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(en) SchNEWS 468, Friday 8th October, 2004

From Jo Makepeace <webmaster@schnews.org.uk>
Date Fri, 8 Oct 2004 10:47:35 +0200 (CEST)


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WAKE UP! WAKE UP! LETS GET PERSONAL... SchNEWS
UNPOPULAR STORY
"There are people and there are unpeople. Afghan and Iraqi victims
of Blair's wars count among the latter - lives which are expendable
in the pursuit of Western power." Mark Curtis, British historian
While the news is filled with the desperate plight of British hostage
Kenneth Bigley where is the news for the suffering of the Iraqi people?
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 she's 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. There's no calm, there's just danger and terrorism and
the occupation hasn't brought anything good, hasn't done anything
for my country, nothing. There's nothing, people don't have jobs,
the wages people are getting are nothing. There's no cash, no
homes, you can't 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 lost limbs.

There's 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 aren't 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 Britain
's 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 Saddam's Ba'ath party to power. The arming of Saddam'
s regime's brutal aggression against the Kurds throughout the
1960s. The Heath government's 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.

Multi-Story Blackhole

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' it
's intelligence value.

Last Sunday over 200 people protested outside Belmarsh Prison,
Britain's 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: Britain's Secret
Human Rights Abuses'(Vintage) is out in November.

* For more on Christino's revelations read 'Guantánamo: America's
War on Human Rights' by David Rose

* For more on Belmarsh detainees Campaign Against Crimialising
Communities 0207 250 1315 www.cacc.org

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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

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NEW BOOK OUT NEXT WEEK - SchNEWS At Ten
Available from Oct 16th at SchNEWS Conference & Party and other
ESF events. Or order yours from us for £9 inc p&p

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SchNEWS 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 breakbeat producer)
* Top Cats (UK's 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
(beer's 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.

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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 Worker's 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 it's 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. There's 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 www.indymedia.org.uk

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 Forum
(www.europeancreativeforum.org) 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

WOMEN'S OPEN DAY There's 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
www.fairfordcoachaction.org.uk

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

* There's a radio www.rampartradio.co.nr and Indymedia have a
breakfast show during the ESF on Resonance FM 104.4
www.resonancefm.com; 8am-9am, 15th-17th.

* 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)

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SchNEWS in brief

** SchNEWS needs people to distribute flyers in London/ESF events
for our tenth birthday party, if you're interested in giving us a
hand, call the SchNEWS office (01273 685913) and we'll 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 madpridelondon@hotmail.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 chapter7@tlio.demon.co.uk

** '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/

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SCHNEWS CONFERENCE

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 - capitalism's 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

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..and finally...

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 they're in a minority is because they're 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 years.

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 we've 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 don't understand our townie ways -Thanks guys,
that'll 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 don't 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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Disclaimer
SchNEWS warns all party goers, buy yer tickets early or we'll
worry ourseves into early graves...Honest!

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INFORMATION FOR ACTION - IF YOU LIKE IT PASS IT ON...

What's On? Check out out Party and Protest guide at
www.schnews.org.uk/pap/guide.htm - it's updated every week, has
sections on regular events, local events, protest camps and
more...

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SchNEWS Of The World - issues 301-350 for £5!! Past books are
goin' cheap... SchNEWSround issues 51-100 - SOLD OUT; SchNEWS
annual issues 101-150 - a snip at £2; Survival Handbook issues
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Cheques to 'Justice?' - Honest!

In addition to 50 issues of SchNEWS, each book contains articles,
photos, cartoons, subverts, a "yellow pages" list of contacts,
comedy etc. You can also order the books from a bookshop or
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