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ireland / britain / repression / prisoners Monday August 10, 2015 - 17:42 byJoe Conlon   image 1 image
50 people protested outside Amnesty International HQ, in Dublin, against the brutal treatment of republican prisoners in Maghaberry prison in Antrim. This has flared up again with, for instance, republican prisoner Martin Kelly having his arm broken and face stomped on by the riot squad only 5 days ago. Here is the background to the struggle of these political prisoners for basic human rights. ... read full story / add a comment
international / religion Thursday August 06, 2015 - 06:39 byMazen Kamalmaz   text 1 comment (last - wednesday august 12, 2015 - 11:18)
This is a comment on the Sam Harris - Glenn Greenwald debate about Islam. ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles Thursday August 06, 2015 - 06:31 byJoe C   image 1 image
“Ours is a society in which, in every field, one group of people makes decisions, exercise control, limits choices, while the great majority have to accept these decisions, submit to this control and act within the limits of these externally imposed choices. Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of housing: one of those basic human needs which throughout history and all over the world people have satisfied as well as they could for themselves, using the materials what were at hand and their own, and their neighbors labor. The marvelously resourceful anonymous vernacular architecture of every part of the globe is a testimony to their skill, using timber, straw, grass, leaves, hides, stone, clay, bone, earth, mud sand even snow. Consider the igloo: maximum enclosure of space with minimum of labor. Cost of materials and transportation, nil. And all made of water. Nowadays, of course, the Eskimos live on welfare handouts in little northern slums. Man, as Habraken says “no longer houses himself: he is housed” – Colin Ward ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles Wednesday August 05, 2015 - 03:15 byCormac & Ferdia   image 1 image
Ever wonder why the Gardaí / police show up in large numbers when you’re trying to stop water meters in your estate, but haven’t got the resources to come straight out when you think your neighbour’s house is being burgled? If so, you’re thinking about the state. ... read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / anarchist movement Thursday July 30, 2015 - 06:04 byZaher Baher   text 2 comments (last - thursday august 06, 2015 - 21:31)
In my opinion the best attitude towards Rojava is “supportive and being critical” at the same time. Criticizing it alone and keeping distance from it does not benefit our current anarchist movement. This attitude again shows incapability of recognizing the reality of the movement, and would bring the blame of history over us. Meanwhile supporting it without criticizing its negative sides again shows that we do not see this movement realistically. Having this attitude, once the movement fails to meet our demands, we will be very disappointed and keep ourselves a far distance from any movement in the future. ... read full story / add a comment
international / anarchist movement Friday July 24, 2015 - 16:36 byIlan S.
The main means of all ruling elites throughout history to force the people to submit to their rule was to recruit metaphysical powers - magic, deities and other kinds of lies to
frighten people into submission and accepting authority. People who challenge these lies
were the main enemy of the rulers all along history. ... read full story / add a comment
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indonesia / philippines / australia / environment Friday July 10, 2015 - 19:19 byMACG   image 2 images
And so the question arises – who can abolish capitalism and how can we manage to do it? Again we say the only way to abolish capitalism is through workers’ revolution. By organising in the workplace and taking control out of the hands of the capitalists we can stop the capitalists destroying the environment and begin active reconstruction of economic processes. We can use the campaign to close Hazelwood to open discussion with workers who want to save the planet, but don’t want to become human sacrifi ces in the process. ... read full story / add a comment
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greece / turkey / cyprus / community struggles Saturday July 04, 2015 - 08:22 byDmitri   image 1 image
Therefore there are not dilemmas. If the broader class, base, social movement in Greece can gradually and through perseverance and faith in the struggle to oppose resolutely and practically the confide of the lives of workers, unemployed, pensioners, immigrants in the hands of State, governments and authority generally wherever it comes from, and put into immediate operation and extend grass-roots structures like those cited above, this will be a great victory, a huge (re)starting forward, especially now, these critical moments for everybody - now that the masks have been fallen. ... read full story / add a comment
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indonesia / philippines / australia / anti-fascism Thursday July 02, 2015 - 10:24 byMACG   image 1 image
We must go a few steps further, therefore, than just engaging in anti-racist and antifascist organising. We must fight the ongoing displacement of Aboriginal people from their homelands in Western Australia. We must fight the mass incarceration and illegalisation of people seeking asylum in this country. We must confront all of these “single” issues. They are part of an entire against the working class and our communities, by the Government, capital and the State. ... read full story / add a comment
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north africa / history of anarchism Friday June 12, 2015 - 19:16 byLeonardo Bettini   image 1 image
English translation of the overview of early Italian anarchists in Egypt, from Leonardo Bettini, "Bibliografia dell'anarchismo, volume 2, tomo 2: periodici e numeri unici anarchici in lingua italiana pubblicati all'estero (1872-1971)" (CP editrice, Firenze, 1976), translation by Nestor McNab. Via Lucien van der Walt. Lucien van der Walt note: This is NOT a history of anarchism in Egypt as a whole, least of all of its important impact on the Arabic-speaking and Greek population, which can be found in work by writers like Tony Gorman. Nonetheless it is valuable, and not previously widely available in English. Worth noting for contemporary reflection is the destructive role of I. Parrini's [aka "Un vecchio” aka L'Orso /"the Bear"],"anti-organizationalism in disorienting the movement in the late 1800s. This was overcome in the 1900s, a period of great advance for the movement in the country. There is also much of interest, even if incomplete, on the role in the unions and popular education, although it grossly underestimates the successes, especially among the indigenous. ... read full story / add a comment
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mashriq / arabia / iraq / miscellaneous Friday June 05, 2015 - 20:07 byZaher Baher   image 1 image

