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(en) Brazil, Sao Paulo, Organization Anarchist Socialism Libertarian OASL - Interview with the MOB (Base Organization Movement) (pt)

A-infos - February 7, 2016 - 11:56am
We did an interview with the MOB (Base Organization Movement), present today in Rio de Janeiro and Paraná. The movement also begins to articulate in São Paulo and Pará. ---- 1) When you create and what the proposed MOB? ---- The Base Organization Movement, comes from the old Movement of Unemployed Trabalhaores For the Base, an organization that operated in the RJ. After a conference held in October 2013, we decided to deepen our goals and mobilization instruments. The purpose of the MOB is to fight the claim of rights and the most immediate needs of our people, whether in education, health, culture, work etc. We seek to build tools that help fight the daily walk toward these goals, as centers of culture, libraries, workshops, cultural activities, fight for rights, production jobs and collective income generation, education and other areas. The MOB is intended to be a ...

(en) Britain, RESISTANCE BULLETIN #159 - Syrizia: lessons from the Greek tragedy

A-infos - February 6, 2016 - 9:42am
Many volumes will be written over the coming years about the rise and fall of SYRIZA, but the immediate lessons are simple. Capitalism is sustained in part by the Left From European 'social democrats' supporting imperialist slaughter in World War One, and the French Communist Party winding down the 1968 General Strike, to SYRIZA rescuing the euro with Greek austerity, parliamentary Leftists have helped stabilise capitalism and defend war for over a century. With the euro teetering in the balance, it took Europe’s most radical government to save it. When people have had enough of the 'tough' anti-worker, anti-poor talk of the right, there is always somebody waiting in the wings to carry out much the same policies with a new face and a leftish sounding program. ---- When elected leaders say they are going to sell out, believe them ...

(en) wsm.ie: Better to Squat Than Let Homes Rot by Cormac Caulfield

A-infos - February 6, 2016 - 9:42am
On the merits of Squatting as a tactical response to the permanent housing crisis. ---- While the government says there is no money to build social housing, they seem to forget the fact that there are over 270,000 vacant houses, flats and apartments scattered around the country, and over 30,000 in Dublin alone. There are over 90,000 people waiting on the social housing list in Ireland - but there is quite an easy answer to the housing crisis, the government doesn't even need to stretch itself any distance to address. they simply need to introduce a law to legally allow people to squat properties that have been empty for over 6 months, or relax the laws to make it easier to squat. Coupled with a sensible social housing strategy, based around people's actual needs and not purely profit for landlords, the housing/homeless crisis could be greatly reduced. ...

(en) wsm.ie: Traveller and Homeless Families in Ireland: Dignity and Decent Housing for All! by Tom Murray

A-infos - February 6, 2016 - 9:42am
We built our cities and the houses of our cities. They are ours not to slave in but to master and to own. ---- Last night’s RTÉ programme, My Homeless Family, explored the lives of three homeless families living in emergency accommodation. They provided an insight into the appalling housing and living conditions faced by a large number of people at the moment. ---- Latest figures show that there are a total of 3,463 people living in emergency accommodation (mainly hostels, hotels or B&Bs) in Ireland, with over 1,600 children. Living conditions are often dire. According to the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, homeless families have recorded complaints about rat and cockroach infestation, human faeces on the floor, anti-social behaviour and loud pubs on the premises. Recent Facebook posts from some families also highlighted the lack of privacy in some ...

(en) wsm.ie: What Pegida represents and why we oppose it by Tom Murray

A-infos - February 6, 2016 - 9:42am
A COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION TO the announcement of an Irish branch of Pegida, a racist anti-Islam group, will occur in Dublin on 6th February. It will be one of a series of Europe-wide counter-demonstrations against Pegida and its fascist political ideology. ---- But what is Pegida and why should we oppose it? ---- What is Pegida? ---- Pegida is a German “anti-Islamisation” political movement. The group’s name is an abbreviation of “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” (German: Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes). Offshoots of Pegida have formed in various countries. Ireland may become the 15th country to establish a branch of the organisation. ---- Where does it come from? ---- Pegida was founded in October 2014 by Lutz Bachmann, who runs a public relations agency in Dresden. ...

