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SchNEWS 474, 19th November, 2004
INDIA FACE A look at the caring sharing face of Dow Chemicals, Coca-Cola and Bayer in India and the resistance to them. Also "terrorist" attacked by police and more.

SchNEWS 473, 12th November, 2004
HOLY WAR, BATMAN US forces heroically flatten Fallujah, killing hundreds of civillians. Now the Iraqi's are free from Saddam and can do whatever they want, as long it's what the American's tell them. And Brian Haw and more.

SchNEWS 472, 5th November, 2004
Nightmare on Bush Street We at SchNEWS Towers join the world in celebrating the victory of Dubya over his radically different opponent (we've forgotten his name already) in the US elections. And Diego Garcia and more...

SchNEWS 471, 29th October, 2004
Harassment Life Sciences An animal rights activist gets a bill for £205, 551.23 for not contesting an injunction under the Protection From Harassment Act. The bill includes the costs for 11 other people and groups. Also construction workers on strike and more...

SchNEWS 470, 22nd October, 2004
Endless Shit Flinging The ESF goes off in London and everyone gets a lesson in openness and transparency from the SWP (and it's front groups). Also Uzbekistan, Inter Milan, capitalist conferences and more.

SchNEWS 469, 15th October, 2004
INDY - STRUCTABLE! Indymedia's servers in the UK are confiscated by the UK authorities because Swiss and Italian authorities asked the US authorities to ask them to. Huh? Fortunately Indymedia have been given no explaination whatsoever. And more.

SchNEWS 468, 8th October, 2004
UNPOPULAR STORY A quick look at some of the people around the world who are having just as bad a time as Kenneth Bigley. Also SchNEWS birthday bash, European Social Forum events and more.

SchNEWS 467, 24th September, 2004
VOCAL YOKEL DISCORD Forces of evil clash as the Countryside Alliance descend on the Labour party conference. Also, Star Wars, neo-Labour, and all the usual.

SchNEWS 466, 3rd September, 2004
I.D.EAL CITIZEN I.D cards: a load of crap, everyone except Blunkett agrees. SchNEWS offers him a load more reasons to see sense. Also, Tufnell Park squat eviction, the SchNEWS ASBOmeter, and more on hunt sab Michael Maynard.

SchNEWS 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!

SchNEWS 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!

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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 and more...

SchNEWS 461,
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!

SchNEWS 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...

SchNEWS 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 (or wounded)...

SchNEWS 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.

SchNEWS 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?


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“The turnout is much bigger than we’d expected. This is a polite response to Bush’s barbarity” - Ernesto Medina, a march organizer.

An estimated 60,000 demonstrators marched against capitalism in Santiago de Chile last Saturday as the country played host to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. George Bush was in town with his mates from 21 other countries, to discuss trade, terrorism and other ways to screw the poor. Although between them these countries control 47% of world trade, they’re eager to get their hands on the other 53%, and to help them along their way they organised the weekend’s forum to discuss the creation of a Pacific wide ‘free trade’ area by 2010.

The demo was one of Chile’s largest since the ending of the country’s seventeen year military dictatorship in 1990. Three days before the conference even started there were clashes between students and police, with a McDonalds receiving the time honoured trashing. By Friday protesters were hurling Molotov cocktails and stones at police who retaliated with tear gas and water cannons. Despite 500 arrests by the Saturday, this made little difference to the 60,000 marchers’ determination to rally against the latest round of corporate sponsored free trade talks. Lucky Santiago residents got a public holiday on Friday as a result of the protests, but all police leave was cancelled (shame)!

The violence, however, wasn’t all poverty related. Bolshy Bush and his body guard goons insisted that all the politicians and their guests at a pre-conference banquet had to pass through metal detectors and be subjected to body searches. Chilean officials then responded by downgrading the ‘banquet’ to a ‘dinner’ (!?), after Chilean President Ricardo Lagos said that he wouldn’t let US security services search his guests. In a tit for tat response, Chilean police refused a US security guard entry to another official function on Saturday night. Clearly modelling himself on his pal Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bush lost his rag and waded in, ending up in a scuffle with the police as he pulled his guard into the room!

