GPJA #408: Waihopai Spybase Protest Jan 20-22

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 408, December 23, 2011

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion." — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man Under Socialism

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” –Rosa Luxemburg

"The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses." – — Albert Einstein – (1879-1955)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST JANUARY 20-22, 2012

The Waihopai spybase was subjected to unprecedented public attention by the March 2010 trial and acquittal of the three Ploughshares peace activists who penetrated its high security in 2008 and deflated one of the two domes concealing its satellite dishes from the NZ public. This legal saga has continued into 2011 with the Government changing the law to prevent their grounds of defence being used again and then suing the three activists personally for the $1.2 million damage to the dome. The Anti-Bases Campaign was happy to support this non-violent direct action anti-war activity, from start to finish. The public face of New Zealand’s role as an American ally is the NZ military presence in Afghanistan. But New Zealand’s most significant contribution to that, and other American wars, including the one in Iraq, is the Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base, located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. It is controlled by the US, with New Zealand (including Parliament and the Prime Minister) having little or no idea what goes on there, let alone any control. First announced in 1987, Waihopai is operated by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret UKUSA Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its two satellite interception dishes intercept a huge volume of civilian telephone calls, telexes, faxes, e-mail and computer data communications. It spies on our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and forwards the material on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency (NSA). Its targets are international civilian communications involving New Zealanders, including the interception of international phone calls. Post- 9/11 the GCSB and Waihopai now spy further afield, to those regions where the US is waging wars. The codename for this – Echelon – has become notorious worldwide as the vast scope of its spying has become public. New Zealand is an integral, albeit junior part of a global spying network, a network that is ultimately accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments, not citizens. Join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spybase. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. We provide the food (we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own). Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $40 (or $20 unwaged) to cover costs. No open fires. How to find our camp at Whites Bay: turn off SH1 at Tuamarina (9km north of Blenheim or 20 km south of Picton) and drive to Rarangi on the coast. Follow the steep Port Underwood Road over the hilltop before descending to the Whites Bay turnoff. There is a DoC public camp at the bay with basic facilities. ABC has to pay a fixed charge per head. Waihopai does not operate in the interests of New Zealanders or our neighbours. Basically it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil and directly involves us in America’s wars. Waihopai must be closed. Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. E-mail cafca@chch.planet.org.nz www.converge.org.nz/abc $40 Registration ($20 unwaged). Make all cheques to ABC

KEEP THE COAL IN THE HOLE SUMMER FESTIVAL – MATAURA, SOUTHLAND, NZ. 20-23 JANUARY 2012

You are warmly invited……to gather for a Summer Festival and camp. We will share ideas, skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and take action now to oppose lignite mining in the Mataura Valley. This event will be fun, friendly and 100% coal-free! We’ve got the Festival Kaupapa, detailed Festival Information and our Programme. For more information or to get involved in Festival organising please Email Us.

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BRAZIL

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CARIBBEAN

Commentary: A public relations disaster for the US By Norman Girvan on Cuba-CARICOM Summit in Port of Spain on December 8. http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/topstory-Commentary%3A-A-public-relations-disaster-for-the-US-9202.html

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GREECE

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Greek woes drive up suicide rate to highest in Europe http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/18/greek-woes-suicide-rate-highest

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News reports of killing of striking workers http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Kazakhstan&langcode=en

London listed oil company at centre of Kazakh crackdowns http://blog.platformlondon.org/2011/12/16/london-listed-oil-company-at-centre-of-kazakh-crackdowns/

Oilmen stay home, hospitals full after Kazakh riots http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/12388306/oilmen-stay-home-hospitals-full-after-kazakh-riots/

LIBYA

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PALESTINE

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Critical Health Issues in Gaza http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2011/12/11/gaza-critical-health/?mid=5532

The daily ordeal of getting to school in Hebron http://electronicintifada.net/content/daily-ordeal-getting-school-hebron/10698?mid=559

‘Tears of Gaza’ – The Movie http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/tears-of-gaza-lest-our-tears-dry-up/?mid=55

RUSSIA

Russia: An awakened sense of dignity; December 10: A new page in history http://links.org.au/node/2656

USA

The Case of Occupy and the Longshoremen’s Union: A Reply to Critics By Cal Winslow http://www.zcommunications.org/the-case-of-occupy-and-the-longshoremen-s-union-a-reply-to-critics-by-cal-winslow

With Port Actions, Occupy Oakland Tests Labor Leaders http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/us/occupy-oakland-angers-labor-leaders.htm?_r=2

In Gilded City, Living Wage Proposal Still Stirs Fears http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/nyregion/in-gilded-city-living-wage-plan-still-stirs-fears.html

VENEZUELA

Venezuelan Government Incorporates 1,723 Subcontracted Workers into Sidor, Nationalises Companies http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/6702

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