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If Ireland was treated like Palestine - An alternate history

Anarchist Writers - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:14

 For the size of its population Ireland has seen very large Gaza solidarity demonstrations. It is also one of the few places in the world outside the USA where there has been public displays of support for the Israeli military assault. Internationally there are many variations of this map where activists present to their population what the expulsion of the Palestinians from much of the land they once occupied would look like in a local context. One of our members prepared this but we soon realised its an impossible image to post without some reflection on our own settler colonialist past.

 

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If Ireland was treated like Palestine - An alternate history

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 16:20

For the size of its population Ireland has seen very large Gaza solidarity demonstrations. It is also one of the few places in the world outside the USA where there has been public displays of support for the Israeli military assault. Internationally there are many variations of this map where activists present to their population what the expulsion of the Palestinians from much of the land they once occupied would look like in a local context. One of our members prepared this but we soon realised its an impossible image to post without some reflection on our own settler colonialist past.


 

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Israel/Palestine: Background to the present conflict

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 09:26
Egypt insists on dissolving the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood offshoot, Hamas, in the Gaza Strip. Israel "just" wants to sabotage the yielding/compromise by Hamas to the Palestinian West Bank Authority. The relevant political context for the present round begins in November 2012, with the agreement between Israel and Hamas under Egyptian sponsorship. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27193] [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27205]

Sterling Manor tenants win massive repairs from landlords

Libcom.org News - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 23:11
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Direct action by Seattle residents gets the goods - forcing landlords to spend over $50,000 on fixing mould and decay problems at an apartment block in north Seattle.

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Trickle Up Effect Makes One in Fifty Filthy Rich

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 08:39

The Irish Independent and Irish Times on Thursday, reported on a new study showing that more than one in fifty people living in Dublin are millionaires (in US dollars, and not counting the value of primary residence). Both articles quote an analyst for WealthInsight as saying, "For Dublin itself, an abundance of millionaires could help the city claw back its financial prowess from 2008's collapse."

Presumably the much lauded trickle-down effect is supposed to come into play and make life better for all of us. But with the "Consistent poverty rate" in Ireland standing at 7.7% in the CSO's most recent Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), or one in every thirteen people, we can see how many people are trying to live off the same trickle. The "At risk of poverty rate" is much higher, roughly one in six, which means potentially many more could be trying to sip from that trickle. With "favourable tax" given as a criterion for attracting millionaires, Dublin's high density of millionaires (13th highest in the world, 9th highest in Europe) is clearly no accident.

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Ireland, Expelling the Israel Ambassador (not) and abstaining on UN War Crime investigation

Anarchist Writers - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:31

 People in Ireland have been protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza in every city and many towns across the country. Online polls show a majority want the government to take action through expelling the Israeli ambassador. Yet the southern government abstained on a crucial UN vote to set up an investigation into Israeli war crimes. We’d suggest when you include a look at the map above it becomes very clear that this is yet another example of the Irish state putting its alliance with the imperialist countries that have imprisoned the majority of the worlds population in misery ahead of the wishes of the population.

This isn’t new. During the American invasion of Iraq over 100,000 marched through the streets of Dublin demanding an end to our participation yet the government continued to allow US warplanes to refuel at Shannon. When hundreds of people threatened to physically enter Shannon to stop the refuelling ‘our’ same government deployed riot police and even the army against ‘their’ people’. Last month they sent 80 year old Margaretta D’Arcy to jail for a second time for refusing to stop protesting against that same refuelling, a decade on. And a few days ago they even arrested two TD's for daring to try and inspect a clearly visible US military plane that was on the runway for weapons or prisoners.

 

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Proudhon, Property and Possession

Anarchist Writers - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 06:40

“Either competition, – that is, monopoly and what follows; or exploitation by the State, – that is, dearness of labour and continuous impoverishment; or else, in short, a solution based upon equality, – in other words, the organisation of labour, which involves the negation of political economy and the end of property.”

