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SchNEWS 570, 24th Nov, 2006
Kiss Of Debt It’s Buy Nothing Day this Saturday (25th November), but with £1,300,000,000,000 of consumer debt in the UK, it would appear that the zombies in the malls aren’t listening.
So here's a bit of info on debt and credit and all that. Also G20 protests in Australia, loads of protest and protest dates, Canadians take on the arms traders and Leonardo De Caprio.

SchNEWS 569, 17th Nov, 2006
Save The Wales Protesters occupy part of a gas pipeline site in Wales, stopping work and getting the media spotlight shone on the project. Also conscientious objection in Turkey, Shell still suck shocker, Yes Men at it again and more.

SchNEWS 568, 10th Nov, 2006
Goin' Under Last weekend was the International Day of Action Against Climate Change. Some of the biggest protests were in Australia where climate change is already painfully apparent. Also Israel's new boot boy, a Faslane update and more.

SchNEWS 567, 3rd November, 2006 TACO HELL
3,500 police backed by armoured vehicles and helicopters retook control of the Mexican city of Oaxaca on Sunday (29th) following five months of occupation by striking teachers and other activists. Also camping carry-on, pagan party poopers and more.

SchNEWS 566, 27th October, 2006 Hamas-ive Attack An update on the situation in the occupied territories of Palestine where the people suffer from the consequences of The Wests sanctions as well as the ongoing Israeli military presence. Also Hungary, Starbucks, Brian Haw and more.

SchNEWS 565, 20th October, 2006 Loch Around The Clock Faslane 365 gets off to a running start with lots of fun and games, notching up 76 arrests in 19 days. Also the effects of clearing peat lands for palm oil plantations on climate change, new opressive laws on UK and USA, gentrification continues in London and more.

SchNEWS 564, 13th October, 2006
SchNEWS digs the dirt on resistance to the GM / Biotech takeover. Also massive over policing of Parliament Square protest, anti Shell protests spread, asylum seekers homes raided by police and more.

SchNEWS 563, 6th October, 2006
I Did It My Zimbabwe Workers’ resistance in Zimbabwe has been on the rise recently, with street demos, trade union action and new forms of resistance such as the ‘Uhuru Street Soccer Battles’. Also Burma, SPEAK, SOCPA and Tesco news.

SchNEWS 562, 29th Sept, 2006
Making A Bomb Some detailed information on exactly who is benefiting from what the US administration is now calling The Long War. Also news on Faslane, Nestlé, Titnore and more.

SchNEWS 561, 22nd Sept, 2006
Dial M For Malignant - Evidence backing up the theory that mobile phone use is as damaging to health as smoking builds up while the government and big business carries on as usual. Also Aborigines win land rights in Australia, Alcoa face protests in Trinidad and more.

SchNEWS 560, 15th Sep, 2006
GATES-CRASHERS - SchNEWS gingerly dips a toe into the world of Linux, 'Free Open Source Software, Copyleft and the new world of information being built. Plus the return of the Ilisu Dam, Hunt Sabs have charges dismissed, Brian Hawe and more...

SchNEWS 559,
8th Sep, 2006

SchNEWS gingerly dips a toe into the murky waters of the great 9-11 debate with the US government’s official version of events on one side and all proponents of various ‘conspiracy’ theories on the other.

SchNEWS 558,
1st Sep, 2006

RAVE NEW WORLD? As riot cops smash a rave in Essex, plus Camp For Climate Action report, Titnore Woods eviction alert, Antwerp Airport expansion protests, and more...

SchNEWS 557, 25th August, 2006
READY? CHARGE! - surviving the day after tomorrow: As climate chaos and peak oil become more real every day we take a look at what we can actually do about it. Also more GM shenanigans, more EDO protests and more.

SchNEWS 556, 18th August, 2006
ON THE FIDEL - Battle for the future of Cuba after Castro As Cubans are warned that Fidel Castro may not have long to live exiles in Miami and other right wing forces plan their route back power in Cuba. Also peace camp news, workers riot in China, Coke booted out of (some of) India and more.

SchNEWS 555, 28th July, 2006
AXIS OF OIL The Western Powers That Be stand idly by and watch the slaughter of civilians in Lebanon while, coincidentally, shoring up their power in the region by allowing Israel to expand. Also cycle activists take to the road, Iceland dam protests continue, GM is back on the cards and more.

SchNEWS 553-554, 2nd August, 2006
WING & A PRAYER Air travel is the fastest growing cause of greenhouse emissions - yet Britain is about to massively expand its airports... Plus victory for Pitstop Ploughshares, companies making a buck out of climate change, protests in Bulgaria against gold mines, and more.

