There are people and there are unpeople. Afghan and Iraqi
victims of Blairs wars count among the latter - lives which
are expendable in the pursuit of Western power. Mark Curtis,
While the news is filled with the desperate plight of British hostage
Kenneth Bigley where is the news for the suffering of the Iraqi
What about Zeynab Hamid Taresh who was 10 years old when a warplane
devastated her home in Basra last March. A cluster bomb killed 17
members of her family, including her mother. Zeynab lost part of
her leg and now walks, unevenly, with a prosthetic rubber and steel
leg, a leg shes already growing out of but is thrilled to
have, a vast improvement on the battered crutches she was heaving
herself around on before. She still manages to laugh and play. Whilst
at her school pupils all have to sit in one huge hall as it was
so badly damaged during the war and then looted afterwards. She
gets incensed, she rants, launching into wild but clear tirades,
on Blair, on the bombing, No one is doing anything, no one
is helping anyone in Iraq, look at Fallujah, look at Najaf. Theres
no calm, theres just danger and terrorism and the occupation
hasnt brought anything good, hasnt done anything for
my country, nothing. Theres nothing, people dont have
jobs, the wages people are getting are nothing. Theres no
cash, no homes, you cant even go out in the street without
fear, its all fear.
Zeynab has been in the UK for over three months, hoping to raise
funds for a new clinic in Iraq for the 1500 plus children that have
Theres very little hope for Zeynab. In British occupied Basra,
there is no functional clinic which can keep Zeynab or anybody else
in legs. As Ewa Jasiewicz, human rights activist and friend said
Zeynab is a heroine, an ordinary, working class Iraqi young
heroine and a survivor, with X-ray senses when it comes to bullshit,
and a broken heart and a broken body going back to a broken country.
We can help make sure she keeps walking and we can accompany her
and others in their struggle by fighting and intervening by any
means necessary against war, occupation, empire and the collective
apathy and despair Iraqi people, like Zeynab, are fighting against
every single day and will do until the occupation ends and they
run their own country.
In a strange way Zaynab is one of the lucky ones, with friends
in England at least making sands of other victims of the war on
terror, whose faces arent white and come from the wrong country,
they are what British historian Mark Curtis, calls Unpeople
- those whose lives are seen as expendable in the pursuit of Britains
economic and political goals.
In his new book Unpeople, he uses recently declassified
government files to reveal history the establishment would rather
us forget. Like the British support for the 1963 killings in Iraq
that brought Saddams Baath party to power. The arming
of Saddams regimes brutal aggression against the Kurds
throughout the 1960s. The Heath governments support for the
Idi Amin coup in Uganda in 1971 and the 1973 Pinochet coup in Chile.
So it goes on. Curtis calculates the number of deaths from British
military interventions and at the hands of regimes strongly supported
by Britain somewhere between 8-13 million deaths. Unpeople whose
stories will never be told.
What about the distressing scenes at the school in Beslan, Russia?
The wall to wall coverage was very different to that of the plight
of Chechen people, who for the past five years has been bombed back
to the stone age while torture and killings of civilians is rampant.
But these unpeoples plight have largely been ignored by western
governments who have turned a blind eye so Russia stays on board
the so called war on terror.
Then there is that unpeople black hole of Guantánamo Bay.
Last week Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Christino, a senior Pentagon
intelligence officer who has worked at the heart of the US war on
terror, said the hell hole has not prevented a single terrorist
attack and that the Bush adminstration has wildly exaggerated
its intelligence value.
Last Sunday over 200 people protested outside Belmarsh Prison,
Britains very own version of Guantanamo Bay, where eleven
men are slowly going mad, imprisoned without trial and with no prospect
of trial or release in sight, and with the supposed evidence implicating
them as international terrorists being withheld from
them. Amazingly, the British government has not even questioned
most of the Belmarsh detainees whilst they have been there.
Such injustice, be it against the unpeople of Iraqi, Palestine
or Chechnya brings fury and despair and eventually create the very
breeding grounds and crucibles for the sorts of terrorism
Britain claims it is fighting in the first place. 11 year old Zeynab
can identify with Ken Bigley as she herself has witnessed the kidnapping
of two of her classmates and she has added her voice, appealing
for his release. Until we can identify with the suffering of all
the worlds victims, not just pick and chose, then the worlds most
powerful governments will continue to wage a war of terrorism on
the majority of the world.
* Mark Curtis will be speaking at the SchNEWS Direct Action Conference
next Saturday. His new book Unpeople: Britains Secret
Human Rights Abuses(Vintage) is out in November.
* For more on Christinos revelations read Guantánamo:
Americas War on Human Rights by David Rose
* For more on Belmarsh detainees Campaign Against Crimialising
Communities 0207 250 1315 www.cacc.org
NEW BOOK OUT NEXT WEEK
- SchNEWS At Ten
from Oct 16th at SchNEWS Conference & Party and other ESF
events. Or order yours from us for £9 inc p&p
Crap Arrest Of The Week
For Having an Argument!
