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ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Thursday September 13, 2012 15:36 by Sean Matthews
People in deprived areas in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to take their lives. Health minister Edwin Poots said, ‘Unemployment rates in deprived areas further affect people and this is a major concern. Studies indicate that a 1% increase in unemployment is met with a corresponding 0.79% increase in suicide. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Thursday February 02, 2012 17:56 by Sean Matthews & Sean Dubh
Despite the opposition of the governing SInn Fein party, relatives of families of the victims of Bloody Sunday and political supporters, including Irish anarchists, marched in remembrance last Saturday. A report from the anarchists present and a background to the issues behind those determined to continue the annual commemoration. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Friday November 11, 2011 21:06 by Sean Matthews
Anyone who has been active on the left and broader labour movement will have faced the 'million dollar question from republicans on the 'national question'. The question of opposition or indifference to the partition of the island is often thrown by republicans like a dagger in the direction of the existing left. In responnse many become either wedded to the romantic idea of the flag removing all our sins or face the jibe of being a ‘gas and water socialist’ or at worst a sop to unionism. It’s the type of choice you get at Stormont every four years where you get to choose between Coca Cola and Pepsi. Equally it’s the type of approach of the PSNI press statement that presents every ’dissenter’ from the status-quo as being wedded to physical force republicanism. But of course its much more complicated than this….

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ireland / britain / crime prison and punishment / news report Friday November 11, 2011 21:03 by Sean Matthews
The sixty million payoff to prison officers in Northern Ireland could be much better spent on addressing the causes of crime such as poverty, social deprivation and prison rehabilitation. Prison officers who served during the Troubles could walk away from their jobs with packages of more than £120,000 plus pension as part of a £60m redundancy programme aimed at ‘modernising’ the service.

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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / news report Friday September 09, 2011 23:55 by Sean Matthews
Historian Mairtin O Cathain’s ‘Wee Black Booke’ has now been added to our archive for you to read or download. In it he pulls together reports of anarchism in and around Belfast in the years from 1867 to 1973. With no local movement for much of this period, the pamphlet looks at some individuals whose political activity merited mention in the media of the time. O Cathain’s work stops before the emergence in the late 1970s of the groups from which contemporary anarchist organisations Workers Solidarity Movement and Organise! can trace their roots.