SchNEWS 552,
21st July, 2006

GUNS AND MOSES Israel's Chief of Staff promises to "turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years.” the civillian death toll rises but what's Israel's long term plan? Also anti EDO actions continue in Brighton, Jean Charlez de Menezes murder goes unprosecuted and more.

"Mah noo ideah is'ta bring the Russians in t' prepare ahll the fud for the asylem seekers from noo oan..." - John Reid
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As predicted, the top finally blew off the pressure cooker at Harmondsworth Detention Centre this week. Riot screws had to be bussed in from across the South-East to quell the prison uprising.

It all kicked off when prison guards tried to turn off a news programme detailing a report on the terrible treatment and conditions there at Harmondsworth. Chief of the Inspectorate (HMIP) Anne Owers’ damning report concluded the centre was not performing satisfactorily against any of the Inspectorate’s tests of a “healthy custodial environment”, that poor relationships between custody officers and detainees were “worse than had been seen at any other detention centre” and it was, “Undoubtedly the poorest report of any detention centre” issued by HMIP to date.

Reaction to the prison guards’ attempt at censorship snowballed and it took the Home Office 18 hours to restore control.

As the central bastion of the government’s racist immigration policy, Harmondsworth is run by profit-hungry private firm Kalyx. The company, despite claiming they provide “nationally recognised standards of service, delivered by high calibre staff”, have the unenviable prestige of the being responsible for the worst detention centre in the country. There have been constant complaints about treatment and a number of hunger strikes and suicides since in was opened in 2001.

It was actually temporarily closed after two took their own lives in July 2004, the initally peaceful response to which culminatated in a riot and extensive fire damage. Still, the authorities knew how to handle the problem - all those involved in the peaceful protest were moved to “secure cells” (solitary confinement) and anyone suspected of being an organiser shipped off to other centres.

Despite exhaustive re branding,changing from Burns International (they knew that name had to go!), to United Kingdom Detention Services, to now Kalyx (a subsidiary of French group Sodexho – see SchNEWS 545), the prison profiteers carried on as normal. Ill-treatment of the de-humanised inmates, bullying and abuse by staff have remained standard operating procedure. In 2005, fifty Zimbabwean detainees had to resort to hunger striking to improve conditions and more people have been pushed to the point of no return, such as Bereket Yohannes, a 26-year-old from Eritrea who was found hanged in January this year.

Partly because of the fire damage, all the inmates will now be moved off to other barely-any-better centres (see SchNEWS 538) and perhaps this time Harmondsworth will finally be shut for good. Whilst this would be welcome, ironically the people who would really relish this eventuality would be the British Airport Authority who would just love to see it cleared so they can build a proposed third runway at Heathrow. As ever with national immigration policy, it could be a lose-lose situation.

* For more info see and

Mass Demonstration at Harmondsworth and Colnbrook

This Sunday, 3rd December, Assemble 12 noon at the detention centres - Colnbrook by Pass, Harmondsworth, West Drayton, UB7 0HB
* The Home Office to be Prosecuted for Recklessly Endangering Lives
* Full Public Inquiry into Home Office Repeated Failure to Act on HMIP Reports
* Immediate Closure of all Immigration Removal Centres

Called by Barbed Wire Britain, and for further details contact George Mwangi on tel: 07947 794945 Email:

Crap Arrest Of The Week

For winging it...

Bird-brained cops failed to keep their peckers up when attempting to arrest a couple of runaway avian citizens in Germany.

One lawman had his trousers ripped off when attempting to bring down an anti-social emu which was pestering passers-by at a park (well, that was his story anyway!) and the next day a a three foot red and green parrot (not hooded, apparently) ripped the arm off a policeman’s jacket when he tried to grab it after it was spotted screeching at hikers in a southwestern forest.

Police found a secure nest for them while they searched for the owners. Apparently the feathered convicts thought about hatching an escape plan, but have now decided to take their chances up in front of the beak instead...

Pouring On Carmel Source

Six people completely blockaded all entrances to Carmel Agrexco’s main UK distribution depot in Hayes, North-West London last Sunday.

Carmel are an exporter of fruit and veg and are 50% owned by the state of Israel. The company exports goods produced on illegally occupied Palestinian land. Israeli settlers, backed by military force, have plundered land and water resources, whilst Palestinian exports are routinely stopped on grounds of ‘security’. The UK is Israel’s largest importer of fresh produce, taking in 60% of its total exports. Every major supermarket stocks their products.

In the early hours, protesters erected a pen with two people d-locked inside, in front of the largest gate. Two others locked themselves on to the second gate and two more plucky souls locked on to a traffic barrier inside the property. All this happened before Carmel’s dozy security guards could lift their knuckles off the ground!

