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argentina / uruguay / paraguay / workplace struggles Wednesday August 15, 2018 - 02:55 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
Around the world the ruling class (capitalists, politicians and state managers) is trying to restore its profits by making the working class pay for the economic crisis. One way capitalists do this is by retrenching workers and making the remaining workers work harder to meet production targets, as well as by attacking wages, working conditions and benefits. States help capitalists do this, among other things, by increasing interest rates while giving corporations tax cuts, commercialising and privatising state owned enterprises and outsourcing the provision of basic services. States also help capitalists by undermining workers’ rights, such as the right to strike, in order to make it more difficult for workers to resist these attacks.

Unions have failed to defend workers from the immediate threat of these attacks (by preventing dismissals and defending jobs, wages and conditions), as well as to mount an effective resistance that can prevent further attacks and begin to roll back the devastating effects of neoliberalism. Moreover, union bureaucrats are often complicit in these attacks through deals they make with governments and bosses. A recent example in South Africa is the National Minimum Wage and amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and Labour Relations Amendment Bill – all of which represent an attack on workers yet were agreed to at Nedlac (the National Economic Development and Labour Council) by the leaders of the three main federations: Nactu, Fedusa and Cosatu.

Faced with this ruling class threat and with union bureaucracies that are either complicit or unwilling to fight, workers in Argentina have begun a process to build unity in struggle and a democratic worker-controlled alternative. ... read full story / add a comment
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / anti-fascismo Sunday August 12, 2018 - 10:22 by BrunoL   image 1 image
Ao que parece, a candidatura do deputado federal Jair Bolsonaro (PSL-RJ) emplacando como vice o general da reserva (quatro estrelas) Antonio Hamilton Marques Mourão marca uma nova etapa da relação das Forças Armadas (FFAA) e a sociedade brasileira. Bolsonaro, em seu afã de homenagear os facínoras dos porões, vai desmontar o "legado" da obra conjunta de operadores como Orlando Geisel (no desenho da estrutura da guerra interna) e do então capitão Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, na montagem dos DOIs. DOI-CODI (Destacamento de Operações de Informações – Centro de Operações de Defesa Interna), com ramificações por todo o país e concentração nas maiores cidades da época (São Paulo, Rio de janeiro e Recife, dentre outras), como a sigla já diz, era para agir como Destacamentos operando unidades semi-autônomas e conjuntas subordinadas ao comando da Força Terrestre. ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / migration / racism Friday August 10, 2018 - 22:21 by Bongani Maponyane   image 1 image
Racism has been a curse in South Africa, and remains embedded in the society. But how scientific are racist ideas? Where do they come from? And how can we fight racism and create a truly equal and fair society? What do we as revolutionary anarchists think?

