This Time Last Year
415, 18th July, 2003
VISION CHIPS Real Freak Horrorshow Big Brother has landed. Plus,
Sherwood Forest, Simon Shaw, Lockheed Martin and more...
414, 11th July, 2003
GAM SHOW Massacre in Aceh, (Indonesia again pummels state wanting
independence with British arms). Plus, Victory for Arundel, rest of
country not so lucky..
413, 4th July, 2003
POVERTY EXPRESS Multinational biotech companies, with full backing
from Bush and his cronies, try to save the world by shoving GM leftovers
down the throats of the worlds poor.
410, 13th June, 2003
MENWITH BALLS The US spy base at Menwith Hill gets some overdure
attention. Plus Martin Shaw update; Group4 have recruitment problems;
6th June, 2003
MY HAMSTER Another G8 summit; more meaningless declarations from
'our' 'great' 'leaders', more kids on the streets fighting for a better
world and more police repression.
30th May, 2003
Get Yer Rocks Off! America "liberate" Iraq but
keep their hands firmly on the Congo and their resources. Blunkett's
trying to push through yet more "justice bill" laws and so
23rd May, 2003
Bob the Bilderberg
£lite take young politicians under their wing for... sensible
16th May, 2003
Repression in Palestine increases as international observers are
9th May, 2003
SHAKY FOUNDATIONS Blair he goes again, PFI-vatising the country's
health, education and transport infrastructure...
402/3, 2nd May, 2003
BOMBS 'R' US Mayday takes on Lockheed Martin, 24 hour weapons of
mass destruction delivery service...
401, 25th April, 2003
less popular than they thought they would be...
400, 11th April, 2003
AID 'N' A BET military spending skyrockets, international aid evaporates
and millions in Africa face starvation. Coincidence?
399, 4th April, 2003
PERLES OF WISDOM US carve-up of 'rebuilding' contracts.
397/8, 28th March, 2003
MASS DUST-RUCTION The 'humanitarian' war underway, we report the
protests the media ignore so well...
396, 14th March, 2003
RUNWAY TERROR Anit-terrorism protestors treated like terrorists...
395, 7th March, 2003
WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONNAIRE?
A look at how America are trying to buy votes at the UN Security
394, 28th February, 2003
With all the hot air about deposing Saddam, we check out what the
U.S. has done for Afghanistan so far.
393, 21st February, 2003
Reports from anti-war demos around the world
392, 14th February, 2003
IRAQ AND RUIN
War mongering and anti war actions continue
391, 7th February, 2003
WASTE OF SPACE
390, 7th February, 2003
Holocaust hypocrisy in the British Press.
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...
| Friday 25th July
2003 | Issue 416
WAKE UP! IT'S YER TIME TO YANK OFF...
I'M AN AMERICAN - GET ME OUT OF HERE!
| Crap Arrest of the Week | SchNEWS
in Brief | Coca-Killer
| Positive SchNEWS
| ...and finally... |
I'M AN AMERICAN
GET ME OUT OF HERE!
You, like me, know who the real heroes are: those brave
service men and women, yours and ours, who fought the war and risk
their lives still. - Tony Blair to the US Congress, receiving
a Congressional Gold Medal for services to The Empire.
US officials need to get our @***s out of here
say that seriously. We have no business being here... All we are
here is potential people to be killed and sitting ducks. -
US reservist in Iraq with the 307th Military Police Company, July
Think back about six months. If you spent too much time back then
listening to politicians, youd have been forgiven for thinking
that life was going to be pretty sweet for US and British troops
in Iraq once Saddam was out of the picture. Nothing much to do,
just driving around in a jeep, waiting for grateful Iraqis to run
up and thank you for liberating them. Well, its
nearly three months now since Dubya decided the war was over, and
the story that US troops are telling is a little different.
What are we getting into here? a Sergeant from the 4th
Infantry Division asked the Washington Post last month. The
war is supposed to be over, but every day we hear of another soldier
Saddam isnt in power anymore. The locals
want us to leave. Why are we still here? It seems the occupying
forces arent as popular as they were told they would be. Little
kids wave at us and their parents slap them in the back of the head
and make them stop, one soldier told Associated Press. It
makes me feel like I wasted my time over here and they dont
appreciate what we did
But maybe its not so much that they dont appreciate
it, as that they cant forget it. Some soldiers cant.