– Proudhon, System of Economic Contradictions[1]

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Repression in Russia during Spring 2014

Libcom.org News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 21:21
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Moscow Anarchist Black Cross continue their regular summaries on repressions of anarchists, antifascists, and social activists in Russia, on obstacles which police state creates for our activity.

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From the Fall of Saigon to the Fall of Lehman

Anarchist Writers - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 07:33

[Chapter from AK Press "The End of the World as We Know It?"]

In a blurry black and white photograph from Italy in the 1960s, a worker rides a Vespa past a factory wall on which is scrawled operaist graffiti "Il Vietnam è in fabbrica" - Vietnam is in the factory. Today it would be more likely to find "The factory is in Vietnam" on the walls of the long-closed factory. Yet these two moments are not unconnected. So how did we get from the fall of Saigon to the fall of Lehman brothers, from Nixon to Obama? The answer from much of the Left seems to be "financialization", understood not as a materialist process, but as fulfillment of the Communist Manifesto's apocalyptic vision that "all that is solid melts into air."

Financialization, credit, debt become immaterial, intangible factors, things of air and fiction, in the process becoming explanations that explain nothing. Trying to step back from such ultimately unsatisfying interpretations, this chapter begins the attempt to outline a materialist history of how the global capitalist system has evolved since the demise of the post-WW2 Bretton Woods system in the ruins of Saigon, to the present day rise of China as the world's foremost industrial power and the onset of stagnation and decline of the West.

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Garda aggression in Erris as Shell remove Tunnel Boring Machine

Anarchist Writers - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:24

Almost two years after Shell smuggled their Tunnel Boring Machine out of Dublin port in the middle of the night, and then spent 3 days meeting resistance across the country before getting stuck in the bog, they removed it from Erris Monday night.

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Eviction attempt defeated in Grangegorman

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 09:25

Wednesday 21st saw another successful defence against an eviction in Dublin.  This time in the Stoneybatter area.  We put out an alert after we were told that a gang of 3 men with crowbars "came this afternoon and broke in to one of the houses. About 40-50 people showed up outside to show support, then 5 Garda showed up. People inside resisted and argued until the alleged owners and Garda left the house and left the street to a large round of applause.

Everything is cool now. The street was closed off and there was lots of music, food, fun, and we managed to get the support of many parents and school children on the way home from school.

Generally speaking, the Garda didn't know what to do and there was wide public support. Small victory for now"

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Limites da Política de Participação Social

Anarkismo - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 08:11
Chegou tarde a Política Nacional de Participação Social (PNPS), instituída em 26 de maio pela presidente Dilma Rousseff. Não me refiro ao fato da formalização de mais canais de participação surja após os protestos de 2013, mas sim depois de uma década de desorganização das estruturas do movimento popular do brasileiro. Eis o contraste.
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Últimas palabras de Subcomandante Marcos antes de dejar de existir

Anarkismo - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 08:05
"Entre la luz y la sombra"
La Realidad, Chiapas, 25 de mayo 2014.- Por medios libres, alternativos, autónomos o como se digan. Esta madrugada, como cierre del homenaje al compañero Galeano, más de tres mil bases de apoyo, milicianos e insurgentes zapatistas y alrededor de mil adherentes a La Sexta, escuchamos las “últimas palabras públicas” del Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional. En el templete estaban presentes 6 comandantes y comandantas del Comité Clandestino Revolucionario Indígena, el Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés y el propio Subcomandante Marcos. Exponemos algunos fragmentos de las cinco partes de la carta.
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El PKK saluda a las FARC-EP con motivo de su 50º aniversario

Anarkismo - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 06:41
La agencia de noticias kurda Firat, ha dado a conocer un video en el cual las Fuerzas de Defensa del Pueblo (Hêzên Parastina Gel, HPG), brazo armado del Partido de los Trabajadores del Kurdistán (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, PKK), envían un saludo a las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), con motivo de su 50º aniversario.
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Documento politico sulla lotta palestinese

