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(en) SchNEWS Issue 443 - Friday 27th February

From Jo Makepeace <webmaster@schnews.org.uk>
Date Fri, 27 Feb 2004 08:50:04 +0100 (CET)

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PENTA-GONER - "It is a national security threat that is unique because there is
no enemy to point your guns at and we have no control over the
threat." - Doug Randall, Global Business Network
While this week Home Secretary Blunkett was announcing plans to
take more of our freedoms away in order to protect our, er
freedoms, and President Bush started his re-election campaign by
banging on about national security, a report issued by a Pentagon
think-tank argued that it is climate change that "should be
elevated beyond a scientific debate to a US national security concern."

The report "An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and It's
Implications for United States National Security," imagines the
worse case scenario: By 2020 climate change has unleashed nuclear
showdowns over who controls what is left of the planet's water,
with mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting across the
world. Major European cities sink beneath rising seas and Britain
is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate. 400 million people become
environmental refugees forced to flee from uninhabitable regions.
So what sort of pinko commie is behind this report? None other
than the Office of Net Assessment, a secretive US think-tank
dedicated to weighing up risks to national security and headed by
83 year old Andrew Marshall. Nicknamed Yoda, this is the man who
has held considerable sway over US military thinking for the past
three decades, is best mates with Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld, and champions the Star Wars missile defense strategy.

The authors of the report, Peter Schwartz, CIA consultant and
former head of planning at Royal Dutch/Shell Group, and Doug
Randall of the California-based Global Business Network, say that
it might possibly be too late to prevent a disaster. "The
consequences for some nations of the climate change are
unbelievable. It seems obvious that cutting the use of fossil
fuels would be worthwhile." But with his pockets stuffed full of
dollars from the oil and energy corporations, Bush is refusing to
listen, instead ignoring or trying to bury evidence of climate
change. His administration has kept the report on ice for the past
four months. Last summer, in a 450-page report that covered just
about every other conceivable threat to the environment, the
Environmental Protection Agency chose to say nothing about climate
change after the White House made major edits to the climate
change section! With a twentieth of the world's population, the US
produces a quarter of the worlds' greenhouse gas emissions.
Emissions are up 14% from 1990 levels and are projected to rise by
a further 12% over the next decade.


Climate change has long been associated with gradual changes to
the earth over 50 to 100 years. But material found in ice cores in
the Arctic and other regions demonstrates that a region's climate
can change dramatically in just a few years.

Such an abrupt shift occurred 1,300 years ago in the Younger Dryas
period, pushing Europe back into Ice Age conditions. Another less
dramatic shift was the "Little Ice Age", a time of hard winters,
violent storms and droughts between 1300 and 1850.

The cause of these wild climate shifts is a change in the huge
Atlantic Ocean current that flows from the Tropics north to the
Arctic, where it cools, sinks to the bottom and flows south again.
Called the "Atlantic conveyor belt", it continually brings warm
water, therefore warmer temperatures, to the eastern United States
and northern Europe, explaining why Britain is relatively

Global warming is melting the ice of the Arctic regions, putting
much more fresh water into the North Atlantic Ocean, and possibly
slowing down the conveyor. If the conveyor current slows, it would
bring less warm water to the northern regions making them colder,
as happened during the "Little Ice Age. So despite us enjoying
warmer summers in the UK at the moment, higher global temperatures
could put Northern Europe into the deep freeze.

To understand the implications, the Pentagon asked scientists to
look into what might happen should the 'conveyor' begin to falter
in 2010. What they came up with is the nightmare scenario already
described. And while some might want to dismiss the report as
fantastical rubbish, maybe they should chat to the people of
Tuvalu whose island is slowly disappearing under water.