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south-east asia / community struggles / news report Friday July 22, 2011 00:25 by Sean Matthews
More than 20,000 people demonstrated for electoral reforms across Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, on Saturday in a rare protest that was declared illegal by police. The protest was called for by opposition groups, including the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, Bersih. Police fired tear-gas and water cannons at demonstrators and arrested more than 1,400 people, including top opposition leaders, according to protest organisers. The activists' demands include an overhaul of voter registration lists, tougher measures to curb fraud and fairer opportunities for opposition politicians to campaign in government-linked media. Malaysia's next general election is planned due in 2013.  Anarchists were also present on the march and one participant sent us this un-edited brief report and the picture with this article read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / migration / racism / opinion / analysis Wednesday June 22, 2011 18:15 by Sean Matthews
The cracks beneath the surface in the peace process were once again exposed on the streets of East Belfast last night in the second night of serious sectarian rioting. A UVF led mob numbering in the 100's has been engaged in attacks on catholic homes at the edge of the Short Strand. This is the reality of a peace dividend which has failed to deliver to working-class communities and stands in stark contrast to suburbia only 5 miles away which produced golf champion Rory McElroy.
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ireland / britain / crime prison and punishment / opinion / analysis Saturday July 04, 2009 13:27 by Sean Matthews- personal capacity
The refusal by British Justice Secretary Jack Straw to grant the great train robber Ronnie Biggs parole exposes the extent of injustice and corruption which underpins the class system.
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Wednesday June 10, 2009 04:56 by Sean Matthews-personal capacity
The brutal sectarian murder of voluntary community worker Kevin McDaid in Coleraine has again exposed the ugly face of sectarianism in Northern Ireland and the fallacy of the so-called peace settlement.
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ierland / groot-brittannië / workplace struggles / news report Wednesday June 03, 2009 19:28 by Sean Matthews
De bezettingen bij Visteon tonen aan dat we verre van apathisch zijn als het gaat om het verdedigen van onze banen, lonen en levensstandaard. Arbeiders begonnen op 31 maart met het bezetten van de Finaghy fabriek, nadat bestuurders het verlies aankondigden van rond 600 banen bij Visteon/Ford fabrieken in Belfast, Basildon en Enfield in Engeland. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / news report Wednesday May 27, 2009 17:53 by Sean Matthews - personal capacity
In April, twenty six traffic attendants were sacked for resorting to a half-day un-official strike, after management ignored their grievances over working conditions. The health and safety issues include faulty and inadequate equipment, deplorable sanitary and toilet facilities. read full story / add a comment
ierland / groot-brittannië / imperialisme / oorlog / opinion/analysis Wednesday May 13, 2009 21:17 by Sean Matthews
De gewapende en willekeurige aanval op de Massereene barrakken van het Britse leger in Antrim zaterdagavond is zinloos en contra-productief, wat slechts dient om de status-quo te handhaven. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Saturday May 02, 2009 04:14 by Sean Matthews-personal capacity
The recent G20 summit in London brought into sharp focus the level of police violence and intimidation in our society.
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / news report Thursday April 23, 2009 21:54 by Sean Matthews
If truth be told, should we be surprised by revelations in recent weeks concerning the expenses of ‘our’ politicians? read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / economy / news report Thursday October 09, 2008 01:22 by Sean Matthews
The recession in the economy means that working people are having to come to terms with growing house repossessions, below inflation pay-increases, and a steep rise in the cost of living. Meanwhile, property developers and banks are busy using the credit crunch and the downturn in the housing market to get Government bail outs, despite the fact that it was their speculative polices that helped created the mess in the first place. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / interview Tuesday February 05, 2008 07:38 by Sean Matthews
Below is an interview with a member of the TGWU who is attempting to organise a union in a leading Irish Sports Shop in Belfast. It describes the problems facing workers in the retail sector who are exploited by their employers and start organising themselves in their own work-place to improve their conditions. These problems are even more acute when there is no history of unionisation in the workplace and a limited awareness of people's rights as workers.
Due to potential libel action and its consequences for the union we are unable to print the company’s name. 'An Ireland of equals' what rubbish! read full story / add a comment
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arton629881b6a.jpg imageLoi sur le renseignement : Un Patriot Act à la française 18:18 Sun 24 May by Tristan (AL Toulouse) 0 comments

Après les assassinats de janvier 2015 le gouvernement compte faire voter en urgence une nouvelle loi antiterroriste. Celle-ci constitue une grave atteinte aux libertés publiques dans un contexte de répression politique systématisée.

textPalestina-Israele, la lotta unitaria favorisce la campagna B.D.S. intensificando la pressione intern... 17:31 Sun 24 May by Ilan S. 0 comments

La crescente pressione operata dalla campagna B.D.S. non solo preoccupa la classe dirigente israeliana, ma ne ha già provocato una spaccatura. Che si era manifestata nelle dimissioni del governo di Netaniahu e nell'indizione di nuove elezioni. L'esito è stato persino peggiore per lui. Ha perso la maggioranza all'interno della destra. Il suo 61% (contro il 59%) è stato ottenuto solo coalizzandosi con il centro-destra di Kakhlon che aveva già bloccato le mosse della destra tradizionale e di alcune tendenze di neoliberismo radicale. Un nuovo equilibrio di potere all'interno della classe dirigente israeliana potrebbe portare nel futuro immediato ad una coalizione con il partito di pseudo-sinistra della lista sionista o addirittura ad una diversa coalizione senza Netaniahu o persino senza il partito Licud. In questo contesto proseguono gli sgomberi di palestinesi - sia in Israele che in Cisgiordania. [English]

