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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Saturday December 28, 2013 15:28 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
The recent BBC documentary 'Panorama: Britain's Secret Terror Force' may have once again put a spotlight on the extent of British state-sponsored terrorism in the North and the activities of its various shadowy forces; but the level of orchestration, impunity, collusion and cover up is yet to be truly uncovered. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Wednesday August 28, 2013 19:27 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
The eruption of conflict and intense rioting in Belfast over the last couple of months is a clear illustration that, no matter what lengths Stormont and the media circus go to to disguise the ugly reality of the ‘peace process’, the scars of the past and frequent eruption of sectarian conflict refuse to go away as political parties play the sectarian card to get one over on their rivals. read full story / add a comment
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indonesia / philippines / australia / anarchist movement / link to audio Thursday August 22, 2013 09:25 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
This post- Melbourne Anarchist bookfair conversation took place in the Melbourne Anarchist Club (MAC) which has a history stretching back to the 1890s. While visiting the premises which contains a library, meeting space and infoshop I caught up with Brendan and Ben two active members of the collective and Kieran from Anarchist Affinity which is seeking to build a similar organisation to the WSM, based on theoretical and tactical unity and collective responsibility. [ Português] read full story / add a comment
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indonésie / philippines / australie / migration / racisme / opinion / analyse Wednesday August 21, 2013 10:47 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
Un anarchiste irlandais vivant à Melbourne, en Australie, nous donne son point de vue sur le débat sur les ‘demandeurs et demanderesses d’asile’ dans la trame des élections qui viennent. Il soutient que les travailleurs et travailleuses d’Irlande devraient être solidaires avec les plus marginalisé-e-s et les plus dépossédé-e-s de notre société. Dans les mots d’un activiste autochtone : « Comme personnes qui connaissent ce que c’est d’être envahi-e-s par les boat-people, nous sommes en meilleure posture pour juger comment les boat-people actuel-le-s devraient être traité-e-s. Alors que les boat-people initiaux et initiales qui ont envahi notre pays étaient armé-e-s jusqu’aux dents et poussé-e-s vers la conquête, les demandeurs et demanderesses d’asile de 2012 sont sans armes et recherchent sanctuaire ». [English] read full story / add a comment
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indonesia / philippines / australia / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Tuesday August 20, 2013 20:19 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
An Irish anarchist living in Melbourne, Australia gives his perspective on the 'asylum seeker' debate there leading up to the forthcoming elections. He argues Irish workers should be standing in solidarity with the most marginalised and dispossesed in our society. In the words of one Aboriginal activist; ' “As people who know what it’s like to be invaded by boat people we are in a better position to judge how the current boat people should be treated. Where the original boat people who took our country were armed to the teeth and bent on conquest, asylum seekers in 2012 are unarmed and seeking sanctuary." [Français] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Friday June 21, 2013 09:38 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
At the post G8 press conference, PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggot claimed the G8 summit in Enniskillen was the "most peaceful and stable" in its history. The G8 gangsters may have left dazzled and wined by our local political class but beneath the media spin and smokescreen lies the ugly reality of a new Northern Ireland of one rule for the rich and powerful while the rest of us must accept our place in the ladder, or face the consequences. We only need to look no further than the selective internment of Marion Price and others. read full story / add a comment
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indonesia / philippines / australia / workplace struggles / link to audio Saturday June 01, 2013 13:27 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
An Irish emigrant to Australia and WSM supporter gives his story about working on building sites, unions and audio conversation with IWW. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Tuesday May 28, 2013 18:34 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
The media charm offensive has began as our local corrupt political class roll out the the red carpet to the notorious gang of eight, dealers of austerity, state terror and imperialism. The beautiful, tranquil lakes of Fermanagh will be turned into a "ring of steel" with security fencing extending for miles, protected by an army of professional thugs and watchtowers to keep the rest of us plebs at bay. read full story / add a comment
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balkans region / history of anarchism / link to audio Thursday May 23, 2013 07:32 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image   audio 1 audio file
Jura Books in Sydney recently hosted "Anarchism in Bulgaria as I see it" by the 88-year-old exiled anarchist Jack Grancharoff. Around a dozen people listened intensely to Jack as he described his upbringing and his involvement read full story / add a comment
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grecia / turchia / cipro / movimento anarchico / intervista Tuesday January 22, 2013 17:18 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
Lo scorso weekend in una delle più ampie dimostrazioni di forza dell'ultimo decennio, migliaia di anarchici hanno manifestato contro lo sgombero violento degli squats di Villa Amalias, di Skaramagka e di Patision Streets ad Atene ed anche contro il clima molto pesante di repressione che la polizia e lo Stato hanno sviluppato nel paese degli ultimi mesi. Qui sotto l'intervista con uno dei più numerosi gruppi anarchici greci - il Movimento Anti-Autoritario (AK) sull'attuale fase politica e sociale in Grecia, sulla minaccia rappresentata dall'estrema destra e naturalmente sull'intervento del movimento anarchico. [English] read full story / add a comment
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greece / turkey / cyprus / anarchist movement / interview Monday January 21, 2013 20:03 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
Last weekend in the largest show of strength in over a decade thousands of anarchists marched to protest against the violent eviction of the squats of Villa Amalias and Skaramagka and Patision Streets in Athens and also the very repressive climate that police and the State have created in the last months in Greece.
