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Regarding the release of prisoners and the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the Cuba and US governments

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 06:02
Position of the Taller Libertario "Alfredo López"
The”normalization” of diplomatic relations between the governments of the USA and Cuba should help eliminate many antiquated impediments imposed by these very same governments upon basic human bonds in both countries. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27720]

Why I don't do Kwaanza - Bruce A Dixon

Libcom.org News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 19:53
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Bruce A Dixon from Black Agenda Report explains why he doesn't celebrate Kwaanza: the holiday invented by Ron Karenga of the United Slaves group, which murdered leading members of the Black Panthers in the late 1960s.

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Expanding the struggle: notes on the future of the #blacklivesmatter movement - Black Rose NYC

Libcom.org News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 14:43
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The Black Rose Anarchist Federation on the black lives matter protests sweeping the US in the wake of police killings of black men, with suggestions on how to spread and expand the movement.

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Who gives the orders? Oakland police, City Hall and Occupy

Libcom.org News - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 16:18
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The recent declaration of "war" by the NYPD police union shows how the police are a political institution who do not simply follow orders from elected leaders. A similar revolt occurred among Oakland police during Occupy Oakland.

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Protest in solidarity with Spanish anarchists

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 15:49
On 16 December 2014, Spanish police launched ‘Operation Pandora’. Round-ups, searches, and arrests were carried out at squats in the ‘Casa de la Montaña’ district of Barcelona, at the libertarian San-Andres reading room, the anarchist Poble-Sec reading room, as well as 15 private homes.
Presently, 11 anarchists have been detained incommunicado by the state and accused of belonging to an ‘anarchist terrorist’ organisation (https://libcom.org/news/spain-pandora’s-box-17122014).

Céad Míle Fáilte to Rough It Outside the Garda National Immigration Bureau

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 12:16

Some International Students & Workers organised a solidarity gathering to stand up and speak out against the humiliating treatment of international students and workers required to register at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).

Many have seen the recent reports and photographs of students and workers queueing overnight at the GNIB in order to obtain required visa permissions to remain in the state. Under huge pressure from students, workers and allies the Department of Justice (DoJ) were forced to temporary alleviate the situation by placing more resources into processing claims, especially for re-entry visas.
 

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Locked arms and open hearts: students from the Okanagan Valley mobilize for Ayotzinapa

Libcom.org News - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 07:28
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Students from the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia organize to offer solidarity on the Global Day of Action for Ayotzinapa

You are not alone. Your pain is our pain. Your dignified rage is our dignified rage. CCRI - General Comand of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN)

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Spain: Pandora’s box

Libcom.org News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:08
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Meetings attended by thousands of people have been held in several cities of Spain in the wake of arrests of anarchists by police on the morning of December 16. In the course of a special operation code-named “Pandora”, the police tracked down activists whom they intended to accuse of organizing terrorist acts. As a result, 14 people were arrested; three were later released.

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Why is online conflict so much more disruptive of organising?

Anarchist Writers - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:02

I’ve written a good deal about both the positive organisational opportunities created by social networking. Here I’m going to look at one of the strong negatives, the intensification and deepening of conflict as a result of online disagreement . This results in fracturing movements even resulting in people unable to be physically in the same space as each other, never mind work together in a sustainable way.

This piece has been written over many months, and I’ve delayed publication at several points to avoid what I’m saying being mistaken for a specific commentary on the latest flare up. Take my references here as being very general and drawn from a long exposure to political discussion on and offline. I’ve been arguing with people online since 1992. Where I’m referring to specific incidents I’ll make that clear, otherwise I’m talking about patterns I’ve observed rather than specific incidents. This is defientley not about you, dear reader even if I hope its relevant to you.

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Abortion: Just Travel to England?

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:00

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) revealed yesterday that over the last 12 months alone they have seen 26 asylum seekers or women with travel restrictions who indicated they wanted an abortion but were unable to travel abroad. At least 5 of those women were forced to continue the pregnancy to term.

For too long people have allowed the state to continue to deny bodily autonomy because the trip to Britain for an abortion was a difficult and expensive option but one still available to many. What was ignored was that those unable to access such abortions were the most marginalised, those with little or no voice. As the IFPA revealed as well as Asylum Seekers this includes "women in poverty or on low income, young women, women with disabilities, women in State care, women experiencing domestic violence and women with travel restrictions”.
 

