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ireland / britain / community struggles / news report Thursday September 13, 2012 14:36 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 22:55 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 Thursday July 21, 2011 23:25 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 17:15 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 12:27 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 03:56 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 18:28 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 16:53 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 20:17 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 03:14 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 20:54 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 00:22 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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journee_mondiale_pour_kobanee2fda.jpg imageDéclaration internationale libertaire de solidarité avec la résistance kurde 18:06 Mon 27 Oct by Anarchist Organisations and Militants 0 comments

Depuis quelques années, le mouvement kurde se rapproche des idées libertaires. Même s'il ne s'agit pas d'un mouvement anarchiste, ce changement montre que les idées anarchistes de liberté et d'égalité par la solidarité, nos idées d'horizontalité et de démocratie directe radicale contre l'etat sont valides et fortes, mais également nécessaires pour en finir avec l'héritage autoritaire de la gauche dans les mouvements sociaux. Exprimer notre solidarité avec rojava et le mouvement kurde est de notre responsabilité, parce qu'ils représentent l'espoir dans cette région et parce qu'il s'agit d'une lutte des opprimé-e-s contre les oppresseurs. Les vraies luttes ne sont jamais parfaites mais elles amènent à différentes potentialités de construction d'une société libre. Tout en exprimant notre solidarité avec le mouvement révolutionnaire au rojava, nous comprenons aussi que notre rôle est de continuer à développer les principes centraux de nos idées pour les partager avec les révolutionnaires du monde entier. - Groupe éditorial anarkismo.net [español] [English]

textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle to the backdrop of Israel no longer hiding its true nature* 01:19 Sun 26 Oct by Ilan S. 0 comments

Throughout the years Israel has tried to neutralize the pressure of more enlightened people by hiding its brute racism and murderous activities by recruiting the memory of the Holocaust as justification for all its heinous acts when revealed. However, as the masquerade has been exposed in recent years and more and more are disillusioned from the "Zionist dream", the restraints are being loosened fast. The rightists preach their extreme racist ideology in the open. The "paramilitarist" settlers get a freer hand. The transfer of Palestinians both within the 1948 borders and these occupied in 1967 is being done in the open. Though it is still restricted mainly to the Israeli area of the Bedouins in the south and the C agricultural regions of the 1967 borders, the "gloves" have been removed. In the same new mode, repression of the non-armed popular struggles has intensified in the last few weeks and we cannot guess what the limit of the new repression mode will be - if at all.

150122_842113389166036_7294858716189015531_n.jpg imageVictory to the Rojava Revolution! 18:52 Sat 25 Oct by Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group 0 comments

Leaflet distributed today at a rally and march in Melbourne in solidarity to the Kurdish struggle.

versosciopero.jpg imageVerso lo sciopero generale e sociale nel mondo del lavoro, nei territori, nelle piazze 04:09 Thu 23 Oct by Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici 0 comments

Come era facilmente prevedibile le rassicurazioni diffuse e propagandate a piene mani da politici, affaristi, finanzieri e confindustriali sulla possibilità di riprendersi da quella che veniva chiamata crisi si sono dimostrate una colossale bugia. Con una ingombrante operazione di depistaggio mediatico all'insegna di "dobbiamo abbattere il debito pubblico" o "dobbiamo abbattere le Tasse", "l'Europa ce lo chiede", "dobbiamo rispettare i vincoli del deficit imposto", si è proceduto alla cancellazione quasi totale dei diritti dei lavoratori.

sk_2.jpg imageDeclaración Internacional Libertaria de Solidaridad con la Resistencia Kurda 11:54 Wed 22 Oct by Organizaciones y Militantes Libertarios 0 comments

Desde algunos años, el movimiento kurdo se está acercando a las ideas libertarias. Aunque no se trata de un movimiento anarquista, este cambio muestra que las ideas anarquistas de libertad e igualdad a través de la solidaridad, nuestras ideas de horizontalidad y de democracia directa radical en contra del Estado no solo son validas y fuertes, sino que son también necesarias para que los movimientos sociales acaben con la herencia autoritaria de la izquierda. Expresar nuestra solidaridad con Rojava y el movimiento kurdo es nuestra responsabilidad, pues representan la esperanza en esta región y porque es una lucha de los oprimidos en contra de los opresores. Las verdaderas luchas no son nunca perfectas pero llevan a diversos potencialidades de construcción de una sociedad libre. Mientras expresamos nuestra solidaridad con el movimiento revolucionario en Rojava entendemos también que nuestro papel es seguir desarrollando los principios centrales de nuestras ideas para compartirlas con los y las revolucionari@s en el mundo. - Grupo editorial de Anarkismo.net [English]

textFascistes de l'EI, bas les pattes du Rojava ! Solidarité avec le processus révolutionnaire kurde ! 02:23 Wed 22 Oct by Relations internationales CGA 0 comments