Debtor the devil u know

Over the past ten years, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have been blathering on about poverty reduction, anti-corruption, debt relief and increased health and education spending, even naming the weekend conference ‘One Community, Our Future’. Without a hint of irony, Wal-Mart sponsored Prime Ministers and Presidents declared their commitment to ‘sustainable and equitable growth’. “Chile is a prime example of the benefits of opening markets,” US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick said, “the Chilean people have charted a course toward economic growth, development and expanding prosperity.”

Perhaps Chile is seen as a success story because only 20% of its population live in poverty, compared to the 44% average for Latin America. Or maybe Zoellick’s just been feasting too much in swanky restaurants, to have noticed the homeless sleeping outside his hotel. “We have to do something to humanise this economic model that is now spreading in the world,” said Francisco Araya, an office worker who brought his two children along to the protest, “ten percent of the population own more than half the country’s wealth. This can’t continue.” Whilst 5% of Chileans live on the edge of starvation, their country exports apples, grapes and wine to the US and salmon to Europe, in a desperate bid to earn foreign currency so that the country can repay its $38 billion debt to Western Banks. In comparison, last year Chile spent less than $3 billion on education and one in ten Chileans still do not have access to drinking water.

Rather than tackling poverty, APEC leaders instead proposed a host of trade related anti-terrorism measures that are likely to justify clampdowns on future anti-capitalist actions. For the past year, the Interpol office in Santiago has been using a database of around 500 activists they believed would be coming to the protests. A week before the riots began, police arrested thirty people who attended a rally against the infringements on civil liberties.

Latin Lucre

Although leaders in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela have recently been elected on the basis of strong left wing agendas and independence from the US, all have been reluctant to say ‘no’ to the IMF and World Bank which have crippled the countries with levels of debt that are unlikely to ever be paid off. Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, recently attacked Bush’s vision of world trade domination, publicly calling him a pendejo (asshole) but Venezuela oversees the worlds 7th largest oil reserves and can afford to be a bit cocky. Ecuador, on the other hand, spends half of its national budget on debt repayments and, according to former economist John Perkins, the US literally has them over a barrel, “when we want more oil, we go to Ecuador and say, look, you’re not able to repay your debts, therefore give our oil companies your oil filled Amazon rain forest.” Or else.

In his new book, Perkins describes himself as a former economic hit man: a highly paid professional who cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Perkins says that his job was to “build up the American empire. To bring and create situations where as many resources as possible flow into the US, to our corporations, and our government, and in fact we’ve been very successful. We’ve built the largest empire in the history of the world.”

Perkins was recruited in the late sixties by the National Security Agency and quickly found himself working for the World Bank. The Bank was giving huge loans to other countries, much bigger than they could possibly repay. Perkins would then strike a deal that ensured US corporations picked up the contracts for the infrastructure projects the loans were supposed to fund. “Those companies would then go in and build an electrical system or ports or highways, and these would basically serve just a few of the very wealthiest families in those countries. Basically they become our servants, our slaves. It’s an empire. There’s no two ways about it. It’s been extremely successful.”

Street protests may have helped put an end to Bush’s hopes to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas by 2005, but the White House is picking countries off, one-by-one. The US has armed the Colombian military in exchange for a deal on free trade and has created a huge sweatshop in Central America where women earn 25 pence an hour sewing Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirts that sell for £50 a piece. With 60,000 people on the streets of one of Latin America’s richest countries, things are sure to hot up.

* For more on the protests

* Read an interview with John Perkins


  • Money raised by first Band Aid single: £9.5 million.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa’s debt: $256bn
  • Security budget for the 2005 G8 summit in Scotland (where Blair reckons Africa will top the agenda): £150 million.
  • Cost of Iraq war so far to UK taxpayer: £8 billion.


