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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Monday May 27, 2013 20:17 por Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
The "Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2013", published by the government on Thursday last (23rd May), is a clear attempt to bully public sector workers into voting for the re-hashed terms of the Croke Park II deal emphatically rejected by them just a couple of weeks ago. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Thursday May 03, 2012 16:45 por Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
Analysis of the forthcoming referendum in Ireland regarding austerity read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday April 22, 2012 14:53 por Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
Peoples movement in Ireland, opposing Irish government austerity measures. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Friday July 29, 2011 22:22 por Gregor Kerr
The announcement from the Irish government that households are to face a charge of €100 per annum from January 1st with separate water and property taxes to follow by 2014 has met with fierce opposition across the country.  Radio and television shows have been inundated with texts and phonecalls from irate people who see this latest tax as a step too far and who have been pledging to resist the charge.  In a TV3 IrelandAM poll this morning, Wednesday, 87% of people answered ‘Yes’ to the question “Would you consider boycotting the household charge?” read full story / add a comment
international / community struggles / news report Wednesday July 06, 2011 21:21 por Gregor Kerr
Attempts by the Israeli government to sabotage the International ‘Stay Human’ Freedom Flotilla to Gaza have resulted in 2 ships – the Greek-Swedish Juliano and the Irish-owned MV Saoirse – having to withdraw from the Flotilla following damage to both. An emergency demonstration was held at the Spire in Dublin Thursday 30 June to protest the sabotage, see the pictures below. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Wednesday July 06, 2011 21:14 por Gregor Kerr
The government has made it clear that it is determined to press ahead with its attempts to impose not one but two new taxes on us.  Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is preparing to bring plans to government for a household tax, probably starting at €100 per year, from 1st January.  This tax will be added to by a water tax, expected to be introduced within the next couple of years. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Thursday January 27, 2011 22:00 por Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
In what is clearly a concerted effort to smash their union organisation, over 170 Aer Lingus cabin crew have been ‘removed from the payroll’ by management in a dispute about rostering arrangements in the Irish airline. read full story / add a comment
irlanda / gran bretagna / la sinistra / cronaca Monday December 13, 2010 15:43 por Gregor Kerr
Durante le proteste contro la finanziaria davanti a Dáil Éireann [camera dei deputati] il 7 dicembre 2010, Gregor Kerr ha pronunciato il seguente discorso a nome del Workers Solidarity Movement. Ricordando la necessità di contestare questa finanziaria, Kerr aggiunge che bisogna guardare oltre e sottolineare il fatto che il capitalismo in quanto modo di organizzare la società è moralmente e politicamente bancarotta. Se vogliamo assicurarci che questa crisi finanziaria, e la miseria economica che ha portato a milioni di lavoratori e lavoratrici in tutto il mondo, sia l'ultima allora occorre organizzarci, non per cambiare gli amministratori del capitalismo bensì per rovesciare il sistema capitalista e sostituirlo con un sistema che mette i bisogni dei molti al di sopra dell'avidità dei pochi. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Friday November 19, 2010 19:57 por Gregor Kerr   text 1 comment (last - friday november 19, 2010 20:56)   image 1 image
The years from 1995 to 2007 saw record levels of housing construction in Ireland. Construction output went up, land and house prices mushroomed and it seemed as if there was a never-ending bandwagon on which everyone was going to get rich by simply waiting for their pile of bricks to increase in value. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday September 21, 2010 19:10 por Gregor Kerr
Many trade union activists have known for years that “social partnership” comes at a huge price for union independence and the ability of trade unions to defend the interest of their members. The myth that government and employers on one side and workers on the other side have some form of common interest has been peddled for over twenty years. This has resulted in a trade union movement whose leadership seems incapable of independent thought and whose membership has been browbeaten into accepting pay cuts, ‘pension levies’ and various attacks on our working conditions and living standards over the past couple of years. read full story / add a comment
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southern asia / environment / news report Wednesday August 18, 2010 22:03 por Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
