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(en) SchNEWS 402/403, Friday 2nd May, 2003

From Jo Makepeace <webmaster@schnews.org.uk>
Date Fri, 2 May 2003 09:52:45 +0200 (CEST)

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WAKE UP! WAKE UP! It's yer anarchists ate my baby SchNEWS
"On Mayday, we propose a pre-emptive strike.an attack on the real weapons of
mass destruction: oil companies, arms manufacturers, multinationals and
banks." - Mayday flyer.
Yesterday was Mayday and time for the traditional game of cat and mouse,
with a few thousand anarchists and anti-capitalists trying to outwit and
outsprint thousands of cops. Many of our favourite shops had either been
boarded up or not even bothered to open up for the day while workers took
the day off obviously fearing that hungry anarchists would eat them alive.
One of those who didn't bother opening was Lockheed Martin, one of the main
targets of the Mayday pre-emptive strike strategy. Lockheed are the world's
largest weapons manufacturer who make a killing out of, er, killing. The
"defence" company's share prices rocketed after September 11th and with
their fighter jets very busy during the war in Iraq, they've reported a
doubling of profits in the first few months of this year.

In late 2001, the company won what has been described as "the largest
defence contract in history," a $200 billion development contract to build a
Joint Strike Fighter, which according to their own website, aims to "provide
the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, and the UK's Royal Navy and Royal
Air Force with an affordable and stealthy tactical aircraft for the 21st
century." One capable of killing thousands of civilians who happen to live
in 'rogue states' no doubt.

Since lining its pockets through war, suffering, and destruction is what
Lockheed Martin is all about - just check out its latest "Making Weapons For
the World" advertising - it comes as no surprise that the company's most
lucrative export item is the F-16 combat aircraft. Since the mid-1970s, they
've managed to flog over 3,000 of them to such freedom-loving customers such
as Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia and Egypt.

But if your stomach for flying has weakened since September 11th, Lockheed
are one of the only arms manufacturers still to offer a nice line in
anti-personnel land mines, with a life span of up to one hundred years,
which they flog for as little as £2 each - surely it can't be good business
to make them so they last that long? Across the world, landmines claim a new
victim every twenty minutes, that's more than 26,000, mostly civilian,
deaths and injuries each year.

Lockheed are leaders in the design and development of nuclear technology and
its by-products in the US and are responsible for the production and
maintenance of British nuclear warheads at their Atomic Weapons
Establishment at Aldermaston in Berkshire where they specialise in
"state-of-the-art hit-to-kill" precision weapons. They receive $1 billion
per year from the US Dept of Energy to help run the notorious Nevada Test
Site where it carries out "sub-critical testing", which attempts to exploit
loopholes in the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. They are also heavily
involved in the Trident programme in the US, as well as here in the UK which
costs us £1.5 billion a year. British nuclear-powered Trident submarines are
on patrol, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Each submarine can carry 48
independently targeted nuclear warheads, each of which has seven times the
explosive power of the first atomic bomb at Hiroshima, which killed 140,000

Lockheed produce the AUP-3(M) depleted uranium missiles that have been
deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. These indiscriminate weapons are
classified illegal by the United Nations. When a DU shell explodes, it sends
out contaminated dust particles small enough to be inhaled - high doses
kill, low levels cause cancer. Unfortunately dust particles are not smart
enough to distinguish between civilian and military victims and since the
last Gulf War incidences of leukaemia and Hodgkins disease in Iraq have
increased tenfold, as has the proportion of babies born with birth defects,
that is without heads, brains, spines and limbs.

With a track record like Lockheed's they just couldn't resist sticking their
fingers in the Star Wars pie. They are the lead contractor for the Theater
High-Altitude Area Defense programme, a system designed to intercept
medium-to-long-range ballistic missiles. Of course, if you make loads of
money producing some of the world's most destructive weaponry, it only makes
sense to make loads more by creating systems to "protect" people against
those same weapons. It's the ultimate business plan.
Lockheed also does a good line in bribery and corruption. According to Tim
Weiner, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, "Lockheed has a criminal history
that includes paying millions of dollars in bribes." Since 1990 they've
been done a total of 63 times, handing over $230 million in fines and

So how come they seem to get all the contracts? The US Centre for Responsive
Politics reports that Lockheed spent more than $9.8 million lobbying members
of Congress and the Clinton administration during 2000 and gave $225,000 to
the Bush-Cheney inaugural fund. Whilst in the UK they've been busy mopping
up contracts as Neo Labour puts our public services on sale to the highest
bidder. When air traffic control was part-privatised Lockheed was there,
eager to add to its already existing contracts with the Royal Mail, the Met
Police and the UK Census. Now they are bidding for the £3 billion contract
to run the nerve centre of the NHS, which would enable it to profit not only
from bombing people but also from putting them back together again. No doubt
soon they'll be running our schools telling kids that War is Peace.

