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Eviction attempt defeated in Grangegorman

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 09:25

Wednesday 21st saw another successful defence against an eviction in Dublin.  This time in the Stoneybatter area.  We put out an alert after we were told that a gang of 3 men with crowbars "came this afternoon and broke in to one of the houses. About 40-50 people showed up outside to show support, then 5 Garda showed up. People inside resisted and argued until the alleged owners and Garda left the house and left the street to a large round of applause.

Everything is cool now. The street was closed off and there was lots of music, food, fun, and we managed to get the support of many parents and school children on the way home from school.

Generally speaking, the Garda didn't know what to do and there was wide public support. Small victory for now"

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Palestine-Israel: In the Beitunia murder, the joint struggle again highlights the most important aspect of Israeli involvement in it.*

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 09:47
Araqeeb, Bil'in, Beitunia, Ma'sarah, Nabi Saleh, Ni'lin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, Tel-Aviv/Jaffa
Many objections were raised about the participation of Israelis in the non-armed struggle in the areas of Palestine occupied in the 1967 war. Some, mostly Palestinians, regarded it as a contribution to so called "normalization". Others claimed that Israeli activists should do their struggle within the Israeli population of the 1948 borders. Many anarchists raised reservations as the Palestinian popular struggle is a kind of capitalist "national independence struggle" for the self-determination of the Palestinian capitalist elite to monopolize the option for the exploitation of the Palestinian working masses - they just ignore the fact that most Palestinians wish for a bi-national democratic whole Palestine and not for a national Palestinian State. Others just do not take upon themselves the obligation to serve as a life-saving shield, as Israeli policy officially forbids the state forces to shoot to kill when Israelis are supposed to be among the demonstrators. Indigenous people struggle against settler colonialist transfer and marginalization is NOT the same as a national Bourgeoisie for "national independence" or "national self-determination".

ICTU and Sex Work

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 05/26/2014 - 14:22

 

In 2012 The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) made a submission to the Irish government’s public consultation on the prostitution laws. Most of it was just a cut-and-paste job of text sent to them by the Turn Off The Red Light campaign, which seeks the introduction of the Swedish model. But there is one part of ICTU’s original contribution which I found remarkable. A few paragraphs down the submission cites – clearly for the purpose of endorsing – the view of the Technical, Electrical & Engineering Union‘s General Secretary that “prostitution could not be considered work”.  

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An Anarchist Critique of Horizontalism

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 05/26/2014 - 14:13
 

Horizontalism is an emerging term used to describe the key common characteristics of the waves of rebellion of the last decade. Occupy in 2011 was the peak to date but the term Horizontalism itself appears to originate the rebellion in Argentina after the 2001 banking crisis there. Marina Sitrin in her book on that rebellion says the term was used to describe the neighborhood, workplace & unemployed assemblies that emerged to form “social movements seeking self-management, autonomy and direct democracy.”   

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Religion in the Irish education system

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 05/26/2014 - 13:53
“Father Ted: It’s not as if everyone’s going to go off and join some mad religious cult just because we go off for a picnic for a couple of hours.   Father Dougal: God, Ted, I heard about those cults. Everyone dressing in black and saying our Lord’s gonna come back and judge us all!   Father Ted: No... No, Dougal, that’s us. That’s Catholicism.”  

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In Defense of Bakunin and Anarchism

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 05/24/2014 - 18:19
Responses to Herb Gamberg's Attacks on Anarchism
The Marxist journal, "Platypus Review", published an article by Herb Gamberg which attacked anarchism by focusing on Bakunin. Wayne Price wrote a response and Gamberg replied, in PR. The following is Wayne's original response plus his new reply to Gamberg's latest comments.