Below is an interview with one of the largest anarchist groups in Greece - the Anti-Authoritarian Movement (AK) in relation to the present political and social climate in Greece, the threat posed by the far-right and of course the work of the anarchist movement. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / feature Wednesday January 09, 2013 03:14 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
The continuing opposition by loyalists to the decision by Belfast city council to limit the flying of the Union Jack (bringing it into line with other council chambers) is a product of a deeply sectarian colonial settlement that smothers the importance of class. The disturbances were pretty predicable in the context of summer riots over parading, intra-unionist rivalry and rising anger in traditional protestant working class communities over shortage of jobs, housing and perceived gains made by the ‘nationalist’ community. The mass inflammatory leafleting by unionist parties in the days leading up to the council vote served to heighten fears in a constituency which is easily inflamed and mobilised in defence of the realm. This is not the cause of the disturbances; but the logical conclusion of capitalist decay and opportunist politicians battling for the hearts and minds of protestant working class communities- disenchanted and disillusioned with the peace dividends promised over 10 years ago. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Wednesday December 19, 2012 18:42 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
The publishing of the De Silva’s report into the murder of Pat Finucane may have exposed a bit of dirt from under the carpet of the British states secret war in Ireland but the scars and flames of the past have not gone away - they continue to shape policing in the 21st century. As Geraldine Finucane articulated, ’’The dirt has been swept under the carpet without any serious attempt to lift the lid on what really happened to Pat and so many others.’’ read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Thursday September 13, 2012 14:36 by Sean Matthews
People in deprived areas in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to take their lives. Health minister Edwin Poots said, ‘Unemployment rates in deprived areas further affect people and this is a major concern. Studies indicate that a 1% increase in unemployment is met with a corresponding 0.79% increase in suicide. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / review Wednesday August 22, 2012 14:30 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
As someone who moved from Irish republican socialism to anarchism, Kevin Bean offers a convincing and fascinating insight into the journey and demise of radical republicanism in Ireland. It demolishes the ‘sell-out’ narrative promoted by some quarters of disaffected republicanism by diligently exploring the rapid transformation of the Provisional movement from a counter-insurgency to an active partner in governing the state it now eagerly upholds. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / interview Saturday August 18, 2012 20:06 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
In April this year over 100 bus drivers took successful wildcat action bringing Belfast city centre to a standstill in solidarity with a work colleague who was wrongly suspended by management without using the proper procedures. Independent Workers Union and WSM member Sean Matthews speaks to one anonymous driver from Translink about the action taken, wider working conditions and the possibility of solidarity and resistance in the future. read full story / add a comment
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Ιβηρική / Αναρχική Ιστορία / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Thursday August 02, 2012 19:20 by Sean Matthews - WSM   image 1 image
Αυτή η χρονιά σηματοδοτεί την 76 επέτειο του «Ισπανικού Εμφυλίου Πολέμου», που είναι μία από τις πιο παρεξηγημένες συγκρούσεις του 20ού αιώνα. Για μερικούς, ιδίως εκείνους που μένουν προσκολημμένοι σε μια παραδοσιακή άποψη της ιστορίας, ο πόλεμος ήταν μόνο μεταξύ των δυνάμεων του φασισμού και εκείνων που υπεράσπιζαν τη δημοκρατικά εκλεγμένη κυβέρνηση των Ρεπουμπλικάνων. read full story / add a comment
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iberia / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Sunday July 29, 2012 14:18 by Sean Matthews   image 1 image
This year marks the 76 anniversary of the ‘Spanish Civil War’ which is one of the most mis-understood conflicts in the 20th century. For some particular those wedded to a traditional view of history the war was merely between the forces of fascism and those committed to defending the democratically elected Republican Government. It is also this time of year when we will be greeted with a range of lectures and talks organised by the Communist Party inspired International Brigades Commemoration Committee across Ireland which deliberately distorts the reality of the 'civil war'. However, for anarchists nothing could be further from the truth. The social revolutionary upheaval was not just a battle against fascism but a new society in the making-libertarian communism. read full story / add a comment
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internazionale / lotte sindacali / opinione / analisi Wednesday June 13, 2012 17:17 by Sean Matthews   text 1 comment (last - thursday june 14, 2012 00:25)   image 2 images
Le cooperative di lavoratori sono sempre state sostenute da settori della sinistra e del più ampio movimento operaio - a partire dalla loro difesa nel XIX secolo da parte del riformatore sociale e socialista utopista gallese Robert Owens nonché da parte di Proudhon fino al loro costituirsi in vari paesi a capitalismo di stato come Cuba. Se da un lato le cooperative ci danno un piccolo esempio della realizzazione delle idee anarchiche basate sull'autogestione, sulla democrazia diretta e sul mutuo appoggio, dall'altro non dovremmo chiudere gli occhi di fronte alle loro contraddizioni ed interrogarci sulla loro efficacia in una strategia per una vera trasformazione rivoluzionaria. [English] read full story / add a comment
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international / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday June 12, 2012 14:19 by Sean Matthews   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 19, 2012 23:57)   image 2 images
Workers’ co-operatives have always been championed by sections of the left and wider labour movement - from their advocacy by 19th century Welsh social reformer and utopian socialist Robert Owens to Proudhon through to their existence in various state capitalist countries today such as Cuba. While workers’ co-operatives can provide a small example of anarchist ideas based on self-management, direct democracy and mutual aid in action, we should not be blinded by their contradictions and should query their effectiveness as a strategy for real revolutionary transformation. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment

