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Anarchist Lens: The Green Experiment

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:02
Parliamentary politics and the demolilisation of struggle ...
In this post, Anarchist Lens returns to the subject of electoral politics and how it demobilises the struggle for change. The example of the German Greens is examined. In the late 70s, Die Grünen (The Greens) emerged as a new force on the German and European left. Radical and activist led, they claimed to be aware of the pitfalls of the electoral process and were, in their own words, an ‘anti-party party’. Yet, in less than twenty years, they had capitulated on all their key principles: tolerating nuclear power, rubber-stamping German participation in NATO and even agreeing to capitalist-friendly market reforms. How did this transformation come about?

Western Sahara: An Albatross on African Union’s Conscience

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 12:28
At the 28th Summit meeting of the African Union (AU) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 30 January 2017, Morocco's readmission to the continental body generated heated discussion. At the end of the day the Kingdom of Morocco managed to win over sufficient member states on its side and it was allowed to join the fold unconditionally.

2017 South African Budget Speech: No Pravin, it was not progressive nor redistributive

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 14:28
On Wednesday, the Minister of Finance of South Africa stood up in the circus that passes itself off as

a National Parliament and without any sense of irony what-so- ever declared that the South African

state’s budget for 2017 was redistributive and progressive. If the Minister was to be believed,

therefore, the budget was aimed at making a dent in the substantial class and racial inequalities that

exist in the country. To back this up, supporters pointed out that the tax rate on top earners was

raised marginally in the budget and people receiving dividends from shares would have to pay 5%

more on these in tax. Despite this, one word could sum up the idea that the budget presented was

redistributive and progressive: bullshit.



Rather the budget presented by Minister Pravin Gordhan was yet again another attack on the working

class. What the budget did was to favour corporations at the expense of the poor. In doing so, it

remained based on the neoliberal dogma that has defined South Africa’s post-apartheid politics. In

other words, the budget was a vivid demonstration of how the state is an instrument and weapon of

the ruling class that functions to benefit that class. This can be seen throughout the budget, including

how the state plans to raise money and how it plans to spend it.

Palestine-Israel, Celebrating a 12 years of persistent struggle in Bil'in and a small victory*

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 02:32
Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Shikh Jarrah and the South of Hebron Hills
Regional change and new Israeli war minister who is clearly against annexation of additional of parts of Palestine (and even for cutting parts annexed 1948) resulted in the diminishing of the suppression of the non armed popular struggle. For months the Israeli forces diminished the harassment of the Friday demos of villages activists and the Israeli anarchists against the wall. In bil'in they nearly stopped entirely any shooting of tear gas and bullets, seldom tried to stop us from approaching the separation wall... The participants of the big demo of the 12th year celebration could not see even one soldier till the end of the demo when kids forced open the gate of the wall and resulted in a mildest ever response. The failure of the big plan of US to subvert the countries of the region as it exported terror (Al Quida, Daesh and Shieh advances) forced it to compromises with Iran, Rojave, (and probably with Syrian Assad, Russia and the Palestinians).

A Call From Anarchist Women / İstanbul

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 14:25
A Call From Anarchist Women / İstanbul
To all women comrades all around the world,

The next issue of our monthly newspaper Meydan is going to be prepeared by Anarchist Women, as for all March issues. In this issue we're going to focus different topics; violence against women, violence as a state policy, crisis of the state and capitalism...

In this issue, we are also planing to give place to our women comrades all around the world for solidarity messages about 8th March.
While we are resisting patriarchy, we're trying to organise women solidarity against all form of power (violence,capitalism, militarism etc...) for becoming free.

In this context, we're waiting to hear your (women comrades from anarchist organistaions and women organisations) message about the importance of women solidarity and 8th March, to publish them in our paper. As we will publish the solidarity messages of other women organistaions and women comrades from anarchist organisations, we will be appreciated to get yours.

You can contact with; anarsistkadinlar@gmail.com

Long live to women solidarity!

German newspaper apologises for publishing false allegations of Cologne-style New Year sex assaults in Frankfurt

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 07:51
Germany’s highest-selling newspaper has issued an apology for publishing false allegations of Cologne-style sex attacks in Frankurt during New Year celebrations.

