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(en) SchNEWS 373, Friday 27th September, 2002

From Jo Makepeace <webmaster@schnews.org.uk>
Date Thu, 26 Sep 2002 23:12:23 -0400 (EDT)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E



"They know we own their country. We own their airspace... We dictate the
way they live and talk. And that's what's great about America right now.
It's a good thing, especially when there's a lot of oil out there we
need." - U.S. Brig. General William Looney (Interview Washington Post

"While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate
justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the
Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein." - Washington
think-tank report, September 2000

The first world war of the 21st century is already underway. Bush and the
oilmen who run his government have given orders to make the oilfields of
the Middle East safe for America. The US military are deploying their
unimaginably powerful flotilla of death against Iraq, a country they have
been bombing and denying medicine to for over 10 years. The corporate
media are spinning their lies and whipping up war fever in exactly the
way they always do. With its overwhelming military superiority, and
without the Soviet Union or any other competing superpower to restrain
its ambitions of world domination, the United States is not even
pretending to conform to international law. It is left to Blair, like a
gangster's shiny-suited lawyer, to come up with pseudo-legal
justifications for the violence that's already been agreed on. Capitalism
doesn't get much more naked than this.

For the vast majority of humanity it's perfectly clear what the United
States is doing. The most powerful nation on earth, and capitalism in
general, is totally dependent on oil to keep it running - and most of
that oil is in the Middle East. Since 1945, the US has armed and relied
on puppet Arab regimes like Saudi Arabia to ensure the cheap oil has kept
flowing for the West's ecologically suicidal way of life. It has armed
the Israeli State to terrorise its Arab neighbours and ensure that the
people of the potentially richest region in the world (the Middle East)
are kept in poverty.

Iraq has the second largest oil reserves after Saudi Arabia, and for
years Saddam Hussein was given western support to keep it flowing. For
years, Bush Senior gave Saddam loans and sold him advanced technology
with clear applications for weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Britain
was still authorising export of military equipment and radioactive
materials to Iraq even after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Iraq has been so
important to the US that Saddam was able to get away with attacking a US
naval vessel, the USS Stark, at the cost of dozens of American lives
without any comeback.

Israel Politik

But things are changing. The level of oppression in the Arab world is so
great that capitalism fears popular uprisings in the region will
overthrow its puppet regimes and threaten its oil supplies. Israel has
been armed to the teeth but has been unable to defeat the risen
Palestinian people. The Saudi Royal family have been bankrolled to
maintain their brutal regime but popular opposition to their rule is
growing. The oilmen in the White House live in fear of being unable to
control a region they have become so dependent on. Direct military
intervention, shrouded by a thick layer of propaganda for the public, has
become the preferred tactic for the new century.

Saddam is, of course, a brutal dictator - like Suharto, Pinochet, and all
the others the US has payrolled. But the excuse for invasion, that he may
have weapons of mass destruction and be a danger to his neighbours and
others, is clearly just that - an excuse. The terrorist state of Israel
has 200 nuclear weapons targetted at Arab capitals. It has illegally
occupied Palestine for 35 years and breached dozens of United Nations
resolutions - yet it wouldn't exist without US support. When Saddam
invaded Iran and gassed Kurds, the West just made money out of it,
because its strategic interests were not threatened. The terrorist
attacks of September 11th were carried out by an organisation payrolled
not by Saddam Hussein but by the United States itself to fight its war
against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Anyone who thinks this new war
will be a war to make the world a safer place just hasn't been paying
much attention.


The vast majority of humanity is against this war. If the United Nations
votes to support it, it will only be because Washington has bullied,
bribed or terrorised poorer countries into supporting its plans. In the
US, millions oppose Bush's imperialism. In Britain, despite Labour and
Tory support for Bush and the usual media bullshit, half the population
is against the war. If we wanna put a spoke in the wheel of capitalism's
war machine, we've got a lot of friends.