textPresentación de Apoyo Mutuo 11:30 Sat 23 May by APOYO MUTUO 0 comments

A dos semanas de las elecciones municipales se presentaba en Madrid,en el Teatro Lagrada la iniciativa política Apoyo Mutuo, una herramienta de ámbito estatal que pretende "convertir en actores políticos a las personas que no se ven representadas por la vía institucional".
Apoyo Mutuo ha hecho suyo el desafío marcado por el manifiesto “Construyendo Pueblo Fuerte” una iniciativa que nació hace un año en foros en internet, en los que militantes de colectivos libertarios impulsaron un debate en torno a la forma de actuar ante la nueva situación social y política. y que fue presentado al público el pasado 19 de febrero. En el texto se hacía un llamamiento a la autoorganización popular como método para construir una democracia directa de personas libres e iguales.

textPalestine-Israel, As the split in the elite, a part of which is already suffering, threatens Prime m... 23:57 Fri 22 May by Ilan S. 0 comments

The election which was a response to rebellion in the elite - threatening to restrict his daily newspaper - resulted in a partial defeat. He is dependant now on the support of the center-right party and the orthodox parties,and now he is trying desperately to regain control. The mounting pressure on Israel threatens to take a fast escalation. It is already expressed in the threat to expel Israel from FIFA and of intervention of the Hague Court. The French initiative in the UN security council is approaching. The escalation in transfer actions - both within Israel and the West Bank is an effort to recruit at least the support of orthodox parties and the extreme right. In spite of harsher efforts to repress the Palestinian struggle - both in occupied east Jerusalem and the popular non-armed struggle the struggle continues. The very optimistic activists already feel the approaching victory.

iwwgreecebl.png imageΗ ελπίδα δεν θα έρθε... 19:22 Thu 21 May by IWW Greece 0 comments

Ποτέ δεν εiναι αργά για να ανατραπεί η κατάσταση, όλα είναι στο χέρι μας, όλα μπορούν να ανατραπούν. Στο πλαίσιο αυτό χαιρετίζουμε και στηρίζουμε κάθε πρωτοβουλία αγώνα προς αυτή την κατεύθυνση. Για την χειραφέτηση των ανθρώπων! Για έναν κόσμο χωρίς αφεντικά.
Η αδικία σε έναν είναι αδικία σε όλους και αυτή είναι η δύναμη των εργαζομένων πάντα και παντού.

11053923_1575094792758577_1269334861821632773_n.jpg image¿Entre la Guerra y la Paz? // 7mo Espacio Estudiantil Libertario Beatriz Sandoval - Universidad Naci... 02:51 Wed 13 May by Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista 0 comments

Tras la realización de los Espacios Estudiantiles anteriores, donde conocimos y profundizamos un poco sobre temas como: la Educación Libertaria y Popular (2011-II), la Historia del Movimiento Estudiantil en Colombia (2012-II), la Historia del Movimiento Estudiantil en América Latina (2013-I) e Indignad★s y Revueltas Populares (2013-II), Movimientos agrarios y levantamientos indígenas (2014-I) y Feminismo y Género (2014-II), volvemos este semestre con un nuevo tema que nos ayudará a conocer y estudiar sobre los actuales diálogos de paz y pretende profundizar en el posicionamiento de una apuesta anarquista en esta coyuntura, que hemos titulado “¿Entre la Guerra y la Paz?”.

1429275988_bachelet.jpg imageLa política del gatopardismo: Presidenta Bachelet anuncia nuevo gabinete 19:07 Tue 12 May by Solidaridad 0 comments

El reacomodo de la clase dominante demuestra la desesperada búsqueda del empate para entregar una sensación de tranquilidad y renovación ante la crisis. La llegada del sector conservador de la Democracia Cristiana a uno de los ministerios clave y el enroque de cuatro ministros demuestra que el cambio solo es una píldora más para el momento político.