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daf_in_kobane_3.jpg image6 σημεία για το Κομπα... 10:39 Thu 18 Dec by No man 0 comments

6 σημεία για το Κομπανί και 3 σημεία για την ελευθερία
Προκήρυξη σχετικά με την πολιορκία του Κομπανί, τον φονταμενταλισμό και τις αυτόνομες κουρδικές περιφέρειες στη βόρεια Συρία.

marxes.jpg imageLas Marchas de la Dignidad acuerdan convocar huelga general 18:58 Tue 16 Dec by Confederación General del Trabajo 0 comments

- Desde CGT se considera que se está ante un momento histórico en el devenir de las luchas obreras y sociales
- Se convocará una huelga general laboral, social y de consumo el 22 de octubre de 2015
- CGT entiende que la lucha es la única garantía de defensa de los derechos, gobierne quien gobierne

Bil'in, 12.12.14. Photo: Hamza Burnat imagePalestine-Israel, The joint struggle to the backdrop of the end-of-the-world "status quo" and as cat... 16:47 Mon 15 Dec by Ilan S. 0 comments

The old world order, in which US interests in the region East of the Mediterranean let Israel - a bastion of the US - continue with its Zionist settler colonialist in the 1967 occupied Palestine, has ended. Europe has started to advance its own interests, which are not in accord with the Israeli bastion. The independent steps of Europe are enhanced by its public opinion against Israeli colonialism to which the joint struggle in the West Bank contributes a lot. It was the approach of the imminent crisis that forced the Israeli Prime minister to call for elections, to save himself from the normally-timed election when the crisis would be the main agenda. The murder of the Palestinian minister of the popular struggles has focused attention on the ferment and rising of the popular non-armed struggles of which Israel is contemplating suppression with systematic use of live ammunition.

Bil'in. Foto: Mohammed Yasin imagePalestina-Israele - la lotta unitaria contribuisce allo spostamento degli equilibri di potere all'in... 16:15 Sun 14 Dec by Ilan S. 0 comments

Lo Stato di Israele è stato costruito soprattutto dai socialisti nazionalisti che controllavano il 75% dell'economia nel 1949. A causa della dipendenza dalle potenze imperialiste i cosiddetti socialisti investirono soprattutto nella costruzione di una elite capital-sionista che perse il potere nel 1977. I conflitti di interesse all'interno della classe dirigente capital-sionista iniziarono a mutare l'equilibrio tra la piccola fazione di industriali favorevole all'espulsione dei palestinesi e la fazione capitalista integrata nella globalizzazione neoliberista che voleva sfruttare i palestinesi ed i lavoratori dei paesi vicini. [English]