As Sir John Houghton, part of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change pointed out, "The impacts of global warming are
such that I have no hesitation in describing it as a 'weapon of
mass destruction.' Whatever new laws Bush and his ilk come up
with, this is the new Cold War they should really be worrying

* To read the full report

* Want to take some direct action against climate change? Get in
touch with Rising Tide 01865 241 097 www.risingtide.org.uk


Can You Keep A Secret?

This week David Blunkett announced further proposals to combat the
threat from al-Qaida terrorism, reminding us to stay forever
fearful so the government can bring more measures in to suppress
dissent and help direct billions of pounds of our money into the
war machine. His plans include allowing bugging as evidence in
terrorism cases and giving MI5 1,000 extra staff. A new, secret
court would also be necessary to protect intelligence sources,
including hand-picked judges and solicitors.

Meanwhile, 14 people have been imprisoned in the UK for the past
two years without trial and without being charged thanks to the
Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. The Act bypasses
European human rights legislation to allow the internment of
foreign nationals on the say-so of the intelligence services. The
same intelligent service that told us Iraq had weapons of mass
destruction. Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said: "I
cannot believe that I am sitting here today to try and argue why
it is wrong to detain human beings indefinitely without trial."
Campaign Against Criminalising Communities 020 7586 5892

On Monday, the US Education Secretary labeled the nation's largest
teachers' union a "terrorist organization" after the union had the
cheek to complain that education was being under-funded. The
Teachers union president replied, "This is the kind of rhetoric we
have come to expect from this administration whenever one
challenges its world view."


Give us yer money - we'll destroy capitalism for you!

* While we had a great response to our recent rent crisis, SchNEWS
is still about £200 a month short for paying for printing, the
telephone, postage, biscuits, computer bits, etc. So we're asking
if a few more people would be up for setting up standing orders to
give us a steady income - even £1 a month would help. To find out
how, either call the office or go to

* Sorry to go on, but it would be really good if a couple of you
Brighton bods could donate just one hour of your time on a Friday
to help with the mail-out.



For Stealing 1p of electricity!
A student who plugged his laptop into a socket at a train station
in Germany to find out the address of a hostel received a short
sharp shock by three police officers for "illegally extracting
electricity". Jan Michael Ihl, who is also an energy specialist
for Greenpeace said, "The whole thing is ridiculous. I 'stole'
electricity worth less than one cent." The public prosecutor now
has to decide whether to press charges.


Block Booking

It was world news that on the night of Feb 15th, a riot broke out
between aboriginals and police in the Sydney area of Redfern,
known as 'The Block', one of the biggest urban aboriginal
communities in Australia. When a 'sensational' news event like
this bursts into the headlines, one thing usually gets lost in all
the hyperbole... why it actually happened. Some news may have gone
so far as saying that the spark of the riot was the role of the
police in the death of TJ Hickey, a seventeen year old aboriginal
boy in the area. But what's the rest of the story?

Institutionalised police racism - aboriginals are constantly
subject to strip searches and suffer other abuses - caused a
tinderbox in The Block that was just waiting for a spark to kick
it off. The situation was similar to the Toxteth riots in
Liverpool in 1981, where the police's infamous 'sus' laws-constant
stop-and-searches of black youths-brought tension to such a high
point that all it took was one arrest witnessed by a crowd to set
off nine days of rioting. At The Block the day after the death,
instead of leaving the aboriginal community alone for the day, the
police came out tooled-up in numbers, which fairly well guaranteed
it would kick off - and it did.

Despite initial police denials, more witnesses are coming forward
and saying that a police van was chasing the lad on his bike
moments before he was impaled on an iron fence. Witnesses claim he
was impaled at an 'unlikely angle' for a bike accident, and that
police moved him off the fence and searched him instead of trying
to stop blood loss. It actually took an eight year old girl to
call an ambulance. The police, on the other hand, only called for
more back-up.

