This Time Last Year
389, 24th January, 2003
INS AND OUT
Terrorism gets blamed on refugees?
388, 17th January, 2003
Direct Action Stations
Protest - can it make a difference?
387, 10th January, 2003
Oily Drums of War
George and Tony's oily war plan rumbles on
386, Winter Solstice, 2002
Chompin' at the Bit Noam Chomsky gives his views on the 'war on terror' and North America
385, 13th December, 2002
Wide-Boys UK government struck by road-building frenzy
384, 6th December, 2002
Kissinger of Death - America assigns known terrorist to investigate
383, 29th November, 2002
Gone to the Dogs - Police still suppressing sabs while hunt thugs
get away with gbh...
382, 22nd November, 2002
Firebranded - the Fire Brigade Union were planning an eight
day strike over Neo Labours refusal to pay them a decent wage...
381, 15th November, 2002
Florence of Arabia - European Social Forum meeting in Florence -
another example of the growing movement against Bush and Blairs
war plans that is sweeping the US and Europe.
380, 8th November, 2002
Assault and Pepper - Police brutality in Brighton
379, 1st November, 2002
Putin the Boot In - Chechen rebels attack in Moscow...
378, 25th October, 2002
Tricky Treaty - the EU Nice Treaty is here bringing enlargement
and GATS - the green light to a neo-liberal Europe. Plus - Romanys under
eviction, McDonalds day, Sangatte and more...
377, 18th October, 2002
Sari Sight - why Australia isn't such an innocent bystander in the
Bali bombing. Also - Bougainville, Ukrainian nuclear protester murdered,
Sizewell and more
376, 11th October, 2002
Docu-mental - Bush's self interested, pre-emptive National Security
Strategy comes out as anti-war activity steps up. Also - Brazilian elections;
US dock strike and more...
375, 4th October, 2002
Acres And Pain - comparing the two marches in London last week -
Stop The War and Countryside Alliance. Also - cannabis cafes, polish
road protests, Stop The War actions and more...
373/4, 27th September, 2002
Weapons Of Mass Deception - what is this war all about? Oil. Plus
special report from Palestine, Stop The War listings, Unocal in Burma,
Porton Down and more...
372, 13th September, 2002
Silent But Deadly - a critical look at the US on the anniversary
of September 11. Also - Xenotransplantation, Brighton Peace Centre,
Lappersfort, Reclaim The Future and more...
371, 6th September, 2002
Summit Rotten - report from Johannesburg Earth Summit. Plus -
the new Criminal Records Bureau, latest from Chiapas, Meanwhile Gardens
370, 30th August, 2002
Apocalypse Soon - the suits are going to Johannesburg, as the
global environment goes south. Plus - GM in Africa and Dorset, Bhopal
and Union Carbide, Countryside Alliance...
369, 23rd August, 2002
Return To Sender - Bush boycotts Earth Summit in Johannesburg,
plus Indonesian villagers sue Exxon Mobil, Strasbourg No Borders camp
arrestee Ahmed Meguini and more...
368, 16th August, 2002
Gravy Plane - Snapshot of South Africa leading up to the Earth
Summit - privatisation and structural adjustments. Plus Uruguay in trouble,
UNICEF get together with McD's and more...
367, 9th August, 2002
It's A Nuke Out - the h-bomb in Hiroshima shares its anniversary
with another disaster - 12 years of sanctions in Iraq. Plus - airport
stopped in Mexico, Commonwealth Games...
366, 2nd August, 2002
Borderline Case - report of the No Border camp held in Strasbourg
19-28 July. Plus - anniversary of Genoa, free party bust-up near Bristol,
Brighton's Earthship and more...
365, 19th July, 2002
Beach Bummer Boozy Bottleneck - Fat Boy Slim has an abomination
on Brighton Beach, while local free parties get oppressed. Plus - oil
in Nigeria, AFC Wimbledon, Paraguay and more...
