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southern africa / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Tuesday May 05, 2015 16:54 bySian Byrne, Warren McGregor, Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
May Day – a call to build an international movement of working class and poor people across lines of race, nation and religion for workers’ control and democracy from below, social justice and freedom from political and economic oppression – remains critical. In a country racked by anti-immigrant violence, racial and ethnic tensions, the fragmentation of the labour federation Cosatu, corporate scandals and political corruption, it is time to remember May Day’s roots and aspirations.
**A version of this appeared in the South African weekly, "Mail & Guardian" (30 Apr 2015).

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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / movimento anarquista / opinião / análise Wednesday April 29, 2015 03:46 byLucien van der Walt e Michael Schmidt   image 1 image
Prefácio ao livro "Bandeira Negra: rediscutindo o anarquismo", de Felipe Corrêa, publicado em 2014 pela Editora Prismas, na Coleção Estudos do Anarquismo. read full story / add a comment
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Διεθνή / Αναρχική Ιστορία / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Monday March 16, 2015 16:57 byMichael Schmidt & Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Το Κουρδικό Ζήτημα: Υπό το πρίσμα των Αναρχικών Αντιστάσεων στην Καρδιά της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας 1880-1923
Michael Schmidt & Lucien van der Walt
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Bernard Sigamoney (1888-1963)
africa meridionale / storia dell'anarchismo / opinione / analisi Wednesday December 24, 2014 14:43 byLucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Un movimento globale, quello della tradizione anarchica e sindacalista rivoluzionaria, ha influenzato persone di tutti i ceti sociali. Una delle figure più rappresentative fu Bernard L.E. Sigamoney, nato nel 1888. Il nipote di braccianti indiani a contratto, che emigrarono in Sud Africa nel 1870, divenne un maestro di scuola con una impostazione da classe operaia. [English] read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Friday December 12, 2014 15:38 byLucien van der Walt   image 1 image
A global movement, the anarchist and syndicalist tradition has influenced people from all walks of life. A notable figure was Bernard L.E. Sigamoney, born in 1888. The grandson of indentured Indian labourers, who arrived in South Africa in the 1870s, he became a school teacher with a working class outlook. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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Νότια Αφρική (Περιφέρεια) / Λαϊκοί Αγώνες / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Saturday October 04, 2014 19:54 byShawn Hattingh - Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Ο θάνατος του Νέλσον Μαντέλα συνοδεύτηκε από χιλιάδες άρθρα και εκατομμύρια ανθρώπων τα οποία απέδιδαν σε αυτόν φόρο τιμής. Εξυμνώντας τον σωστά, για την εναντίωση του στον φυλετισμό, την συνεισφορά του στους απελευθερωτικούς αγώνες στην N. Αφρική και για την στάση του ενάντια στο καθεστώς του απαρτχάιντ, το οποίο και τον κράτησε φυλακισμένο για 27 χρόνια. Για μεγάλο μέρος της ζωής του ο Νέλσον Μαντέλα υπήρξε η βασική φιγούρα των απελευθερωτικών αγώνων στην N. Αφρική κατά την διάρκεια των δεκαετιών του 1960, 1970 και 1980.
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eastern asia / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Monday September 08, 2014 20:11 byLucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Sketch of the life of Liu Shifu (Sifo, or Sifu), Chinese anarchist-communist, 1884-1915.
First published as SIFU: A CHINESE REVOLUTIONIST 1884-1915 by H.E. Shaw, in "Esperanto Journal of the People," from Mother Earth volume 10, number 8, October 1915

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internazionale / lotte sindacali / opinione / analisi Friday July 25, 2014 16:41 byLucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Perché è importante sviluppare una nuova visione del ruolo trasformatore dei sindacati in un mondo di crisi e di disuguaglianze; i limiti del sindacalismo concertativo, degli approcci nazionalisti, di quelli marxisti-leninisti e social-democratici; e come l'anarcosindacalismo ed il sindacalismo rivoluzionario - in quanto importante tradizione storica, bagaglio di idee ed esperienza rivoluzionaria, soprattutto in Spagna nel 1936-1939 - possono contribuire al dibattito. [English] read full story / add a comment
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international / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Friday July 04, 2014 17:30 byLucien van der Walt   image 1 image
van der Walt, Lucien (2014) “Reclaiming Syndicalism: From Spain to South Africa to Global Labour Today,” Global Labour Journal, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 239-252.

