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SchNEWS 607, 19th October, 2007
Splash The Cash - Water is more profitable than oil for corporations involved in the UK water privatisation carve-up, as last week investment bank JP Morgan part-purchased Southern Water. Plus - Brian Haw and the Parliament Square peace camp gets trashed, climate change protests against Royal Bank Of Scotland, Common Ground community centre in Reading is evicted, Anarchist Bookfair, Hill Of Tara and more...

SchNEWS 606, 12th October, 2007
Under Pressure - The Smash EDO campaign has a busy month, and police resort to a grab-bag of old bye-laws and statutes to bust them. Plus - anti-aviation protest camp in Gloucestershire, Stop The War's 'Troops Out' march, Plane Stupid action at Manchester Airport, Total garages get blockaded and more...

SchNEWS 605, 5th October, 2007
Parlia-ment-al - Stop The War Coalition's planned 'Troops Out' march on Oct 8th from Trafalgar Square is banned, but the march is going ahead regardless. Plus - Faslane 365 goes out with a big bang, and breaks the 1000 arrests barrier, Smash EDO activists in early morning raid of factory, Animal Rights campaigning gathering is busted and more...

SchNEWS 604, 28st September, 2007
Things Can Only Get Buddha - While there is a genuine movement kicking off out on the streets of Burma to get rid of the military junta, we look at how the West stands to gain from seeing it toppled and a neo-liberal pro-market 'democracy' taking its place. Plus - No Borders camp at Gatwick, visiting Palestinian activists join a Smash EDO noise demo, DSEi, Faslane 365 and more...

SchNEWS 603, 21st September, 2007
Iraq And A Hard Place - A mainstream research company are estimating that over a million have died in Iraq since 2003 due to the invasion - but it didn't get any publicity. Plus - No Borders Gatwick camp gets under way, protests continue in Ireland against Shell's proposed gas refinery at Rossport, site occupied in Wembley to prevent 'academy' school being built and more...

SchNEWS 602, 7th September, 2007
Aisle Be Damned - Supermarkets have stepped up the tide of greenwash, convincing consumers of their eco-credentials. Guess what SchNEWS finds that it's all complete garbage. Plus this week's Disarm DSEi anti-arms trade protest, a report back from popular uprisings in Oaxaca, Mexico, an update from a Palestinian town on Israel's apartheid wall, and more...

SchNEWS 601, 31th August, 2007
Tents Stand Off - It's been a hectic week in Brighton as Smash EDO and Sussex Police once again faced off during the Smash EDO action camp. Also the fight continues at Shell's refinery site at Bellanaboy in Mayo and more...

SchNEWS 600, 24th August, 2007
Climate of Fear
- Despite over-the-top policing during the Camp For Climate Action, there was an impressive array of autonomous direct action at various aviation and high-carbon emission targets around the country. Plus in this issue - digger diving gets serious at the Hill Of Tara in Ireland, a riot kicks off at a free party in Great Yarmouth when police seize the sound system and more...

SchNEWS 599, 14th August, 2007 Ground Control - Climate activists caught the Met's finest flat-footed on Saturday night as they pre-emptively seized land for the climate camp. Also undeterred by being the only group affected by the injunction the Plane Stupid crew have taken their objections to the aviation industry to the Airbus 'superjumbo' factory in North Wales, a protester has been given a 28-day sentence for refusing to pay a £750 fine, after arrest at Prestwick Airport, Scotland and more....

SchNEWS 598, 27th July, 2007 Airbusted Heathrow Airport slaps an injunction on climate change protesters in the lead-up to the Camp For Climate Action in two weeks at a site near Heathrow. Also Wiradjuri Aboriginal take action against toxic gold mine on their sacred sites, Gordon Brown announces new attacks on civil liberties in the UK, anti-arms-trade protest at Nottingham weapons factory, Nagasaki survivor arrested at Faslane and more....

SchNEWS 597, 20th July, 2007 Eire We Go Again Seven protesters against the motorway planned at the Hill Of Tara in Ireland were arrested on Weds 18th trying to stop diggers from illegally destroying the important archaeological site at the proposed Blundlestown interchange in the Tara/Skryne Valley. Also more on the resistance to Shell's proposed gas refinery and pipeline development in County Mayo, activists again managed to disrupt business at Agrexco Carmel in Middlesex and more....

