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Rojava revolution - A look at Co-operatives & assemblies - video with commentary in the text

Anarchist Writers - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 12:29

As they have driven ISIS back in northern Syria / Rojava the Kurdish YPG and their allies in the SDF have won increasing visibility in western media. While such reports often mention the key role in this fight played by women in the YPJ, there is otherwise little examination of the revolution happening behind the front lines in Rojava. That revolution is why they stood and fought ISIS rather than fleeing. This can be true of a lot of alternative media coverage. In part this is due to the limited amount of information on what this revolution involves. but it’s also in part because photographs of women with guns are judged to be more striking than women workers in a co-operative bakery or a community assembly.

We’ve tried to address this imbalance somewhat, both in our coverage and through bringing a number of Kurdish and other speakers over to talk at the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair. They spoke about what is happening behind the front lines. What is it that is being constructed that so many have judged is worth going to the front lines to defend against ISIS? Our speakers this year included Erjan Ayboga author of ‘Revolution in Rojava’ and US academic Janet Biehl who has visited the region twice since the revolution to investigate what is happening on the ground.

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Why elections fail to bring about real change - the 10 filters that make them ineffective for the radical left

Anarchist Writers - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 11:11

Why can’t the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in their interest and not that of the 1%

At a simple level parliamentary elections sound like the ideal way for the mass of the ‘have nots’ to use their numbers to overcome the power and influences of the tiny number of have’s.  Occupy talked about this division in the language of the 1% and 99%; a crude approximation that does reflect a reality where the number of wealthy decision makers is actually very tiny, indeed less than 1%.  So, why can’t the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in their interest and not that of the 1%? [Listen to this article]

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Η αντιφασιστική της 10 Δεκέμβρη, Πάτρα

Anarkismo - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 03:43
Το Σάββατο 10/12 οι ναζί της Χρυσής Αυγής, άφαντοι στην πόλη της Πάτρας τα τελευταία χρόνια, επιχείρησαν στα κρυφά, χωρίς καμιά δημόσια ανακοίνωση νωρίτερα, να πραγματοποιήσουν εκδήλωση στα γραφεία τους με τον ευρωβουλευτή Επιτήδειο. Και αυτό γιατί την τελευταία φορά που το ανακοίνωσαν από πριν δεν κατάφεραν καν να προσεγγίσουν τα γραφεία τους (ενώ 2-3 που βρίσκονταν σε αυτά παρέμειναν εκεί εγκλωβισμένοι για ώρες), ύστερα από την άμεση συγκέντρωση αντιφασιστών στο χώρο.
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Global: Gulf Countries and Forced Labour

Labour Start - Sun, 12/11/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
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Korea (South): Samsung can never see my face: story of a secret trade unionist

Labour Start - Sun, 12/11/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: NI
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USA: 5 Practical Principles to Guide Our Work Under Trump

Labour Start - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Nation
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Author launching Revolution in Rojava across Ireland - Cork, Dublin, Cavan, Dungannon, Belfast

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:50

Next week sees an exciting speaking tour around Ireland when author Ercan Ayboga who spoke at the Dublin anarchist bookfair will be launching  “Revolution in Rojava.”  Dublin WSM has been running a reading group* on this book over the last month and we highly recommend it as an account of the nuts & bolts of the Rojava revolution essential to anyone who wants to transform the world.

Cork: O’Rahilly Building (ORB 132), UCC, 12th December, 6pm

Dublin: Connolly Book (43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2), 13th December, 6pm
Cavan: Bridge Street Centre, Bridge Street, 14th December, 6,30pm
Dungannon: Éalú Centre, Shamble Lane, 15th December @ 6:30pm
Belfast: Just Books (22 Berry Street, Belfast, BT1 1FJ), 19th December @ 6:30pm

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Puente Alto: vecinas y vecinos se movilizan por emanaciones tóxicas de pozos áridos