Depuis plus de deux ans, le Rojava (Kurdistan syrien), est engagé dans un processus révolutionnaire spécifique. Resté longtemps à l'écart de celui proposé en Syrie car considéré comme trop marqué par l'idéologie panarabe et nationaliste, puis confronté à une contre-révolution interne fasciste et religieux takfiri, le Rojava développe ses propres institutions sociales, chasse les troupes du régime de Bachar, et affronte les forces politico-religieuses ou nationalistes arabes qui tentent de liquider cette dynamique autonomiste.

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_rojava_1.jpg imageΔιεθνής ελευθερια ... 19:16 Tue 21 Oct by Αναρχικές οργανώσεις και μαχητές 0 comments

Εδώ και μερικά χρόνια το κουρδικό κίνημα κινείται προς την κατεύθυνση των ελευθεριακών ιδεών. Αν και δεν είναι ένα αναρχικό κίνημα, αυτή η κίνηση είναι ένα σημάδι ότι οι αναρχικές ιδέες της ελευθερίας και της ισότητας μέσα από την αλληλεγγύη, οι ιδέες μας περί οριζοντιότητας και ριζοσπαστικής άμεσης δημοκρατίας καθώς και η ριζοσπαστική κριτική μας ενάντια στο Κράτος δεν είναι μόνο έγκυρες και ισχυρές, αλλά και αναγκαίες σε κινήματα ώστε να ξεφύγουν από την αυταρχική κληρονομιά στην αριστερά. Είναι καθήκον μας να εκφράσουμε την αλληλεγγύη μας στη Rojava και το κουρδικό κίνημα, επειδή αντιπροσωπεύουν την ελπίδα σε αυτήν την περιοχή και επειδή είναι οι καταπιεσμένοι που αγωνίζονται ενάντια στους καταπιεστές. Οι πραγματικοί αγώνες δεν είναι ποτέ τέλειοι, αλλά κουβαλούν διαφορετικές δυνατότητες για μια ελεύθερη κοινωνία. Εκφράζοντας την αλληλεγγύη μας με το επαναστατικό κίνημα στην Rojava σημαίνει ότι κατανοούμε το ρόλο μας στο να συνεχίσουμε να αναπτύσσουμε τα βασικά χαρακτηριστικά των ιδεών μας, προκειμένου να εμπνεύσουμε επαναστάσεις και επαναστάτες σε όλο τον κόσμο. Εκδοτική ομάδα Anarkismo.net [English]

rojava_1.png imageComunicato internazionale socialista-libertario in solidarietà con la resistenza curda 13:02 Tue 21 Oct by Anarchist Organisations and Militants 0 comments

Da alcuni anni il movimento curdo sta vivendo un processo che si muove in direzione libertaria. Sebbene non si tratti di un movimento anarchico, questo processo indica che le idee anarchiche di libertà ed uguaglianza attraverso la solidarietà, attraverso la nostra idea di orizzontalità e di democrazia diretta e radicale ed attraverso la nostra critica radicale contro lo Stato non solo sono forti e valide, ma sono anche necessarie per i movimenti che vogliano operare una rottura con l'eredità autoritaria all'interno della sinistra. E' nostro dovere esprimere la nostra solidarietà con la Rojava e con il movimento curdo, poiché essi rappresentano una speranza in questa regione e perché si ergono come oppressi in lotta contro i loro oppressori. Le lotte reali non sono mai perfette ma portano con sé diversi gradi di potenzialità di realizzazione di una libera società. Nell'esprimere la nostra solidarietà al movimento rivoluzionario nella Rojava ribadiamo che il nostro ruolo è quello di continuare a sviluppare i principi fondamentali delle nostre idee allo scopo di ispirare le rivoluzioni ed i/le rivoluzionar* di tutto il mondo. - Gruppo Editoriale di Anarkismo.net [English]

rojava_1.png imageInternational Libertarian-Socialist Statement in Solidarity with the Kurdish Resistance 04:36 Sun 19 Oct by Johnny 2 comments

