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southern africa / community struggles / feature Thursday September 03, 2015 19:24 by Sifuna Zonke 1 comment (last - wednesday march 09, 2016 21:35) 1 image
On 3 September 1984, the Vaal Triangle, which is located southeast of Johannesburg and was part of the industrial heartland of South Africa, exploded into unrest. A general stay-away from work was called, schools were closed, buses and taxis stood idle and militant protest spread across the country. It was the most significant and large-scale rebellion of the black working class since the Soweto Uprising of June, 1976, and signified one of the final nails in the coffin of apartheid and white minority rule.
For the black working class living in the townships across the Vaal Triangle, such as Sharpeville, Sebokeng, Evaton, Bophelong, Boiketlong, Zamdela and others the conditions were very similar to those of today. A slump in the steel industry had led to many workers being retrenched, there were evictions of rent defaulters and bribery, corruption and self-enrichment of local councillors was rife. Councillors’ election promises went unfulfilled and township residents demanded their resignation.
Thirty-one years later, on 21 April 2015, the Sebokeng Magistrate’s Court in the Vaal sentenced four community activists from Boiketlong to sixteen years in prison each for allegedly setting fire to the local ward councillor’s house and cars during a protest action. read full story / add a comment
international / anarchist movement / feature Tuesday September 01, 2015 19:41 by Corporate Watch 1 image
In May this year, Corporate Watch researchers travelled to Turkey and Kurdistan to investigate the companies supplying military equipment to the Turkish police and army. We talked to a range of groups from a variety of different movements and campaigns
Below is the transcript of our interview with three members of the anarchist group Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF, or Revolutionary Anarchist Action) in Istanbul during May 2015. DAF are involved in solidarity with the Kurdish struggle, the Rojava revolution and against ISIS' attack on Kobane, and have taken action against Turkish state repression and corporate abuse. They are attempting to establish alternatives to the current system through self-organisation, mutual aid and co-operatives.
The interview was carried out in the run-up to the Turkish elections, and touches on the election campaign by the HDP, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party. Soon after the interview took place, the HDP passed the threshold of 10% of the total vote needed to enter the Turkish parliament.
The DAF members – who all preferred to remain anonymous – began the interview by talking about the history of anarchism in the region. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / the left / feature Thursday August 20, 2015 18:11 by Enrique Guerrero-López and Adam Weaver 4 comments (last - monday august 24, 2015 23:12) 1 image
Syriza’s rise to power elicited widespread praise from the left internationally, inspiring renewed enthusiasm for the possibilities and promise of “mass left” party building in and outside the United States. At a rally celebrating Syriza’s electoral victory in Spain, Pablo Iglesias, secretary general of the Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos, declared that “the sun of hope rose over Greece.”
Yet “the sun of hope” began to set on Greece almost as quickly as it rose. Shortly after taking office, Syriza, the “Coalition of the Radical Left,” formed a coalition government with the right-wing, anti-immigrant Independent Greeks (ANEL) party, followed only months later by the predictable surrender of the government to a new round of harsh austerity imposed by Greece’s creditors. read full story / add a comment
El objetivo del análisis que se desarrollará a continuación es el de proveer una aproximación a algunos procesos centrales de la historia reciente tanto mundial, regional como local. Entendemos que como militantes anarquistas debemos tener claro cuál es el contexto en el que vivimos para poder intervenir en las luchas sociales en sintonía con el mismo y potenciar así nuestras prácticas. read full story / add a comment
**Based on a talk given in Kenya, this article argues that, while official minimum wages and other improvements are welcome gains, they are inadequate in an exploiting system based on the rule of the few. It is necessary to pose the more ambitious demand for a 'living wage,' set by the working class, and to enforce this by building powerful, autonomous, self-managed, conscientised class-struggle movements. Rejecting 'privilege' theories, it argues that all sectors of the working class benefit from demands and campaigns that secure equal rights, equal treatment and equal wages, against divide-and-rule systems, and in which strikers build alliances with communities and users. A 'living wage' movement of this type should be located in a larger project of building a popular counter-power that can resist, and then topple, ruling class power. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / imperialism / war / feature Wednesday July 22, 2015 02:42 by International Secretary – Black Rose Anarchist Federation 1 comment (last - monday july 27, 2015 16:24) 1 image
At noon, in the border town of Suruç in Turkish Kurdistan, a bomb ripped through the bodies of communists, socialists, and anarchists who were on their way to assist in the rebuilding of Kobane. Tens of people were killed, many more injured. One Black Rose member was present assisting in preparations for a campaign to support the rebuilding of Kobane and Rojava, but was uninjured in the blast.
