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   1. [JNV Announce] BBC's John Simpson refuses to speak at Iraq business conference (Emma Sangster)
   2. [JNV Announce] Falluja Protest (R.A. Laurence)


Message: 1
From: Emma Sangster <>
Subject: [JNV Announce] BBC's John Simpson refuses to speak at Iraq business conference
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 12:12:28 +0100

PRESS RELEASE            Voices in the Wilderness UK [A]
22nd April 2004
Contact 0845 458 2564 or 07947 839 992


Activists to protest at oil and arms trade-backed Iraq Procurement

The BBC's World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, has refused to speak at a
business conference next week at which representatives from 300
companies - including Shell, ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco and US arms
manufacturer Raytheon - will meet members of the US-installed Iraqi
"government" to discuss 'the wide range of =E2=80=A6 opportunities availabl=
to make a profit out of the increasingly blood-soaked occupation of Iraq
[B]. Mr Simpson's agency had apparently forgotten to inform their
client, who only found out that he was listed on the conference web-site
[C] as the 'guest speaker' at the conference's 'four course [gala]
dinner with wine' yesterday afternoon, after Voices UK circulated a
press release urging him to pull out of the event.

In an email to Voices UK, Mr Simpson explained that the moment he heard
his name was on the conference web-site he 'immediately rang the
organizers to make it clear there was no possibility of [his] taking
part.' 'I'd never accept an invitation to anything that was as
contentious as this,' he added.

Voices spokesperson Gareth Evans said 'We are very pleased to learn that
John Simpson will not be speaking at this conference and that he was
unaware his name was being used by the event's organizers. John Simpson
was one of the few journalists to speak out against the devastating UN
sanctions on Iraq, so we are not surprised to learn that this "booking"
had nothing to do with him. We would urge any other public figures that
are approached to speak at this event over the coming week to similarly

Voices is one of a number of groups and individuals helping to organise
a protest to coincide with next Tuesday's conference dinner. Two suited
'pigs' bearing corporate logos will gorge themselves on a trough of
blood-stained banknotes at 6.30pm next Tuesday outside the London Hilton
on Park Lane to protest against the 'corporate feeding frenzy' taking
place at the business conference and dinner. The Hilton is the 'official
hotel of choice' for the conference. The protest, in support of the
rights of Iraqi workers and demanding 'reconstruction, not rip-off',
will also feature speakers from the Union of Unemployed Iraqis, the
Organisation for Women's Freedom in Iraq, and the Campaign Against Arms
Trade amongst others.

For more info. contact 0845 458 2564 or 07947 839 992

[A] Voices in the Wilderness UK has been campaigning on Iraq for the
last six years. For more info. see
[B] See
[C] See
Emma Sangster

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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2004 17:30:10 +0100 (BST)
From: "R.A. Laurence" <>
Subject: [JNV Announce] Falluja Protest

Subject: [JNV Announce] Falluja Protest

Justice Not Vengeance
29 Gensing Road  East Sussex TN36 0HE   0845 458 9571

The first Falluja massacre, one year on

On the first anniversary of the massacre of 13 civilians in the Iraqi town =
Falluja, while the recently besieged
town remains under threat of assault by US marines, anti war group J-N-V is
holding a vigil opposite Downing Street
of protest and remembrance.

Last year 13 civilians where massacred during a protest in Falluja where Ir=
were demanding US troops leave a
school they were occupying.  Among the dead was a 13-year-old boy.

Controversy still shrouds the events as witnesses=92 stories conflict with =
official account.  US troops claim
they were fired at, however the evidence does not support this.  Justice No=
Vengeance are staging a street
performance of the event.  It presents both the official side of the story,
journalists and eye witness accounts.

For more details contact JNV on 0845 458 9571  www.

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