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southern africa / the left / feature Wednesday May 07, 2014 20:28 byShawn Hattingh & Jonathan Payn   text 2 comments (last - tuesday may 13, 2014 20:37)   image 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
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international / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday February 12, 2013 03:07 byJonathan Payn   image 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
Fédération anarchiste de Rio de Janeiro (FARJ)
brésil/guyane/suriname/guinée française / mouvement anarchiste / entrevue Sunday March 18, 2012 17:19 byJonathan Payn   image 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
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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / anarchist movement / review Wednesday February 08, 2012 21:03 byJonathan Payn   image 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
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southern africa / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 27, 2011 13:32 byJonathan Payn   text 1 comment (last - monday january 02, 2012 17:03)   image 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
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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 23, 2011 20:19 byJonathan Payn   image 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
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southern africa / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Sunday November 06, 2011 12:19 byJonathan Payn   image 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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international / environment / opinion / analysis Monday July 11, 2011 21:04 byJonathan Payn   image 1 image
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 [1]. 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” [2]. A category of work which, according to the World Bank, is performed by 15 million people globally – or one percent of the world population [3] – and has become increasingly common in South Africa in recent years. read full story / add a comment
Tram under workers self-management in Barcelona
southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Thursday September 09, 2010 20:57 byJonathan Payn   image 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
Pogroms then... and now.
southern africa / migration / racism / feature Friday September 26, 2008 18:14 bySteffi, Jonathan Payn and James Pendlebury   image 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   text 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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arton59514e0ec_1.jpg imageSolidarietà internazionale a* Zapatist@s di fronte alla controrivoluzione in Chiapas 15:18 Sun 31 Aug by commission international 0 comments

Alla società civile nazionale ed internazionale,
Alla Sesta nazionale ed internazionale,
Ai media liberi, autonomi ed indipendenti,
Alle amministrazioni del buon governo,
All' EZLN,
Alle basi di appoggio dell'EZLN
[Castellano]

arton59514e0ec_2.jpg imageInternational Support for Zapatist@s against the Chiapas counterinsurgency 19:00 Thu 28 Aug by Commission international 0 comments

To National and International Civil Society,
To the National and International Sixth,
To the free, autonomous, independent media or whatever they are called,
To the Good Government Juntas,
To the EZLN,
To the support bases of the EZLN,
[Français]
[Español]

arton59514e0ec_1.jpg imageApoyo internacional a los Pueblos Zapatistas victimas de la guerra de contrainsurgencia 23:12 Wed 27 Aug by commission international 0 comments

A la Sociedad Civil Nacional e Internacional,
A la Sexta Nacional e Internacional,
A los medios libres, autónomos, independiente o como se llamen,
A las Juntas de Buen Gobierno,
A la EZLN,
A l@s Bases de Apoyo del EZLN,
[Français] [English] [Italiano]

arton59514e0ec.jpg imageSoutien International aux zapatist@s contre la guerre de contre-insurrection au Chiapas 23:03 Wed 27 Aug by commission international 0 comments

A la Société Civile Nationale et Internationale,
A la Sexta Nationale et Internationale,
Aux Médias libres, autonomes, indépendants ou comme ils s’appellent,
Aux Juntas de Buen Gobierno,
A l’EZLN,
Aux Bases d’appui de l’EZLN,
[Español]
[English]

textPalestina-Israele, l'attacco militare a Gaza è stato un fallimento rispetto alle aspettative ma anch... 18:11 Mon 25 Aug by Ilan S. 0 comments

La guerra di Israele su Gaza intendeva indebolire Hamas ma renderlo indipendente dall'Autorità in Cisgiordania. Un mese e mezzo è passato ed Israele non riesce a fermare il lancio di razzi di Hamas su Israele. Hamas ha chiesto ad alta voce la rimozione dell'assedio ed il primo ministro israeliano non ha avuto l'appoggio necessario dalla sua coalizione per il necessario compromesso. Per diminuire le perdite e per salvare la faccia Israele con il sostegno degli USA stanno ora delegando la questione a quel Consiglio di Sicurezza dell'ONU di cui Israele non si è curato per molti anni. [English]

textPalestine-Israel, The war assault on Gaza failed to bring the expected results and even back fired* 14:09 Sun 24 Aug by Ilan S. 0 comments

The war Israel started with the Hamas was intended to keep it weaker but independent of the west bank authority. A month and a half and Israel cannot stop the Hamas firing of rockets on Israel. The Hamas raised its demand about the lifting of the siege (closer) and the Israeli prime minister failed go get the support of his coalition for the needed compromise. To diminish the losses and to save face Israel with US backing are passing the decision to the UN security council the Israeli ruling elite evaded successfully so many years. The mounting economic pressures create cracks in the Israeli ruling elite and even the populist coalition party head - the foreign minister, start to promote the end of the 1967 occupation. And the joint popular grass root struggle continue - within Israel at the Arkib Bedouins as focus, Bil'in, Ma'asara, Neby Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, South Hebron Hills. [Italiano]

sorrymigrantx.jpg imageIreland - Migrant X refused an abortion and forced to have a C-section 22:31 Thu 21 Aug by Andrew 0 comments