Unfortunately shortly after everyone got settled in it began to tip it down, but this didn’t dampen the spirits of the otherwise damp protesters. Protesters and supporters shivered in the cold. The cops helpfully told those locked-on they were likely to get struck by lightening in a laughable attempt to scare them into leaving.

Throughout the day lorries satisfyingly queued outside the gates and employees had to climb a ladder to get into the depot, obviously finding it easier to scale than the separation wall in Gaza...

Despite the disruption Carmel’s management were reluctant to press charges, scared of having their dirty laundry aired in court, leaving the police struggling to justify their presence.

Arriving on the scene just too late, a couple of van loads of police cutting teams appeared just as the blockaders had decided to unlock. The cops threatened to nick the about-to-unlock blockaders, but hadn’t quite decided what for. They eventually settled on ‘public nuisance’ with an outside possibility of aggravated trespass and confiscated the protesters banner (to ‘prevent criminal damage to the fence’). However, without anyone pressing charges there was little outlet for their arrest-crazed paws and everyone walked away scot-free.

The Met, clearly frustrated by not being able to nick anyone at the protest, then stopped a van they suspected as being linked to the demo. Finding a minor problem with the number of seats in the van they told the driver that she would be breaking the law if she drove any further. Luckily for the rain-soaked anarchos a sympathetic driver was found to get people home.

For more info on profiting from the Palestinian occupation and news of actions see and


The situation in Mexico remains volatile following the attempted retake of Oaxaca by state security forces at the end of October (see SchNEWS 567). Six months of strikes, protests and deadly (for the protesters) clashes began with striking teachers and expanded into a broad mass movement of up to 800,000 people. Many are represented by the coalition of groups known as APPO (Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca). An autonomous and democratic collective, the group is run by the asamblea (assembly) in which the people have the power, and the “leaders” are actually administrators who carry out the decisions of the community – those who won’t are removed. Its principles include guelaguetza, a Zapotec word meaning mutual aid, and tequio, which is unpaid community work. They continue to hold out in the city, demanding the removal of Governor Ruiz’ corrupt regime, despite increasingly brutal treatment from government forces.

The occupation of the city by the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) has continued, with military deployed around more rural areas of the state. The repression intensified on the days leading up to the 96th anniversary of the Mexican revolution on 20th November, the day of national action called for by the Zapitistas, who took part in numerous solidarity blockades across Chiapas. Reports of women being sexually assaulted by the PFP have been on the increase and there have been frequent running battles on the streets with pepper spray, snipers and even hydrochloric acid being used by cops. Despite the intimidation and repression, the people have remained steadfast and continue to call for the removal of state governor Ulises Ruíz Ortíz.

Nationally, the presidential election back in July was won in questionable circumstances by the centre-right candidate, Felipe Calderon. He managed to take the vote from defeated left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador by a landslide of less than 1%, amid allegations of fraud and fixin. Although dodginess has been practically mandatory in past Mexican elections, we at SchNEWS are convinced it must have been all above board this time, as experts like US company ChoicePoint were involved. Or maybe not - ChoicePoint provided Bush supporters with the means to remove thousands of black voters from the electoral role in Florida during the bent presidential election of 2000.

‘Defeated’ Obrador has decided to declare himself the new president anyway, holding an inauguration ceremony in front of over 100,000 supporters in Mexico City’s main square. Calderon meanwhile signalled his intent by announcing the usual cartel of pro-business types for his provisional cabinet. His official inauguration today (December 1st) looks set to a stormy one – earlier this week congress had to be suspended when PRD (the left-wing party) delegates kicked off in protest and fighting broke out. It certainly doesn’t look like it’ll be all smooth sailing for the powers of the corporate-right in Mexico...

* For news on Oaxaca keep an eye on and

** For the low down the election fraud see


Norwegian workers for Statoil have given their support for West Ireland’s enviornmental campaign Shell-to-Sea (see SchNEWS 570). Mr Nustard, head of the oil and gas workers union SAFE, told a meeting in Ireland that Statoil would “not dare to act this way in Norway” and pledged to bring the issue to his members at home.

Statoil , along with Shell, (who else) are one of the big interests in the Rossport pipeline project, despite widening opposition locally, and now abroad. * For more see


To cater for the McDonald’s generation, and draw attention to the catastropic prospect of 250 Onyx waste trucks rumbling by every day, the world’s first Drive-Through Demo will be held in opposition to the planned incinerator in Newhaven. Waste company Onyx Aurora won a 25 year contract worth £1 billion for the building of a new incinerator to burn 250,000 tonnes of East Sussex’s rubbish every year (see SchNEWS 488).