In the Queen’s Speech the government announced plans to introduce ID cards, however a national ID scheme for children is much closer. The Children’s Bill, which is likely to become an Act, will establish a national database of every single child in the country (SchNEWS 452). This all seeing database will have details on the child’s school achievements, GP and hospital visits, police and social services records, home address and details about their family. The database will be accessible to just about every government agency you can think of and some private companies, but children and their parents won’t have access to it, and will have to apply to see details held on their children under the Data Protection Act.

As Liberty say, this is a national ID database in all but name: “They are creating a national database through the back door. You start with information about all children, but, in 20 years time, you’ve got almost half the population.” The creation of a national database is a clear invasion of privacy; the government’s own Joint Committee on Human Rights says that it is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Not that Ministers are worried about this, their only concern is the technical challenge of setting up the database. There has been a whole catalogue of failures of computer databases, most notably the Child Support Agency, which eighteen months after a £456m IT system was brought in only 61,000 parents had received any money out of 478,000 applications, with a waiting time of 15-22 weeks (the target is six weeks). Or the Inland Revenue who deleted tax records due to a computer “glitch”. Then there’s the loophole in the planned NHS database, which allows any user to access any patient’s records and make changes. One senior physician involved in the project said, “It’s a system that’s just asking to be abused.” Other cock-ups with databases include the Criminal Records Bureau, Passport Service, Tax Credits the list goes on, in a pattern dubbed ‘Repetitive Failure Syndrome’. With a track record like that the possibility of cock-ups for a database for children or a national ID card seems an absolute certainty.

* The obsession with computer tracking of children is reaching silly levels. A new scheme called VeriCool is a “fingertip verification system” based on a child’s fingerprint. Apparently this can be used to take the class register or to see if everyone has got back on the bus after a school trip. Now call SchNEWS old fashioned but isn’t a more simple way of taking the class register is for the teacher to read out the children’s names? VeriCool is run by Anteon who are a US military company involved with, amongst other things, global intelligence systems, missile defences and weapons system modernization. Good to see our children are safe in such nice people’s hands.

* STOP ID cards and the database state public meeting next Tuesday (30) The Brix, St Matthews Church, Brixton SW2 7 pm

SchNEWS in brief

  • John Jordan co-editor of the anti-capitalist book ‘We are everywhere’ is speaking at the Cowley Club, Brighton Thurs 2nd Dec, 6pm, also showing a film about Argentina’s factory occupation
  • What’s REALLY Happening in Iraq?! Film night Thurs 2nd Dec. See uncensored footage of life in Iraq. Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton. 7:30pm.
  • End the Occupation demo this Saturday (27th) Meet Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel Road, near Brick Lane. 1.30pm
  • ‘Occupation and Resistance in Iraq: international teach-in’ Sun 5th Dec University of London Union, Malet Street, London. £5/£2
  • Noise Demos against Brighton based arms manufacturers EDO next three Thursdays, from 4pm Home Farm Business Park, Moulescoomb.
  • On Tuesday, for three hours, activists blockaded the entrance to Stancliffe Stone who want to quarry the 9 Ladies site (SchNEWS 437). No arrests were made, and more actions are planned depending on the outcome of a meeting they managed to arrange with Stancliffe Stone.
  • Demonstration against right wing, ex president of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar who is speaking at Oxford Union. Meet 7.30pm on Fri Dec 3rd, meet in St Michaels Street. Bring pots & pans.
  • Demonstration against indefinite detention without charge or trial and fast track extradition to the US, Sun 28th Nov, 12.30-2.30pm, V2 Tattenhoe St, opposite Woodhill Prison, Milton Keynes
  • Cranes were occupied on Monday at the channel tunnel rail link site in Kings Cross in solidarity with workers protesting the “contrick”. A call is being made for a national ballot of all construction workers.
  • This Saturday is the Anarchist Book Fair at ULU, Mallet St, London. But its also Buy Nothing Day, so you’ll have to leave empty handed!

Positive SchNEWS

Indymedia was born five years ago out of the Seattle World Trade Organisation protests. Back then it was a way of coordinating actions and getting past the corporate media, since they either ignored the protests or only reported on damage to property.

