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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 20:27 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 10:25 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 11:47 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 21:19 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 10:38 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 14:27 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 19:34 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 08:32 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 15:36 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 15:30 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 21:06 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 20:20 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 15:18 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 18:17 by Sean Matthews   text 1 comment (last - thursday june 14, 2012 01:25)   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 15:19 by Sean Matthews   text 1 comment (last - wednesday june 20, 2012 00:57)   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
Issue #3 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

Tue 30 Sep, 21:59

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arton6013007a2.jpg imageReportage Photo : Les anarchistes turcs au secours du Kurdistan syrien 19:17 Mon 29 Sep by Commission international 0 comments

Kobanê (Aïn Al-Arab) est devenu un abcès de fixation où s’affrontent deux mondes : les forces progressistes, laïques et révolutionnaires d’un côté, les fanatiques religieux de l’autre.

Manifestation de la gauche kurde à Paris le 27 septembre 2014 image« Kobanê et le Kurdistan n’ont pas pour seul ennemi l’État islamique » 19:05 Mon 29 Sep by Commission international 0 comments

Allocution d’Alternative libertaire soutenue par l’OCL à la manifestation parisienne de la gauche kurde du 27 septembre 2014, en solidarité avec le Kurdistan syrien.

1bralex9.jpg imageΗ Τούμπα, οι μετανάσ... 19:31 Sun 28 Sep by "Μαύρο & Κόκκινο" 0 comments

Κείμενο της συλλογικότητας για τον Κοινωνικό Αναρχισμό "Μαύρο & Κόκκινο" από τη Θεσσαλονίκη για τα τελευταία συμβάντα στην Τούμπα με αφορμή την δημιουργία φιλοξενείου μεταναστών στην περιοχή

daf_in_kobane_3.jpg imageTurkish anarchists in Syria to support Kurdish people 15:37 Sat 27 Sep by Workers Solidarity Movement 4 comments

Istanbul anarchists along other leftists, feminists, and 'Gezi park types' have managed to cross over into Syria and the northern town of Kobane which is currently threatened by ISIS.

daf_in_kobane.jpg imageIn Shingal, Kobane and all Rojava, ISIS is Dehak and the people are Kawa 20:35 Fri 26 Sep by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet 0 comments

In Kurdistan, people are fighting against ISIS, “the procreated violence” given birth by capitalism and the states that start wars for their own benefits. ISIS, subcontractor of the states that pursue income strategies on the region, is attacking people while yelling “islamic state!” and “holy war, jihad!”. People are suffering from hunger and thirst, getting ill, getting injured; migrating ad dying. They are still fighting in that struggle for existence. People are fighting not for the schemes and strategies around meeting tables, not for income, but for their freedom.

textMovilizaciones en defensa de los derechos y libertades de las personas 20:29 Fri 26 Sep by CGT 0 comments

Estamos ante un régimen que además de reprimir está alterando el orden jurídico para disponer de artilugios legales que le permitan ejercen la represión con total impunidad.

solidaridadn25_portada_web.jpg imageSOLIDARIDAD N°25: ¡Los derechos sociales. Se ganan en la calle 20:43 Thu 25 Sep by Solidaridad 0 comments

Compañeras y compañeros. Tenemos el agrado de comunicarles que una nueva edición del periódico Solidaridad pronto circulará por las principales ciudades del país.

A continuación les adelantamos algunos contenidos que forman parte de este número:

arcis.jpg imageUniversidad ARCIS: Síntoma de la crisis generalizada del sistema de educación superior privada 02:47 Mon 22 Sep by Profesores autoconvocados, ARCIS 0 comments

“Un país que destruye la escuela pública no lo hace nunca por dinero, porque falten recursos o porque su costo sea excesivo. Un país que desmonta la Educación, las Artes, las Culturas, lo hace porque ya está gobernado por aquellos que solo tienen algo que perder con la difusión del saber” (Ítalo Calvino, 1974)

textPalestine-Israel: The joint struggle confront the transfer efforts of the Israeli settler colonialis... 15:49 Sun 21 Sep by Ilan S. 0 comments

Though Israel failed in its last open assault on the Gaza Strip, it still succeed in its transfer efforts. The drowning of a refugee ship with 450 mainly Gaza people reflect the partial success of Israel transfer efforts that for the never ended efforts since 1948. The siege on Gaza join the pressure on both Palestinians within the 1948 borders and that of the 1967. The big masses were driven out during the 1948 and 1967 wars, but efforts continued with all means possible. Some expelled by force some were moved within the border as pressure to "voluntary transfer". Within the 1967 borders, the Israeli efforts are targeted on the villages and Bedouins living in area C where the joint struggle to resist it is mainly focused in the South of Hebron Hills. And the joint struggle in Arkib, Dahamsh (1948 borders), and Bil'in, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarah (East Jerusalem) continue "as usual".

textPalestina-Israele, la lotta unitaria prosegue ma a bassa intensità: lo scorso venerdì solo 3 israeli... 16:43 Sun 14 Sep by Ilan S. 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]

