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ireland / britain / workplace struggles Monday December 07, 2009 22:26 por Andrew   text 1 comment (last - wednesday december 09, 2009 17:50)
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This is a table of what public sector workers in Ireland really earn based on the data given in the reply to a Dail question in Feb 09.

The cancellation of the December 3rd strike is a blow to the developing movement against the cuts on the scale of the cancellation of the March 30th strike at the start of the year. The so called compromise ICTU have been negotiating for is a further blow, it seems designed to drive a wedge between workers and fails to answer the main problem public sector workers have, the inability to take further cuts. But the strike that did happen on 24th November has brought 250,000 workers into their first experience of the power we collectively hold and points towards an alternative

Reports from the picketlines of the strike on 24th November
WSM press release: Anarchist organisation welcomes public sector strike and calls for further action
Report from the mass picket of the Department of Education (with text of INTO leaflet)
Reports from Cork from the General Strike
Interview with CPSU pickets in Cork
"This Is A Statement ..." Kinsale Strike Report
ireland / britain / anarchist movement Wednesday April 08, 2009 20:57 por Bill Stickers   text 2 comments (last - tuesday april 21, 2009 18:48)
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When it was announced that London would host the first G20 meeting since the beginning of the worst financial crisis in almost a century, everybody knew it was a matter of time before protests were called. First the Climate Camp network – known for their annual ecological direct action camps – announced it would set up a ‘flashcamp’ in the City to make sure the G20 leaders put stopping climate change on their agenda. Their language was inoffensive and acceptable – the media found nothing to demonise in it – but they were well aware that any attempt at direct action protests in the City came with a precedent of serious disturbance and radical anti-capitalist politics, from the Stop the City marches in the 1980s to June the 18th 1999.

The second group to call a protest, “G20 Meltdown”, were all too happy to publicly embrace this legacy, with publicity calling to ‘storm the banks’ and ‘eat a banker’. This exceptionally loose coalition centres around a 66-year-old university professor called Chris Knight who is currently suspended from work for telling the media that ‘if the police want violence, they’ll get violence’. Funnily enough, G20 Meltdown were united by anything but violence, more their love of making strange statements and dressing up – having a ‘zombie pancake walk’ for instance, the message being that ‘capitalism is dead and bankers are therefore zombies’. Indeed.

Also see Le G20 ne changera rien!; ما الذي تفعله عندما تخسر عملك أو منزلك ؟

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ireland / britain / anarchist movement Wednesday March 25, 2009 18:07 por Stu   text 1 comment (last - thursday march 26, 2009 23:14)
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Liberty & Solidarity

Liberty & Solidarity is a political organisation aiming to build workplace and community democracy through direct action and struggling with all those fighting for change. We stand for the power of workers and local people against the bosses and politicians in order to bring about radical social change, to build a society based on freedom, democracy, cooperation.

Only six months ago, L&S was officially founded in the historic Freedom Bookshop in East London. Even at that early stage, we had brought together several of the UK’s most serious class struggle activists involved in various workplace and community. Since then we’ve helped reform the IWW and seen successes through LCAP, community gardens in Reading and local newssheets in Glasgow. However, if the tone was set at the first conference, the volume was most definitely turned up at the second.

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ireland / britain / economy Thursday February 19, 2009 18:01 por Andrew
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A call to arms this Saturday in Dublin

On Saturday tens of thousands of workers will be marching through Dublin, Ireland demanding that the public sector pay cut ('pension levy') imposed by the government to pay for the capitalist crisis be withdrawn. Over the last couple of weeks there have been dozens of local union meetings of workers in the public sector, demanding strike action to halt the cuts. The march will be a chance not only to put pressure on the government but also to demand that our unions do the only thing that can halt the cuts - call a national strike.

The Irish anarchist organisation, the WSM, will be meeting up to leaflet the march at 1.30 at the Parnell monument. We will then be joining the demonstration with a banner demanding a National Strike. Please come along and give us a hand if you're in Ireland. Otherwise this collection of articles written by WSM members details both the depth of the crash and the growing resistance to the attempt to make the working class pay for the bust.

ireland / britain / economy Thursday September 18, 2008 23:07 por Paul Bowman   text 2 comments (last - tuesday september 23, 2008 09:59)
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Everything comes tumbling down

With financial giants toppling at rates that shock even seasoned financial commenter, many of us are left wondering, how did this state of affairs come to pass. What is becoming obvious is that the financial markets have become increasingly complex. In this article, Paul Bowman looks the nuts and bolts behind the economic headlines, explaining what is it that is being sold and why nobody seems to be able to stop the chaos from unfolding.

