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mashriq / arabia / iraq / indigenous struggles / news report Sunday February 14, 2016 16:09 byIlan S. 1 comment (last - wednesday february 17, 2016 06:15)
The mounting international pressure on Israel with the B.D.S. as catalyst, initiated a rightist onslaught on the activists of the joint struggle. With cooperation of the main TV channel, two activists were arrested - even blamed to be involved in murder of a Palestinian collaborator of settlements... only to be released unconditionally weeks later. As part of the onslaught I got few seconds in the rightist item in the main TV news program summing our position that no state is a solution - not two states and even one democratic state is impossible to achieve before the Zionist settler colonialist project will be defeated by social revolution in the whole region. In another wide distribution of the rightist video item I was presented as claiming that the chant in the joint demos for freedom to Palestine from the river to the see is not a call for a state for the Palestinians, but for a joint secular democratic state for all the inhabitants - Palestinians, Jews, and others... It seems we owe them rightists for the wide publicity.
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international / anarchist movement / anarchist communist event Saturday February 13, 2016 21:43 byAnarhisticki sajam knjiga
The Twelfth Anarchist Bookfair in Zagreb will take place on April 8th to April 10th, 2016. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / press release Friday February 12, 2016 14:10 byLucien van der Walt 11 comments (last - sunday february 21, 2016 19:01)
Personal statement on the Michael Schmidt affair: Lucien van der Walt, 11 February 2016 read full story / add a comment
We'll be most successful by using both legal and illegal tactics but keeping the two forms separate. Illegal direct action is sometimes necessary to impair the system, impede its functioning, break it in a few places, open up points of vulnerability for coming generations to exploit. As groups we should do only legal resistance. Since we have to assume we are infiltrated and our communications are monitored, illegal acts must be done alone or in small cells without links to the group. Security is essential. Police may have the identity of everyone in the group, but if members are arrested and interrogated, their knowledge will be very limited. The principles of leaderless resistance (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaderless_resistance) provide the most effective defense for militants. read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / indigenous struggles / news report Thursday January 28, 2016 17:55 byIlan S.
It is hard to assess what is the part of the joint struggle and the B.D.S. in the serious crack in the Israeli elite. It was expressed by the leader of biggest opposition party - The Zionist List which suggested a partial agreement of withdrawal (even from part of the expanded Jerusalem). Since 1967 war, all the years the official position was that Israel will retreat from most of the occupied territories of the 1967 war if the Palestinian will agree to a peace pact that will include among other conditions the non return of the 1948 refugees. As it was clear that no Palestinian leadership will be able to do that it was clear to all that the monolithic consensus of the Zionist parties is to continue the occupation for ever. It is not surprising that even the leader of the radical leftist Zionist party Merets oppose this radical suggestion for withdrawal with out the (non achievable) final peace pact.
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mashriq / arabia / iraq / miscellaneous / news report Wednesday January 27, 2016 03:32 byIlan S. 2 comments (last - monday december 19, 2016 22:22)
Tanya Golan, a member of the anarchist-communist federation Ahdut (Unity) in Israel is rolling into the total refusal of the mandatory service in the Israeli army for graduates of high school. "Tania is An anarchist, a vegan and an activist in ecological struggles. She refuses to take part in the Zionist army. We publish her Declaration of refusal, which includes her reasoning and her social criticism.:" read full story / add a comment
PalIsra, It is already one state even if no one recognize it as such except the hard liners rightists*.
mashriq / arabia / iraq / indigenous struggles / news report Wednesday January 13, 2016 22:12 byIlan S.
The bad news are that the overwhelming majority of the Israelis support it - including the centrists and even the Zionist left (who claim they want "two states" solution but with impossible pre conditions). The good news are that the imperial powers whose support to the status qua are gradually yielding to public opinions pressure of their citizens who do not agree with the Israeli apartheid-transferor regime. The non armed joint struggle initiated wide attention and drew participants from all over the world with international movement dedicated to put end to the Israeli occupation. (A short video about two kids in Bil'in got in few days two million views.). The anarchists against the wall and other like minded among the palestinians and abroad still struggle for the end of the Zionist settler colonialist/transferor project and not just for the end of 1967 occupation. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / anarchist movement / press release Monday January 04, 2016 06:42 byEdward Saroyan 1 comment (last - friday february 26, 2016 22:10)
NYC ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR - 10th anniversary
What: 2016 Annual NYC Anarchist BookFair
Where: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, in Manhattan
When: Book Fair—Sat., April 16, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Art Festival—Fri., April 15, 7 p.m. - 5 a.m.
Film Festival—Sat., April 16, 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. read full story / add a comment
Pal-Isra: The third intifada is officially in... the joint struggle do not yield to mounting pressure*
mashriq / arabia / iraq / indigenous struggles / news report Monday December 21, 2015 21:11 byIlan S.
The Israeli authorities admit it have no solution or a strategy to stop or even restrict the third "unorganized" mainly individualist and of youth. The mass arrest of hundreds of under age children do not seems to have any effect. The transfer efforts do not stop, and even increase in the Jordan valley, area C, Jerusalem, and even within the 1948 borders. The controversy in the Israeli media is mainly about the admitting it is already one state and about initiating a better Bantustan order before international pressure will force a more substantial retreat from 1967 expansion. The B.D.S. media news are usually restricted only to dramatic additions in it. The Nebi Saleh community is in the focus of the efforts to stop the joint struggle and its Friday demos. In spite of it, the regular Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, Ma'asarah, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarrah, West of Hebron Hills are accompanied from time to time by other communities. read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / indigenous struggles / news report Monday November 30, 2015 15:08 byIlan S.