First of all, I should mention a couple of issues in Kurdistan of Turkey (Bakur) that are strongly connected to the subject. Between 08/05 and 22/05/15 I visited a number of big towns in Bakur, including: Amed (Diyarbakir), Van, Colemerge (Hakari) and Gavar. Later I returned to Suruc and was hoping to cross the border to Kobane.
My main purpose for visiting there were three important points: first: understanding the similarity and differences between the Democratic Self Administration (DSA) in Bakur and Rojava. Second: Reconstruction of Kobane, and third the type of economy that Rojava can have in the future. Although the friends in Peoples ‘ Democratic Party (HDP) , other organisation and the Working Committees of Rojava in Amed and Suruc tried hard to arrange my trip to Kobane but it did not happen.
There are two important issues to talk about. These are:
First: The 07th June general election in Turkey: ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / migration / racism Tuesday June 02, 2015 - 21:19 byJonathan Payn   image 1 image
Like in 2008, the recent wave of anti-immigrant violence and looting of foreign-owned stores that followed King Zwelithini’s statement that foreigners must “pack their bags and leave” quickly spread to cities and townships across the country. Unlike other places in Johannesburg, however, there were no reports of xenophobic violence in Thembelihle and, although the violence spread to numerous parts of Soweto in 2008, this adjacent township was unaffected then too. This article, based on an interview with an activist from the Thembelihle Crisis Committee (TCC), looks at how working class self-organisation and solidarity helped curb or prevent the outbreak of xenophobic attacks and attempts to draw lessons for preventing future attacks.
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international / history of anarchism Friday May 29, 2015 - 07:02 byLucien van der Walt   text 2 comments (last - tuesday august 11, 2015 - 21:53)   image 1 image
From Mother Earth volume 12, number 1, March 1917: OBITUARY : James Guillaume (1844-1916 ... read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / gender Friday May 22, 2015 - 23:33 byandrew   text 1 comment (last - saturday may 23, 2015 - 03:39)   image 2 images
Southern Ireland is voting toward on whether to allow Marriage equality, that is to extend marriage to couples of the same gender. Young migrants have flocked back to the country in the last 24 hours to help insure the referendum passes. If it does Ireland will be the first country in the work to introduce Marriage equality by popular referendum yet it was one of the last countries in Europe to decriminalise sex between men. In that sense the referendum is about much more than the issue of Marriage but it also a battle against the 'old Ireland' of clerical control and an authoritarian state that sought to control all aspects of the lives of those under its control. The articles that follow are some of the many that the Workers Solidarity Movement have published, for the most part via their Facebook page. ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / community struggles Thursday May 21, 2015 - 15:50 byJonathan Payn   image 1 image
The xenophobic violence and looting following King Zwelithini’s statement that foreigners “pack their bags and leave” spread to cities and townships across the country. However, the recent attacks are not an isolated incident; nor is Zwelithini solely responsible for fomenting it. Local elites – particularly those linked to the ruling party – also encourage anti-immigrant attitudes and actions. This article, based on discussions with Abahlali baseFreedom Park activists, looks at how local elites stimulate ‘xenophobia’ to protect their class interests, as well as how progressive working class activists have responded.
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france / belgium / luxemburg / history of anarchism Wednesday May 20, 2015 - 18:02 byRobert P. Helms
A short account of General Leclerc's 9th Company, better known as La Nueve, who were the first allied soldiers to link with the resistance in the liberation of Paris.
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mashriq / arabia / iraq / the left Wednesday May 13, 2015 - 22:14 byandrew   image 1 image
Revolutions are seldom made in favourable circumstances.  Russia 1917 emerged from the mass slaughter of WWI and the disintegration of an economy under the pressure of the supply demands of that war.  Spain 1936 emerged from a well planned and executed fascist coup amongst a powerful military backed and armed by international fascism.  Schemas for revolution that depend on quiet times and plenty may well be doomed from the start. ... read full story / add a comment
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international / imperialism / war Sunday May 10, 2015 - 07:10 byBrunoL   image 1 image
Bruno Lima Rocha

