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(en) SchNEWS 389, Friday 24th Jan, 2003

From Jo Makepeace <webmaster@schnews.org.uk>
Date Fri, 24 Jan 2003 06:32:18 -0500 (EST)

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Friday 24th January 2003, Issue 389




"The idea that terrorism is a third world import carried in by non-white
people has become the widely accepted excuse for increasingly repressive
border policies throughout the global north... A border panic has been
carefully constructed so that the 'terrorists' are always seen as existing
'outside' of 'our society'." - Nandita Sharma, Green Pepper magazine, Autumn

"No borders, no nations, fuck deportations." - Marchers outside San
Francisco Immigration and Naturalization Service, 18th Jan 2003

Fresh from registering his postal vote at San Franciso's British Consulate
last Saturday, SchNEWS' man in California was surprised to be swept aside by
2,000 masked-up young Americans who proceeded to trash the front of the
building. Intrigued by shouts of "Tony Blair is an embarrassment to British
people everywhere," and unable to answer queries of, "has Britain become a
colony of the United States?" our boy followed the mob - a breakaway faction
from the 200,000 strong anti-war rally - downtown where they proceeded to
graffiti and smash the offices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS). It turns out the INS is the US's latest tool in the 'fight against

The role of the INS is to deport people back to countries where they often
face persecution and death - the US answer to Britain's Immigration Service,
who you may recall suffocated Jamaican mother Joy Gardner in 1993 in her
Tottenham home while trying to deport her.

Anyway, a new addition to the INS is the National Security Entry-Exit
Registration System (NSEERS), a 'special registration' scheme, conceived by
Bush's ultra-conservative Attorney General, John Ashcroft, and hastily added
to Ashcroft's repressive post September 11th Patriot Act. It means thousands
of men must report to the INS for questioning, photographing and
fingerprinting. Classed as legal non-citizens and temporary foreign
visitors, the chosen "non-immigrants" hail from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya,
Sudan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North
Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen - a
good cross section of the world's population then.

Many are required to hand over credit card and bank details, names of
relatives, what mosque they attend, charities they donate to and so on. If
during 'special registration' your records or your answers aren't up to
scratch, or if you're late for registration because you didn't hear about
it, or if you have minor visa problems - even caused by incompetence at the
INS "...you may be considered to be out of status and subject to arrest,
detention, fines and/or removal from the United States. Any future
application for immigration may be adversely impacted," says the INS 'call
up'. And it goes on "...if you leave the United States, you must appear in
person before an INS inspecting officer at one of the designated ports and
leave the United States from that port on the same day."

Stating the obvious, a spokesperson for the Muslim Public Affairs Council in
Los Angeles has said "I don't think the terrorists will go and register."
However over 15,000 men have registered, with many discovering that not even
US citizenship gets them out being required to 'register.'

Dissenters have likened the scheme to the internment of the Japanese in the
US during World War II. Babak Satoodeh, President of the American Iranian
Alliance (AIA), in an interview with the Digital Freedom Network said
'special registrations' are creating and solidifying negative public opinion
concerning people from the Middle East, South Asia, and Muslims in general.
"People react to how this government makes decisions," he said.

Already around 500-700 have been detained, and immigration officials admit
that anyone with a slight visa irregularity is subject to arrest, regardless
of personal histories. Detainees' lawyers have challenged the US government
to produce any evidence of criminal behaviour among their clients, let alone
link them to international terrorist groups.

Next up for registration is any man over 16 from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,
Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Jordan.

"I came here because I thought there was freedom,' Ahmed, from Yemen told
Washington DC Indymedia. "It doesn't look so free now." A middle-aged
Somalian man added, "I know the US is scared, but do they think that anyone
meaning damage will come in?"
"Turkey has had terrorists but Turkey is not on their list," said one
Lebanese businessman. "Why? Because the US needs their airbases to continue
their no-fly zone."