Sam Mbah imageNecrologio dell'anarchico nigeriano Sam Mbah (1963-2014) 13:55 Sun 14 Dec by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Il Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front esprime la sua più profonda tristezza per la morte di San Mbah, un grande uomo, un fratello africano, un nostro compagno di lotta. Esprimiamo le nostre più sincere condoglianze a tutti coloro che conoscevano Sam. Ci sia di conforto sapere che il tempo da egli ha trascorso con noi è stato assolutamente di grande aiuto. [English]

daf02.jpg imageMACG withdraws from Australians for Kurdistan 17:46 Fri 12 Dec by MACG 0 comments

This statement was prepared for the public meeting on “Beyond Kobanê – Behind the revolution in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan)”, which was held at Victorian Trades Hall on Wednesday 3 December by Australians for Kurdistan. Most of it was read at the meeting, but due to time constraints, the latter part was curtailed. The parts in italics were not able to be read. There has been minor editing for publication.

textDécès de l’anarchiste nigérien Sam Mbah 06:49 Fri 12 Dec by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Le Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front [Ndt. Organisation communiste libertaire d’Afrique du Sud] est profondément attristé d’apprendre la mort d’un grand être humain, un frère africain et un camarade de lutte – Sam Mbah. Nous voudrions envoyer nos plus sincères sympathies à ceux et celles qui ont connu Sam. Nous espérons que vous puissiez vous consoler par le fait qu’il a fait le plus pleinement usage du temps passé avec nous.

Sam Mbah imageObituary of Nigerian anarchist Sam Mbah 14:34 Tue 09 Dec by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front 0 comments

Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front is deeply saddened to hear of the death a great human being, African brother, and fellow activist – Sam Mbah. We would like to send our deepest sympathies to those who knew Sam. We hope that you are comforted by the fact that the time he did spend with us was put to its absolute fullest use. [Italiano]

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Με αφορμή την προσπάθεια πυρπόλησης καταστήματος επίπλων, στο οποίο βρίσκονταν πελάτες και εργαζόμενοι, στο κέντρο της Θεσσαλονίκης την ώρα της πορείας, οι αντιεξουσιαστικές ομάδες της Θεσσαλονίκης εξέδωσαν ανακοίνωση, θέλοντας να διαχωρίσουν τη θέση τους από τέτοιες πρακτικές.

sciop.jpg image12 dicembre: lavoratori, non schiavi 14:12 Mon 08 Dec by Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA 0 comments

Oggi è in gioco la sopravvivenza della difesa collettiva dei diritti dei lavoratori e delle lavoratrici e non solo, di fronte a scelte politiche che tentano di disarmarci per segregarci in un futuro di schiavi, impotenti a reagire alla violenza delle politiche dei padroni. Oggi in piazza dobbiamo esserci in tanti se vogliamo cambiare di segno le politiche autoritarie di una Europa che cerca il suo spazio imperialista attraverso la compressione sociale.

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image“Contabilidade criativa” e a incrível capacidade do governo em piorar a relação política a cada opor... Dec 18 by BrunoL 0 comments

17 de dezembro de 2014, Bruno Lima Rocha

No Brasil, a estimativa de perdas (ou gastos) com a corrupção é da ordem de R$ 69 bilhões de reais ao ano. Já a sonegação (sem contar a injustiça fiscal) chega a R$ 415 bilhões de reais. E, por fim, se da sonegação (e o sonegômetro quase ninguém fala), a gastança com a rolagem da dívida odiosa é ainda mais ocultada. Este gasto é da ordem de R$ 718 bilhões de reais ao ano! Esconder estes números e inverter as prioridades é o conluio da mídia hegemônica com os operadores do mercado financeiro e seus representantes, dentro e fora do governo de turno.

imageIl fronte della Rojava ed il complesso teatro delle operazioni della rivoluzione sociale curda Dec 16 by BrunoL 0 comments

L'analisi è relativamente complessa e la risultante sembra essere semplice. Le forze sociali della Rojava sono circondate avendo alle spalle il confine con la Turchia. Prima della liberazione della parte siriana del Kurdistan, le vie usate dai trafficanti di armi per l'approvvigionamento logistico dei jihadisti potevano contare sull'aiuto (tolleranza) dello Stato turco. Dopo il luglio 2012, le YPG, milizie di autodifesa organicamente legate alla TEV-Dem [composizione delle forze sociali egemonizzade dal PYD (Partito di Unione Democratica) che organizza la società locale] hanno cominciato a chiudere il confine nella ricerca di una autonomia regionale. [Castellano]

imageEl frente de Rojava y el complejo escenario de la revolución social kurda Dec 15 by BrunoL 0 comments

