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Three anti-war students were banged up for doing a bit of light chanting in the halls of the City College of New York to protest against the army being at a careers fair. To stop one of the protestors getting through their first verse, one agitated private security guard politely smashed his head into a wall. They were then arrested and charged with assault, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace. One student has also been suspended from the University for posing a continuing danger while a member of staff has also been nicked in connection with the protest. Thanks to the Iraq war, recruitment is down for the US army, and they are facing protests whenever they appear on student campuses. www.campusantiwar.net
If you wanted to call a meeting of crack professionals to work
out how to tackle climate change, who would be at the top of your
invite list? How about energy ministers from the countries responsible
for the worst CO2 emissions in the world? If you think that sounds
like getting paedophiles to run a playgroup, youve got a point,
but then you probably werent invited to the G8 International
Energy/Environment Ministers Roundtable at all, so its none
of your business.
As ministers gathered in London on Tuesday for the first in a round
of meetings on climate change leading up to the July summit, a large
NO!SE demo outside did their best to drown out the sound of greenwash
by, erm, making a lot of noise. But inside, the atmosphere was tense.
According to one conference-goer who protesters told SchNEWS they
had spoken to as he left, the mood among the delegates was verging
on panic. Why? Because climate change is kicking in much faster
than they had bargained on, and they dont know where theyre
going to get the energy they need to keep the global economy growing
without fossil fuel.
While momentum gathers for the G8 Mega Summit in this summer, Blair
is attempting to clean off the stains left from the Iraq war by
promoting himself as the man with a plan for climate
change. But the dyed-green carpet at the summit isnt going
to cut much ice (or stop any from melting). Away from the press
conferences, its business as usual at UK Plc., and theres
precious little to suggest that cutting CO2 is about to become top
of the agenda.
Coming soon to a green field near you: a dozen new airport runways,
a couple of new terminals, and up to 200 new roads. Some will be
spitting distance from the Breadsall Priory Hotel in Derby, where
the environment ministers are meeting today. In a statement released
after the home secretary imposed a Section 14 order banning protesters
from Derby town centre, Melanie Jarman from Roadblock said, There
are two road schemes planned that will devastate Derby town centre,
and trash part of the Peak District National Park, leading to more
Far from cutting CO2 emissions, Labour continues to offer public
money to expand oil company profits. From BPs Baku-Tbilisi-Cheyhan
pipeline, the worlds largest oil infrastructure project, to
the Sakhalin gas project in Russia, the DTI continues to support
fossil fuel projects guaranteed to bring misery and pollution to
the people unlucky enough to live on top of the worlds dwindling
fossil fuel reserves.
So whats the big idea likely to come out of the G8, now that
theyve turned their attention to global warming? At the moment,
the clever money is on a new generation of nuclear power stations.
According to our man on the inside who chatted to the
protesters outside the Monday meeting, the nuclear lobby was doing
well inside. You know were in trouble when theyre flogging
Sellafield as the eco-friendly option.
On the evening before the G8s pre-meeting meeting, Rising
Tide and TRAPESE held a counter-conference of more than 20 groups
working to stop climate change, to plan for the international day
of action on climate change during the July summit. If you want
to stop global warming, and you dont think nuclear power stations
and Kyoto protocol plant-a-tree projects are going to do the job,
get involved. The next meeting is on April 18 - for details email
or check out www.dissent.org.uk/climateaction
International Day of Action on Climate Change: July 8, 2005.
* Breaking SchNEWS: As SchNEWS goes to print, 12 cyclists
are under arrest for taking part in a Critical Mass protest near
the environment ministers meeting in Derby. Dont these
anarchists understand? Roads are for cars!
* American Brendon Walsh, has been sentenced to five years in prison
after pleading guilty to vandalizing a local armed forces recruiting
station. Send letters of support to him c/o Jeremy Shirvan, 2714
William St., Endwell, NY 13760-5822 USA
* The trial of five Irish Catholic Worker peace activists, accused
of causing criminal damage to a US Navy Warplane at Shannon Airport
two years ago, collapsed when the jury was discharged by the judge.
A retrial is being set on Tuesday. www.WarOnTrial.com
Local Authorities are busy drafting their five year Local Transport Plans. Last time they did this in 2000, the Government gave the go-ahead to 85 new roads - including Linslade, Hastings and Weymouth. Whether your campaigning style is actions, letter writing, or demos, taking action now could save a whole lot of bother and destruction in the future. Road Block can help you campaign against new road schemes. If you havent got time, but want to help, you can also ask your Local Authority which road schemes they are considering for the LTP, and pass that information to Road Block. 01803 847649 www.roadblock.org.uk
Anti-capitalists bringing down transnational corporations by playing
the stock market? Its true! Activists are using the stock
market to help boycotts of your favourite brands Coke, Starvebucks,
McDonalds and Exxon. The idea is that you club together as part
of a hedge fund and sell stock in targeted firms short.
A hedge fund is basically the very rich clubbing together and hedging
their bets by playing a range of different stock market games. One
of those games is selling short. For example, say Coke
stock is worth £10 this month, £12 next and £15
in 3 months time. You then sell the stock short for
£11 in month two. If you buy enough stock (which is why smaller
franchises are targeted) people panic and sell their stock too and
the price goes down. Your £10 stock is then worth £9
in three months time, not the planned £15. Coke lose out,
big time. Investment activist Max Keiser says For every 1,000
new boycotters, I and my group of investors/
Forget the Glastonbury ticket, become a shareholder! See www.karmabanque.com
for more info
In an effort to drown out the sounds of screaming civilians in
burning buildings, major record labels are doing their bit.
Virgin, EMI and the rest supply all the new CD releases to our
boys at the front at special discount. Troops can now listen
to cheap pop as they go about keeping Iraq secure, though
not, presumably, at the same time. This may explain some recent
US losses however. Whoever said war couldnt be fun?
In classic rock-rebel style, however, one group are having none of it. The Super Furry Animals have included an anti-militarist clause in their recent negations with the majors. The clause forbids any of their music to be offered at discount to the Armed Farces. Fans of the Welsh quartet will be pleased to know that the sweet blend of pop and rock they love will not be drifting over the battlefields of a corrupt war. Coalition Forces hinted it will not affect their decision to stay in Iraq.
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