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Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle to the backdrop of the end-of-the-world "status quo" and as catalyst in our region*

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 05:47
Bili'n, Ma'sara, Nabi Saleh , Ni'lin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah
The old world order, in which US interests in the region East of the Mediterranean let Israel - a bastion of the US - continue with its Zionist settler colonialist in the 1967 occupied Palestine, has ended. Europe has started to advance its own interests, which are not in accord with the Israeli bastion. The independent steps of Europe are enhanced by its public opinion against Israeli colonialism to which the joint struggle in the West Bank contributes a lot. It was the approach of the imminent crisis that forced the Israeli Prime minister to call for elections, to save himself from the normally-timed election when the crisis would be the main agenda. The murder of the Palestinian minister of the popular struggles has focused attention on the ferment and rising of the popular non-armed struggles of which Israel is contemplating suppression with systematic use of live ammunition. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27726]

No to Golden Dawn in Australia!

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 05:43
The working class must take the issue in its own hands!
During the last 3 years in Greece, savage austerity imposed by the Troika (International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission) has crippled the country’s economy. The austerity has led to a depression that is as bad, if not worse, as the Great Depression was in the United States. Enjoying the atmosphere of anguish and despair associated with economic depression, Golden Dawn has flourished, espousing an ideology of hate. It is in effect a Fascist party that promotes anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant and misogynist chauvinism and has grown to become the third most popular political party in the country.

Role of the Anarchist Organisation - WSM postion paper

Anarchist Writers - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:33

There have been enormous changes in the world and on the left in the last 30 years. How do these effect what the role of an anarchist organisation like the WSM is? The weekend of October 11th after a couple of years of discussion the WSM reached some collective agreements around this in the form of the position paper below which replaces an older text that largely dated from the 1980's.

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Anarchism, Oppression & Exploitation - WSM position paper

Anarchist Writers - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:27

I was part of a long education and discussion process that culminated in this new position paper on "Anarchism, Oppression & Exploitation" being agreed by WSM National Conference at the start of October 2014.

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The Water Charges: After we win what comes next

Anarchist Writers - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:41

The revolt against the water charges is of a size and militancy that if we stay on the streets we will certainly win. But the revolt has also exposed in plain view the level of co-operation between media, politicians, big businessmen like Denis O’Brien and the gardaí. All have acted together to cajole, bully and suppress protest and then to lie and distort events.

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The Water Charges: After we win what comes next

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:36

The revolt against the water charges is of a size and militancy that if we stay on the streets we will certainly win. But the revolt has also exposed in plain view the level of co-operation between media, politicians, big businessmen like Denis O’Brien and the gardaí. All have acted together to cajole, bully and suppress protest and then to lie and distort events.

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MACG withdraws from Australians for Kurdistan

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 06:46
This statement was prepared for the public meeting on “Beyond Kobanê – Behind the revolution in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan)”, which was held at Victorian Trades Hall on Wednesday 3 December by Australians for Kurdistan. Most of it was read at the meeting, but due to time constraints, the latter part was curtailed. The parts in italics were not able to be read. There has been minor editing for publication.

Water Charges Protest - Regime Media Numbers Just Don't Add Up

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 05:24

Sometimes the media don't do a very good job of hiding their agenda. Wednesday's mass protest against water charges in Dublin city centre was a prime example. While anyone who was present could see that this was one of the biggest demonstrations in recent times, despite being on a workday afternoon in the middle of winter, the media tried to downplay the numbers.

While initially, the Garda press office said it wouldn't be releasing an estimate of the crowd numbers, within the hour, it backtracked, and said gave a number of 30,000 "plus". Of course, that is technically correct, the crowd did number over thirty thousand, but citing that figure insinuates that there might have been one or two thousand more, not the massive numbers that people who experienced the demo for themselves witnessed. It was as if they plucked a number out of the air.

 

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Bernard Sigamoney, Durban Indian revolutionary syndicalist

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 04:38
A global movement, the anarchist and syndicalist tradition has influenced people from all walks of life. A notable figure was Bernard L.E. Sigamoney, born in 1888. The grandson of indentured Indian labourers, who arrived in South Africa in the 1870s, he became a school teacher with a working class outlook. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27727]

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