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Capitalism and anti-capitalism
international / miscellaneous / link to pdf Saturday November 14, 2020 20:14 by International Labour Research and Information Group   image 2 images
In South Africa over the last few years we have seen many struggles within workplaces and communities. A feature of these struggles, however, has been the difficulty in maintaining and building organisations that are long-lasting and that are also inclusive and participatory. In these struggles, new layers of activists have emerged. This booklet is a tool to introduce these new activists to what capitalism is, how it functions and in whose interests, how society is divided into different classes with differences in power and interests, what role the state plays, and how the state functions in the interests of capitalism and the ruling class. read full story / add a comment
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international / the left / opinion / analysis Saturday November 14, 2020 11:12 by Wayne Price   image 1 image
A fundamental thesis which all varieties of revolutionary socialists and anarchists once generally accepted: this state cannot be used to create socialism (communism or anarchism). It must be overturned, destroyed, and replaced by alternate social forms. read full story / add a comment
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west africa / community struggles / feature Thursday November 12, 2020 17:33 by Shawn Hattingh   image 1 image
A video went viral on social media platforms on October 3, outlining how the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian police force shot a young man, dumped him at the side of the road and stole his car. What followed was three weeks of protests by young people against such police brutality and the corruption that defines the state; initially via social media, #EndSARS, and later in towns and cities across Nigeria. During these protests the Nigerian state used various tactics to either suppress the protests or to try and demobilise them through insincere “concessions”. To begin with, the ruling class, the state it controls and its head, President Muhammadu Buhari, attempted to quell the protests through window dressing. Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu promised on October 11 that the SARS unit would be disbanded and supposedly replaced with a new unit called SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics). This was an obvious lie, as the same personnel that formed part of SARS would form part of SWAT. Over the last several years the government has made similar announcements resulting in no actual change. Needless to say, the protests continued and grew into the largest in the history of Nigeria. As the protests grew, the state changed tactics and responded to the escalation with outright violence. Part of this involved the state deploying thugs to attack protestors in order to try and intimidate people off the streets. When this failed to produce the state’s desired result, it deployed the military and implemented a curfew in a number of cities. By October 20, however, the protests had spread across Nigeria. Some of the assets of the Nigerian ruling class were also targeted during these protests and the largest and most lucrative toll road in country, Lekki, in Lagos, was blockaded. On that day the military attempted to brutally end the protests and shot dead 12 people at the Lekki tollgate. read full story / add a comment
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france / belgique / luxembourg / luttes en milieu de travail / opinion / analyse Thursday November 12, 2020 02:48 by Union Communiste Libertaire   image 1 image
La rentrée scolaire du lundi 2 novembre a été marquée par un mouvement social dans l’Éducation Nationale. Cette nouvelle mobilisation se démarque de ses prédécesseuses par plusieurs points qu’ils nous semblaient pertinents d’analyser. read full story / add a comment
Le 17 septembre, le ministère de l’Intérieur présentait son nouveau schéma de maintien de l’ordre visant à «  adapter  » la gestion des manifestations en France  ! Cette nouvelle doctrine se veut «  plus ferme avec les auteurs de violences  », mais aussi «  plus protectrice pour les manifestants  »… ce qui en langage policier revient à légitimer davantage de répression. read full story / add a comment
france / belgique / luxembourg / migration / racisme / opinion / analyse Monday November 09, 2020 22:11 by Théo Rival
Le meurtre atroce de Samuel Paty, enseignant d’histoire-géo- graphie, perpétré au nom de l’intégrisme islamiste, a suscité une intense émotion de l’ensemble de la société. Les instru- mentalisations de ce meurtre ont été quasi immédiates, multi- pliant les amalgames racistes. Une entreprise de division de la population que le gouvernement avait déjà entamé avec sa campagne islamophobe sur le « séparatisme ». read full story / add a comment
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venezuela / colombia / community struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday November 08, 2020 19:42 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.   image 1 image
After months of lockdown, during which the state continued to rape, murder and massacre, Colombians are out in the streets again to protest their criminal government. read full story / add a comment
George Floyd: one death too many in the “land of the free”
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