364, 12th July, 2002
Last Supper - Lip service to the starving at the World Food Summit,
Rome. Also - protests against Commonwealth Games in Manchester, oil
pipeline to Caspian Sea, and more
363, 5th July, 2002
Identity Crisis - Blair wants to introduce ID cards - called
Entitlement Cards. Plus - free parties this summer, death in Argentina,
Costa Rica resists neo-liberalism, and more
361/2, 27th June, 2002
Summit Outta Nuffin - preview of the Rio+10 Earth Summit in Johannesburg.
The multinationals have taken control. Plus - EU Summit in Seville,
Esso to sue Greenpeace and more...
360, 21st June, 2002
Choker Cola - privatisation of water in indigenous lands. Plus
- G8 summit in Canada, Satpal Ram is released and Mark Barnsley will
be out soon, Gypsy community evicted and more...
359, 14th June, 2002
FB Lied/Bug Eyed - double front page about spooks. Plus - nuclear
fuels in get Mox-ed up, GM crop sabotage, pink castle, West Papua, Golden
Jubilee and more...
| Friday 31st January
2003 | Issue 390
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER NOTHIN' BUT A HOUND DOG...
Heartbreak Hotel | Chapel
of Love | Crap Arrest of the Week
| Positive SchNEWS
| RAF America
| War Briefs
| SchNEWS in Brief | Murder
| DEMO CALL | ...and finally...
||This past Monday, Holocaust
Memorial Day was observed across the world, with many British papers
running large articles solemnly commemorating one of the worst tragedies
in human history. And just to prove how massively theyd missed
the point, many of these same papers also used their Holocaust Memorial
Day issues to run articles that are becoming nauseatingly familiararticles
whipping up fear and hatred against asylum seekers, in some cases
running on the same page as Holocaust Memorial articles without a
hint of irony.
As Nick Griffin, leader of the notoriously right-wing British National
Party (BNP) commented earlier this month, the British press is helping
to spread the BNPs anti-immigrant message. One could today
be forgiven for thinking that the editors of five of Britains
national daily papers - the Daily Star, The Times, Daily Mail, Daily
Express and Daily Telegraph - had suddenly become BNP converts,
The Daily Mail is one of the worst offenders. On Monday, a group of
people from all over Britain converged on the London office of the
Daily Mail to try and put a stop to its racist hate-mongering. In
the press release calling for the demo, the various groups organising
the action stated their case, Nearly every day there is an article
in the Daily Mail attacking asylum seekers - often on the front page
with an inflammatory headline such as Stop the Asylum Invasion.
Always portraying migrants and refugees as scroungers trying to take
advantage and as a threat to the British way of life.
As one refugee said after seeing a Daily Mail headline entitled A
Door We Cant Close It makes me feel like
The racist articles run in the Daily Mail and other British papers
contribute to scenes like the one that took place this past Sunday
in Saltdean, one of Brightons closest neighbours. Recently,
one of Saltdeans hotels, The Grand Ocean Hotel, was named as
a possible site for the emergency accommodation of asylum-seekers.
Acting out of fear and misinformation, 250 local residents turned
up to protest the use of the Grand Ocean for housing newly arrived
immigrants. Many carried placards with slogans such as, House
prices will fall and Homes for our elderly not for phoney
asylum-seekers. One anti-immigrant protestor was even dressed
up as Osama bin Laden, to drive home the absurd myth that asylum-seekers
and terrorists are one and the same. One local resident, one of a
small number who actually came out in support of asylum seekers, reported,
The BNP were there, there was verbal violence even towards our
daughter and her friend, people said theyd like to shoot the
asylum seekers all of whom would obviously be terrorists. On
Monday, the Brighton daily rag, the Argus (who incidentally ran sympathetic
coverage of the anti-immigrant protest right next to their Holocaust
Memorial article) printed a particularly spot-on letter from a local
Whether or not refugees are housed in Saltdean, the fear and
anger the proposal has produced is worrying, the resident writes.
Do these people from Saltdean hate and fear me? Would they spit
at me or wouldnt they notice me because I am white and speak
with an English accent? Many of my family were slaughtered by the
Nazis for being Russian Jews. The Nazis whipped up the sort of hysteria
about Jews now being whipped up about refugees. Remember that when
you lambaste people who flee here looking for sanctuary.