New article: why it's important to develop a new, transformative vision for trade unions in a world of crisis and inequality; the limits of business unionism and of nationalist, Marxist-Leninist and social democratic approaches; and how anarcho- and revolutionary syndicalism -- as an important historical tradition, as a set of ideas, and as a revolutionary experience, notably in Spain 1936-1939 -- can contribute to the debate. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / workplace struggles / debate Friday March 07, 2014 05:44 byLucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Lightly edited transcript from Lucien van der Walt’s discussion at 1st National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) Political School, September 2013. From his debate with Solly Mapaila, 2nd deputy GS of the South African Communist Party (SACP) on anarcho-syndicalist versus Leninist views of the revolutionary potential of unions. A version was printed in ASR #61 2014, pp. 11-20

Captures van der Walt’s main points: the debate on the anarcho-syndicalist view that revolutionary trade unions, allied to other movements, creating a self-managed worker-controlled socialism through mass education, counter-power and workplace occupations; anarcho-syndicalism as a working class tradition; the anarcho-syndicalist view that unions can potentially be more revolutionary than political parties including Communist Parties, & be revolutionary without leadership by parties; the view that electioneering can be replaced with direct action campaigns; that the Spanish Revolution (1936-1939) shows unions taking power and making a bottom-up worker-controlled revolution; and how NUMSA’s current actions refute Marxist-Leninist theory; other problems with that theory’s traditional approach to unions; and the implications of all of this for current debates over the form of a new socialist movement in South Africa and elsewhere; and the nature of the South African ruling class and the primary social contradictions.

Lucien van der Walt is co-author of “Black Flame: The revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism” (w.Michael Schmidt, 2009, AK Press) and co-editor of “Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940” (w. Steve Hirsch and Benedict Anderson, 2010, Brill). He has a long history of involvement in the working class movements. read full story / add a comment
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Διεθνή / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Tuesday February 04, 2014 17:08 byLucien Van Der Walt   image 1 image
Στο παρόν κείμενο παρουσιάζεται μια ανάλυση του μαζικού αναρχισμού και συνδικαλισμού από θεωρητική και πρακτική πλευρά, ως απάντηση στις απόψεις του Daryl Glaser, που θέλουν τα εργατικά συμβούλια να μην πληρούν τις βασικές δημοκρατικές αρχές και να χρησιμοποιούνται μόνο ως ένα απλό εργαλείο κατά την διάρκεια των πρώιμων σταδίων μιας επανάστασης, τα οποία είναι πολύ πιθανό είτε να καταρρεύσουν είτε να οδηγήσουν σε ένα σταλινικού τύπου καθεστώς- ενώ αντιπροτείνει μια μορφή κοινοβουλευτισμού μέσω συμμετοχικών δομών. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / migration / racism / feature Sunday December 15, 2013 23:39 byShawn Hattingh and Lucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Mandela, the ANC and the 1994 Breakthrough: Anarchist / syndicalist reflections on national liberation and South Africa’s transition
Shawn Hattingh and Lucien van der Walt


The destruction of the apartheid state form, with its odious policies of coercion and racism, was a major triumph for the working class in South Africa and elsewhere, showing that ordinary people can challenge and defeat systems that seem quite unbreakable. Mandela did play a heroic role, but was also the first to admit that “It is not the kings and generals that make history but the masses of the people, the workers, the peasants, the doctors, the clergy." And indeed, it was the black working class, above all, that through struggle tore down many features of apartheid by the late 1980s, such as the pass law system, the Group Areas Act and numerous other odious laws and policies.

The 1994 transition in South Africa was a political revolution, a break with the apartheid and colonial periods of state-sanctioned white supremacy, a “massive advance” in the conditions of the majority. It introduced a new state, based on non-racialism, in which South Africa was to be a multi-racial, multi-cultural but unified country, founded on human rights; welfare and social policy and legislation was transformed; capitalism was kept in place, but despite this, there were very massive and very real changes, political and material, that made qualitative differences in the daily lives of millions of black and working class people. And for millions, it is precisely the association of Mandela with that victory and with those changes that makes him so emotionally powerful.

Yet at the same time, Mandela’s policies and politics had important limitations that must be faced if the current quandary of South Africa, nearly 20 years later, is to be understood. Mandela never sold out: he was committed to a reformed capitalism, and a parliamentary democracy, and unified South Africa based on equal civil and political rights, a project in which black capitalists and black state elites would loom large. These goals have been achieved, but bring with them numerous problems that must be faced up if the final liberation – including national liberation – of South Africa’s working class is to be achieved.

The 1994 breakthrough was a major victory, but it was not the final one, for a final one requires a radical change in society, towards a libertarian and socialist order based on participatory democracy, human needs rather than profit and power, and social and economic justice, and attention to issues of culture and the psychological impact of apartheid.

