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southern africa / history / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 03, 2014 16:34 byJonathan Payn 1 image
The United Front tactic – aimed at uniting masses of workers in action and winning Communist leadership for the working class – was adopted as policy by the Communist International (Comintern) in 1921 and will be discussed later in this series. However, there are important examples of working class unity in action which predate Comintern policy and bear relevance to the united fronts discussion. One often-cited example is the united front to defend the gains of the February Revolution from a military coup in Russia in 1917, which will be discussed in the next article in this series.
Before looking at this, however, there is another example of proletarian unity in action – that didn’t seek to win Communist leadership – which warrants attention; that of a revolutionary worker-peasant alliance. This conception of united front action found expression in Italy’s anti-militarist “red blocs” and it is to these that we now turn.
First published in issue 87 of Workers World News • Part 1: NUMSA and the ‘United Front Against Neoliberalism’ read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Wednesday September 03, 2014 16:26 byJonathan Payn 1 image
The resolution adopted by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) to form a ‘United Front against neoliberalism’ – as well as its decision not to endorse the ANC in the elections – represents an interesting development in the political landscape, one which activists should look at carefully and engage.
Due to the language used by the media, the Left, NUMSA’s critics and even NUMSA itself much confusion surrounds the debate – leaving many questions: Is the ‘United Front’ an organisation or attempt to build a new labour federation or political party? Is it an attempt to revive the 1980s United Democratic Front (UDF)? Why NUMSA’s sudden interest in community struggles?
This series, of which this article is the first, aims to clarify these and other questions by looking at the proposal and history of united fronts locally and internationally to clarify key issues and draw lessons that activists can use when engaging the pros and cons of NUMSA’s United Front proposal and if and how they think it should be developed. First published in issue 86 of Workers World News • Part 2: Anti-militarist United Fronts and Italy’s “Red week”, 1914 read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / feature Wednesday May 07, 2014 20:28 byShawn Hattingh & Jonathan Payn 2 comments (last - tuesday may 13, 2014 20:37) 1 image
There has been much hype, amongst the media and sections of the public, in the run up to this year’s provincial and national elections in South Africa and, for some, the arrival of new parties to the electoral arena has renewed their faith in the possibility of an electoral solution to the myriad of problems facing South Africa. Politicians from across all parties have been using this hype and a seemingly renewed faith in the ballot box to their advantage. The question, therefore, is: can equality, socialism, national liberation or ‘economic freedom’ – or even a respite from state violence – for a majority be brought about through parties and activists entering into the state or through voting for parties that promise not to use the state for violent or oppressive means; or will this only lead to a dead-end for the working class yet again? read full story / add a comment
international / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday February 12, 2013 03:07 byJonathan Payn 1 image
From 25th to 27th January 2013, ELAOPA returned to the city of its birth to commemorate ten years of the difficult but necessary journey to building people’s power in Latin America. It seeks to “maintain its independence in the face of political parties, the state and its governments, NGOs, companies and all those that, with authoritarian structures distant from our realities, come to tell us what we have to do.” read full story / add a comment
brésil/guyane/suriname/guinée française / mouvement anarchiste / entrevue Sunday March 18, 2012 17:19 byJonathan Payn 1 image
Dans cette interview, réalisée entre août et octobre de 2010, la Fédération Anarchiste de Rio de Janeiro (Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro – FARJ) évoque son interprétation de concepts tels que le spécifisme (especifismo), le dualisme organisationnel, l’insertion sociale et le rôle de l'organisation politique anarchiste par rapport aux mouvements sociaux et à la lutte de classe. Il s’agit aussi de parler de l'entrée récente de la FARJ dans le Forum de l'Anarchisme Organisé (Fórum do Anarquismo Organisado – FAO) et des conséquences sociales du choix de Rio de Janeiro comme une Ville Hôte de la FIFA 2014, aussi bien que des questions quelquefois difficiles, telles que la nécessité de trouver un équilibre entre les niveaux d'unité théorique et stratégique et du besoin de croître comme organisation. La Fédération Anarchiste de Rio de Janeiro (Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro (FARJ) est une organisation anarchiste spécifique de la ville de Rio de Janeiro, le Brésil. [Português] [English] read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / anarchist movement / review Wednesday February 08, 2012 21:03 byJonathan Payn 1 image
