UK Newswire Archive
05-07-2010 08:49solidarity means attack ...hot night in turin (italy)
The US, in cooperation with NATO, is building global occupation forces for the control of international resources in support of Trilaterialist—US, Europe, Japan— corporate profits.
05-07-2010 06:35the gov have taken this one step too far.
some have suggested an eco village outside the prisons concerned. wandsworth common is on the doorstep.
some have suggested blasting them with some freeman truth. none of the judges are on their oaths for victimless crimes.
05-07-2010 00:32As resisting war crimes is now officially not a crime, there will be a victoy demo for the EDO decommissioners today (Monday 5th) outside EDO/ITT, Home Farm Road, Brighton, from 12 noon.
Glasgow's annual Legalise Cannabis march will be taking place later this month, on Saturday 24 July.
Only months ago, the government proved once again that drugs policy in the UK is based on media lies rather than scientific evidence and harm reduction.
The tabloids lied and lied again about the dangers of mephedrone, just so they could scare people and sell more papers. Going against all scientific advice, and even their own advisers, the government then gave into this tabloid hysteria and banned the drug, just pushing it into the waiting arms of criminal gangs.
This follows their equally ridiculous decision to reclassify cannabis as a Class B drug in 2009, meaning possession of the drug can now get up to five years in jail!
It’s time we had a drug policy that was based on EVIDENCE, not government lies and media moral panic. By legalising these substances, we could take them out the hands of drug dealers, and end the criminalising of young people for taking drugs which are arguably less harmful than alcohol or tobacco.
END THE 'WAR ON DRUGS' NOW! We'll be marching to:
- Legalise cannabis
- Scrap the mephedrone ban - regulate and control drugs, don't ban them!
- Make clean pharmaceutical heroin available on prescription for addicts - ending the cycle of crime and prostitution that many addicts find themselves caught in.
- Stop criminalising drugs users, and treat drugs as a social and health issue - not a criminal one, with harm reduction at the fore.
- Listen to scientists and doctors, not the Daily Mail or The Sun.
If you want to show your opposition to hypocritical drug laws, there is only one place to be...
Assemble at University Avenue at 12.30pm on Saturday 24th July, to march to Kelvingrove Park for a party against prohibition, featuring live music, DJs, speakers and more!
04-07-2010 21:29Large numbers of LGBT-friendly people in London, including a significant number of family, friends and supporters, from all walks of life take part in the gay parade in 2010.
04-07-2010 21:22"Iran is facing the exact same situation. Whereas the Obama Administration calmly portrays economic sanctions as “peaceful” solutions to political problems, they are anything but. The strategy here is to economically attack Iran until it responds militarily, giving the U.S. a fake moral high ground to “defend” itself, since the other side supposedly attacked first."
04-07-2010 20:22If ya like it loud, get down here
A night of hard core, punk, and crust type thrash raising funds for Bristol & south Wales Hunt Sabs and Bristol ABC.
From 7.30pm at the White Hart, 181 Whitehall Rd, Easton BS5 9BJ. 5 quid on the door please, bands on until around midnight....
Loud and live are:
This Ends Here
plus info stalls....
More info etc at http://www.bristolanimalrights.org.uk/news/benefit.htm and http://bristolabc.wordpress.com
04-07-2010 19:22The EDO Decommissioners have all walked free after unanimous acquittals following the three week trial which concluded on Friday (2nd July) at Hove Crown Court. What began as a trial of the Decommissioners effectively ended up with the Brighton arms manufacturer, and the war crimes of the Israeli state, in the dock. Is it all over for EDO/ITT in Brighton? It might be now...
“It’s a real victory for the anti-war movement, The jury were presented with the facts and they supported our motivations. If people in Britain knew the truth away from media manipulations they would all support our actions” - Ornella Sabeine, EDO Decommissioner.
After a nail-biting twenty-four hiatus, the jury came to decision on the Decommissioners Case (see SchNEWS 721) - 100% Not Guilty! Six of the seven defendants Tom Woodhead, Bob Nicholls, Ornella Saibene, Harvey Tadman, Simon Levin and Chris Osmond came smiling out of Hove Trial Centre at the end of a gruelling three and half week trial. Elijah Smith was remanded in custody for another offence. Five were acquitted on Wednesday afternoon, the other two Chris and Elijah had to wait until this morning. They had waited eighteen months for this moment.
The jury decisions were all completely unanimous, an indication perhaps of the depth of feeling ignited by the evidence presented of war atrocities committed in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.
It was on the night of the 16th January 2009 that six activists broke into EDO MBM’s manufacturing facility on Home Farm Rd Brighton (see SchNEWS 663). For an hour they wreaked havoc with hammers. Filing cabinets and computers were hurled from top-floor window. Machinery was also sabotaged. One of the reasons that the six had so much time in the factory was ironically that Sussex police saw a bomb in the car-park and cordoned off the area for specialists to arrive. The ‘bomb’ was in fact a dummy, a prop for EDO to display at trade fairs, precision guided out of an upstairs window by the decommissioners.
The six had pre-recorded videos to be posted on Indymedia after the action You can watch these here. In his video Elijah Smith said “I don’t feel I’m going to do anything illegal tonight, but I’m going to go into an arms factory and smash it up to the best of my ability so that it cannot actually produce munitions and these very dirty bombs that have been provided to the Israeli army so that they can kill children. The time for talking has gone too far. I’m not a writer, I’m just a person from the community and I’m deeply disgusted”.