(en) wsm.ie: Ireland, 11th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair - April 15-16th 2016

A-infos - February 6, 2016 - 9:42am
The 11th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair will take place Saturday 16th of April around Smithfield square, there will also be a major event on the Friday night. ---- More details will be posted over the next couple of weeks, this preliminary announcement is so that you can 'hold the date'. Be sure to join the DABF 2016 Facebook event and help with our promotion by inviting your friends and tweeting with #DABF ---- Please email all queries to bookfair@wsm.ie ---- Below old hands will find an appeal for help with costs and for new people details of previous bookfairs to give you an idea of what to expect. ---- Make a donation towards the bookfair costs ---- The Dublin Anarchist Bookfair is costing about 4,000 euro to put on this year. The costs include flights for speakers, hiring the venues & tables and printing programs & posters. All of the organisers are unpaid volunteers ...

(en) anarkismo.net: The Brazilian Anarchist Uprising of 1918 by Rebel Worker - Overview of the 1918 Brazilian anarchist uprising.

A-infos - February 5, 2016 - 4:02am
SOURCE: "Rebel Worker" (Australia), volume 19, number 1 (163), p. 17. Original author not known. ---- 81 years ago Rio de Janerio was shaken by a series of events that culminated in one of the most important episodes in the history of the Brazilian workers movements an insurrectionary strike designed to bring down oligarchic republican government and replace it with a workers’ and soldiers council. ---- From 1917, class-conscious Brazilian workers, particularly in Rio de Janerio and Sao Paulo had been organising at an accelerated rate. In July that year, Sao Paulo had ground to a halt after a general strike triggered by the police murder of a young shoemaker. For Four days the city was turned into a battlefield with countless clashes between the masses and the security forces. ...

(en) anarkismo.net: Tokologo #5/6 - No Illusions: 2016 Elections no Solution for the Masses by Warren McGregor - TAAC, ZACF

A-infos - February 5, 2016 - 4:01am
Many in the working class hope the 2016 local government elections will prove a turning point. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won the 2014 elections easily, but its grip is weakening. The ANC-allied Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU) has split, the radical metal union NUMSA expelled. The ANC could even lose control of at least one of giant "metro" municipality in 2016, possibly greater Johannesburg or Nelson Mandela Bay - probably to the moderate Democratic Alliance (DA), not the ANC breakaway, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). ---- THE VOTE WON'T FREE YOU ---- We anarchists and anarchist sympathisers in the TAAC (and ZACF) have stated consistently our opposition to elections to state power. State institutions of political power are the graveyard of the struggles of the working class and poor. Elected representatives, no matter what party, are quickly ...

(en) Britain, RESISTANCE BULLETIN #159 - STILL ANGRY NOT APATHETIC –

A-infos - February 5, 2016 - 4:01am
POST-ELECTION SPECIAL ISSUE: This issue contains reports of people fighting along side refugees and asylum seekers, winning against their dodgy landlords, and acting in solidarity with people sleeping rough. All this is being done without the wet blanket that is Jeremy Corbyn or the hope-filled lies of political parties. ---- Wake Up! Wake Up gatherings, where people are given opportunity to use quality PA on the streets of towns and cities are mushrooming over the country. Debates which divide and rule us, encompassing racism, extreme religion, sexism, Islam and austerity are taking place in market streets. The views of the right and the racist are openly being challenged out of doors without the use of darkened meeting rooms and the need to read in advance. ...

(en) anarkismo.net: Left to your Own Devices by Pink Panther - AWSM

A-infos - February 5, 2016 - 4:01am
This article looks at the way capitalism and consumerism are destroying the resources of the planet, while critiquing mainstream environmentalist responses to this destruction. ---- Coltan. Sounds like the name of an evil king in a cheap sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? In fact, it is a mineral that has electricity conducting properties. Without it the Samsung device I am typing this on and the mobile device or laptop you are reading this on would not exist. Most of the world’s supply of coltan comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The majority of it comes from cheap or child labour rounded up by various militia armies who mine it so they can buy weapons and other supplies according to a 2003 UN Security Council report and various human rights organisations. ...

