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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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10696316_525133070956380_7931529301277717834_n.jpg imageAλληλεγγύη στους έν&... 04:47 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.

10496017_1558551564379531_3839427405373818498_o.jpg imageΑλληλεγγύη στον αγ&#... 18:57 Fri 17 Oct by Ελευθεριακή Πρωτοβουλία Θεσσαλονίκης 0 comments

Η κρίση κι ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία άνοιξε μια ακόμη πληγή στην πολύπαθη Μ. Ανατολή που δοκιμάζεται εδώ και δεκαετίες από τις ενδοκαπιταλιστικές συγκρούσεις, τις ιμπεριαλιστικές επεμβάσεις αλλά και τα αυταρχικά και διεφθαρμένα καθεστώτα που υπάρχουν στην περιοχή. Με το πρόσχημα της ανατροπή του Άσαντ οι ΗΠΑ χρηματοδότησαν, εξόπλισαν και εκπαίδευσαν τμήματα της συριακής αντιπολίτευσης, ανάμεσα σε αυτούς και τοπικές ομάδες της Αλ Κάιντα (που υποτίθεται πολεμούν τα τελευταία 15 χρόνια) και ομάδες που συγκρότησαν μετέπειτα το Ισλαμικό Κράτος (IS).

daf_in_koban_10.jpg imageLa rivoluzione vincerà a Kobanê! 15:58 Fri 17 Oct by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet - DAF 0 comments

Siamo giunti al 24° giorno di attacchi dell'ISIS su Kobanê. Mentre le forze di difesa popolare in tutti i villaggi di confine fanno da scudo umano e da sentinelle per gli attacchi contro Kobanê, tutti ed ovunque nella regione in cui ci troviamo sono insorti per evitare la caduta di Kobanê. [English]

anarchist_womendafkobane.jpg image4 ottobre: Ultime da Kobane 15:26 Fri 17 Oct by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet - DAF 0 comments

Lo Stato turco che si sta preparando ad intervenire per evitare il pericolo ISIS è al tempo stesso infingardo verso l'offensiva portata dai sostenitori di ISIS attraverso i confini turchi, dimostrando così l'ipocrisia della politica di Istanbul. [English]

textBrief report from the WSM conference in Ireland 22:04 Thu 16 Oct by Andrew 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement had out conference last weekend at which many of the conclusions from the collections education and discussion process we have had over the last 2-3 years were formalised as policies.

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_curdistao_1.jpg imageΑλληλεγγύη με τις γ&... 13:13 Thu 16 Oct by FARJ 0 comments

Ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία έχει φέρει νέα στοιχεία στην όλη κατάσταση που επικρατεί στις κουρδικές περιοχές. Παίρνοντας έμπνευση από διάφορες λαϊκές παραδόσεις της αντίστασης, μια σημαντική περιοχή των Κούρδων συμμετέχει σε μια εμπειρία που πρέπει να τύχει μεγάλης προσοχής από κάθε επαναστατικό κίνημα.

blog_logocopycopy.png imageΥποστήριξη "Μαύρου-&... 11:52 Thu 16 Oct by Συλλογικότητα για τον Κοινωνικό Αναρχισμό
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Η Βιομηχανική Μεταλλευτική πριν από περίπου 3 χρόνια εγκαταλείφθηκε στη μοίρα της από τη διοίκηση Φιλίππου που έβαλε λουκέτο στο εργοστάσιο αφήνοντας τους εργαζόμενους σ' επίσχεση, εκατομμύρια ευρώ σε χρέη προς τους εργαζόμενους, την επιχείρηση και το δημόσιο. Οι εργαζόμενοι σε πείσμα των καιρών και της διοίκησης αποφάσισαν να πάρουν τη διαχείριση του εργοστασίου στα χέρια τους.

Chaîne humaine au village de Boydê imageUn message des anarchistes sur place : « La révolution l’emportera à Kobanê ! » 04:36 Tue 14 Oct by DAF - Action anarchiste révolutionnaire 0 comments

Des camarades de l’Action anarchiste révolutionnaire (DAF) se sont portés au secours de la ville de Kobanê, assiégée par l’État islamique (Daech). Une partie a pénétré dans la ville. D’autres sont restés dans un village sur le territoire turc, Boydê. Ils et elles nous envoient ce message. [English]

daf_in_kobane_3.jpg imageAnarchici turchi in Siria a sostegno del popolo curdo 15:56 Mon 13 Oct by Workers Solidarity Movement 0 comments

Anarchici di Istanbul insieme ad altri attivisti di sinistra, femministe e "gente del Gezi Park" sono riusciti ad attraversare il confine con la Siria ed a raggiungere la città di Kobani attualmente minacciata dall'ISIS. [English]

textPalestine Israel, The joint struggle already eleven years old and continue* 05:15 Mon 13 Oct by Ilan S. 0 comments

A physical confrontation between between the Israeli armed forces (and settlers) and a joint crowd of Israeli Jews and Palestinian activists in the 1967 occupied territories is so common that people do not sense its unique nature. In addition to PR disaster for the Zionist transfer project it also forced Israel to mostly exclude shooting with life ammunition fire to kill non armed Palestinian demonstrators whenever Israelis might participate. In addition to the usual locations of joint struggles, addition places Palestinians start protests we learn of from the media. The Israeli media to which the agreement with the Hamas about the end of the rocketing was not revealed, come again and again with facts and generals opinions which can only be explained as rationalization to changes forced on Israel in the agreement.