11069802_1573020152966041_6106928576595608333_n.jpg imageDesde el Sur, defendiendo la rebeldía y combatiendo la impunidad 08:52 Mon 11 May by Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista 0 comments

Este 1 de mayo, el Grupo Estudiantil Anarquista, junto con algunos procesos barriales, salió a las calles a conmemorar el día de la clase trabajadora. Ondeando nuestras banderas rojinegras y gritando consignas en contra del Estado opresor y el capital explotador, las mentes libertarias que se resisten al olvido y que siguen luchando por la creación de mundos nuevos antiautoritarios nos congregamos en el sur de la ciudad para manifestar nuestra inconformidad frente a este sistema injusto y desigual que sigue viviendo de la expropiación, el expolio y el pillaje.

sam_1998.jpg imageΣτο ίδιο (αμερικάνι&... 20:02 Sat 09 May by Συλλογικότητα για τον Κοινωνικό Αναρχισμό "Μαύρ&# 0 comments

Παρέμβαση στην είσοδο του Αμερικάνικου Προξενείου πραγματοποιήθηκε σήμερα στις 19.30 από 15 συντρόφους της Συλλογικότητας "Μαύρο & Κόκκινο" υπέρ των Εξεγερμένων της Βαλτιμόρης των Η.Π.Α. που δέχτονται την κρατική βία και καταστολή, με τις σχεδόν καθημερινές δολοφονίες κυρίως αφροαμερικανών από μπάτσους. Με το που φτάσαμε έξω από την εισοδο του εμπορικού κέντρου, οι ασφαλήτες που μας ακολούθησαν έδωσαν σήμα να κατέβουν τα ρολά στην Τσιμισκή, οπότε η κεντρική πύλη του εμπορικού κέντρου (στο κτήριο όπου στεγάζεται και το προξενείο) έμεινε κλειστή για μια ώρα που κράτησε η παρέμβαση. Μοιράστηκε το παρακάτω κείμενο σε πολύ κόσμο που περνούσε από το σημείο ενώ πετάχτηκαν και τρικάκια. Οι μπάτσοι δεν προσέγγισαν το σημείο, παρά μόνο με ασφαλήτες που επιτηρούσαν αλλά στα cb ακούστηκαν πολύ αγχωμένοι φοβούμενοι μην προβούμε σε κάποια κίνηση εναντίον της ϊερής αγελάδας" του προξενείου των ΗΠΑ.

huelgademapuchesencarceldeangol.jpg imagePresos políticos mapuche: más de 40 días de huelga de hambre en la cárcel de Angol 15:46 Fri 08 May by Ale Curinao 0 comments

Cuatro son los peñi que desde el 23 de marzo hasta el día de hoy están sacrificando sus cuerpos, teniendo clara convicción de que este Estado fascista sólo los tomará en cuenta cuando la situación roce momentos de suspiros con agonía y dolor. Porque, qué son 30 ó 40 días sin consumo de alimentos, nada. No les interesa. Todas las autoridades (comunal, regional y nacional) están al tanto de la huelga de hambre y han dado vuelta sus caras con indiferencia absoluta ante el sacrificio y demandas de nuestros hermanos. Misma indiferencia con la que ven la lucha del mapuche en la recuperación de sus tierras, sus tierras por derecho.

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imageAnarchist in Ireland on todays Marriage equality referendum May 22 by andrew 1 comments

Southern Ireland is voting toward on whether to allow Marriage equality, that is to extend marriage to couples of the same gender. Young migrants have flocked back to the country in the last 24 hours to help insure the referendum passes. If it does Ireland will be the first country in the work to introduce Marriage equality by popular referendum yet it was one of the last countries in Europe to decriminalise sex between men. In that sense the referendum is about much more than the issue of Marriage but it also a battle against the 'old Ireland' of clerical control and an authoritarian state that sought to control all aspects of the lives of those under its control. The articles that follow are some of the many that the Workers Solidarity Movement have published, for the most part via their Facebook page.

imageClass Struggle, ‘Xenophobia’ and the Local Elite May 21 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