(en) southern africa, Attacks on Foreigners: Only the Ruling Class Benefits by Siyabulela Hulu-Hulu - TAAC, ZACF

A-infos - February 5, 2016 - 4:01am
Attacks on African and Asian foreigners flared up in South Africa twice in 2015, first in April, mainly in KwaZulu, then in October in Grahamstown, the Eastern Cape. Many attacks were on small (spaza) shops run by foreigners. Maybe 500 were displaced in October. ---- The looting and smashing of property in spaza shops, and the immensity of these criminal activities country wide, has had an incredible and negative impact on our democracy, on our lives, on our livelihoods, and reflects badly on the nation's morality. ---- Foreign nationals have been living in South Africa for many decades, going back to migrant workers on the mines in the 1880s. Over the last 20 years, some came to South Africa for trading purposes, others for job opportunities, and the process was regulated by the government. ...

(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #257 (Jan) - Syria: Support the Kurdish left against Daech (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

A-infos - February 4, 2016 - 8:26am
The presence of a secular political and military force and progressive, Kurds and their allies, grouped in Syrian Democratic Forces, that the war in Syria is not just a confrontation between imperialist powers. ---- Let's be clear: Daech comes directly from the chaos sown by Western powers and their Sunni allies in the Gulf region. These have indeed done everything to exploit the Arab revolt against the Prin-time dictator Bashar al-Assad, militarizing and confessionalisant it. Thus, the Free Syrian Army is today no longer a myriad of groups without consistency, dominated by what we present as "moderate opposition", which are often Islamist militias [1] Daech which is only a radicalized release. ---- The Gulf countries and Turkey continue their double game. On the one hand they lend their air bases to Westerners even sporadically involved in bombing Daech. On ...

(en) US, First of May Anarchist Alliance Broadsheet: JAN-FEB 2016: Detroit’s Eastside Fight

A-infos - February 4, 2016 - 8:26am
An important struggle on the Eastside of Detroit has the look of being won. Fannie Mae, the mortgage-lending giant, has been attempting to evict Lela over a mortgage taken out by her mother. Uniting with neighbors and Detroit Eviction Defense (DED) Lela looks likely to be keeping her home. ---- Her neighborhood has become a symbol of the social crisis across the city. The last few years has seen a mass transfer of wealth from working people to the banking industry; one more of the many attacks on working peoples by corporate interests. It’s also the result of ruthless predatory lenders and property managers looking to make quick money at working people’s expense. ---- Lela’s fight is important because she’s refusing to be moved. Her struggle joins others who will not allow the banks and government to continue destructive practices of eviction. DED uses tactics from disrupting ...

(en) Britain, glasgow anarchists - Glasgow Events from 26/01/2016

A-infos - February 4, 2016 - 8:25am
Hi everyone, It’s another week, and so another events listing with the Glasgow AF Autonomy Update. Of special note tomorrow is the call-out for support by the peeps at North Kelvin Meadow, who are standing up to council plans to bulldoze a lovely space that has been self-organised by the people living beside it and replace it with more overpriced low quality flats. That evening we will be having a public meeting, with a discussion on polyamory, monogamy, and the way in which social control can manifest even in our personal relationships. Added to that are whole bunch of gigs, film screenings, and our radical sports & outdoors section. If you know of any events we have missed then do get in touch. ...

(en) anarkismo.net: Greece, Strike February 4 by ERC Ioannina: We will die working for bosses

A-infos - February 4, 2016 - 8:25am
Gathering at the Labour Centre 10.30 Update-Discussion on the measures of the n / p Monday, February 1st 17:00 at the labor center ---- No there is not a single generation, from the years of this day, who has not gone badly defending the obvious. But our own generation, she fell to experiencing the onset of capitalist crisis, seems completely sacrificing the sole and upper altar serving governments of all colors: The altar of the interests of the ruling class. Successive reforms, laws and other laws caps circumvention rights, dismantling of education and healthcare, precarisation of labor relations. ---- Previous governments have followed the doctrine of shock in the attack on the social gains. Many believed that SYRIZA will brake the sweeping restructuring. Many believed that when you have in your hands the state structures, do you do more easily in charge. Once ...