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Dish out the tofu and crack open yet another oversized tub of hummus. It's time to ditch the dairy and celebrate World Vegan Week which kicks off this Saturday (27th). Although you'd be joining a growing movement (now quarter of a million strong in the UK), meat consumption has increased four fold in the past fifty years and now livestock outnumbers humans three to one! Yet 850 million people still go hungry worldwide with an estimated five million children dying each year due to malnutrition. The rearing of farm animals has forced millions of small farmers off the land and the agricultural techniques employed are having an ever more harmful effect on our planet. OK, so maybe the vegan thing is going through a bit of a rebrand at the mo’, but as well as being about respecting the life of all the living creatures with which we share out planet, veganism is also one way we can tackle food poverty and climate change.

Take the forests (Please! International logging corporations especially welcome!). Trees are essential storers of carbon dioxide and help to regulate our climate - but are being chopped down at the rate of 13 million hectares a year. Already almost one-third of the world’s forests have been converted to agriculture use and the World Resources Institute reckons that 60% of current deforestation involves clearing the way for food production. One fifth of this is being used to graze cattle and another 10% is utilised for grain production to feed the beasts themselves.

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But of course, land in the UK is much more valuable if you build on it - so most of the feed for our livestock is imported from abroad. Europe as a whole imports 70% of its protein for cattle feed, leading to one European Parliament report sating that, “Europe can feed its people but not its farm animals.” Some six million acres of land in Brazil is being used to grow soya beans for animals in Europe alone - at the same time as 20 million Brazilians suffer from malnutrition. In fact it takes ten times more land to produce one kilo of protein from meat than its does from soya. “If present trends of meat-eating continue” says science writer, Colin Tudge, “then by 2050 the world’s livestock will be consuming as much as 4 billion people do.” A plant based diet requires just 20% of the land of that required by an omnivore.


And its not just the land that’s the problem. Fish-munching 'veggies' should beware that more than a quarter of all the world’s fisheries are fully exploited. In Canada at least 140 distinct varieties of salmon are already extinct and many more dolphins, turtles and seals are caught up and killed in giant fishing nets. Not that all the fish caught is eaten - biologist Lee Alverson calculates that around 27 million tonnes of fish are wasted every year because they are the wrong kind or size for the fussy supermarket shopper (that’s more than the total amount of fish eaten in 1950). Shrimp boats that drag the bottom of the sea are the most wasteful, scooping up 10 kilos of other marine life for every one kilo of shrimp that’s actually used.

Last November the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation reported that livestock production accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions – more than all the world’s transport combined! Head of the FAO’s Information Unit, Henning Steinfeld says that “livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to remedy the situation.”

Animal foods account for most of the energy used in agriculture, sometimes up to 20 times more energy per ‘edible tonne’ than grain production! Housing pigs and chickens in huge windowless sheds requires loads of energy for artificial ventilation, conveyor belts and electric lighting. You don’t need refrigeration or freezers to store yer fresh veg!

The fleshy tastes of an increasingly wealthy population, from whom the big food corporations are only to willing to extract as much profit as possible, are on the rise. People are consuming more meat and dairy every year. During the first fifty years of the 21st century, meat production and milk output are both set to double. Many formerly subsistence farmers are turning to grow cash crops for animal feed because it pays better. Such intensive monoculture threatens biodiversity and moves local farmers further away from sustainable agricultural systems. But it’s not the poor eating the meat – a US citizen consumes 15 times more beef than someone from Honduras. The Danes are the biggest pig munchers, getting through their way through twice their own body weight in pork each year, ten times more than a South African.

If you can get a perfectly healthy diet from a vegan diet (and you can) why kill animals to feed ourselves? Pigs have to be given powerful antibiotics during their short (six months) lives, in an attempt to tackle the diseases rife in the filthy battery conditions in which over 95% of them are kept. Poultry farmers send 800 million chickens to slaughter each year in the UK, most of which are kept in huge sheds containing up to 40,000 birds. Two thirds of all eggs are produced by battery chickens which have to live in an area smaller than an A4 piece of paper, even though their wingspan is four times bigger. The more rustic sounding ‘barn egg’ laying chicken gets an A3 sized bit of paper to live on whilst to call a chicken ‘free range’ all the bird must have is ‘access to the outdoors’ during day light hours (on the way to the slaughter house, perhaps?).

