Anarkismo Network

Tabqa Dam: The key to Capturing Raqqa

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 08:25
An interview with Sinan Deniz, a Kobane-based ANF journalist, who is embedded with SDF forces in their battle to take the Tabqa dam and liberate Raqqa from Islamic State control.

5 Reasons to March against the Water Charges Tomorrow – Saturday April 8th

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:05

ONE – Because Fine Gael are kicking back and won’t scrap the charges and metering. We’ll force them.

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Ireland's Richest 300 Doubled Wealth in the Crisis (300 of Us on €30k Would Take 11,000 Years to Make the Same)

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 08:35

Welcome to the land of saints and hoarders. The richest 300 people in Ireland have doubled their wealth from €50Bn to €100Bn in the last 7 years. That means the number of people who’d fit in a large pub have enough money to have paid the original bank bailout of €64Bn outright (and still be so rich they wouldn’t have to work a day).

 

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March this Saturday - The water charges were not defeated at any Oireachtas committee

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:53

This Saturday at 2pm, Right2Water has called a national anti-water charges protest through Dublin city starting at Connolly and Heuston Station.  Many are seeing this as the final shot of the long war against the water charges, they have been suspended for the last year because a mass boycott made them impossible to collect.  

That boycott was part of a massive decentralised campaign that also saw hundreds of direct actions as communites around the country blocked water meter installations, leading to hundreds of arrests and dozens of ongoing prosecutions.  And Saturday is just one of many huge mobilisations that have brought as many as 80,000 onto the streets on multiple occasions.

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March on April 8th to Abolish water charges - WSM newsletter for the day - Many Battles Won, With the War Yet to Win

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:13

The Workers Solidarity Movement have called an anarchist/anti-authoritarian bloc to join the Water Charges march Saturday 8th April in Dublin. This bloc will meet at Connolly Station at 2pm . Look out for the red and black flags.   We will be handing out several hundred copies of this 4-page leaflet produced by the WSM, which includes content on the water charges, housing, and the pro-choice struggle, and are looking for folks to help us distribute these on the day. [PDF to download]

 

Many Battles Won, With the War Yet to Win

We’ve come a long way. Against the forces of the State and global finance the anti-water charges movement has held the line, and through years of direct action, community organising and mass mobilisations we’ve pushed the government to the point of defeat on water charges. 

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Housing is also an anti-finance, anti-capitalist struggle - Fine Gael Inc

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:07

What would happen if Fine Gael had a change of heart? What if, having been visited by three ghosts the night before, Michael Noonan decided to address the misery brought on by the largest housing crisis in this nation’s history? It’s an interesting question, but of course it’ll never be answered. Still, thinking about it forces us to consider other questions. It leads us to a view of modern capitalism and international power relations which, if more unsettling than Scrooge Fine Gael, is a more solid understanding on which to build our offensive.

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A look back at the resistance to unconventional drilling at Woodburn forest

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:36

This is an analysis of events at Woodburn forest (Carrickfergus, County Antrim) during the exploratory drilling operation being carried out by the company Infrastrata in the spring and summer of 2016. It is intended as a reflection on the successes and failures of the campaign to resist a poisonous and violent extraction of resources from the land, and indeed the lease and seizure of some of that land in an aggressive manner. It draws on personal testimonies; both my own and other activists’ experiences of specific direct actions, set within a broader political analysis of the context within which this sort of struggle is taking place, locally and worldwide.

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Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman, annotated and introduced by Jessica Moran and Barry Pateman [Book review]

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 04:42
Review of the annotated and expanded edition of Berkman's classic Prison Memoirs, which came out in 2017.

Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 2017 & April 23 Anarchist Gathering

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 16:38

The WSM is not organising the 12th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair for the spring of 2017 as might be expected. Instead, we are organising an alternative event, the Anarchist Gathering.  

The Anarchist Gathering 2017 will take place on Sunday, 23nd April, 10am-5pm in the Teacher’s Club (36, Parnell Square West, Dublin 1). Please reply to activity@wsm.ie to register your interest in attending. We are gathering to discuss how we can better organise and fight for a free society. We would hope that everyone actively interested in building anarchism in Ireland will attend.

The following piece maps out our thinking about the bookfair at the present moment.