For more on this delightful company www.actagainstwar.org/article.php?id=177

Check out some of their war porn www.lockheedmartin.com or

CND have a scrap Trident campaign 020 77002393 www.cnduk.org

Campaign Against Arms Trade 020 7281 0297 www.caat.org.uk

Recommended reading 'The No Nonsense guide to the Arms Trade' by Gideon
Burrows (Published by Verso 2002) www.versobooks.com/

There were more pre-emptive strikes against the arms trade at the BAE
Systems AGM on Tuesday. BAE is the UK's biggest arms dealers. One person who
was dragged out by security yelled "It's on your conscience. How do you
sleep at night, you bastards?" By thinking about all the lovely profits they
make out of war and death stupid.

Were you nicked at Mayday? Did you see anyone get arrested or beaten? Then
get along to the meeting today (2) 6pm at LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London
E1 (corner of Parfett St.) If you saw someone getting nicked then get in
touch with the Legal Defence and Monitoring Group email ldmgmail@yahoo.co.uk
or www2.phreak.co.uk/ldmg/index.php

DSEi (Defence Systems Equipment International) is Europe's largest trade
fair (6-12 September in London) for guns, bombs, military planes, small
arms, mines and tanks. A mass international protest has been called, get
ready to Disarm DSEi! 07817652029 / 07887620379 www.dsei.org


Crap Arrest of the Week

For barking at a dog!
A barman from California, faces up to a year in jail and a $1000 fine for
the highly serious crime of barking at a police dog! Walking in down town
San Jose during the Mardi Gras street party he came across an agitated dog
in police and a friendly 'woof' back to the caged animal, then he was
promptly nicked by over zealous cops. He plans to plead innocent saying "Its
ridiculous that someone could be charged for barking... And what about the
First Amendment rights? Is there no freedom to bark?"


