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(en) SchNEWS Friday 23rd May 2003 Issue 406

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Date Tue, 27 May 2003 23:00:31 +0200 (CEST)


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WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER CAN YOU FIX IT? - SchNEWS
Contents: Bob the Bilderberg | After Eights | Crap Arrest of the Week
| DU-LALLY | SchNEWS in Brief | Monsanto Claws | Positive
SchNEWS | NO HOUPPE | Inside SchNEWS | ...and finally...
> BOB THE BILDERBERG
"When such rich and powerful people meet up in secret, with military
intelligence managing their security, with hardly a whisper escaping
of what goes on inside, people are right to be suspicious." - Tony
Gosling, journalist.

While anti-capitalists gear up for next month's protests at the G8
Summit, last weekend the cats cream of the world's elite were meeting
behind closed doors in France with hardly a protestor or journalist in
sight.

Welcome to the Bilderberg group, described by one small paper as
"the most secretive organisation in the world." Despite the world's
most powerful people rubbing shoulders, the corporate media hardly
give it a mention. Taking its name from the Bilderberg Hotel in
Holland where it held its first meeting in 1954, they've met every year
since behind closed doors, shunning publicity, and keeping very quiet
about just what they've been talking about. According to Will Hutton
of the Observer, "The Bilderberg conference is one of the key
meetings of the year. The consensus established there is the
backdrop against which policy is made worldwide."

This years shindig was at the exclusive Versailles' Trianon Park hotel,
surrounded by French riot police and inaccessible to the public. Those
arriving in long, black limos, behind police escorts and shrieking
sirens included Billionaire Banker David Rockefeller, Queen Beatrix of
the Netherlands, Henry Kissinger-of-Death, Ex-Tory Chancellor
Kenneth Clarke, US businessman and champion of perpetual war
Richard Perle and Bob the Bilderberg. (see SchNEWS 399).

So is Bilderberg a secret conspiracy? A bunch of lizards in human
form trying to take over the world? The ideology pushed at the
Bilderberg conference is that what's good for banking and big
business is good for everyone. Tony Gosling, a journalist who has
studied the Biderberg group adds "It's not a 'conspiracy'. The world's
leading financiers and foreign policy strategists don't get together at
Bilderberg to draw up their 'secret plans for the future'. It's subtler
than that. These meetings create an artificial 'consensus' in an
attempt to spellbind visiting politicians and other men of influence.
Blair has fallen for this hook, line and sinker. It's about reinforcing -
often to the very people who are on the edge of condemning
Globalisation - the illusion that Globalisation is 'good', 'popular' and
that it's inevitable." Or as one old Labour Chancellor Denis Healey
and key Bilderberger explained "We make a point of getting along
younger politicians who are obviously rising, to bring them together
with financiers and industrialists who offer them wise words. It
increases the chance of having a sensible global policy." One which
continues to put profit and power before anything else.

For more on the Bilderberg see www.bilderberg.org or read
'Bilderberg Group - The Global Manipulators' by Robert Eringer
(Pentacle Books 1980).

AFTER EIGHTS

For months, government spies have been infiltrating, discretely
photographing faces and noting names, observing changes in
neighbourhood routines and asking shopkeepers questions about
newcomers. Since April 1, the French anti-riot police began patrolling,
and recently all campsites within a 30km radius have closed, all
unauthorised meetings banned and all construction sites told to down
tools. Soon over 20,000 police, gendarmes, riot units and troops,
supported by barricades of barbed wire, armoured vehicles,
anti-aircraft missiles, helicopters, special forces frogmen and patrol
boats will be completing the picture and turning the small French town
of Evian and the harbour of Lausanne in Switzerland into a militarised
"exclusion zone". Hey, it must be time for another meeting of our
world's leaders.

The Group of Eight (G8) summit is happening on June 1-3 in Evian,
France. The Group is made up of the richest seven industrialised
nations of the world - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan
and the United States - plus Russia. Twenty one other countries have
been invited as observers. To cheer on our great leaders thousands
will be demonstrating on the streets.

