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international / anarchist movement / feature Wednesday September 30, 2015 05:09 by Anarkismo Network 19 comments (last - tuesday january 05, 2016 09:43) 1 image
The international Anarkismo Network, which brings together class struggle anarchist organisations from more than a dozen countries in both the global South and North, and has relations with far more from across the globe, has noted with great surprise and concern the recent accusations by AK Press that Michael Schmidt is a fascist working undercover to infiltrate the anarchist movement. Before we can make any pronouncements on the matter, however, we need to carefully examine both the AK Press evidence, the article by Alexander Reid Ross, as well as Michael Schmidt’s response to the evidence and article. As a network Anarkismo has not taken sides, and will not accuse the accuser or the accused before there is more information and all the evidence has been presented. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / imperialismo / guerra / portada Monday September 28, 2015 22:02 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 2 comments (last - tuesday september 29, 2015 16:53) 1 image
Sea como sea, la firma de un acuerdo de paz, eventualmente, debería ser el comienzo de un nuevo proceso de luchas sociales en donde –si las cosas salen como deberían, algo altamente improbable- la oligarquía debería, en teoría, renunciar a la guerra sucia contra el pueblo. Pero sabemos –y esto lo sabe la comunidad internacional y los burócratas de la resolución de conflictos y construcción de paz- que el gobierno no cumplirá los acuerdos, mentirá y mantendrá niveles importantes de represión, que serán descritos como niveles “aceptables” por los socios en EEUU y la UE, que tienen demasiados intereses estratégicos en Colombia como para montar una alharaca por unos cuantos campesinos masacrados. No hay que caer en esa infantil ilusión burguesa de que con el fin del conflicto armado se le acabará a la oligarquía la “excusa” para criminalizar al movimiento popular y para reprimir. Como lo dijo el revolucionario guineano Amílcar Cabral, bajo las condiciones del capitalismo, toda lucha es armada: sólo que a veces el pueblo tiene armas y a veces no. Pero el Estado siempre las tiene y siempre las utiliza contra el pueblo cuando ve sus intereses estratégicos amenazados. La fuerza organizada del pueblo es la única barrera objetiva que tendrá esa violencia de clase. Hay que estar advertidos y preparados para los conflictos del post-conflicto. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / anarchist movement / feature Wednesday September 23, 2015 20:58 by LCG/GGL 1 image
About ten months have now passed since the Libertarian Communist Group (Grŵp Gomiwnyddol Libertaraidd) was formed in Wales, in November 2014. The decision to launch a new organisation last year was borne out of disappointment at the demise of both Collective Action (CA) and its short-lived follow-up, the Libertarian Communist Initiative (LCI). Our consequent frustration was compounded to some extent by the fact that one of our comrades had also been a member of the previously defunct Liberty & Solidarity (L&S). In retrospect we can discern that both of these erstwhile projects - CA/LCI and L&S - failed due to a lack of ideological cohesion and a confusion of political direction. From our perspective such failures can fairly be viewed as epic if one takes into account that these organisations were, on separate occasions, the products of would-be “platformist” splits from the Anarchist Federation (AF). Be that as it may, in the case of CA/LCI, having seen various members and associates drift away, and with our remaining England-based cadre not unreasonably opting to become involved in an accessible and potentially worthwhile enterprise, the Welsh contingent was simply left with a fait accompli. read full story / add a comment
Ελλάδα / Τουρκία / Κύπρος / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Αφιέρωμα Wednesday September 16, 2015 20:41 by Πρωτοβουλία για τη συγκρότηση Αναρχικής Πολιτι_ 1 image
Δυόμιση χρόνια μετά την κατάθεση του πανελλαδικού καλέσματος για την προοπτική δημιουργίας Αναρχικής Πολιτικής Οργάνωσης από τέσσερις αναρχικές συλλογικότητες της Αθήνας («Κύκλος της Φωτιάς», «Στέκι Αντίπνοια», «Καθοδόν», «Αναρχικοί για την Κοινωνική Απελευθέρωση»), οι διαδικασίες του προσυνεδριακού διαλόγου ολοκληρώθηκαν.
Το αρχικό κάλεσμα πλαισίωσαν μια σειρά από συλλογικότητες που ανταποκρίθηκαν και οι οποίες δεσμεύτηκαν επί ενός πολιτικού πλαισίου όπως αυτό αποτυπώθηκε σε επτά βασικά σημεία. [English] read full story / add a comment
international / economy / feature Sunday September 13, 2015 08:46 by Shawn Hattingh 1 comment (last - monday september 14, 2015 03:52) 1 image
It was long ago stated that capitalism came into the world dripping in blood and dirt, from every pore, from head to toe. While it has demonstrated that it won’t simply collapse under its own weight, the recent goings-on around the current capitalist crisis have shown that with age it has become even more hideous. Capitalism is now rank with massive state intervention required to simply keep its rotting body moving: through states propping up the financial sector and deepening the colossal attack on the working class.
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france / belgique / luxembourg / mouvement anarchiste / article de fond Wednesday September 09, 2015 16:47 by Commission internationale A.L. 1 image
Tous les deux ans, Alternative libertaire tient un congrès, qui est sa principale instance décisionnelle. Les textes adoptés, après débats dans les Collectifs AL et lors du congrès, permettent de tirer les enseignements des années passées, de définir nos orientations et nos priorités pour notre activité quotidienne à venir. Ce congrès a notamment été l'occasion d'adopter des textes sur le féminisme, sur l'antiracisme, sur l'écologie et sur le bilan de l'activité de notre courant communiste-libertaire depuis la fin du XXème siècle. read full story / add a comment
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