It's yer SchNEWS Summer Party and Protest Guide


1-11 Exhibition: We Get Restless. Photos and paintings of anti-capitalist
and anti-war demos around the world. The Foundry, Grt Eastern St. London. 4
Mayday Football Tournament, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, London. 7-a-side
football tournament, mass proletariat kickabout, 3 sided game (!), kids game
and Mayday Picnic. Kicks off 10am. Blackstarrebels@aol.com 07958 11 2870. 5
Open Meeting to Support Refugees on hunger strike in Haslar Prison,
Portsmouth, they are protesting against prison conditions and particularly
fire safety. 7pm at the Cowley Club, London Road, Brighton. 5 World Bank
Boycott Tour, Cube Cinema, Bristol 6pm. An international coalition of
grassroots groups from the Global South, the US and Europe, which seeks to
increase financial and political pressure from the World Bank by
discouraging local institutions from investing in its bonds.
wbboycott@aseed.antenna.nl 6 World Bank Boycott Tour University of Leeds
7pm. 8 Little Brother Collective Night of Radical Film. Films about
Birmingham Northern Relief Road protests and the Nine Ladies Anti-Quarry
Campaign, plus Crowd Bites Wolf. 6-8pm Coffeevolution, 9a Church Street,
Huddersfield. 8 Shut Down DSEi open meeting, SOAS, Room G51, Thornhaugh St.,
Russell Square, WC1(nearest tube Russell Square) 7.30pm. 07817 652029
disarm@dsei.org www.dsei.org 8 Blink- Palestine Solidarity Benefit. Drum
and Bass, UK Garage. 6 - 11pm at the Underground Bar, LSE Students Union,
Houghton Street, London. £5/£3 Cheap drinks all nite. 8 World Bank Boycott
Tour London School of Economics 2pm wbboycott@aseed.antenna.nl 9 World Bank
Boycott Tour University of Birmingham, Centre for the Study of Global Ethics
3.30pm. wbboycott@aseed.antenna.nl 9 Vigil of Remembrance and Justice for
Terry Doyle. Terry died in prison over one year ago and there still has been
no inquest, 7pm, HMP Brixton, Jebb Avenue, London. Contact: Ceart,
07931844969 9 The 'Anarchist' copper speaks. Commander Paddick will talk on
gay rights and the police at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London
7.30pm www.galha.org. 10 Manchester's People Assembly
www.manchesterstopthewar.org. 10 Anti-war benefit night with MP Jeremy
Corbyn and Irish folk band Flash Company. Labour Hall, Lyndhurst Road,
Worthing, 8pm-midnight, free. 10 Baby Milk Scandal Demo. Demonstration
against Nestle UK in Croydon. 01223 464420
www.babymilkaction.org 10 Debate on GM Crops: Do We Need Them? Are They
Safe? 1.30pm-6.30pm, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Auditorium B5, King's
College, Waterloo, London. Free. ticket@I-sis.org.uk 13 Alternative Radio
Bulletin 11am-12pm on Resonance 104.4FM across London or on the web: at
www.resonancefm.com 13 The war on terror threatens us all Public meeting
with Mark Thomas and Michael Mansfield QC, Moses Room, House of Parliament
Westminster, 7pm. 020 7586 589 www.cacc.org.uk 13 Anti-capitalist actions at
global summits: What next? Side Cinema, Newcastle, 7:30pm. Video footage
from the massive and diverse actions at Prague, Genoa, Seattle and London.
13 Shebab Daiyer (Lost Youth), film about life in Palestine. At the Spitz,
Spitalfields Market, London. 7pm. Free. 14-20 Global week of Genespotting
action against the biotechnology industry. www.aseed.net 15 International
Conscientious Objectors' Day. War Resisters' International 020 7278 4040
www.wri-irg.org 15 New Bands Night- Palestine Solidarity Benefit. Drum and
Bass, UK Garage. 6-11pm, Underground Bar, LSE Students Union, Houghton
Street, London. £5/£3 Cheap drinks all nite. 15 Shebab Daiyer (Lost Youth),
film about life in Palestine. Cowley Club, 12 London Road, Brighton. Free.
Members and their guests only. 16-18 Wheaton Aston Festival "A small, warm
and friendly Festival.an eclectic line-up of music, song and
dance.traditional British folk, folk-rock, rock, world, fusion, classical,
blues and so on..." £28, Camping £3 per person. 01785 840010
www.wheatonastonfestival.supanet.com 17 Manchester Radical Bookfair
11am-5pm, Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Ancoats, Manchester.
www.radicalbookfair.org.uk 17 Free Palestine rally Trafalgar Square, 1.30
p.m. 020 7700 6192 www.palestinecampaign.org 17 African Liberation Day
meeting. Legacies of revolutionairy pan-Africanism a reflection 4-8pm Unity
Centre 2-4 Ravenstone St., Balham, London. 17 Regime Change in the UK.
Meeting to discuss lessons of the war and the democratic deficit in UK
politics. 10.30am-4.30pm Orange Street Congregational Church Hall, Orange
Street, London. 020 8376 1454. Free 19-25 National Vegetarian Week. 0161
9652000 info@vegsoc.org 22 Blink- Palestine Solidarity Benefit. Drum and
Bass, UK Garage. 6-11pm, Underground Bar, LSE Students Union, Houghton
Street, London. £5/£3. 23-25 Introduction to Renewable Energy Weekend Centre
of Continuing Education, University of Wales, Aberystwyth £35/£25 To
register 01970 622677 or bff@aber.ac.uk 23-25 Off The Tracks Spring Festival
Castle Donnington. Folk, Roots, Dance and Fusion. £35 01332 384518
www.offthetracks.co.uk 23-25 Permaculture weekend for beginners. Dial House,
North Weald, Essex. up to £60. landandliberty@ukonline.co.uk 23-25 Ceilidh
Gall Gallowa' Mayfest, Knockengorroch Farm, Carsphairn, Castle Douglas.
Celtic music festival £31. 01644 460664 www.knockengorroch.org.uk 24
Demonstrate outside offices of World Bank, 80 Haymarket, London. 11:30am to
mark African Liberation Day. 24 "We love" Homelands, The Bowl, Matterley
Estate, near Winchester, Hampshire. 1pm-6am. Who doesn't love overpriced
crap from corporate cock suckers the Mean Fiddler? £50 to be herded like
sheep, overcharged for water and spied on by cops. www.homelands.co.uk 25
Redbridge Green Fair Live music, stalls, vegan food and much more.
11.30am-7pm Melbourne Field, Valentines Park, Ilford, Essex. 020 8 5545439
greenfair@hotmail.com 26 Queeruption V International gathering of radical
queers. Venues in Berlin to be confirmed. www.queeruption.com 26 Maidstone
Green Fair 10th year anniversiary. Blues, jazz, folk and world music.
Markets, arts and crafts, kids activities, street theatre and workshops.
Free. 12pm-9pm. Mote Park, Maidstone. 01622 673413 www.greenfair.co.uk 26
Kingston Green Fair. 3 stages of world music, food, children's parade,
stalls, exhibitions and more. Powered by the wind and sun. 11am-8pm Canbury
Gardens, Kingston upon Thames. £5/£3 (£10 family ticket) 020 8974 8608
kingstongreenfair.org.uk 29 Day of Action Against Depleted Uranium. 0161
2738293 www.cadu.org.uk 29 Live Comedy Acts - Palestine Solidarity Benefit.
Drum and Bass, UK Garage. 6-11pm, Underground Bar, LSE Students Union,
Houghton Street, London. £5/£3. 29-1 June The 7th Edinburgh Independent
Radical Book Fair The Assembly Rooms, George Street. 0131 662 9112
www.word-power.co.uk. 31-1 June Animal Rights Activist Gathering Tonbridge,
Kent. Free, basic camping 0845 4560284.



