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central asia / imperialism / war / non-anarchist press Friday December 17, 2010 07:05 by John Riddell
Mike Skinner, co-founder of the Afghanistan-Canadian Research Group and a researcher at the York Centre for International and Security Studies in Toronto, believes a simple question is being left out of the debate about Canada's continued military involvement in Afghanistan: ”Why are we there?” It is a no-brainer to ask this but there are no easy answers it appears.

To understand the goals of Canada's role, he said, we need to examine the forms of intervention under current consideration as alternatives to Ottawa's combat mission in Kandahar. During extensive travels in Afghanistan in 2007, Skinner studied firsthand Canada's intervention, assisted by Afghan-Canadian reporter Hamayon Rastgar, and has written widely on this question. The two men formed, along with fellow-researcher Angela Joya, the Afghanistan-Canadian Research Group.

When considering the example of Canada's supposed “humanitarian” aid projects, which the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Québécois propose as an alternative to a military mission, Skinner emphasises the limitations of the approach and the bad feelings it can engender.

“Canadian aid agencies in Afghanistan have to follow the orders of the military,” he says. “Aid is meted out as rewards to co-operative communities and withdrawn from others as punishment.”

It was not always the case. “Canadian development and aid agencies – like Care Canada and the Red Cross – had been working in Afghanistan, through all the upheavals in government, the Soviet occupation, and then, after 1992, the Mujahedeen period, and, after 1996, under the Taliban regime. They operated in very difficult conditions, negotiating with the government in power,” Skinner says. read full story / add a comment
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central asia / history of anarchism / review Wednesday August 25, 2010 19:35 by AndrewNFlood   text 1 comment (last - saturday august 28, 2010 16:03)   image 1 image
In July 1914, the Shanghai Association of Anarchist Communist Comrades published its statement of principles, concluding with the resolution that, "the implementation of anarchist communism depends on the strength of our party. If we wish to increase our party's strength, uniting as a whole body and advancing together is our most important task today. Wherever they are, all our comrades should unite with those who share the same purposes and establish groups in free association.” The key member of this group was a Chinese anarchist known as Shifu who was to die a mere nine months later. Although the group carried on after his death, the core concept of this paragraph was never to be implemented. [Ελληνικά] [Italiano] [Nederlands] read full story / add a comment
central asia / imperialism / war / non-anarchist press Tuesday May 04, 2010 22:01 by Mark Weisbrot
The war has dragged on long after the public turned against it – but a rebellion in the US Congress could speed our exit read full story / add a comment
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asia central / género / opinión / análisis Sunday May 02, 2010 07:37 by ALB Noticias   image 1 image
Nota de ALB -En línea con la entrevista que hicimos a Mariam Rawi, militante de RAWA, (http://www.alasbarricadas.org/noticias/?q=node/13683) publicamos a continuación el texto de las charlas que durante estos días ha dado por varias ciudades del Estado, y que ella misma nos ha facilitado. read full story / add a comment
central asia / the left / non-anarchist press Tuesday April 27, 2010 07:36 by Jed Brandt
“You must come to Kathmandu with shroud cloth wrapped around your heads and flour in your bags. It will be our last battle. If we succeed, we survive, else it will be the end of our party.”