But we won't achieve anything unless we really make a noise. When Blair
gave a warmongering speech to the Trade Union Congress last month, he
wasn't even heckled - this pathetic response allowed Blair to appear
statesmanlike and led directly to increased public support for the war in
the following week. If even one person had stood up and refused to shut
up it would have resonated around the world - but no one did. We won't
oppose this war effectively with that sort of cowardice.

It won't be union leaders or paper sellers or 'organisers' that will stop
this war. It will be ordinary, angry, active people - us, you, your
neighbours, your mates - taking direct action. Stopping high streets at
rush hour. Shutting down government and military buildings. Having sit
down protests on marches instead of moving on whenever the police tell us
to. As Mukhtar Dai of the Birmingham South Asian Alliance said recently,
"If it means disruption by our people who work in various service
industries that will happen. People working in taxis and buses will stop
work and there should also be strikes in factories." As even one
ex-Labour MP said "The moment the bombing of Iraq begins we should stop
for one hour. We should remember the women of Baghdad who will be widows,
the children who will become orphans. I've never said this before.
Non-violent resistance to the government will show they cannot claim to
do this in our name. We should stop the buses, the trains, the schools.
Everyone here should raise the threat of war in their schools, places of
worship, where they work & live. We could be facing a Third World war
triggered by stupid men."

        Over a thousand people have signed a Pledge of
        Resistance, committing themselves to taking part in acts
        of nonviolent civil disobedience should Iraq - or any
        other country - be attacked in the course of the 'War on
        Terrorism.' Hundreds more have pledged to support them.
        Sign the Pledge on-line at www.justicenotvengeance.org
        or call 0845 4582564. Also check their website out for a
        list of regular anti-war protests across the country.
        Stop the War, Stop the City: direct action against the
        war in Brighton. Meet the day after ground troops enter
        Iraq. Churchill Square, 5.30pm bring pots and pans to
        bang for "rough music." Make your voice heard.


Crap Arrest of the Week

For going to the wrong meeting! Last month a photographer, Stalingrad
O'Neill, returning from a Troops Out Conference in Belfast was detained
by police for two hours under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and had his
camera seized and his documents taken and copied. www.nuj.org.uk


Reproduced here are a selection of excerpts from the diary of a British
activist in Palestine, who has spent the past two months working with
the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and other groups, to monitor
the conditions of life for Palestinians living under the occupation and
to offer physical and moral support.


I've been in Askar refugee camp, Nablus for the past eleven days now.
Four of us internationals (our numbers here are TINY now, we really need
more people) travelled up here after completing our training as
'official' ISM volunteers. Official in that you have to sign a contract
committing yourself to no drugs, alcohol, violence - that includes NO
stone throwing at the soldiers Even if the kids are all bang on it and
you're standing in - literally - piles of stones: hand-sized, hard,
easily reached stones.

Our main co-ordinator for the training was a small, earnest Japanese
woman named Maki. As we are going to be staying in the houses of local
Palestinians - mainly the homes of the families of suicide bombers and
martyrs which are under threat of revenge attacks - usually a total
bulldozing, we were taken through the do's and don'ts of Palestinian
culture: don't sit with your leg up at a right angle , crossed over your
knee - showing the bottom of your foot is considered very disrespectful.
If you bring a gift to the family - make sure it's never bread - they
will think you think they haven't even got enough cash for bread and are
destitute - better to make it chocolates and coffee and then give it very
matter-of-fact, don't make a song and dance about it, otherwise you might
embarass the family; give the gift to the father of the house; no low-cut
tops, vests or shorts; and do not kiss or touch men in public.