It has grown into one of the biggest alternative news networks in the world, with over 100 centres all over the world. The really exciting thing about Indymedia is that anyone can post news onto the pages.

Of course all this grassroots empowerment hasn’t escaped the notice of the authorities. A few weeks ago the servers for 21 sites were taken from the UK by the FBI in a highly suspect international policing operation (SchNEWS 469). The legal basis for the seizure is still not clear. Fortunately the servers have now been returned.

To celebrate their anniversary UK Indymedia is ‘avin it large at Tufnell Park community centre, St George’s church, 49 Tufnell Park Rd, London. The line up includes, Fun-Da-Mental, Rhythms of Resistance, The Rub, Penny Rimbaud (Crass), The Unpeople, with special guests The FBI plus films and more music!

DISSENT briefs

  • The Trapese Roadshow aims to inspire, inform and mobilise people about the G8 and related issues in the build up to the G8 summit in Scotland next year. Touring in December visiting Stirling, Perth, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and more. 07904 452297
  • Dissent! Gathering in Newcastle next weekend (4th-5th Dec) Booking essential
  • Dissent! meetings in Brighton every Tuesday, 6pm Cowley Club, London Road,
  • New Dissent! Booklet ‘Reflections on Summit Mobilisations’. Send £2 to Box 8, 245 Gladstone St., Nottingham, NG7 6HX.

Inside SchNEWS

Continuing their record of violating civil rights of protesters, New York cops used the Republican National Convention in August as an opportunity to target the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) during a peaceful protest outside the Starbucks where they worked. The Union called for a march during the Convention to protest against the Bush Administration’s support for anti-union actions at Starbucks. Daniel Gross, a co-founder of the Union and Starbucks employee is set to stand trial in January for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and faces a maximum sentence of six months. The NYC Union have sparked a national campaign to organise against the massive coffee chain, aiming to bring workers together to rise out of poverty, put an end to understaffing, and achieve a guaranteed number of work hours per week.

Starbucks has a history of making false allegations about IWW rallies in New York City and so in keeping with tradition; company managers gave info to New York detectives before the protest began. “Once again, Starbucks has proven it will do or say anything to attempt to break our union,” Daniel said. “Chairman Howard Schultz will likely use a conviction against me as a fear-tactic to deter workers from joining the IWW to improve their life on the job.”

Weymouth Wonderland

Would you like to have a seaside break over the Christmas period? The camp against the A50 Weymouth “Relief” Road would like help building more warm accommodation. Despite Dorset Council agreeing to evict the camp, no court proceedings have occurred, seeming to confirm local rumours that the ownership of the land the camp is occupying is under dispute. This campaign is very winnable, as there is no economic or strategic reason for the road, and it is hugely destructive. It goes through ancient woodland, dissects the Littlemore Housing Estate, and goes through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


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...and finally...

Well, it’s only six decades after troublemaker Lucy Parsons died and there’s been loads of squabbling over whether or not a small park in Chicago should be named after her. Police were trying to prevent the park being named after the labour organizer who coined the infamous phrase “Behold your future executioners”. Bearing Parson’s quote in mind, the city police have been huffing and puffing over this dangerous issue “They’re going to name a piece of property in the city of Chicago after an anarchist!” exclaimed one traumatized cop. However, despite objections, the city has given the green light to honour the activist and the park was christened ‘Lucy Parsons’. Lucy and her husband, Albert, were a strong force behind the improvement of lives of women, minorities and workers. They were continually punished for defending workers rights and when a bomb went off on May 1st 1886 at a union rally in Haymarket Square, Albert was blamed, even though he was not there on the day, and executed along with 3 others (this was the origin of May Day, international workers day by the way!). Chicago police went to extremes to silence Lucy Parsons every time she tried to speak out and now 62 years after her death they are still trying to silence her.

SchNEWS warns all readers not to rub their Bush up the wrong way with a Chile, it’ll sting...Honest!

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