Heres how one Sgt. Meadows describes his combat duty: For
me, its like snapshot photos. Like pictures of maggots on
tongues, babies with their heads on the ground, men with their heads
halfway off and their eyes wide open and mouths wide open. I see
it every day, every single day. The smells and the torsos burning,
the entire route up to Baghdad, from 20 March to 7 April, nothing
but burned bodies. And as the occupation drags on, many are
getting increasingly desperate to get out: At night time you
think about all the people you killed one Corporal told the
Evening Standard. It just never gets off your head
no chance to forget it. Were still here. Weve been here
so long. Most soldiers would empty their bank accounts
just for a plane ticket home wrote another soldier in an anonymous
letter to Congress.
Its no wonder they want to go home. They were told that they
were there to get rid of Saddam and his Weapons of Mass Destruction.
But its three months since Saddam legged it, theres
not a WMD in sight, yet theres still 155,000 occupation troops
in the country, and their commanders expect them to be there for
the foreseeable future. They were told they would be welcomed as
liberators; instead theyve got angry demos and grenade attacks.
44 US troops and 6 Brits have been killed in ambushes since the
war finished, and attacks are increasing. So far this
week theres been an average of two troops killed a day.
Its harder to say how many Iraqis have been killed since the
occupation began because (surprisingly enough) the occupying forces
are less interested keeping those records. But theyre being
killed daily. Two men were killed in Baghdad today when troops opened
fire on their car after they drove too close to an American checkpoint.
Even after the Falluja massacre in May (when US troops used automatic
weapons to break up a boisterous but peaceful demo,
killing 15 and wounding 75), there are still reports of troops using
live ammo against demonstrators. 2 stone-throwers were shot dead
during a demo outside US HQ in Baghdad on June 18. And in late June
US 3rd Infantry forces began Israel-style punitive demolitions
of the family homes of people thought to be involved in armed resistance.
Yesterday Amnesty International published a report accusing the
occupying forces of a string of human rights abuses against Iraqi
civilians, including murder, torture, detention without trial, and
inhumane treatment of prisoners. The report highlighted the case
of one 12-year-old boy who was shot on June 26 by US soldiers conducting
house-to-house searches whilst he was making his bed. When neighbours
tried to rush the boy to hospital they were stopped by US troops.
The soldiers forced the neighbours to the ground, and after
15mins ordered them to return home because the curfew had started.
[The boy] was already dead. Hard to understand why Iraqis
dont want them around, isnt it?
Unlike some troops, Iraqis know that the US didnt come looking
for WMDs. And they know that the US isnt about to go until
its got control of the oil reserves, got a new base in the
Middle East, and opened up Iraq to foreign investment. But plans
for a quick innout invasion have gone badly wrong. As
journalist Maria Tomchick puts it, according to the original war
plan, the Pentagon expected the Iraqi military to refuse to
fight, to depose Saddam in a coup, and to maintain control of the
security situation in Iraq so US troops could waltz into Baghdad
and set up a new government. In other words, Iraqis were going
to be kept in line by the same bastards whove been calling
the shots for the past 30 years. But when war began Baath party
officials all over the country legged it, went into hiding, or were
killed by local residents who hated the regime. And the US/UK were
left to do their own dirty work.
The US cant just leg it out of Iraq like it did when it fucked
up in Afghanistan. Theres too much at stake. George, Tony
& Co. are going to keep this one going for as long as they can.
But as one Iraqi exile warned last month Some have claimed
it is in the interest of the US to
stabilise the region and
create opportunities for US investment and reliable oil supplies.
[This] rosy scenario failed to take account of the views of the
Iraqi people and the history of their
struggles for freedom.
The dawning of this reality on the US administration helps to explain
why the occupation forces are increasingly resorting to terror tactics
to subdue the Iraqi people.
*Whilst US troops are wishing they could get out of Iraq, US corporations
are queuing up to get in. The Corporate Invasion of Iraq, http://www.occupationwatch.org/article.php?id=73,
gives a detailed run down of who gets what. SchNEWS favourites include
Cheney-backed Halliburton, and building firm Fluor Corporation,
who allegedly hired security guards dressed in KKK robes to terrorise
black workers when they were contracting in apartheid South Africa.
*Stephen Funk, a Marine Corps Reservist and conscientious objector,
is facing a 2 year sentence for refusing to fight. For info, or
to support his defence, see paydaynet.org
More info: www.occupationwatch.org
Recommended reading Weapons of Mass Deception the uses of
propaganda in Bushs war on Iraq www.constablerobinson.com
& while yer at it SchNEWS Annual 2003 Peace De
Crap Arrest of the Week
For chatting to friends
A 15 year old French girl fell victim to a new French law which
makes blocking the communal areas of apartment blocks illegal with
a maximum two months in jail or a 3,750 euro fine. The girl was
handcuffed and taken to the police station, where she was held for
17 hours. Youth worker Richard Moyon complained. They were
only standing outside their home at midnight, outside school hours....
thats hardly a crime! http://www.lemonde.fr/article/0,5987,3208327416-,00.html
SchNEWS in Brief
- Want to get involved in some radical ecological direct action?