For some years now the Kurdish movement has been moving in the direction of libertarian ideas. While not an anarchist movement, this move is a sign that anarchist ideas of freedom and equality through solidarity, our ideas of horizontality and radical direct democracy and our radical critique against the State are not only valid and strong, but are also necessary for movements in order to break away from the authoritarian legacy within the left. It is our duty to express our solidarity with Rojava and the Kurdish movement, because they represent hope in this region and because they are the oppressed fighting the oppressors. Real struggles are never perfect but they carry diverse degrees of potential to being about a free society. Expressing our solidarity with the revolutionary movement in Rojava means we understand our role is to continue developing the core tenets of our ideas in order to inspire revolutions and revolutionaries all over the world. - Anarkismo.net Editorial Group [Italiano] [Ελληνικά] [Castellano]

10696316_525133070956380_7931529301277717834_n.jpg imageAλληλεγγύη στους έν&... 03:47 Sun 19 Oct by Σύμπραξη για τον Αναρχικό Κομμουνισμό 0 comments

Εδώ και ένα μήνα, στην πόλη Κομπανί, κοντά στα σύνορα της Συρίας με την Τουρκία, κουρδικές ένοπλες αντάρτικες ομάδες δίνουν έναν αγώνα ενάντια στους φονταμενταλιστές και επεκτατιστές του ISIS. Η επίθεση ξεκίνησε στις 15/9 όταν χιλιάδες μαχητές του ISIS, υποστηριζόμενοι από δεκάδες άρματα μάχης και βαρύ πυροβολικό επιτέθηκαν στην πόλη σε τρία μέτωπα. Μέχρι αυτή την στιγμή, 2000 κούρδοι πολιτοφύλακες δίνουν ηρωικές μάχες ενάντια στους 10000 μαχητές του ισλαμικού κράτους και έχουν καταφέρει να ανακτήσουν εδάφη μέσα και έξω από την πόλη. Οι απώλειες για τον εχθρό είναι μεγάλες τόσο σε έμψυχο δυναμικό αλλά και όσον αφορά βαρύ οπλισμό και οχήματα που πέφτουν στα χέρια των ανταρτών.

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imageTokologo supports the community march on the Merafong municipal offices Oct 30 by Tokologo African Anarchist Collective 0 comments

The Tokologo African Anarchist Collective supports the protest march held by members of the Khutsong community – where we have active members – to the Merafong municipal offices.

imageTokologo supports the Khutsong community march on the Teba offices, Carltonville Oct 30 by Tokologo African Anarchist Collective 0 comments

The Tokologo African Anarchist Collective supports the protest march held by members of the Khutsong community – where we have active members – to the Teba Bank offices in Carletonville.

imageLos financistas del mundo y la elección en Brasil Oct 24 by BrunoL 0 comments

La segunda vuelta de las elecciones brasileras tiene relación directa con: la proyección del país, la alianza estratégica del bloque político del Mercado Común del Sur (MERCOSUR) y el alineamiento del Brasil dentro de la globalización corporativa: La política exterior de Lula extendida por Dilma (con algunas correcciones en su pragmatismo) es estructuralmente distinta de la del período de Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Se cambiaron el eje y el enfoque. A escala mundial nuestro país refuerza las relaciones Sur-Sur, priorizando específicamente las inversiones en infraestructura y cadenas productivas de América Latina y África. Brasil es hoy un motor del capitalismo mundial. Quien gane en las urnas comandará la 7ª economía mundal.

textRepensando la protección social: una crítica radical Oct 22 by Lucien van der Walt 0 comments

El Gobierno [de Sudáfrica] ha presentado varias medidas de protección social para aliviar la pobreza. COSATU (Congreso de Sindicatos Sudafricanos, por sus siglas en inglés] ha optado por demandar la introducción de una renta básica. Lucien van der Walt defiende que los sindicatos se han desviado con reivindicaciones tecnocráticas y que la reivindicación de la protección social debería estar conectada a la lucha de la clase trabajadora para reinventar la sociedad.

imagePor un día donde realmente se valoren los profesores Oct 17 by Ángel 0 comments

Hoy 16 de Octubre se celebra a nivel nacional “el día del profesor”, celebración que nace en 1943 y que hasta hace unas décadas se celebraba el día 11 de septiembre; para el año 1974 el día se cambió por el 10 de diciembre, hasta que en 1977 se estableció la actual fecha que va de la mano con la creación del colegio de profesores durante la dictadura.