As long as the basic legacy of apartheid remains, in education, incomes, housing and other spheres, and as long as the working class of all races is excluded from basic power and wealth by a black and white ruling class, so long will the national question – the deep racial / national divisions in South Africa, and the reality of ongoing racial/ national oppression for the black, Coloured and Indian working class – remain unresolved. And so long will it continue to generate antagonisms and conflicts, the breeding ground for rightwing populist demagogy, xenophobia and crime. By contrast, a powerful black elite, centred on the state and with a growing corporate presence, has achieved its national liberation.
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international / anarchist movement / debate Friday December 13, 2013 16:12 byLucien van der Walt   text 1 comment (last - saturday december 21, 2013 05:24)   image 1 image
Examining the theory and practice of ‘mass’ anarchism and syndicalism, this paper argues against Daryl Glaser’s views that workers’ council democracy fails basic democratic benchmarks and that, envisaged as a simple instrument of a revolution imagined in utopian ‘year zero’ terms, it will probably collapse or end in ‘Stalinist’ authoritarianism—Glaser also argues instead for parliaments, supplemented by participatory experiments. While agreeing with Glaser on the necessity of a ‘democratic minimum’ of pluralism, rights, and open-ended outcomes, I demonstrate, in contrast, that this ‘minimum’ is perfectly compatible with bottom-up council democracy and self- management, as envisaged in anarchist/syndicalist theory, and as implemented by anarchist revolutions in Manchuria, Spain and Ukraine. This approach seeks to maximise individual freedom through an egalitarian, democratic, participatory order, developed as both means and outcome of revolution; it consistently insists that attempts to ‘save’ revolutions by suspending freedoms, instead destroy both. Parliament, again in contrast to Glaser, from this perspective, meets no ‘democratic minimum’, being part of the state, a centralized, unaccountable institutional nexus essential to domination and exploitation by a ruling class of state managers and capitalists. Rather than participate in parliaments, ‘mass’ anarchism argues for popular class autonomy from, and struggle against, the existing order as a means of winning economic and political reforms while—avoiding ‘year zero’ thinking—also building the new society, within and against, the old, through a prefigurative project of revolutionary counter-power and counter-culture. Revolution here means the complete expansion of a bottom-up democracy, built through a class struggle for economic and social equality, and requiring the defeat of the ruling class, which is itself the outcome of widespread, free acceptance of anarchism, and of a pluralistic council democracy and self-management system. read full story / add a comment
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África austral / community struggles / opinião / análise Friday December 13, 2013 12:38 byLucien van der Walt   image 1 image
O nosso país está numa confusão. A fome, a pobreza, a exploração e a injustiça espreitam.

A classe trabalhadora e os pobres deparam, a cada passo, com os muros altos da injustiça, as cadeias do desemprego e as balas e os cassetetes da polícia.

Os conflitos agitam o país e as esperanças que brilhavam em 1994 estão a desaparecer, envelhecidas, enferrujando sob as águas da ganância, da opressão e da desigualdade; essas esperanças são como um sonho que desaparece quando se desperta para uma realidade sombria.

A questão nacional, as nossas profundas divisões de raça e nacionalidade, continuam sem solução: os políticos, pretos e brancos, pioram ainda a situação com o objectivo de obterem votos. read full story / add a comment
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southern africa / community struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday December 10, 2013 14:12 byLucien van der Walt   image 1 image
Our country is in a mess. Hunger, poverty, exploitation and injustice stalk the land.

The working class and poor face, at every step, the high walls of injustice, the chains of unemployment, and the bullets and batons of the police.

Conflicts shake the country, and hopes that shone in 1994 are fading, rusting under the waters of greed, oppression, and inequality; those hopes seem like a dream that fades when you awake to a grim reality. read full story / add a comment
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norte da África / história do anarquismo / link para pdf Monday December 02, 2013 21:59 byLucien van der Walt & Michael Schmidt   image 1 image
Esse texto dos autores sul-africanos apresenta elementos para uma compreensão da desconhecida história do anarquismo no norte da África. Trazem fatos e personagens de mais de um século de anarquismo em países como Egito, Argélia, Marrocos, Tunísia e Líbia. Continuam, dessa maneira, a mostrar que o anarquismo não se resumiu e nem se resume ao eixo do Atlântico Norte ressaltado nos estudos de referência.
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Διεθνή / Αναρχική Ιστορία / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Wednesday October 09, 2013 18:39 byLucien van der Walt-Michael Schmidt   image 1 image
Αγωνιστική Μειοψηφία: Το Ζήτημα της Αναρχικής Πολιτικής Οργάνωσης - Των Lucien van der Walt και Michael Schmidt read full story / add a comment
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Διεθνή / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Wednesday October 09, 2013 18:34 byLucien van der Walt-Michael Schmidt   image 1 image
Αγωνιστική Μειοψηφία: Το Ζήτημα της Αναρχικής Πολιτικής Οργάνωσης Των Lucien van der Walt και Michael Schmidt read full story / add a comment
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Διεθνή / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Wednesday October 09, 2013 18:22 byLucien van der Walt-Michael Schmidt   image 1 image
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international / history of anarchism / debate Saturday August 31, 2013 05:49 byLucien van der Walt   text 3 comments (last - sunday december 15, 2013 04:57)   image 1 image
This article defends the argument that anarchism/syndicalism emerged in the 1860s, as a libertarian form of socialism, opposed to social and economic hierarchy/inequality, favouring international class struggle and revolution, from below, for a self-managed, socialist, stateless order; it defends the necessity using a truly global history and analysis, placing the colonial and postcolonial world, and a wide range of mass movements, centre-stage, in order to grasp the "canon" of texts/thinkers/theories that must be ‘regarded as authoritative for anarchist thought and practice or especially significant in the historical development of anarchism’. It rejects claims that anarchism is a timeless "orientation" existing outside of contexts and classes, and demonstrates the methodological and analytical problems that arise from such approaches, including tautology, assertion and selective use of evidence. 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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