558, 1st September, 2006
557, 25th August, 2006
556, 18th August, 2006
555, 28th July, 2006
553-554, 2nd August, 2006
551, 14th July, 2006
549, 30th June, 2006
SchNEWS 548, 16th June, 2006 FOOD FOR THOUGHT To celerate African Fertilizer Summit in Nigeria we're having a look at the agriculture business around the world. Also fingerprinting and surveillance at UK schools, a Bhopal update and much more.
545, 26th May, 2006
544, 19th May, 2006
543, 12th May, 2006
542, 5th May, 2006
541, 28th April, 2006
540, 21st April, 2006
Plane Stupid have
called for a day of action against short-haul flights on November
6th 2 days after the mass climate change event in London.
This is a public call out to anyone who opposes the unsustainable
growth in air travel (See SchNEWS 554).
Half of all flights in Europe are to destinations less than 500km
away thats the equivalent of London to the Scottish
border. Thats places like Manchester or Paris that are easily
reachable by train, bus or ferry all alternatives which are
far less polluting. Local groups are encouraged to target short-haul
flight operators in their area, using creative direct action to
wake people up a bit.
For instance, on Sept
1st activists attached a banner stating Stop Airport Expansion
to helium balloons and let them float to the ceiling of Bristol
Airport. In Norwich, people dressed as stewardesses and handed out
leaflets outside a travel agents, urging people to fly less.
On November 4th there
will be a Day Of International Climate Protest coinciding
with the UN Climate Talks in Nairobi Nov 6-17th. There will be protests
in London with a Climate Rally at the US Embassy, Grosvenor Sq at
12pm, and a Mass Demo at Trafalgar Square between 1 and 3pm.
Last Friday an entrance at BAe Systems factory in Brough, North Humberside, was blockaded by a noise demo with local campaigners, Rhythms Of Resistance samba band and activists from the Camp Against Climate Change. After encountering three van loads of police when they arrived at Brough station, the group moved towards the factory, and blockaded the entrance which employees had been diverted to, and then left without any arrests.
Areas of green land around
Frenchwood Rec Ground, at the River Ribble near Preston, are threatened
with destruction to make way for housing developments, and the banks
of the river to be concreted for boat moorings and a proposed water
sports park. There will be a ramble this Sunday 10th along the river
edge affected - meet at the Avenham Park end of the Old Tram Bridge
Squatters living next
to derelict Hornsey Hospital (149 Park Road, Crouch End, London)
are facing eviction. A group of 20 originally moved into the Old
Nurses Home empty for 5 years - early last year and left
by agreement with the council in January. Three months later, they
returned to find the building was being trashed and covered in such
pleasant rubbish as faeces and needles. Moving back in, they cleaned
and renovated the place, making plans to develop the gardens to
open up as a community space.
Now the owners, Camden and Islington Mental and Social Health Care Trust want them out to sell the land off, presumably eyeing up some profitable luxury flat development or other, but the squatters want to stay until the building is put back into community use. This building is meant to be for the people of Hornsey and Haringey. If we are here, we look after the building and stop kids vandalising it. Instead of demanding a council flat, we are using, maintaining and protecting derelict council property. Our ideal situation would simply be to be left here until they actually do something positive with the building. They have widespread local support and a 500 strong petition but now face imminent eviction. Thats what you get for an attempt to demonstrate real care in the community...
British mining company Asia Energy was forcibly booted out of Bangladesh last week. 30,000 rioted in Phulbari, north-west Bangladesh during the weekend of August 26th over their US$1.4 billion plan for a massive open-cast coal mine in the area which would impact on 100 villages, displace 100,000 people and destroy the landscape. When a crowd tried to enter the firms offices, paramilitaries tear-gassed and fired on the crowd killing six and injuring 300.
On Monday 28th, protesters
torched and ransacked buildings and homes including that of an Asia
Energy manager, while educational institutions across the country
went on strike. Two days later there was a nationwide general strike
with blockaded roads and railways; then the following day the Bangladeshi
Government bowed under the pressure and cancelled the mine.
