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Interview with the Kurdistan Anarchists Forum (KAF) about the situation in Iraq/Kurdistan

Anarkismo - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:15
The experiences of many of us have proved or at least shown that it is very, very hard for a libertarian/anarchist idea and direction to grow and develop inside a hierarchal organization. Not only this, it is impossible for such ideas and directions to remain or stay and continue in an ideological nationalist organization. We can always separate or distinguish between the social movement and the leftist political movement whatever form they have because the leftists and politicians are always authoritarian and corrupt. We can see in reality the leftists are always trying to tame and control struggles and the movement of the mass people and use them to achieve their own political aims, making political capital out of it. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27543]
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Los financistas del mundo y la elección en Brasil

Anarkismo - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:08
La segunda vuelta de las elecciones brasileras tiene relación directa con: la proyección del país, la alianza estratégica del bloque político del Mercado Común del Sur (MERCOSUR) y el alineamiento del Brasil dentro de la globalización corporativa: La política exterior de Lula extendida por Dilma (con algunas correcciones en su pragmatismo) es estructuralmente distinta de la del período de Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Se cambiaron el eje y el enfoque. A escala mundial nuestro país refuerza las relaciones Sur-Sur, priorizando específicamente las inversiones en infraestructura y cadenas productivas de América Latina y África. Brasil es hoy un motor del capitalismo mundial. Quien gane en las urnas comandará la 7ª economía mundal.
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Italy: Strikes Kick Off to Protest Renzi’s Labor Measures

Labour Start - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Business Week
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Nigeria: Constitutional Amendment: NLC, TUC vow crippling strike over minimum wage

Labour Start - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Times
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Statement outside Santa Ana City Council chambers (English/Español)

Libcom.org News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:21
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This is the second statement by Copwatch Santa Ana released this month. Among other things, it explains why the group attended the October 7 city council meeting, why they did not attend the city's October 21 meeting, and their philosophy for the liberation of all people. The collective is based in Santa Ana, CA. The statement was released on October 21, 2014. Check out their first statement.

We know that the power of the people lies in the people themselves. Not in the vote, not in the non-profit, but the people who work, strive, struggle and organize collectively for each others liberation.

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The IRA and Rape Culture - “When The Violence Causes Silence We Must Be Mistaken”

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 05:36

Growing up in West Belfast, as Maíria Cahill did, you are immediately introduced and submerged into a culture of republicanism and of the armed struggle. Murals, flags and gardens of remembrance make it impossible to escape. What is lurking in the shadows of these symbols and the shadows of local heroes is the clandestine sexual abuse that went on during those turbulent years – clandestine to the public but an open secret within the republican family.

Living in a community where Sinn Féin have an absolute political monopoly, it was incredibly brave of Maíria to waive her right to anonymity and challenge the conventional wisdom that surrounded her case – the conventional wisdom that the IRA was responsible for. What we have seen as result, is an attempt by Sinn Féin, as they quite often do, to make Maíria’s rape something it is not. They are trying to write this off as an attack on Gerry Adams and are actively adding to rape culture by implying that Maíria has made it all up for these ends.

 

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Fiji: NZ union backed charity educates Fiji workers

Labour Start - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Radio New Zealand
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Liberia: How LIberia's rubber tap workers union can help beat Ebola

Labour Start - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Global Post
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Syrian Kurdistan takes a different route to the Arab Spring – a first hand experience- audio

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:23

Zaher Baher of the Kurdistan Anarchists Forum spoke at the 2014 London Anarchist Bookfair about the two weeks he spent in Syrian Kurdistan in May 2014, looking at the experiences of self-management in the region, experiments that have become more widely discussed as the result of the defense of Kobane against ISIS. Zaher is also a member of Haringey Solidarity Group

 

Anarchist Eyewitness to self-management in Kurdish Syria / West Kurdistan by Workers Solidarity on Mixcloud

 

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Anarchist Eyewitness to self-management in Kurdish Syria / West Kurdistan