Onyx has secured a similar deal in Sheffield, where the new incinerator is near completion. As well as emitting greenhouse gases and poisonous dioxins which increase rates of asthma and lung cancer in fallout areas, incineration produces ‘fly-ash’, a mix up of the stuff that won’t burn, which contains toxic metals like lead, copper and zinc. The long term contracts give no opportunity for recycling to be prioritised above incineration for decades to come, and the volume of rubbish that is expected to be burnt does nothing to encourage cutting down on waste, or actually composting the potential 80% of waste that’s produced in the first place.

Cars will meet at 12noon at North Quay Road and travel in a crawling convoy around Newhaven, arriving at the Hollingdean Depot in Brighton at 3pm, to be met by more protesters (on their less polluting feet). The best dressed car wins. Visit and for more info.

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Party & Protest

  • DECEMBER: 1 - Critical Mass Birmingham: meets this Friday 1st at 6.00pm outside St. Phil’s Cathedral.
  • 2 - National anti-war demonstration at RAF Brize Norton - where British troops are flown to and from Iraq and Afghanistan, and from which Iraqi and Afghani asylum seekers are deported from. This demo seeks to draw attention to the massive array of military bases around us, & broader militarisation of the UK. Assemble Saturday at 12 noon in Carterton, Oxfordshire.
  • 2 - Stop The Gaza Siege, an International Day Of Action. Candle vigil in London, 5pm at Edith Cavel statue, next to National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Sq. (for more call 07957-486 379), as well as similar events in Liverpool, Keswick, Brighton and Edinburgh – see
  • 2 - Defend the Right to Protest - a day of discussions by Campaign against Criminalising Communitees, 10am-5pm at London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road. With speakers from Smash EDO, Mark Thomas, Craig Murray and more
  • 4 - Open Olympics Forum. For those in East London communities affected by the 2012 Olympics, gentrification and corporate developments. 7.30pm at Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street, E17, free entry, call 020 8558 6880
  • 5 - Stop Arming Israel campaign launch and public meeting. 6.30pm, Tues (5), Room U8 , Tower One, LSE, Houghton St, Holborn, London WC2.
  • 5 - Support Meeting for lesbian and gay asylum seekers, as well as community groups, solicitors, and others involved. 7pm – 9pm, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL (Holborn Tube)
  • 8 - Kebele Birthday Bash - 11 years and Bristol’s social centre is still kicking! Featuring bands and DJs including Don Bradmans and a lot more. Black Swan, Stapleton Rd, Easton, Bristol, 10pm to late.
  • 9 - Unite against the BNP in Barking and Dagenham – where the BNP has 12 councillors. 1pm, Central Park, Dagenham.

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Positive SchNEWS

Mooreen squatted social centre in Sheffield is open – and will be a hub of grassroots autonomous activity, run by collective for mutual aid and cooperation from Nov 29th – Dec 13th. The location is the Old Commerce House, 33 Earl St, just off the moor opposite Sainsburys.

If you would like to be involved – eg putting on a gig/workshop/film screening etc, get in touch. For more call 07989 874965 or see and

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We love the sounds of breaking windows, even virtual ones. Following on from our article about the rise of the free alternative to Microsoft Windows – Linux (See SchNEWS 560) - it’s not just anarchist hackers and alternative media geeks who are into freeing themselves from a corporate monopoly. As we reported, governments in Latin America, China, and India are ditching Big Bill Gates. While Scandinavian governments were the first in Europe head towards Linux – and are currently booting out Apple’s iTunes in an anti-monopoly ruling, now the French government is saying au revoir to Windows by moving all PCs in its parliament over, plus switching to Firefox web browser and Open Office. And you’ll be pleased to hear that this comes after the roaring success Open Source Software has been with our French counterpart’s good mates the Gendarmerie (para-military police), who are changing their 70,000 PCs over to it. Maybe the Gendarmerie might be persuaded next to move over to BAe’s new environmentally friendly weapons (See ‘And Finally’ SchNEWS 562).

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We hereby invite you lot to the SchNEWS 12th Birthday Party
Thurs 7th Dec, at The Church, Dyke Rd, Brighton, SchMOVIES from 9pm & two floors of DJ’s playing everything from Techno to Ska til late. £3 - no guest list cos we’re still skint.

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...and finally...

Those whacky tossers over at are working themselves up for December 22nd, which they have declared as Global Orgasm for Peace day.

They predict that huge numbers of people simultaneously getting their rocks off (especially those in countries with Weapons of Mass Destruction) will - and now for the science bit, as the special ‘science’ section of their website explains - effect change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible surge of positive human energy.

Basically, they’re hoping that their members swell dramatically on the big day and that horny do-gooders from every cuntry will join together and prove the penis mightier than the sword. Quite what happens to the energy field five minutes later when the depressing post-coital slump kicks in is not addressed...


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