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September 2014 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 05:34
KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 78-79, September 2014 [Double issue] has just been posted on our site. You can get to the contents here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/cz8xhf or read the full pdf here http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/hmgrxw

The Khutsong Tragedy

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:10
Residents in Khutsong location were neglected by the police many times, and that is why they ended up taking the law into their own hands in late 2013.

Anti-militarist United Fronts and Italy’s “Red week”, 1914

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:34
Part 2 in a series of articles on the concept and history of the United Front
The United Front tactic – aimed at uniting masses of workers in action and winning Communist leadership for the working class – was adopted as policy by the Communist International (Comintern) in 1921 and will be discussed later in this series. However, there are important examples of working class unity in action which predate Comintern policy and bear relevance to the united fronts discussion. One often-cited example is the united front to defend the gains of the February Revolution from a military coup in Russia in 1917, which will be discussed in the next article in this series.

Before looking at this, however, there is another example of proletarian unity in action – that didn’t seek to win Communist leadership – which warrants attention; that of a revolutionary worker-peasant alliance. This conception of united front action found expression in Italy’s anti-militarist “red blocs” and it is to these that we now turn.

First published in issue 87 of Workers World News


http://anarkismo.net/article/27348

NUMSA and the ‘United Front Against Neoliberalism’

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:26
Part 1 in a series of articles on the concept and history of the United Front
The resolution adopted by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) to form a ‘United Front against neoliberalism’ – as well as its decision not to endorse the ANC in the elections – represents an interesting development in the political landscape, one which activists should look at carefully and engage.

Due to the language used by the media, the Left, NUMSA’s critics and even NUMSA itself much confusion surrounds the debate – leaving many questions: Is the ‘United Front’ an organisation or attempt to build a new labour federation or political party? Is it an attempt to revive the 1980s United Democratic Front (UDF)? Why NUMSA’s sudden interest in community struggles?

This series, of which this article is the first, aims to clarify these and other questions by looking at the proposal and history of united fronts locally and internationally to clarify key issues and draw lessons that activists can use when engaging the pros and cons of NUMSA’s United Front proposal and if and how they think it should be developed.


First published in issue 86 of Workers World News


http://anarkismo.net/article/27349

The U.S. Still Decides the Future of Capitalism

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:01
Not the G20, and Not the BRICS Nations
International attention has been diverted away from this year's G20 meetings in Australia by the declaration from the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, at their meeting in Fortaleza Brazil this July, that they would launch a new “BRICS bank.”

Orbituary of Ousi Lawrence Zitha

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 04:03
Comrade Lawrence was born on 7 July 1969 in Kliptown before moving to Ceza in KwaZulu-Natal. He attended Ceza Primary and Nghunghunyone Secondary, matriculating in 1986 with exemption (excellent at that time).

Issue #3 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 03:40
Available online in PDF
Welcome to issue 3 of “Tokologo,” produced by members of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective, based in Gauteng, South Africa. Our members come from Johannesburg, Khutsong, Sebokeng, and Soweto; we are committed to the fight for the full freedom of the working class and poor, in South Africa and abroad. We do not want privatisation (capitalist ownership), we do not want nationalisation (state ownership), we want self-management and socialisation (community/ worker ownership), of land and all other productive resources.

For The Caribbean Anarchist Federation

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:10
For all this we propose a constitutive meeting of the F.A.C.-C [-Central American] (Caribbean and Central American Anarchist Federation) in the Dominican Republic in March of 2015. We call individuals and “delegates” of anarchist collectives in the region to join us in this meeting that will be an initial decisive moment to compare and coordinate actions, ideas and supplies based on the topics/themes that would emerge from each collective according to their location. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27340]

The experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) has proved that people can make changes

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 16:07
What you read below is the experience of my visit, for a couple of weeks in May this year, 2014, to North East of Syria or Syrian Kurdistan (West of Kurdistan) with a close friend of mine. Throughout the visit we had the total freedom and opportunity to see and speak to whoever we wanted to. This includes women, men, youth, and the political parties. There are over 20 parties from Kurdish to Christian, of which some are in the Democratic Self Administration (DSA) or Democratic Self Management (DSM) of the region of Al Jazera. Al Jazera is one of three regions, (cantons) of West Kurdistan. We also met the Kurdish and Christian political parties who are not in the DSA or DSM. In addition, we met the top people from the Democratic Self Administration (DSM), members of the different committees, local groups and communes as well as businesspeople, shopkeepers, workers, people in the market and people who were just walking in the street. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27347]

Legalise Cannabis protest marches through Dublin August 2014

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:00

Saturday evening August 23 saw over a 1000 people take part in a demonstration in Dublin demanding the legalisation of Cannabis organised by Legalise Cannabis Ireland. The front banner read ‘Medication - Taxation - Industrialisation - Civil Liberties’ and “We will raise awareness and demand change to Irish legislation for the benefit of every person in Ireland. The time is now to end the hypocrisy’

The message of the march as expressed by the front banner was very much a demand for capitalism as normal rather than the gangster capitalism of illegality. That’s obviously a very limited demand - indeed it’s already been won or partly won in a number of European countries and more recently states in the USA.