This document, first published in Portuguese under the title Anarquismo Social e Organização and adopted at the first Congress of the Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro in August 2008, seeks to map out the FARJ’s theoretical conception of an organised, class struggle anarchism and, “More than a purely theoretical document, [...] reflects the conclusions realised after five years of practical application of anarchism in the social struggles of our people”. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 27, 2011 13:32 byJonathan Payn 1 comment (last - monday january 02, 2012 17:03) 1 image
Failures of democracy have been a big part of the history of the DLF. We in the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) have had to raise such challenges several times (see “DLF structure: concerns and proposals” by ZACF). We have long been troubled by the lack of proper democratic structures, by a leadership that consists far more of middle-class intellectuals than of grassroots militants, and by a programme that seems to be determined in advance by the academic and NGO interests of these intellectuals instead of by the immediate needs of the workers and the poor. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 23, 2011 20:19 byJonathan Payn 1 image
It was recently reported by various newspapers that ‘a “notorious gang of anarchists” with links to cash heists is attempting to destabilise the Gauteng ANC’. Newspaper articles [*] quoted ANC provincial secretary David Makhura as saying that an ANC investigation would ‘expose the hidden hand of business people who are fuelling and financing activities that seek to disrupt the functioning of the ANC’. The claims came after a group of disgruntled party members allegedly held an unofficial parallel election to decide the party’s Tshwane leader. According to Makhura the parallel gathering ‘was organised by a notorious gang of anarchists, most of whom have disciplinary cases’. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Sunday November 06, 2011 12:19 byJonathan Payn 1 image
The Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front, or ZACF – Zabalaza meaning ‘struggle’ in isiZulu and isiXhosa – is a specific anarchist political organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a unitary organisation – or federation of individuals, as opposed to a federation of collectives – whereby membership is on an individual basis, by invitation only. This is because we have seen – through our own experience, as well as that of global anarchism historically – that we can accomplish more as an organisation, and be more effective, when our members share a certain level of theoretical and strategic unity, and collective responsibility.
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Across South America there is a growing movement – assuming different forms and characteristics, but with similar origins, demands and objectives – that, despite it being located at a strategically important intersection between two critical social issues – class struggle and ecology – seems to me to have received little attention in South African academic and activist circles. And this is true despite the fact that the social and economic conditions that gave rise to this movement prevail in South Africa, as they did – and continue to – in many South American countries. Perhaps this is due to the fact that this movement concerns people largely marginalised by industrial society and so-called ‘brown’ ecological issues – such as the pollution and contamination of rivers and dams surrounding poor communities, most acutely effecting the workers and poor – as opposed to the much more sanitary ‘green’ ecological issues – such as conservation and animal welfare – often associated, in South Africa at least, with liberal white activists from the middle and upper classes . This is the movement of the catadores, as they are known in Brazil, and clasificadores in Uruguay; the recyclable waste pickers and sorters who, similarly to South Africa, constitute a growing informal sector in the industrial production cycle. This includes all people – not formally employed by public or private waste management services – who collect, transport, classify and sell recyclable waste for a living – or ‘work with scrap’ – thus “reducing demand for natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions” . A category of work which, according to the World Bank, is performed by 15 million people globally – or one percent of the world population  – and has become increasingly common in South Africa in recent years. read full story / add a comment
southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Thursday September 09, 2010 20:57 byJonathan Payn 2 images
The promise of safe, reliable and affordable public transport comes as welcome news for the majority of working class and poor South Africans and immigrants to the country. The segregated town planning left behind by the system of racialised capitalism known as apartheid has meant that the majority of the population – also those who can least afford it – are often the ones who have the furthest to travel to work, schools, hospitals and so on.
