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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Monday May 27, 2013 20:17 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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 byGregor 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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Bil'in, 10.07.15. Photo: Mohammed Yasin Photography imagePalestine-Israel, The activists participating in the joint struggle get old... but the struggle is s... 15:10 Tue 28 Jul by Ilan S. 0 comments

It is hard for many activists when the real meaning of the struggle are not concrete achievable gains, but a global worldwide struggle. This week, the concrete and the global merged when the struggle against the destruction of Susiya village recruited international support and forced Israel to delay or even cancel the demolition of the village. Pressure from the imperial powers on Israel was joined by European warning about approaching sanctions against the Israeli banking system for its involvement in the settlers' projects in the occupied West Bank. It seems the erosion of Israeli immunity from paying for its war crimes is collecting momentum. The Israeli media is full of news about B.D.S. - the joint struggle in which thousands of international activists participate, contributing a lot. The heroic Bil'in, Ni'lin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, Ma'sara, and Sheikh Jarrah keep the weekly flame from extinguishing.

bagesmycmaa8jbz.jpg imageΠρος το αναρχικό κί&... 20:47 Mon 27 Jul by Αναρχικές συλλογικότητες 0 comments

Οι συλλογικότητες που υπογράφουμε αυτή την ανακοίνωση ολοκληρώνουμε τις διαδικασίες για την συγκρότηση αναρχικής ομοσπονδίας, και ανακοινώνουμε πως αυτές πλησιάζουν στο τέλος τους. Μετά την πλήρη ολοκλήρωση αυτών των διαδικασιών θα ακολουθήσει το ιδρυτικό συνέδριο που σκοπεύουμε να πραγματοποιηθεί 3-4 Οκτώβρη του 2015.

presospoliticosposter205x300.png imageCarta de Felix Gutiérrez al Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista (G.E.A) 04:52 Sun 26 Jul by Félix Mauricio Gutiérrez 0 comments

El compañero Félix Mauricio Gutiérrez es estudiante de Filosofía de la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional y actualmente se desempeñaba como profesor en colegios urbanos y semiurbanos de Cundinamarca para preparar estudiantes a las pruebas Saber, con la Corporación Educativa ASED. Félix, estudiante libertario, fue capturado junto a otras 12 personas el 8 de Julio pasado, en un operativo que, a modo de falso positivo judicial, pretende estigmatizar a los movimientos sociales con una supuesta vinculación con el Ejército de Liberación Nacional.

Attentato a Suruç imageMassacro a Suruç in Turchia 16:01 Fri 24 Jul by International Secretary – Black Rose Anarchist Federation 0 comments

A mezzogiorno del 20 luglio, nella città di confine di Suruç nel Kurdistan turco, una bomba ha lacerato i corpi di comunisti, socialisti ed anarchici che si stavano recando a Kobane per partecipare alla sua ricostruzione. Decine di persone sono rimaste uccise, molti i feriti. [English]

textPalestina-Israele, il mondo in subbuglio; il vecchio ordine mondiale non sarà più lo stesso; e la lo... 15:42 Fri 24 Jul by Ilan S. 0 comments

L'1 gennaio del 1994 in Chiapas le masse innalzarono la bandiera della ribellione giusto dopo che il mondo capitalista aveva celebrato il suo trionfo sulle rivoluzioni del 20° secolo e si accingeva a lanciare la globalizzazione neoliberista a livello mondiale. Ma la lotta è proseguita con nuove modalità. I sorprendenti sviluppi nella Rojava, in cui le principali potenze imperialiste si trovano a dare sostegno aereo ai Curdi antiautoritari ed anticapitalisti di Siria, sono come uno stormo di passeri che segnano l'arrivo della primavera. In questo imminente cambiamento, si sviluppa il panico delle classi dirigenti sioniste israeliane di fronte alla veloce avanzata della campagna B.D.S.... Non possiamo misurare il contributo di ciascuna lotta al cambiamento, ma sembra che una quota importante spetti alle migliaia di attivisti internazionali che hanno condiviso con noi la lotta unitaria non-armata contro il muro della separazione, contro gli insediamenti e contro l'occupazione. [English]

arton6450c6aa9.jpg imageAntiracisme 02:38 Fri 24 Jul by Benjamin 0 comments

On prend les mêmes et on recommence : ce 9 juillet au matin, le campement des migrant-es qui s'était établi sur l'esplanade Nathalie-Sarraute, dans le 18e arrondissement, a de nouveau été vidé de ses occupant-es par les pouvoirs publics avec la complicité de l'OFPRA, d'Emmaüs, d'élu-es municipaux et de militant-es du Front de gauche.

