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Greece: NGO Control Over Refugees

Anarkismo - 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.
Categories: Anarchists

[Costa Rica] En la "democracia" más antigua de Latinoamérica también reprimen

Anarkismo - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 01:04
Jornada Internacional de Solidaridad con Personas Detenidas/Procesadas Políticas en Costa Rica y Contra la Represión Estatal
En democracia también reprimen, secuestran, torturan y asesinan.
Convocatoria a Jornada Internacional de Solidaridad con Personas Detenidas y Procesadas Políticas en Costa Rica y Contra la Represión Estatal.
Categories: Anarchists

Rojava: el Kurdistán autónomo en Siria

Anarkismo - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:41
La lucha kurda en cuatro regiones
Compartimos una nota sobre los acontecimiento que dieron origen a la Revolución en Rojava (Norte de Siria) y su trascendencia a nivel político para Oriente Medio. Esta nota es la primera de cuatro (cada una correspondiente a las cuatro regiones que componen el Kurdistán).
Categories: Anarchists

Three futures: Barbarism, UBI Warehousing or Anarchism

Anarchist Writers - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:50

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.

 

The crisis is fundamental rather than temporary because there are two underlying factors that are irreversible.  The first is the end of the era where the environmental costs of growth could be mostly discounted in the belief that dilution would neutralise pollution.  For much of the industrial revolution the poisonous effluent dumped into the ecosystem had only local severe effects with the vast oceans and atmosphere diluting the pollutants enough that global effects were minor.  This is no longer the case with climate change being the most talked about of several examples where the pollution generated by growth can no longer be absorbed without serious global consequences. 

[As this is a long read we have also made
the entire piece available on audio,
listen as you are doing the dishes 
or you can download a PDF version]

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Categories: Anarchists

An account of how #Strike4Repeal went in Dublin

Anarchist Writers - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:47

Andrew spent the day of March 8th 2017 recording #Strike4Repeal and has edited this 20 minute video account of how the day went down in Dublin.  Below you will also find a  text transcript of his account.

I headed into Dublin early on #Strike4Repeal day because a little birds had told me of the plan to cover up and alter some of Dublin’s statues in the early morning.

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Categories: Anarchists

Levantan y golpean a cuatro activistas zapotecos del Istmo oaxaqueño; se desconoce su paradero

Anarkismo - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 07:19
El 27 de marzo, alrededor de las 9:30 am., los indígenas Zapotecos defensores del territorio Juan López López, Juan Jarquín López, Jesús Luis López y David Hernández Salazar (también agente municipal de Puente Madera, San Blas Atempa, Oaxaca) fueron agredidos físicamente y detenidos arbitrariamente por agentes de policía municipal de San Blas Atempa, estado de Oaxaca, México.
Categories: Anarchists

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.


Statement on the Schmidt Case and Proposed Commission of Inquiry

Anarkismo - 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.


Categories: Anarchists

Hundreds detained after massive wave of repression in Belarus

Libcom.org News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 14:10
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March 25 was planned by some liberal opposition leaders as the day of the biggest protest against Lukashenko’s policies this year, the biggest in the wave of recent anti-government demonstrations that started in February this year. It ended with the biggest police mobilization in years bringing thousands of riot cops to Minsk and detaining hundreds of people before and during the demonstration. Last Saturday, the capital of Belarus looked like a war zone created by the police.

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Categories: Anarchists

L’incubo del futuro? Una bella patria populista, sovranista e protezionista per il ritorno a casa dell’ex-capitalismo globale

Anarkismo - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:03
Combattere il capitalismo, globalizzato o domestico che sia
Le scorciatoie del sovranismo portano la sinistra in un vicolo cieco; invece occorre rilanciare una prassi internazionalista e combattere il capitalismo in ogni luogo di lavoro e di vita, costruendo orizzonti di alternativa sociale in cui donne ed uomini organizzati come classe di sfruttati ed oppressi sfidano il dominio capitalistico e populista e ricostruiscono solidarietà e partecipazione dal basso.
Categories: Anarchists

Nuevas Amenazas Paramilitares Contra La Liberación De La Tierra En El Cauca

Anarkismo - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 21:02
Después de que el pasado miércoles el imperio agroindustrial de INCAUCA asesinara al comunero indígena y Liberador de tierra JAVIER OTECA en la hacienda Miraflores de Corinto, el día de hoy aparece una nueva amenaza paramilitar contra el proceso de Liberación de la Emperatriz, en Caloto. Como otros panfletos que circulan en el Norte del Cauca desde enero del presente año, el grupo paramilitar de las Águilas Negras aparece como el autor de las amenazas de muerte, lo preocupante es que en este caso aparece el nombre y los apellidos de 13 Liberadores de Tierra de la Emperatriz. Además se ofrece dinero por el asesinato de cualquiera de ellos.
Categories: Anarchists

France: Tower occupation could win migrant workers their right to stay

Libcom.org News - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 10:37
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A victory for 105 migrant workers could be on the cards following their two-week occupation of Semmaris Tower in Paris demanding they and 23 other comrades be regularised and given full rights at work.

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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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Anarcho-syndicalists and former workers block Bulgarian telecom headquarters over unpaid wages

Libcom.org News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:46
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Former employees of Max Telecom, along with anarchosyndicalists from ARS (Autonomous Worker’s Union) organised a picket demanding the immediate payment of all unpaid wages.

