I'm a Believer!
The Bible-belters are bedfellows (but only opposite sex ones)
with the Neo Conservative power hungry who believe that the US should
use its position as the worlds only superpower to shape all
events of the 21st century, ensuring theyre favorable to Americas
principle interests. As Pentagon adviser and arch neo-con Richard
Perle purred If we just let our vision of the world go forth,
and we embrace it entirely, and we dont try to piece together
clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war ...our children will
sing great songs about us years from now.
As the recent documentary The Power of Nightmares pointed
out politicians used to sell us dreams, now they use nightmares
to keep us all in line, and the war on terror is one which Bush
continually sold to the US electorate. But as one sceptical observer
in the British security services commented All they need is
a big bomb every 18 months to keep this going. While Jonathan
Eyal, director of the British military think-tank the Royal United
Services Institute said There is a long tradition that if
you divert all your resources to a threat, then you exaggerate it.
And with $143 billion plus on defense.-thats a
helluva lotta exaggerating to do.
Adam Roberts, professor of international relations at Oxford, says
that governments often believe struggles with terrorists to
be of absolute cosmic significance, and that therefore anything
goes when it comes to winning. The historian Linda Colley
adds: States and their rulers expect to monopolise violence,
and that is why they react so virulently to terrorism.
American journalist Arianna Huffington points out What the
president calls faith is actually nothing of the sort. It is fanaticism,
pure and simple. The defining trait of the fanatic is an utter refusal
to allow anything as piddling as evidence to get in the way of an
unshakable belief. This zealots mindset is what allows President
Bush to take in the death and destruction in Iraq and see them as
freedom on the march.
This is why George W. Bush is so clear-eyed about Al Qaeda
and the Islamic fundamentalist enemy, explained Bruce Bartlett,
a policy advisor to Bush. He understands them because hes
just like them.
* Making a killing: the corporate invasion of Iraq with No Logo
Naomi Klein. Friends House, Euston Road 24th November 6:30pm £5/£3
Texan Chain-Saw Massacre
The US has begun a new campaign of assaults on Iraqs cities
whichll cause more civilian casualties than the invasion.
An attack on Fallujah is imminent and British troops are to be accessories.
If the attack on Fallujah last April is anything to go by, this
will be yet another bloodbath. Forty-ton battle tanks and helicopter
gunships were used against slums. Aircraft dropped 500lb bombs,
marine snipers killed old people, women and children, ambulances
were shot at. The marines closed the only hospital in a city of
300,000 for more than two weeks, so they could use it as a military
position. 600 people were killed. This was a military operation,
against foreign militants and insurgents,
never against civilians and Iraqis defending their homes and homeland.
A recent letter sent by representatives of the people of Fallujah
to the UN secretary general Kofi Annan said On the night of
13 October a single US bombardment destroyed 50 houses and their
inhabitants. Is this a crime of genocide or a lesson about US democracy?
The US is committing acts of terror against the people of Fallujah
for only one reason - to force them to accept the occupation.
The whole world knows that the US and their allies have destroyed
our country on the pretext of the threat of weapons of mass destruction.
Now, after their own mass destruction and the killing of thousands
of civilians, they have admitted that they have not found any. But
they have said nothing about the crimes they have committed. The
whole world is silent, and even the killing of Iraqi civilians is
not condemned. Our representatives have repeatedly denounced kidnapping
and killing of civilians. We have nothing to do with any group that
acts in an inhumane manner. We call on you and the leaders of the
world to exert the greatest pressure on the Bush administration
to end its crimes against Fallujah and pull its army back from the
* This Sunday (7) Parliament Square, London 2pm 07818651124 email@example.com
* On the day of the promised massive assault vigil 5pm-7pm, opposite
Downing Street www.stopthewar.org.uk
* For some direct action meet 7pm Edith Cavell statue (opp the
entrance of the National Portrait Gallery). 5-7pm, Picadilly Gardens,Mancester
* Sunday 14th London Nonviolent Direct Action Training Workshop,
7a Rampart Street, E1, 11am-4pm, 0845 458 2564, www.voicesuk.org
* Monthly cost of Military Operations in Iraq $3.9 billion (Secretary
of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, July 9, 2003)
* Current total cost $143.5 billion and counting... See www.costofwar.com
* Ongoing Military Operations in Afghanistan, $1 billion/month
(USA Today, September 8, 2003)
Crap Arrest of the Week
For throwing a wet sponge!
Two people were arrested last Saturday for lobbing wet sponges at
a George Walker Bush impersonator during a peaceful anti-war protest
in Leeds town centre. While the public clearly thought it was a
laugh the police failed to see the funny side, when a highly agitated
police officer proved how big n tough he was by singling
out a 16 year old girl and arresting and cuffing her.
