Anarkismo Network

Crisis and Revolt

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 02:51
The crises we face and the kind of struggle we need to face them.
Liberals and progressive forces support the Democratic Party in elections, even though humanity is facing a number of interconnected threats and nightmarish catastrophes: economic, ecological/climate, and others. Democratic liberals, while perhaps the "lesser evil" to the Republican reactionaries, have no solutions to the objective dangers which threaten society with great suffering and destruction. The only real alternative is popular mass struggle or defeat--socialist-anarchism or catastrophes.

In the Rubble of US Imperialism

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 17:13
The PKK, YPG and the Islamic State
This article highlights how the US state created the conditions in the Middle East in which a right-wing reactionary force like the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) could emerge. Along with this – and central to the article – it discusses how the US state is refusing to back the only two effective forces that are fighting the Islamic State: the Kurdish Workers’ Party and the People’s Protection Units. Indeed, this article is also written to express solidarity with the People’s Protection Units that are currently fighting a key battle against the Islamic State to hold onto the city of Kobani in Syria. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27411]

Turkish anarchists in Syria to support Kurdish people

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 03:37
Istanbul anarchists along other leftists, feminists, and 'Gezi park types' have managed to cross over into Syria and the northern town of Kobane which is currently threatened by ISIS. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27480]

In Shingal, Kobane and all Rojava, ISIS is Dehak and the people are Kawa

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:35
In Kurdistan, people are fighting against ISIS, “the procreated violence” given birth by capitalism and the states that start wars for their own benefits. ISIS, subcontractor of the states that pursue income strategies on the region, is attacking people while yelling “islamic state!” and “holy war, jihad!”. People are suffering from hunger and thirst, getting ill, getting injured; migrating ad dying. They are still fighting in that struggle for existence. People are fighting not for the schemes and strategies around meeting tables, not for income, but for their freedom.

A Call For Social Insertion in the People's Climate Change March

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:58
A call for anarchist social insertion into the People's Climate Change March and related movements, to make anarchism the leading idea.
Anarchists must involve themselves in the People's Climate Change March, and make their ideas the leading idea of the movement. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27479]

Palestine-Israel: The joint struggle confront the transfer efforts of the Israeli settler colonialist project*

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 03:49
Arkib, Dahamsh (1948 borders), and Bil'in, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarah (East Jerusalem)
Though Israel failed in its last open assault on the Gaza Strip, it still succeed in its transfer efforts. The drowning of a refugee ship with 450 mainly Gaza people reflect the partial success of Israel transfer efforts that for the never ended efforts since 1948. The siege on Gaza join the pressure on both Palestinians within the 1948 borders and that of the 1967. The big masses were driven out during the 1948 and 1967 wars, but efforts continued with all means possible. Some expelled by force some were moved within the border as pressure to "voluntary transfer". Within the 1967 borders, the Israeli efforts are targeted on the villages and Bedouins living in area C where the joint struggle to resist it is mainly focused in the South of Hebron Hills. And the joint struggle in Arkib, Dahamsh (1948 borders), and Bil'in, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarah (East Jerusalem) continue "as usual". [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27471]

Scottish Referendum: A tale of two cities

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:06
For one brief glorious fleeting moment two weekends ago, it looked like David Cameron had unwittingly brought the union between England and Scotland to the brink of collapse. Today the rain falls on the dashed hopes of 45% of Scotland’s voters.

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Serious investment in social housing is required as an alternative to Dublin council housing families in hotels or prefabs

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:19

Decades of lack of investment in social housing and the growing housing crisis in Dublin means that Dublin city council now appear to be considering building temporary slum housing. That's not of course what they are calling it but Assistant chief executive and head of housing Dick Brady has revealed a plan to house families in prefabs on derelict sites.

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A chat about the Manifesto for for an Accelerationist Politics- audio

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 07:50

This educational discussion was based around a text that says “We believe the most important division in today’s left is between those that hold to a folk politics of localism, direct action, and relentless horizontalism, and those that outline what must become called an accelerationist politics at ease with a modernity of abstraction, complexity, globality, and technology.” from Manifesto for for an Accelerationist Politics

We tended to disagree, the audio of what is a relatively informal introduction and chat covers a range of issues we have with this approach.

 

A chat about the Manifesto for for an Accelerationist Politics- WSM Dublin by Workers Solidarity on Mixcloud

 

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Palestine: Keep Rani Burnat Rolling

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 02:03
Replace Rani Burnat's wheelchairs and camera broken by Israeli soldiers in Bil'in Village, West Bank

Origins of the hostility and the split between Al Qa’ida and ISIS

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:41

Geo-strategically the Al Qa’ida leadership (Azzam, bin Laden, Zawahiri) are products of the Cold War, specifically the Afghan Mujahidin war against the USSR. Rather like their American neo-con previous employers, Al Qa’ida view the end of the Cold War as a victory over the USSR by their own side. The Al Qa’ida perspective is that, having “defeated” one superpower, the global jihad now needs to turn its offensive against the remaining superpower.  Al Qa’ida worry that the Zarqawists of ISIS may be restricting the struggle to a parochial Mesopotamian sectarian struggle that could fail to engage Muslim jihadists around the world, outside the MENA region, say in West Africa or Indonesia and the Philippines  where the US is a more credible #1 enemy than Iran.