Then get along to the Earth First summer gathering happening
on 13-17 August somewhere in North Yorkshire. Costs £10
on the gate www.earthfirstgathering.org.uk
- It seems that more people spend their Sundays in supermarkets
than they do in Church. We live in a world where worship of the
product is more popular than religion. Whirl-Mart
is a shopping awareness ritual where a group of whirlers gently
invade a cathedral of consumption (ASDA) armed with empty trolleys.
If you wanna give it a whirl then meet at Ye Olde Black Cross
beer garden, Bromsgrove for debriefing at 1pm sharp! www.breathingplanet.net/
- A tenant at Brightons council run Horsdean Traveller
site has been given 3 days notice to quit for complaining
once too often that the on-site toilet and shower block has been
broken for six months. Rather than fix the block, the council
have decided it would be easier, and presumably cheaper, to evict
the tenant who is recovering from a recent hip operation. Raise
your objections with Pat Foster at Brighton and Hove council 01273
290000. For more info call the Sussex Traveller Action Group 07941
- Indymedia Cinema presents Necropolis Now! about urban
redevelopment and gentrification next Thursday (31) at The Other
Cinema 11 Rupert Street, London W1 Tel: 020 7437 0757 (Piccadilly
Circus tube) £5/£4 kicks off 9.30pm www.indymedia.org.uk
- Indymedia are also organising monthly screenings at The Spitz
in Spitalfields Market and setting up an independent media centre
for the global days of action against the massive arms fair happening
in London this September. http://www.dsei.org/
- Theres a planning meeting next Tuesday (29) for the London
Reclaim The Streets street party planned to disrupt the
London arms fair. The meeting is at LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street,
London E1 1ES (Whitechapel tube) email@example.com
- Target racist right wing rags who openly scapegoat refugees
and asylum seekers for all of societys ills. Demo this Saturday
(26) outside the Daily Mail, Derry St, next to High St
Kensington tube 12 noon 07951 493 232 www.worldrevolution.org.uk
- 'Cuba from an anarchist perspective talk and debate
8th August at the London Anarchist Forum, Conway Hall, Red Lion
Square, London (Holborn tube) 8pm www.trak.to/laf
- All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of
the Women of Afghanistan is a newly published book,
and the author is asking if anyone could help get the book published
in other languages other than English: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteers are still needed for a summer work camp, sponsored
by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions from
August 8th-22nd in East Jerusalem. We will build Beit Arabia
(House of Arabia House of Peace) on the site of a house,
which was demolished four times for the lack of a building permit.
The Centre will also be used for educational and activist events
relating to the Occupation and peace building among Palestinians
and Israelis. 0207 700 6192 www.palestinecampaign.org
- For more party and protest dates check out the SchNEWS website.
We ask Coca Cola to stop killing ... and you to stop drinking
Coke Carlos Julia, SINALTRAINAL, Colombia.
Tuesday saw the fizzy beginnings of a global boycott of Coca Cola
In Piccadilly Circus hundreds of people listened to speeches and
danced to samba beats while four waitresses wiggled
through the crowd offering everyone (literally) bloody Coke drinks.
Marta Hinestroza, a refugee lawyer representing peasant farmers
called for a boycott of Coca Cola products. Earlier in the day Cardiff
Anarchist Network took direct action against one of the blood
bottlers plants in north London. Protesters locked themselves
to lorries, and the plants gates, while others pressed emergency
buttons to stop the production line. The protesters were detained
but released after Coca Cola decided not to press the charge of
conspiracy to commit burglary. One protester overheard
Coke managers saying over the police radio that £30,000 worth
of output had been lost.
The aim of the boycott is to stop the violent repression that has
seen the assassination of eight Colombian Coca Cola workers in recent
years. Colombian food and drinks workers union SINALTRAINAL
accuses Coca Cola of working alongside paramilitary death squads
to wipe out union activity in its plants. The most glaring example
of this was the Carepa plant in Antioquia where 5 union members
were assassinated between 1994 and 1996.
