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southern africa / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Friday December 16, 2016 22:19 by Mandy Moussouris   image 1 image
In what will no doubt become known as a historic strike, women workers at Robertson Winery have played a key role, both because they form the majority of the striking workers but also as leaders of the strike. read full story / add a comment
"Autonomy and struggle: students and workers decide!"
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / education / opinion / analysis Friday December 16, 2016 19:07 by Jonathan Payn   image 1 image
In September 2016 the Brazilian government published a Provisional Measure (MP 746) outlining a reform in secondary education that would have devastating consequences for the education system, disproportionately affecting majority-black working class students. Students responded with direct action and occupied schools in the state of Paraná, with occupations soon spreading to at least six other states. One month later 600 high schools in Paraná alone had been occupied to protest the government’s attack on public education – which comes in the context of a broader attack on the working class through a Proposed Constitutional Amendment (PEC 241) that threatens to freeze public spending on health, education and social welfare until 2037. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / indigenous struggles / news report Friday December 16, 2016 08:31 by Ruptura Colectiva   text 3 comments (last - monday january 16, 2017 02:55)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
They send a message to the world: “With autonomy we fight for life and territory” read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Thursday December 15, 2016 05:59 by Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
A year ago, starting 20 October 2015, around 75 small shops were looted, some burned down, in the eastern townships and downtown area of the small Eastern Cape university town of Grahamstown/ iRhini, South Africa. The attacks targeted Asian and African immigrants, many of them Muslim, and displaced 500 people. These riots were largely ignored by the media.

The text below is a slightly revised revision of a briefing I was asked to write at the time for the local Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM). The UPM played a heroic role in opposing the attacks and assisting the displaced. The text’s general points remain relevant to the working class’s fight against prejudice and racism. And the riots of 2015 should not be forgotten.grahamstown-riots read full story / add a comment
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indonesia / philippines / australia / indigenous struggles / press release Wednesday December 07, 2016 18:56 by Dmitri (republishing)   image 1 image
At least four guards involved in the tear gassing and other incidents of abuse while Dylan was in Don Dale are currently working as guards in the Darwin Correctional Centre and are continually tormenting Dylan. Some have threatened to have him bashed if he speaks out about his treatment. read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / workplace struggles / feature Tuesday December 06, 2016 20:23 by Tom Wetzel   text 3 comments (last - tuesday december 13, 2016 02:37)   image 1 image
Debate "The claim that "syndicalist unions broke off from mainstream federations to form 'purely revolutionary' unions, cutting themselves off from the mass of workers" doesn't hold up, though it does conform to the Leninist orthodoxy of "Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder. There were many countries where the syndicalist unions were the majority--such as Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Brazil. Syndicalist unions in South Africa, such as the Industrial Workers of Africa (modeled on the Industrial Workers of the World), were the only unions that organized native African workers, who were excluded from the white craft unions.
At the time of the mass occupation of the factories in Italy in September 1920, the USI (Italian Syndicalist Union) was claiming 800,000 members, and the factory councils formed throughout Italy in those events were mostly organized by the USI. Moreover, it was the anarcho-syndicalists who initiated a militia movement ("arditti del popolo") to fight Mussolini's fascist squads. But the Communists didn't cooperate, and the Socialist Party capitulated to fascism.


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north america / mexico / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 06, 2016 17:36 by andrew   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 15, 2016 04:48)   image 3 images
Once it became clear that Trump was going to become the president of the USA, my Facebook feed became cluttered with attempts to understand how that could possibly happen.  How could a white supremacist, misogynist and utterly transparent snake oil salesman accumulate so many votes?  Those on the left both inside and outside the borders of the USA struggled to understand what had happened. [Listen to the audio of this entire article] A common conclusion in too many of these pieces is that the left needs to reach out, and listen to the concerns of, those who voted for him as a priority.  In a similar fashion to how sections of the left evaluated Brexit, they see a working class anti-establishment rebellion in the Trump vote from what they term the ‘white working class’. They believe that component was won by Trump because it has been neglected by the left - often, they will assert, because the rest of the left was distracted by what they call identity politics. This is a simple explanatory story that is particularly attractive to those sections of the left that have a nostalgic yearning for an imagined past of pure class struggle, shorn of internal concerns around oppression.  But the concept of masses of otherwise progressive working class voters opting for Trump on economic grounds is a myth.  The attractiveness of that myth and its promotion has more to do with the hostility of that section of the left towards the influence of intersectional feminism than anything more substantive.  That hostility has caused them to seek out anecdotes and exceptional regions and present them as the typical story that defines the election just as liberal Hillary Clinton campaigners have focused in on Facebook false news stories as the cause of her defeat. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Monday December 05, 2016 05:28 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Belfast: Just Books (22 Berry Street, Belfast, BT1 1FJ), 19th December @ 6:30pm read full story / add a comment
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mashriq / arabia / iraq / anti-fascism / feature Saturday December 03, 2016 15:14 by Various   text 1 comment (last - wednesday december 21, 2016 22:32)   image 1 image
Selection of articles on the murder of anarchist Michael Israel, together with volunteer Anton Leschek, while fighting with the YPG against ISIS fascists in Rojava. They were bombed by Turkish airplanes. read full story / add a comment
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mashriq / arabia / iraq / miscellaneous / debate Saturday December 03, 2016 07:21 by Can Cemgil and Clemens Hoffmann   image 1 image
As the civil war in Syria continues, in the territory of Rojava – in Kurdish, 'the West' – the northern Syrian Kurdish political movement is attempting to implement 'libertarian municipalism', based on the thoughts of United States (US) anarchist Murray Bookchin. Since the withdrawal of Syrian regime forces in 2012, the movement has consolidated significant territorial gains as a US ally in the anti-Islamic State (IS) struggle, while simultaneously securing Russian support. Viewed with suspicion by Turkey, Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan, the geopolitical conditions of Rojava's emergence are its greatest impediment. This article analyses Rojava's model of rule and socioeconomic development, and its theory and practice in the context of the civil war, and regional Middle Eastern and wider global geopolitics. It reflects on Rojava's place and meaning for contemporary geopolitics in the Middle East, and considers the territory's prospects, discussing its transformative potential for an otherwise troubled region. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Friday December 02, 2016 06:15 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dungannon: Éalú Centre, Shamble Lane, 15th December @ 6:30pm read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Wednesday November 30, 2016 20:33 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Cork: O’Rahilly Building (ORB 132), UCC, 12th December, 6pm