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image[Chile] No nos basta solamente con marchar Sep 29 by Solidaridad 0 comments

Editorial del n°25 del periódico anarquista chileno Solidaridad.

imageISIS, Iraq and the War on Terror Sep 28 by Joshua Virasami 0 comments

It's official, extremist firebrand Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIS, will play the new bearded bogeyman. It's official, he didn’t loot the banks for gold but is in fact being paid by our friends, the good ol’ Gulf petro-monarchs. It's official, we are being frogmarched back into the 'kill the bogeyman' script. It's official, none of this is happening… "officially".

imageCrisis and Revolt Sep 28 by Wayne Price 0 comments

Liberals and progressive forces support the Democratic Party in elections, even though humanity is facing a number of interconnected threats and nightmarish catastrophes: economic, ecological/climate, and others. Democratic liberals, while perhaps the "lesser evil" to the Republican reactionaries, have no solutions to the objective dangers which threaten society with great suffering and destruction. The only real alternative is popular mass struggle or defeat--socialist-anarchism or catastrophes.

imageTra le macerie dell'imperialismo USA Sep 27 by Shawn Hattingh 0 comments

Le notizie che vanno per la maggiore raccontano le storie degli orrori commessi dallo Stato Islamico (IS) in Siria ed in Iraq ma anche di come gli Stati Uniti vogliano apparentemente mettere fine a questi orrori per ragioni umanitarie. Quello che non viene mai detto dai media privati e di Stato è da dove viene l'IS, quali sono le vere ragioni di questo nuovo intervento degli USA in Medio Oriente, della volontà degli USA di isolare e distruggere le uniche due forze che stanno realmente combattendo contro l'IS: il PKK e le YPG. [English]

imageΡιζοσπαστική οικο ... Sep 25 by Τζεφ Σάντζ (πρώην NEFAC Τορόντο) 0 comments

Τα προηγούμενα χρόνια διάφορα κοινωνικά κινήματα και περιβαλλοντικοί σχολιαστές είχαν αφιερώσει μεγάλο μέρος της ενέργειάς τους σε προσπάθειες που υποστηρίζουν την κατάρρευση της ταξικής πάλης ως μια βιώσιμη δύναμη για κοινωνική αλλαγή (βλέπε Eckersley, 1990˙ Bowles and Gintis, 1987˙ Bookchin, 1993, 1997). Αυτοί οι συγγραφείς υποστήριζαν πως οι αναλύσεις της ταξικής πάλης ήταν ανίκανες να λογαριάσουν τον πλουραλισμό των μορφών που η ιεραρχία, η κυριαρχία και η καταπίεση παίρνουν στον προηγμένο καπιταλισμό, ή σε αυτό που προτιμούν να αποκαλούν «μετά-βιομηχανικές» κοινωνίες (Μπούκτσιν 1980, 1986).

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image« Kobanê et le Kurdistan n’ont pas pour seul ennemi l’État islamique » Sep 29 Alternative Libertaire 0 comments

Allocution d’Alternative libertaire soutenue par l’OCL à la manifestation parisienne de la gauche kurde du 27 septembre 2014, en solidarité avec le Kurdistan syrien.

imageΗ Τούμπα, οι μετανάσ... Sep 28 0 comments

Κείμενο της συλλογικότητας για τον Κοινωνικό Αναρχισμό "Μαύρο & Κόκκινο" από τη Θεσσαλονίκη για τα τελευταία συμβάντα στην Τούμπα με αφορμή την δημιουργία φιλοξενείου μεταναστών στην περιοχή

imageIn Shingal, Kobane and all Rojava, ISIS is Dehak and the people are Kawa Sep 26 DAF - Revolutionary Anarchist Action 0 comments

In Kurdistan, people are fighting against ISIS, “the procreated violence” given birth by capitalism and the states that start wars for their own benefits. ISIS, subcontractor of the states that pursue income strategies on the region, is attacking people while yelling “islamic state!” and “holy war, jihad!”. People are suffering from hunger and thirst, getting ill, getting injured; migrating ad dying. They are still fighting in that struggle for existence. People are fighting not for the schemes and strategies around meeting tables, not for income, but for their freedom.

textMovilizaciones en defensa de los derechos y libertades de las personas Sep 26 CONFEDERACIÓN GENERAL DEL TRABAJO 0 comments

Estamos ante un régimen que además de reprimir está alterando el orden jurídico para disponer de artilugios legales que le permitan ejercen la represión con total impunidad.

imageUniversidad ARCIS: Síntoma de la crisis generalizada del sistema de educación superior privada Sep 22 0 comments

“Un país que destruye la escuela pública no lo hace nunca por dinero, porque falten recursos o porque su costo sea excesivo. Un país que desmonta la Educación, las Artes, las Culturas, lo hace porque ya está gobernado por aquellos que solo tienen algo que perder con la difusión del saber” (Ítalo Calvino, 1974)

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