It IS Rocket Science
All this extra-terror-estrial talk and no action! Why?
you might (or US taxpayers should) ask, when $10 billion a year
is being spent on star wars (while US education, health care, social
security etc constantly get cut back)? Well fortunately for the
universe, the missiles are, ahem, refusing to take off.
Even though the US have spent decades launching satellites, space
shuttles and oh, man on the moon (nudge, nudge) the missiles are
veering far off course. Maybe this is cos although the US
now accounts for 43% of world military spending, they thought theyd
save themselves a bit of cash, relying on commercially proven motors.
We thought off-the-shelf technology was kind of a slam-dunk!
quipped Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronald T. Kadish. Despite a $45 million
bonus being offered for a successful test (which cost $10 million
each), the shabby missiles are still careering off all over the
gaff, often having to be postponed due to bad weather! The US had
better hope that they dont get attacked by any missiles when
it is raining.
All this work in the name of defence
America must have a serious
missile neurosis dont they? Or do they? Full Spectrum
Dominance is a term coined by US space command, meaning COMPLETE
military dominance of land, sea, air, info and space. Two documents
by the US Space Command, Vision for 2020 and Long
Range Plan, also bring to light what Americans are really
salivating over here; The United States will remain a global
power and exert global leadership
will highlight disparities in resources and quality of life - contributing
to unrest in developing countries. The global economy will continue
to become more interdependent. Economic alliances, as well as the
growth and influence of multi-national corporations, will blur security
agreements. The gap between have and have-not
nations will widen - creating regional unrest. One of the commonly
understood advantages of space-based platforms is no restriction
or country clearances required to overfly a nation from space.
Maniacal power ploys such as this and the US effort to control
space in Vision for 2020 are reminiscent of the
great empires of Europe ruling the waves, and thus the earth, and
all point to a very unsettling reality of ultimate global control
- and as Bush stated in his post 9-11 speech Its going
to be a long, long war.
Crap Arrest of the Week
For, erm, well, let me think a minute
500 citizens weapons inspectors were arrested by cops in Belguim
last Saturday.. Amazingly, not one charge was brought against any
of them! How could the police get it so wrong? Surely the point
of making an arrest is because a law is being broken, in which case
charges should naturally follow? .To do it once in a day is perhaps
forgivable, but 500 times seems
At Schnews Towers, we reckon the Boys in Blue are Company Men,
one and all, and not fit for our company.
Indian villagers fighting a massive aluminium strip mine (see SchNEWS
487) have been cheered by the announcement that employees from one
of the companies involved will refuse to smelt any alumina
shipped to British Colombia from Alcan s eventual operations
Canadian mining giant Alcan want to get their hands on one of the
worlds richest deposits of bauxite - the raw material for
aluminium - in the Kashipur region of India. The $1.4 billion monster
strip-mine and refinery promises to displace up to 20,000 people,
destroy their livelihoods and culture, contaminate food and water
sources and obliterate their spiritual sites.
Villagers have been fighting the mine for the past 12 years but
in November politicians decided that the Alcan mining project was
to be launched at any cost - since then repression has been seriously
Protests are being planned at Alcans AGM next week
BP AGM ASBO?
While 15 vanloads of cops patrolled outside and Greenwash Guerrillas
warned the public to steer clear due to toxic levels of greenwash,
shareholders planning to protest at BPs Annual General Meeting
last Thursday were refused entry after the company issued a statement
declaring - illegally - that We do not permit entry
to persons whose conduct, behaviour or general demeanour may interfere
with the good order of the meeting.
But what about BPs anti social behaviour? It ranges from
bankrolling Colombian paramilitary death squads, backing the
environmental disaster that is Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and
of course expanding fossil fuel production. They have also been
busy trying to hoodwink everyone that they are in fact a caring
oil company who are really into looking afterthe planet; (this is
known as greenwashing.) In fact BP invest less than 1% of its annual
budget in solar and other renewable energy sources, much less than
it ploughs into advertising and PR.
Plans are underway to make a legal challenge to BP refusing entry
to shareholders. 07708 794665 www.londonrisingtide.org.uk,
* Join the protests against arms dealers BAE systems who are holding
their AGM on Wednesday 4th May. Queen Elizabeth 2 Conference Centre,
Broad Sanctuary, opposite Westminster Abbey. (Nearest tubes St James
Park & Westminster) 020 7281 0297 www.caat.org.uk
Purveyors of tooth rot juice Coca cola are in the spotlight in
India again, for all the wrong reasons of course. Their plant in
the southern Indian State of Kerala has been closed for a year now,
due to public pressure. The Plant was drinking all the water reserves
in the area, leaving the surrounding villages facing drought. This
week, the High Court gave them permission to drain no more (!) than
a half million litres per day from the water table.
But the local council have yet to decide whether to give the Company
permission to re-open the plant, and have 2 weeks to do so.
The Campaign against Killer Coca Cola has been gaining momentum
in recent times, especially in places they hit hardest, i.e. India
and Columbia. Protests are greeted Cokes AGM during the week.
Students in Canada have been leading by example recently, organising
massive opposition to their Governments attempt to convert student
bursaries into loans. A seven week strike at Quebec university culminated
in a 100,000 strong demonstration in Montreal last month. Big Business
areas of the city were blockaded, offices of the ruling Liberal
Party invaded - but outside of Canada, no-one has heard a thing
Receiving support from unions and university staff, this was about
much more than student fees. The Canadian State are moving to dismantle,
piece by piece, the hard-won welfare system (er, does this ring
any bells?) Turning grants into loans hits the poorest in society
and represents the thin end of the wedge of the neo-liberal agenda.
