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Kazakhstan: ITUC Calls on Kazakhstan Government to Respect Freedom of Association

Labour Start - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
Categories: Workplace Struggle

[Dungannon] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 19:15
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dungannon: Éalú Centre, Shamble Lane, 15th December @ 6:30pm

[Dungannon] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Anarkismo - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 19:15
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dungannon: Éalú Centre, Shamble Lane, 15th December @ 6:30pm
Categories: Anarchists

Fidel Castro (1926-2016)

Anarkismo - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 18:57
Dopo una lunga malattia che lo ha costretto a ritirarsi dalla carica nel luglio 2006, Fidel Castro è morto lo scorso 25 novembre. Nel corso della sua vita Castro era sopravvissuto a molti sforzi degli Stati Uniti per rovesciare il suo governo ed anche eliminarlo fisicamente, vedi la sponsorizzazione di invasioni, numerosi tentativi di assassinio e attacchi terroristici. Castro ha tenuto il potere politico supremo a Cuba per più di 47 anni, e anche dopo aver lasciato il suo alto ufficio ha continuato ad essere politicamente impegnato per diversi anni incontrando numerose personalità straniere e scrivendo le sue Reflexiones sulla stampa del Partito Comunista Cubano. http://anarkismo.net/article/29802 http://anarkismo.net/article/29801
Categories: Anarchists

Report of a meeting organized by internationalist comrades from Kurdistan

Libcom.org News - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:54

We are a group of comrades from different parts of Kurdistan, who define themselves as internationalists. Most of us were persecuted as deserters and/or subversives, many of us have been imprisoned. All but two of us who came directly from Kurdistan for the present meeting, live in exile in Europe.
If someone is interested, (s)he could translate this text in English.

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Categories: Anarchists

Brazil: When Volkswagen handed its staff over to Brazil’s military junta

Labour Start - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Equal Times
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Unionism and Anti-Fascism

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 16:13

Statement on Opposing All Oppression from the Twin Cities GDC Local 14

1. ANY SUCCESSFUL WORKER REVOLUTION WILL REQUIRE PARTICIPATION FROM DIVERSE MEMBERS OF THE WORKING CLASS, CURRENTLY DIVIDED BY MANY OPPRESSIONS.

We fight against capitalism. We do so because capitalism is organized theft based on hierarchy. We unionize because fighting this authoritarian theft can be done most successfully in the workplace, at the point of production. In unionizing we face many challenges, from creating strategies and tactics to accomplish our goals, as well as maintaining morale, fighting spirit, and solidarity with each other.

One of the most difficult challenges the working class faces is that of oppressive social divisions. We may be of a single class, but we are not the same as a result. In addition to experiencing the oppressions of our class, we have differing experiences of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-semitism and Islamphobia, along with other types of oppressions. Some of us experience privilege on the basis of our race, sex, gender, or religion, while others among us experience oppression on precisely the same grounds.

The ruling classes know this, of course. It is one of their favorite strategies for destroying organized workers: divide and conquer. Many of these oppressions exist in starkest relief in America’s massive prison-industrial system, where wardens encourage and enforce racial segregation and violence among prisoners, precisely as a system of maintaining control. These forms of control through oppression are not limited to prisons, of course. We see and experience them in our daily lives, and in our workplaces as well.

To maintain solidarity with all workers requires that we maintain explicit solidarity with workers on the diverse grounds of their oppression. Our revolution cannot maintain a merely minimal, workerist, program which concentrates on the oppression of labor and leaves other problems solely to those workers who face them. Given the still relatively homogenous makeup of the Industrial Workers of the World, to do so sends a clear message to the working class experiencing such oppressions that the class struggle and their struggles against racism, gendered, or religious oppression are separate issues. If you were already struggling to keep the basics of your life together in the face of constant attacks on your person, would you be interested in taking on another massive but unconnected struggle in your workplace? By pointing out the ways in which struggles against all oppression support and further our collective freedom from class and other oppressions, we gain strength as a union.

Neither have we proceeded, historically, with a minimal program of workplace organization that leaves other oppressions unchallenged. The Industrial Workers of the World were founded in 1905 in part precisely to overcome the divisions of race, sex, religion, language, nationality, etc., among the working class. Militantly in favor of the organization of the entire working class, Wobblies quickly turned toward the power of young women in garment factories, racially-mixed work-gangs on the waterfronts, and nationally diverse immigrant groups. The IWW took on the Ku Klux Klan and other racist organizations that attempted to divide the class on the grounds of race. More recently, some IWW branches have begun to successfully undermine the divisions of oppressions based on gendered identities in ways that seem truly revolutionary.