Anarkismo - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 02:38
Adottato da Ahdut il 25 aprile 2014
Il progetto coloniale sionista, sponsorizzato dalle potenze imperialiste, ha soggiogato la Palestina sia compiendo ogni sforzo possibile per l'espulsione delle popolazioni indigene residenti nell'area interessata, sia concentrandole in enclaves chiuse. Una parte della popolazione palestinese ha evitato l'espulsione diventando cittadini di Israele ed andando incontro a discriminazioni sia giuridiche che pratiche. E lo Stato di Israele persiste nell'adottare misure che ne fanno cittadini emarginati. Recentemente queste misure si sono concentrate nel Piano Prawer per il Negev, che evoca il piano di giudaizzazione della Galilea degli anni '70 insieme ai fatti della Giornata della Terra del 30 marzo 1976. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27019]
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France: Cigarette workers hold bosses hostage in threatened Imperial Tobacco factory

Labour Start - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: RFI
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Palestine-Israel: In the Beitunia murder, the joint struggle again highlights the most important aspect of Israeli involvement in it.*

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 09:47
Araqeeb, Bil'in, Beitunia, Ma'sarah, Nabi Saleh, Ni'lin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, Tel-Aviv/Jaffa
Many objections were raised about the participation of Israelis in the non-armed struggle in the areas of Palestine occupied in the 1967 war. Some, mostly Palestinians, regarded it as a contribution to so called "normalization". Others claimed that Israeli activists should do their struggle within the Israeli population of the 1948 borders. Many anarchists raised reservations as the Palestinian popular struggle is a kind of capitalist "national independence struggle" for the self-determination of the Palestinian capitalist elite to monopolize the option for the exploitation of the Palestinian working masses - they just ignore the fact that most Palestinians wish for a bi-national democratic whole Palestine and not for a national Palestinian State. Others just do not take upon themselves the obligation to serve as a life-saving shield, as Israeli policy officially forbids the state forces to shoot to kill when Israelis are supposed to be among the demonstrators. Indigenous people struggle against settler colonialist transfer and marginalization is NOT the same as a national Bourgeoisie for "national independence" or "national self-determination".

Palestine-Israel: In the Beitunia murder, the joint struggle again highlights the most important aspect of Israeli involvement in it.*

Anarkismo - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 09:47
Araqeeb, Bil'in, Beitunia, Ma'sarah, Nabi Saleh, Ni'lin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, Tel-Aviv/Jaffa
Many objections were raised about the participation of Israelis in the non-armed struggle in the areas of Palestine occupied in the 1967 war. Some, mostly Palestinians, regarded it as a contribution to so called "normalization". Others claimed that Israeli activists should do their struggle within the Israeli population of the 1948 borders. Many anarchists raised reservations as the Palestinian popular struggle is a kind of capitalist "national independence struggle" for the self-determination of the Palestinian capitalist elite to monopolize the option for the exploitation of the Palestinian working masses - they just ignore the fact that most Palestinians wish for a bi-national democratic whole Palestine and not for a national Palestinian State. Others just do not take upon themselves the obligation to serve as a life-saving shield, as Israeli policy officially forbids the state forces to shoot to kill when Israelis are supposed to be among the demonstrators. Indigenous people struggle against settler colonialist transfer and marginalization is NOT the same as a national Bourgeoisie for "national independence" or "national self-determination".
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Θέση και ρόλος του αναρχισμού στην εξέλιξη του σο&

Anarkismo - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 07:11
Δεύτερο και Τρίτο Μέρος
Η θέση και ο ρόλος του αναρχισμού στην εξέλιξη του σοσιαλισμού του Πιοτρ Κροπότκιν μετάφραση kostav
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Global: Guy Ryder: Les migrations représentent un enjeu politique de taille

Labour Start - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: OIT
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