This article looks at the Bus Rapid Transit system, what BRT really is, how our so-called leaders plan to implement it – since, as usual, there has been very little popular involvement – and whether our leaders, or BRT, can serve the needs of the poor and working class read full story / add a comment
africa meridionale / migrazione / razzismo / opinione / analisi Thursday October 02, 2008 16:57 bySteffi, Jonathan Payn e James Pendlebury
A solo 14 anni dalla fine dell'apartheid qualcuno sostiene che siamo in presenza di una nuova apartheid. A solo 14 anni dal genocidio in Rwanda c'è chi dice che in Sud Africa si stia verificando un genocidio particolare. Niente a che vedere con il gap economico tuttora esistente tra sudafricani con diverso colore della pelle e nemmeno con una guerra tra diversi gruppi etnici come in Rwanda. [English] read full story / add a comment
southern africa / migration / racism / feature Friday September 26, 2008 18:14 bySteffi, Jonathan Payn and James Pendlebury 1 image
Only 14 years after the end of apartheid some say that this is a new apartheid. Only 14 years after the genocide in Rwanda some say that this is a genocide South African style. But this time it is not just about the still existing economic gap between South Africans of different skin colours, nor about a war between different ethnopolitical groups like in Rwanda. It is about nationality and the fight between those who have the minimum security of being born in South Africa, and the unlucky ones who have no such security – who have, in many cases, had to flee to South Africa from violence or starvation elsewhere. The events of May 2008 show a deep xenophobic sentiment in South Africa that is largely due to social and economic circumstances. It is a poisonous cocktail of nationalism mixed with lack of service delivery. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
zuidelijk afrika / community struggles / persbericht Monday September 10, 2007 18:16 byJonathan Payn
Op dinsdag 14 augustus probeerden meer dan 1000 leden van de gemeenschap van de “informele nederzetting” Sebokeng de Golden Highway tussen Sebokeng en Johannesburg te blokkeren, uit protest tegen de inadequate dienstverlening door de ANC regering sinds diens verkiezing in 1994.... read full story / add a comment
Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Τοπικές Επαφές / Ανακοίνωση Τύπου Thursday June 28, 2007 10:54 byJonathan Payne - ZACF (southern Africa)
Ακροδεξιοί άλλαξαν οδικές πινακίδες με ονόματα του απελευθερωτικού κινήματος των μαύρων με ονόματα ηγετών των Μπόερς, αλλά ο τοπικός Δήμος απέδωσε την ευθύνη σε… «ρατσιστές αναρχικούς»! read full story / add a comment
southern africa / the left / press release Wednesday June 27, 2007 17:10 byJonathan Payn 3 comments (last - tuesday february 19, 2008 10:15)
Right-wingers in the South African town of Potchefstroom removed street-signs with the names of liberation figures and replaced them with those of Boer leaders. But the Potch City Council attributed the actions to "racist anarchists". read full story / add a comment
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Palestina-Israele, la lotta unitaria prosegue ma a bassa intensità: lo scorso venerdì solo 3 israeli... 16:43 Sun 14 Sep 0 comments
I 50 giorni di guerra su Gaza sono finiti dopo che Israele ha implorato un cessate-il-fuoco ed aperto ad ulteriori richieste da parte di Hamas (di cui alcune tenute segrete persino agli stessi ministri israeliani). Una maggioranza di israeliani è disposta ad ammettere che Israele non ha vinto la guerra ma riconoscono con difficoltà che Hamas ha avuto la mano migliore. I ministri hanno approvato due settimane fa un documento del governo contenente una proposta di dispiegamento di una forza internazionale a Gaza, che può significare la fine dell'occupazione israeliana della Striscia di Gaza e l'apertura del ghetto... e può essere un precedente che potrebbe essere la fine dell'occupazione della Cisgiordania. [English]
CGT inicia una campaña por la despenalización del aborto y el derecho de las mujeres a decidir sobre... 00:15 Wed 10 Sep 0 comments
CGT trabaja por la despenalización del aborto y defiende el derecho de las personas a decidir libremente sobre su sexualidad, sobre su modelo de familia y en general, sobre su vida.