Radio, television and newspaper reports of the recent devastating floods in Pakistan are at last beginning to refer to the sheer scale of the problems faced by the victims. Figures for the number of people affected vary widely. According to the Irish Minister of State for Overseas Development Peter Power, reported in today’s (Tuesday) Irish Times, “the United Nations estimated that 40 million people had been left homeless; that eight million of those were in urgent need of immediate food and shelter; and that the combination of rising water and humidity had made a cholera epidemic a real danger”. RTE’s website says “Aid agencies are saying that the world does not fully understand the scale of the flooding disaster ….. One fifth of the country has been hit by severe flooding, with more than 20m people affected…..The UN believes up to 3.5m children are now at risk of contracting water-borne diseases….”. read full story / add a comment
irlanda / gran bretagna / lotte sindacali / opinione / analisi Tuesday August 03, 2010 18:09 por Gregor Kerr
A metà giugno si è fatta la conta dei voti. Gli organismi dirigenti del sindacato dei Servizi Pubblici dell’Irish Trade Union Congress hanno accettato “l’accordo di Croke Park”. Il “partneriato sociale”, che si pensava morto e sepolto quando nel dicembre 2009 il governo aveva imposto unilateralmente il taglio agli stipendi nel pubblico impiego, sembra essere resuscitata a nuova vita. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Saturday March 13, 2010 22:40 por Gregor Kerr - Workers Solidarity 114
Since the middle of January civil and public servants have engaged in a work-to-rule in an attempt to force a reversal of the pay cuts announced by the government in the December budget. Across the country workers in government offices, colleges, schools, hospitals etc. are taking action, which they hope will result in a change of government policy. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 04, 2009 03:19 por Gregor Kerr
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ ‘Get Up Stand Up’ protest on Friday 6th November is of huge importance. The government have made it clear that they intend to make ordinary workers pay for the financial crisis. Friday can be the start of us finally standing up and saying that we are not going to accept this. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Thursday September 17, 2009 00:01 por Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
NAMA is nothing short of straight class robbery – robbery from ordinary workers in order to shore up the property developers and big bankers who got us into this mess in the first place. It can be described as unfair, it can be described as immoral but in reality it’s naked capitalism at work. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Thursday August 27, 2009 17:05 por Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
Several hundred protestors chanting ‘Scabs out. Dockers In’ engaged in a mass trespass on the premises of Marine Terminals Ltd. in Dublin’s docklands 24th August. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / interview Thursday August 27, 2009 17:03 por Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
Dublin football fans will want to forget the August Bank Holiday weekend as the Dubs failed to perform in Croke Park against the might of the Kingdom. But one group of Dublin workers are unlikely to forget the 5 days from Friday 31st July to Tuesday 4th August. When the workers in the Thomas Cook office at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin’s city centre went to work as usual on the Friday morning little did they realise that before going home again they would spend 3 days and (almost) 4 nights in occupation of their workplace, that they would be hauled off at 5a.m. in the morning of the 4th night by a force of 80 – 100 gardai who blocked off the street and battered in the door as if they were on the trail of a dangerous terrorist group, and that they would spend several hours held in the Bridewell Garda station before finally being released by the High Court and allowed to go home. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / news report Thursday April 09, 2009 19:03 por Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
The minister of Finance Brian Lenihan’s budget has continued the political strategy of defending the wealthy. Where is the reaction? Where is the anger? read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / education / opinion / analysis Sunday February 08, 2009 20:20 por Gregor Kerr   image 1 image
The Education Cuts announced in October’s Budget have unleashed a wave of protest across the country. During the months of November and December approximately 120,000 people took to the streets of Dublin, Galway, Tullamore, Cork and Donegal to register their anger at the government’s attempts to make schoolchildren pay for the financial crisis. Cowen, Lenihan and O’Keefe have been left in no doubt about the level of popular opposition to these cutbacks. In addition thousands of 3rd level students have also taken to the streets and participated in marches, pickets and blockades to protest at the proposed re-introduction of fees. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 02, 2008 19:31 por Gregor Kerr   image 2 images
As the Irish economy officially went into recession, as electricity bills go up by 17.5%, as food bills are officially 6.4% higher than this time last year, the leaders of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions negotiate through the night and emerge bleary-eyed from the ‘social partnership’ talks with 1) a pay pause and 2) pay increases, when Irish workers eventually get them, lower than the rate of inflation read full story / add a comment
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03s16skopiathumblarge.jpg imageΓια την πολιτική συ&... 20:46 Mon 31 Aug by Αναρχικές ομάδες Θεσσαλονίκης 0 comments