We also get an introduction to the politics and roots of ISM. The first
ever ISM action, December 2000 saw locals and internationals march up to
an Israeli Military base, walk straight past the soldiers guarding it,
march raucously through, banners and Palestinian flags aloft, and up to
the top where they took down the Israeli flag and raised the Green,
White, Black and Red. That's quite an achievement in an occupied police
state. The Israeli media have tried to discredit the ISM by saying its
full of anarchists and communists. Everyone from Anarchist Youth Network
UK people, Wombles, huge Ya Basta! Italy contingents, comedian Jeremy
Hardy, and McDonald's smashing, GM crop-torching farmer Jose Bove have
come out on ISM missions. The most interesting part of the training is
handling the various projectiles the Israeli Army is likely to shoot at
us... After passing round some weighty sound bomb shells, tear gas
canisters, rubber bullets (rubber-coated steel balls), sharp pointed M16
bullets, Uzi bullets, and tank shells, Maki adopts a very stern, serious
voice. We pay attention. 'What you will see here is very, very
depressing. Many people feel very upset by what they see. You may get
beaten or shot. You may see your friends get shot and Palestinian people
shot or beaten very, very badly. You may need counselling after this
[nods up and down]. Yes. And the counselling, it might work. [nod, nod]
It might work'.

Since the curfew was imposed, Nablus residents (numbering around 150,000
- making it the largest city in the West Bank outside of Jerusalem) have
been allowed to leave their homes for an average of four hours a week.
The lifting of the curfew is erratic and unpredictable. It was lifted for
the first day of school just last week (Aug 31) but then re-imposed
again, and hasn't been lifted since. Children are unable to get to
school. It's a problem for them and their parents. A similar tactic of
intellectually impoverishing whole generations was adopted by the South
African apartheid regime. Demonising those living under an internal
colonialism as inherently backward, retarded, and unmanageable, the state
attempts to make this image a reality through the routine prevention and
denial of education.

The Israeli Defence Force(IDF) has also occupied the homes of those
unlucky enough to live on the outskirts of camps, who are positioned at
good vantage points for snipers and provide key locations for military
operation launches. One such family is the Alar Samfeh family, living on
the edge of Askar. The house was forcibly occupied by soldiers in June to
be used as a make-shift base for terrestrial operations in the area. The
19 people living in the home were prevented from leaving and as a result
lost their livelihoods - builders, land surveyors- for the past three
months. During the occupation, if the father of the family wanted to move
from one part of the house to another he was forcibly blindfolded.
Soldiers destroyed chairs, tables and a music system, and towels and
linen were regularly used to clean oily guns.

Tank Dust Lunch - September 2nd

All us Internationals staying with families in Balata, Askar, New Askar
and Old Nablus join local Palestinian activists organising a
demonstration with women and children to deliver food to the Alar Samfeh
family. The idea is to march from the Askar Mosque, out to the house
(only a 20 minute walk) and have a picnic outside the house/military
base, and try if possible to deliver food to the family. We bring 100
falafel, houmous and salad pittas for the kids. The women from the Askar
community women's centre come too - they control the megaphone, and the
kids who are yip yipping around, all excited and carrying the placards we
made last night: 'Zolnierze WON, Dzieci do Szkoly' - Soldiers OUT,
Children Back to School (Polish), Japanese peace symbols, the word peace
in Arabic and many others. There are about 200 of us. We manage to get as
far as the first intersection before the house when the sound of a tank
begins to grind against our ears. All of us internationals (about 10) are
at the front holding hands, to act as a barrier between the soldiers and
the kids.

We brace ourselves for the tank. It comes roaring up to us, stops, spins
its barrel round and round and then points it squarely at us. It then
begins to rotate its entire body in circles churning up dust and spewing
out bilious clouds of carbon monoxide. It disappears in its own thick
grey exhaust. People cover their mouths with their t-shirts, turn away,
cover their eyes, cough and splutter, but all stand firm. It eventually
stops, gradually reappearing as the noxious fumes clear. The military
plod turn up in a jeep. Negotiators, an international and a Palestinian,
step straight up. We can't go to the occupied house. We end up staying
where we are and eating the falafel's while kids take turns on the
megaphone - singing freedom songs, shouting out demands, slinging the odd
stone. We chant along to. 'Mur-der-ers!' 'Mur-der-ers!' 'Let the
child-ren go to sch-ool!'