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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.

imagePerché il mondo ignora i Curdi rivoluzionari in Siria? Oct 17 by David Graeber 0 comments

Nel bel mezzo della zona di guerra siriana, un esperimento democratico sta venendo seriamente minacciato dall’ISIS. Che il mondo intero ne sia all’oscuro è uno scandalo! [English]

imageThe 1917 Russian Revolution and United Front Oct 16 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

In the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik Party, together with other revolutionaries, overthrew the Provisional Government established in February and – together, initially, with left Social Revolutionaries – seized power. How did the Bolsheviks – a minority just eight months earlier, when the February Revolution overthrew the Tsar and established the Provisional Government – come to power so quickly? How did this small force emerge from relative obscurity to win large sections of the working class to its programme and take power? Herein lies the root and essence of United Front policy in a traditional Marxist sense. First published in issue 88 of Workers World News Part 1: NUMSA and the ‘United Front Against Neoliberalism’
Part 2: Anti-militarist United Fronts and Italy’s “Red week”, 1914

imageSolidarity with the Kurdish women's and popular resistance Oct 15 by Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro 0 comments

The civil war in Syria has brought new elements to the situation of the Kurdish region. Inspired by various popular traditions of resistance, a significant sector of Kurds participate in an experience that should be looked at carefully by all revolutionary sectors.
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imageSolidariedade à resistência popular e feminina Curda Oct 15 by Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro (FARJ) 0 comments

A guerra civil na Síria trouxe novos elementos para a conjuntura da região curda. Inspirados em diversas tradições populares de resistência, um setor significativo dos curdos participa de uma experiência que deve ser olhada com atenção por todos os setores revolucionários.
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imageAλληλεγγύη στους έν&... Oct 19 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.

imageΑλληλεγγύη στον αγ&#... Oct 17 0 comments

Η κρίση κι ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία άνοιξε μια ακόμη πληγή στην πολύπαθη Μ. Ανατολή που δοκιμάζεται εδώ και δεκαετίες από τις ενδοκαπιταλιστικές συγκρούσεις, τις ιμπεριαλιστικές επεμβάσεις αλλά και τα αυταρχικά και διεφθαρμένα καθεστώτα που υπάρχουν στην περιοχή. Με το πρόσχημα της ανατροπή του Άσαντ οι ΗΠΑ χρηματοδότησαν, εξόπλισαν και εκπαίδευσαν τμήματα της συριακής αντιπολίτευσης, ανάμεσα σε αυτούς και τοπικές ομάδες της Αλ Κάιντα (που υποτίθεται πολεμούν τα τελευταία 15 χρόνια) και ομάδες που συγκρότησαν μετέπειτα το Ισλαμικό Κράτος (IS).

imageΑλληλεγγύη με τις γ&... Oct 16 Anarkismo 0 comments

Ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία έχει φέρει νέα στοιχεία στην όλη κατάσταση που επικρατεί στις κουρδικές περιοχές. Παίρνοντας έμπνευση από διάφορες λαϊκές παραδόσεις της αντίστασης, μια σημαντική περιοχή των Κούρδων συμμετέχει σε μια εμπειρία που πρέπει να τύχει μεγάλης προσοχής από κάθε επαναστατικό κίνημα.

imageΥποστήριξη "Μαύρου-&... Oct 16 0 comments

Η Βιομηχανική Μεταλλευτική πριν από περίπου 3 χρόνια εγκαταλείφθηκε στη μοίρα της από τη διοίκηση Φιλίππου που έβαλε λουκέτο στο εργοστάσιο αφήνοντας τους εργαζόμενους σ' επίσχεση, εκατομμύρια ευρώ σε χρέη προς τους εργαζόμενους, την επιχείρηση και το δημόσιο. Οι εργαζόμενοι σε πείσμα των καιρών και της διοίκησης αποφάσισαν να πάρουν τη διαχείριση του εργοστασίου στα χέρια τους.

imageSiamo proprio trattati male! Oct 12 FdCA 0 comments

Sabato 11 ottobre partecipiamo alla giornata europea contro i trattati economici in corso. TTIP, CETA, TISA, TTP. Acronimi che sembrano lettere accostate una alle altre prive di significato, a qualcuno ricorderanno il famigerato WTO del 1995, quel trattato sulla libertà degli scambi commerciali che con la deregolamentazione dei mercati finanziari creò la bomba sociale sulla quale siamo seduti. Fu un accordo che portò in tutto il mondo milioni di persone in piazza per denunciare quella che poi si dimostrò essere una grande rapina ai danni dei lavoratori e dei ceti subalterni. Ma chi si ricorda più i tanto vituperati e derisi No Global?

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