— General Secretary Badal of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)
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central asia / history / opinion / analysis Tuesday February 16, 2010 23:32 by Andrew Flood   image 7 images
Outside of a few events including the Long March and the Shanghai commune the development of the Chinese revolution is relatively unknown on the western left in comparison with the revolutions in Russia in 1917, Spain in 1936 or even the Paris spring of 1968. Those sections of that left influenced by or proclaiming themselves to be Maoist haven't helped that situation much. Their histories have tended towards simple tales focusing on the role of one man and collapsed a 100-year history of revolution into the events important to him. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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asia central / la izquierda / opinión / análisis Tuesday January 27, 2009 03:15 by Ret Marut   image 1 image
Desde que los maoístas salieron en las elecciones de abril de 2008 como el partido más votado (aunque sin mayoría absoluta) para liderar la nueva coalición gubernamental, han fracasado en resolver las divisiones existentes – en su propio partido, en el sistema político parlamentario y en su clase dirigente – o en las intricadas tensiones sociales, de castas y étnicas existentes en toda la sociedad. De hecho, todas estas divisiones se han agravado. Y desde noviembre una oleada de huelgas se ha extendido por el país. read full story / add a comment
central asia / the left / non-anarchist press Saturday January 24, 2009 06:44 by Roshan Kissoon   text 1 comment (last - tuesday january 27, 2009 02:55)
The Marxist-Leninist tendency to centralise all power in one place, in one person, has proved both effective and ineffective. This tendency seems effective in countries like Nepal, where many people can neither read nor write, and the political tradition demands a single strong leader. In the leader, the people find a reflection of themselves, a leader who can say what they wish to say, and lead them to where they cannot go themselves. However, this form of leadership causes many problems, as the leader becomes more than human, and the person of the leader becomes inseparable from the political line. read full story / add a comment
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central asia / history / feature Monday September 15, 2008 00:32 by Andrew   image 1 image   video 1 video file   audio 2 audio files
A 60 minute recording of a talk and discussion on the Chinese revolution and the Chinese anarchist movement. It's available here as google video, mp4 and mp3 formats, the first two are preferred as the viewer will then be able to see the images referenced during the talk. read full story / add a comment
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central asia / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Wednesday May 21, 2008 07:59 by Oisín Mac Giollamóir   text 1 comment (last - friday may 30, 2008 01:56)   image 1 image
On March 10th, the 49th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising, 300 monks demonstrated in Lhasa, Tibet, demanding the release of a number of imprisoned monks. In doing so they marked the beginning of a brief period of rioting by Tibetans against the rule of China, and the Chinese Communist Party, over Tibet. These riots were violently suppressed by the Chinese state.
The riots and their suppression has been widely publicised in the media and sparked a series of international protests aimed at undermining the Beijing 2008 Olympics. These protests occurred along the route of the international Olympic Torch Relay causing the torch to be extinguished 5 times in France alone. read full story / add a comment
zentralasien / imperialismus / krieg / meinung / analyse Wednesday April 09, 2008 22:43 by Edward W
Trotz der Tatsache, dass ich Chinese bin und fast mein ganzes Leben in diesem Land verbracht habe, könnte ich nicht sagen, dass meine Analyse perfekt ist, da ich die Situation nicht im Detail studiert habe. Stattdessen leitet sich meine Meinung, die ich weitergebe, einfach aus den Nachrichten und meinen eigenen Erfahrungen in China ab. [ English] [ Castellano] read full story / add a comment
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asia central / imperialismo / guerra / opinión / análisis Monday April 07, 2008 23:08 by EdwardW   text 2 comments (last - friday april 11, 2008 03:55)   image 1 image
Pese a ser chino, y al hecho de haber vivido casi toda mi vida en ese país, no puedo decir que mi analisis sea el más acertado, ya que no he estudiado en detalle la situación. Por tanto, mi opinión que entrego se deriva simplemente del seguimiento de las noticias, así como de mis propias experiencias en China read full story / add a comment
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central asia / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Sunday April 06, 2008 08:02 by EdwardW   text 3 comments (last - sunday april 06, 2008 16:43)   image 1 image
Even though I am from China, having lived their practically all my life, I can't claim to have the strongest analysis as I have not studied too deeply into the situation. So my opinion here is simply from glancing over pieces of information and my own anecdotes from traveling in China. read full story / add a comment
central asia / workplace struggles / news report Monday March 26, 2007 15:43 by Internationalist Striker
Στο κρατίδιο της Δυτικής Βεγγάλης της Ινδίας καλέστηκε γενική απεργία μετά από τη δολοφονία 14 διαδηλωτών την Τετάρτη 21 Μάρτη. read full story / add a comment
Κεντρική Ασία / Εργατικοί Αγώνες / Νέα Thursday March 15, 2007 10:32 by Ret Marut
Περίπου 20.000 αγρότες και απολυμένοι εργάτες εξεγέρθηκαν και συγκρούστηκαν με περίπου 1.000 αστυνομικούς. read full story / add a comment
central asia / repression / prisoners / news report Monday November 27, 2006 19:56 by Will Firth / Yelena Starostina
For the July 2006 anti-G8 meeting in Russia in Saint Petersburg, Vassily Starostin, the general secretary of the anarcho-syndicalist SKT, and his 14 year-old son were stopped on their train by the Ekaterinburg police with the accusation of criminal case. read full story / add a comment
Κεντρική Ασία / Καταστολή / Φυλακές / Νέα Wednesday December 14, 2005 09:38 by Azar Majedi
Translation in Greek of «2 Years In Jail For Criticising Islam» read full story / add a comment
central asia / religion / news report Friday December 09, 2005 19:45 by WCPI
The Islamic state of Afghanistan has sentenced Ali Mohaqeq Nasab, executive manager of Women's Right journal to two years imprisonment for criticising Islam. read full story / add a comment
central asia / history of anarchism / news report Monday October 31, 2005 13:10 by mitch   text 4 comments (last - monday september 05, 2011 05:43)
In the period before the Chinese revolution Chinese anarchists were also active in the USA - in particular the 'Equality society'. This article includes complete transcriptions, including original errors, of two articles from that time on The Equality Society read full story / add a comment
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central asia / history of anarchism / news report Tuesday October 18, 2005 22:23 by Joe Black   text 4 comments (last - monday october 31, 2005 19:34)   image 1 image
Xinhua has reported the death of the Chinese anarchist Ba Jin after a six year battle with cancer. In 1919 he was part of the Chinese anarchist group 'Company of Equals' that organised demonstrations against the warlords and distributed revolutionary leaflets. read full story / add a comment
George Floyd: one death too many in the “land of the free”
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