In solidarity, 

WSM Dublin Anarchist Bookfair Committee.

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UDL fail to even show when Belfast anti-fascists take their protest site

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 07:51

This video shows some scenes from the successful Belfast Anti-Fascist demo that took place Saturday April 1st
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About 200 anti-fascists gathered to show the supposedly 30 or so supporters of the Ulster Defence League that while neither they nor their views are welcome here refugees certainly are.

In reality, the illustrious UDL 30 had no organised or visible attendance, with merely a couple of their brave warriors skulking around the edges, clearly humiliated by the overwhelming presence of anti-fascists.

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President Trump

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 04/01/2017 - 06:53
For the most part, it is only workers inside the US who can take the necessary direct action against Trump. Only they can fight for the program which is necessary to defeat Trump, the old guard Republicans and the Democrats. Direct action against Trump may be possible for some workers outside the US (e.g. workers in US-owned corporations, workers supplying US military bases), but this is necessarily supplementary and guided by the tempo of US events.

Basic Income & Billionaire preppers

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 05:56
Three futures: Barbarism, UBI Warehousing or Anarchism

Our global society is broken. Donald Trump & Brexit are symptoms along with the rise of the far right elsewhere in Europe. In an old pattern, fundamental economic crisis often results in society becoming very much more brutal for most people.  In the age of nuclear weapons this current crisis could be our last.  And with a somewhat longer countdown to disaster we are also facing climate catastrophe.


Thousands take part in pro-choice #Strike4Repeal in Ireland

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 05:46
Main bridge in Dublin blocked for two hours
International Womens Day in Ireland saw thousands take to the streets in a sequence of 'in work time' protests under the heading 'Strike4Repeal'. Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances and the protests were an attempt by pro-choice activists to forced the government to stop delaying a referendum to repeal the anti-choice 8th Amendment placed in the Irish constitution in 1983. Workers Solidarity Movement members took part in organising the day and in the aftermath produced a number of articles and videos detailing what happened.

Greece: NGO Control Over Refugees

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 05:52
The arrest on the 11th of March occurred outside the migrant housing squat (Alkiviadou) which was evicted by the police just two days later. The police still arrested these four comrades even after they were informed that the group was acting in defence of neighbourhood squats, thus the arrest was explicitly political. The Police are thus responsible for making squats more vulnerable to fascist attacks, which is in line with the state strategy to destroy self-organized migrant housing communities.

Statement on the Schmidt Case and Proposed Commission of Inquiry

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:50
In our last statement on the Michael Schmidt case and accusations by journalists Alexander Reid Ross and Joshua Stephens that he is a fascist and white nationalist that attempted to infiltrate the anarchist movement, we said that the Anarkismo network had decided “to call for a commission of enquiry to investigate more closely both the accusations and the defence, and to make recommendations to the broader anarchist movement based on their findings”.


Regrettably it has been over a year since we announced our intention to convene a commission of inquiry and it has not yet materialised.


While we have recently started making progress once again on the call for a commission and will continue to work towards finalizing our proposal and framework, however, we have also had enough time now to debate aspects of the case both within and between some of the organisations in the network.


New developments and information concerning the case have also come to our attention that must be addressed immediately.


Anarchist Gathering 2017

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:08

Anarchists are gathering to discuss how we can better organise and fight for a free society.

Event date and time:  Sun, 2017-04-23 10:00

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Organizing against the Irish housing emergency

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:18
The occupation of Apollo House in Dublin was the largest direct action in Ireland in recent years, but it did not materialize out of nowhere.

Reactionary Working Class?

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 17:51
Large parts of the western working class now seem to gather around right populists, demagogues, and racists. They vote for reactionary and fascistoid political parties. They helped to vote the UK out of the EU and to make Trump president of the world's superpower number one, and they vote so massively for the far right political parties that the latter have government power in sight throughout several of Europe's most populous countries.

Interview with dona Adriana, mother of Rafael Braga

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 03/12/2017 - 17:13
Rafael is a young poor Black man that until June 2013 used to work picking up material for recycling on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Downtown. He used to sleep on the streets and only sometimes go back home, in favela Vila Cruzeiro, so that he would save up the transportation money. However, on June 20th, his routine changed.


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