Andrew Davies a young animal rights activist received a 28 day sentence
for Section 4a of the Public Order Act - Intentionally causing
harassment, alarm or distress. He had an argument with a worker
from Newchurch Guinea Pig Farm, was arrested by the police, and
received a 28 day jail sentence which is very rare for Section 4a.
He also received an Anti-Social Behaviour Order restricting his
right to protest. www.liberation-now.org
at Ten Birthday Party
Come and celebrate ten years of SchNEWS on Saturday
October 16th at the Coronet, Elephant and Castle in conjunction
with Brighton based sound system Innerfield
who are also ten years old.
The line up includes:
* Freq Nasty (Legendary
* Top Cats (UKs finest Ska band)
* VJamm Allstars
(live Audio-Visual) featuring Matt Black (Coldcut)
* Babyhead (fantastic Ska/Hip-hop)
Plus in the Circle Bar:
* Flannel (anarcho-narco-funk-punk)
* Chris-T-T (man with
guitar singing clever, funny, angry songs)
* Don Bradmans (undisputed champions of chap rock)
* Friends of SchNEWS and Innerfield playing music to get
drunk to (beers only £2.50...).
10pm till 6 am. Tickets are £8 in advance (in
Brighton get them from Community Base, Queens Road, in London
from Access All Areas, Kentish Town Road) £10 on the
door, or from ticketweb.
Ethics and ESFaetics
The European Social Forum is coming to London next week. A
giant gathering for everyone opposed to war, racism and corporate
power, everyone who wants to see global justice, workers rights
and a sustainable society. Which sounds pretty good, but behind
the scenes the ESF has been hijacked by authoritarian organizations
such as the Socialist Workers Party. Racist, war crazy corporate
whores Neo Labour have even got in on the act through Ken Livingstone
and the GLA, who have been involved in organizing and funding the
events. And its not just grassroots environmental and direct
actions groups that are complaining about all this. Recently a coalition
of the UK trade justice and environmental NGOs wrote in a letter:
Many British NGOs are keen to get involved in the ESF but
have found it difficult to do so because of the lack of transparency
and openness in the UK process.
So, instead of standing idly by while the ESF claims to be the
new representative body of sensitive, political active citizens,
we want to demonstrate another possible world - a world
which is already here today. The world of Autonomy, Self-Organisation,
Solidarity and Sustainability. Theres a whole load of free/donation
events happening 13th-17th, for a full programme www.altspaces.net
BEYOND ESF is a free direct action conference and celebration
of self-organised cultures of resistance. The 4 main themes are
Autonomy & Struggle, No Borders & Migration, Casualisation,
and Social Control & Repression. There will be food, cinema
and live music each evening. Beyond ESF: at Middlesex University,
Tottenham Campus, White Hart Lane, N17. www.wombles.org.uk/auto
On the Friday there will be A Day of Dissent Against the G8, featuring
workshops, discussions and a benefit party from 11am. Details: www.dissent.org.uk
TACTICAL MEDIA PRODUCTION 4 days of events will tackle issues
around communication rights: from Community and Alternative Media
to Surveillance and the Security State to Intellectual Property.
An Indymedia centre will be running all week to report on the ESF,
autonomous spaces events, as well as covering protests and actions.
There will also be a bar with cheap food, social events film screenings,
media training and public access internet computers. All this at
The Camden Centre, Bidborough St ( Kings Cross), WC1 www.efcr2004.net
RAMPART squatted art and social space will have film shows,
music and workshops, food, internet access, audio & video editing
and prop & banner making. It is also home to the Mobile Carnival
and the Lab of Insurrectionary Imagination (www.labofii.net).
RampART is at 117 Rampart Street, Whitechapel E1.
SOLIDARITY VILLAGE Space for co-operative practical projects
for a sustainable economy. Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn
and LSE Clement House, Aldwych. www.solidarityvillage.org
WOMENS OPEN DAY Theres no money for subsistence
farming, caring, volunteering, fighting for justice but plenty
for war. Women speak out together. 10am-10pm, 14th, Kings Cross
Methodist Church, 57a Birkenhead St,WC1.
RADICAL THEORY FORUM hosts a series of discussions on the
theme of How can theory inform action?, followed by
a party with films, art, spoken word and music. 11am-late, 14th,
491 Gallery, 491 Grove Green RoadLeytonstone E11. www.491gallery.com
FAIRFORD COACH APPEAL HEARING Demonstrate against detentions
without arrest In March 2003 three coach loads on their way
to protest at Fairford Airbase were turned back to London. Appeal
at the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand W1. 9-10am, 14th/15th
CRITICAL MASS Bicycle Protest. 15th, Meet noon at the National
Theatre (under Waterloo Bridge) for an afternoon ride, or 6pm for
an evening jaunt. www.londonrisingtide.org.uk
URBAN FORUM Neo-liberal policies mean the public realm is
forever decreasing. This forum will debate reclaiming the rights
for citizens. 15th/16th The Bartlett, UCL, Wates House, 22 Gordon
St, WC1. www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/esf/
LIFE DESPITE CAPITALISM - discussions of alternatives to
capitalism for today, rather that waiting for the revolution.