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ISIS Jihadism and Imperialism in the post Arab Spring period- an anarchist analysis ( Audio & Video )

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:51

Following on from the rapid spread of Isis in Iraq & Syria Paul Bowman presented an update intended to inform on the contemporary politics of Jihadism and its entanglement with regional and global imperialist power plays.

He starts by looking in detail at the ideological / religious background of the Salafist movements including ISIS and how such movements differ from those of the Muslim Brotherhood / Ikwanite.

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Over the Walls of Nationalisms and Wars

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 06:44
Statement of participants of 8th Balkan Anarchist Bookfair
It is clear that nationalism is a tool used against the exploited classes. In the Balkans, (especially in the region of ex-Yugoslavia) the rise of nationalist ideology in the 1990’s helped enable the brutal capitalist attack against society. It further atomized the population and destroyed established networks of cooperation and solidarity. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27389]

Revolutionary organisation in the digital age - audio from a speaking tour of Norway

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:32

It is a confusing time to be on the revolutionary left as everything that was once certain turns to smoke.

Technology has overturned and remade what constitutes effective communication and the construction of networks.

Quite how to organise is no longer clear, while old reference points of 1917, 1936 or even 1968 no longer provide definitive models.

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Anarchists and Radicals in 1890’s Patras

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:36
In this article, Troaditis examines the transitional period between the appearance of the general socialist organisation Socialist Brotherhood and the forming of some clearly anarchist groupings. It’s a period that there is nothing remained from Democratic Association of the People (of 1870s Patras) as some of their members have either become moderate socialists or simply have disappeared, and a new and fresh wave of anarchists is starting to be visible in town. This moment is just a step before of the formation of the anarchist communist newspaper-collective “Epi Ta Proso” (“Forward”) in 1896.

The Minister, Sex Work and Asylum Seekers in direct provision centres in Ireland

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:17

Minister Frances Fitzgerald claimed to be shocked at reports that some women in direct provision centres felt compelled into sex work by the poverty they are kept in. How can that be, it's Minister Frances Fitzgerald who actually operates this direct provision system that creates such circumstances.

As the Minister she does not allow asylum seekers to work, leaving them to exist on €19.10 per week, often for periods measured in years. Who can imagine living month after month with such a minuscule amount of spending money? And while she now wants to suggest she has concern for such women the reality is that she is the one who signs deportation orders, orders which will very often send the same women to very much more difficult circumstances.

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Khutsong: Pre-emptive “crime-stopping” leads to police brutality

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:15
Khutsong has not been at peace, facing a high police deployment, supposedly to combat crime. The government was adamant about cleaning up the streets in Khutsong. This followed certain brutal crimes.

Sketch of the life of Liu Shifu (Sifo, or Sifu), Chinese anarchist-communist, 1884-1915.

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:11
Sketch of the life of Liu Shifu (Sifo, or Sifu), Chinese anarchist-communist, 1884-1915.
First published as SIFU: A CHINESE REVOLUTIONIST 1884-1915 by H.E. Shaw, in "Esperanto Journal of the People," from Mother Earth volume 10, number 8, October 1915


Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle continues with lower intensity: last Friday only 3 Israelis came to Bil'in demo*

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 10:10
Bil'in-Ni'lin-Ma'sara-Nabi Saleh-Qaddum-Sheikh Jarrah-south of Hebron Hills
The 50-day war on Gaza ended, after Israel begged for a ceasefire and yielded to major demands from Hamas (some kept in secret even from Israeli government ministers). A majority of Israelis admit that Israel did not win the war but with difficulty admit that Hamas had the upper hand. Ministers passed two weeks ago a classified Cabinet document containing a proposal to place an international force in Gaza, which may mean the end of Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip and the opening of the Ghetto... and may be a precedent to what could be the end of the occupation of the West Bank). In Israel, the "radical" left is back to "normal"... though many more activists are contemplating joining the comrades who had already lost hope and emigrated. It seems the international pressures of the imperial powers and the advances of the boycott movement are bringing the end of the 1967 occupation sooner than expected. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27374]

Ready for Revolution : The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933-1938. [Book Review]

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 05:49
A review of Agustin Guillamon's "Ready for Revolution" on the Spanish anarchist defence committees, assessing its relevance to today's revolutionaries.
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