ISLE BE BACK
Tony Blair wanted to restore peace, freedom and democracy
for the Iraqi people; he wanted to get rid of that brute Saddam
Hussein. He spent millions on that, but he says he cant pay
for us, who are British citizens, to go home Allen Vincatassin
representative of the Diego Garcians.
The Diego Garcians were exiled from their island in the 1970s
after deals between Britain, Mauritius and the US. Mauritius got
its independence from Britain in 1965, but let Britain keep the
Chagos Islands, of which Diego Garcia is one. In return Britain
paid Mauritius £3 million. Then the thrifty British government
agreed to lease the island to the US for military use in return
for an £11.5 million discount on nuclear submarines.
The people of Diego Garcia were tricked and forced off their island
to make way for an air base. All the animals on the island were
gassed, and two of the longest runways in the world were constructed.
Recently, many of the bombers that have been flattening Iraq and
Afghanistan took off from Diego Garcia.
The Diego Garcians were sent to Mauritus, where they have lived
in slums for the last 30 years. They lived in extreme poverty; many
starved, died or committed suicide. The British government maintained
the lie that the island had no permanent residents.
In 2000 the High Court ruled that their expulsion from the Islands
was illegal. Neo Labour invented a feasibility study
to decide whether the island could be resettled; it decided that
it would be too expensive to repatriate the Diego Garcians,
would be ecologically harmful (the B52s arent?), and anyway,
the islands are in danger from global warming.
While the Diego Garcians have been prevented from returning to
their island, others have been welcomed. The US military for one,
along with thousands of Filipino and Mauritian workers who have
been brought in to build and maintain the base. Ironically, the
Diego Garcians are now twiddling their thumbs in the Jobcentre in
Crawley. Multinationals such as Cable and Wireless also have a presence
on the island serving the bases. Recently theres been a plan
to allow tourists to visit the island, which means anyone will be
able to go there, except the people whose homeland it is. Oh yeah-
anyone who can afford the £4,500 cost of the cruise that is.
Now they are arriving in Britain, from the slums of Port Louis
in Mauritius, in search of a better life. The Diego Garcians were
graced with full British citizenship in 2002. The first
group, including Allen Vincatassin arrived in 2002; they were told
by the Overseas Territories Minister, at the time, Baroness Amos
that they would be given no help by central government. Luckily
the local council were more sympathetic and gave them temporary
accommodation until they found work.
Since then, 200 Diego Garcians have landed in Gatwick and are living
in Crawley. Many of them, such as the most recent arrivals, face
destitution, denied access to any benefits from the government who
exiled them from their homes, despite the fact that they hold British
citizenship. They have been denied benefits because they fail the
DSS Habitual Residency Test (HRT); they cannot prove they have been
resident in Britain for more than a month. Which is strange, as
it was the Government who kicked them off British territory in the
first place. The Diego Garcians are currently challenging this legislation
and asking the government to allow them benefits from the moment
A Demonstration was held yesterday outside Downing Street to ask
Tony Blair to consider doing them the massive favour of just lifting
the HRT for them. The issue has started to get into the public eye
and after 30 years, some of our upstanding MPs are starting to ask
questions about the issue.
There are disputes between West Sussex County Council (WSCC), who
are currently footing the bill for temporary hotel accommodation,
and central government. The government says that they wont
pay and that WSCC have no responsibility either. WSCC have been
looking after the Diego Garcians so far, but are worried about the
costs of looking after the one thousand more who might come. It
was a central government decision to displace them in the first
place, so financial responsibility should rest with them. By passing
all responsibility onto the local councils the government might
turn local people against the Diego Garcians, as they might resent
having to pay for their benefits- although when SchNEWS went to
meet them, the Diego Garcians reported that locals had been friendly
SchNEWS accountants worked out that to put all the Diego Garcians
in the world on full benefits for a year would cost roughly 1 million
pounds- about the cost of 2 Tomahawk cruise missiles. Bearing in
mind that most of those currently in Crawley are working and dont
need benefits, and most of the rest wouldnt need a full years
worth, then the cost would never be that high anyway.
* Write to your MP or to Bill Rammell the Overseas Territories
Minister about this: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Donate money to help the Diego Garcians legal costs and get by
without benefits: British Indian Ocean Territory Islanders Movement,
Barclays Bank, Sort Code 20 23 97, Account Number 93391558
* Theres an awareness raising party for the Diego Garcians
in the Synergy Project (which is a fundraiser for South London community
projects), SeOne Club London (London Bridge tube), Nov 19, 9-6,
£10/12/15 featuring live Diego Garcian music, art, films and
photos about their story, and then DJs. www.festival-of-flight.org
BeyONdTV, the crew who brings you quality home entertainment featuring
stories and reports that tend not to crop up in the corporate media
are celebrating their 5th Annual Video Activist Documentary Festival.
