.
Therell be a gathering in Nottingham at the Sumac centre between
19th and 21st November to look at whats being built, where,
by whom and what we can do about it. Therell be some planning
of actions, discussions on the role and support of camps and building
networks to support local campaigns. Bookings essential. 0845
345 1998 www.roadalert.org.uk
And, in yet another shameless plug for the SchNEWS direct action
conference Rising Tide, the grassroots network that takes action
on the root causes of climate change will be speaking about capitalisms
legacy to the world at 3pm.
* The Earth Cymru will be taking the Energy Beyond Oil workshop
on tour next month, looking at energy use, the impending oil crisis
and some alternative energy solutions. For tour dates 01558 685353
The Freecycle Network is a grassroots movement of people who are
giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns, each being
run by a local volunteer moderator. If you want to get a few useful
bits and bobs, de-clutter your life and save stuff going into landfill
at the same time, check out www.freecycle.org
Starbucks have got the hump over a website belonging to the Vacuum
Cleaners. The spoof website shows how to subvert their brand by
filling in a few choice letters on the Starbucks logo and magically
transforming it into the words fuck off. Starbucks claims
that it tarnishes their brand and goodwill.
(Does anyone give a crapaccino?) And what was that about goodwill?
Starbucks, the coffee shop equivalent of McDonalds, loads up its
coffee drinks with rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) tainted
milk, and buys coffee and chocolate produced under exploitative
labour conditions, and in the case of cocoa plantations in Africa,
workers who are actually slaves. It also uses prison labour
for its products.
Although Starbucks exploit a broad range of workers they dont
appear to have a broad sense of humour. Starbucks had infamous political
prankster Reverend Billy banned from every Starbucks coffee shop
in the world! Prior to the ban, Rev Billy and the church of Stop
Shopping could be found preaching within the (arty and
atmospheric haha) interior of Starbucks all over America,
humouring customers with comedy sketches. One sketch mirrors the
brainwashing powers of multinationals as 3 actors sit around a cup
of frappaccino and become euphoric as though it is a hit.
* Make your own Fuck Off cup: www.starbuckscoffee.co.uk
* Reverend Billy www.revbilly.com
Why not register a domain name of your own? (www.starbucksatemymonkey.net
www.fuckstarbucks.com and many more are still up for grabs, use
your imagination!) They might try to take your website off you like
the Vacuum Cleaners but you shouldn't be too worried about any letters
SchNEWS warns all party-goers our puns are indy-scriminate and
indy-scribable but are sometimes a bit indy-corous ... Honest!
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