The xenophobic violence and looting following King Zwelithini’s statement that foreigners “pack their bags and leave” spread to cities and townships across the country. However, the recent attacks are not an isolated incident; nor is Zwelithini solely responsible for fomenting it. Local elites – particularly those linked to the ruling party – also encourage anti-immigrant attitudes and actions. This article, based on discussions with Abahlali baseFreedom Park activists, looks at how local elites stimulate ‘xenophobia’ to protect their class interests, as well as how progressive working class activists have responded.

imageO Irã e o xadrez curdo May 21 by BrunoL 0 comments

20 de maio de 2015, Bruno Lima Rocha

A cidade de Mahabad é conhecida como a capital do Curdistão iraniano, e hoje opera como o epicentro da rebelião popular dos curdos contra a autoridade xiita de Teerã. O Curdistão Leste (Rojhelat) viveu um momento de rebelião após o dia 7 de maio quando uma jovem curda se atirou do 4º andar de um hotel cinco estrelas onde trabalhava como camareira. O motivo do suicídio de Farinaz Xorowanî foi um ato de rebeldia contra agentes da inteligência iraniana (Itlaat) que, ao alegar querer interroga-la tentaram forçar um estupro. O sacrifício da trabalhadora resultou em rebelião franca e aberta, com as tropas anti-distúrbios da província e forças regulares da Guarda Revolucionária do Irã (Pasdaran) usando munição letal no meio da rua. Tal episódio, ao contrário de ser uma raridade, é a norma de convivência entre o regime dos Aiatolás e a esquerda curda. Nos dias posteriores, a polícia política dos aiatolás prendeu mais de 800 militantes sociais curdos, o que certamente irá aumentar a estatística regular de assassinados pelo Estado; cerca de cem ativistas por ano são enforcados pelas leis do fundamentalismo xiita.

textThe Anarchists Who Liberated Paris, & Why They Did It May 20 by Robert P. Helms 0 comments

A short account of General Leclerc's 9th Company, better known as La Nueve, who were the first allied soldiers to link with the resistance in the liberation of Paris.

imageΦυλακές: Πανεπιστή&#... May 18 by Πετρ Κροπότκιν 0 comments

Επομένως το μόνο πράγμα που μπορώ να πω σε μερικούς αρκετά καλοπροαίρετους αξιωματούχους των φυλακών της Μασαχουσέτης που κάποτε ζήτησαν τη συμβουλή μου, ήταν αυτό: Αν δεν μπορείτε να εξασφαλίσετε την κατάργηση του σωφρονιστικού συστήματος – μην δεχτείτε ποτέ ένα παιδί ή έναν νέο στη φυλακή σας. Αν το κάνετε, είναι δολοφονία. Και ύστερα, αφού μάθετε με την εμπειρία τι είναι οι φυλακές, αρνηθείτε να είστε δεσμοφύλακες και ποτέ μην κουραστείτε να λέτε πως η πρόληψη του εγκλήματος είναι ο μόνος κατάλληλος τρόπος για να το καταπολεμήσετε.

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textPresentación de Apoyo Mutuo May 23 0 comments

A dos semanas de las elecciones municipales se presentaba en Madrid,en el Teatro Lagrada la iniciativa política Apoyo Mutuo, una herramienta de ámbito estatal que pretende "convertir en actores políticos a las personas que no se ven representadas por la vía institucional".
Apoyo Mutuo ha hecho suyo el desafío marcado por el manifiesto “Construyendo Pueblo Fuerte” una iniciativa que nació hace un año en foros en internet, en los que militantes de colectivos libertarios impulsaron un debate en torno a la forma de actuar ante la nueva situación social y política. y que fue presentado al público el pasado 19 de febrero. En el texto se hacía un llamamiento a la autoorganización popular como método para construir una democracia directa de personas libres e iguales.