This is as complete a story about what happened to 'Migrant X' that we are aware of.  Migrant X is a young migrant women who it emerged was refused an abortion by the Irish state despite apparently meeting the grounds of the X-case legislation and instead forced to carry the pregnancy and agree to a C-section.  The pregnanacy itself was the result of rape, Migrant X attempted suicide after being refused the abortion and later went on a hunger and thirst strike.  Once what had happened to her became known there were sizeable pro-choice solidarity demonstrations called across Ireland and at Irish embassies overseas.   We have been given information that the migrant woman at the centre of the current forced pregnancy was 'committed' to a psychiatric hospital following her initial request for termination. It’s already known that the initial request was made when she was 8 weeks pregnant.  It was this crucial period in which she was being held incommunicado which led directly to the Caesarian option being possible to impose as an ‘alternative’ to allowing her to access the abortion she had asked for.

brown04.jpg imageTerror in Ferguson 18:45 Wed 20 Aug by Denver Anarchist Black Cross 0 comments

Saturday August 9th, a racist Ferguson police officer profiled and fatally shot a black teenager, Michael Brown, as he walked to his grandmother’s residence with a friend. He was 18 years old. Multiple witnesses told KMOV that Brown was unarmed and had his hands up in the air when he was cut down. “The officer shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” said witness Dorian Johnson. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.” The family and the community are calling his death an execution.

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_oabubakralbaghdadi570.jpg imageO que nós pensamos sobre a atual crise no Iraque? 13:00 Sun 17 Aug by KAF (Fórum Anarquista do Curdistão) 0 comments

A crise do Iraque já se arrasta há décadas. Tanto o regime Saddam Hussein tanto quanto sob a atual "democracia", desde a invasão de 2003, não há liberdade, justiça social, igualdade e há poucas perspectivas para aqueles que são independentes aos partidos políticos no poder. Além da brutalidade e discriminação contra as mulheres e as minorias, um grande abismo foi criado entre os ricos e os pobres, fazendo com que os pobres ficassem cada vez mais pobres e os ricos mais ricos.

textPalestina-Israele, l'attacco israeliano a Gaza finisce con la sconfitta della sua arrogante dimostra... 17:03 Fri 15 Aug by Ilan S. 0 comments

Israele aveva iniziato il suo attacco a Gaza per sabotare il compromesso tra Hamas e l'Autorità Palestinese e per restaurare un governo indipendente di un indebolito Hamas sulla Striscia di Gaza. Il compromesso di Hamas doveva essere una risposta al blocco egiziano finalizzato a smantellare Hamas stesso. Il fallito attacco israeliano porterà ad una significativa apertura del confine tra Israele e la Striscia di Gaza laddove prima dell'attacco passa lo stretto necessario in una situazione sull'orlo di una catastrofe umanitaria. [English]

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imageNé ucraini né russi! Aug 31 by Třídní válka 0 comments

Quando alcuni mesi fa scrivemmo "Preparativi di guerra in Ucraina e Russia: realtà o show?" intendendo dire che stavano maturando le condizioni per un nuova guerra, molti compagni espressero dubbi o anche disaccordo verso un comunicato così categorico. Ora possiamo dire che il conflitto in Ucraina è chiaramente passato dalla fase "fredda" a quella "calda" e che ciò di cui siamo testimoni nell'est del paese è proprio guerra in tutti i sensi. [Čeština]

imageIl vigile del fuoco Aug 30 by Toni Iero 0 comments

Il peggio è ormai passato. È una frase che sento ripetere dall’autunno del 2007, qualche mese dopo l’estate in cui la caduta delle quotazioni azionarie di Wall Street segnava la fine della bolla immobiliare americana e l’inizio della peggiore crisi economica dopo quella degli anni ’30 del secolo scorso.
Davvero c’è una luce in fondo al tunnel?
Per formarsi un’opinione motivata, è opportuno comprendere le diverse dinamiche che caratterizzano i mercati finanziari e il sistema produttivo.

imageΗ Αναρχία από έναν α... Aug 30 by Ελιζέ Ρεκλύ 0 comments

Από το 21ο τεύχος του περιοδικού Ευτοπία - μετάφραση: Τατιάνα Τζαναβάρα
* Το άρθρο αυτό με τίτλο ''An Anarchist on Anarchy'' δημοσιεύτηκε πρώτη φορά στο περιοδικό Contemporary Review (τ. 45, 1884, Ιανουάριος/Ιούνιος).