Por Bruno Lima Rocha

El análisis es relativamente complejo y el resultado parece ser simple. Las fuerzas sociales de Rojava, están rodeadas en la retaguardia, por el cierre de la frontera realizado por Turquía. Antes el bloqueo de la parte siria de Kurdistán, las líneas de los traficantes de armas y el suministro logístico de jihadistas, se realizó (tolerada) por el Estado turco. Después de julio de 2012, el YPG, milicia de autodefensa orgánicamente ligada a la TEV-Dem (composición de las fuerzas sociales hegemonizadas) y el PYD (Partido de la Unión Democrática), con la organización de la sociedad local) comenzó a cerrar la frontera en busca de una autonomía regional. [Português]

imageΕισήγηση στην Εκδή&#... Dec 13 by ΕΣΕ Θεσσαλονίκης 0 comments

Εισήγηση της ΕΣΕ Θεσσαλονίκης από την εκδήλωση ενάντια στην Κυριακάτικη αργία μαζί με τους "εργαζόμενους/εργαζόμενες στο εμπόριο" (https://orthostasia.wordpress.com/) που μεταφέρθηκε στο Κατειλημμένο Εργατικό Κέντρο Θεσσαλονίκης στις 7 Δεκέμβρη - Αυτή η Κυριακή έχει επιβληθεί ως εργάσιμη. - Συγκέντρωση την Κυριακή, 14 Δεκέμβρη Τσιμισκή με Αριστοτέλους στις 10.30πμ Ενάντια στο άνοιγμα των μαγαζιών.

textThe Narrative of the Egyptian revolution (2011-2013) in the documentary 'Al Midan' (The Square) Dec 13 by Sweatshirt 0 comments

This essay seeks to address the subject of the Egyptian revolution by following the narrative of the revolution in the 2013 documentary Al Midan (The Square) by Jehane Noujaim. [footnote: Jehane Noujaim. 2013. Al-Midan (The Square). [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2486682/.] The question under investigation here is: How is the revolution – its dynamics and its capacity – narrated in this piece of documentary film? Basically, I want to know, how the director and its narrators give meaning to this recent part of Egyptian history.

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image6 σημεία για το Κομπα... Dec 18 0 comments

6 σημεία για το Κομπανί και 3 σημεία για την ελευθερία
Προκήρυξη σχετικά με την πολιορκία του Κομπανί, τον φονταμενταλισμό και τις αυτόνομες κουρδικές περιφέρειες στη βόρεια Συρία.

imageNecrologio dell'anarchico nigeriano Sam Mbah (1963-2014) Dec 14 ZACF 0 comments

Il Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front esprime la sua più profonda tristezza per la morte di San Mbah, un grande uomo, un fratello africano, un nostro compagno di lotta. Esprimiamo le nostre più sincere condoglianze a tutti coloro che conoscevano Sam. Ci sia di conforto sapere che il tempo da egli ha trascorso con noi è stato assolutamente di grande aiuto. [English]

imageMACG withdraws from Australians for Kurdistan Dec 12 Anarkismo 0 comments

This statement was prepared for the public meeting on “Beyond Kobanê – Behind the revolution in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan)”, which was held at Victorian Trades Hall on Wednesday 3 December by Australians for Kurdistan. Most of it was read at the meeting, but due to time constraints, the latter part was curtailed. The parts in italics were not able to be read. There has been minor editing for publication.

textDécès de l’anarchiste nigérien Sam Mbah Dec 12 0 comments

Le Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front [Ndt. Organisation communiste libertaire d’Afrique du Sud] est profondément attristé d’apprendre la mort d’un grand être humain, un frère africain et un camarade de lutte – Sam Mbah. Nous voudrions envoyer nos plus sincères sympathies à ceux et celles qui ont connu Sam. Nous espérons que vous puissiez vous consoler par le fait qu’il a fait le plus pleinement usage du temps passé avec nous.

imageObituary of Nigerian anarchist Sam Mbah Dec 09 ZACF 0 comments

Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front is deeply saddened to hear of the death a great human being, African brother, and fellow activist – Sam Mbah. We would like to send our deepest sympathies to those who knew Sam. We hope that you are comforted by the fact that the time he did spend with us was put to its absolute fullest use. [Italiano]

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