Since the riot it's been back to business as usual for the Redfern
police, as they see how far they can push it before the situation
explodes again. Last week, at a memorial concert for TJ, his
fourteen year old girlfriend April was arrested for 'swearing'
when she abused police officers and blamed them for killing her
boyfriend. She was later charged with 'resisting and hindering
police'. Despite no arrests on the day of the riot, police claimed
that they would arrest 40 using CCTV footage. And just to show
they were sensitive coppers, one of the first nicked was Marilyn
Cargill, TJ's aunt and one of the people who helped to raise him.
She was charged with 'riot' and 'affray' and was refused bail,
preventing her from going to the funeral. TJ's father, also in
jail, was not allowed out for the funeral either.

There was a memorial march and rally in Redfern on Tuesday-the day
of the funeral-and the Aboriginal tent embassy in Canberra is
calling for an action at Parliament House on March 1st.


Inside SchNEWS

Thirteen anti-GM protesters in Italy are facing serious charges
from a demo in October 2000. At the 13's latest hearing, the
prosecutor asked that 4 of the protesters, who the prosecution
claim were the "ringleaders" of the demonstration, receive
two-year jail sentences and the other 9 be jailed for 18 months.
All are due to appear in court again on the 26th of April. Please
send letters of support & donations to: Il Silvestre, via del
Cuore, 156127 Pisa, Italy.

* Supporters of Leonard Peltier, the Native American framed for
shooting FBI agents at Pine Ridge, are asking people to sign an
online petition to demand a full investigation of FBI misconduct:
www.petitiononline.com/balpsg01/petition.html Background info:

* Stuart Tideswell, an animal rights activist, has been jailed for
four months for harassment of benefit staff after having his
benefits stopped. Letters of support to: Stuart Tideswell
(JH8108), HMP Leicester, Welford Road, LE2 7AJ.


'Fortress' Road

The Fortess Road Social centre in Kentish Town, London, is under
threat of eviction. Bailiffs arrived on Tuesday, but were told to
piss off. They are expected to return at any time. There are now
over 60 people who have barricaded themselves inside the building
with tire walls and imaginative welding, but more people are
needed!! Ring 0207 267 1373 for more info. Occupied Social Centre,
93 Fortess Road, Kentish Town tube.


SchNEWS In Brief

* Ahmad Sorany from the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and
the regional coordinator for the ISM, will be on a speaking tour
of Scotland from 29th Feb to 11th March, Details: 07952 969102

* The next Disarm DSEi meeting, to plan action against next year's
arms fair. 1pm, 14th March, Cathays Community Centre, 36-38
Cathays Terrace, Cathays, Cardiff. 1pm dipseylalabo@yahoo.co.uk

* In 1998 "Ethical" Neo Labour relaxed the guidelines for export
of weapons components. This led to a 1100% increase in exports,
meaning that dodgy regimes that repress dissent can now get guns
even more easily from the UK. www.controlarms.org

* Faslane Peace camp have organized a phone blockade against Rolls
Royce next Wednesday (3) and another on 1st April. Amongst other
dodgy dealings, the company are responsible for building nuclear
reactors for new nuclear submarines. 01332 661461

* There's a Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
happening 17-25 March in London. Full programme:

* Trevor Ngwane from the Anti-Privatisation Forum and Soweto
Electricity Crisis Committee of South Africa will be talking this
Sunday (29) at Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion
Square, London. 07890 738997 nkexplo@yahoo.co.uk

* Saturday (6) is 'Enviromental Rock', an all day benefit raising
environmental awareness, including a SchNEWS stall as well as
tonnes of bands, The Hobbit Pub, Bevois Valley, Southampton 12
noon - 2am 079 74106293 www.environmental-rock.co.uk

* The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh is a campaign base for social
and ecological resistance and needs £100 per month to cover costs.
They need more support!! Cheques to Autonomous Centre of
Edinburgh, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HA.