The jury requested to view those videos again before they made their historic decision ...and they obviously liked what they saw.
In effect the trial was turned around: it was EDO MBM in the shape of managing director Paul Hills who found themselves in the dock. Laughably they had come to court intending to pass themselves off as a company primarily manufacturing in-flight entertainment equipment. He was presented with a dossier of evidence painstakingly built up over the years by campaigners, which pointed firmly at the company’s complicity in war crimes.
Paul Hills was due to be giving evidence again on Thursday after accusing a campaigner of intimidating him as a witness at the regular weekly noise demo. Funnily enough Hills wasn’t available at the time and the court heard that he was flying to the U.S. Perhaps we should spare a thought for Paul standing right now in front of ITTs board explaining how a bunch of goddam two-bit limey punks were able to smash his factory up with hammers and walk out of court smiling.
The answer is that Paul Hill’s evidence was more full of holes than his factory’s windows. Here’s just a few edited highlights of five days of his cross-examination.
Hills revealed that the company have owned the rights to the main bomb rack used on Israeli F-16s - the VER-2 - since 1998. He admitted removing website evidence of his company’s dealings with Israel as early as 2004, the date of the first protests. He admitted having interfered with the crime scene, retrieving debris and papers, before police photographers arrived. He claimed to have police permission but no police statement backed him up. There has been speculation that £189,000 is actually an underestimate of the damage caused and that more controversial evidence may have been spirited away. After being warned at one stage by the judge that he was at risk of perjuring himself if he contradicted evidence he’d produced in earlier court cases, crucially he ended by admitting that anyone looking at the evidence presented to him in court would form the reasonable belief that his company was involved in arms sales to Israel.
It was this that the defendants needed to convince the jury of - that there was an obvious link between this factory and the bombardment of Gaza.
A witness, Sharyn Lock, provided the background necessary for the jury to understand the full scope of the horror then unfolding in Gaza. Now a trainee midwife, in 2009 she was a human-rights volunteer in Al-Quds hospital, Gaza City. She was in the Gaza strip for the whole of Operation Cast Lead, and able to show footage of a missile strike on the hospital, just metres from the maternity ward. The jury also saw news reports of the white phosphorus attacks on the UNWRA compound, which incinerated much-needed food and medicine. Sharyn closed her evidence by saying she had no doubt that those who armed the Israeli Air Force ‘had the blood of children on their hands’.
After hearing of the verdict she told SchNEWS “Brilliant news. I am so proud not only of the eight UK civilians who risked their liberty to protect fellow civilians whom they may never meet - but also of the jury who recognised that it is everyone’s responsibility to uphold international law, even if that means decommissioning the weapons.”
By the time this went to print the news of the verdict was spreading. Right-wing nutjob and Daily Mail journalist Melanie Phillips was first in with her considered opinion on ‘the ignorance and bigotry of the judge’. The Israeli ambassador was crying foul saying that it was ‘not a great era of the British system’ (sic) - according to Israeli news source he was reportedly ‘furious’ at the judges ‘blatant anti-semitic stand’. Even David Icke put it up on his website.
On the more positive side, the decommissioners were congratulated by Noam Chomsky, who said “I would like to express my respect and admiration for those who are undertaking non-violent resistance to oppose British participation in Israel’s cruel crimes in Gaza”.
So what next for Smash EDO? Unable to extract any usable quotes from the after-verdict party at the Community Garden, SchNEWS spoke to an increasingly bleary eyed Andrew Beckett, press spokesman for the campaign: “When we first started banging pots and pans outside the factory back in 2004, we never believed we’d get anywhere like this. EDO must be reeling, their dirty laundry is now flapping out there for the whole world to see. We’re not to going to let up the pressure on this factory - watch this space”.
For more see smashedo.org.uk | Decommissioners website
* There will be a victory demo to celebrate the EDO decommissioners' acquittal this Monday (July 5th) from 12 noon outside EDO/ITT on Home Farm Road, Brighton.
04-07-2010 18:44The video of this anti-vivisection march is now online. For more details of the campaign see academicabuse.wordpress.com
04-07-2010 18:22...as part of the summer of fun season
Kebele Sound presents folked up afternoon of free music with proper cider and a vegan bbq in a park near you!
Carnival was just a warm-up for our summer of fun mini-folk fest in Eastville park this coming weekend – featuring: Baba Yaga’s Consort, Molly Samson, Men Diamler and Andy Skellam, proper cider and a vegan bbq to boot.
Join us in the park for some free folk festivities!
3pm til 7pm Sat 10th july, Eastville Park
To recieve free updates of KebeleSound events on your phone, text: "Follow KebeleSound" (without the quotation marks) to 86444 - go on you know you want to ;-]
04-07-2010 16:25The idea of the concept of "energy Security in Exchange for Independence", containing some evaluations of the nature of the Baloch Resistance and the goals of national strategy to end this stale mate and revival of the Baloch Nations state hood, has been prepared by (The Baloch unities National Center for Strategic Research and Political Technologies, Dr Jumma Khan Marri
Over the past three week three mobile phone antennas have been destroyed by fire in the Nottingham area. In each instance the action was performed with fervour and carried out in anger at the capitalist culture. A culture which seeks to dominate its surroundings in order to increase it's power over it's inhabitants.