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:01

Zaher Baher of the Kurdistan Anarchists Forum spent two weeks in Syrian Kurdistan in May 2014, looking at the experiences of self-management in the region, experiments that have become more widely discussed as the result of the defense of Kobane against ISIS.  This account tells in some detail what he saw and what conclusions he draws.   Zaher is also a member of Haringey Solidarity Group and spoke at the 2014 London Anarchist Bookfair about his experiences.  This account was originally published as 'The experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) has proved that people can make changes'

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Declaración Internacional Libertaria de Solidaridad con la Resistencia Kurda

Anarkismo - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 00:54
Desde algunos años, el movimiento kurdo se está acercando a las ideas libertarias. Aunque no se trata de un movimiento anarquista, este cambio muestra que las ideas anarquistas de libertad e igualdad a través de la solidaridad, nuestras ideas de horizontalidad y de democracia directa radical en contra del Estado no solo son validas y fuertes, sino que son también necesarias para que los movimientos sociales acaben con la herencia autoritaria de la izquierda. Expresar nuestra solidaridad con Rojava y el movimiento kurdo es nuestra responsabilidad, pues representan la esperanza en esta región y porque es una lucha de los oprimidos en contra de los opresores. Las verdaderas luchas no son nunca perfectas pero llevan a diversos potencialidades de construcción de una sociedad libre. Mientras expresamos nuestra solidaridad con el movimiento revolucionario en Rojava entendemos también que nuestro papel es seguir desarrollando los principios centrales de nuestras ideas para compartirlas con los y las revolucionari@s en el mundo. - Grupo editorial de Anarkismo.net [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27506]
Categories: Anarchists

USA: AFL-CIO Calls for Obama to Act on Worker Protections Against Ebola

Labour Start - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AFL-CIO
Categories: Workplace Struggle

USA: Ebola galvanizes workers battling to join unions, improve safety

Labour Start - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Reuters
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Hong Kong: Unions the target of foreign whispers

Labour Start - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: This Working Life
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Fascistes de l'EI, bas les pattes du Rojava ! Solidarité avec le processus révolutionnaire kurde !

Anarkismo - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:23
Communiqué de solidarité CGA avec le processus révolutionnaire au Rojava
Depuis plus de deux ans, le Rojava (Kurdistan syrien), est engagé dans un processus révolutionnaire spécifique. Resté longtemps à l'écart de celui proposé en Syrie car considéré comme trop marqué par l'idéologie panarabe et nationaliste, puis confronté à une contre-révolution interne fasciste et religieux takfiri, le Rojava développe ses propres institutions sociales, chasse les troupes du régime de Bachar, et affronte les forces politico-religieuses ou nationalistes arabes qui tentent de liquider cette dynamique autonomiste.
Categories: Anarchists

Middle Men and Market Forces - An interview with Conor McCabe

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:00

The following is an edited transcript of an interview cum dialogue with Conor McCabe, author of the 2011 book “Sins of the Father” on the economy of Ireland since independence and researcher on financial shenanigans and corporate misdeeds in the Republic. I keeping with the theme of this issue of IAR on the institutions of power in Ireland, we wanted to explore how money and market forces operate through the specific structures and class composition of Irish society.

 

 

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Hope, Friendship and Surprise in the Zombie Time of Capitalism: An interview with Gustavo Esteva

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:38

Gustavo Esteva is an independent writer and grassroots activist. He has been a central contributor to a wide range of Mexican, Latin American, and international nongovernmental organizations and solidarity networks, including the Universidad de la Tierra en Oaxaca and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. The WSM's Tom Murray caught up with Gustavo at a recent public lecture at the Kimmage Development Centre to discuss hope, friendship and surprise in the zombie-time of capitalism, and how people are taking initiatives, reclaiming control of their lives and creating vibrant, autonomous alternatives here today.

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Irish Anarchist Review Issue 10

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:26

Welcome to the tenth instalment of the Irish Anarchist Review, published for the 2014 London Anarchist Bookfair.