Racial conflict, inequality, and hatred are not natural, but fed and reared by capitalism and the state. To really change the system, we need a massive programme of upgrading education, health, housing and services; an end to the racist heap labour system; a challenge to the ideological control that splits the working class; and a radical redistribution of wealth and power to the working class and poor –which in South Africa, means primarily the black working class and poor –as part of a social revolution. ... read full story / add a comment
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mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialismo / guerra Friday August 10, 2018 - 17:01 by Leandro Albani   image 1 image
Casas derruidas, calles abarrotadas de escombros y suciedad, esquinas vigiladas por quienes hace poco tiempo le juraban lealtad a Abu Bark Al Baghdadi -el misterioso líder del Estado Islámico (ISIS)-, y una población diezmada que si no huyó ahora vive bajo un sistema de terror custodiado por el ejército turco. Hogares y negocios saqueados, secuestros masivos de hombres y mujeres, muertes en cualquier momento del día, y un plan sistemático de reemplazo poblacional como pocas veces se vio en el siglo XXI. Estas postales desgarradoras forman parte de la realidad de Afrin, la región kurda del norte de Siria que fue invadida por Turquía en marzo de este año, causando la muerte de más de doscientas personas por los bombardeos aéreos que duraron dos meses y el desplazamiento de más de 150 mil habitantes que se refugiaron, en su mayoría, en la región de Shebha. ... read full story / add a comment
elsewhere / community struggles Thursday August 09, 2018 - 21:02 by Justyna Wróblewska
Poniższy artykuł jest tłumaczeniem z języka angielskiego artykułu napisanego przez Międzynarowody Komun w Rożawie - Demokratyczną Federację Północnej Syrii (DFNS). DFNS to rewolucyjny eksperiment Kurdów i ich soluszników, który aktualnie ma miejsce pod postacią demokratyczego konfederalizmu opartym na podstawie bezpośredniej demokracji, równouprawnieniu kobiet i ekologii. Jeśli chcesz dowiedzieć się więcej, odwiedź: http://internationalistcommune.com/
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Διεθνή / Λαϊκοί Αγώνες Sunday August 05, 2018 - 21:31 by Ricardo Flores Magon   image 1 image
... Από τη στιγμή που θεωρούν οι ίδιοι πως είναι ίσοι μεταξύ τους, με το ίδιο δικαίωμα στη Μητέρα Γη, δεν χρειάζονται αφεντικό για να προστατεύσουν τους προνομιούχους ενάντια σε αυτούς χωρίς προνόμια, επειδή όλοι είναι προνομιούχοι. ... read full story / add a comment
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Διεθνή / Καταστολή / Φυλακές Thursday August 02, 2018 - 20:02 by Κώστας Δεσποινιάδης   image 1 image
Καθήκον μας σήμερα να διαλυθούν κατά το δυνατόν αυτές οι «γκρίζες ζώνες», ο φονιάς και το θύμα να μην είναι αγκαλιά. ... read full story / add a comment
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / anti-fascismo Sunday July 29, 2018 - 23:59 by BrunoL   image 1 image
O abraço dos desesperados pode se dar na aposta, ou falta de opções, em torno de Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB-SP). O ex-governador de São Paulo recebeu ainda no final de julho o apoio formal de DEM, PP, PR, PRB, SD. O autointitulado “Centro Democrático” seria a continuidade do Centrão da Constituinte, décadas após veio a ser chamado de Blocão na Era Cunha e retornando ao nome de Centrão no Brasil pós-golpe. Se formos avaliar a condição da aliança, além de razoável consonância programática – que difere pouco ou nada das ideias manifestas sem definir um programa fechado com Jair Bolsonaro – significa uma chance real de disputar parcelas de poder, tanto na União como nos estados. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anarchist movement Friday July 27, 2018 - 00:59 by Wayne Price   image 1 image
In order to understand government politics, it is necessary to have a theory of the state. The essay reviews classical anarchist and Marxist views of the class-based, pro-capitalist, nature of the state. But there are also non-class and non-capitalist influences on the state. These need to be integrated into a class theory of the state. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-fascism Thursday July 26, 2018 - 02:39 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
The context we now exist in is one that is defined by glaring contradictions everywhere, its fractured, changing, unstable and confrontational. It is a time of despair, but also pockets of hope. On the one hand, a spectre is haunting us, but it is not the one that Marx spoke of. Rather an authoritarian and extreme right wing form of capitalism, last seen on extensive scale in the 1930s, is rearing its hideous ghost-like head. This right wing extremism has become an ‘acceptable’ form of politics amongst some people in the context of the unresolved capitalist crisis. It is the ‘solution’ amongst sections of ruling classes in many countries to a crisis that is not going away. As part of this, many states are passing laws attacking basic rights that oppressed classes have won through decades and even centuries of struggle (including in South Africa); states are beginning to bare their teeth more often rather than being in a position to rule by consent; toxic nationalisms based on exclusionary racial, ethnic and religious identities (including within sections of the population in South Africa) have once again become acceptable and even embraced by sections of the population (giving rise to the likes of Trump, Le Pen and Duterte and xenophobia and other ills in South Africa); and bigotry and hate are back. Yet there is also hope. In many parts of the world, sections of the working class have fought back. This has seen movements of protests in some parts, attempts to revive unions in others and in some cases the re-emergence of left political parties and projects. But it is also a restructured working class, a working class that is fundamentally different from even the 1970s. New or different forms of organising happen next to the old. It is thus also a working class in which the past weighs like a nightmare on the present in organisational terms; experimenting with the new and different ways of organising, but also falling back into the old. ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / the left Saturday July 21, 2018 - 05:45 by Warren McGregor   image 1 image
A call for socialist Left unity is heard widely today in South Africa, but is usually taken as a call for unity of praxis (unity in theoretical programme and action). This is sometimes framed as transcending old divides (these seen as outdated, divisive or dismissed as dogmatic), and sometimes as unity in order to have action (rhetorically set up as the opposite of “arm chair” theory).