Since the US-backed Álvaro Uribe Vélez became president
in August 2002, 92 trade unionists have been assassinated. 8,000
politically motivated assassinations happen every year. The UN estimates
that the state and paramilitaries are responsible for more than
80% of them. The vast majority of the victims are unarmed civilians;
most often targeted are peasants, human rights defenders, womens
organisations, indigenous groups and trade unionists. Peasants are
murdered or moved off their land to make way for BP pipelines. So
how have the human rights defending UK / US governments responded?
Well Blair gave Uribes government a huge loan to continue
his fantastic policy of democratic security, while Bush
has made Colombia the worlds second biggest recipient of US
Faced with such bottled up repression SINALTRAINAL and families
of assassinated plant workers have taken Coke and its bottlers (Panamco
and Bebidas) to court in Columbia and the US. In March a US judge
ruled that the case for human rights violations can move forward,
but strangely he removed the Coca Cola Company from the court case.
While the case continues, SINALTRAINAL and its supporters have
called for a year long boycott of all Coke products until a number
of demands have been met, including an end to assassinations, that
Coca Cola prints a memoriam of the murdered workers on its
labels and pays full reparations to the victims families.
The union has also demanded that Coca Cola supports an annual
forum on human rights for workers in multinational companies. Predictably
Coke reckons the charges are completely false and are
a shameless effort for publicity. But in the words of
one hard core, anti-soft drink activist There are a million
and one shameless efforts we can make to publicise how completely
false Cokes claims are.
**Meanwhile, in India, communities near a Coca Cola plant are facing
severe water shortages and pollution. Of course, Coke denies theyre
nicking locals water insisting that the charges are false
and that the company is the target of a handful of extremist
protesters. Unfortunately for Coke, all the surrounding communities
seem to have fairly large handfuls of extremist protesters that
are taking direct action in their thousands against the blood bottlers.
This week the Kremlins human rights envoy, Abdul-Khakim Sultygov,
accused NGOs of terrorist activities
war and propaganda and moral terror. The crimes? Revealing
the Russian militarys abuses of Chechens. Sultygov went on
to say that pseudo-NGOs are misleading international
by skilfully combining truth, semi-truth and blatant
lies in an attempt to justify terrorist methods through
certain political ideas. Eh? According to Anna Neistat, director
of Human Rights Watch in Moscow, there is no evidence of any links
between human rights organisations and terrorism. That may be true
but that doesnt stop NGOs being guilty of moral terrorism
in Sultygovs eyes. These NGOs have the cheek to support Chechens
struggling for freedom against the might of the Russian army. Then
these bleeding heart NGOs have the nerve to publicise the struggle
of these Chechen terrorists with woolly liberal political
ideas such as freedom. So, yes, the NGOs are guilty
of terrorising the morals of poor Russians with images of massacred
Those silly liberal NGOs should try and emulate the upstanding Kremlin
who arent petty moral terrorists but successful state terrorists.
They dont just terrorise peoples morals they massacre
entire villages. The Kremlin claims that the war in Chechnya is
coming to an end but crime and violence still plague the republic
and Chechens say that Russian forces commit murder, rape and other
abuses. Those fluffy human rights groups continue to speak out for
Chechens but since Putin repackaged the conflict as part of the
global war on terror the West has stopped listening
(see SchNEWS 379).
Mention the words school dinners and many of us start
reaching for the sick bag or think of chips with everything, but
one woman who works at St Peters Primary school in Nottingham
is changing all that.
Jeanette Orrey started providing school meals on site using as many
organic and locally produced ingredients as possible. And although
ingredient costs have doubled, the cost of a dinner has stayed the
same thanks to cutting out contract suppliers and bureaucracy. Soaring
demand for school meals at St Peters has also helped
80% of the kids eat there now, compared to a national average of
Dinner time has also taken on an educational role kids designing
menus and learning about and the amount of pollution caused by food
traveling thousands of miles. Parents can now eat at the school
any day and on Wednesdays senior citizens are served by some of
the older children who then sit and eat with them. See: http://www.eat-the-view.org.uk/pdf/Jeanette_Summary.pdf
* A new report Good Food on the Public Plate by Sustain
and East Anglia Food Link says that buying local food for use in
our school, hospital and prison canteens would boost local economies
by at least £5 billion. Copies: 020 7837 1228 www.sustainweb.org
Dont drink Pepsi if you work for Coca-Cola. Rick Bronson,
a driver at a Coca-Cola bottling plant in California found this
out when he dared to attempt to consume a rival drink. He wasnt
aware that he was being watched by his bosses. A spokesman declined
to comment on Bronsons case and wouldnt say whether
drinking a rival companys products was a disciplinary offence.
Despite this Rick was apparently fired for drinking Pepsi but insists
that he didnt swallow.
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