The State capitulated, however, and the bursary system is to remain!
SchNEWS hopes students elsewhere are taking note (s)
SchNEWS in Brief
- The people who gave us the Use Your Loaf Social Centre
are once again running a Friday night cafe starting tonight (22)
at a temporary centre - the Ragged School, Hales St, Deptford
SE8. 7-12 midnight.
- The Oxford Action Resource Centre opens with a week of
events from Monday (25th) to 1st May. The centre is in Room 1
of the East Oxford Community Centre, Princes St off Cowley Road.
- A series of events are being planned to commerate the 20th anniversary
of the Battle of the Beanfield when travellers
vehicles were attacked and hundreds arrested on their way to the
Stonehenge Free Festival (see SchNEWS 25) ** email email@example.com
- Want to oppose the Iraq Oil Petroleum Conference happening London
in June? Then get along to a planning meeting next Tuesday (26)
6.30pm the Institute of Autonomy, 76 Gower St We may not
have stopped the war but we can stop their spoils of war.
- Theres Direct Action Affinity Group training for
DSEi arms fair and G8 on Saturday 7 May 10.30am The Institute
for Autonomy, 78 Gower St, London WC1. www.dsei.org
- The Dissent network have set up a trauma group
and are offering training to people who want to get some skills
in counseling and support ahead of the upcoming G8 meetings. www.activist-trauma.net
- Manchester Radical Bookfair Saturday 30th April the Basement,
24 Lever Street (off Piccadilly Gardens) www.radicalbookfair.org.uk
- Now we are free - Lessons from Vieques Conference
29-30 April. Come and share strategies for effective resistance
against depleted uranium testing, live firing ranges, military
bases, low-flying, nuclear convoys and other issues. - and celebration
the liberation of Vieques who finally persuaded the US to leave
their island are 60 years of bombing practice. Pearce Institute,
Govan, Glasgow www.scotland-uxb.org
Citizen Weapons Inspectors were out in force in Belgium last Saturday.
People from around Europe gathered at three NATO military centres
around the country and, despite a huge police presence, attempted
to enter buildings to check for WMDs. At a time when
key NATO countries are doing so much to encourage Iran to give up
its nuclear aspirations, it would be hypocritical for NATO not to
do the same, said Nicky Davies, from Greenpeace International
who supported the action.
Police made 500 arrests. See this weeks Crap Arrest for more.
HAVE I GOT SCHNEWS FOR YOU!
Have I Got SchNEWS For You- The Tour 2005 (AKA The Anarchists Quiz
Show With Real Answers) tour dates so far:
- Oxford - Thursday 28th of April at East Oxford Community Centre,
- Newcastle - Sunday the 1st of May at The Green Fair, 6pm Tyneside
Social Centre marquee.
- Glasgow - Wednesday the 4th of May venue and time TBC.
- Edinburgh - Friday the 6th of May venue and time TBC.
- Coventry - Monday the 9th of May at The Earlston Cottage pub,
- Reading - Friday the 13th (AAHHHHH!) at The Rifc Centre, 7pm.
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Lindis Percy, the veteran peace campaigner arrested 30 times in
the past 11 months in protests outside Menwith Hill Spy Base (SchNEWS
492) has been convicted of four charges of obstructing a police
officer and one of obstructing the highway. Now the cops have applied
for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order against her. The prosecution
said that they would not call any witnesses in support of the application.
The application for the ASBO will be heard on 17th May at Harrogate
Magistrates Court, the ASBO seems to be a forgone conclusion as
the judge said that on the evidence he had heard and looking
at the list of convictions he didnt need want any more evidence.
The use of ASBOs against protesters is the latest tool in the armoury
of the state of silencing dissent, to add the Harassment Laws, Anti-Terrorist
powers and a vast array of Public Order legislation.
Weekly vigils against Menwith Hill continue, every Tuesday 6-8pm.
Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases 01943 466405 www.caab.org.uk
* Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! - the paper of the Revolutionairy
Communist Group - has been banned from Belmarsh prisons for being
racist! Inigo Makazaga, who is a Basque political prisoner,
and Kevin Nevers, have both been refused the paper and given empty
envelopes, with the words racial paper, needs to be returned
to sender or destroyed under 10 day rule. firstname.lastname@example.org
God works in mysterious ways
.in this case via the mortal
coils of Tory Coucillor Allison Bucknell and Andy Humm. These two
are begging for an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) to be served
on the creator of www.lynehamvillage.co.uk
website, Mitch Hawkins (no relation to Stephen, the international
professor of Outer Space). Based in Wiltshire, Mitch ran a few Dead
Pope jokes on his site, much to the annoyance of Humm, who runs
similarly named www.lynehamvillage.com.
Humm teamed up with the Lyneham Counciller Bucknell, who is no doubt
upset at the heavily anti-right wing content of Mitchs site.
They consider his site to be causing damage to the community,
with spoof adverts for new pope Fancy a new job? The Vatican
is now looking for a new Pope now that the current one has snuffed
it, and jokes like: The pope was watching the reconstruction
of Michael Jacksons trial on telly and saw all the boys coming
up to testify against Michael. Pope says: If he shags anymore
little boys, I will have to make him a priest!!!
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