530, 3rd February, 2006
529, 27th January, 2006
SchNEWS 528, 20th January, 2006 JAILHOUSE SHOCK An article sent to SchNEWS by long term prisoner John Bowden about racist abuse by prison guards. And more...
SchNEWS 527, 13th January, 2006 HACKED OFF Locals in Hackney fight gentrification by squatting a cafe that's being threatened with demolition. Also a look at Tory Bliar's "Respect Agenda" and more.
526, 6th January, 2006
525, 16th Dec, 2005
SchNEWS 524, 9th December, 2005 HONG KONG PHOOEY New WTO trade talks shindig, in Hong Kong this time promises wealth, happiness and great sex for everyone forever. However, judging by previous evidence the rich'll get richer and the poor will stay poor. Also Libraries under threat, Burma's screwed, Yarl's Wood is a disgrace and more.
SchNEWS 523, 2nd December, 2005 AMIR-ACLE Iranian man who has been living in Brighton while seeking asylum has avoided deportation thanks to grassroots support from the community. Also St Agnes Place evicted, housing sold off in Hackney and more.
522, 25th Nov, 2005
521, 18th Nov, 2005
520, 11th Nov, 2005
519, 4th November, 2005
SchNEWS 518, 28th October, 2005 FREEDOM.CON The Freedom to Protest conference in London brought together people from campaigns from all over the country. Meanshile, back on the ranch, anti-arms protesters are up in the High Court, asylum seekers are being deported to countries known for torture. And more...
517, 21st October, 2005
SchNEWS 516, 14th October, 2005 SICK JOKE Blunkett plans to force the sick and disabled to work for their benefits while the super rich hold all their asses abroad and pay no tax. Councils try to sell off council housing and more.
515, 7th October, 2005
For walking in your own front door
A Brighton squatter was arrested this week under the innovative being in an enclosed space legislation. Brighton plod were up to their usual tricks of forcibly entering squats to arrest all the inhabitants for abstracting electricity. When the squatter returned to find his front door smashed in he was arrested for being in an enclosed spaceand removed from the premises. When outside he was de-arrested and forced to watch as the premises were boarded up. Another man who was arrested for nicking leccy was released five hours later without charge. In a burst of Minority Report style crime busting his tools were confiscated on the grounds that they might be used to commit criminal damage at some unspecified point in the future. Eagle eyed - Inspector Nev Kemp told Source Magazine We have found squats to be a source of illegality in the past- sometimes we find a stolen bicycle there.
Appearing on the SchNEWS radar this week was Project Censored,
a US university media research group which tracks the news published
in independent journals and newsletters and compares it to mainstream
output. From this they compile an annual list of 25 news stories
of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported
or self-censored by the countrys major national news media.
What is perhaps not that surprising, given the UKs slavish following of US trends, is that if we sample the top 5, it sounds just like home
A Devon couple who live in a Mongolian-style yurt have won their
appeal to stay in their home. Marcus Tribe and Sarah Harvey have
lived largely self-sustained in their eco-friendly hut for the past
six years, on the seven-acre site they own at Nomansland, near Tiverton.
Last December, meddling Mid Devon District Council ordered them to demolish the hut for not meeting planning regulations - but backed by the local community, they appealed and have now won the right to live as they choose. As Bob Charlton of the parish council said, Perhaps they dont fit a household stereotype in the normal way, but their sustainable way of living is something that should be looked at much more closely... we should be learning from them, as opposed to telling them to go away.
OUR BARCELONA CORRESPONDENT WRITES...
Whoever told you that being a cool, trendy
europunk squatter in Barcelona was a barrel of laughs lied.
It might be the middle of winter, but last Saturday morning (4th)
the pigs in Barcelona turned up the heat, leaving in their wake
an all-too-familiar tale of state violence, repression, mistruths
It all started with a special party. Special because its
location was a squatted house in the city centre, in a barrio thats
already seen years of police repression, rampant, greed-inspired
gentrification, and racism against a largely immigrant population.
But this barrio has also seen something else an inspiring,
ongoing struggle against the above by an unlikely mixture of renters,
squatters, people young and old, foreigners and Catalans alike.
But this party wasnt special only because of the neighbourhood
in which it was held, but also because of the squat in which it
was held - Anarko Penya Cultural - which for the past
four years has been controlled by a mafia-style boss who used the
name Anarko for his own personal projects - selling
crack, throwing huge commercial raves, and, it has been rumoured,
to pass on information to police about the activities of the other,
more political elements of the barrio.
During the party at the Anarko Penya, for some unknown reason,
the police decided they werent in the mood this time around.