1 May 2015

In this essay, I start to debate and contest the political theory produced to classify all parties, and in extension, all political organizations, inside an umbrella that models political participation inside indirect democracy in a liberal approach. Before going deeper into criticism, I will highlight some aspects. This article is not intended to enter the specific debate about the theories of political parties, but to contest the essential part of the hegemonic approach for political organizations definitions. We argued against the Marxist and Marxist-Leninist tradition in the two first essays. In this one and the next, we will argue against the theory produced to reinforce the powers that are political models in Western societies. Besides struggling against hegemonic definitions, I must recognize that political science has discussed this subject extensively, and that the object of analysis – the political party – is a unit of essential structural analysis for the area, and that there is a large (and boring) literature about it. ... read full story / add a comment
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greece / turkey / cyprus / the left Wednesday May 06, 2015 - 21:26 byJoost Jongerden   image 1 image
In 2005, the Partiya Karkêren Kurdistani (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) (PKK) announced that it considered the nation-state a hindrance on the road to freedom, and that its strategic objective was not the establishment of a state but of an interlinked network of councils as the basis of self-determination and a new way of living together. The objective of this article is to discuss and explain the PKK’s understanding of politics as it evolved in the 2000s by looking at two concepts: ‘democratic autonomy’ and ‘democratic confederalism.’ This article will put these concepts in a historical and comparative perspective, and contextualise them in wider discussions in political and social sciences. The question central to this contribution is how these concepts make sense in the context of political theory, and how they have the potential to address fundamental shortcomings in modern democracy. Data has been collected by the study of primary sources and interviews. ... read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / miscellaneous Tuesday May 05, 2015 - 16:54 bySian Byrne, Warren McGregor, Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
May Day – a call to build an international movement of working class and poor people across lines of race, nation and religion for workers’ control and democracy from below, social justice and freedom from political and economic oppression – remains critical. In a country racked by anti-immigrant violence, racial and ethnic tensions, the fragmentation of the labour federation Cosatu, corporate scandals and political corruption, it is time to remember May Day’s roots and aspirations.
**A version of this appeared in the South African weekly, "Mail & Guardian" (30 Apr 2015).

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watercharge17srpt2016crowd.jpg imageDublin protest to force the government to back down and scrap water charges sees 1000s on streets 18:31 Tue 20 Sep by Brian 0 comments

The Irish government's attempt to introduce domestic water charges in Ireland is not going well. In fact, for them it's been a disaster because it's sparked off a huge upsurge in working class self organisation and direct action. Saturday saw thousands of anti-water charges campaigners flooding the streets of Dublin o to again voice their opposition to Irish Water & water charges and as a show of strength for the movement.

textChanging the name of Kurdistan Anarchist Forum to Kurdish-Speaking Anarchist Forum 20:17 Fri 09 Sep by KAF 0 comments