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Categories: Workplace Struggle

Anti-racist message from Clydeside IWW | St Andrew’s Day march 2016

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 16:04

By Edinburgh Wobbly - IWW Scotland, November 25, 2016

Now more than ever we need organising that is:

  • anti-racist
  • anti-fascist
  • internationalist.

Donald Trump’s victory in the US elections, following the recent Brexit vote, creates a whole new political climate in the West.

Since the 1980s, working class people have suffered a massive attack with the loss of traditional industries, in favour of low-paid service jobs, and the destruction of the labour movement.  The neoliberal model that was created was based on growth through the financial sector and it led to the 2008 economic crisis.

When the UK government bailed out the banks it forced us to shoulder the cost through austerity, cutting vital services and targetting the most vulnerable.

The left responded to post-crisis austerity first through mass protest around the world, and then the rise of several populist movements seeking parliamentary power.  One by one, they have been defeated or have so far been unable to provide any real challenge.

And now things are about to get worse.

There are many uncertainties – what will Brexit mean? how will Trump govern?  What we can expect in the UK is that austerity will go on, even if the aim is no longer to cut the deficit, and real wages  will continue to decline.

Both Brexit and Trump’s presidency are a victory for the far right.  Immigration to the UK will be curbed and border controls will become even more cruel.  Racism against ethnic minorities will be reinforced by the tabloid media as the nationalist dream fails to appear.

Of course, we know that migrants don’t lower wages – bosses do.

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Categories: Workplace Struggle

[Cork] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 09:33
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

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

[Cork] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Anarkismo - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 09:33
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

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

Categories: Anarchists

[Dublin] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:48
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dublin: Connolly Book (43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2), 13th December, 6pm

[Dublin] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Anarkismo - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:48
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dublin: Connolly Book (43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2), 13th December, 6pm
Categories: Anarchists

[Cavan] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:42
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Cavan: Bridge Street Centre, Bridge Street, 14th December, 6,30pm

[Cavan] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Anarkismo - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:42
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Cavan: Bridge Street Centre, Bridge Street, 14th December, 6,30pm
Categories: Anarchists

Slavoj Zizek: The Left’s Fidelity to Castro-ation

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 07:59
In the last decades, Cuban “socialism” continued to live only because it didn’t yet notice it was already dead.

Slavoj Zizek: The Left’s Fidelity to Castro-ation

Anarkismo - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 07:59
In the last decades, Cuban “socialism” continued to live only because it didn’t yet notice it was already dead.
Categories: Anarchists

Fidel Castro (1926-2016)

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 07:41
After a long illness that forced him to withdraw from office in July 2006, Fidel Castro died on November 25. Castro had previously survived many U.S. efforts to overthrow his government and physically eliminate him including the sponsorship of invasions, numerous assassination attempts and terrorist attacks. He held supreme political power in Cuba for more than 47 years, and even after having left high office he continued to be politically engaged for several years meeting with numerous foreign personalities and writing his Reflexiones in the Cuban Communist Party press. In light of a likely future state capitalist transition and the role that foreign capital and political powers such as the United States, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Russia and China may play in it, the prospects for Cuban national sovereignty—perhaps the one unambiguously positive element of Fidel Castro’s legacy—are highly uncertain. http://anarkismo.net/article/29808 http://anarkismo.net/article/29801

Fidel Castro (1926-2016) [2]

Anarkismo - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 07:41
After a long illness that forced him to withdraw from office in July 2006, Fidel Castro died on November 25. Castro had previously survived many U.S. efforts to overthrow his government and physically eliminate him including the sponsorship of invasions, numerous assassination attempts and terrorist attacks. He held supreme political power in Cuba for more than 47 years, and even after having left high office he continued to be politically engaged for several years meeting with numerous foreign personalities and writing his Reflexiones in the Cuban Communist Party press. In light of a likely future state capitalist transition and the role that foreign capital and political powers such as the United States, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Russia and China may play in it, the prospects for Cuban national sovereignty—perhaps the one unambiguously positive element of Fidel Castro’s legacy—are highly uncertain. http://anarkismo.net/article/29808 http://anarkismo.net/article/29801
Categories: Anarchists

Korea (South): General Strike in South Korea Demands Impeachment of President

Labour Start - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Telesur
Categories: Workplace Struggle

USA: Thousands of Fight for 15 protesters rise up in 340 cities across the US

Labour Start - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Guardian
Categories: Workplace Struggle
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