Dickheads from management had to flee and leave the offices empty, so we put our messages on them and on the locked doors of the premises. Then we blocked the road to Sofia Airport. If you don’t pay our salaries, next time our actions will not be as 'symbolic'! Angry worker

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Categories: Anarchists

Political repression beyond the baton

Libcom.org News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:10
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Mike King's new book, When Riot Cops Are Not Enough, describes how movements are repressed when overt police violence is unsuccessful

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Coalition representing 350,000 announces May 1st strike

Libcom.org News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:41
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Workers will strike on International Worker's Day to protest worsening conditions across the country

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Bad Ideas Part 1: Don’t be a Jerk about Bad Ideas

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 21:52

By John O'Reilly - Thoughts on the Struggle, originally posted July 20, 2011

(with much thanks for ideas and suggestions from A. Vargas, Nate Hawthorne, and the Wob Writing Group)

It would be great if we lived in a world where all ideas about organizing were right, but the blunt fact is that sometimes people with really good intentions do things that waste their time or, worse yet, actually hurt the organization that they are trying to build. We have all at some point looked back and said, “Wow, I cannot believe I put so much time into that project that was so clearly going to fail.” Granted, hindsight is 20/20 but often when we say this about failed projects, we also say, “Wow, Fellow Worker X is really smart and experienced and should have told me that was going to fail.” Unfortunately, there are two common and dysfunctional ways that experienced Wobblies allow this kind of situation to happen. Being a jerk and being hesitant are two mistakes in dealing with these problems that we often do by mistake.

Often, experienced Wobbly organizers do not want to crowd newer, inexperienced but excited members by telling them how to spend their time. As a result, Wobblies often stand by and watch other people go off in a direction that does not make any sense and is from the outset doomed to fail. Hesitation to step in means that sometimes individuals or groups spend hours and hours working on a project when they clearly had other options that were much more useful. This hesitation is a natural response to many of us because we would rather allow someone to step off in a direction that is ineffective and sometimes wildly negative than do the harder work of mentoring a fellow worker through the prickly but important situation of recognizing one’s own bad ideas. Stepping beyond that hesitation is an important task for organizers to train ourselves to do.

That said, sometimes we find ourselves indulging in the opposite impulse: organizers can criticize bad ideas by acting like a jerk. Sometimes, someone may have already gone off with a bad idea and started pushing it around the union. As experienced organizers, we can see a few steps down the road and imagine how the bad idea will lead to disaster. That knowledge can make it more tempting to act like a jerk. But acting like a jerk is just as obviously a failing strategy to deal with bad ideas. It might embolden a member’s dedication to the project (“FW X said this is a crappy idea and that we’re stupid. Screw them, let’s do it!”) or disempower and discourage the member (“FW X said this is a crappy idea; I guess I’m a crappy unionist.”) While it might be easy to act like a jerk and dismiss peoples’ ideas out of hand, we can also easily see how this response is a negative one and does nothing to build the union. Instead, we need to imagine alternative ways of dealing with bad ideas.

In some instances, we just have to let people try something and have it fail so that they learn it is not a great idea. We can be there in a critical but supportive stance. If the member wants to have the IWW host a debate about Daniel DeLeon’s ideas as a way of bringing in more workers, we could offer to help flier for it. That wastes some of our time, but in the long run it could be a gain because it allows us to build a relationship with the member in question and when nobody comes to the debate who has not already been involved in the branch for years, we can have a conversation with that member about other projects that might be better next time. Other times, we may have to find ways of redirecting the worker’s attention towards better projects. Perhaps a crew of members is pushing the branch to spend an hour at next month’s business meeting discussing how the class struggle can be pushed forward via do-it-yourself clothing and dumpster diving (which can be cool if people are into them, but don’t implicitly have much to do with the class struggle). We could intervene there by asking the members why they want to discuss it at the meeting and perhaps suggest that we have a separate discussion outside of the meeting, participate in that discussion and use it as a space to talk about good ideas instead. When folks with bad ideas start pushing them, it’s often better to step closer to them than it is to step back and criticize from a distance.

Imagine an alternate scenario. When organizers are jerks about bad ideas, they turn people off of the important participatory aspect of our union. By straight out telling an excited member that their idea to leaflet for the union at the factory gates at a shop of 500 workers while waving a red and black flag is a crappy idea, you do nothing more than turn people off from the IWW. It makes it easier for the member to ignore good advice because of the way in which that advice is raised, which in turn leads them to embrace more bad ideas and less good advice in the future. Bad ideas will never simply disappear from the organization; we constantly try new things and attempt to build a culture of organizers who can recognize past bad ideas when they see them. Acting like a jerk about them is often more damaging to the organization than doing the bad ideas in question.

Our approach with bad ideas has got to be one that builds from our role as organizers. As organizers, we are used to identifying leaders in campaigns and trying to use that leadership to develop the worker and workers who look up to them. Inside the union, we need to apply the same skills. Figuring out who a member respects and using that relationship to provide good ideas builds stronger relationships between members rather than tearing people down who have a bad idea and it can redirect the time the member was going to spend on a bad idea towards a good one. At the heart of this question is a call for organizers to be aware that if they voice criticisms in a way that makes those criticisms not be taken seriously then they are not doing any good. It’s not enough to be right. People have to be right in the right way.

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Categories: Workplace Struggle

17,000 technicians and call centre workers on strike at AT&T

Libcom.org News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 19:51
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17,000 workers at AT&T's telephone service group in California and Nevada walked out on strike Wednesday after AT&T change work assignments for both technicians and call centre workers.

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Categories: Anarchists

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.
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