We don't retreat, we just all take the decision that we'll go. Although
we didn't make it to the house, the kids are jubilant We weren't even
supposed to stay at the intersection, let alone sit down and have a
picnic. Everybody agrees that the demo was a great success. People have
barely left their houses for months, let alone taken back their streets
collectively and had the chance to give the soldiers a piece of their

Checkpoint Demonstration

A military checkpoint has been in operation opposite Mukhata - the
Palestinian Authority prison in Nablus that was destroyed by the IDF -
for nine days now. A tank and Armoured Personnel stand at the dust-bowl
junction between Old Nablus and the Ballata refugee camp. Directly behind
the checkpoint are three blocks of flats and a number of homes nestled
into Askar Mountain. Checkpoints are crucial to IDF (Israeli Defence
Force - Israeli Army) operations in the Palestinian territories. They are
the lynchpins of the occupation.

Checkpoints curtail all movement. Daily tasks and activities are
criminalised or made nearly impossible by endless checks and searches.
According to the IDF, the searches are necessary to prevent terrorists
moving weapons around. One suicide bomb-belt was found - in front of much
media, this year. No other armaments have been reported since. Meanwhile,
over 80 people have died since the second intifada began, after being
held up at checkpoints and prevented from accessing essential medical
attention: cancer patients, dialysis patients, women giving birth, those
injured by Israeli fire, etc. Likewise, children have been able to go to
school for only one day since the new term started: August 31. Normally,
during the occupation, they have had nowhere to go, and no education,
although work is being done to set up schooling spaces in the refugee
camps. The economy in Nablus has ground to a halt. Once the industrial
heartland of the Palestinian territories it is now a daily ghost-town.
Many people cannot go to work, cannot earn money, cannot obtain medicine
or groceries, and can barely feed their families. This applies more
stringently to the people forced to actually live amongst Israeli
soldiers who've set up camp, inside their homes, using them as look-out
points, human shields and operations bases, plus the people who have the
soldiers on their doorstep, such as those living above the checkpoint at

We'd been doing checkpoint-watch every day there for the past nine days,
monitoring the soldier's activities. Children from the surrounding area
regularly gather by the wrecked prison to throw rocks (Plenty of them
around - the IDF regularly makes roadblocks using Caterpillar and local
Palestinian bulldozers. Roads are simply cracked open, dug up, and rock
and cement piled up into mini mountains.) It's a depressing ritual. The
kids detest the occupation, they are oppressed daily by Israeli soldiers.
The soldiers regularly shoot at children. I got a taste of this last
week, whilst I was hanging out with the stone-throwing streetfighter
kids. An Israeli commander and his colleague were using the exhaust fumes
of an advancing tank as cover to get closer to the kids, all young
raggedy boys aged 10-17. As the tank pulled back up to its position in
front of the flats, the kids pointed wildly to a white square building in
between the Mukhata and the checkpoint. 'Soldiers, soldiers' they
shouted, pointing at the white building. 'I know I know', I said,
pointing up at the checkpoint. 'No No No!' (cue sound of machinegun fire
and more manic pointing at the white building). It was only then that I
realised what they were doing. They opened fire, and we ducked behind a
trench of rubble. The kids ran to hide behind some broken rocks. I got up
and ran over to them. They were taking aim. I direct my question at the
commander - a young, good-looking Israeli. 'You're not really going to
shoot those....' 'FUCK OFF'. It's a curt acid command. 'Oh right, so,
tell me, how many kids have you killed in your service?' His response was
a round of ear-searing rapid fire at the scattering kids. He put the gun
down, keeping his gaze trained straight ahead, and said '27'.