Shackle It All About

Back in Britain, the much maligned Anti Terrorism, Crime and Security Act
2001 (see SchNEWS 331) has been taking to the streets. The Act gives the
government the power to lock up any foreigner they reckon is a terrorist,
without a trial. So far 13 people have had that privilege. In a statement to
Amnesty International some of the detainees said: "Our lives and our
families' lives have been destroyed and we see no hope in sight." One of
those held is a Palestinian father of five who was granted refugee status as
a torture victim and diagnosed as suffering from severe post-traumatic
stress disorder. This week he went on hunger strike to protest being held 13
months without charge.
Under the Terrorism Act 2000 (see SchNEWS 268), around 200 people have been
arrested, many under the catch-all Section 57 which reads: "A person commits
an offence if he possesses an article in circumstances which give rise to a
reasonable suspicion that his possession is for a purpose connected with the
commission, preparation, or instigation of an act of terrorism."
Journalist Faisal Bodi points out, "For all the hysterical headlines warning
of a bin Laden in our backyard, the reality is a picture of political
repression of Muslims that is starting to resemble the experience of
Northern Ireland's Catholics throughout the Troubles." Remember the old
Prevention Of Terrorism Act - targetted at the IRA? 5,000 mainly Irish were
arrested, but less than 7% were charged let alone convicted.
*To read the full transcript of the excellent Indymedia article we used,
visit: http://dc.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=46183&group=webcast
*For more about the Patriot Act:
*Get hold of the Autumn 2002 "borders" issue of greenpepper mag: CIA office,
Overtoom 301, 1054 HW, Amsterdam, Netherlands
*Another good site on US government repression:


Crap Arrest of the Week

For interviewing a vampire victim
Malawi cops arrested a radio journalist cos his interviewee claimed to be
attacked by a vampire. The authorities are a bit touchy about the subject as
local rumours have it that the government colludes with vampires to fill up
the blood banks. After his court appearance, the journalist said, "My
sojourn in jail has reinforced my resolve to unearth issues authorities
would otherwise prefer buried."




No Morales

Since last Monday (13th) many parts of Bolivia have been brought to a
standstill as people have taken to the streets and blockaded major highways
as part of a mobilisation against the government. The demands of the wide
range of protesters are vast but include defending their rights to oil, gas,
and coca, the return of privatised industries to the people, the fair
redistribution of land, and the rejection of Bolivia joining the FTAA (Free
Trade Area of the Americas).  The government has responded to the situation
with extreme aggression and clashes between protesters and police have left
at least 5 people dead and an estimated 800 people arrested. Business
leaders this week complained that the blockades had so far cost them at
least $7.6 million and urged the government to do all they could to ensure
that the export economy doesn't suffer.

Last June, the popular socialist party 'Movement toward Socialism' (MAS)
came second in the Bolivian elections and it's leader, Evo Morales, came
close to becoming the country's President. After the elections, MAS decided
to take its fight against the destruction of coca plants and the neo-liberal
policies of the government from the streets into the corridors of power. But
by early December, when the Bolivian National Congress approved the entrance
of U.S. troops into Bolivia to destroy coca crops as part of the US's 'War
Against Drugs,' the MAS decided they'd had enough of banging their heads
against a brick wall and began to mobilise for the mass street protests
which now cripple the country.

The growing of coca is part of Bolivian indigenous culture. The leaves are
used by local farmers for tea, chewing and medicinal purposes. But the USA
was so unimpressed with Evo Morales' support for the coca farmers that they
tried to intervene in last year's elections by warning people that if they
voted for him it would endanger future US aid to the country.
http://bolivia.indymedia.org (in Spanish)
** 'Desire for Change: Women on the Frontline of Global Resistance' is a new
book of interviews, stories and first hand accounts of women involved in
various campaigns, projects, and direct actions all over the world. To order
a copy email: pgabolivia@yahoo.co.uk or call 0207 3779088.