16th-17th, Old Theatre and Clement House at the LSE, Aldwych. www.lifedespitecapitalism.org
* Theres a radio www.rampartradio.co.nr
and Indymedia have a breakfast show during the ESF on Resonance
FM 104.4 www.resonancefm.com;
* 20,000 copies of the Autonomous Spaces free newspaper are available
now from autonomous info-points around London. It has full details
about all the events happening at the autonomous spaces with a map
of venues. Get copies from LARC, Fieldgate Street or RampART, and
the Camden Centre (during the ESF)
SchNEWS in brief
- SchNEWS needs people to distribute flyers in London/ESF
events for our tenth birthday party, if youre interested
in giving us a hand, call the SchNEWS office (01273 685913) and
well send you some flyers
- Want to get involved in direct action? Then get yourself along
to the Rebel Alliance next Monday (11) at the Cowley Club,
12 London Road, Brighton 7pm
- Radio 4A - radio for anarchy is back with
its usual mix of music and speech, politics and piracy. 101.4
FM across Brighton www.radio4a.org.uk
- You have nothing to lose but your marbles! Mad Pride
are organizing stuff around World Mental Health Day
with an all day music event this Sunday (10) 12noon-10pm@ The
Ivy House, Stuart Rd, Nunhed London, SE15 01437563128 email@example.com
- Haiti - Union Struggles in the Free Trade Zones. Yannick
Etienne, a union activist from Batay Ouvriye in Haiti will be
speaking next Thursday (14) at the Cowley Club, 12 London Road,
Brighton 6pm. www.nosweat.org.uk
- The Low Impact Roundhouse in Pembrokeshire National Park
is once again under threat of demolition. Get on the phone tree
to defend it 01460 249204 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eyes on International Financial Institutions
is a new film resource, part of the Fawlty Powers
campaign to mark 60 years of the World Bank and IMF. This
unique collection of films provides the elusive other side
of the story about how these institutions work www.ifiwatchnet.org
- An unofficial wildcat picket-line stopped vehicles entering
and leaving the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Project site and caused
gridlock on Wednesday morning. Hundreds of site construction workers
showed solidarity in support of Steve Hedley, an agency worker
who was recently dismissed.
- (USA) Katuah Earth First locked glued and chained shut
the offices of A&G Mining at the end of last month. A&G
specialise in blowing up mountain tops, destroying homes, animals
and rivers in the process www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/bnfl/527/
SchNEWS have our very own conference. How Direct
Action Can Save the World.
Active, popular opposition to oppressive rulers has
been the force of change throughout history. Find out first
hand, how to get involved, organize, plot and discuss resistance
to the onward march of capitalism.
2-3pm: WORK: Our lives, their profits
how we fight exploitation.
3-4pm: WEATHER: Climate change
capitalisms legacy to the world.
4-5pm: WAR: The warmongers and how
to oppose them.
5-6pm: WINNING: How direct action can
save the world.
Saturday 16th At The Camden Centre, Bidborough Street,
(nr. Kings Cross) WC1. www.schnews.org.uk/at10
After their battering at the hands of the Met, The Countryside
Alliance descended on Brighton last week for the Labour Party Conference.
Judging by what happened they were there to remove any doubt that
they are in fact a peculiar collection of toffs and inbreds whose
sole rallying cry is that they be allowed to continue being cruel
to animals. Has it ever occurred to them that the reason theyre
in a minority is because theyre wrong?
In readiness for the occasion the CA had forked out for a 40
high banner in the town centre. Luckily it collapsed due to freak
vegan weather conditions the night before.
The day started with a piece of PR genius; dumping carcasses around
town, something guaranteed to put urban noses out of joint. The
only dead animals I want round here are in my sandwiches commented
one café owner. The point of dumping a dead horse in front
of the train station was lost on everybody, unless it was to illustrate
the fact that the foxhunting brigade have been flogging one for
As the green wellied crowds slowly gathered on Madeira Drive, many
were delayed by a frustrating detour to ASDA courtesy of some hunt
sabs (Sorry about that, but weve been trying to point you
in the right direction for years). South Downs Sabs, for once not
heavily disguised, managed to dupe the bumpkins into buying £800
quids worth of T-Shirts with the slogan Tony Blair Lying
Bastard. I guess they just dont understand our townie
ways -Thanks guys, thatll buy us a new(ish) Land Rover
Frustrated from attacking the conference by the numbers of police,
and serenaded with the Duelling Banjos theme from Deliverance,
the marchers tried to vent their fury on the antis.
Unfortunately for them there are far too many nose piercings and
hooded tops in Brighton so they endeared themselves further to Joe
Public by bellowing Lesbian tree-huggers at random passers-by.
The day out in the Big Smoke ended at three (You dont want
to let the sun set on you here boy - you sure have got a purtty
mouth) and the bumpkins piled back onto their coaches (Look
Seth a horseless carriage). They left town under a
hail of abuse from locals, outraged by the animal dumping, who came
spilling out of pubs to give the CA a few home truths.
OUTDATED, OUTVOTED, OUTFOXED
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