Depuis l’Europe : Solidarité avec les prisonnier-e-s anarchistes emprisonnés à Mexico 03:19 Tue 09 Sep 0 comments
Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle continues with lower intensity: last Friday only 3 Israelis cam... 22:10 Sun 07 Sep 0 comments
The 50-day war on Gaza ended, after Israel begged for a ceasefire and yielded to major demands from Hamas (some kept in secret even from Israeli government ministers). A majority of Israelis admit that Israel did not win the war but with difficulty admit that Hamas had the upper hand. Ministers passed two weeks ago a classified Cabinet document containing a proposal to place an international force in Gaza, which may mean the end of Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip and the opening of the Ghetto... and may be a precedent to what could be the end of the occupation of the West Bank). In Israel, the "radical" left is back to "normal"... though many more activists are contemplating joining the comrades who had already lost hope and emigrated. It seems the international pressures of the imperial powers and the advances of the boycott movement are bringing the end of the 1967 occupation sooner than expected. [Italiano]
Appoggio alle 595 operaie delle pulizie 17:30 Sat 06 Sep 0 comments
La Rete europea del Sindacalismo alternativo e di Base manifesta il suo appoggio alle 595 operaie delle pulizie del Ministero delle Finanze greco di Atene che furono licenziate il 17 settembre del 2013 per mettere il servizio di pulizia nelle mani delle aziende esterne private.
Solidaridad con las 595 trabajadoras 17:27 Sat 06 Sep 0 comments
La Red Europea de Sindicatos Alternativos y de Base manifiesta su apoyo y solidaridad con las 595 trabajadoras de limpieza del ministerio de Finanzas griego que fueron despedidas el 17 de septiembre de 2013 para poner el servicio de limpieza a disposición de los subcontratistas privados.
Solidarity with 595 cleaning workers 17:24 Sat 06 Sep 0 comments
The European Network of Alternative and Base Unions expresses its support and solidarity with 595 cleaning workers of the Greek Finance Ministry who were dismissed on September 17 2013 to put the cleaning service in the hands of private subcontractors.
Αλληλεγγύη στις 595 κ^... 17:21 Sat 06 Sep 0 comments
Το Ευρωπαϊκό Δίκτυο Εναλλακτικών Συνδικάτων και Συνδικάτων Βάσης εκφράζει την υποστήριξη και την αλληλεγγύη του στις 595 καθαρίστριες του ελληνικού υπουργείου Οικονομικών που απολύθηκαν στις 17 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013 για να παραδοθεί η υπηρεσία σε ιδιώτες υπεργολάβους.
Orbituary of Ousi Lawrence Zitha 16:03 Mon 01 Sep 0 comments
Comrade Lawrence was born on 7 July 1969 in Kliptown before moving to Ceza in KwaZulu-Natal. He attended Ceza Primary and Nghunghunyone Secondary, matriculating in 1986 with exemption (excellent at that time).
Por la Federación Anarquista del Caribe 08:31 Mon 01 Sep 0 comments
Para ello proponemos la realización en marzo de 2015 en la región dominicana del primer encuentro constitutivo de la F.A.C.-C. [Centroamérica] (nombre provisional) de individualidades y “delegados” de colectivos ácratas en la región, que sea el punto de cierre inicial para confrontarse y coordinar acciones, ideas e insumos, a partir de los ejes temáticos que emerjan de los colectivos en cada localidad. [English]more >>
EEUU en el Medio Oriente: hipocresía y doble discurso Sep 15 0 comments
Bruno Lima Rocha*
Ερωτήματα εξ Ανατο... Sep 15 0 comments
Τι ακριβώς συμβαίνει στην Ουκρανία; Ένας ιμπεριαλιστικός πόλεμος «δια αντιπροσώπων»; Η σύγκρουσή δυο εθνικισμών; Η αντιπαράθεση δυο ολοκληρωτισμών (βλ Νεοναζισμού και των απολιθωμάτων του Σταλινισμού); Η συμπύκνωση της παγκόσμιας αντιπαράθεσης του Νεοφασισμού ενάντιων Αντιφασισμού σε επίπεδο ένοπλης σύγκρουσης; Τι σηματοδοτεί η δημιουργία των Λαϊκών Δημοκρατιών στην Ν.Α Ουκρανία; είναι παραρτήματα του Κρεμλίνου ή μορφές λαϊκής αυτοδιάθεσης; Διαφορετικά ερωτήματα, τις ίδιας όμως υφής, θα μπορούσαμε να θέσουμε και για την προσπάθεια δημιουργίας Ισλαμικού Κράτους στην Μέση Ανατολή (Συρία, Ιράκ) από τους Τζιχαντιστές. Τελικά ποιους ενισχύουν το ΝΑΤΟ, οι ΗΠΑ και η ΕΕ, τους Κούρδους του Ιράκ; ή τους Ισλαμιστές που στην προηγούμενη περίοδο είχαν εξοπλίσει για να πολεμήσουν το καθεστώς του Άσαντ;
Unionism and Direct Action Sep 15 0 comments
In the first half of 2014, the struggles of diverse categories of workers were taken to the streets to the dismay of bosses and governors. The powerful’s counterattack was supported with the help of the mainstream media, which tried to criminalise the protests and demobilise the strugglers. This happened before, during and after the World Cup – a time in which the news sought to legitimise the violent actions of the repressive apparatus of the state and its leaders. Following this came the political persecutions and arrests of dozens of protestors in an authoritarian manner, violating democratic means and human rights.