A demonstration is organised by ISM volunteers and local block residents
against the checkpoint. The idea is to reclaim the area in front of the
flats and have children play games, draw posters and generally have a
laugh as an act of resistance to the occupation. It's a way of showing
kids that there are alternative forms of resistance to the usual
stone-chucking ritual, and it's good to flummox the soldiers. The ones on
shift today are the same lot which policed our last kids' demo to the
occupied house. As kids tried to gather for the demo outside before we
all came up they were shooting at them. Only yesterday they were firing
intimidation shots at us. Before we even start the tank's barrel is
trained squarely at us. Around 100 kids turn up, tentatively at first,
holding the placards we drew together yesterday. They chant at the
soldiers. They are all over the shop but they're enjoying their chance to
vent their frustration, as are the adults present. Demonstrations here
are pretty much non-existent - how do you collectively protest against a
military curfew? The presence of internationals is one of the only ways
collective acts of civil disobedience can take place. The soldiers have
orders not to shoot us. Palestinian civilians, yes. Internationals, no.
Bad PR.

Following a bout of shouting and general fist-shaking, we have a drawing
and painting session and a plastic sack race. The kids hop, leap and
wriggle in white plastic sacks, whipping up dust and getting breathless
with exertion. We join in too. Everybody is clapping and laughing and the
atmosphere is festive. Neighbours bring us out trays laden with tiny
china cups of Arabic coffee and glasses of sweet tea - it's surreal,
sipping tea at an impromptu kids' sports day amidst swirling clouds of
grey dust, under the gun barrel gaze of a forbidding Israeli tank, and
soldiers standing around armed to the hilt. But we're having a laugh...


"Baha is an energetic, vibrant local kid, 14 years-old, with twinkly
green eyes, all 'mush mushkele - No Problems', and as capable as an
adult, looking after international activists staying in the old city by
doubling up as guide and mediator between hostile kids and us. He takes
time out to explain who we are and why we're in their town when our
governments are funding the occupation.

We go out on the tank-hunt. Baha in tow. It's the usual. The APC and tank
out on curfew patrol. We stay back at a street corner on our way into the
old city, a warren of sandy big-rocked houses, archways, and piles of
rubble (bulldozed ex-homes, factories, workshops). The April attack saw
25,000 soldiers, approx. 400 tanks, and multiple apache rocket-fire hit
the city and surrounding camps. The 4th strongest army on the planet
doesn't fuck about when it goes in for the kill. 87 Nablus residents were
slaughtered within 4 days. Over 200 people were used as human shields.

Back to the present...The APC soldier gets on his phone. Nablus was
declared a closed military zone about an hour ago. We could be nicked and
dumped in Tel Aviv or deported. Whatever. We stay put. Kids pelt the APC
with stones, a couple, chucked over from behind the safety of a wall,
clop the soldier on the top. He responds with a round of live ammo. A
family wants to cross the road, right in front of the tank's line of
fire. They're in a hurry and looking fraught, mother father, and four
kids. Baha helps them across. We rush up to be in front of him and them
at once. Baha's brave, just goes straight across, head-on, by their
sides, defiant. Baha knows the city like the back of his hand. In the
aftermath of the April incursion he was one of the most plucky
volunteers, clearing rubble, helping the sick.

We make our way down the street to where we expect the APC and Tank to be
but it seems like they've rumbled off. Just curfew enforcement we think.
No big deal. Later we'll find out that it's illegal for the Israel Army
to use anything stronger than teargas to enforce curfew. Definitely not
live ammo. They do what they want anyway though. The entire occupation is
illegal under the Oslo Accords, The Geneva Convention, multiple United
Nations directives etc.

We get a call... the tank and APC are outside. We decide to just check out
what they're doing. As we make our way down the road we hear the sound of
the two vehicles whurring towards us. It's blazing hot. The street is
clear at this point. Nothing is being thrown. I see the soldier in the
APC take aim. I think it's with his M16 but it could be the mounted gun.
I'm not afraid. Guns are constantly being pointed at Palestinians in the
territories - at their backs, in their faces, up at their windows, from
the middle of the street, from the mountains. A shot rings out, whizzes
straight past me. I feel the air rush and duck down instinctively. 'FUCK
that was so close', I say, turning round. 'is...Oh my God.' Baha is lying
on his back in the porchway of a closed shop. Blood is blooming from the
right side of his chest. His eyes are bulged back in shock. A Palestinian
man is instantly above him, pumping his chest with short sharp thrusts of
his crossed hands. Blood is welling up in Baha's mouth, flowing freely,
it streams fast from his nose, his ear. 'Turn his head, turn his head,
he's going to choke' I yell. It's too late though. We all know...

