510, 2nd September, 2005
509, 26th August, 2005
508, 19th August, 2005
507, 12th August, 2005
506, 29th July, 2005
505, 22nd July, 2005
503/4, 15th July, 2005
502, 17th June, 2005
501, 10th June, 2005
500, 3rd June, 2005
499, 27th May, 2005
498, 20th May, 2005
497, 13th May, 2005
496, 6th May, 2005
495, 29th April, 2005
494, 22nd April, 2005
493, 16th April, 2005
For Telling the Truth
On August 2nd the Manado District Court, Indonesia, ruled that
Rignolda Djamaluddin, an environmental campaigner, had defamed the
mining company (and the worlds biggest gold producer) PT Newmont
Minahasa Raya after he accused them of pollution namely dumping
toxins like mercury, arsenic and cyanide into Buyat Bay. Rignolda
was ordered to publicly apologise and pay the equivalent of US$750,000
in damages. This sum will increase by Rp 5,000,000 for each
day that the damages are not paid.
Angry Buyat Pante residents and local university students who attended
the court in support of Rignolda pelted the judges with eggs, stones
and plastic bottles following the judgement. They mustve been
annoyed because they know damn well that there has been pollution
(and a sharp rise in associated health problems locally) - as do
the Indonesian government who are now prosecuting PT Newmont for
pollution! The company deny everything but coincidentally closed
the mine on Aug 30th. Rignoldas case is now awaiting appeal.
While the focus this week is on the DSEI weapon sellers, dont
forget phase two of any military operation dishing out the
In Iraq this job has been made easier by the helpful guys at Windrush
Communications. Run by Docklands-dwelling (handy for the ExCel Centre)
John Lumb, they organise Iraq Procurement Conferences
where, for a reasonable fee of course, corporate contractors can
meet, plan and bid for the asset-stripping privatisation opportunities
on offer in the newly liberated country. Unfortunately
they havent been left alone to carry out their good work
misguided loony activists keep trying to spoil the party, ranting
on about pillage and some rules or other
they call the Geneva Convention and Hague Regulations. When will
these people learn?
Not yet it seems. On the 14th of September four people go on trial,
accused of disrupting the activities of Windrush by refusing to
leave their offices when asked to by Police. Should be an open and
shut case then?
Er, except the defendants will cite the Hague Regulations (1907)
in their defence as did Pennie Quinton and Ewa Jasiewicz
over their disruption of Windrushs Iraq Procurement
Conference in London, April 2004 - following which Windrush
dropped the case. Surely this time Windrush want to get this annoying
appeal to international law tested and thrown out in a court of
law, so they can get on with the job of liberating Iraqs
future economic assets unharassed? We will see...
* Support those in court 9.30am Thames Magistrates Court, Bow Road,
* Meanwhile Hiatts in Birmingham make the leg shackles used on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. In protest, campaigners (including Mark Thomas and brother of Guantanamo inmate Omar Deghayes) turned up at the factory with band Seize the Day who performed their ditty "Do the shackle shuffle at Camp X-Ray". Many wore orange boiler suits and special "Made-in-England by Hiatts Corporation" handcuffs for the occasion to highlight the ongoing human rights abuse. Pictures and more at www.indymedia.org.uk/en/200509/322784.html
Two women have been taken to Bedford Hospital as fears grow
for the health of the Ugandan hunger strikers in their fifth week.
Four women remain on strike in Yarls Wood protesting against
their deportation and the conditions in detention. One very ill
and weak woman was taken on a 12-hour journey to Dungavel Detention
Centre in Scotland, where she continues to refuse food. Due to their
protest, others, including spokeswoman Harriet Anyangokolo, have
been released having at last secured legal help and the opportunity
to get their cases reconsidered. But at least two women have been
deported, one of whom was stopped by corrupt immigration officials
in Uganda who demanded she give them all her money or they would
hand her over to the police. She is now in hiding. There has been
no contact with the other woman. The Home Office refuses to take
any responsibility for monitoring the safety of those it returns.