Positive SchNEWS

In the past 100 years we have lost 97% of our vegetable varieties in the
U.K. alone. Just 3 corporations control a quarter of the world's entire seed
market - the same corporations that are trying to force us all to eat their
genetically modified greens.
So what can you do about it? Get along to Seedy Sunday on 2 Feb and take
part in a community seed swap happening at the Old Market, Upper Market
Street, Hove. Along with talks on everything from saving your own seeds to
genetics, there will be a mini farmers market, community allotment groups,
tool sharpening, composting, café, creche and more. 11am-5pm, £1, children
Free. 01273 622671 seedysunday2003@yahoo.co.uk
* There's a Seedy Saturday community seed swap happening on 8th Feb at the
Octagon Cafe, Inkerman Street, Llanelli, Wales 11am- 3pm.
* Recommended reading 'Fatal Harvest - The Tragedy of Industrial
Agriculture' edited by Andrew Kimbrell (Island Press 2002) Essays from 40
leading environmentalists taking an unprecedented look at America's
destructive farming practices and offering positive solutions in support of
a new vision of farming. Stunning photography! www.FatalHarvest.org


War Briefs

There were massive anti-war demonstrations across the world on Saturday from
Turkey to Pakistan to Japan to Antarctica! The biggest were in Washington
DC, with 300,000 people, and in San Francisco with 200,000. In the UK, 2000
people travelled to Dublin and on to Shannon airport to protest the military
use of the airport and to oppose the war. A permanent peace camp has now
been set up outside the airport www.shannonpeacecamp.org
**Also on Saturday, 70 people were nicked blockading the Northwood Military
HQ. Five protestors locked arms into a giant pair of purple Y-fronts
decorated with a "War is pants" slogan. ** The Minister for War, Geoff Hoon,
will be at Lambeth Town Hall, Acre Lane / Brixton Hill SW2 (Brixton tube) on
Monday (27) at 6pm and would love to meet you all! ** 'No War for Oil',
Tuesday 4th Feb. Call for protests at UK petrol stations-support the day of
action with leafleting, vigils, street theatre, and other nonviolent direct
action. If you organise a protest send details to info@risingtide.org.uk and
to the action page of the Target Oil Coalition website www.targetoil.com
www.risingtide.org.uk   **'Beyond TV' are putting together a new cd rom on
direct action against war with video pieces, photos, rants, music, artwork
or any inspiring, relevant material. The cds will be copied and distributed
freely around the world so get involved!www.beyondtv.org
ibanez_nauta@yahoo.com  ** Corporate Watch newsletter issue 11/12 is out &
packed with info on corporations that profit from war. £1 plus 43p SAE to
Corporate Watch, 16b Cherwell Street, Oxford OX4 1BG ** Get down to a Mass
Weapons Inspection at RAF Fairford on 26th Jan - info@gwi.org.uk Several
coaches organised, see http://www.schnews.org.uk/pap/guide.html


Green Washout

It seems the £20m BP spent on its fashionable green image (SchNEWS 276) was
a total waste. In late 2000, BP jumped aboard the gravytrain of ethical
investing by publicly acknowledging the dangers of global warming in the
misguided hope they  would avoid being the target of environmental protests.
BP plastered its website with transparent concern for social issues, but
since then its shameful working practices don't live up to its laughable
rebranding as caring and progressive.

Even though the £20mil is peanuts compared to the billions BP spends yearly
on fossil fuel exploration, it was still a waste of money as BP just can't
quite seem to back up their eco-friendly, pro-worker image with action.
Alaskan authorities have only just started looking at introducing
regulations after a well at BP's Prudhoe Bay site exploded, causing an oil
spill and maiming native Alaskan worker Don Shugak for life. BP later
admitted to opening the well "without adequate safeguards." Three months
later an accident at the same site killed welder Rodney Rost. Despite their
worker-friendly propaganda, BP actively fought against tightening safety
procedures after the accident, saying "a rule to protect workers wasn't

On Tuesday, Hendersons Global Investments was first in the queue of
'socially responsible investors' to dump £millions worth of shares because
of their activities in Alaska. On the same day, ISIS Fund Management made BP
squirm by asking the board if "Problems are repeated worldwide, not just in
Alaska?  And has health and safety been compromised by aggressive high
production targets and cost cutting?" Union rep Robert Brian suffered years
of harassment for criticising BP's health and safety procedures but when he
publicly announced that the well explosion was avoidable, BP harassed him so
aggressively that he has filed a complaint against them with the US Dept of
Labour. Now that's what we call a caring, progressive company!