Οι μάσκες έπεσαν. Η κυβερνώσα αριστερά έχει δείξει πέρα κάθε αμφισβήτησης, το εξουσιαστικό και καταπιεστικό της πρόσωπο. Το προηγούμενο διάστημα, εκμεταλλευόμενη τα κινήματα, έσπειρε αυταπάτες στους καταπιεσμένους για λύση μέσω της ανάθεσης˙ επιχείρησε την ανανέωση της κοινωνικής νομιμοποίησης στο πολιτικό προσωπικό και τους «δημοκρατικούς θεσμούς» και αποπειράθηκε να εμπλέξει τους εκμεταλλευόμενους στο σχέδιο της υποτιθέμενης λύτρωσης τους μέσα από τον μεσσιανισμό.

textItalia: manifestazione in appoggio alla resistenza curda 15:12 Mon 31 Aug by Coordinamento Libertario Regionale FVG 0 comments

Nella Rojava la lotta per l'indipendenza si è sviluppata in una rivoluzione sociale. Attraverso quello che i Kurdi chiamano Confederalismo Democratico, che ha una chiara dimensione libertaria, femminista ed ecologista, non si vuole creare un nuovo Stato, ma una rete di comunità che si autogovernano nel pieno rispetto di tutte le popolazioni che vivono o vogliono vivere nel territorio.

textStatement For Rojava 15:44 Sun 30 Aug by Bob McGlynn for Neither East Nor West-NYC 0 comments

This is a solidarity Statement For Rojava from an old group that is reviving itself somewhat: Neither East Nor West-NYC

image300x243.jpeg imageΓια τα γεγονότα στι&... 20:41 Wed 26 Aug by Συλλογικότητα για τον Κοινωνικό Αναρχισμό «Μαύρ 0 comments

Για εμάς δεν χωράνε αυταπάτες σχετικά με τις προθέσεις των αισχρών πολιτικάντηδων του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ. Ο μοναδικός δρόμος για την αντιμετώπιση της γιγάντιας καταστροφής στον Κάκκαβο ξεκινάει από το κίνημα και τελειώνει σε αυτό. Την Κυριακή 23-8 υπήρξε προγραμματισμένη διαδήλωση από συντονιστικά καθώς και κατασκηνωτές πανευρωπαϊκού camping εναντίον της εξόρυξης, οι οποίοι διαδήλωσαν στο βουνό, ενώ αρκετοί από αυτούς συγκρούστηκαν με τα σκυλιά του κράτους και του Μπόμπολα που προστάτευαν το εργοτάξιο.

textFor the victory of the resistance of the turkish and kurdish popular movements 18:22 Mon 24 Aug by embatent 0 comments

Different spanish and catalan organisations have signed a manifest in solidarity of the present struggle in Kurdistan and Turkey.

textPor la victoria de la resistencia de los movimientos populares de Turquía y del Kurdistán 16:19 Mon 24 Aug by embatent 1 comments

Manifiesto a favor y en solidaridad con la lucha kurda y de la izquierda en Turquía

textPer la victòria de la resistència dels moviments populars de Turquia i el Kurdistan 16:16 Mon 24 Aug by embatent 0 comments

