Monthly Archives: July 2007

Fridges of Mass Destruction

News just in from our man in Bagdhad …

Those who recall the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) nonsense from the build-up to the 2003 Iraq war in 2003 may remember the Al-Samoud missiles. These were the long range missiles that were supposed to launch at 45 minutes notice to lay waste the cities of Cyprus, or whatever.

There are stories coming out of Iraq that can’t be verified. It’s too dangerous for people like us on limited resources to go and check. Here’s one: a surprising anecdote on the WMDs, heard from an expatriate Iraqi who used to go on regular business trips to Baghdad.

A potential German buyer was eyeing the postwar ruins of Baghdad’s Al-Samoud Strategic factory, which had made guns for armoured cars, and components of the feared Al-Samoud missiles. Here’s the intriguing part: according to the source, “Saddam wasn’t stupid,” and in the years leading up to the war, realised the sanctions were biting and that he’d need to buy the loyalty of some key people. The factory was converted for the production of fridges, air conditioning units and other consumer white goods with which to reward or buy off the Ba’ath party faithful. Never mind swords into ploughshares, Iraq’s WMD infrastructure was switched to turning out fridges.

johnny void is resting, believed drunk

Why are you called FIT when you’re not?


Resistance is growing to the police Forward Intelligence (sic) Teams who have been harrassing activists and generally making nuisances of themselves for several years now.

At the recent meeting to discuss actions to be held at the DSEI arms fair this Autumn the FIT teams were met with several large banners which stopped them being able to photograph and harrass the people attending the meeting.

Funnily enough the FIT teams don’t seem to like being photographed themselves so a new blog has been set up where you can send your snaps of these glamourous boys in blue for all to see. Let’s make ‘em famous.

http://fitwatch.blogspot.com

full story and more pics on indymedia

Queers Banned at Pride!

Marchers carrying banners with the word ‘queer’ displayed on them were forbidden from displaying them at yesterday’s Gay Pride event in London.

Blundering and lets say homophobic cops decided that the word was ‘offensive’, and the lack of any real presence from the anarchist scene meant that any kind of resistance was pointless. Someone wearing a t-shirt which read ‘anarchists make better lovers’ was also ordered to cover it up as this was also deemed ‘offensive’ by those arbiters of good taste the London Met.

Politics is not allowed at Pride it seems, which seems to more of an excuse for some corporate back-slapping about how right on companies like Lloyds Bank and British Airways are.

Not even the SWP was able to muster a paper seller, although neo-labour did manage have a stall of course.

Rhythms of Resistance were able to lighten the mood after the parade, playing to a couple of hundred folk in the rain, first on Compton Street and then later in Soho Square … which was fun.

But for all Ken’s platitudes from the stage about the struggle for equality this event was depoliticised and sterile, and clearly the handful of queer anarchists present were not greeted with solidarity by the armies of gay cops dotted around Soho.

As a party, well it was a fun day out, as a political event, if it was ever intended to be one, it was a failure.

Perhaps people think that the struggle is over, the thousands of victims of homophobic or transphobic violence may disagree … but hey, don’t let that stop the party.

One of the offensive banners and the even more offensive t-shirt can be seen below

(the void’s back, we took a break ok, what of it)