[Chile] La misteriosa explosión que cambió el panorama nacional Sep 14 0 comments
Sin duda alguna, la detonación del artefacto explosivo producida en el “Subcentro” de la estación de metro Escuela Militar, ocurrida el lunes 8 de septiembre recién pasado, es un episodio que generó un giro radical en la realidad nacional, y que probablemente marque un punto de no retorno, en lo que a materia jurídica se refiere. La explosión producida a las 14:05 horas, hirió a 14 personas, las cuales sufrieron traumas acústicos, fracturas, heridas por esquirlas, y la más grave de ellas, una trabajadora de la limpieza, amputación de dedos. El pánico fue general, debido a que la explosión se registró durante el horario de colación, en un lugar en donde confluye y circula muchísima gente. Inmediatamente la noticia tuvo amplia cobertura a nivel internacional y la prensa más sensacionalista y adicta al sistema de dominación, no dudó en afirmar que el “terrorismo estaba de vuelta”.
Anarchists and Radicals in 1890’s Patras Sep 11 0 comments
In this article, Troaditis examines the transitional period between the appearance of the general socialist organisation Socialist Brotherhood and the forming of some clearly anarchist groupings. It’s a period that there is nothing remained from Democratic Association of the People (of 1870s Patras) as some of their members have either become moderate socialists or simply have disappeared, and a new and fresh wave of anarchists is starting to be visible in town. This moment is just a step before of the formation of the anarchist communist newspaper-collective “Epi Ta Proso” (“Forward”) in 1896.more >>
Depuis l’Europe : Solidarité avec les prisonnier-e-s anarchistes emprisonnés à Mexico Sep 09 Alternative Libertaire 0 comments
Orbituary of Ousi Lawrence Zitha Sep 01 Tokologo African Anarchist Collective 0 comments
Comrade Lawrence was born on 7 July 1969 in Kliptown before moving to Ceza in KwaZulu-Natal. He attended Ceza Primary and Nghunghunyone Secondary, matriculating in 1986 with exemption (excellent at that time).
Por la Federación Anarquista del Caribe Sep 01 0 comments
Para ello proponemos la realización en marzo de 2015 en la región dominicana del primer encuentro constitutivo de la F.A.C.-C. [Centroamérica] (nombre provisional) de individualidades y “delegados” de colectivos ácratas en la región, que sea el punto de cierre inicial para confrontarse y coordinar acciones, ideas e insumos, a partir de los ejes temáticos que emerjan de los colectivos en cada localidad. [English]
For The Caribbean Anarchist Federation Sep 01 0 comments
For all this we propose a constitutive meeting of the F.A.C.-C [-Central American] (Caribbean and Central American Anarchist Federation) in the Dominican Republic in March of 2015. We call individuals and “delegates” of anarchist collectives in the region to join us in this meeting that will be an initial decisive moment to compare and coordinate actions, ideas and supplies based on the topics/themes that would emerge from each collective according to their location. [Castellano]
Solidarietà internazionale a* Zapatist@s di fronte alla controrivoluzione in Chiapas Aug 31 Alternative Libertaire 0 comments
Alla società civile nazionale ed internazionale,