Manifest en favor de la lluita a Turquia

9299599639539579459579649493.jpg imageΚυκλοφορεί το φύλλ&#... 05:29 Mon 24 Aug by Dmitri (republishing) 0 comments

Κυκλοφορεί σε περίπτερα και πρακτορεία τύπου σε όλη την Ελλάδα το φύλλο 3 (39) β” περίοδος (Αύγουστος 2015) της Αναρχοσυνδικαλιστικής Εφημερίδας ΡΟΣΙΝΑΝΤΕ

textPalestine-Israel, The joint non armed struggle lost its excitement of novelty but it earned its repl... 16:22 Mon 17 Aug by Ilan S. 0 comments

No one could predict that the joint camp in Masha 12 years ago of Israeli and Palestinian activists will ignite a wide movement of a joint non armed struggle which the Israeli occupying system will fail to extinguish. The thousands of activities and the tens of thousands of participates were not expected. Many small victories and the international B.D.S. warm the hearts of the not too many who persist in the joint struggle in spite of the mourning of those killed, empathy with the injured and solidarity with those arrested. The strong bond of partnership between the Palestinian activists and the Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall initiative was surprising. Disappointing but not surprising is the way the people of the Israeli anarchist scene refrained from adopting the initiative as the main recruiting mission. Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Nebi Saleh, and Qaddum are still holding high the banner.

textItalia/Francia no border: si balla a Ponte San Luigi 22:18 Tue 11 Aug by Presidio Permanente No Border di Ventimiglia 0 comments

Essere presenti a Ventimiglia, così come al Brennero, a Lampedusa o a Calais significa contribuire a sgretolare le frontiere di questa Fortezza Europa ormai in crisi. Un giorno sulle frontiere di quest’Europa balleremo, ricordando i tempi in cui ancora provavano a respingerci.
We are not going back!

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imageBrasil- La nueva derecha y el objetivo estratégico imposible de tumbar la pres Sep 01 by BrunoL 0 comments

31 de agosto de 2015, Bruno Lima Rocha

Cuando escribí el último análisis de coyuntura (los produzco semanalmente para los medios alternativos brasileños), me referí al hecho de que la derecha post-moderna, salga a las calles pidiendo un recurso casi inalcanzable. El debate acerca de una salida presidencial, tiene más repercusión en los círculos de la nueva derecha, que las condiciones concretas para su realización.

imageA nova direita e o objetivo estratégico do impeachment quase inalcançável Aug 30 by BrunoL 0 comments

28 de agosto de 2015, Bruno Lima Rocha

"Há uma evidente confluência de ideias-guia entre os que defendem o impeachment nas ruas (os grupos neoliberais) e os políticos de tradição oligárquica no Congresso Nacional. É por isso que no atual momento o povo perde de todos os lados. Seja pela direita que é governo, com o tucano e Chicago Boy Joaquim Levy à frente da pasta do Ministério da Fazenda (o mais importante dos ministérios); seja pela Agenda Brasil e a “salvação” do governo implicando em abrir mão de quase tudo para manter o mandato; seja pela oposição política formal que sem nenhum pudor apresenta um projeto entreguista de exploração de petróleo como o do senador José Serra (PSDB-SP), e na ponta direita da política, o povo brasileiro corre sério risco se as ideias reacionárias expressas nas ruas de 16 de agosto se tornarem realidade em alguma proporção. Logo, há muito mais em jogo do que a continuidade institucional a qualquer custo", constata Bruno Lima Rocha, professor de ciência política e de relações internacionais.