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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Wednesday November 30, 2016 19:48 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dublin: Connolly Book (43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2), 13th December, 6pm read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / anarchist communist event Wednesday November 30, 2016 19:42 by Rojava Calling!   image 1 image
BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Cavan: Bridge Street Centre, Bridge Street, 14th December, 6,30pm read full story / add a comment
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central america / caribbean / the left / opinion / analysis Wednesday November 30, 2016 18:41 by Samuel Farber   text 2 comments (last - tuesday january 03, 2017 09:12)   image 1 image
After a long illness that forced him to withdraw from office in July 2006, Fidel Castro died on November 25. Castro had previously survived many U.S. efforts to overthrow his government and physically eliminate him including the sponsorship of invasions, numerous assassination attempts and terrorist attacks. He held supreme political power in Cuba for more than 47 years, and even after having left high office he continued to be politically engaged for several years meeting with numerous foreign personalities and writing his Reflexiones in the Cuban Communist Party press. In light of a likely future state capitalist transition and the role that foreign capital and political powers such as the United States, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Russia and China may play in it, the prospects for Cuban national sovereignty—perhaps the one unambiguously positive element of Fidel Castro’s legacy—are highly uncertain. [Italiano] [Castellano] read full story / add a comment
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central america / caribbean / the left / review Monday November 28, 2016 07:31 by Wayne Price   image 2 images
The recent death of Fidel Castro makes it timely to review this account of how Che Guevara and Fidel Castro created the ideology and social structure of "Communist" Cuba. read full story / add a comment
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greece / turkey / cyprus / gender / news report Friday November 25, 2016 19:21 by Anarchist Women   image 5 images
Here is the text of comrades from Anarchist Women organisation about the last situation in Turkey. We will share the news about the protests after the action today. [Türkçe] [Ελληνικά] [Italiano] [Castellano] read full story / add a comment
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france / belgium / luxemburg / anti-fascism / press release Tuesday November 22, 2016 03:13 by Coordination des Groupes Anarchistes - Lyon   text 4 comments (last - thursday december 22, 2016 09:09)   image 1 image
The resistance of our comrades prevented the fascists to enter the place, but couldn’t avoid property damages: the destruction of all window panes and part of the metal blinds. Several people were slightly injured in this attack that lasted long minutes, mainly because of projectiles (stones, metallic tools, bottles) thrown by the fascists. When they arrived and when they left, the fascists chanted “on est chez nous”, “la France aux Français” (xenophobic slogans) and “death to the Jews”, as signs of rally and dispersion.
This heinous attack isn’t an isolated incident. It took place nearly 20 years after far-right activists set fire to the previous location of the “Plume Noire” in 1997, and it follows from the current rise of far-right and fascism, which results in a multiplication of attacks against minorities, trade unionists, and feminist, antiracist, LGBT and progressive activists. [Fançais] [Castellano] read full story / add a comment
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north america / mexico / miscellaneous / feature Wednesday November 16, 2016 00:27 by Black Rose Anarchist Federation/Federación Anarquista Rosa N   text 3 comments (last - friday november 18, 2016 06:44)   image 1 image
A strategy to defend our communities and to challenge Trump begins with us, the exploited workers. Together we hold the solution to Trump and to the bigger problems of capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy. Some sections of the ruling classes may share our desire to get rid of Trump, but only so that they can put another capitalist in the White House and then have us go through this cycle of crisis all over again. While we may end up marching with these people in the streets for the next four years, we know that our allies are those who also work to build the independent power of the exploited classes, not those who want us to pin our hopes on political candidates.
We must push for greater unity of working-class social movements. We need to reach out to others who are doing organizing in our areas and talk to them about working together. We should push for social movement organizations that we are part of – like labor unions, Black Lives Matter chapters, immigrant rights organizations – to organize city-wide summits to plan how to support each other and how to coordinate opposition to Trump. Between now and January 20th, we should organize as much national discussion and coordination between social movements and revolutionary organizations as possible. We should plan for mass protests on Trump’s inauguration day, and we should see these protests as organizing tools to continue building unity and to draw people into the day-to-day organizing in our communities where we will really be building the long-term power that we need to be a threat to the state.

Also read Trumpazo al establecimiento en EEUU: la lucha de clases y el magnate excéntrico José Antonio Gutiérrez D. read full story / add a comment
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greece / turkey / cyprus / anti-fascism / opinion / analysis Tuesday November 15, 2016 00:40 by Francis O'Connor   image 1 image
In the absence of concerted international pressure on Turkey to rein in Erdogan’s authoritarianism, the only plausible outcome is further violence. read full story / add a comment
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