The annual summit was initially the idea of France in the mid-1970s to
help the world's richest economies deal informally with big crises, but
as one commentator said "Its list of memorable achievements is
almost zero. Recent summits have been noticeable only because of
the length of their vacuous final communiqués, the distance at which
the political leaders have been kept from the public and the
outrageous cost of organising the meetings."

Last year's bash in the Canadian Rockies cost around £347 million,
while the one in Japan a record £460 million. France, fighting rising
unemployment and urging its public to tighten their belts and save for
their old age because of a pension crisis, isn't letting on how much this
one will cost, but there's no doubt that the champagne will be flowing
freely, and the security costs will be astronomical.

Groups such as Oxfam are asking the leaders to declare a war on
poverty, but as a recent Amnesty report shows these nations are far
too busy making money out of war to care about that. Between 1997
and 2001 at least two-thirds of all arms sales came from five of the G8
members - America, Russia, France, Britain and Germany, busy
arming some of the world's worst human rights abusers. As Oxfam
commented "If the same amount of money and the same political will
committed to the war on Iraq were put into aid, trade, and debt relief,
it would end the suffering of millions of people. For the cost of just two
stealth bomber planes, 48 million children in Africa, who have never
had the chance to learn to read or write, could attend school for a
year."

Demonstrators are planning a Carnival against Capitalism from May
28 to June 3rd. To find out more www.g8circus.org.uk &
http://uk.indymedia.org You could also join the Pink and Silver Bloc.
"Anyone who is interested in creative, direct protest, organised in an
anti-authoritarian and non-hierarchical way will be welcome.
Lausanne is where there is a real chance of blocking the delegate's
passage to Evian; join us and help make it possible. Bring your own
costumes, ideas and enthusiasm...get ready to samba!"
info@rhythmsofresistance.co.uk And there's transport from Brighton,
email megan.mccauley@lycos.co.uk

* Read the Amnesty report "A Catalogue of Failures: G8 Arms Exports
and Human Rights Violations". For copies 020 7814 6200
www.amnesty.org

* Don't forget the EU Summit happening on the 20-22 June on the
Halkidiki peninsula in Greece. The summit has been moved from
Thessaloniki apparently because of fears of crowd trouble, with one
cop saying "Nothing will be able to come close to the summit, not even
a fly." European heads of state will discuss amongst other things EU
expansion, new measures to control populations in the name of
'security' and building ever-higher defences for Fortress Europe to
keep out refugees. To find out about the protests
www.resistance2003.gr and www.wombles.org.uk
Crap Arrest of the Week

For waving a flag!
A 57 year-old American pacifist is in jail after refusing to pay $20,000
bail money after being arrested at an anti-war demo when mis-elected
President Bush was in town. The police said he punched a police
officer after refusing to move back. The protester claims he was
simply waving a UN flag at the Bush motorcade in Indianapolis to
show his opposition to the war on Iraq and was attacked by the police.
DU-LALLY

Next Thursday (29th May) is the Second International Day of Action
Against Depleted Uranium (DU). DU is a radioactive by-product of the
nuclear industry that is used in armour piercing shells and "bunker
buster" bombs. When a DU weapon hits its target it burns on impact
and creates an extremely fine dust that can be spread by the wind,
inhaled and absorbed into the human body. In the last Gulf War the
Pentagon admitted dropping 320 tonnes of the stuff resulting in
increased cancers and birth defects among the Iraqi people. Over
90,000 US troops who served in the Gulf have also reported medical
problems. Symptoms include lung, liver and kidney dysfunction,
memory loss, headaches, fever, low blood pressure, and birth defects
among newborn children. In the second Gulf War an unnamed US
Colonel has admitted that 500 tonnes of depleted uranium was
dropped on Iraq (other estimate up to 2000 tonnes) and that they did
nothing to limit DU use in cities.

With these health effects it is hardly surprising that the United Nations
has passed two resolutions, which include depleted uranium weapons
among "weapons of mass or indiscriminate destruction". Not only that
but the US military don't care that they are leaving a toxic legacy in
Iraq and don't care about the health of their own troops. In an
interview with al Jazeera television Professor Rocke, a former chief of
Depleted Uranium Project at the Pentagon said he was told to lie
about the effects of DU, "Even though we know there are health and
environmental effects, you should make sure that we can always use
uranium munitions in combat because they are so effective. And
therefore lie about the health and environmental effects of the use of
uranium munitions in combat."