imageEleições presidenciais brasileiras e as mazelas deste processo democrático Aug 30 by BrunoL 0 comments

Bruno Lima Rocha, 28 de agosto de 2014

No meio da corrida eleitoral de 1º turno, onde a 7ª economia do mundo vai decidir seu destino consultando a vontade e desinformação da 79ª sociedade mundial em índice de IDH, é preciso fazer uma série de reflexões. Para tal, precisamos ir além da denúncia do esvaziamento da democracia em sua versão liberal e indireta. Entendo que vivemos um problema estruturante, que tem relação direta com dois fenômenos. O primeiro passa pela individualização do cotidiano, com tarefas que se multiplicam e tempos esgotados. O capitalismo em sua era informacional não dá tempo hábil para a vida coletiva e menos ainda para as experiências políticas massivas. Quando isto ocorre, temos uma “crise”, como em junho de 2013. Saudável “crise” por sinal.

imagePerspectivas iníciales de la candidatura de Marina Silva y de la Coalición liderada por el PSB luego... Aug 29 by BrunoL 0 comments

Bruno Lima Rocha*

En este texto compilo los análisis que publiqué en las redes sociales que a su vez son una compilación de entrevistas y participaciones en los medios comerciales brasileros que vengo realizando luego del anuncio del desastre aéreo y el consecuente fallecimiento de Eduardo Campos, ex gobernador del Estado de Pernambuco y candidato a presidente por el Partido Socialista Brasilero hasta el suceso que además hizo víctimas a su comitiva y a la tripulación de la aeronave. El accidente ocurrió en la ciudad de Santos, litoral del Estado de San Pablo el 13 de agosto de 2014. Nadie esperaba nada parecido. Su candidata a vicepresidente, Marina Silva es neopentecostal y ex ministra de Medio Ambiente de Lula. Dejó el gobierno en 2010 y en las elecciones presidenciales de ese año se enfrentó a Dilma Rousseff y alcanzó la tercera posición con más de veinte millones de votos. Ahora, como candidata a presidente del PSB, partido que era parte de la base del gobierno central hasta el fin de 2013, representa una preferencia de votos como alternativa al lulismo. Vale una observación con tono de autocrítica, nunca anticipamos un escenario con el abandono de algún candidato, ni menos a partir de un desastre como éste. Todo analista debería tener este escenario en cuenta, aunque con menores posibilidades.

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imageSolidarietà internazionale a* Zapatist@s di fronte alla controrivoluzione in Chiapas Aug 31 Alternative Libertaire 0 comments

Alla società civile nazionale ed internazionale,
Alla Sesta nazionale ed internazionale,
Ai media liberi, autonomi ed indipendenti,
Alle amministrazioni del buon governo,
All' EZLN,
Alle basi di appoggio dell'EZLN
[Castellano]

imageInternational Support for Zapatist@s against the Chiapas counterinsurgency Aug 28 Alternative Libertaire 0 comments

To National and International Civil Society,
To the National and International Sixth,
To the free, autonomous, independent media or whatever they are called,
To the Good Government Juntas,
To the EZLN,
To the support bases of the EZLN,
[Français]
[Español]

imageApoyo internacional a los Pueblos Zapatistas victimas de la guerra de contrainsurgencia Aug 27 Alternative Libertaire 0 comments

A la Sociedad Civil Nacional e Internacional,
A la Sexta Nacional e Internacional,
A los medios libres, autónomos, independiente o como se llamen,
A las Juntas de Buen Gobierno,
A la EZLN,
A l@s Bases de Apoyo del EZLN,
[Français] [English] [Italiano]

imageSoutien International aux zapatist@s contre la guerre de contre-insurrection au Chiapas Aug 27 Alternative Libertaire 0 comments

A la Société Civile Nationale et Internationale,
A la Sexta Nationale et Internationale,
Aux Médias libres, autonomes, indépendants ou comme ils s’appellent,
Aux Juntas de Buen Gobierno,
A l’EZLN,
Aux Bases d’appui de l’EZLN,
[Español]
[English]

imageO que nós pensamos sobre a atual crise no Iraque? Aug 17 0 comments

A crise do Iraque já se arrasta há décadas. Tanto o regime Saddam Hussein tanto quanto sob a atual "democracia", desde a invasão de 2003, não há liberdade, justiça social, igualdade e há poucas perspectivas para aqueles que são independentes aos partidos políticos no poder. Além da brutalidade e discriminação contra as mulheres e as minorias, um grande abismo foi criado entre os ricos e os pobres, fazendo com que os pobres ficassem cada vez mais pobres e os ricos mais ricos.

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