The lively event consists of a variety of documentaries, community
video, music, short movies, dance, subverts and animations from
the worlds most radical producers which are overlooked by
mainstream broadcasters. Its happening November 19th-20th
Patti Pavilion, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, Wales, UK 01792 455900
Pop Yer Clogs
Farmers in India have found a novel use for Coca Cola killing
bugs. Cotton and Chilli farmers in Andhara Pradesh and Chattisgarh
are spraying their plants with the sugary drink and saving a fortune
on pesticide costs. I observed that the pests began to die
after the soft drink was sprayed on my cotton said one. And
its not just Coke that kills the bugs. Pepsi, Thumbs Up and
other locally produced soft drinks all have the same effect. One
theory is that the sugar in the drinks attracts red ants which feed
on insect larvae. Coca Cola dont endorse the use of their
drink as a pesticide and say: Soft drinks do not act in a
similar way to pesticides when applied to the ground or crops. There
is no scientific basis for this and the use of soft drinks for this
purpose would be totally ineffective
While some farmers have been using cola to kill bugs, many others
want to kick Coca Cola out of India. Coke have been depleting water
reserves effectively stealing water from local communities.
A massive march of 250km will take place 15th-24th between their
two bottling plants in the state of Uttar Pradesh. www.indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke
SchNEWS in brief
- Cartoons by Kate Evans: 10 years of sketchiness
with stuff about Palestine, breastfeeding, anarchist disorganization
and good ol road protesting, opens at the Cowley Club, 12
London Road, Brighton Monday (8) night www.cartoonkate.co.uk
- Stop the Database State talk at the
Cowley Club, next Thursday (11) to find out how we can stop Neo
Labours obsession with ID Cards
- Benefit gig for SchNEWS at The Glebe (nr train station),
Glebe Street, Stoke On Trent next Sat (13) Bands include Zounds
and Bastards Trained By Bastards, £4
- Interested in a new Leeds Social Centre? Then get along
to a meeting 18th November 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church Cafe, Boar
Lane, 07963 951267 email@example.com
- Want to get involved in a new direct action youth group in
Exeter - then get along to a meeting on 18th 5pm in the Phoenix
Centre in the drama studio firstname.lastname@example.org
- SchWHOOPS! We got the website for Brasil de Facto wrong
last week, it should have been www.brasildefato.com.br
If you want to help the financial situation of the independent
paper, email email@example.com
- Anarchist Polish Solidarity Night at the 1 in 12 Club,
Bradford with speakers, Polish food, music and vodka 7.30pm 20th,
- Roadblock - Conscious UK hip hop and reggae with Carpetface,
Le Magnifique, Underground Alliance + DJ Pierre, in aid of the
Palestine Solidarity Campaign. 24th November, 7 12pm, The
Windmill, Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, £4
- Book Talk: American Dream or Global Nightmare? With Ziauddin
Sardar and Melanie Phillips, 8pm, 9th at University College School
Theatre, Frognal, Hampstead. £4.50 adv/£6 door 01763
- Halloween at Shannon warport, west Ireland, was celebrated
in true pagan style by two banshee peace activists. They managed
to construct a shrine to the war dead near the runway before being
discovered by airport security.
- Defend Travellers Rights: public meeting
to organise a London action group to oppose the evictions and
persecution of Travellers. Bring your ideas about how to resist
evictions, bailiffs and the councils responsible. Sat, 13th Nov,
7pm, @ London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel,
(Corner of Parfett st). firstname.lastname@example.org
- The next planned eviction is at the Twin Oaks Site nr Borehamwood,
Herts on Monday 8th. Travellers legally purchased the site
but the council wants the land and is withholding planning permission.
People wishing to help in the sites defence can phone Jim
on 07733 454151
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter thinks that liberals are becoming
increasingly violent and hysterical over the US election,
recently claiming I dont think this is a fight they
want to pick. Weve got the guns and weve got the men.
Unfortunately (for Coulter) this rather smug warning didnt
manage to stop Tuscan terrorists Al Pi-eda rising from
the audience at the University of Arizona last week and giving her
a good walloping with cream pies. Coulter, whose latest work is
titled How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), was giving
a speech at the university when the pies connected with her left
shoulder and face. The protestors, unable to make a hasty escape,
were promptly arrested and charged with criminal damage, disorderly
conduct, vandalism, and assault without injury. Subsequent to the
tasteful attack, cops found in a post-arrest search pieces
of paper (propaganda) involving Coulters name and the explanation
of Al Pi-eda. No further weapons of mass confection
have been discovered as of yet
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