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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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Bil'in, 10.07.15. Photo: Mohammed Yasin Photography imagePalestine-Israel, The activists participating in the joint struggle get old... but the struggle is s... 15:10 Tue 28 Jul by Ilan S. 0 comments

It is hard for many activists when the real meaning of the struggle are not concrete achievable gains, but a global worldwide struggle. This week, the concrete and the global merged when the struggle against the destruction of Susiya village recruited international support and forced Israel to delay or even cancel the demolition of the village. Pressure from the imperial powers on Israel was joined by European warning about approaching sanctions against the Israeli banking system for its involvement in the settlers' projects in the occupied West Bank. It seems the erosion of Israeli immunity from paying for its war crimes is collecting momentum. The Israeli media is full of news about B.D.S. - the joint struggle in which thousands of international activists participate, contributing a lot. The heroic Bil'in, Ni'lin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, Ma'sara, and Sheikh Jarrah keep the weekly flame from extinguishing.

bagesmycmaa8jbz.jpg imageΠρος το αναρχικό κί&... 20:47 Mon 27 Jul by Αναρχικές συλλογικότητες 0 comments

Οι συλλογικότητες που υπογράφουμε αυτή την ανακοίνωση ολοκληρώνουμε τις διαδικασίες για την συγκρότηση αναρχικής ομοσπονδίας, και ανακοινώνουμε πως αυτές πλησιάζουν στο τέλος τους. Μετά την πλήρη ολοκλήρωση αυτών των διαδικασιών θα ακολουθήσει το ιδρυτικό συνέδριο που σκοπεύουμε να πραγματοποιηθεί 3-4 Οκτώβρη του 2015.

Attentato a Suruç imageMassacro a Suruç in Turchia 16:01 Fri 24 Jul by International Secretary – Black Rose Anarchist Federation 0 comments

A mezzogiorno del 20 luglio, nella città di confine di Suruç nel Kurdistan turco, una bomba ha lacerato i corpi di comunisti, socialisti ed anarchici che si stavano recando a Kobane per partecipare alla sua ricostruzione. Decine di persone sono rimaste uccise, molti i feriti. [English]

textPalestina-Israele, il mondo in subbuglio; il vecchio ordine mondiale non sarà più lo stesso; e la lo... 15:42 Fri 24 Jul by Ilan S. 0 comments

L'1 gennaio del 1994 in Chiapas le masse innalzarono la bandiera della ribellione giusto dopo che il mondo capitalista aveva celebrato il suo trionfo sulle rivoluzioni del 20° secolo e si accingeva a lanciare la globalizzazione neoliberista a livello mondiale. Ma la lotta è proseguita con nuove modalità. I sorprendenti sviluppi nella Rojava, in cui le principali potenze imperialiste si trovano a dare sostegno aereo ai Curdi antiautoritari ed anticapitalisti di Siria, sono come uno stormo di passeri che segnano l'arrivo della primavera. In questo imminente cambiamento, si sviluppa il panico delle classi dirigenti sioniste israeliane di fronte alla veloce avanzata della campagna B.D.S.... Non possiamo misurare il contributo di ciascuna lotta al cambiamento, ma sembra che una quota importante spetti alle migliaia di attivisti internazionali che hanno condiviso con noi la lotta unitaria non-armata contro il muro della separazione, contro gli insediamenti e contro l'occupazione. [English]

arton6450c6aa9.jpg imageAntiracisme 02:38 Fri 24 Jul by Benjamin 0 comments

On prend les mêmes et on recommence : ce 9 juillet au matin, le campement des migrant-es qui s'était établi sur l'esplanade Nathalie-Sarraute, dans le 18e arrondissement, a de nouveau été vidé de ses occupant-es par les pouvoirs publics avec la complicité de l'OFPRA, d'Emmaüs, d'élu-es municipaux et de militant-es du Front de gauche.

textItalia: rottamazione della scuola pubblica 19:50 Thu 23 Jul by Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA 1 comments

Occorrerà ricostruire scuola per scuola l'unità dei mesi scorsi, ri-alimentare fiducia e fermezza nella consapevolezza che questa legge si potrà rendere inapplicabile solo con un'opposizione istituto per istituto.