Then there’s the torture-in-a-tin that is foie-gras, where ducks and geese are force fed until their livers swell ten times its normal size. The French polish off 30 million ducks a year in order to munch on this ‘delicacy’ and Viva! is running a campaign to outlaw the cruel industry – check for more info about the campaign.

* See to learn more about how the animal-free diet can save the planet.



* 27 - Anarchist Bookfair - Queen Mary & Westfield College, Mile End Rd, London, E1. 10am-7pm. Jam packed with stalls, talks, meetings, films, cabaret, food, creche and more. Tube - Mile End or Stepney Green

* 27 - The Plight Of The Iraqi People Under Occupation. Iraqi voices in a day-long conference of analysis and discussions. With Dr Kamil Mahdi (Exeter University), Mazin Yunis (Iraqi League), Nadai al Qattan (aid worker) and more! 10.30am - 4pm, United Reformed Church, Buck Street, Camden Town NW1 8NJ (tube: Camden Town). or 07989861380.

* 27 – Pre-emptive Peace Strike – despite the security raid last week (See SchNEWS 607), protesters are still at Parliament Square. With meeting and open mic session. From 2pm. For more call 07886662091

* 28 – Free Stuff Bonanza – Halloween Festival – bring your stuff to give away from 1pm, stalls open at 2.15pm. Books, records, vids, cds, clothes, kids stuff, household stuff etc plus tea and cake. At Pullens Centre, 184 Crampton Street, London, SE17 3AE, Tube – Elephant & Castle.

* 30 – Photo/media Exhibition - of this year’s Camp for Climate Action and this year’s G8 protests in Rostock, Germany; as well as video and audio from Indymedia. 7pm-11pm, Foundry, Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3JL.


* 3 - “Bash the Rich!” march on David Cameron’s house in Notting Hill, London.

* 10 - Stop The Wall! Boycott Israeli Apartheid! Day Of Action - a picket and protest on Oxford St, London from 1pm. Meet Marks and Spencer, 258 Edgware Rd. (tube Edgware Rd) tel 020 7837 1688

* 10 - Shac demo against HLS – a march against the animal abusers in the town centre then back for demos at the labs. 11Am at Riverside Rd, Huntingdon. Email web

* 12 - Block the Builders blockade at AWE Aldermaston. Help block Britain’s own WMD weapons factory in a day of non-violent direct action. Overnight accommodation available Sunday. Legal support on the day. tel 07807 522454.

* 14 - 28 - ‘Hands Off Iraqi Oil’ - a national speaking tour to build the campaign against the forced privatisation of Iraq’s oil industry. Speakers include Greg Muttitt (Platform) and activist and journalist Ewa Jasiewicz email web

* 17 Combatting Pro-War Media Bias - a half-day conference organised by Media Workers Against the War. With Andrew Gilligan, Phillip Knightley and others. Time and venue tbc. £10/£5.


The London Coalition Against Poverty have called for people to picket the Hackney Council meeting this Halloween (Oct 31st). The Council’s Homeless Person’s Unit (HPU) have been systematically denying people their rights by intimidation of vulnerable applicants and the use of delaying tactics and unjustified refusals of claims - this picket will demand that the council immediately halt these illegal and unjust practices. Trick or treat the council from 6-7.30pm at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street E8. See Tel: 07932 241737.


New Zealand Police have conducted a massive series of armed raids against Maori rights, peace and environmental activists in the country. On 15th October, seventeen people were arrested in house raids by armed police. They have currently all been refused bail and are being held on firearms charges while the police build a case under the terrorism legislation. Police claim to have broken up an insurrectionist movement and have suggested that there will be further arrests.

Despite the only terrorist attack in New Zealand’s history being the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior (by French secret agents), the government introduced the 2002 Suppression of Terrorism Act, following with the rest of the western world in the post 9-11 hysteria. But of this course this story is just another twist in the centuries old struggle over Middle Earth, er we mean, New Zealand.

The most prominent of those in custody is Tame Iti, a well-known heavily tattooed Maori rights activist of whom one local journalist commented, “He could not lead a clandestine terrorist conspiracy without a face transplant.” (meaning his very recognisable inked features and not a suggestion that he has hideous looks unworthy of a charismatic terrorist leader).