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imageDéclaration internationale libertaire de solidarité avec la résistance kurde Oct 27 0 comments

Depuis quelques années, le mouvement kurde se rapproche des idées libertaires. Même s'il ne s'agit pas d'un mouvement anarchiste, ce changement montre que les idées anarchistes de liberté et d'égalité par la solidarité, nos idées d'horizontalité et de démocratie directe radicale contre l'etat sont valides et fortes, mais également nécessaires pour en finir avec l'héritage autoritaire de la gauche dans les mouvements sociaux. Exprimer notre solidarité avec rojava et le mouvement kurde est de notre responsabilité, parce qu'ils représentent l'espoir dans cette région et parce qu'il s'agit d'une lutte des opprimé-e-s contre les oppresseurs. Les vraies luttes ne sont jamais parfaites mais elles amènent à différentes potentialités de construction d'une société libre. Tout en exprimant notre solidarité avec le mouvement révolutionnaire au rojava, nous comprenons aussi que notre rôle est de continuer à développer les principes centraux de nos idées pour les partager avec les révolutionnaires du monde entier. - Groupe éditorial anarkismo.net [español] [English]

imageVictory to the Rojava Revolution! Oct 25 Anarkismo 0 comments

Leaflet distributed today at a rally and march in Melbourne in solidarity to the Kurdish struggle.

imageVerso lo sciopero generale e sociale nel mondo del lavoro, nei territori, nelle piazze Oct 23 FdCA 0 comments

Come era facilmente prevedibile le rassicurazioni diffuse e propagandate a piene mani da politici, affaristi, finanzieri e confindustriali sulla possibilità di riprendersi da quella che veniva chiamata crisi si sono dimostrate una colossale bugia. Con una ingombrante operazione di depistaggio mediatico all'insegna di "dobbiamo abbattere il debito pubblico" o "dobbiamo abbattere le Tasse", "l'Europa ce lo chiede", "dobbiamo rispettare i vincoli del deficit imposto", si è proceduto alla cancellazione quasi totale dei diritti dei lavoratori.

imageDeclaración Internacional Libertaria de Solidaridad con la Resistencia Kurda Oct 22 0 comments

Desde algunos años, el movimiento kurdo se está acercando a las ideas libertarias. Aunque no se trata de un movimiento anarquista, este cambio muestra que las ideas anarquistas de libertad e igualdad a través de la solidaridad, nuestras ideas de horizontalidad y de democracia directa radical en contra del Estado no solo son validas y fuertes, sino que son también necesarias para que los movimientos sociales acaben con la herencia autoritaria de la izquierda. Expresar nuestra solidaridad con Rojava y el movimiento kurdo es nuestra responsabilidad, pues representan la esperanza en esta región y porque es una lucha de los oprimidos en contra de los opresores. Las verdaderas luchas no son nunca perfectas pero llevan a diversos potencialidades de construcción de una sociedad libre. Mientras expresamos nuestra solidaridad con el movimiento revolucionario en Rojava entendemos también que nuestro papel es seguir desarrollando los principios centrales de nuestras ideas para compartirlas con los y las revolucionari@s en el mundo. - Grupo editorial de Anarkismo.net [English]

textFascistes de l'EI, bas les pattes du Rojava ! Solidarité avec le processus révolutionnaire kurde ! Oct 22 Coordination des Groupes Anarchistes 0 comments

Depuis plus de deux ans, le Rojava (Kurdistan syrien), est engagé dans un processus révolutionnaire spécifique. Resté longtemps à l'écart de celui proposé en Syrie car considéré comme trop marqué par l'idéologie panarabe et nationaliste, puis confronté à une contre-révolution interne fasciste et religieux takfiri, le Rojava développe ses propres institutions sociales, chasse les troupes du régime de Bachar, et affronte les forces politico-religieuses ou nationalistes arabes qui tentent de liquider cette dynamique autonomiste.

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