imageΗ ελπίδα δεν θα έρθε... May 21 0 comments

Ποτέ δεν εiναι αργά για να ανατραπεί η κατάσταση, όλα είναι στο χέρι μας, όλα μπορούν να ανατραπούν. Στο πλαίσιο αυτό χαιρετίζουμε και στηρίζουμε κάθε πρωτοβουλία αγώνα προς αυτή την κατεύθυνση. Για την χειραφέτηση των ανθρώπων! Για έναν κόσμο χωρίς αφεντικά.
Η αδικία σε έναν είναι αδικία σε όλους και αυτή είναι η δύναμη των εργαζομένων πάντα και παντού.

imageΣτο ίδιο (αμερικάνι&... May 09 0 comments

Παρέμβαση στην είσοδο του Αμερικάνικου Προξενείου πραγματοποιήθηκε σήμερα στις 19.30 από 15 συντρόφους της Συλλογικότητας "Μαύρο & Κόκκινο" υπέρ των Εξεγερμένων της Βαλτιμόρης των Η.Π.Α. που δέχτονται την κρατική βία και καταστολή, με τις σχεδόν καθημερινές δολοφονίες κυρίως αφροαμερικανών από μπάτσους. Με το που φτάσαμε έξω από την εισοδο του εμπορικού κέντρου, οι ασφαλήτες που μας ακολούθησαν έδωσαν σήμα να κατέβουν τα ρολά στην Τσιμισκή, οπότε η κεντρική πύλη του εμπορικού κέντρου (στο κτήριο όπου στεγάζεται και το προξενείο) έμεινε κλειστή για μια ώρα που κράτησε η παρέμβαση. Μοιράστηκε το παρακάτω κείμενο σε πολύ κόσμο που περνούσε από το σημείο ενώ πετάχτηκαν και τρικάκια. Οι μπάτσοι δεν προσέγγισαν το σημείο, παρά μόνο με ασφαλήτες που επιτηρούσαν αλλά στα cb ακούστηκαν πολύ αγχωμένοι φοβούμενοι μην προβούμε σε κάποια κίνηση εναντίον της ϊερής αγελάδας" του προξενείου των ΗΠΑ.

imageCrónica del Acto Anarquista de fAu – 29 de abril de 2015 May 08 federacion Anarquista uruguaya 0 comments

Con tiempo lluvioso, intermitente, ya desde la mañana del 29 de abril la convocatoria de semanas de propaganda callejera con pegatinas y pintadas tenía su día: “por un 1° de mayo clasista – Acto Anarquista – fAu”. Lea aquí las oratorias:
Oratoria Frente Sindical
Oratoria Frente Barrial
Oratoria de la Federación Anarquista Gaúcha
Oratoria Final

image[Colombia] ¡Con nuestra alegre rebeldía, a conquistar los derechos como clase! May 03 Acción Libertaria Estudiantil (ALE) 0 comments

La urgente necesidad de aprender del pasado para construir nuevos caminos que permitan llenar de victoria y dignidad las luchas de las de abajo, se presenta hoy como una tarea inaplazable tras la fatídica derrota que ha significado para el grueso de las trabajadoras[1] y la población en general la avalancha neoliberal que amenaza con destruir todos los derechos básicos que en su momento la organización y la lucha conquistaron.

Hoy, en medio de incesantes discursos que desde los medios hegemónicos de comunicación reproducen la idea de la prosperidad económica que prepara los caminos para la “paz”, muchas de nosotras vivimos una realidad muy distinta que protagoniza el grueso de las trabajadoras: la miseria y el hambre que ocultan las estadísticas oficiales, la degradación de las condiciones de trabajo que hoy evocan más del 50% (cifras oficiales) de la población laboral, llamada eufemísticamente informal, que se rebuscan la vida trabajando durante horas, a veces días enteros, para poder sobrevivir, soportando la imposibilidad de acceder a un servicio de salud digno y gratuito, a una estabilidad laboral que le permita tener la certeza de un buen mañana, o simplemente a envejecer con las garantías de que la vida de entrega al trabajo será recompensada con estabilidad económica.

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