* Kickstart plans to open another squatted social centre in
Manchester on 19th March www.kickstart.x21.org.uk

* All day benefit gig to raise cash and awareness for the road
protest movement (esp. 9 Ladies), 26 March, Beat Bar, Dundee,
Scotland. Help is needed from anyone who can do food, give a talk,
hold a workshop, etc. To get involved phone 07753 808 709

* Coaches have been organised by Sussex Action for Peace for the
peace demo in London on 20th March. Tickets available at Community
Base, Queens Road and the Peace and Environment Centre, Surrey
Street for £7/£5


Fairtrade SchNEWS

Fairtrade Fortnight (1-14 March) celebrates ten years of the
Fairtrade Mark being given to goods that give the producer a fair
price as well as protect their working rights from being
exploited. For more info: 020 7440 7676 www.fairtrade.org.uk

This Saturday (28) there's a Fairtrade Fair & Local Farmers'
Market at the Friends Meeting House, Ship St, Brighton 11am-5pm
On Tuesday, March 2nd, 12-1pm, there will be an event entitled "A
Decade On - Fairtrade Today" at Brighton University, Cockcroft
C123, Moulsecoomb. Speakers include Justino Peck, a Cocoa Producer
from Belize Supplying for Maya Gold.


Wall Out Of Order

Today (Feb 26th), the Israeli Army shot rubber bullets, live
ammunition and tear gas at unarmed demonstrators protesting
against the construction of the apartheid wall in Biddu. Three
young Palestinians were killed, and another man died from a heart
attack provoked by excessive amounts of tear gas. Eye witnesses
from the ISM reported that snipers were shooting directly at the
crowd. For more information,


Wrenched Outta Home

The roundhouse, a dwelling that has served as an example of
low-impact housing for the last seven years, has lost its
five-year struggle to remain in the Welsh countryside. The house's
designer, Tony Wrench, has been battling the Pembrokeshire Coast
National Park (PCNP) authority for the right to stay in the wood,
mud, and straw eco-home he built since its discovery in 1999 by a
park survey plane.

Ever since the home was discovered, park officials have been
gagging to demolish the roundhouse. Built on land owned by
Brithdir Mawr, a community based on environmental sustainability,
the house unfortunately did not have planning permission. Because
of this, and also due to arch-villain Ms. Cathy Milner, a big shot
with the PCNP and avowed enemy of the roundhouse, the PCNP has
ruthlessly sought, and finally won, a demolition order. Tired from
his battles with the PCNP and threatened with legal action if the
house is not destroyed, Wrench has bowed out.

For her part, Ms Milner said turning a blind eye to Mr Wrench's
house would just encourage more hippies to live sustainably.
"Before long you won't have any countryside left because these
people will be building these things all over the place." Bearing
in mind that she works for the same planning authority that has
agreed the building of a multi-million pound 500-acre leisure and
sports village in the same National park where the roundhouse is,
one would hope that the likes of Ms Milner will soon get the sack.
If not, before long you won't have any countryside left because
these people will keep building more leisure and sports villages
all over the place! www.thatroundhouse.info/


..and finally...

"When did you last pray for your stockbroker?" asks the Industrial
Christian Fellowship, an American group who believe that bankers
and stockbrokers don't get as much prayerful support as they need.
Last autumn, ICF executive member John Raymond said, "There is a
feeling that these professions are too worldly - almost not good
enough - for prayers. There is a feeling that you cannot mix God
and Mammon. But I think that is exactly the opposite of how Jesus
would see it." But gee John, didn't Jesus overturn the money
changers tables and chase them out of the temple once upon a time?
And that same Jesus also once said, according to your own beloved
book, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." But never
mind the Bible kids, the ICF encourages you to say this prayer for
your holy, local stockbroker: "Father God, we ask your blessing on
our economic world: Bless those in governments and banks... Give
them an understanding of economic forces and the mechanics of
wealth creation; that they may produce laws and regulations which
give freedom for people to create wealth..." We couldn't make it
up if we tried, folks.


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on burning topics... Honest!



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