The examining doctor at El Ethad Hospital said that the massive internal
damage caused by the "dumdum" bullet was consistent with an intentional
kill. Dumdum's explode and fragment on impact causing maximum multiple

The Israeli army initially stated that Baha was carrying a bomb at the
time of his assassination. This is not true. The statement then changed
to accuse Baha of carrying a molotov cocktail. This was supposed to have
exploded in his hand. Setting him on fire and killing him. 'It was his
fault'. This is what the IDF said about the 17 year old boy they shot in
the head in Balata the night before. He died when the ambulance carrying
him was refused entry through a checkpoint to the hospital. They said he
killed himself, shot himself. This a common statement released after the
Army murders people here. All armies and police do it. Blame and demonise
the victim. Here, it's because 'they're terrorists'. 328 children have
been murdered by the Israeli army or armed settlers since September

This (very edited) version was sent by an activist working for the
International SM in Palestine. More people are desperately needed.

Since the beginning of the second Intifada, people having been going to
Palestine under the banner of the International Solidarity Movement
(ISM). The ISM provide human shields against Israeli military crimes,
break curfews to provide food and medical supplies, protest against
Israeli tank blockades, and dismantle checkpoints and roadblocks - and
this October they are looking for people to help pick olives.

In the past two years hundreds of thousands of Palestinian trees have
been bulldozed, uprooted or set ablaze by Israeli soldiers and settlers -
200,000 of these olive trees. As the ISM point out "Olive trees are a
symbol of the life of the Palestinian, and their destruction by Israeli
forces is an attempt to de-root the Palestinians from their land. The
economic impact of Israeli policies on the olive sector has been massive
- over 10 million dollars lost to damage in the past two years, and
millions more due to Israel's barring farmers from their land. And these
policies are designed to have impact not just now, but for years to come
- olive trees produce for generations. This year we are calling on you to
join us for the olive harvest in Palestine."
To get involved 07817 554 814 www.ism-london.org/


Anti-War Actions

   * Saturday 28th Stop the War, Don't Attack Iraq Demo. Huge anti-war
     demonstration meeting at the Embankment @ 1pm then going to Hyde
     Park. www.stopwar.org.uk Buses from Brighton 01273 502241. Join the
     Anti-capitalist Bloc: Meet at Cleopatra's needle on the Embankment
     1pm. anticapbloc@mail.com Or join the SchNEWS Bloc Meet 11am
     Brighton Station - and help us hand out these bloody newsletters.
   * A Peace Camp has been set up outside the Imperial museum in London.
     07986 465552.
   * Sunday 6 Oct, No Nukes, No War action at USAF Lakenheath 11am - 3pm,
     A1065, near Thetford. Lakenheath is the main American tactical
     airbase in Europe, armed with nuclear weapons and hosting the 48th
     Fighter Wing of the U.S.A.F. This wing has been heavily involved in
     attacks on Iraq in the past, including campaigns from 1991 to 1994
     and 1999. There are around 30 tactical nuclear weapons deployed at
     Lakenheath, the last remaining American nuclear weapons in Britain.
     These bombs each have a maximum explosive yield of 80 kilotons. The
     Hiroshima bomb had a 13 kiloton yield. 01508-550446
   * 6th October Protest against war with Iraq, Southsea Common,
     Portsmouth 3pm 023 9229 3673
   * Scrap Trident Demo, 12th October, 12 noon Plymouth Hoe www.cnduk.org
   * For other anti war events check the SchNEWS party and protest bit on
     our website.