Anarkismo - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 09:29
Regemac y Baltierra son dos empresas que extraen áridos desde hace más de 4 décadas en la comuna de Puente Alto. El terreno en donde se encuentran los pozos está rodeado por varias villas densamente pobladas, lo cual por sentido común, es una situación irregular tomando en consideración el plano regulador. A las y los vecinos que hace 15 años se endeudaron para poder tener su casa propia, los engañaron diciéndoles que los terrenos ubicados al frente de sus hogares serían en 5 años más un hermoso parque. Ha pasado el tiempo y nada de eso ha ocurrido, por el contrario, todo ha empeorado.
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Explosion outside Jönköping autonomous cultural center, attempted firebombing

Libcom.org News - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 07:19
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On the morning of December 9th, the autonomous social centre Kulturhuset, Jönköping was targeted with some kind of explosion, though with limited damage. The attack took place only weeks following an explosive attack against the Gothenburg libertarian infoshop Syndikalistiskt Forum.

- It's hard to understand why someone would want to attack such an important meeting spot for local people, and at the same time attempting to burn to the ground an important part of Swedish industrial heritage Sebastian Dahlander

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Building Working-Class Defense Organizations: An Interview with the Twin Cities GDC

Libcom.org News - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 02:47
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First of May Anarchist Alliance interviewed Erik D., Secretary of Twin Cities IWW-General Defense Committee (GDC) Local 14. The GDC which has grown to approximately 100 members in Minnesota has become an important pole of struggle for pro-working-class revolutionaries on a number of different fronts, most significantly the year-long struggle against police killings and brutality.

We were a largely disciplined group that could reliably be counted on to do what we promised. Equally important is that we were consistent in pushing in person for more radical and militant approaches. Erik D., Secretary, Twin Cities IWW General Defense Committee

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Greece: Transportation Crippled By Union-Led Anti-Austerity Strikes

Labour Start - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Daily Caller
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USA: Trump Labor Sec Has Record Defined by Fighting Against Working People

Labour Start - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AFL CIO
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USA: Working People Unite and say #ImWithChuck

Labour Start - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AFL-CIO
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Video & audio from the 10th Dublin anarchist bookfair

Anarchist Writers - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:20

These are the videos and audios I recorded at this years Dublin anarchist bookfair

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Δεν είναι ατυχήματα, είναι δολοφονίες!

Anarkismo - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 05:40
Οι θάνατοι στα κέντρα κράτησης
Ακόμα δύο νεκροί ήρθαν να προστεθούν στους χιλιάδες που έχουν χάσει τη ζωή τους στην προσπάθεια να διασχίσουν τα ευρωπαϊκά σύνορα. Αυτή τη φορά οι θάνατοι σημειώθηκαν μέσα στο κέντρο κράτησης της Μόριας. Μία γυναίκα 60 χρονών και ο εγγονός της 4 χρόνων σκοτώθηκαν μετά από έκρηξη στο γκαζάκι που είχε ανάψει στην προσπάθεια της να μαγειρέψει. Από την έκρηξη και τη φωτιά που ακολούθησε, σοβαρά τραυματίστηκαν επίσης ακόμα 2 συγγενείς της οικογένειας οι οποίοι και έχουν μεταφερθεί σε νοσοκομεία της Αθήνας χωρίς να έχει γίνει γνωστή η πορεία της υγείας τους.
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Feminicidios en Chile: apenas la punta del iceberg

Anarkismo - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 03:51
Cuarenta y ocho. Posiblemente, cuando este artículo esté siendo compartido, la cifra sea mayor. Cuarenta y ocho son los feminicidios que han ocurrido en Chile durante el 2016, cuarenta y ocho son las mujeres a quienes han arrebatado sus vidas, sus proyectos, su amor y sus sueños. No podemos quedarnos en silencio, ¿o sí?
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Greece: Workers go on general strike against budget cuts

Labour Start - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Reuters
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USA: Donald Trump just insulted a union leader on Twitter. Then the phone started to ring.

Labour Start - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Washington Post
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Australia: The Push To Make Domestic Violence Leave A National Work Right

Labour Start - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Huffington Post Australia
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Global: Amazon Grocery will eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across globe

Labour Start - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Forbes
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