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501, 10th June, 2005
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499, 27th May, 2005
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495, 29th April, 2005
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492, 8th April, 2005
491, All Fools Day, 2005
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488, 11th March, 2005
487, 4th March, 2005
486, 25th February, 2005
For being aboriginal
A 15 year old aboriginal boy in Western Australia has been arrested,
held in custody for twelve days and flown 1500km to Perth to appear
in childrens court in a police operation costing A$10,000.
The crime? Wait for it stealing an ice cream. Aboriginal
Legal Service lawyer Peter Collins claims that the approach
smacks of overkill. Just a bit. SchNEWS thinks
the racist legal system in WA should chill out
with a nice ice cream. Apparently the said ice cream was returned
to the shop undamaged.
Imagine the following scenario: Big American Business wants to
get involved in some other countrys local energy market. The
Yanks have already pushed through the necessary free market
rules to make sure it would be illegal not to allow
(their) foreign investment, so if the local government or people
are uncomfortable with the idea and even think of trying to democratically
block it, the US taps its fingers on the rulebook, claims
the locals are standing in the way of free and fair
trade, and threatens to throw its economic (or ultimately military,
if necessary) toys out of the pram unless they stick to their rules.
A familiar enough story being played out once again
this time, theres a twist.
The local country in this case is in fact America and the big foreign
investor is China. The Chinese energy firm CNOOC, although 71% state
funded still a listed company on the New York Stock Exchange and
thus subject to all the regulations (or lack of) that apply to any
other multinational, have bid $18.5 billion to buy Unocal, an American
oil and gas company. And how have the United States of Freedom responded
to this chance to lead by example and demonstrate how you go about
welcoming foreign investment with open arms and happy smiles? Thats
right, by crying foul and rushing to put the blockers on it, of
Washington moved this week to derail the bid - Congress voted 398-15
backing a resolution that Chinese ownership of Unocal would threaten
to impair the national security of the United States with
a House and Senate panel calling for a 4 month study
to assess the impact of Chinas thirst for energy and examine
fears about their growing economic influence. The uncertainty over
their findings should be enough to scupper the bid as shareholders
are due to vote on a (smaller) bid from Chevron on Aug 10th. Note
that nobody is saying the Chinese shouldnt be allowed in due
to their poor environmental or human rights record that would
be the pot calling the kettle black we guess besides Unocal
have a pretty dubious record themselves having worked hand in glove
with the Taliban and operated in Burma in their single-minded search
for profits (SchNEWS 387
Surely the Americans cant be scared? Big mighty bully-boy Uncle Sam feeling a little bit threatened by someone elses economic power excuse us if we at SchNEWS cant resist a large snigger at this point. As Senator Byron Dorgan said I think we ought to slow things down although we assume he wasnt talking about the global imposition of free trade agreements to dismantle all subsidies and trade protection barriers which the subsidy-loving trade-protectionist US can pick and choose whether to comply with should any Amercian business interests be threatened. We would suggest CNOOC should sue the US government through the World Trade Organisation to claim hefty compensation from a country obviously not embracing the free-market principles, but we dont suppose they trust that independent body to give them a fair and unbiased hearing
Were you arrested on Wednesday morning during the G8 protests at
the blockade of the A9? Were you put in the back of a police van,
while in the front was another protester who was white, 28, male,
skinny and wearing a maroon hoodie? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
* Steve Marshall is currently on remand accused of planning
to destroy equipment belonging to a quarry company which was polluting
a river. Its his 20th birthday on 27th August, so send cards
to Steve Marshall #68511-065, Federal Detention Center, PO Box 5000,
Sheridan, OR 97378, USA.
The temperature's rising in Iceland, where protestors are battling
to stop the disastrous Karahnjukar Dam from being built (see
SchNEWS 486). The dam
will cost over $1 billion, flood miles upon miles of pristine wilderness
and line the pockets of aluminium giant Alcoa and war-profiteers
Icelanders pleaded for international solidarity and many have made
the long journey there to help protect the wilderness. Iceland has
no tradition of protest or direct action, so police and workers
have been on the back foot against tactics they had never met before.
A conference was interrupted by guerilla yoghurt-wielding protestors
on June 14th, who coated fat cats in manky cow juice. At an action
on July 19th, when protestors locked on to vehicles to stop work,
police had to make up an Icelandic word for lock-on!
A cop-car had to rush 100km to the nearest town to get some cutters.
13 were detained, but nobody has yet been charged. 25 protestors
again locked on to vehicles to stop work on July 26th. Relations
with the workers were relaxed, but when the cops arrived they ordered
the drivers to start their vehicles and move off.
It was terrifying, if someone hadnt jumped up on the
front of the truck and pulled out the fuel line then I think people
may have been killed last night said Rob, one of the protesters
from the UK. Police allegedly sexually assaulted one woman and another
protestor was assaulted by security personnel while being held by
police. Three people are being held on fabricated assault charges
and may face deportation.
The protestors are appealing for solidarity actions and for people
to come and stay at their protest camp and take part in the struggle.
Football has been described as the opium of the masses, but tell
us when you last went to a meeting of 1,600 people demanding direct
action about the game? Well thats what has been happening
in Manchester over the summer when pissed off Man Utd fans finally
had enough when their club was taken over by an American billionaire.
The action they took was very direct: theyve set up their
own club FC United of Manchester (shortened to FCUM
see what theyve done there?!) OK, so they will be heading
for places like Blackpool Mechanics and Daisy Hill instead of the
Champions League, but as other fan controlled clubs like Enfield
Town and AFC Wimbledon have found out, non-league is a whole different
Luc Zenetar from FC Utd said I am sick of football and what
it has become. The money. The arrogance. The lack of connection
between the players and the fans. The way we, the supporters, are
treated, the Gestapo-like environment. I cant stand the fact
that it costs £36 to get into a ground with no atmosphere,
where you cant stand, cant shout, cant fart, cant
even sit with your friends. And then Rio Ferdinand, who earns £75,000
a week, gets banned for eight months through his own stupidity,
has the gall to demand over £100,000 just to carry on.
Another United fan added, We want a club where supporters
are not seen as 'customers' but as an integral part of the very
club they support. One member, one vote. No person above or below
Forget the bitching that Man United had it coming, if FC United
is as successful as the other fan-owned clubs then maybe the tide
against corporate football will begin to turn. See www.fc-utd.co.uk
SchNEWS spotted this thread on a womens health web-forum:
Basically, the action will promote the awareness and use
of the mooncup, and other reusable menstrual products and the politics
of menstruation... the climax (of the action) being street theatre
involving a public insertion (or removal) of the mooncup, with a
backdrop of dancing moons to the music of I bleed by
The Pixies. Because of the eco-friendly aspect of the mooncup, the
action could also be used to say how shit Cardiff is on recycling
and so forth. If youd like to be a dancing moon as well, get
Hello. Im with a health collective in Chicago, and
were interested in possibly doing actions around this too.
Can you tell me, whats a Cardiff?
What is a Cardiff indeed.
PS No SchNEWS next week cos well all be at the Big Green Gathering growing beards and playing with mooncups...
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