1 Campaign Against Prison Slavery Conference A conference in Leeds is to
highlight the slave work prisoners do, this also affects workers outside
prison whose pay and conditions are undermined. More details: 07944 522001
Markbarnsley@aol.com 1-3 G8 meeting, Evian, France. The eight richest
nations will be getting together for their annual binge on power and free
wine. Loads of anti-capitalists will amass together to oppose them.
www.g8deviant.org 1-8 Stop the Arms Trade week of action 020 7281 0297
www.caat.org.uk 4 Lost Film Festival www.lostfilmfest.com. 7pm, the Side
Cinema on Newcastle's Quayside. www.Side.Cinema.com 7 Let's Start the Real
Sexual Revolution! Jam-packed programme of diverse speakers giving insight
on true sexual freedom and the secrets of acheiving a liberated, joyous
society. £5/£2. 2.30-6pm, The Round Chapel, 1d Glenarm Rd, Lower Clapton Rd,
7 Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge. FREE. Strawberries and cream
in Cambridge at this pleasant one day festival by the river.
www.strawberry-fair.org.uk 7-22 Isle of Wight Festival. Community Festival
with big show act weekender in between (14-15 with Bryan Adams, Paul Weller
etc. Tickets £50 for the weekend, £30 for one day, £10 for camping.)
www.isleofwightfestival.com 8 World Oceans Day A global celebration of the
planet's marine environment, events worldwide. 01989-566017 www.mcsuk.org 9
The South London Magical Landscape. A tour of South London's sacred sites
and springs, groves, burial grounds, and more. £2.50, The Mitre, 291
Greenwich High Road , London. 14-15 Leamington Peace Festival, Leamington
Spa, Warwickshire FREE www.peacefestival.org.uk 19 McLibel: Anniversary of
1997 High Court Victory! www.mcspotlight.org 20-22 EU Summit, Thessaloniki,
Greece. EU heads will discuss new measures to control populations in the
name of "security" while building ever-higher defences for Fortress Europe
to keep out victims of their capitalist policies from the developing world.
www.resistance2003.gr 20-22 Holidays in the Sun 2003 Punk fun in the sun in
Morecambe. Including The Damned, 999, The Crack, Funeral Dress, Resistance
77, Splodge, Stuntface. Tickets £67.50 02476 559992 www.holidaysinthesun.net
21-22 Stonehenge Acoustic Free Festival - Protest at English Heritage's
decision to open the monument on the wrong day! Actual solstice on 22nd of
June, but officially only open on the 21st. Temporary car park open
midnight-4pm, access to the stones (subject to security searches) from 2a.m.
to noon. "Unfortunately the Solstice dawn occurs on Sunday June 22nd and we
intend to protest at the decision to deny access to us with music fun and
chaos. We demand the full restoration of our traditional rights of free
access to Stonehenge and provision of land for camping while we attend the
Summer Solstice Celebrations from Saturday 21st to Sunday." 27-29
Glastonbury Festival Sold Out! Both tickets and its soul.