This demonstrates the attitude of the state and is indicative of a sad reality: Turkey is continuing its murderous policy towards the Kurds and this attack can be seen as a fulfillment of Erdogan’s promise to stop Rojava by any means necessary. In the coming months, Black Rose will continue to broaden the scope in organizing committees and networks in solidarity with Rojava. We hope for your support. read full story / add a comment
grèce / turquie / chypre / divers / article de fond Wednesday July 08, 2015 17:47 by Alternative Libertaire 1 image
Avec les anarcho-syndicalistes grecs, Alternative libertaire appelle à « transformer la défaite du capital en une victoire réelle de la classe ouvrière ». Il faut socialiser les banques, confisquer les entreprises qui ont fait du chantage au salaire et procédé à des lock-out déguisés, et les placer sous le contrôle des travailleuses et des travailleurs. Rompre avec le capitalisme est la seule façon de sortir de la crise. Lire aussi:
Yannis Androulidakis (anarcho-syndicaliste grec): «La politique ne change pas par les gouvernements» Alternative Libertaire
Greece: Creditors and States are nothing... Dmitri - MACG
OXI - No al colpo di stato economico in Grecia Alternativa Libertaria / FdCA read full story / add a comment
international / history / feature Saturday June 27, 2015 17:10 by Wayne Price 12 comments (last - saturday september 16, 2017 01:50) 1 image
The aftereffects of the Second World War are still being felt. While very popular, it was an inter-imperialist war, a struggle for world domination. But it also included popular struggles against fascism, for national independence, democratic rights, and the possibility of socialist revolution. At their best, anarchists and other revolutionary socialists looked for ways to be part of this working class and people’s war.” Analyzing the war, and thinking through its issues, may help to prepare revolutionary anarchists for future upheavals.
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internacional / história do anarquismo / feature Monday June 01, 2015 18:49 by Felipe Corrêa e Rafael Viana da Silva 1 image
Nesse artigo, os autores realizam uma discussão da organização política anarquista. Partem das contribuições relativas ao tema de Mikhail Bakunin e Errico Malatesta mostrando que há similaridades entre elas e a da Plataforma Organizacional da União Geral dos Anarquistas. Conforme apontam, Bakunin constitui a base teórica da Plataforma e Malatesta possui posições que alguma vezes aproximam-se dela e outras da Síntese Anarquista. Consideram, assim, que nenhuma das posições em questão pode ser coerentemente inscrita no campo do marxismo/bolchevismo ou de um suposto “anarcobolchevismo”. Os autores analisam o debate entre Malatesta e Nestor Makhno sobre a Plataforma mostrando onde, realmente, estão as divergências entre ambos. Por meio de uma reflexão histórica do impacto da Plataforma, demonstram como as críticas estabelecidas nos anos 1920, em grande medida realizadas por leituras ideologizadas, somadas a duas experiências práticas dos anos 1950 e a hegemonia francesa na discussão do tema, vêm pautando erroneamente o debate. read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / community struggles / feature Friday May 08, 2015 02:15 by Romina Akemi 1 image
In the last couple of weeks, the Black community in Baltimore has mobilized protests in response to the brutal murder of Freddie Gray by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). The news footage of Baltimore’s Black youth resisting riot cops is reminiscent of images from the Ferguson protests last summer. Yet, they are also reminiscent of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising, as well as the many eruptions of popular unrest across the U.S. in 1968 against racist police violence. And we can go farther and farther back into history. The stories are many. The death toll to racist state violence is vast. And many are wondering: Is this our moment to bring down the racist capitalist system? [Castellano] [Français] read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / repression / prisoners / feature Tuesday April 21, 2015 18:17 by Colectivo Acción Libertaria 1 image
“In order to describe heaven, it is not necessary to transport up there earthy materials. It is necessary to abandon earth, its materials, in order to embellish life with its ideal” –Isidore Ducasse.
With anger in our hearts and a deep sense of injustice is that we remember Nicolás David Neira Álvarez, a 15 year old young man, whose early affinity with anarchist ideas led him to be bludgeoned by the Colombian riot police (ESMAD) to the point that the constant banging of his head against the pavement damaged his brain matter. This happened during the heavy handed repression against the anarchist block during the May Day demonstrations in Bogotá, 2005. He would pass away on the 6 of March. read full story / add a comment
argentina/uruguay/paraguay / movimiento anarquista / portada Monday April 20, 2015 16:10 by Federación Anarquista de Rosario 1 image
Durante los meses de marzo y abril realizamos nuestro primer congreso como organización política. Abrimos una nueva etapa para nuestra organización y es por eso que hemos decidido reflejarlo cambiando el nombre de la misma, por uno que dé cuenta de forma más cabal nuestras formas organizativas y nuestros horizontes de construcción. Es así que la Federación Anarquista de Rosario es la continuación de la Columna Libertaria Joaquín Penina. read full story / add a comment
argentina/uruguay/paraguay / movimiento anarquista / portada Thursday April 09, 2015 05:59 by Biblioteca Popular José Ingenieros 5 comments (last - saturday may 02, 2015 06:35) 1 image
La Mamá, La Abuela, La Compañera, La Militante que siempre resistió, a la que se le podía contar de todo y sobre todo pedirle su opinión basada en su largo camino de lucha revolucionaria, falleció el pasado 1 de Abril. read full story / add a comment
Karl Marx once said that history repeats itself, first as a tragedy then as a farce. A case in point is that in South Africa sections of the left are once again calling for a mass workers’ party (MWP) to be formed to contest elections – this they believe will bring us closer to revolution. History says otherwise.