textItalia: rottamazione della scuola pubblica 19:50 Thu 23 Jul by Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA 2 comments

Occorrerà ricostruire scuola per scuola l'unità dei mesi scorsi, ri-alimentare fiducia e fermezza nella consapevolezza che questa legge si potrà rendere inapplicabile solo con un'opposizione istituto per istituto.

dublinsolidarityphotoshoot.jpg imageDublin protests in solidarity with the Belfast mother charged with supplying the abortion pill to he... 19:35 Thu 23 Jul by Andrew 0 comments

A couple of hundred people came to the pro choice solidarity rally in Dublin, Ireland last nigh organised by the WSMt. It was called to protest against the prosecution of a women in Belfast for supplying her daughter with the abortion pill.

bombing_3.jpg imageDeclaração sobre o recente massacre em Suruc, Turquia 02:13 Wed 22 Jul by Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra 0 comments

Hoje lamentamos a perda de amigos e amigas, companheiros e companheiras, e renovamos nosso comprometimento com uma luta revolucionaria internacional em memoria deles e delas.
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bombing_2.jpg imageDeclaración Sobre el Reciente Masacre en Suruc, Turkia 02:07 Wed 22 Jul by Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra 0 comments

Hoy lloramos la pérdida de amigos y compañeros y renovamos nuestro compromiso con una lucha revolucionaria internacional en su memoria. Al mediodía, en la aldea fronteriza de Suruc, en el Kurdistán Turco, una bomba destrozó los cuerpos de comunistas, socialistas y anarquistas que iban en camino a ayudar en la reconstrucción de Kobane. Decenas de personas fueron asesinadas, muchas otras quedaron heridas. Un militante de Black Rose estaba presente en las preparaciones de la campaña en apoyo a la reconstrucción de Kobane y Rojava, pero no fue alcanzado por la explosión.
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image“Masacre laboral” contra los obreros de Chiclets Adams/Cadbury en Cali Aug 04 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

Frente a la empresa de Cadbury-Chiclets Adams en el barrio Calima de la ciudad de Cali, los obreros se han agrupado en “carpas de la resistencia” para protestar por el cierre de la empresa, propiedad de Mondelēz Internacional, multinacional norteamericana, que produce una serie de productos, entre ellos las galletas Oreo, Motitas, Sparkies, Halls, Chiclets Adams, Bublicious, Trident, Bubbaloo, Certs y Club Social. Esto no es una huelga, sino una lucha sindical para reclamar el derecho al trabajo. Las paredes de la fábrica se encuentran llenos de carteles en que denuncian a la multinacional, que llaman al boicot de sus productos y al reintegro de los trabajadores. Denuncian, en fuertes términos, lo que llaman una “Masacre Laboral” en contra de los trabajadores. Un obrero comenta que “esto es una masacre laboral, porque con este cierre, unilateral, fraudulento, nos han cortado nuestros proyectos de vida, nuestra estabilidad. Por ejemplo, yo iba a comprar una vivienda y ahora el banco me ha rechazado el préstamo. Son muchas las afectaciones que los obreros estamos sufriendo solamente por la codicia de una multinacional que nos ve como máquinas viejas que pueden desechar cuando ya les han sacado todo el uso que podían”.

imageUna proyección de análisis acerca de la aproximación de Cuba con EEUU Aug 04 by BrunoL 0 comments

Por Bruno Lima Rocha

La reaproximación entre Estados Unidos y Cuba, con la reanudación de las relaciones diplomáticas entre los dos países, está concluyendo una etapa de la geopolítica de América Latina, que se remonta a la Guerra Fría. La victoria de la Revolución Cubana abrió en nuestro continente una ventana de posibilidades de cambio, resultando en un vendaval revolucionario de tres décadas. Aún tenemos fuerzas insurgentes latinoamericanas, como el ELN y la FARC colombianas, y el EZLN y EPR de México, pero tal accionar está muy distante del que hubo hasta la rendición y armisticio de las guerrillas centro-americanas en la mitad de la década de 1990. Observar las relaciones cubano-estadunidenses hoy, implica también en hacer la proyección de los tiempos que se avecinan.