4-6 Guilfest Festival, Guildford, Surrey. Manufactured pop pussies Atomic
Kitten headline one night! £65, day tickets around £30, camping around £25
(per tent). www.guildford-live.co.uk 4-6 Introduction to Renewable Energy.
An overview of the technology of renewable energy and the basic principles
of solar electricity, small-scale wind power and microhydro-power. Centre of
Continuing Education, Aberystwyth. £35/£25 01974 821564
www.greendragonenergy.co.uk 5 St. Paul's Carnival, Bristol. The second
largest Caribbean Carnival in the UK, Kuumba project, 22 Hepburn Road, St
Paul's, Bristol. 0117 942 1870. 5 Alternatives to war - security and
sustainability, two sides of the same coin. Conference with speakers
including Vandana Shiva 10am-5.30pm City of London School for Girls,
St.Giles Terrace, Barbican, London. £25/£15 01237 441293 www.resurgence.org
7 Introduction to Community Composting Newcastle Venue t.b.c 0114 2580483
www.othas.org.uk/ccn 11-13 Willow Festival Rock and pop acts on the
Embankment of the River Nene in Peterborough. Also a food village,
alternative market stalls, all day bars, extreme rides, children's funfair,
giant bouncy castles, quad bikes and riverside picnic. FREE 01733 346529
www.willowfestival.org.uk 13 Brighton Peace Festival, Hove Lawns 01273
241625 peacemessenger@harmonyculture.com 17-20 Larmer Tree Festival "the
most unique festival setting with a FREE campsite right next door,
overlooking the Cranborne Chase the friendliest, safest, child-friendly
atmosphere" Over 50 bands on five stages, Larmer Tree Gardens, nr. Tollard
Royal, on the Wilts./Dorset border. www.larmertree.co.uk 18-20 Wickerman
Festival. Set 120 acres of isolated farmland with a main stage, northern
soul tent, dance tent, acoustic stage, chill out area, free campsite,
children's area, trade stalls, alternative area, bars, a talent stage and
food stalls. Bands include Dead Men Walking, Bad Manners, and Nine Below
Zero. Dundrennan, Galloway, Scotland Tickets £30 in advance are strictly
limited 01738 449430, www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk
19-20 Ashton Court Festival, Two main stages with local and national acts,
Soul, Funk, Roots, Classical Arts and Film Tents, Outdoor Dance Arena. Cost:
around £3 per day, children under 14 free. 0117 904 2275
www.ashtoncourtfestival.com 19 Uncaged Campaigns London wide street
collection for the animal rights group. 0114 2722220 www.uncaged.co.uk 19-20
Truck Festival, Hill Farm, Steventon, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire. No cut
throat capitalism, no huge entry fees, and huge advertising boards. A nice
day in the country side with a few bevies and a plethora of bands. £20
advance £25 on gate, www.truckrecords.com
20 Ambient Green Picnic, Shalford Park, Guildford. 4 music stages powered by
ecologically sound energy sources, kids stuff, stalls, workshops. Free.
www.surreywap.co.uk/Ambientgreen/AMBIENTHOME.htm 24-27 Healing Field
Gathering near Shepton Mallet - Fire, Earth, Air and Water and other things
(like yoghurt weaving) to heal you! www.healingfield.btinternet.co.uk 25-27
WOMAD, Reading. Family friendly festival, seven stages of music, arts and
dance from around the world. Cost: around £85 including camping. Day tickets
around £25 Fri, Sat £45, Sun £40. 01225 743481 www.womad.org 26 Pride
Parade. 12 noon Victoria Embankment then onto Pride in the Park, Hyde Park,
London. £20 available from 0870 1200 722. www.londonmardigras.com 26 - 3
August No Border Camp, Puglia, Italy. Puglia has been chosen due to its
position on the edge of "Fortress Europe" and because of the presence of
thousands of migrants who work under conditions of total exploitation,
especially in the agricultural sector. www.noborder.org 30 - 3 August Big
Green Gathering on new site near Cheddar, Mendip Hills, Somerset. 01458
834629 www.big-green-gathering.com 31- 3 Aug Cambridge Folk Festival Two
stages, club tent, crafts and children's entertainment. Around £62 for the
weekend with difffering prices for day tickets. 01223-457245