Of course the new calls for a MWP stem from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) breaking from the African National Congress (ANC). As an outcome NUMSA is exploring the possibility of setting up a MWP to contest elections. Many Marxist and leftist influenced organisations, but also cadres within NUMSA, are therefore providing reasons why activists should be interested in such a party. read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / education / portada Wednesday March 18, 2015 14:58 by Acción Libertaria Estudiantil (ALE) 1 image
A finales de julio del 2014, luego de algunas reflexiones realizadas colectivamente en torno al papel que cumplen las estudiantes libertarias organizadas como dinamizadoras activas en la construcción de procesos gremiales de base fuertes y autónomos, un grupo de estudiantes de las Universidades Nacional, Central y Libre nos reunimos nuevamente después de un lamentable proceso de ruptura política con el que había sido hasta el momento nuestro proyecto estudiantil, el Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista, para empezar a construir una nueva organización que bajo los principios y prácticas libertarias, comenzara y continuara desde la militancia diaria un trabajo de construcción, organización y disputa en el movimiento estudiantil de las Instituciones Educativas del país y así, desde nuestra especificidad, aportar a las luchas del pueblo por su liberación.
Hoy, después de varios meses de trabajo bajo el nombre de Acción Libertaria Estudiantil, y con la alegría de saber que ahora somos más y que contamos con nuevas compañeras, por ejemplo de la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, quienes han empezado a aportar con sus ideas-fuerza en la construcción de esta nueva organización, sacamos a la luz pública nuestra declaración constitutiva, en donde presentamos de manera detallada nuestras apuestas como organización política-estudiantil que esperamos seguir fortaleciendo, dándole vigencia y pertinencia tanto en el espacio como en el tiempo, gracias a la experiencia y a las nuevas ideas de compañeras que se acerquen a construir y a transitar junto con nosotras este camino que hemos decidido empezar ya tiempo atrás.
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Flora Célestine Thérèse Henriette Tristán y Moscoso Lesnais (1803-1844) fue una escritora francesa de ascendencia peruana. Poco conocida dentro de la historiografía oficial, probablemente olvidada de manera intencional debido a la rebeldía y ansias de libertad que emanaban de sus escritos. Entre sus obras destacan; Peregrinaciones de una paria (1839), Paseos en Londres (1840) y el folleto La unión obrera (1843). [English] [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / community struggles / feature Friday February 27, 2015 13:34 by Ilan Shalif 3 images
The struggle in Bil'in is only one part of the fabric of struggle of more than 120 years between the indigenous people of Palestine and the Zionist settler colonialist and transfer project. The struggle in Bil'in is also the culmination of the joint popular struggle of Palestinians and young Jewish community members who "betray" their local Jewish community, which is harnessed to the Zionist project of settlement building and transfer. As partners second in importance only to the local activists, between us we have forged an unusual alliance, one that has hardly ever been seen during the half millennium of struggle between European colonialism and the other inhabitants of the world. [עברית] [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
For more than 20 years, Val di Susa residents, common people and militants have opposed the construction of a high-speed railway to connect Lyons with Turin. This useless major infrastructural project would be a catastrophe, wreaking destruction on Nature and ravaging the ecological system. Some of the tunnels are meant to be pierced through uranium and asbestos ore, which would spread the dust of these minerals throughout the valley's atmosphere. Collaterally, many expropriations are planned to enable the railway's construction, especially of agricultural lands. [Français] [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / repression / prisoners / feature Tuesday February 17, 2015 20:19 by Andrew 1 image
A prolonged revolt is happening in Ireland against the introduction of yet another austerity tax, this time as a charge on water. Across the country housing estates have seen conflict between residents, Garda and private security over the installation of water meters. Marches of tens of thousands have taken place. This week seizing on a minor incident 3 months ago when water charge campaigners sat in front of the Tanaistes (Deputy Prime Minister) car for two hours the Irish police (Garda) have mounted dawn raids against the houses of 21 water charge campaigners. The piece that follows is the Workers Solidarity Movement reportage of these raids as they happened over last week. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / repressão / prisioneiros / feature Saturday February 07, 2015 07:24 by Federação Anarquista Gaúcha 1 image
O companheiro Vicente, assim como os demais militantes e lutadores de outras organizações, coletivos e ideologias, não foi o primeiro e não será o último jovem negro e anarquista a ser condenado nesse Brasil racista. São milhares de homens e mulheres negros/as e pobres exterminados e condenados diariamente pelas polícias militares e pela justiça burguesa e racista. É a elas e eles que nossa solidariedade militante é direcionada e será junto de cada trabalhador/a que cerraremos nossos punhos. Não nos intimidaremos e em cada marcha de rua, piquete, greve, ocupação estaremos ombro a ombro com todos e todas que lutam! [Français] [English] [Castellano] [Italiano] read full story / add a comment