Tame is a member of the Tuhoe people, who live in the Urewara mountains and were the last Maoris to surrender to the colonial government The treaty signed in 1840 between their people and the Crown contained the phrase Tino Rangatiratanga, meaning self-determination. Tame is adamant that this treaty has been violated and has conducted a number of high profile actions, such as setting up at tent in front of the parliament buildings as the ‘Maori Embassy to New Zealand’ and shooting a hole in the NZ flag during negotiations over the treaty.

The other 16 arrestees are all active in the peace/environmental and land rights movements. They have been labelled the Urewara 17 because police allegations centre around supposed ‘terrorist training camps’ in the mountains.

For more: and

*There is an international day of solidarity declared for 27th of October. London demo: ‘Free the Urewera 17!’ Saturday, Oct 27, 12- 3pm at NZ High Commission London, 80 Haymarket, SW1Y, Westminster.


This summer the Tubas Friendship and Solidarity group helped to fund the building of a school in the village of Fasayil in defiance of Israeli military restrictions. Volunteers from Brighton also went out to help with construction of the tent-based learning centre (see SchNEWS 584). But Palestinians in Fasayil are prevented from building any new structures by the occupation force’s military administration and last week the Israeli military issued a demolition order ordering the Palestinians to remove the building by November 29th or face demolition.

The response to the latest demolition order in Fasayil is typical of the quiet strength and courage of the Palestinian people – ‘They can knock our school down as often as they want. We cannot stop them from doing so. We will build the school again and again and again. They cannot destroy our determination to give proper education to our children. Our children’s education is our future. They will not succeed in their attempts to drive us from our land.’

The community is hoping to have a large presence of international and Palestinian solidarity activists in the area at the end of November.

* For more info see or


After last week’s raid by Greater London Authority-hired private security goons on the peace camp at Parliament Square (See SchNEWS 607), when all of Brian Haw’s camp of supporters had their tents pulled up and were ordered to not camp on the grass of the Square, the protesters continue to maintain their presence. Most of them (apart from Brian) are now camped on the pavement.

Except for one protester, Maria Gallastegui, who last Friday cheekily got around the no-tents-on-the grass dictat by pitching her tent on the plinth of the statue of David Lloyd George – before the actual statue arrived and was unveiled this week. After 36 hours, Maria came down of her own free will, after the GLA legal team tried to scramble together a legal case to have her removed, which came to nothing. Meanwhile police stood around admitting that she was not breaking the law, and a climbing team hung in the wings. Scaffolding and plastic covering was put around her to hide the scene.

Presumably they didn’t want any more bad PR over the statue, itself the target of a letter from John Pilger, Harold Pinter and others published in the Torygraph describing the celebration of Lloyd George as ‘highly topical and utterly disgraceful’.

Maybe he’s there to make Blair look good – L.G’s legacy outshines even ‘call me’ Tony! Involved in bombing such countries as Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, not to mention helping send 750,000 men to their deaths in the trenches. He is also famous for his quip during a 1932 League Of Nations talk about disarmament that, “we insisted on reserving the right to bomb niggers”. In fact, he was unlucky to not feature in SchNEWS ‘Worst Britains’ poll from 2003 – but we’ve put an entry in for him, so he can take his place among other hallowed heroes of the empire like General Dyer or Lord Elgin – and Jeremy Clarkson. (See

...And Finally...

Proving SchNEWS reaches all corners of the globe, we this week received an email from a punter in the punjab (well somewhere in india anyway). Apart from singing our praises (of course), he alerted us to the fact that we’re not the only ones with trust issues when it comes to cops, demonstrated by a recent online poll by the Times of India – largest circulation of any English broadsheet in the world (over 2.5 million and rising – in your face Murdoch, your tired rag gets less than 700,000. Plus T of I is still family owned, resisting selling out any of the corporate media tycoons since getting independence from the Brits in 1950). They asked for opinions on the statement, “Police in India spells fear and trouble in the common man’s mind”- to which the answer was pretty unequivocal: Agree – 96%, Disagree – 3%, Not sure – 1%. Impressive figures, even for our anarcho-anti-capitalist “Resist the facist pigs” bi-monthly meeting...

*N.B. Any Murdoch despisers out there (and who isn’t?) may be slightly cheered up by playing a new online game called Whack-A-Murdoch where you get to smash the power-crazed global overlord’s balding head with a large hammer. Unfortunately, he then pops up somewhere else to buy up another local media outlet but at least you get the endless pleasure of committing GBH on a man happy to admit “I don’t run anything for respectability.“ Show your lack of respect at


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