1-3 Big Chill with: friendly folk, exotic (British) countryside, handpicked
high profile/new live artists and DJs (downtempo to upbeat breaks, jazz,
rare groove, house and hip hop) @ Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire Cost: adults
£99, children (5-16) £25, under-5s FREE, campervans £25 020 7684 2020
www.bigchill.net 2-3 Nottingham Riverside Festival Roots and World Music
stages, steam organs and fun fairs street performance and fireworks. FREE
0115 915 3591 www.nottinghamevents.org/riverside/index.html 3-9 One World
Summer Festival, Witley, Surrey. Holisitc Health, Macrobiotics, Arts and
Crafts, Music and Dance, Cookery, Sports and Natural Movement £165-£235
weekend, £35-£55 day, all food included. 01273 279439 www.macrobios.com 1-8
Sidmouth International Festival, Sidmouth, Devon www.sidmouthfestival.com
7-10 Cropredy Folk Festival including Lindisfarne, Procol Harum and Fairport
Convention. £28-£60 www.faircrop.co.uk/crop2003 9 Brighton and Hove Pride.
"The Greatest Show on Earth" Parade & Festival @ Preston Park FREE The
Parade starts at 11am from Madeira Drive, fun starts in Preston Park from 12
noon 01273 775939 www.prideinbrightonandhove.com 13-17 Earth First! Summer
Gathering. A get together for people involved - or those that want to get
involved - in radical ecological direct action for four days of time and
space to talk, walk, skill share, learn, play, rant, find out what's going
on, hang out, laugh and conspire. The gathering is an example of
non-hierachical living - this means that everyone helps out, from food prep
to cleaning the toilets. North Yorkshire, £10 on the gate. Food provided by
the Anarchist Teapot (About £3 a day). No dogs except by prior arrangement.
EF! Summer Gathering c/o Cornerstone Resource Centre, 16 Sholebroke Avenue,
Leeds LS7 3HB. www.earthfirstgathering.org.uk 20-25 Tribe of Doris
Intercultural Summer School, Blackdown Hills, Somerset. "Arts of music,
dance, song and ceremony to bring people together, to raise awareness and to
encourage respect and understanding of different cultures and musical
origins." £150/kids £20 0845 458 0190 www.tribeofdoris.co.uk 20-26 WIT
Festival, West Wales. Women only music festival for all ages and abilities.
www.womenintune.org.uk 22-24 Canterbury Fayre, Mount Ephraim Gardens,
Hernhill, Kent. Currently confirmed includes Robert Plant, Roy Harper and
the John Otway Big Band plus Whirl-y-gig big top, the Croissant Neuf circus
stage, a chill out tent and kids area. Prices start at £70 for weekend
ticket. 01494 794887 www.canterburyfayre.com 22-24 Leeds Festival -
organised by those tossers at the Mean Fiddler (check out
www.corporatewatch.org/news/glastonbury.htm and
www.urban75.com/Rave/raverant.html to find out why) and sponsored by piss
weak larger Carling. www.leedsfestival.com 24 Deep Dale Jazz Festival, Marsh
Barn, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk. Jazz and "nice" stuff! 01485 210404 £7
advance/£10 on gate www.deepdalejazzfestival.co.uk 28 - 3 Sept Samothraki
Dance Festival www.samothrakidancefestival.com 29-31 Eastern Green Gathering
near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 01284 728253 www.easterngreengathering.com
29-31 Off The Tracks Autumn Festival, Castle Donnington. Folk, Roots, Dance
and Fusion. Cost: around £35 01332 384518 www.offthetracks.co.uk


Inside SchNEWS

Ulla Roder is still on remand after causing £25 million damage to a Tornado
jet at RAF Leuchars in March. If found guilty she could face up to 15 years
in prison. Ulla is one of the 'Trident three' who were famously acquitted at
Greenock in 1999 after smashing up jets bound for Indonesia. Write to: Ulla
Roder, Cornton Vale, Cornton Rd, Stirling Scotland FK9 5NY. For advice on
writing to prisoners and a list of other Trident Ploughshares prisoners go
to www.tridentploughshares.org

Long-term prisoner Keith Pringle is still serving time despite his sentence
being up at the beginning of the year. After being in Full Sutton at the
1997 mutiny he has spent the last 5 years in high security segregation
units. He went on dirty protest against conditions in Frankland segregation
unit and to help a cell-mate get fair treatment. It is for this prisoner
solidarity as much as open defiance of the system that prison authorities
consider him subversive. Keith's prolonged stay is due to threatening
behaviour towards a 'bully' prison officer, the most recent news is that
following an attack on him by prison officers at Durham, he is on a dirty
protest in the segregation unit of that prison. To send messages of
solidarity to Keith Pringle (CD0078) - HMP Durham, Old Elvet, Durham DH15YD


SchNEWS in brief

**Last week peace activist Lindis Percy was arrested at Menwith Hill spy
base for the 150th time (!) whilst testing the enforcement of military land
bylaws. She was charged with aggravated trespass www.caab.org.uk

** To find out what's happening in North East England email

** The Botswana government has banned materials from Survival International
being in the country's schools, as part of ongoing attempts to silence
criticism of the treatment of the Gana and Gwi 'Bushmen'.