Eis o artigo.

imageThe reality of homelessness, the fight for decent housing and lessons from The Bolt hostel Aug 27 by Joe Conlon 0 comments

Over the Last 12 months, particularly since Christmas the housing and homeless problem has deepened significantly. From last summer the amounts of families’ registering as homeless went from 264 to now, which are 531. The number of families that are registered as being in need of emergency accommodation is 792 adults with 1,112 dependent children. These statics were issued by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. This is a 100% rise within 12 months, but yet the state has not come out and said there is a crisis in housing.

imageWorking Class Struggle, Blazing a Path to Freedom Aug 26 by Lucien van der Walt 0 comments

NOTE: Heritage Day is a post-apartheid South African national holiday; unlike most, it has no clear link to major struggles in the past, although there are efforts to position it as a more “political” day. The talk below was given by Lucien van der Walt at an event organised by Sakhaluntu Cultural Group in Grahamstown, for black youth. Thank you all for coming. Thank you, chair, for the invitation. Thank you, organisers, for the event today. Today looks like a great day, a great day to look forward. But before we look forward, we must look back as well. Unless you know where you come from, you will never know where you can go.

imageFor how long can South African elites keep misleading the people? Aug 26 by Philip Nyalungu 0 comments

Those in power don’t want to confront the status quo of hatred against immigrants, or South Africa’s imperialist role in the region. They have a narrow set of interests: getting votes, accumulating wealth and power. However, the recent wave of attacks on immigrants and the ruptures of relations with other African countries – especially where South African corporations are operating – have touched the most delicate nerves of the established political powers, who have vowed to advance corporate interests in making profits.

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imageΓια την πολιτική συ&... Aug 31 0 comments

Οι μάσκες έπεσαν. Η κυβερνώσα αριστερά έχει δείξει πέρα κάθε αμφισβήτησης, το εξουσιαστικό και καταπιεστικό της πρόσωπο. Το προηγούμενο διάστημα, εκμεταλλευόμενη τα κινήματα, έσπειρε αυταπάτες στους καταπιεσμένους για λύση μέσω της ανάθεσης˙ επιχείρησε την ανανέωση της κοινωνικής νομιμοποίησης στο πολιτικό προσωπικό και τους «δημοκρατικούς θεσμούς» και αποπειράθηκε να εμπλέξει τους εκμεταλλευόμενους στο σχέδιο της υποτιθέμενης λύτρωσης τους μέσα από τον μεσσιανισμό.

textItalia: manifestazione in appoggio alla resistenza curda Aug 31 0 comments

Nella Rojava la lotta per l'indipendenza si è sviluppata in una rivoluzione sociale. Attraverso quello che i Kurdi chiamano Confederalismo Democratico, che ha una chiara dimensione libertaria, femminista ed ecologista, non si vuole creare un nuovo Stato, ma una rete di comunità che si autogovernano nel pieno rispetto di tutte le popolazioni che vivono o vogliono vivere nel territorio.

textStatement For Rojava Aug 30 Neither East Nor West- NYC 0 comments

This is a solidarity Statement For Rojava from an old group that is reviving itself somewhat: Neither East Nor West-NYC

imageΓια τα γεγονότα στι&... Aug 26 0 comments

Για εμάς δεν χωράνε αυταπάτες σχετικά με τις προθέσεις των αισχρών πολιτικάντηδων του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ. Ο μοναδικός δρόμος για την αντιμετώπιση της γιγάντιας καταστροφής στον Κάκκαβο ξεκινάει από το κίνημα και τελειώνει σε αυτό. Την Κυριακή 23-8 υπήρξε προγραμματισμένη διαδήλωση από συντονιστικά καθώς και κατασκηνωτές πανευρωπαϊκού camping εναντίον της εξόρυξης, οι οποίοι διαδήλωσαν στο βουνό, ενώ αρκετοί από αυτούς συγκρούστηκαν με τα σκυλιά του κράτους και του Μπόμπολα που προστάτευαν το εργοτάξιο.

textFor the victory of the resistance of the turkish and kurdish popular movements Aug 24 Embat 0 comments

Different spanish and catalan organisations have signed a manifest in solidarity of the present struggle in Kurdistan and Turkey.

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