imageΤο προφανές θα μας σ... Aug 02 by Eφημερίδα δρόμου "Άπατρις" 0 comments

Eίμαστε άραγε διατεθειμένοι να προσφέρουμε τις δυνάμεις μας για να ανακουφίσουμε τη χρεωκοπία ενός κράτους που όχι μόνο δεν υπηρετεί πια τους πολίτες αλλά ως βρυκόλακας τους ρουφά το αίμα για να ταΐσει τα πλοκάμια του παγκόσμιου τραπεζικού κήτους;

imageΟι νεκροθάφτες της &... Jul 31 by Dmitri (republishing) 0 comments

Ωστόσο, υπήρχε μια πραγματικότητα που οι Ισπανοί επαναστάτες δεν μπορούσαν να αγνοήσουν: βασιζόμασταν στην ενεργή υποστήριξή πολλών εργατών και επαναστατών από όλες τις χώρες που ήθελαν να έλθουν και να πολεμήσουν στο πλευρό μας, για τον σκοπό μας, ο οποίος δεν ήταν άλλος από τον παγκόσμιό σκοπό της ελευθερίας από την τυραννία. Δεν μπορούσαμε να αρνηθούμε την επιθυμία τους να πολεμήσουν και να πεθάνουν μαζί μας. Πολλοί Ιταλοί, Γερμανοί, Γάλλοι και άνθρωποι από άλλες χώρες πολέμησαν δίπλα μας στο μέτωπο της Aragon από την πρώτη κιόλας στιγμή.

textLike leftists and communists, anarchists and libertarians have been divided over Rojava. Some of th... Jul 30 by Zaher Baher 1 comments

In my opinion the best attitude towards Rojava is “supportive and being critical” at the same time. Criticizing it alone and keeping distance from it does not benefit our current anarchist movement. This attitude again shows incapability of recognizing the reality of the movement, and would bring the blame of history over us. Meanwhile supporting it without criticizing its negative sides again shows that we do not see this movement realistically. Having this attitude, once the movement fails to meet our demands, we will be very disappointed and keep ourselves a far distance from any movement in the future.

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imageΠρος το αναρχικό κί&... Jul 27 0 comments

Οι συλλογικότητες που υπογράφουμε αυτή την ανακοίνωση ολοκληρώνουμε τις διαδικασίες για την συγκρότηση αναρχικής ομοσπονδίας, και ανακοινώνουμε πως αυτές πλησιάζουν στο τέλος τους. Μετά την πλήρη ολοκλήρωση αυτών των διαδικασιών θα ακολουθήσει το ιδρυτικό συνέδριο που σκοπεύουμε να πραγματοποιηθεί 3-4 Οκτώβρη του 2015.

imageMassacro a Suruç in Turchia Jul 24 Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra (BRRN) 0 comments

A mezzogiorno del 20 luglio, nella città di confine di Suruç nel Kurdistan turco, una bomba ha lacerato i corpi di comunisti, socialisti ed anarchici che si stavano recando a Kobane per partecipare alla sua ricostruzione. Decine di persone sono rimaste uccise, molti i feriti. [English]

textItalia: rottamazione della scuola pubblica Jul 23 2 comments

Occorrerà ricostruire scuola per scuola l'unità dei mesi scorsi, ri-alimentare fiducia e fermezza nella consapevolezza che questa legge si potrà rendere inapplicabile solo con un'opposizione istituto per istituto.

imageDeclaração sobre o recente massacre em Suruc, Turquia Jul 22 Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra - Black Rose Anarchist Federation 0 comments

Hoje lamentamos a perda de amigos e amigas, companheiros e companheiras, e renovamos nosso comprometimento com uma luta revolucionaria internacional em memoria deles e delas.
[Castellano] [ English]

imageDeclaración Sobre el Reciente Masacre en Suruc, Turkia Jul 22 FARN - BRAF 0 comments

Hoy lloramos la pérdida de amigos y compañeros y renovamos nuestro compromiso con una lucha revolucionaria internacional en su memoria. Al mediodía, en la aldea fronteriza de Suruc, en el Kurdistán Turco, una bomba destrozó los cuerpos de comunistas, socialistas y anarquistas que iban en camino a ayudar en la reconstrucción de Kobane. Decenas de personas fueron asesinadas, muchas otras quedaron heridas. Un militante de Black Rose estaba presente en las preparaciones de la campaña en apoyo a la reconstrucción de Kobane y Rojava, pero no fue alcanzado por la explosión.
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