Ahdut position paper about the Palestinian struggle

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 08:21
Adopted on 25 April 2014 by the members of the anarcho-communist organization, Ahdut (Unity), active in Palestine/Israel
The Zionist colonization project, sponsored by the imperialist powers and at their service, has subjugated Palestine; it has persistently made every effort to displace the indigenous masses out of the area ruled by it, or at least to concentrate them in confined enclaves. A section of the Palestinian people evaded the efforts to expel them and became citizens of Israel, suffering discrimination by law and customary practice. The State of Israel persists in measures aimed at dispossessing them. Lately these measures are focused on the Prawer Plan for the Negev, which evokes the 1970s plan of Judaizing the Galilee, and the events of Land Day (30 March 1976). Another section of the Palestinian people, in the territories occupied in 1967, live for the most part under military rule. The Israeli military authorities have much greater freedom of action in displacing the Palestinians or concentrating them in enclaves than is possible inside Israeli sovereign territory. As well as gradually seizing most of the Palestinians’ land, Israel obstructs their individual and collective economic development; denies their freedom of movement, assembly and speech; and suppresses by various means their resistance to the ongoing colonization and occupation. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27038]

Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle activists insist in the efforts to change the world*

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:02
Week after week, on weekend and in the week-days to anarchists and other activists insist of leaning our Shoulders on the wheels of history that revolve too slow and push them as much as we can. There is not much of energy in the masses and many activists lost the urge to participate, but still many of us persist and join the meager efforts of the Palestinians who resist the advancing transfer efforts of the Israeli Zionist project and its state forces. The international solidarity activists who join us bring with them the echoes of world wide expanding support and the message that our struggle contribute a lot to it. The frustrated Israeli state forces continue their murderous efforts to extinguish the popular struggle adding live ammunition from time to time like the last week at the demo in Bitunia (near the Ofer concentration camp) but retreat under mounting international pressure. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27037]

Dublin Housing Action: Past, Present and Future

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 08:33

Over the years, Dublin’s working class has organised to fight landlords, developers and politicians in search of decent housing and well-being for all. This panel at the 9th Dublin anarchist bookfair considered how some of these earlier campaigns and direct actions can inform today’s struggles.

 

Dublin Housing Action: Past, Present and Future - Anarchist bookfair 2014 audio by Workers Solidarity on Mixcloud

 

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Fury in Turkey over miner's deaths - Statement by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 05:02

We are relaying yesterday's statement from our comrades in Turkey's Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (Revolutionary Anarchist Action) on the mining catastrophe in Soma, the AKP and state corruption behind it and the police repression of protestors in Turkey's major cities.

 

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Sex Work as Work: Audio of A Conversation with Selma James at the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 05:01

Selma James lead off a discussion on sex work at the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair alongside, sex worker Jenny O, and Wendy Lyon who blogs at Feminist Ire

There is then a 30 minute discussion with the audience around anarchism, sex work and feminism.

 

Sex Work as Work: A Conversation with Selma James at the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair by Workers Solidarity on Mixcloud

 

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Audio of 10 Minute Campaign Talks at the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 2014 - Stop NATO, Vegan, IOPS

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:13

A space at which people involved in a variety of struggles explained them and sought solidarity. There were three talks, Vegan Information Project , Stop NATO in Cymru and the International Organisation for a Participatory Society (IOPS). 

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Anarchism in the context of civil war

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 05/11/2014 - 15:49
The events at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa are a tragedy, and it is possible, that among those who died there were also people who played no part in flaring up the violence. People who threw molotov cocktails at the House should have understood the consequences. Even if the fire igniting was not solely due to them, it is not for lack of trying. In case civil war spreads, these deaths are just the beginning. No doubt that on both sides the majority only wants a better life for their close ones and their motherland, and many hate governments and oligarchs to an equal extent. The more sincerely naïve people die, the greater the pressure to support one of the factions in the war, and we must struggle against this pressure. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27010] [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/26998]

Stuart Christie's Preface to "Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism" (Lucien van der Walt and Michael Schmidt, AK Press)