The European Microwave
Conference is on at GMEX in Manchester on 10-15th Sept. But
this conference is not just about the use of microwaves for communications
or domestic use because
microwave is a fast growing
sector in network-centric warfare as it is at the heart of the infrastructure,
data link, communications and surveillance systems used on all air,
ground, ship and space platforms. The EMC will focus on military
uses and feature 34 companies who supply parts for weapons systems
such as F-15 & F-16 fighters, Apache helicopters, Hellfire and
Trident missiles. The firms there will include Brightons own
bomb factory EDO-MBM, who make parts for Hellfire missiles (see
There will be a Day Of
Action on September 11th at the GMEX from 8.30am organised by Manchester
CND. For more call 0161 2738283 see www.gmdcnd.org.uk
* Smash EDO are having a Mass March against EDOs Complicity in War Crimes in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan on Saturday, Sept 16th. Meet 12pm at The Level, Brighton. www.smashedo.org.uk
* Animal rights activist
Sarah Whitehead has been remanded until further notice in
connection with alleged witness intimidation and harassment against
a pet shop owner/breeder. Please send letters of support to: Sarah
Whitehead NR9244, HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Middlesex
TW15 3JZ, England.
* Also, a Polish anti-fascist
has been sentenced to 3 months for failing to comply with a community
order. Igor Kisielwwicz was originally convicted for getting
physical with a neo-nazi. Send urgent letters of support to Igor
Kisielewicz, syn Aleksandra, A.S. Bialystok, Kopernika 21, 15-377
Bialystok, Poland and see www.spiritoffreedom.org.uk
* The American freelance
journalist, Josh Wolf, locked up for refusing to hand over
video footage of anti-G8 protesters (See SchNEWS
555) has been released on bail. For more see his blog at www.joshwolf.net/blog
* Ernesto Leal, a Chilean who escaped the Pinochet regime with his family as a child, and has been living in the UK for 30 years, has won his fight to stay in the country. This comes after Neo-Labours push to deport foreign nationals who have served prison sentences, of which Ernesto is one after serving time in 2003 for a grievous bodily harm conviction following a racially motivated pub brawl (See SchNEWS 542). For more see www.friendsofernesto.org.uk
Ah, that venerated seat
of learning, Oxford University. That production line for middle-
and upper-class bright, and/or well-connected, young types to ease
their way into the top echelons of society. All with the very best
teaching, support and resources money can buy, of course. Leaders
in fields like animal experimentation and defence related research.
With a longer unbroken history as being part of the establishment
than parliament, just who is busy propping it up these days?
In 2003, charitable institutions
and businesses paid a staggering 92 million quid to the university
with a further £70 mill coming from research councils and
Government agencies. No wonder they arent worried about the
whole increase top-up fees or face funding shortage
debate. Included in the roll-call of the rich and powerful of our
times are the usual range of big computer firms, mobile phone companies,
big oil, defence contractors, animal testing supporters like Mars/Masterfoods
and other do-gooders.
Whilst the good ol
US military coughed up nearly £700,000s worth of influence,
Rolls-Royce topped the lot with nearly a million of funding on their
own - good to know the powerful of the next generation are being
looked after by such noble causes. Full list of funders at www.speakcampaigns.org.uk/Contact_the_funders.php
* For more about Oxfords funding, Mars/Masterfoods Inc and both their roles in animal cruelty see www.speakcampaigns.org.uk/events/20060821george-mars.php
A man was prevented from boarding his flight at Kennedy Airport in New York last month. Suspicions were raised when Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi human rights activist, was spotted with a t-shirt declaring, We will not be silent in English and Arabic. Security insisted he turn the shirt inside out, but Raed refused. He eventually agreed to wear another shirt over the offending article rather than miss his flight. As one clear-thinking obviously not racist official told him, Going to an airport with a T-shirt in Arabic script is like going to a bank and wearing a T-shirt that says, Im a robber. For more see his blog http://raedinthemiddle.blogspot.com
Psst! Dont anyone
tell but weve discovered a fatal flaw in the defences of American
war planes. The secret came out when a group of people tried to
enter the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) grounds in Toronto
at the end of the Labour Day parade, but were barred from entering
until theyd popped all the bunches of colourful balloons they
were carrying. Apparently, US fighters were due to roar past overhead
imminently and the presence of rogue balloons could be incredibly
dangerous to them! Sadly, quite how they could be targeted at the
planes was never explained. The winged harbingers of death were
there to support the clean family-fun entertainment extravaganza
- sponsored by a community-concious donut chain, whose charitable
foundations motto is helping children gain a positive
view of the world.
During this event which is the Canadas largest family fair the military PR machine rolled out their own house of horrors attraction where kids could get the chance to feel the comforting weight of an assault rifle, sit in tanks and warplane cockpits, and generally thrill at the guided missiles and assorted hardware. Huge posters advertised upwards of $8,000 in free tuition for those signing up with the forces. Well... anything for the kids!
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