** A GCSE student from Braintree, Essex is taking her school's Board of
Governers to the high court after they upheld the decision to exclude her
from school for a month after she took part in anti-war demonstrations. Her
case has been taken up by Liberty www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/



Survivors and supporters of the 1984 Bhopal poison gas disaster are still
desperate for justice and on Mayday launched a hunger strike in the
financial district of New York to highlight the liabilities of Dow Chemical'
s, who own Union Carbide, the company charged with "culpable homicide" after
poisonous gas from its pesticide factory killed 8000 and poisoned over
200,000 in Bhopal, India (see SchNEWS 238). When Union Carbide fled India it
left thousands of tons of toxic waste. Dow stockholders are twitchy about
their share prices falling when a future disaster blights the lives of a few
hundred thousand people. www.bhopal.net


Information and Entertainment

Apart from SchNEWS there are a load of resources to keep you informed and
* Guilfin's Something For the Weekend - a weekly info-burst, keeping you up
to date with the latest festival, party, gigs dates, and all the upcoming
campaigns. www.guilfin.net
* Eroding Empire: monthly DIY punky bulletin listing gigs, actions and
events for the London-ish area. Send stamps to receive copies c/o 56A
Crampton St., London, SE17 5AE.
* London Free List free and cheap events around London at
* Free parties: check out www.partyvibe.com/freeparties.htm
* www.protest.net reports actions around the world
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Sneaky BP this week admitted unprecedented profits for the first quarter of
this year just a week after its AGM where Chairman P. Sutherland denied that
the war in Iraq was about Oil! Guzzling a whopping $41m PER DAY - double
what it slurped down in the same period last year - BP's 'windfall quarter'
has been directly attributed by analysts to the war in Iraq which sent oil
prices rocketing.

This will come as no surprise to hundreds of activists who disrupted the AGM
last week with a Carnival Against Oil Wars and Climate Change. Outnumbered
by police and BP's own private army of 'security guards', shouting
protestors with whistles, drums and a Samba band kept up the noise level so
that those inside could hear the voice of dissent. True there was not much
attempt at the kind of direct action which might have invaded and obstructed
the meeting, but the activists did come up with one fantastic master stroke:
Ordinary shareholders attending the AGM were handed a spoof Annual report
which so closely resembled BP's own in design that indignant shareholders,
believing it was the real thing, challenged the BP Chairman on its contents:
"What's all this?" blustered one elderly gent, rediscovering his conscience,
"We are reaping the rewards from the latest in a long line of oil wars? That
's simply not on." P. (for Pinocchio) Sutherland assured shareholders that
the war in Iraq had nothing to do with oil and that BP had no plans to work
in Iraq. Yeah, like BP are gonna miss out on the world's second biggest oil

Meanwhile, environmental organisations last week submitted complaints about
the consortium to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development) meeting in Paris. It's controversial Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan (BTC)
pipeline through Georgia openly flouts OECD guidelines by damaging the
environment, failing to take the rights of nearby communities into
consideration and by ignoring existing legislation in the countries the
pipeline passes through. Who cares? Not BP, whose legal team has been openly
boasting about creating new laws in Azerbaijan, presumably to get around
such minor problems.

UK Firm AMEC who are plugging for one of the largest contracts in the
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, are having their AGM next Thursday (8th).
Meet 9am At speakers' corner, Hyde Park for a briefing 10 am outside the
Radisson Hotel, Portman Square, London to build a GIANT pipeline. 01865
200550 baku@gn.apc.org

Meanwhile in a bizarre example of corporate disingenuity Transocean Inc.,
the world's largest offshore drilling company, managed to keep the fact that
dozens of US and British oil workers have been held hostage for the last 14
days on a rig in Nigeria totally secret! A labour dispute among Nigerian
workers escalated into insurrection on April 19th and the ex-pats were taken
hostage. There are reports that they have been incarcerated in metal
containers and dangled overboard and that at least 2 have had nervous
breakdowns. But Transocean - whose motto is "we're never out of our depth"-
don't care about the welfare of a handful of their workers. By keeping it
secret they were clearly hoping that the Nigerian navy would sort it out in
their own (very bloody) way.

For copies of the spoof BP report send an A4 SAE to London Rising Tide c/o
62 Fieldgate St., London, E1 1ES london@risingtide.org.uk



Behind the televised occupation of Iraq, the Argentinian state is waging a
peculiarly brutal war against the blossoming Argentinian social movement.
The Argentinian state is focusing all its repression on the 'okupas', the
many squatted social centres and factories that have become a vital part of
Argentinian communities as they attempt to take control of their lives in
the midst of a shattered economy. Unfortunately for the Argentinian social
movement it's election time and all five presidential candidates are
promising a return to neo-liberal economics and a good ol' crack-down on
squatted property. The man likely to win in the second round of the
elections is Carlos Menem, the former president who sold off the Argentinian
economy in the early 90's and who has promised to send the military onto the
streets if he comes into power.

