UK Newswire Archive
06-09-2003 02:23There was a time when health activists thought a global trade deal on
affordable medicines would be an
achievement worth celebrating.
Now they have one. But they're not celebrating.
Last weekend, members of the World Trade Organization agreed on a plan
to offer poor countries improved
access to life-saving drugs. The deal, which ended a 21-month test of
wills between the United States and
the developing world, was hailed as a breakthrough by relieved negotiators.
06-09-2003 02:20Evening std / web locallondon and New Statesman Cover Story (also included inside issue is 3/4 page comment from Mark Thomas):
05-09-2003 23:54The son of a wealthy Saudi Arabian official was sentenced to five years in jail yesterday for imprisoning and torturing a girl in his Thames-side flat.
Over four weeks Sammy Shadukhi, 22, whipped, stabbed and almost drowned the 17-year-old, whom he also made pregnant, Inner London Crown Court was told. After he threatened to "slaughter her like a sheep" she escaped through a window, plunging 60 feet to the river shore and breaking her back, leg and ankle.
05-09-2003 23:00Israfil Shiri has died after five days of terrible suffering in Wythenshawe Hospital Burns Unit Manchester.
On Thursday 27th August Israfil Shiri, a destitute young Iranian man poured petrol over his body and set fire to himself in the offices of Refugee Action in Manchester. He suffered burns to 80% of his body. He had told his friends he would do it to prove that this government cares more about animals than people fleeing torture and persecution.
"If they cut off all my benefits, prevent me from working and make me homeless, I too will commit suicide". These were the words of another Iranian asylum seeker who, along with 30 other people, attended a meeting on Monday to discuss last Thursday's tragedy and how we can prevent it from happening again.
Israfil Shiri, 30, who has been on life support at Wythenshawe Hospital Burns Unit following the suicide attempt at the Manchester offices of Refugee Action last week, died early on the morning of the third September.
05-09-2003 22:14Street theatre and music performers are protesting a NATO meeting outside the University Arms Hotel on Monday at 10:30 am.
05-09-2003 20:57I am looking for witnesses who saw me being arrested on the July 4, "Independence Day" Demo. It took place at about 2:30pm not long after we started the attempt to walk around the bases. A police man is claiming I hit him twice on the back - I did not.
05-09-2003 17:05Volunteers urgently required this weekend.
Canvassing begins in earnest this weekend for Kelly Mc Bride in the Brent East By Election in London. If you are able to join us on Saturday we will be at Kilburn Square from 1pm onwards. Leaflets can be picked up at Kilburn Square throughout the afternoon.Volunteers will be on the ground from now until election day on September 18. Please call Please forward to any friends in the London area. Donations urgently required. contact firstname.lastname@example.org See below for background.
05-09-2003 17:04The week after DSEi will see another arms fair - this time in Cardiff. Will you be there?
05-09-2003 16:14Tickets for national demo now on sale
(ejÃ©rcitos sin fronteras, or armies without borders)
donned other clothing to make his or her point. Here's
the scoop in his or her own words!
05-09-2003 14:39Campaigners against Europe's largest international arms show say half of the countries invited to the event next week are not allowed to buy weapons under British law...
05-09-2003 14:055th September, 2003, Nablus
Yesterday pretty pink pieces of paper rained from the clear blue sky above Nablus and the refugee camps of Balata and Askar. Pink leaflets delivered by an Apache. This is how the Israeli Occupation Forces communicate with the occupied – at a distance, impersonal and untouchable.
05-09-2003 14:00On friday 5th, those arrested last Monday at Excel appeared in Stratford magistrates court...