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International Support for Zapatist@s against the Chiapas counterinsurgency

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
To National and International Civil Society,
To the National and International Sixth,
To the free, autonomous, independent media or whatever they are called,
To the Good Government Juntas,
To the EZLN,
To the support bases of the EZLN,
[http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27316]
[http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27317]

The possibility of breaking up Iraq

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 03:15
A few weeks ago, in one of our bulletins, we (the Kurdistan Anarchists Forum) expressed our opinions and attitudes regarding the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), its attacks on Iraq, and the religious and political struggle between the Shia and Sunni for domination. Here in this statement, we put forward our views about the political situation, the possibility of a divided Iraq, and the current war. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27326]

The wonders of the desperate gamble that Netanyahu lost

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 03:55
To keep Hamas on its legs again after the Egyptian closure forced it to its knees and to compromise with the West Bank Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu started a war that was supposed to set Hamas back on its feet, though much weaker than before the closure.

Support the first ever full translation and publication of Emma Goldman's "Living my life" in Russian!

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:42
The publishing cooperative Radical Theory & Practice from Moscow has initiated a new project: translating Emma Goldman's autobiography "Living My Life" into Russian and printing it for distribution. This will be the first ever, integral translation of the work into Russian. However, we are facing some big financial hurdles, and currently have €3,000 in the minus column. We do not want to stop working on the project due to profit margins or lack thereof, but as most of us are fully employed within the cooperative we need to ensure our daily costs are covered.

Understanding the Civil War in Ukraine

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 03:36
The Ukrainian conflict, like most political phenomena, is multi-dimensional and highly complex. As such, it calls for a holistic – dialectical, if you wish – approach. But to judge by American and NATO spokespersons and by their mass media, there is only one really decisive factor that explains everything: Russia's imperialism, Vladimir Putin's determination to dominate and further dismember the Ukraine as part of his plan to restore the Soviet empire. In this simplistic view, Ukraine, with benevolent support from the West, would be quite capable of dealing with its problems and would soon be on its way to becoming a prosperous, Western-style democracy. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27315]

Palestine-Israel, The war assault on Gaza failed to bring the expected results and even back fired*

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 02:09
Arkib, Bil'in, Ma'asara, Neby Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, South Hebron Hills.
The war Israel started with the Hamas was intended to keep it weaker but independent of the west bank authority. A month and a half and Israel cannot stop the Hamas firing of rockets on Israel. The Hamas raised its demand about the lifting of the siege (closer) and the Israeli prime minister failed go get the support of his coalition for the needed compromise. To diminish the losses and to save face Israel with US backing are passing the decision to the UN security council the Israeli ruling elite evaded successfully so many years. The mounting economic pressures create cracks in the Israeli ruling elite and even the populist coalition party head - the foreign minister, start to promote the end of the 1967 occupation. And the joint popular grass root struggle continue - within Israel at the Arkib Bedouins as focus, Bil'in, Ma'asara, Neby Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, South Hebron Hills. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27303]

BRICS and the New Axis of Expansionist Capitalism

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 16:32
(by: Bruno Lima Rocha. Translated by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

The BRICS alliance — a bloc of countries formed by the meetings of their leaders and without any formal documentation — has once again caught the world’s attention for trying a new hand in global power politics. The premise of the relationship between Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa is based on the economy and the potential of sharing a common destination point. Culturally, Brazil is most similar to post-Apartheid South Africa, and proportionally we carry a similar weight to Latin America, as does South Africa to sub-saharan Africa.

Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street - talk by Author Mark Bray

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:52

Talk by Mark Bray, author of Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street followed by an hour of discussion.

Translating Anarchy tells the story of the anti-capitalist anti-authoritarians of Occupy Wall Street, who strategically communicated their revolutionary politics to the public in a way that was both accessible and revolutionary.

 

Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street - talk by Author Mark Bray in Dublin by Workers Solidarity on Mixcloud

 

 

 

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Audio: Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:46
Audio of talk by author Mark Bray to WSM hosted meeting in Dublin
A 30 minute talk by Mark Bray, author of Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street followed by an hour of discussion. Translating Anarchy tells the story of the anti-capitalist anti-authoritarians of Occupy Wall Street who strategically communicated their revolutionary politics to the public in a way that was both accessible and revolutionary.

Ireland - Migrant X refused an abortion and forced to have a C-section

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:31
A story of abuse at the hands of a racist, sexist authoritarian state
This is as complete a story about what happened to 'Migrant X' that we are aware of.  Migrant X is a young migrant women who it emerged was refused an abortion by the Irish state despite apparently meeting the grounds of the http://www.wsm.ie/x-case and instead forced to carry the pregnancy and agree to a C-section.  The pregnanacy itself was the result of rape, Migrant X attempted suicide after being refused the abortion and later went on a hunger and thirst strike.  Once what had happened to her became known there were sizeable pro-choice solidarity demonstrations called across Ireland and at Irish embassies overseas.  


We have been given information that the migrant woman at the centre of the current forced pregnancy was 'committed' to a psychiatric hospital following her initial request for termination. It’s already known that the initial request was made when she was 8 weeks pregnant.  It was this crucial period in which she was being held incommunicado which led directly to the Caesarian option being possible to impose as an ‘alternative’ to allowing her to access the abortion she had asked for.

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