dublinsolidarityphotoshoot.jpg imageDublin protests in solidarity with the Belfast mother charged with supplying the abortion pill to he... 19:35 Thu 23 Jul by Andrew 0 comments

A couple of hundred people came to the pro choice solidarity rally in Dublin, Ireland last nigh organised by the WSMt. It was called to protest against the prosecution of a women in Belfast for supplying her daughter with the abortion pill.

bombing_3.jpg imageDeclaração sobre o recente massacre em Suruc, Turquia 02:13 Wed 22 Jul by Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra 0 comments

Hoje lamentamos a perda de amigos e amigas, companheiros e companheiras, e renovamos nosso comprometimento com uma luta revolucionaria internacional em memoria deles e delas.
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bombing_2.jpg imageDeclaración Sobre el Reciente Masacre en Suruc, Turkia 02:07 Wed 22 Jul by Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra 0 comments

Hoy lloramos la pérdida de amigos y compañeros y renovamos nuestro compromiso con una lucha revolucionaria internacional en su memoria. Al mediodía, en la aldea fronteriza de Suruc, en el Kurdistán Turco, una bomba destrozó los cuerpos de comunistas, socialistas y anarquistas que iban en camino a ayudar en la reconstrucción de Kobane. Decenas de personas fueron asesinadas, muchas otras quedaron heridas. Un militante de Black Rose estaba presente en las preparaciones de la campaña en apoyo a la reconstrucción de Kobane y Rojava, pero no fue alcanzado por la explosión.
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11760166_1645652792317271_2694342465056829967_n.jpg imageOur Sadness Will Be Our Anger, Kobanê Will Reconstructure 01:33 Wed 22 Jul by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet 0 comments

Yesterday, nearly three hundred people set off from different cities, with the call of Federation of Socialist Youth Associations; in order to rebuilt Kobanê, which was tried to be looted by the ISIS. Today, arriving Suruç (Pîrsus), just before leaving for Kobane, these young people made a press release in front of the Amara Culture Center in Suruç (Pîrsus). At the end of the press release, a bomb exploding in the middle of the crowd, silenced many hearts which had been beating with the hope of reconstruction.

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imageΤο προφανές θα μας σ... Aug 02 by Eφημερίδα δρόμου "Άπατρις" 0 comments

Eίμαστε άραγε διατεθειμένοι να προσφέρουμε τις δυνάμεις μας για να ανακουφίσουμε τη χρεωκοπία ενός κράτους που όχι μόνο δεν υπηρετεί πια τους πολίτες αλλά ως βρυκόλακας τους ρουφά το αίμα για να ταΐσει τα πλοκάμια του παγκόσμιου τραπεζικού κήτους;

imageΟι νεκροθάφτες της &... Jul 31 by Dmitri (republishing) 0 comments

Ωστόσο, υπήρχε μια πραγματικότητα που οι Ισπανοί επαναστάτες δεν μπορούσαν να αγνοήσουν: βασιζόμασταν στην ενεργή υποστήριξή πολλών εργατών και επαναστατών από όλες τις χώρες που ήθελαν να έλθουν και να πολεμήσουν στο πλευρό μας, για τον σκοπό μας, ο οποίος δεν ήταν άλλος από τον παγκόσμιό σκοπό της ελευθερίας από την τυραννία. Δεν μπορούσαμε να αρνηθούμε την επιθυμία τους να πολεμήσουν και να πεθάνουν μαζί μας. Πολλοί Ιταλοί, Γερμανοί, Γάλλοι και άνθρωποι από άλλες χώρες πολέμησαν δίπλα μας στο μέτωπο της Aragon από την πρώτη κιόλας στιγμή.

textLike leftists and communists, anarchists and libertarians have been divided over Rojava. Some of th... Jul 30 by Zaher Baher 1 comments

In my opinion the best attitude towards Rojava is “supportive and being critical” at the same time. Criticizing it alone and keeping distance from it does not benefit our current anarchist movement. This attitude again shows incapability of recognizing the reality of the movement, and would bring the blame of history over us. Meanwhile supporting it without criticizing its negative sides again shows that we do not see this movement realistically. Having this attitude, once the movement fails to meet our demands, we will be very disappointed and keep ourselves a far distance from any movement in the future.

imageAnálise de conjuntura em perspectiva – conspirando pela rendição total Jul 28 by BrunoL 0 comments

26 de julho de 2015, Bruno Lima Rocha

As frases são sempre as mesmas: "Populismo fiscal, suporte do Estado e fraude política a caminho"....assistimos a teleconferência apregoando o Manual do perfeito idiota daqueles que nos xingam de idiotas latino-americanos sendo aplicado.