What do we as revolutionary anarchists think? ... read full story / add a comment
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bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / género Wednesday July 18, 2018 - 06:33 by Gema Ortega   image 1 image
Ante la 6ta marcha por Aborto Libre, Seguro y Gratuito como anarcofeministas no podemos restarnos de la lucha por la autonomía y autodeterminación sobre nuestros propios cuerpos y nuestras vidas, sobre todo a la luz de las luchas dads por nuestras hermanas en distintos lugares del mundo. ... read full story / add a comment
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / anti-fascismo Sunday July 15, 2018 - 01:59 by BrunoL   image 1 image
Estamos em plena crise política, uma crise que abala as instituições da chamada "Nova república", fruto da transição inaugurada a partir da Abertura Lenta, Gradual e Segura de tipo GGG (Geisel e Golbery, elogiada por Gaspari) e garantida pela Anistia, Ampla, Geral e Irrestrita - na sua segunda versão e através de jurisprudência obtida com o fim do AI-5. Na sequência, o Brasil quebrou mas, simultaneamente, a classe trabalhadora aparecia na cena política através do reformismo radical, então de base e legítimo. Graças a essa luta social intensa - mesmo que discorde das opções, as quais sigo em discordância - tivemos a versão substantiva da transição do autoritarismo na metade dos anos '80, através da Constituição de 1988. Pois bem, é esta versão de democracia liberal com traços oligárquicos e elementos, contraditoriamente, substantivos e representados até há pouco, na tentativa de controle do orçamento público que está em jogo. E estamos perdendo o jogo. ... read full story / add a comment
aotearoa / pacific islands / miscellaneous Friday July 13, 2018 - 19:42 by AWSM
Simon Bridges is the leader of the National Party, one of the two main traditional parties of government in Aotearoa/New Zealand. He is currently touring the regions of the country. This is a report of one of the public meetings held on the tour. ... read full story / add a comment
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venezuela / colombia / workplace struggles Wednesday July 11, 2018 - 14:04 by Grupo Libertario Via Libre   image 1 image
En los últimos días, se registra un incremento sustancial de las amenazas y asesinatos de líderes y lideresas sociales en todo el país. Desde la elección presidencial del pasado 17 de junio se han asesinado 22 líderes sociales, una persona cada día[1]. El panorama es bastante gris, pues mientras los grandes medios de comunicación se han dedicado a cubrir ampliamente el mundial de fútbol y el gobierno nacional continúa negando la sistematicidad de este fenómeno[2] en un intento por invisibilizar los patrones comunes de la masiva vulneración a los derechos humanos que se está produciendo en el país, tras bambalinas se encuentra la cruda realidad que está marcada por el asesinato, solo en lo corrido de 2018, de 123 líderes y lideresas sociales según las últimas cifras de Indepaz.[3] ... read full story / add a comment
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yunanistan / türkiye / kıbrıs / miscellaneous Tuesday July 10, 2018 - 01:02 by DAF   image 1 image
Yine bir seçim ve yine bir seçim öncesi gerilimli günleri bu coğrafyada yaşayanlar olarak deneyimlemekteyiz. Yaşadığımız coğrafyada ya da diğer coğrafyalarda, seçim denilen siyasi sürecin yarattığı şey, oluşan yeni “gerçekliğin” bir sonraki seçimlere kadar süreceğidir. Siyasal iktidarın şekillendiği seçimler sürecinde, seçimler sosyal ve ekonomik gerçeklikte şekillenir, toplumun iktidarını isteyen tarafların bireye sunduğu vaatlerle geçen bu seçim gerçekliği, iktidarın kazanılmasıyla sonlanacaktır.
Seçim ismi verilen siyasal sürecin, toplumun sosyal ve ekonomik ihtiyaçlarının karşılanması için organize edildiği iddiasının gerçek olup olmadığını soru ve cevaplarla tartışarak içselleştirmeliyiz. Çünkü katılacağımız ya da katılmayacağımız seçim süreci gerçekliğinin iddiası şudur; katılmamamız durumunda toplumun sosyal ve ekonomik işleyişine dair söz söyleyemeyiz.
Peki katılmamız durumunda bu işleyişe dair söz söyleyebilir miyiz? Toplum içinde siyasal etken bir birey olmanın şartı olarak karşımıza konan seçimlerin dışında başka bir yol yordam yok mu? Toplumun bütünlüğünü önemseyen, sosyal ve ekonomik kararlarının bir parçası olan, adalet ve özgürlüğü sağlayan bir birey olmanın tek yol yordamı seçimlerde seçmen olmak mı?
Sorular ve cevaplarıyla, Haziran 2018 seçimlerinde seçmen olup olmama, oy kullanıp kullanmama şeçimini yapmak için yani gerçek seçimi yapmak için siyasal süreci, bu süreçte olanları ve olasılıkları değerlendirelim. ... read full story / add a comment
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Διεθνή / Αριστερά Saturday July 07, 2018 - 20:13 by Πέτρος Πέτκας   image 1 image
«Δημοκρατικός συγκεντρωτισμός»: έννοια ασφυκτικής πληρότητας και αναλλοίωτης ταυτότητας! - Πρώτη δημοσίευση: περιοδικό Πανοπτικόν #23 ... read full story / add a comment
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argentina/uruguay/paraguay / movimiento anarquista Monday July 02, 2018 - 22:44 by Federación Anarquista Uruguaya   image 1 image
La Carta Opinión de la Federación Anarquista Uruguaya del mes de junio. ... read full story / add a comment
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venezuela / colombia / workplace struggles Sunday July 01, 2018 - 13:44 by Grupo Libertario Via Libre   image 1 image
El domingo 17 de junio de 2018 se realizó la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales de Colombia, en las que se alzó como nuevo jefe de Estado el neoconservador uribista Iván Duque. Para analizar, desde una perspectiva libertaria, los resultados y tendencias de esta coyuntura política, marcada por la escogencia del sexagésimo presidente de la República, apuntamos los siguientes elementos:

1 Participación alta con crecimiento menor de la abstención y el voto nulo
2 De nuevo, triunfo de Duque y retorno de un uribismo debilitado
3 Petro pierde, pero se profundiza el hito para la izquierda
4 Crece el voto en blanco centrista pero se mantiene su marginalidad política
5 Reunificación burguesa: retorno del uribismo y derrota del santismo
6 Perspectivas libertarias ... read full story / add a comment
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