Changing the name of Kurdistan Anarchist Forum to Kurdish-Speaking Anarchist Forum

jarablus.png imageTurkey-FSA Take Jarablus From IS Without Fight 04:30 Thu 25 Aug by Kurdish Question 1 comments

Turkish troops and so-called 'moderate Islamist' Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants have entered Jarablus town centre and taken over all government buildings from Islamic State. Reports say almost no clashes took place between the two sides as IS militants had evacuated the city days before. Footage from FSA militants also shows that there is no civilian presence left in the city in Syria's north.

textPalestine-Israel, The Israeli "loses management" diminished the intensity of the weekly confrontatio... 14:49 Sun 21 Aug by Ilan S. 1 comments

After so many years it is hard to get used to the replacement of tear gas and bullets with threat of arrests if we cross an imaginary line. For many years we worried about the day when the Israeli state decision makers will minimise or even stop the the harsh repression of the weekly joint demonstrations against the occupation, the settlers and the separation wall. On 27-5-16 was the first demo in Bil'in the state forces did not shoot us. It took a dozen such non shootings to realize it is a real strategic shift. The last Friday they even "invited" us to return the demo to the area near the new separation wall - forbidden for us for about a year. It seems the multi millions invested in the struggle against the B.D.S. recruited a more intelligent managers who was able to force the army to swallow their pride and stop harassing the Friday demos and the international activists participating in them.

textSolidarity #18 07:44 Tue 09 Aug by AWSM 0 comments

After a bit of a hiatus, we have published an August 2016 issue of our news sheet Solidarity.

anarquia.jpg imageFounding Declaration of A.P.O. 19:37 Tue 02 Aug by APO 0 comments

What we call complete crisis of the system is the violent redeployment of power that targets to alter the terms of social and class antagonism for the worse for the exploited. The acute contradiction between real social needs and social and class relations that impose the amputation of these needs and make it hard for them to be met leads to the economic, political, ethical and environmental dimensions of the crisis.

cofs6nrviaakceh.jpg imageGreece: Repression against squats 16:35 Mon 01 Aug by Anarchist Political Organization 0 comments

As Anarchist Political Organization, having organized the Anarchist Meeting for Struggle against Borders, War and Modern Totalitarianism and for Solidarity with refugees and immigrants during the No Border Camp, we express our solidarity to the squatted spaces who were hit by the state repression. To our comrades, refugees and immigrants who supported the mobilizations, beforehand and during, with their presence and activity, turning them into a target of the repressive authorities, for what they stand for as a part of the world of Struggle.

textAnnouncement by A.P.O. on the repressive operations against squatted spaces of solidarity to refugee... 00:34 Fri 29 Jul by APO 0 comments

In the crack of dawn on 27th of July, strong police forces carried out a coordinated eviction operation of 3 squatted buildings in Thessaloniki, these are migrants' housing squat "Orfanotrofio", new migrants' housing squat "Huriya" on C. Dill str. and the housing squat on Nikis blvrd. The forces of repression arrested 83 people and 75 of them are accused with "social peace disturbance". In between the arrested, there is one of our comrades, member of the Collective for Social Anarchism "Mavro & Kokkino" ("Black & Red"). The operation of repression was continued with the demolition of the space of "Orfanotrofio".

ss.jpg imageCall for transnational solidarity 17:59 Thu 28 Jul by A.P.O. 0 comments

The far-right bastards of syriza go smoothly hand in hand with ND (nea dimokratia, right-wing party in power before syriza’s election), anthimos (the metropolit, church’s highest officer in Thessaloniki) and all the rest pile of shit, consisting the long arm of repression. With a non-seen before operation of revenge against no border camp, they attack in the crack of dawn on families of refugees in their own homes and on the solidaries.

12472486_1708820332703174_1627080330251749890_n.jpg imageGreece: Squats raided and evicted 21:30 Wed 27 Jul by Dmitri (republishing) 0 comments

The message the left wing government wants to transmit is that there is no space for solidarity and self-managed responses to the ordeal of the refugees, only the state’s charity and the confinement, marginalisation and selective deportation carried out by a government that follows to the letter the criminal immigration policies of the EE.