You struggle when you have hope for a developing change. You struggle when you refuse to accept the present as the only possible future. You struggle even when the hope is low just to keep your dignity from evaporating. And there are people their rage is so strong that no reasoning can hold them back. Now, when the hope for a better common future evaporated, and the hope for a nice personal future is even lower, the anger of lot of youth is stronger than the preservation of life instinct... it is just waiting for a chancy trigger to pull another boy or girl and send them to a suicide mission. And the mighty Israeli state just start to admit that their brutality reached the wall it cannot overcome. The military elite already stated to reveal it in the open that the new emerging "individualist" Intifada cannot be stopped by force. For those who are not burnt out or desperate the non armed joint struggle is the only sane road. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
france / belgium / luxemburg / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Thursday November 19, 2015 00:39 byRichard Greeman (submitted by Wayne Price)
A letter from France by a libertarian socialist discussing the reactions of the French people and the government's turn to "war." read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / indigenous struggles / news report Sunday November 08, 2015 14:36 byIlan S.
In the beginning of the British mandate of the both sides of the Jordan, when Palestine was divided by the UK into two entities - each on one side of the Jordan, the secular national socialists accepted it while the rightist opposed. They still have in their movement anthem: "two sides to the Jordan - this side and the other are ours too". After Israel grabbed 75% of the west bank of Palestine in 1948 war, the Zionist elite of all trends was urging and waiting for opportunity to enlarge its share. The 1956 war failed to supply it but the 1967 one gave Israel all the west bank (and some more like Sinai - which it had to give back). The efforts to transfer the Palestinian out was successful in 1948 war, was less successful in the 1967 war, and much less substantial later - in spite of the efforts. The fear of transfer which inhibited the urge to struggle - both within 1948 borders and the enlarged 1967 ones is gradually dwindling and the non armed popular struggle - though hesitant, is gradually collecting momentum. read full story / add a comment
Commentary on a recent draft document on the strategy and vision of the Democratic Socialists of America, from the viewpoint of revolutionary libertarian socialism (anarchism). read full story / add a comment
Solidarity with Jamaica to UK's “keep your prison, give us schools, give us infrastructure, not prisons”.
ireland / britain / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Saturday October 17, 2015 05:53 byFionnghuala Nic Roibeaird
In case you missed it, David Cameron does not believe that reparations or even apologies are the right approach when dealing with the legacy of the enslavement of the Jamaican people at the hands of British Imperialism. read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / indigenous struggles / news report Monday October 12, 2015 02:38 byIlan S.
The fiasco of the failed take over of the relatively independent Iraq and Syria, by US imperialism lead to the compromises with the independent Iran. Israel role of threat on Iran during the bargain gave israel increased freedom to suppress the Palestinians. The returning of Russia to the Syrian arena give Israel more rope and it use it to intensify the efforts to take over the area C lands of the west bank. The third intifada is a desperate response of the Palestinians who see that the end of occupation is removed to behind the horizon. The joint struggle continue not as a rising hope but as a stubborn Tsumud of not giving up. The intensifying attack of the Israeli state and its rightist agents ignited a lot of social and individual responses. The Israeli media and public is not in 100% support of the state activities. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
international / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Saturday October 10, 2015 20:59 byLucien van der Walt
In this week’s "Global Labour Column," Lucien van der Walt expresses pessimism against statist Left policies as an alternative to neoliberalism. He advocates a working class Left approach that is freed of the failed statist past and rooted in historical anti-statist, libertarian Left traditions. He argues that statist Leftism is weakened by past crisis and current powerlessness, hence his call for a rebooted Left politics that must centre on self-managed class-struggle and universalism, rejecting notions that nationalisation or political parties can result in fundamental change. Van der Walt discusses, as an example, the bottom-up collectivisation of the anarchist/syndicalist Spanish Revolution, 1936-1939, and its strategic implications. Lucien van der Walt is Professor of Industrial Sociology at Rhodes University, South Africa, works on labour and left history and theory, and is involved in union and working class education and movements. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Sunday September 27, 2015 07:37 byDavid Van Deusen
For a decade the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective did its part... This is its story... read full story / add a comment
Irish government are trying to stop Apple giving Ireland 19 billion in owed taxes - how's that for 'looking after our own?
How many could we house, educate and care for with 19 billion? The Irish government is currently furiously fighting the European Union to prevent Apple paying us back taxes it owes us. There has been a lot of ‘concern’ about government plans to spend 48 million looking after 4000 people fleeing warfare in Syria and Iraq. The government and the media defend there ‘our own’ is first - the super rich in Ireland and elsewhere! read full story / add a comment
Palestine-Israel, The non armed social struggle increase in response to increase in Israeli assaults*.
mashriq / arabia / iraq / indigenous struggles / news report Monday September 21, 2015 22:54 byIlan S.
The Israeli state which failed in its year ago offensive on the Hamas in Gaza, suffer also from its diminishing bargain power in the international arena, manipulate the internal discomfort of public opinions by increasing the encroachment on Palestinian spaces - both in the 1967 occupied west bank and within the 1948 borders. The diminishing in the support of the Israeli elite to the prime minister Netaniahu and his group push him to increase his political gambling that can crash him in the first big loss. His failure to pass his Gas scheme and the civil case in court in which his wife is grilled, may be the first signs of his approaching doom. In spite the efforts to lower the social pressure in the west bank by increasing the employment of west-bakers within Israel the popular resistance increase both in the occupied Jerusalem and in the west bank. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
Book Review of 'Ruth, Roger and Me: Debts and Legacies' by Andrew Dean (Wellington, 2015)
This is a review of a book about the lasting effects of neo-liberalism in New Zealand/Aotearoa and how it has impacted later generations. read full story / add a comment