After making their presence heavily felt in the barrio all evening,
they came to Anarko Penya at 6am on Saturday morning (4th) to put
a stop to things. Unsurprisingly, they waded in with typical brutality
and the whole thing kicked off big time. At some point one of the
cops was seriously injured (rumour was hed died, but now it
appears hes in a coma) and when this happened, the other cops
flipped out even more, calling for reinforcements and closing down
the entire area, arresting and beating the shit out of anyone who
looked like a squatter.
There had been another squat party going on nearby, so a lot of
people were on the streets at 6am that morning: people on their
way home, or on their way to another party. They had no idea what
was about to happen to them. They simply walked by Anarko Penya
and got swept up in the whole thing, terribly beaten, arrested,
and now charged with the attempted murder of a policeman. It happens
that fast and was totally unexpected.
There are other parts to the story that would almost be funny,
if they werent so fucked up. Of the nine persons arrested
that night (three charged with attempted homicide, six
others facing lesser but still serious charges), two were not even
arrested anywhere NEAR the city centre. These two had had bicycle
accidents in totally different parts of the city on Friday night,
and had gone to hospital to be treated. Early Saturday morning,
the police did a sweep of all local hospitals and arrested these
two people based on their injuries and the fact that they look like
squatters. Moral of the story: dont fall off your bike in
Barcelona if you look like a squatter, unless you relish the idea
of facing a long jail sentence.
Then known facts, confirmed information
and eyewitness testimony about the event began to stray
wildy. Directly afterwards, the police, the mayor and the press
were all reporting that the cop had been injured by a flowerpot
thrown from a balcony of Anarko Penya. Then suddenly the flowerpot
became a stone. And then the stone had NOT been thrown from a balcony
of the Anarko Penya at all, but had been thrown by people on the
street. And so after three rapid, head-spinning changes, we have
the new, sanitised official version - which ensures
that the polices favourite neighbourhood informers can walk
free, and helps them, and the local council, to cover up any unsavoury
facts (such as their possible ongoing relationship to the drug mafia
in Anarko Penya), which could have been uncovered with a more in-depth
investigation. The official version provides the police with easily
accessible, ready at hand criminals who they can send
down without bothering anybody powerful or influential.
And lastly, and maybe most importantly, the official version is
a cover-up which allows the police and local government to screw
the lives of three people who they view as part of a movement that
has been fighting against gentrification and police repression in
the barrio for years. The worry is that the official version
smokescreen will get used to justify further repressions, violence,
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The editor of the Pravozashchita newspaper in Russia has
been found guilty of inciting ethnic hatred in his coverage of the
Stanislav Dmitriyevsky, head of the Russian-Chechen Friendship
Society, was given a two-year suspended jail term. The charges relate
to statements by Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, published
by the paper two years ago. Dmitriyevsky insists the charges are
in retaliation for his reporting of rights abuses.
His paper, part of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, is seen
as one of the few independent sources of information about events
in the troubled republic. The paper is critical of the Kremlins
policies in Chechnya. Russian prosecutors said the statements by
Maskhadov - shot dead in March 2005 - and Akhmed Zakayev were aimed
at fementing racial and ethnic hatred.
Campaigners believe his trial is part of a clampdown on the work of NGOs. The For Human Rights group told the AP news agency the verdict was a continuation of the shameful practice of false accusations against human rights defenders and active opponents of the war in Chechnya. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law giving the authorities wide powers to monitor the activities and finances of NGOs. The authorities have already tried to close down the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, accusing it of tax evasion.
Pen mightier than sword shock
An emergency meeting of the Security Council has been called for next Tuesday, to discuss a clear and present threat to humanity. No trivial matter like nuclear war, an escalating industrial-military complex or continued oppression of the masses; a dark new power is emerging: cartoons. A new world order is taking shape, with Europe taking the lead. Previously neutral Denmark has been secretly stockpiling satirical material and testing it on unsuspecting religious fundamentalists. Copenhagen and Paris refused to comment on the satirical capability of their Weapons of Mass Derision but it is believed they are capable of starting fires as far away as Beirut or Tashkent. It is feared that the crisis could escalate from pockets of graphic violence, to an all out inky Armageddon. The US is particularly concerned, because as spokesman Hanna Barbara admitted, due to a lack of vital element irony, they havent got the offensive capabilities required for global domination. They are also extremely concerned with the ominous build up of molten manga occurring in East Asia Meanwhile, here as SchNEWS, were awaiting a team of crack UN(FUNNY) inspectors to check our archives for weapons grade satire.
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