(en) anarkismo.net: Considerations of the Anarkismo network about the accusations against Michael Schmidt by Anarkismo network

A-infos - February 4, 2016 - 8:25am
The Anarkismo network has already published a statement that it would wait until all parts of the accusations by Reid Ross and Stephens were published, as well as the answers of M. Schmidt, before making any judgements on the case. Now that this has been forthcoming, as well as two more responses by Reid Ross, we are issuing a second statement to make public our intentions regarding the present situation. ---- The Anarkismo network ---- It is difficult for us to draw definitive conclusions about this case based on the evidence provided so far by both sides. This is because to do so would require translating all the material, accusations and defence, into numerous languages in order to allow debate in each organisation, with organisations then debating each other through their delegates to the Anarkismo network. This is impossible to carry out with our current capacity – ...

(en) anarkismo.net: Greece, Call to the general strike February 4, 2016 by A.P.O. - Anarchist Political Organization

A-infos - February 4, 2016 - 3:44am
AGAINST STATE AND CAPITALIST BARBARISM ---- ORGANIZATION AND STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL REVOLUTION, ANARCHY AND LIBERTARIAN COMMUNISM ---- GENERAL STRIKE ---- THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2016 ---- AGAINST STATE AND CAPITALIST BARBARISM ---- ORGANIZATION AND STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL REVOLUTION, ANARCHY AND LIBERTARIAN COMMUNISM ---- GENERAL STRIKE ---- THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2016 ---- State and Capitalism's total attack and the constant enforcement of new, onerous terms of exploitation and oppression are expressing the overall process of violent restructuring of the state and capitalist model of social organization. ---- The current political management has undertaken the task to seamlessly continue this policy of social subjugation and impoverishment and to restore the regime during the crisis, promising a capitalist system with a human face, while at the same time it aims at ...

(en) Greece, liberta-salonica: Event presentation Anarchist Federation - Thessaloniki 5/2

A-infos - February 3, 2016 - 8:49am
[..] The self-organization (that kind of organization that profess libertarian-an almost inexhaustible source of experiences and ideas from labor and social movement) tends to emerge around as an almost "natural" or perhaps intrinsic tendency of that anarchism It has a holistic vision of the world and seeks social revolution. In this context, the association and involvement of collectives into a coherent organizational structure put forward as an answer to the question what kind of organization they wish anarchists. The anarchist federation, then, is an attempt to reestablishment of anarchism in its natural environment, the organization [...] ---- OPEN EVENT PRESENTATION OF ANARCHIKIS FEDERATION ---- Presentation of the project of the Anarchist Federation. ---- Talk about race strategies in the current context. ---- Thessaloniki, Friday, February 5 6:00 pm Job center ...

(en) Greece, "Black & Red" - Collective for Social Anarchism -- GENERAL STRIKE 4 FEBRUARY -- 3 oil, vinegar 3, 6 vinaigrette?

A-infos - February 3, 2016 - 8:49am
The mathematics of the "left" who will pay again? we! ---- After a time, two times "left" three elections, it is clear that any hope is now bankrupt. In the third memorandum signed by the coalition SY.RIZ.A. - AN.EL., antiasfalistika the measures to be voted on, impose such changes to the pension and the contributions of taxpayers, who is sure that will further impoverish the lower walks of life for the benefit of capital. ---- Initially, consolidation of all the funds proposed in a single body that will "ensure" main insurance and another that would "ensure" subsidiary. The public social insurance will be thing of the past, as will become individual obligation of workers and public health services will no longer be a private and thus expensive "luxury". On top of all this comes on top of the cutting of main and supplementary pensions frightening rates! The new single will be ...

(en) Greece, group of libertarian communists: Joint Actions week 6 to 13 February 2016

A-infos - February 3, 2016 - 8:48am
Against the military operations of the Turkish security forces and the Solidarity with the resistance and self-organization of the Kurdish regions ---- For 15 years, the radical Kurdish movement, abandoning the idea of forming a separate new national state, has formed an open social experiment: the experiment of democratic autonomy. Forming democratic councils in each municipality, trying to form a confederation of all Kurdish areas. The first step was the creation of the federation of the three cantons in northern Syria, in 2014, acquired as a symbol of the months of heroic resistance of People's Protection Units in the Rozava. ---- From summer to date, preach autonomy of many municipalities in the Kurdish areas of southeastern Turkey marked the declaration of a violent and deadly war on the part of the Turkish military and police forces, while multi-day declared curfews in ...
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