Police in the city ordered an investigation after Bild claimed a mob of some 900 drunk asylum-seekers had assaulted women on one of the city’s best known shopping streets.

But the police investigation found conclusively that there was no mob and that the alleged sex assaults did not take place.

Solidarity with Théo and every victim of police abuse! No to the “Public Security” law!

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 13:22
The Coordination of Arnarchist Groups (CGA) affirms its solidarity with Théo, who was raped, beaten and insulted by four policemen on the second of last February. We also affirm our solidarity with people who has shown and keep showing their legitimate outrage against police in Aulnay and others municipalities of Seine-Saint-Denis. We denounce the use of violence by the police against protesters, in particular the warning shots using live rounds during the night from the 6th to the 7th of February, as well as all the arrests and the criminal convictions. This Saturday the 11th of February, demonstration against police violence and in solidarity with Théo were organized all over France. Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the Bobigny court where the repression was very severe. [http://anarkismo.net/article/29990] [http://anarkismo.net/article/30007] [http://anarkismo.net/article/30012]

Keeping up the Fight for Reproductive Rights

Common Cause - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 11:20

By Zoey

On May 29, Dr. Henry Morgentaler, renowned for the key role he played in the abortion movement in Canada, died at 90 years old. Morgentaler, a Holocaust survivor who moved to Canada in the 1950's, used legal and illegal avenues to contend with anti-abortion laws that had been in place since the passing of the nation's first criminal code in 1892. In 1969 Morgentaler defied this law to open up an abortion clinic in Montreal, the first of a series of abortion clinics in major Canadian cities. These clinics became the target of twenty years worth of aggression and legal battles, until January 1988, when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada's existing abortion laws as unconstitutional—citing violation of section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for infringing upon a woman's right to "life, liberty and security of person."

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Movement for Justice in el Barrio: 2013 Southern Ontario Speaking Tour

Common Cause - Sat, 04/06/2013 - 00:50

The Movement for Justice in El Barrio was founded by immigrants and low-income people of color of East Harlem to fight for dignity and against neoliberal displacement.

Movement operates on a commitment to self-determination, autonomy, and participatory democracy.

Driven by multi-national corporations and profit-seeking landlords,and facilitated by city officials, gentrification has swept New York City, causing the wholesale displacement of low-income people of color and immigrants from their communities. East Harlem is experiencing a wave of harassment, abuse, and intimidation as greedy landlords attempt to evict the community from their homes in order to raise rents and increase profits. With over 750 members, Movement has gone door-to-door, building-to-building, and block-to-block to organize with their fellow neighbors to build a neighborhood-wide movement for dignity and justice.

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Towards a Militant Feminist Movement: Confronting Men’s Rights Organizing

Common Cause - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 22:41

By a Common Cause Toronto member

On the eve of International Women’s Day, so-called men’s rights advocates at the University of Toronto hosted an event confronting women’s studies and academic feminism. This was a follow-up to their event in November featuring self-proclaimed ex-feminist Warren Farrell, author of the book the Myth of Male Power. Warren Farrell is best known for his statements about women making false accusations of rape and his argument that incest can be a positive experience, if only women were not socialized to be victims. Though figures like this, who have written that, “before we called this date rape and date fraud, we called it exciting”, make it tempting to point to these inflammatory quotes to justify our outrage at these groups, it is their fundamental discourse that we must contend with.

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Which way forward for Ontario teachers?

Common Cause - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 22:55

By Richard R

It has been over a month since the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) held their one-day protest of the provincial Liberal Party leadership convention, mobilizing some 15,000 people on the streets of Toronto and then sending them all home again around 4:00 PM. The protest was part of the trade union response to Bill 115, which enabled the provincial government to circumvent collective bargaining and mandate the terms of new “collective agreements”. Within the bill were draconian provisions for any attempt to challenge the legislation, through the courts or in the workplace. It is worth noting that while the union leadership were pushing for this day of action, they were also cynically hedging their bets in the form of thousands of dollars in union dues being funnelled into contributions to Liberal leadership candidates. In one case $10,000 was donated to Eric Hoskins, a leadership contender who had in fact voted in favour of Bill 115.