     For those of you wanting to take direct action against the war,
     here's a few resources we thought you might find useful:

   * For the addresses of all 123 Army and Navy Recruitment Offices in
     the UK visit:
   * For addresses of the MoD Bases in the UK, listed by area:
   * Addresses and maps of US Military Bases world-wide:
   * The Defence Procurement Agency proclaim, "Our mission: To Equip the
     Armed Forces". Their website lists their 'projects' to design and
     build equipment for the Army, Navy and Air Force. Follow the links
     to find out which company is building what:

     Stuff to get you going:

   * Get hold of the CD 'The Fire This Time' "Deconstructing the Gulf War
     and revealing the devastating effect of sanctions on Iraq"
   * 'Hidden Wars of Desert Storm' Essential viewing for anyone wanting
     to understand issues such as Oil, weapons inspectors, depleted
     uranium, Gulf War Syndrome and why America is now including Iraq in
     its so called 'War on Terrorism.' www.Cultureshop.org
   * A new tune "The Evil Plans of George W Bush IIIrd" has just been
     released under Copyleft license so people can copy it, give it out,
     play it out and remix it as long as they give credit.



Patients at Salisbury hospital are being asked to do their bit for the
war effort by consenting to donate their "surplus skin" after surgery, to
the notorious Porton Down "defence" research establishment in Wiltshire.
Early last year the hospital was forced to stop supplying skin to Porton
Down after it was revealed that it was being sold without patients
knowledge. The Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) has now
requested that the supplies are reinstated for their essential research
into "defences against chemical warfare agents", the patients consent
though will now be required.

The highly secretive Porton Down establishment has carried out the
world's longest-running programme of chemical and biological experiments
on humans and animals. Officials have always claimed that the tests are
for purely defensive purposes - cos we is the nice guys - honest!.


Trip Out

There's a day of action against immigration detention and deportation and
racist border controls at 10am, 19th October outside Dover Immigration
detention centre, The Citadel,Western Heights, Dover. Following on from
the demo some of the protesters are crossing over the channel to the
Sangatte detention centre to show solidarity with refugees there. Bring
yer passport if you want to go. "The closure of Sangatte and the
widespread incarceration of innocent people, men,women and children in
prisons are actions of politicians that do not have respect for human
life. It is up to us to ensure that refugees are given a voice until they
have a chance to recover enough to tell us their stories themselves and
to attempt to ensure they are treated with as much respect or dignity as
we would hope for." www.noborder.org 07789-961744


SchNEWS in brief

   * Imagine an area bigger than Brighton and Hove closed to traffic;
     Brussels managed it last Sunday and shut 160 square kilometres to
     traffic during International Car Free Day. 1,400 cities around
     Europe also took part. www.carbusters.ecn.cz
   * Speaking of cars (and the climate change they cause), Rising Tide
     are holding a gathering in Manchester next weekend (4-6th Oct )
     looking at global warming, oil, pipelines, corruption, water
     privatisation and other dodgy practices. 01865-241097
   * Last Saturday, angry residents tore down fences in Crystal Palace
     park. The barriers were erected by Bromley Council who want to sell
     off some of the historic parkland for re-development.
   * Authorities estimate 20,000 people will welcome the ringleaders of
     globalisation, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to
     Washington next week. www.infoshop.org have organised a spoof
     "anarchist scavenger hunt" to amuse protesters: 300 points for
     smashing the window of a McDonald's or 400 points for a pie in the
     face of a corporate executive or World Bank delegate! Follow the
     protests at www.dc.indymedia.org
   * "About Anarchism" by Nicholas Walter has just been reprinted and is
     well worth reading. Copies from Freedom Press for £3.50,
     020-7247-9249 www.ecn.org/freedom
   * As part of the regular international day of action against McDonalds
     on October 16th, McDonald's workers have organised the first ever
     international industrial day of action. Burger flippers the world
     over are being encouraged to check out the website -
   * Zut Alors! Millions of French teenagers are in for a shock if they
     swear at their teachers. New legislation means pupils could face
     fines of up to 7,500 euros and even custodial sentences for such
     serious misdemeanours as unruly behaviour and that most heinous of
     crimes - swearing at rail guards.
   * This Sunday there's an Earth First Strategy and Action Discussion
     Group meeting, near Norwich Which will discuss the direct action and
     anti-capitalist movement in present form and where it's going. For a
     copy of the agenda and to book, call 01986 781 789.
   * A new road construction project that is being proposed near
     Stonehenge in Wiltshire could pose a real threat to the World
     Heritage site. At the moment they can't decide whether to go
     overland or underground, but either way, if the road-building goes
     ahead, the land surrounding the stone circle which also has World
     Heritage status and includes important archaeological remains will
     be destroyed to make room for a new four lane highway.
   * There's a benefit gig at the Concorde 2, Brighton, for the street
     kids of Cape Town, South Africa next Tuesday (1 October) 9pm Tickets
   * The following day (2) there's another Fun raiser at the Volks,
     Maderia Drive, Brighton supporting Zapatista communities in Mexico.