Five years ago, the Irish Anarchist Review replaced Red and Black Revolution as the magazine of the Workers Solidarity Movement. It’s mission was to fill a vacuum in Irish radical circles, to be a publication that raised questions and provoked debate, rather than laying out blueprints for success, as had been the norm in the more theoretical work of the left. It was established at a time where a fightback was believed to be imminent, when the expectation was that as the (economic) beatings continued, morale would improve.

  The intervening years produced a series of false starts. The big ICTU demonstrations in the infancy of the crisis proved to be safety valves for the expulsion of steam from the rank and file, and were tightly controlled by the bureaucracy. The Occupy phenomenon was a reaction against that type of protest, and it did release a wave of creative energy, but it’s structurelessness ultimately had the same effect, and that energy escaped into the ether. There have also been strikes and occupations, the Unlock Nama campaign, the campaign against household and water taxes (CAHWT) and a massive resurgence in the campaign for abortion access.

 

 

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Διεθνής ελευθεριακή-σοσιαλιστική αλληλεγγύη

Anarkismo - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:16
στην κουρδική αντίσταση
Εδώ και μερικά χρόνια το κουρδικό κίνημα κινείται προς την κατεύθυνση των ελευθεριακών ιδεών. Αν και δεν είναι ένα αναρχικό κίνημα, αυτή η κίνηση είναι ένα σημάδι ότι οι αναρχικές ιδέες της ελευθερίας και της ισότητας μέσα από την αλληλεγγύη, οι ιδέες μας περί οριζοντιότητας και ριζοσπαστικής άμεσης δημοκρατίας καθώς και η ριζοσπαστική κριτική μας ενάντια στο Κράτος δεν είναι μόνο έγκυρες και ισχυρές, αλλά και αναγκαίες σε κινήματα ώστε να ξεφύγουν από την αυταρχική κληρονομιά στην αριστερά. Είναι καθήκον μας να εκφράσουμε την αλληλεγγύη μας στη Rojava και το κουρδικό κίνημα, επειδή αντιπροσωπεύουν την ελπίδα σε αυτήν την περιοχή και επειδή είναι οι καταπιεσμένοι που αγωνίζονται ενάντια στους καταπιεστές. Οι πραγματικοί αγώνες δεν είναι ποτέ τέλειοι, αλλά κουβαλούν διαφορετικές δυνατότητες για μια ελεύθερη κοινωνία. Εκφράζοντας την αλληλεγγύη μας με το επαναστατικό κίνημα στην Rojava σημαίνει ότι κατανοούμε το ρόλο μας στο να συνεχίσουμε να αναπτύσσουμε τα βασικά χαρακτηριστικά των ιδεών μας, προκειμένου να εμπνεύσουμε επαναστάσεις και επαναστάτες σε όλο τον κόσμο. Εκδοτική ομάδα Anarkismo.net [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27506]
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Comunicato internazionale socialista-libertario in solidarietà con la resistenza curda

Anarkismo - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:02
Da alcuni anni il movimento curdo sta vivendo un processo che si muove in direzione libertaria. Sebbene non si tratti di un movimento anarchico, questo processo indica che le idee anarchiche di libertà ed uguaglianza attraverso la solidarietà, attraverso la nostra idea di orizzontalità e di democrazia diretta e radicale ed attraverso la nostra critica radicale contro lo Stato non solo sono forti e valide, ma sono anche necessarie per i movimenti che vogliano operare una rottura con l'eredità autoritaria all'interno della sinistra. E' nostro dovere esprimere la nostra solidarietà con la Rojava e con il movimento curdo, poiché essi rappresentano una speranza in questa regione e perché si ergono come oppressi in lotta contro i loro oppressori. Le lotte reali non sono mai perfette ma portano con sé diversi gradi di potenzialità di realizzazione di una libera società. Nell'esprimere la nostra solidarietà al movimento rivoluzionario nella Rojava ribadiamo che il nostro ruolo è quello di continuare a sviluppare i principi fondamentali delle nostre idee allo scopo di ispirare le rivoluzioni ed i/le rivoluzionar* di tutto il mondo. - Gruppo Editoriale di Anarkismo.net [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27506]
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