Campaign Against Depleted Uranium 0161-273-8293/8283
www.cadu.org.uk

To read the interview with the US Colonel involved in the Gulf War
www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00050.htm

* Not content with using DU in bunker busting bombs, the US military
will start to research "low yield" nuclear weapons, part of next years
staggering $400 billion dollars to be spent by the US military.

* With US weapons inspectors soon to leave Iraq because they can't
find anything, maybe they could turn their attention a little closer to
home where they will be sure of finding weapons of mass destruction
and evidence of international weapons treaties being broken. The US
Army has proudly developed a grenade that can be used to fire
biological and chemical agents. This is in clear breach of the Biological
Weapons Convention, which explicitly prohibits development of
bioweapons delivery devices "in any circumstances". Jan van Aken, a
biologist from the Sunshine Project commented, "Hans Blix might
have an easier time finding illegal weapons if he were inspecting near
Baltimore instead of Baghdad." www.sunshine-project.org

* George Bush is on Trial in the Pavilion Gardens, Brighton this Bank
Holiday Monday 1pm. Sadly not the real thing, but street theatre
performance by Sussex Action for Peace. 07815 998127
www.safp.org.uk

* In the UK people will take action against Britain's own weapons of
mass destruction: No to Star Wars UK tour visits missile defence and
nuclear hotspots, 4-13 June. 020 7702393 www.cnduk.org ** Faslane
Peace Camp 21st Birthday week of action. 9-15 June. 01436820901
www.faslanepeacecamp.org.uk ** Trident Ploughshares International
Disarmament Camp at Britain's nuclear weapon factory,
Aldermarston, nr. Reading, 6-9 June. 07904 450307
www.tridentploughshares.org/aldermaston/index.php
SchNEWS in brief

* This Saturday (24), to mark African Liberation Day, there's a rally
and demonstration at the World Bank Offices. 11.30am, 80 Haymarket,
London. 020 8625 1731 uhuruasi@aol.com
* 'The Great Pipeline Debate' - discussion on BP's plans to use UK
tax payers money to help fund the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline, next
Wednesday (28), New Theatre, LSE , Houghton Street, London
7.30pm 01865 200550 baku@gn.apc.org
* Beyondtv in Dub Benefit for people of West Papua. Wed 28th,
films start at 8.30pm at Jabez Clegg, Portsmouth Street, Manchester
£3/£1.50.
* Former framed anarchist prisoner Mark Barnsley will be speaking
at The Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone St, Nottingham, next Thursday
(29) 9pm Tel 0845 4589595
* This year's Anarchist Bookfair is on 25th October at a new venue
which has loads of meeting rooms. If you're interested in putting on a
meeting or having a stall contact mail@anarchistbookfair.org
www.anarchistbookfair.org
* Help Rigaer94 housing project in Berlin who recently had their
house seized by the authorities by contacting the Mayoress and
asking her to listen to demands. In return her occupied party offices
will be returned! Tel: 0049 30 2324 2301 Email:
cornelia.reinauer@ba-fk.verwalt-berlin.de
* In the past six weeks 14 construction workers have been killed at
work - the highest figure in the UK for over 10 years. Despite a
promise by neo-Labour in their 1997 manifesto that corporate killing
would become a criminal offence, companies are still being allowed to
get away with murder. This week the government announced that it
was finally going to introduce corporate manslaughter laws... some
time soonish...and surprise, surprise individual company directors
WILL NOT be able to be prosecuted. Centre for Corporate
Accountability 020 7490 4494 www.corporateaccountability.org

Monsanto Claws

Last week around 80 members of Landless Peasant Movement (MST)
invaded a Monsanto test site with the intention of turning it into an
organic farm. MST leader Celio Rodrigues explained, "The
government of Parana says it doesn't want transgenics and we
producers don't want it." Commercial growing of GM has been
officially banned in Brazil since 1998 however up to a third of Brazil's
soy output is thought to be GM due to illegal importing of Monsanto
soy.