Drop Outs

Seems like while Bush and his cronies are foaming at the mouth waiting to
create new wars they were unwilling to go down that road and put their
own precious lives at risk. An independent newspaper in the US has
published a list of 'Chickenhawks', high ranking politicians and other
public figures who trumpet on about war and 'fighting for freedom' but
were unwilling to get their own hands dirty. Their excuses to avoid
service range from bad knees, to skin problems and our personal favourite
'anal cysts'. Does that mean that when he's trying to give the world a
whole new war 'Dubya' is just talking out of his arse? See the whole list
at www.nhgazette.com/chickenhawks.html


On the case

Oil giant Unocal could be sued for forced labour, rape, and murder
committed by Burmese soldiers who guarded a Unocal gas pipeline project.
Because according to a US federal appeals court. "Unocal knew the acts of
violence would probably be committed, it became liable as an aider and
abettor''. Cases are also pending against Royal Dutch Shell, Texaco and
ExxonMobil for various abuses by security forces "defending" their
installations. www.burmadaily.com

*Burma Campaign UK has forced Premier Oil UK out of Burma after producing
evidence that investors in the company were breaking UK and US sanctions.
For more info 020 7272 3559 www.burmacampaign.org.uk.


...and finally...

Having given up on the ability of fast food, Mickey Mouse, and countless
CIA-sponsored dictatorships to win them global love, the US has now
decided to try and win world popularity the good old-fashioned way-by
launching a multi-million dollar public relations campaign. According to
senior white-house officials, the propaganda, er, public relations effort
will be supervised by the newly formed, "Office of Global
Communications," yet another shadowy Washington organisation set to ram
the stars and stripes down everyone's throat. Among the many pet projects
the Office of GC will oversee-various pro-American radio stations
throughout the Arab world, as well as the "American Room" concept,
"corners of Americana established in existing local libraries or other
cultural sites worldwide." Yippee!! Just what the world needs, more
American cultural imperialism!! Inspired by the events of 9/11, the
Office of GC will attempt to get to the bottom of the mystifying question
posed by George Dub'ya after the attacks, "Why do they hate us?" Well gee
George, let's think about it for half a second... Could waging maniacal
world war on anyone who doesn't bow down to you have anything to do with
it?? Or could it be the last 60 years of terrorism and atrocity known as
American foreign policy*....hmmm.... In a quote too good for us to have made
up, Charlotte Beers, the advertising agency executive Bush appointed last
year to the State Department's top public diplomacy job, said that
America needed to "influence the attitudes of foreign audiences toward
our country." Beers has pledged that all U.S. diplomats will receive more
extensive training in the American "message" of democracy, personal
freedom and free markets and learn how to spread it through local
societies. Guess those bombs just don't speak loudly enough...
* see the last issue of SchNEWS for a variety of examples


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