568, 10th Nov, 2006
567, 3rd November, 2006 TACO
SchNEWS 566, 27th October, 2006 Hamas-ive Attack An update on the situation in the occupied territories of Palestine where the people suffer from the consequences of The Wests sanctions as well as the ongoing Israeli military presence. Also Hungary, Starbucks, Brian Haw and more.
SchNEWS 565, 20th October, 2006 Loch Around The Clock Faslane 365 gets off to a running start with lots of fun and games, notching up 76 arrests in 19 days. Also the effects of clearing peat lands for palm oil plantations on climate change, new opressive laws on UK and USA, gentrification continues in London and more.
564, 13th October, 2006
563, 6th October, 2006
562, 29th Sept, 2006
561, 22nd Sept, 2006
560, 15th Sep, 2006
557, 25th August, 2006
556, 18th August, 2006
555, 28th July, 2006
553-554, 2nd August, 2006
551, 14th July, 2006
The eleventh anniversary of Ken Saro Wiwas death (See SchNEWS
49) was marked with a series of protests around the world. Shell
stations were blockaded across the UK, as demonstrators forced both
Big Oil and the public to wake up to the environmental costs being
paid for cheap oil. Garages in London, Edinburgh, Reading, Newcastle
were all blockaded, and a noisy protest was held outside the Shell
sponsored Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition
in Londons Natural History Museum.
However, when protesters in Nottingham blockaded Shell, one motorist
was particularly unsympathetic to the demonstrators cause.
In an impromptu solidarity action (unfortunately with Shell), and
displaying a similar attitude as the oil merchants in Nigeria, he
decided that if an environmental campaigner stood between him and
his petrol addiction, then what was needed was a little violent
direct action of his own. Obviously desperate to burn more
fuel in his 4x4, he deliberately ran over a protester, accelerating
into him and knocking him down, driving over his leg. When confronted,
he got an iron bar from his car and began threatening protesters,
saying (stupidly enough in front of a video camera) Bring
him back here, Ill drive over him again.
As the protester was being taken to hospital with serious crush
injuries, police turned up. Acting with a restraint surprising to
demonstrators, they didnt arrest the assailant or confiscate
either of his weapons of assault. Instead they took the drivers
details and said that they would deal with it in due course. To
date, he has not been charged with any crime.
Meanwhile actions against Shell continue worldwide. In Nigeria,
a country which continues to bear the brunt of Shells scorched
earth policies toward oil extraction, affected locals have upped
the ante in their fight. Having already been subject to attacks
and invasions by locals and armed militants, as well as kidnappings
of foreign oil workers, a Royal Dutch Shell logistics base in Nun
River, Bayelsa, was attacked by armed militants in speedboats on
Wednesday. Although the attack was repelled by the Nigerian military,
there is an ominous sense that this oil rich region of West Africa
may become the new Middle East.
As climate scientists are becoming increasingly panicky, warning
us that we may already be passed the point of no return, political
chaos and instability continues to follow the control of oil. The
solution seems obvious to anyone who can see beyond the profits
of the next financial quarter. Rather than pump more and more of
the black stuff year on year to satisfy global capital, we need
to cut back on our reckless consumption and switch to known usable
and sustainable alternatives er, hang on a minute, I think
we might have said this before...
How do you fancy being forced to join the army? Submitting yourself
to an strict bullying authoritarian regime of control you cant
so much as raise an eyebrow at, let alone question, and be forced
to use extreme violence against people you dont know, for
reasons you dont believe? No?! That would make you a conscientious
objector, like Mehmet Tarhan from Turkey who was imprisoned following
his arrest in April of last year (See SchNEWS
523). The gay anarchist (you can just imagine how well that
goes down in Turkey) was released this March after an appeal court
overturned his conviction, on the grounds that any likely sentence
would be less than he had already served. But the military had other
ideas. Their cunning argument is that as he was obliged to repeat
his refusals to join the killing machine, he can now effectively
be tried repeatedly for the same offence!
Despite a bit of tough finger wagging from the UN and European
Court of Human Rights over previous cases such as that of Osman
Murat Ülke, the prosecution goes on. Last month the Sivas Military
Court sentenced Mehmet to 10 months for insistent insubordination
in front of his unit on 10 April 2005, and to 18 months for
a further act of disobedience two months later. Mehmet, however,
did not remain to be convinced that hed get an impartial trail
with the military playing judge, jury and prosecutor and no-showed.
Now he faces additional charges for being a deserter!
Mehmets case is not unique and War Resistors International
are asking for calls and letters of protests more details
* 1st December marks international Prisoners For Peace Day. This years theme is supporting peace and human rights in Russia, particularly topical following the the recent murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya and the de-registration of many foreign NGOs in the country. See www.wri-irg.org/from-off.htm for more.
Ever since African countries gained their independence, the West
has been struggling to find ways to keep the profits rolling. In
the good old days it was so much easier to plunder! Outfits like
the WTO (Western Take-over Organisation) have been busier than ever
opening up those markets, so when Hanniford Schmidt from the WTO
offered to give a lecture on full private stewardry of labour
profit-hungry business types flocked to this weeks
Wharton Africa Business Forum shindig in Philadelphia to listen.
He explained how successfully transport, power, water, traditional
knowledge, and even the human genome have all made the move towards
corporate ownership, so why not workers? Corporations are only interested
in their employees productivity during working hours, but
if they were to completely own them, it would be more profitable
to provide healthcare and support 24/7, to keep them productive
for the longer. Free trade is, he said, about the freedom
to buy and sell anything - even people.
As Schmidt admitted that this idea was tantamount to slavery -
but at least it was compassionate slavery! - delegates listened
intently and appreciatively for 75 minutes to the capitalist wet
dream, without realising it was also a total blag.
Having gained notoriety for posing as officials from the real World Trade Organisation and giving lectures on a range of topics, such as the recycling of human waste into burgers for the poor, the Yes Men had struck again! Small-time criminals impersonate honest people in order to steal their money say the activists, And honest people impersonate big-time criminals in order to publicly humiliate them! Lots more at www.theyesmen.org
The National Union of Journalists is calling for a complete boycott
of all Yahoo! products and services in protest at its repeated collusion
with the Chinese authorities. Yahoo provided info to the Chinese
authorities that helped identify and prosecute several journalists
and activist writers. Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison
for forwarding a government email to the foreign press and the conviction
was only possible because Yahoo was so ready and willing to trade
any ethical or moral considerations for access to markets
and juicy extra profits. For more see www.booyahoo.blogspot.com
* Why not try Scroogle - the not-for-profit site that strips Google or Yahoo (your choice!) of all the ads and commercial hits, and returns only nourishing, information-laden weblinks for you and keeps your identify anonymous. Cast a fresh net at www.scroogle.org
Proving that they dont make em like they used to, theres
been shock in Europe recently as Euro bank notes have been literally
been disintegrating in peoples hands. Talk about a crumbling currency.
Quick to deny shoddy workmanship, German police pointed the finger
at the obvious culprits: crystal meth snorters. Apparently, sulphates
used in the production of the drug can form sulphuric acid when
mixed with human sweat, they say, causing banknotes to corrode (Thats
right, blame the druggies again!)
Given the love of the money-hungry for full-ego-boosting uppers (presumably to keep them smashed and numb to any guilt arising from a sober examination of their pointless, empty lives), and with any number of published reports showing around 90% of notes are already contaminated with cocaine, the authorities had better start get the boffins working on some sniff-resistant moolah!
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