This is the second time in a week that the MST, which was set up to
remedy the fact that 3% of the population own two thirds of the land,
have invaded this site.

* Meanwhile protestors in north Fife have laid waste to an oilseed rape
trial - the last field of GM crops in Scotland.
Positive SchNEWS

Everyone is familiar with the common stinging nettle, but did you
know that the nettle is one of the most valuable plants known? In the
garden, they provide the natural habitat for several species of
butterflies, including the Red Admiral, and make excellent organic
compost activator and plant feed. In the kitchen, nettles can be
cooked like spinach and made into tea and cordial. They're rich in
Vitamin A, B and C, iron and even seratonin, the 'happy chemical'. For
centuries, nettles have been used across cultures for their medicinal
properties, and are good for aches and pains; gout and arthritis. They
can made into clothing and were widely used in WW1 to provide
military uniforms. So it seems there is almost no end to the beneficial
properties of our stingy friend. Be Nice to Nettles Week runs from 21 -
30 May. Why not test your nettle knowledge at www.nettles.org.uk?
NO HOUPPE

A protest camp has been set up in one of the most beautiful forests of
Belgium to protect it from turning into an ecological nightmare.
D'Hoppe (La Houppe) is a small village about 40 km south of Ghent on
the border of Flanders and Wallonia. Its forests provide a habitat for
various rare and endangered species of animals and it borders on the
Brakelbos nature reserve, which is highly protected for its natural and
biological value. Unfortunately for the eco-system of this area the vast
majority is owned by Marcel Fort, a local dodgy businessman, who
isn't averse to using violence and intimidation to get his own way. He
is an extremely powerful figure in the local community who operates
outside and above the law and has been terrorizing the village for
years, making a stack of cash by turning what were once the highest
hills in the area into a landfill site and a sand quarry.

When Fort wanted to cut down 30% of the trees that were left to
increase the size of the quarry the locals decided enough was enough.
They demanded the landfill site be closed, that quarrying be stopped,
that the illegally built road to the site be removed and that every forest
in D'Hoppe becomes officially protected and made publicly owned. On
27th April the camp was set up with tree houses going up and people
arriving daily. For more info check www.foert.org or phone (+0032)/(0)
497-630312

Inside SchNEWS

Despite the fact that the Itoiz dam in Spain has now been filled,
resistance is still going on against it. At the beginning of the year
residents of Agoitz occupied the town hall for two weeks, and in
March activists occupied an island behind the dam walls before being
arrested. Inaki Garcia Koch is still serving time for cutting cables at
the site during the dam construction. He'd appreciate letters of
support: Iñaki Garcia Koch, Carcel de Iruñea, C/San Roque s/n,
Iruñea 31004, Euskal Herria.

* For a list of people who are serving time around the world for their
part in the anti-war and anti-nuclear resistance, and who'd like letters
of support go to www.nonviolence.org/nukeresister

* Ray Gilbert has spent over 20 years behind bars protesting his
innocence, framed for murder with no physical evidence. A discussion
forum to push for his appeal case is happening next Thursday (29) at
Friends Meeting House, Paradise St., Liverpool (opp. Holiday Inn)
8pm. www.ray-gilbert.co.uk

...and finally...

Animals angry at the abuse being dished out by humans are taking
matters into their own hands: in Uganda baboons have been
protesting against deaths on the busy Tororo-Jinja highway. In one
incident a lorry driver deliberately ran-over a female baboon, the
baboons then sat in the middle of the road surrounding her body
causing a traffic jam for 30 minutes. In another incident baboons
threw stones and sticks at motorists after a baby baboon was run
down.

In South Africa some captive antelopes were freed by a herd of
elephants. The herd circled the fence and the matriarch undid the gate
latches and opened it. The antelopes then saw their chance and
escaped. The elephants then ambled off back into the bush.

A dolphin used by the US navy to detect landmines has gone AWOL.
The dolphin, named Tacoma, on his first mission in Iraq, got a taste of
freedom and decided he wasn't going to be a tool of the US war
machine and hasn't been seen since!

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round next week to look at it - honest!


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