**Keep an eye on SchNEWS for further updates on the Saltdean situation.
**For more news on asylum seekers and refugees across Britain, check
out The Campaign Against Racism and Fascism: http://www.carf.demon.co.uk/
, Barbed Wire Britain: http://www.barbedwirebritain.org.uk/
and The National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns: http://www.ncadc.org.uk/
CHAPEL OF LOVE
There were 100,000 people and a mind boggling 1,714 events. They
were crammed into a Catholic University, football stadiums, a gymnasium,
five marquees and some dockside warehouses. Described by some as
the Peoples UN, this was the World Social Forum
(WSF) which happened in Porto Alegre, Brazil last week.
Since the very first WSF three years ago, the event has become,
according to Noam Chomsky, unparallelled in world history.
So what is the WSF? Conceived as a direct alternative to the corporate
knees up globalisation ball known as the World Economic Forum, the
WSF is a week of workshops, discussions, and brainstorming for social
change without profiteering and neoliberalismand it runs at
exactly the same time every year as the World Economic Forum.
In addition to WSF workshops, several parallel conferences
sprang up around the city, including an anarchist convention and
a youth camp in a nearby park where about 10,000 people pitched
camp, including representatives of Indymedia from around the world.
The choice of Porto Alegre is symbolic too. For 15 years the citys
governing Workers Party - which now rules Brazil through the
leftwing President Lula - has been deciding the budget through a
process of popular participation, redistributing wealth, reducing
poverty and eliminating corruption as a result.
One SchNEWS hack sorting through the myraid of events and opinions
said that three issues seemed to stand out: Palestine, opposition
to the war on Iraq, and the Latin American issue of the proposed
Free Trade Area of the Americas, which Bolivian Indian leader Evo
Morales described as a charter for transnational pirates.
This year, Brazalian President Lula went to both the World Social
Forum in Porto Alegre AND the World Economic Forum in Davos. Many
werent happy with that the leader of Lulas Workers
Party, José Genoino, received a pie in the face as a protest.
As the Confectioners without Borders who delivered the pie-ing said
in their communique, The wave that carries Lulas Worker´s
Party to electoral success is not, in any form, the same wave that
supports the movement against capitalist globalization. Our movement
is without leaders or representatives. No one can speak in our name.
If someone in Davos represents the movement, it is ourselves,
the thousands that occupy the roads of Geneva in protest against
the reunion of bankers, businessman, and governments that the Worker´s
Party legitimates. The hope for change that we carry cannot one
more time be co-opted and frustrated by politicians and political
parties that wish to promote themselves at our expense. This time
we are going to do things differently. http://www.portoalegre2003.org/publique/
Crap Arrest of the Week
For writing about Cuba on the internet.
When his friends attended an unsanctioned conference in Cuba and
attracted the attention of the Treasury Department, Tom Warner,
the 77-year-old secretary of the Seattle / Cuba Friends Committee
was unsurprised. What did surprise him was when a letter arrived
accusing him of organising the event and threatening
to fine him $20,000. This was all the more surprising due to the
fact that he wasnt even AT the conference! Toms major
mistake was to put details of the conference on his website. Making
his mark on history, Toms nefarious actions have made him
the first man to be arrested by the Bush Administration for using
the internet to promote something against government policy.
The government has just announced they have £10 million in
grants for households and communities to develop their own renewable
energy projects. Free info service availabe from the Centre for
Alternative Technology (CAT), for individuals and groups who would
like advice about participating in the renewable revolution. 01654-705950
On Wednesday, the Defence Select Commitee agreed to the use of
Menwith Hill and RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire for U.S. Ballistic
Missile Defence systems otherwise known as the Son of Star
Wars (see SchNEWS 307). Fylingdales will house an early warning
system and Menwith Hill will process the data. A public discussion
paper on upgrading the facilities at these two sites was released
in December, but even then it was clear that the decision to use
the bases had already been made. Minister of War Geoff Hoon has
come under severe attack from peace campaigners and even from his
own backbenchers for the speed at which he has handed the bases
over to America. His decision was of course in no way swayed by
the promise of lucrative new contracts for UK arms dealers. In order
to ease concerns, Hoon stressed there would be no change to the
appearance of Fylingdales or its power output and that the upgrade
would be paid for by the US phew, so we can all sleep easily
There are ongoing peace camps at Menwith Hill and Fylingdales. For
more information contact Yorkshire CND on 01274 730795 or email@example.com
For more info on the Son of Star Wars see SchNEWS 307.