Assistindo o programa Globonews Painel (deste sábado 25 de julho de 2015), cuja bancada era composta por dois economistas vinculados a consultorias privadas e um colega da ciência política igualmente vinculado a outra consultoria, me dei conta que há um tema de fundo nesta crise política. No primeiro mandato de Dilma, o ministro Guido Mantega de fato tentou uma inflexão desenvolvimentista, mas sem uma base social mobilizada e tampouco a predisposição do partido de governo para confrontar a sangria desatada de mais de 40% do orçamento da União para a especulação da agiotagem rentista. No segundo turno de 2014, houve uma eleição plebiscitária cuja chapa vitoriosa aceitou o brete do rentismo e chamara um ministro da Fazenda que apoiara Armínio Fraga para tomar conta do caixa da 8a economia do mundo.

imageΈνα μήνυμα του Ελιζ&... Jul 25 by risinggalaxy 0 comments

Το απόσπασμα που ακολουθεί είναι από την ιστορική μπροσούρα «Αναρχία» του γεωγράφου και αναρχικού Ελιζέ Ρεκλύ(1830-1905). Ο Ρεκλύ υπήρξε από τους σημαντικότερους γεωγράφους του καιρού του όσο και εμβληματική φυσιογνωμία του αναρχικού κινήματος και σύντροφος του Κροπότκιν, ασκώντας μεγάλη επιρροή στους κύκλους των αναρχικών σε όλο τον κόσμο.

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imageΠρος το αναρχικό κί&... Jul 27 0 comments

Οι συλλογικότητες που υπογράφουμε αυτή την ανακοίνωση ολοκληρώνουμε τις διαδικασίες για την συγκρότηση αναρχικής ομοσπονδίας, και ανακοινώνουμε πως αυτές πλησιάζουν στο τέλος τους. Μετά την πλήρη ολοκλήρωση αυτών των διαδικασιών θα ακολουθήσει το ιδρυτικό συνέδριο που σκοπεύουμε να πραγματοποιηθεί 3-4 Οκτώβρη του 2015.

imageMassacro a Suruç in Turchia Jul 24 Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra (BRRN) 0 comments

A mezzogiorno del 20 luglio, nella città di confine di Suruç nel Kurdistan turco, una bomba ha lacerato i corpi di comunisti, socialisti ed anarchici che si stavano recando a Kobane per partecipare alla sua ricostruzione. Decine di persone sono rimaste uccise, molti i feriti. [English]

textItalia: rottamazione della scuola pubblica Jul 23 1 comments

Occorrerà ricostruire scuola per scuola l'unità dei mesi scorsi, ri-alimentare fiducia e fermezza nella consapevolezza che questa legge si potrà rendere inapplicabile solo con un'opposizione istituto per istituto.

imageDeclaração sobre o recente massacre em Suruc, Turquia Jul 22 Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra - Black Rose Anarchist Federation 0 comments

Hoje lamentamos a perda de amigos e amigas, companheiros e companheiras, e renovamos nosso comprometimento com uma luta revolucionaria internacional em memoria deles e delas.
[Castellano] [ English]

imageDeclaración Sobre el Reciente Masacre en Suruc, Turkia Jul 22 FARN - BRAF 0 comments

Hoy lloramos la pérdida de amigos y compañeros y renovamos nuestro compromiso con una lucha revolucionaria internacional en su memoria. Al mediodía, en la aldea fronteriza de Suruc, en el Kurdistán Turco, una bomba destrozó los cuerpos de comunistas, socialistas y anarquistas que iban en camino a ayudar en la reconstrucción de Kobane. Decenas de personas fueron asesinadas, muchas otras quedaron heridas. Un militante de Black Rose estaba presente en las preparaciones de la campaña en apoyo a la reconstrucción de Kobane y Rojava, pero no fue alcanzado por la explosión.
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