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 05/11/2014 - 00:19
Stuart Christie's Preface to Lucien van der Walt and Michael Schmidt, "Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism" (AK Press, San Francisco)

Statement from NYC Local of Black Rose Anarchist Federation regarding Cecily McMillan

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 05/11/2014 - 00:09
We stand in solidarity with Cecily McMillan and will in the future. Cecily has been punished in order to make an example out of the Occupy movement. At the same time we must look at the bigger picture. By the end of today, another life, activist or not, will have been snuffed out by state violence. These include attacks against active militants involved in the struggle for liberation of oppressed peoples like Mumia Abu-Jamal, Maroon Shoatz and Leonard Peltier, as well as everyday people of color and undocumented migrants struggling to survive against the racist class divisions perpetuated by capitalism. There have been 239 people killed by the NYPD since Amadou Diallo in 1999, and 107 since Sean Bell in 2010; nearly all of them have been people of color. While we see that Cecily is a political prisoner, we recognize that the black and brown men and women who are systematically beaten on the street and thrown into prisons are political by default. Having historically been the most exploited of the exploited class, their well-being, survival and resistance to the widening gap between classes poses a threat to the capitalist status quo that the state seeks to insure.

The 8th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair: May 17, 2014

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 20:15
PRESS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2014

The NYC Anarchist Book Fair, now in its 8th year, to be held Saturday, May 17, 2014; The NYC Anarchist Film & Art Festivals are also scheduled to take place during the Book Fair.

What: The 8th Annual New York City Anarchist Book Fair

When: Book Fair and Art Festival, speakers, panels, skillshares, and workshops take place Saturday, May 17, 2014; Film Festival (In Honor of Brad Will), Sun., May 18 and Time TBA via website

Where: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Priceless land: Resisting Displacement in Colombia ; resisting Fracking in Ireland - Audio from DABF 2014

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:43

Nelly Cuadros a community activist from the central department of Tolima, Colombia shared with the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair her stories of resistance, and lessons on uniting against injustice. Women play a central role in these communities and, in spite of discrimination as both peasants and women, are emerging as important social leaders for this pivotal time.

This talk was part of Latin American Solidarity Week. As a last minute addition to the program Leah also spoke about the struggle against Fracking in Ireland

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To vote or not to vote: Should it be a question?

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 05/07/2014 - 08:28
There has been much hype, amongst the media and sections of the public, in the run up to this year’s provincial and national elections in South Africa and, for some, the arrival of new parties to the electoral arena has renewed their faith in the possibility of an electoral solution to the myriad of problems facing South Africa. Politicians from across all parties have been using this hype and a seemingly renewed faith in the ballot box to their advantage.


The question, therefore, is: can equality, socialism, national liberation or ‘economic freedom’ – or even a respite from state violence – for a majority be brought about through parties and activists entering into the state or through voting for parties that promise not to use the state for violent or oppressive means; or will this only lead to a dead-end for the working class yet again?

The world has nothing to fear from the US losing power

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 05/07/2014 - 05:34
As China looks set to overtake the US as the world's largest economy, a multipolar world can only be good for democracy.

Palestine-Israel, The moment of truth is nearing, but short time considerations still block it*

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 16:25
The mounting pressure of world imperial powers seems to cause a section of Israel capitalist elite to accept the compromise offered by the Palestinian elite. Another section still want to delay the deal either to enjoy the short term gains or to improve the deal. They think that they can delay the settlement till the November election in the US with out any risk. Mean time the creeping transfer efforts continue mainly in the C areas of the occupied west bank and the suppression of Palestinian popular rebellion. The popular struggle continue both to slow the creeping transfer and to recruit international pressure to quicken the end of occupation. The joint struggle in the south Hebron hill help the Palestinian farmers Tsumud (persistence), in he Sheik Jarakh it help to curb the transfer in the East of Jerusalem. In Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, and Ma'asara it help to freeze the murderous suppression of the popular struggle at large.
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