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imageWhere to now, Zimbabwe? Beyond the “good” charismatic pastor. Sep 18 by Leroy Maisiri 0 comments

The last 4 months in Zimbabwe can surely be characterized as an awakening of the Zimbabwean working class, as thousands of these citizens have taken to the streets, responding to Pastor Evan Mawarire’s call: “hatichatya” – we are not afraid. The #Thisflag movement followed soon after. This is certainly a historic time for Zimbabwe; a time of growing labour pains as the country (hopefully) enters a process of rebirth towards a better and new Zimbabwe. But before we can even begin to talk about a free Zimbabwe and how we would go about getting that, we need to first have a clear and coherent class analysis of the Zimbabwean social and political climate. Understanding who we are fighting is essential. Zimbabwe without a doubt needs to rid ourselves of the 92-year- old man who thinks the state house is his graveyard. But in the same breath, we must rid itself of the oppressive state system altogether. Swapping a vicious state capitalist manager with another is nowhere close to constituting progress.

imageHabemus pacem? Challenges on the road from Havana to Colombia Sep 08 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

After three years of negotiations, a peace accord was signed in Havana, Cuba, between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC-EP, while the process with ELN is bogged down and that with the EPL is not even on the political agenda. The forecasts that had feared the possibility of a breakdown in the negotiations have been proved groundless, and it completes the cycle of a struggle that should necessarily open new scenarios and possibilities. [Castellano] [Türkçe]

imageShould the Left Call for a Third Party? Sep 07 by Wayne Price 0 comments

There are non-anarchist radicals who advocate creating a new, third, party, to replace the Democrats at least. They share many of the values of anarchists. However anarchists regard this as a mistaken strategy.

imageSummary on Opinion of Anarchist Brazilian Coordination (CAB) on actual brazilian conjuncture and the... Sep 06 by translation and summary by tucum 0 comments

The outcome of the coup among the powerful that ousted President Dilma Rousseff, marking the possible end of the cycle called "neo-developmentalist", led in recent decades by PT [Worker’s Party]. The crisis and political instability on the top floor, next to the power struggles and the interests of national and international capital governments have created a very opportune time for a political, legal and media coup on the PT by the Brazilian elite, faithful doormat of the international market interests.

In all this, our anarchist opinion wants to demarcate position without any illusion in state conspiracies, opinion which seeks to be from our popular base to give combat to the violent suppression of rights and the brutal adjustment that is being applied.

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imageRise and rise of the extreme right Sep 01 by Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group 0 comments

All efforts must now be made to bring the unions into the struggle. This will be difficult, though, due to the cowardly nature of the union bureaucracy. The message must be got through to all unionists that racism is fatal to working class solidarity.

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textChanging the name of Kurdistan Anarchist Forum to Kurdish-Speaking Anarchist Forum Sep 09 Kurdish-Speaking Anarchist Forum 0 comments

Changing the name of Kurdistan Anarchist Forum to Kurdish-Speaking Anarchist Forum

textSolidarity #18 Aug 09 AWSM 0 comments

After a bit of a hiatus, we have published an August 2016 issue of our news sheet Solidarity.

imageFounding Declaration of A.P.O. Aug 02 Anarchist Political Organisation (GR) 0 comments

What we call complete crisis of the system is the violent redeployment of power that targets to alter the terms of social and class antagonism for the worse for the exploited. The acute contradiction between real social needs and social and class relations that impose the amputation of these needs and make it hard for them to be met leads to the economic, political, ethical and environmental dimensions of the crisis.

imageGreece: Repression against squats Aug 01 0 comments

As Anarchist Political Organization, having organized the Anarchist Meeting for Struggle against Borders, War and Modern Totalitarianism and for Solidarity with refugees and immigrants during the No Border Camp, we express our solidarity to the squatted spaces who were hit by the state repression. To our comrades, refugees and immigrants who supported the mobilizations, beforehand and during, with their presence and activity, turning them into a target of the repressive authorities, for what they stand for as a part of the world of Struggle.

imageCall for transnational solidarity Jul 28 0 comments

The far-right bastards of syriza go smoothly hand in hand with ND (nea dimokratia, right-wing party in power before syriza’s election), anthimos (the metropolit, church’s highest officer in Thessaloniki) and all the rest pile of shit, consisting the long arm of repression. With a non-seen before operation of revenge against no border camp, they attack in the crack of dawn on families of refugees in their own homes and on the solidaries.

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