Press Release: EDO DECOMMISSIONERS WAR CRIMES DEFENCE RULED ADMISSIBLE

4 March, 2010 — WWW.SMASHEDO.ORG.UK

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EDO DECOMMISSIONERS WAR CRIMES DEFENCE RULED ADMISSIBLE

One of the defendants, Elijah Smith

An attempt by the Crown Prosecution Service to deny a prevention of war crimes defence to the EDO Decommissioners was defeated yesterday (Tuesday 1st March).

The trial which is due to begin on May 15th at Lewes Crown Court centres around six activists who broke into Brighton-based arms manufacturers EDO ITT during the Israeli assault on Gaza in January 2009 and caused at least £300,000 of damage. Three others are also accused of conspiring with them.

The defendants aim to prove that their actions were taken as a necessary, direct, and proportionate response to the use of weapons manufactured in the U.K by the Israeli airforce. On the night of the decommissioning Elijah Smith, the defendant who remains on remand 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 CPS attempted to prevent the defendants from using any defence that relied on their belief that ITT-EDO MBM were supplying weapons components to Israel used in war crimes in Gaza.

Judge Kemp of Lewes Crown Court refused all three prosecution applications and denied them permission to appeal. However the CPS said they would take the matter to the Court of Appeal in London. If they are successful, the defendants will be denied the right to explain their actions in front of a jury, and it would be impossible to call eyewitnesses from Gaza, or show that EDO ITT supply the Israeli airforce. A hearing is due to take place sometime in the next few weeks.

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Who Is To Be Master? What Happens When Workers Occupy Factories

3 March, 2010 — Solidarityeconomy.net

[Note from CarlD: Following are two articles on what debates break out when workers occupy or take ownership of factories. The first is from a single case in Brazil, the second from an earlier regionwide meeting on the topic in Venezuela. I think these are examples of the unity and tension in what Gramsci called ‘wars of position’ and ‘wars on maneuver’. The solidarity economy concept is both supported and contested.]

Workers from Occupied ‘Flasko’ Factory Repond to Brazil’s President Lula

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Photo: Flasko workers in Brazil

On 12/01/2010 President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva said publicly in his weekly column “The President replies”, a question of journalism student (Camila Delmondes) on the struggle of the workers occupied the factory Flaskô.

The response given (which can be read http://imprensa.planalto.gov.br/download/Informe_da_Hora/PRR120110.doc) believe it is essential that the workers’ management of Flaskô respond to Squid and the entire working class which was said the President. First of all, it is worth noting that since 12 June 2003 when we occupied the factory and resumed production to ensure our jobs, we await a response from the President. During these seven years almost non stop fighting for the maintenance of Flaskô open under the control of workers and always demanded that the federal government.

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STOP THE WAR COALITION NEWSLETTER No. 1144 04 March 2010 – WHAT GORDON BROWN COULD HAVE DONE WITH £8.5BN

4 March, 2010 — Stop the War Coalition

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1) WHAT GORDON BROWN COULD HAVE DONE WITH £8.5BN
2) INTERNATIONAL PROTESTS IN SUPPORT OF JOE GLENTON
3) BRITISH SOLDIERS GONE AWOL 17,000 TIMES SINCE 2003
4) MICHAEL FOOT 23 JULY 1913 – 3 MARCH 2010
5) SONG OF THE WEEK: I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO

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Israel is an apartheid state and that is why They are losing legitimacy By Judy Rebick

4 March, 2010The   B u l l e t Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 320

Before Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) even began members of the Ontario Legislature and the Canadian Parliament are falling all over each other to denounce it. I can’t remember another time when elected legislators formally denounced a student activity like this. Perhaps during the 1950s when McCarthyism was rampant but that was before my time.

Last week the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed a resolution denouncing Israel Apartheid Week submitted by PC Peter Shure who said calling Israel an apartheid state was “close to hate speech.” While there were only 30 MPPs in the Legislature at the time, NDP MPP Cheri di Novo was one of them and spoke in favour of the resolution. This week a Conservative MP is introducing a resolution calling IAW anti-Semitic.

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Joe Bageant: Moon Over Gringo Gulch

4 March, 2010 — Joe Bageant

In God we can only trust, but in hashish rests assurance

Poolside in Ajijic, Mexico. The heavy red faced guy in the khaki Bermudas and powder blue polo shirt is telling the seventyish woman, the one with her breasts hauled up and strapped down into a boob loaf, that he ditched his oxygen tank for this party. Which was damned thoughtful of him, since the sight of such things only reminds us geezers and geezerettes what a geriatric camp Ajijic’s ‘Gringo Gulch’ really is. (Still, my COPD was killing me and I wished I had not thrown away my own oxy tank in a fit of stubborn refusal.)

Ajijic is one of those sunny roosting places south of the horse latitudes preferred by aging Americans who’ve put away a few bucks, and Canadians whose government still stands behind its national retirement plan, for the time being at least. They come here in winter, from Buffalo, Scranton and Calgary, Ontario and Ohio, to roast aching bones, drink among others who can remember Sonny and Cher’s first hit record, and, as is the case particularly with the Canadians, to smoke pot. An American never quite gets over the sight of half a dozen retired middle class seventy year olds in puffy white velcro strap tennis shoes, nonchalantly passing a fat bomber.

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