- It was another busy weekend last weekend for anti-war demonstrations
around the world. On Saturday there were protests in Genoa, Istanbul,
Greece and closer to home Norwich was brought to a standstill,
as well as protests in Edinburgh and Colchester.
- On Saturday over 200 protesters marched on RAF St Athans,
in Wales and demanded to search for weapons of mass destruction
- Over 1,500 people took part in a demonstration last Sunday
at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and 50 people managed
to get into the base www.gwi.org.uk
- On Monday the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, along
with other boats, entered Marchwood Military port in Southampton
and blocked the departure of UK military supply vessels heading
for Iraq. www.greenpeace.org.uk
- On Tuesday Trident Ploughshares activists locked themselves
to the gates of Rolls Royce in Derby and prevented workers getting
to work. The factory produces nuclear fuel components for trident
submarines. 0845 4588366 www.tridentploughshares.org
- On Wednesday a peace activist was arrested at Shannon airport,
Ireland after she was found causing damage to an American military
plane parked there. Although she didnt manage to disarm
the plane, she did manage to cause 500,000 Euros worth of damage.
There is now a permanent peace camp outside Shannon Airport. Contact
- Cambridge peace march, Sat 1st,12 noon, Market Square
- Demonstration at USAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, used by US jets to
bomb Iraq in the past and currently housing nuclear weapons, 12
noon Monday 3rd, Gate 1, USAF Lakenheath - Just off the A1065.
Non-violence workshop the day before. 01508 550 446, www.lakenheathaction.org
- Sussex Action for Peace meeting, 4th Feb, 7.30pm, Brighthelm
Centre Tel: 01273 706820 www.safp.org.uk
- Worthing against War demo next Saturday 8th 1pm in Montague
- Hands off Iraq, a morning of speakers, discussion, videos,
banner making and childrens activities. Sat 8 Feb, Brighthelm
Centre, North Road, Brighton 9.30am1pm.
- The D10 affinity group, who helped organise the weekend
of action at Northwood earlier this month, are producing
a free news sheet on nonviolent action against the war for distribution
at the big march in London on the 15th February. If you want to
help distribute them on the day contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SchNEWS in brief
- The Brighton Station site plans are on hold! This week
the Government Office for the South-East ordered that no work
could start until requests for a Public Inquiry were considered.
Its time to keep up the pressure and save the Station site
from rampant development! www.buddbrighton.org
- Things go from bad to worse for vivisectors Huntingdon Life
Sciences. Two of their key directors recently resigned and
were replaced by a paper-merchant who promptly resigned a couple
of weeks later. HLS has also lost the services of Cambridge Pet
Crematorium who were disposing of dead animals for them. www.shac.net
- Yesterday protesters invaded the Papua New Guinea High
Commission in London. Papua New Guinea are ordering the OPM (Free
Papua Movement) to return to West Papua and have threatened to
forcibly return all West Papuans living in the Vanimo refugee
camp. Those deported to West Papua face torture and death at the
hands of the murderous Indonesian military. www.fPcN-global.org
- Since 1998, there have been 4,000,000 people killed in the
Congo, largely over resources for the West. However the BBC
have ignored this genocide. Picket the BBC, Bush House (Africa
Service), The Strand, London, 5 Feb. - 7.30pm. Organised by Stop
All Imperialist Wars Against Africa And Africans, 020-82651731/020-89680113.
- A Save Live Music! group has been established
to oppose the Governments proposed Licensing Bill (see SchNEWS
388). Join the discussion list by sending a blank email to email@example.com.
- Imbolc Pagan Cabaret this Sat (1st), 7pm at the Ray Tindle
Centre, North Laines, £4.