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There is No Justice at Grand Valley

Common Cause - Mon, 02/25/2013 - 20:51

By Tammy Lee

On the early evening of January 28th protestors gathered outside of the Grand Valley Institution for Women (GVI), a federal prison in Kitchener, ON. Approximately 30 people came out to show their support for the women inside, and to draw attention to the ongoing abuse at the institution, which in recent months has garnered substantial media attention in the wake of a drugs-for-sex scandal.

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Anarchists and Wobblies Support Striking Refuelers at Toronto Island Airport

Common Cause - Wed, 02/20/2013 - 19:06

By Paul M

The IWW and members of Common Cause Toronto have been hitting the picket lines in support of striking refuelers employed by Porter Fixed Base Operations (FBO) at the Toronto Island airport. The strike has been bravely fought by a mere 22 workers fed up with unsafe working conditions and low wages. Injuries due to poor training and heavy turnover have not been uncommon, and the workers currently earn an abysmally low 12 dollars an hour. As the workers continue their fight against their bosses at Porter, anarchists must keep up the support until the dispute is won.

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A Flame to Extinguish Capital

Buffalo Class Action - Thu, 07/08/2010 - 11:45

Book Review of Black Flame: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism. Oakland, CA: AK Press. By Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt.
by Deric Shannon

At the outset, after reading Black Flame, it's impossible not to reflect on the massive amount of research that such a work must have entailed. The book is a narrative about anarchism and, with interest in anarchism on the rise worldwide, it could not have come at a better time. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, we need new narratives of the anarchist tradition to understand where we've been. Secondly, Black Flame contains critiques of the ways that "radical" circles contemporarily have too often turned away from the radical class politics that have always defined the socialist movement.

Ironically enough, this is both a major strength of the book, but also, in my opinion, one of its weaknesses. As Schmidt and van der Walt state their case early in the book, "'(c)lass struggle' anarchism, sometimes called revolutionary or communist anarchism, is not a type of anarchism; in our view, it is the only anarchism" (19--emphasis theirs). This essentially leads to the authors deciding throughout the beginning of the book who the "real" anarchists are and who gets defined out.

Again, there are strengths and weaknesses with this approach.

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Queer Is Many Things

Buffalo Class Action - Thu, 07/08/2010 - 10:09

Queer is many things. It’s a critique of identity– critiquing/questioning the boxes and categories we are given to cage ourselves with. Example, we can be gay, straight, or bi. These are the choices we have. But they don’t describe reality and they do more to contain us than to liberate us. (Although, I have to note that people do find empowerment and community within these identities and I don’t mean to downplay that.) It’s a critique of the construction of sexuality– formed by the ideas we have to conceive of it. If who you fuck is what you are (i.e., “gay”) — then that’s a sexual identity. Or we can do sexuality differently– it’s not who we are but what we do– our acts.

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The Ecological Crisis is an Economic Crisis; the Economic Crisis is an Ecological Crisis

Buffalo Class Action - Thu, 07/08/2010 - 09:48

by Wayne Price

PART I: How Capitalism has created an Ecological, Energy, and Economic Crisis

The post-WWII boom was based on cheap oil. But oil is nonrenewable, polluting, and causes global warming. It was "cheap" because the capitalists did not pay to prepare for the day when it would be harder to access oil. We have reached that day, which is one aspect of the worldwide crisis of the return to the epoch of capitalist decay.

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Mass Movement or Alternative Economy: Dealing with the Economic Crisis

Buffalo Class Action - Wed, 06/16/2010 - 16:00

by Buckles

Building democratic mass movements in our workplaces and communities should be the strategy for combating the capitalist economic crisis and advancing revolutionary struggle. An alternative economic sector does not have the capacity to win short-term reforms or fundamentally transform society.

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The Economic Crisis and Anarchist Ways Forward

Buffalo Class Action - Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:54

Wayne Price and Eric Larsen at the New York Anarchist Bookfair, 4/11/2009

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