SchNEWS in Brief

Critical Mass bike ride this Sunday (26) meet 2pm Hunter Square, by the Tron
Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. www.mutualaid.org  ** Reclaim The Future II
next Sat (1 Feb) in London with workshops, cabaret, comedy, political cinema
& café from 3pm. Kids space in the afternoon, Party till late. £2 in
afternoon, £5/3 after 7pm, help still needed:
reclaimthefuture2003@yahoo.co.uk or 07931 560 569. Check uk.indymedia.org
from noon on the day for details of venue.** Mayday 2003 workshop Sunday 8th
Feb 2pm. Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X. ** Following a visit
from SHAC East Midlands and hundreds of phone calls, faxes and emails, White
Rose have withdrawn their services to Huntingdon Life Sciences. White Rose
are a specialist incineration company who dispose of hazardous waste and
until yesterday the bodies of animals murdered at HLS! Who's the only place
willing to dispose of the evidence now? Cambridge Pet Crematorium! Contact
the crematorium at freepost CB947, Royston, Herts SG8 7BR. Tel: 01763 208
295, Fax: 01763 208 885 mail@cpc-net.co.uk 2.  ** 'The Summit' a film which
looks behind last year's Earth Summit in Johannesburg, and 'Zapatista' a
film which gives a first hand account of the Zapatista struggles in Mexico,
are two new videos now available at Cultureshop. www.cultureshop.org  ** If
you fancy a laugh get a copy of 'Now That's What I Call Marxist'
nowmarxist@yahoo.co.uk  ** Space Invaders: Festival of Arts and Resistance
at the old TA building (next to B&Q), Lewes Road, Brighton (23/1-2/2) 'A
non-stop celebration of underground DIY culture.' Get involved 07952512533
speakerpeople@hotmail.com. Timetable at www.partyvibe.com/brighton23


Inside SchNEWS

Dave Blenkinsop, an animal rights activist who is currently serving 4 1/2
years, was sentenced to another 51/2 this week for planting incendiary
devices under lorries belonging to an abattoir. His sentences are to run
consecutively so he is now serving a ten year prison sentence. He'd
appreciate letters of support Dave Blenkinsop, EM7899, HMP Bullingdon,
Patrick Haugh Road, Arncott, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX6 0PZ


...and finally...

Ever thought, "Shit, I wish I'd been at that riot, taking back control of
the city of London and pelting the riot cops with eggs and rotten fruit?"
Well today is your lucky day! The newly formed London Riot Re-enactment
Society is offering folks the chance to take part in the many famous riots
of London, past and present. From the Peasant Revolt of 1381, to the Gin
Riots of 1743, to the more up-to-date riots of Brixton (1981, 1996, 2000),
the poll tax (1990), and of course J18 in 1999, the society will re-enact
them all. One of the advantages of riot re-enactment is that while trying to
be as historically accurate as possible, you can decide which parts of the
riot to keep in and which to skip out. For example, while re-enacting the
riot of November 30th 1999, members of the society can decide to set fire to
the police van but skip the part where everyone had to stand around for
hours surrounded by riot cops without a toilet! The Society hopes that after
a bit of practice, members will be able to form a Rapid Re-enactment Force
which re-enacts riots immediately after they've happened (or even AS they
happen), causing things to spiral out of control!  To join send an email to:
anathematician@yahoo.co.uk or visit http://c8.com/anathematician/


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the prayer rug pulled out from underneath you. Honest.


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