- Green Architecture Day 2003, learn about self-building,
renewable and waste-material buildings. 1 Feb 9.30am-5.30pm, Friends
Meeting House, Ship Street, South Laines, Brighton.
- The Cowley Club, a co-operative social centre run by volunteers
in Brighton, has finally opened! The bar is open in the evenings
from 7-11pm as a private members club. During the day, the
club will be open to the public as a cafe and bookshop starting
from Feb 11th. Its located at 12 London Road, opposite Somerfield.
Wednesday night video showings will start Feb 5th at 8pm. All
members and their guests are welcome.
- On Tuesday 28th, Dartmoor National Park Authority lost an appeal
in the highcourt which could have removed the temporary planning
permission won for Steward Community Woodland. The judge
said that the ...DNPA could not see the wood for the trees.
This give the sustainable living project at least 4 1/2 years.
Murder by Degree
As Bush blunders on with his War on Terrorism, the
US courts are busying themselves handing out draconian sentences
to scores of Human Rights activists who dare to oppose the training
of terrorists on their own soil. The Western Hemisphere Institute
for Security Co-operation (see SchNEWS 382), formerly the School
of the Americas, has spent the last 57 years spewing out 60,000
paramilitary graduates with honours in coercion and repression,
ready for export to Latin America. SOA graduates include some of
the regions most notorious dictators, like Norriega, Galtieri
This isnt just for fun. The school is an integral part of
US foreign policy - influencing Latin American politics and economics
in order to protect US interests by aiding and influencing South
Last November 10,000 activists gathered peacefully at the school
in Fort Benning to demand its closure. 43 were nicked for the hideous
crime of repeated line-crossing and have been sentenced
this week with up to 6 months in federal jail, with a $2,000 fine
to boot! Many of these dangerous criminals were nuns.
One activist managed to get the last word. Addressing Judge Mallon
Faircloth after getting 3 months, Eloy Garcia said, Thank
you Judge. These harsh sentences will only make our movement, our
opposition to this unjust war which is shared by millions across
the globe, even stronger. www.soaw.org/new/
* Last weekend a group of 150 Colombian paramilitaries assassinated
4 Kuna indigenous leaders in an attack on a remote mountain community
in Paya. Doing the dirty work for the US-backed (often trained)
Colombian military, the paramilitaries systematically terrorise
rural populations and silence any opposition. www.zNet.org;
Kathleen Jannaway has died peacefully in her sleep. She
was co-founder of Movement for Compassionate Living, author of the
inspiring book, Abundant Living in the Coming Age of the Tree,
an early vegan pioneer, and former secretary of the Vegan Society
(UK). The Movement for Compassionate Living promotes simple living
and self-reliance as a remedy against the exploitation of humans,
animals and the Earth. More about Kathleens message can be
seen at www.mclveganway.org.uk/
* There will be a tree planting ceremony next Saturday (8) for Mad
Pride Pete Shaunghnessy at Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife
Project, Brighton at 11.30 am. Everyone who knew Pete is welcome
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
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|DON'T ATTACK IRAQ
On the 15th of Feb, London will see Britains biggest
ever anti-war demo. There are 3 starting points: 12 noon @
Embankment or 12.30pm @ Gower Street. Or for cyclists, a Wheels
against the War critical mass, 12 noon under Waterloo
Bridge. The march ends at Hyde Park. There will also be a
mass sit-down at Picadilly Circus, meet 5pm Green Park. Transport
to London is being organised from across the country - www.stopwar.org.uk
Tickets on coaches from Brighton can be bought from Community
Base, Queens Road £7/£4.
More Crapita! CAPITA, the outsourcing specialists (running
public services as a private business), whove been dubbed
crapita after cocking up everything they touch from housing benefit
to passports, have now taken over the running of TV licensing in
Bristol. They sent out tens of thousands of leaflets to homes inviting
punters to call a hotline. Only problem is that they printed the
phone number of a tyre wholesaler, who then received over 500 TV
licensing enquiries a day. The tyre company may now sue Crapita
for loss of earnings.
(Stolen from Bristols local newsheet, The Bristolian - www.bristolian.freeservers.com)
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