Argentinians got a taste of things to come two weeks ago, when 200 police
officers evicted Brukman, a suit factory, which had been under worker
control since December 2001. Police evicted the workers and turned the
entire block into a military zone guarded by machine guns and attack dogs.
Within hours thousands of supporters were on the streets to condemn the
eviction and to support the factory remaining under workers' control. When
the workers attempted to re-enter the factory police began shooting: tear
gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, then lead. 30 demonstrators were
injured and there were over 100 arrests.

So why such violent repression of a factory? Well Brukman isn't just a
factory; it's a fabrica ocupada, one of 200 factories across the country
that have been taken over and run by their workers in the past 18 months.
For many, the factories, employing more than 10,000 nationwide and producing
everything from tractors to ice cream, are seen not just as an economic
alternative, but as a political one as well. "They are afraid of us because
we have shown that, if we can manage a factory, we can also manage a
country," Brukman worker Celia Martinez said, "That's why this government
decided to repress us." This poses a threat to the government as across the
country a social movement network composed of hundreds of self-managed
factories, squatted social centres and unemployed workers' groups struggling
for dignity and power over their own lives. But for some reason the
powers-that-shouldn't-be don't see it like that. Evictions are increasing
with Indymedia Argentina evicted just weeks ago followed by various squatted
community centres. As the federal judge wrote in Brukman's eviction order,
"Life and physical integrity have no supremacy over economic interests." So
it's not about your lives it's about the economy, stupid!



Things haven't been going too well this year for those involved in trying to
flog us genetically modified (GM) crops, lucky for them western governments
are on the side of their mutated chums.

Cargill, the world's biggest grain exporters and big fans of trade
liberalisation and GM crops, have become the latest corporate criminals to
get their foot in the door of the newly 'liberated' Iraq. Ex-Cargill senior
executive, Dan Amstutz, has been put in charge of agricultural
reconstruction in Iraq, no doubt he'll ship in all their surplus GM grain no
on else wants. As Kevin Watkins from Oxfam said "Putting Dan Amstutz in
charge of agricultural reconstruction in Iraq is like putting Saddam Hussein
in the chair of a human rights commission". For the low down on Cargill
check out www.corporatewatch.org.uk

The UK government is due to make a decision, soon, on the commercialisation
of 18 GM crop applications. There's a public consultation period, but it's
suspected that they won't wait until this is over, before giving the GM
companies the green light. Despite this anti-GM groups are still urging
people to join in the 'GM Public Debate', which begins this month, to show
that the opposition to hasn't gone away. Regional meetings are taking place
in Birmingham, Swansea, Taunton, Belfast, Glasgow and Harrogate from 3-13
June. Info 020 7261 8528. www.gmpublicdebate.org, you can also organise your
own meeting. For background information on the evils of GM crops check out

Monsanto had their AGM last week where not only did they announce a 15
percent slump in their profits, but also faced a shareholder resolution
urging them to rethink the safety of genetically engineered seeds. But
rather than worrying that their stance on GM is denting their wallets they'
ve instead produced a new position paper adopting a positive stance on
genetic seed sterilisation (so called 'terminator technology') - which makes
seeds produced by plants infertile, thus increasing farmers dependence on
seed companies- even though they pledged in 1999 not to develop the
technology. www.etcgroup.org

Last Friday it was the turn of Bayer CropScience, Europe's top GM pushers,
to have their AGM. As well as protests outside the AGM in Germany, their UK
headquarters in Cambridge were simultaneously blockaded. Eight people were
arrested. For the low down on Bayer check out www.bayerhazard.com

This is the last year of the GM farm scale trials in the UK. If you're fed
up of not being listened to why not take some direct action out in the
fields. For tips on decontamination www.geneticsaction.org.uk


...and finally...

In a pre-emptive strike against capitalism, a group calling themselves the
Trade Regulation Organization (TRO) have issued their own version of the "55
most wanted" playing card deck. The cards feature those jokers whose
existence are "no longer consistent with world peace or prosperity"
including George W as the 4 of clubs and Rupert Murdoch as the King of
Hearts. The TRO reckon that the cards might lead the way to regime change
and eventual large-scale war crimes proceedings. But their spokeswoman
Hedwig Ixtabal-Mono has issued a word of caution "If one day the people on
these cards are indeed brought to justice, 'just following orders' or
'supporting our troops' will be no excuse for the rest of us". Check if your
favourite boardroom terrorist has got their own card at www.gatt.org/regime



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