For info contact: Legal Action for Women, Crossroads Womens
Centre, PO Box 287, London NW6 5QU. Tel: 020 7482 2496 / E-mail:
* A series of demonstrations, under the banner of Actions
against the Borders, took place in the Greek cities of Xanthi
and Komotini, followed by a march to the refugees reception
center near the border in Vena. The reception centre
is actually a prison camp were illegal aliens are imprisoned until
theyre deported. On return some of them may be facing long
term imprisonment or execution (e.g. Kurds going back to Turkey).
The facility is supposed to house 100 refugees but up to 1000 have
been crammed in at times, forced together in disgraceful living
Police tried to prevent anyone attempting to enter the centre and
violent clashes broke out. Some protesters managed to push the police
away, sending a few to the local hospital, and finally got through.
Once inside they tried to write down the names of the refugees in
order to submit asylum requests for them, and filmed the appalling
state of the place. For footage of the clashes see http://athens.indymedia.org/media_file.php?id=190&type=video
This week police gained court orders to seize footage of the protests at the G8. They have seized 15 tapes from BBC Scotland and 10 from Scottish Television. They also have a warrant to seize footage from Sky. Since the Bradford riots the police have been steadily turning mainstream media organisations into glorified evidence gatherers. Journalists fear that this will make them targets for rioters in the future. NUJ spokesman Paul Holleran said It needs to be seen that the press is at arms-length from the state and shouldnt be seen as a body that hands over material for information to the police just willy-nilly. So when you see the BBC filming think: prison sentence.
Animal rights activists won another victory against animal abusers Huntingdon Life Sciences after the companys planned New York Stock Exchange listing was cancelled. The NYSE pulled the plug after receiving calls from members of the New York financial community saying that the security of the exchange could be threatened by animal rights activists. A US group called Win Animal Rights (WAR) had sent out an email alert to 10,000 people saying that the exchange was now a primary focal point for this campaign. One HLS investor told the Torygraph, We are astonished that the NYSE would knuckle-under to a load of English hippies.
As any good hippy capitalist will tell you, the best way to
show your solidarity with the rebellious peasantry of Latin America
is, erm, buy coffee off them. Theres Zapatista coffee
for the anarchists, fair trade for the Guardian readers - but what
about right-wingers? Where dya get a brew that tells the world
youre so far right you cant see the centre with binoculars?
Look no further than Contra Café, a new US company thats
trading coffee grown exclusively by former members of the contras
the CIA-backed rightwing militias who opposed the leftist
Sandinista government of Nicaragua in the 80s.
Among the favourite tactics of the Honduras-based contras were
cross-border raids on irrigation projects, farms, and health centres.
The standard treatment for civilians caught in these raids was rape,
torture, mutilation, or murder. According to Americas Watch (now
part of Human Rights Watch), violent abuses by contras were so
prevalent that they may have been said to be their principal means
of waging war.
The Reagan government loved them, and gave them millions of dollars
in military aid and covert help and training from the CIA (who even
helped them run coke into the US to pay for weapons). But when the
Sandinistas lost power in 1990 the US dropped the contras faster
than you can say The Taliban were freedom fighters too.
And now it seems theyre down on their luck. Some have even
gone into, er, organic farming, but free trade agreements and the
collapse of coffee prices have made it hard for them to get by.
So Contra Café has stepped in to buy their coffee, at above-fair
trade rates, and sell it to Reagan-loving yanks with the slogan
Start Your Day Right.
Just one problem: even in America theres limited numbers
of people psychotically rightwing enough to go out of their way
to buy Death Squad Coffee, and theyre the kind of people who
reckon this fair trade business smacks of communism. As yet Contra
Café havent actually made enough money to kick any
back to the growers - maybe they should stick to flogging hard drugs.
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