This is the first part of a series of articles investigating the capitalist financial markets from a critical perspective. With such a large topic it is tricky finding a route into the subject and a plan of enquiry. The chosen road is to start with a look at the financial markets, particularly focusing on the mechanics of some of the instruments that have led to a momentous transformation of the workings of global financial markets in the most recent decades.

At first sight, this approach may seem odd, perverse even, like examining the internal workings of a clock as a prelude to discussion the social relations of time. However this "inside-out" approach is justified by the fact that as well as a system of social relations, capitalism is also a system with internal mechanics. Those mechanics evolve in response to the historical development of struggles over exploitation, but what new directions the new mechanics make possible in terms of capitalist strategies, in turn, shape the new struggles of today and tomorrow. The next article in the series will place these market mechanics in their fuller historical context. But for now let's start by investigating the mechanics of capitalist financial markets.

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Retrato de Roger Casement realizado por Jim Fitzpatrick imageUn siglo del asesinato de Roger Casement, precursor de la solidaridad internacionalista Aug 04 05:13 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

El 3 de Agosto de 1916, en la prisión de Pentonville, Londres, el revolucionario y humanista, nacionalista e internacionalista, irlandés Roger Casement era ahorcado por cargos de traición a la Corona británica. Su muerte fue la última de las ejecuciones de los líderes del republicanismo irlandés acusados de haber participado en la insurrección irlandesa de ese año. Cien años después, su ejemplo de vida sigue siendo una inspiración para quienes practican la solidaridad internacionalista en todo el mundo y para quienes buscan alterar las estructuras del poder en un mundo en el cual se ha convertido a la fuerza bruta en la nueva racionalidad de la época.

Nigel Farange in front of a Leave poster which many pointed out was very similar to a Nazi propaganda film. imageMaking sense of the Brexit tide of reaction and the reality of the racist vote Jun 30 05:19 by Andrew 5 comments

The Leave / Brexit vote in the referendum came in the end as a surprise, a narrow win for Remain was expected. This may be because the core Leave vote was in the run-down white working class communities of the now desolate English and Welsh industrial zones. A population trapped in conditions of long-term unemployment and poverty who no one really pays much attention to anymore. Some on the left have seized on the makeup of this core vote to suggest that there was some progressive element to the Brexit vote despite the campaign being led by racist hatemongers and wealthy US-oriented neoliberals. Mostly that’s a mixture of wishful thinking and post hoc justification for having called for a Leave vote in the first place, but it is true that a section of the working class, C2DEs in marketing speak, voted to Leave in close to a 2:1 ratio. Is the class composition of that vote enough to automatically make it progressive regardless of content? And what does it tell us that a section of the radical left seems to think the answer to that question is yes, that it is enough to be anti-establishment?

text10 point guide for post Brexit resistance as racist right wins EU referendum Jun 26 00:06 by Andrew 2 comments

An anarchist analysis of the Brexit vote

rnb3_1.jpg image#Brexit: 10 σχόλια Jun 25 07:55 by Workers Solidarity Μοvement 0 comments

Χρειάζεται να πάρουμε τον κόσμο μας πίσω από την πατριαρχική λευκή υπεροχή της καπιταλιστική ελίτ που κυριαρχεί στον πλανήτη και διοικεί και τις δυο πλευρές του δημοψηφίσματος για την Ε.Ε.

textObservations on Brexit and Lexit in the UK EU membership referendum Jun 22 23:38 by Various 0 comments

Observations from anarchist in Ireland on the UK EU membership referendum. The referendum will take place in north east Ireland which is under British rule. Citizens of southern Ireland who live in the UK will also have a vote but because the UK is physically the gateway to Europe from Ireland all of the island will be effected by the result.

orlandofightback.jpg imageOrlando means fightback Jun 13 21:51 by Workers Solidarity Movement 0 comments

Our hearts ache for the victims of the homophobic hate crime that took place over the weekend in Orlando, Florida where a gunman attacked an LGBT+ club killing 50 and wounding over 50 more. Much has been asked by us and by other left queers about the LGBT+ community, whether it exists and if it exists why don’t we feel a part of it. Sadly it is at times like these that we become aware of its existence. When people are considered deviants and deserving of a murderous assault for their sexuality, a trait all of us in the community share, we cannot but come together in sadness and in mourning.

textAbout Mike Macnair, « Social-Democracy & Anarchism » and hatchets May 11 23:12 by René Berthier 0 comments

On February 2016, the Weekly Worker, website of the Communist Party of Great-Britain, published a (hostile) review of René Berthier’s book: « Social-Democracy & Anarchism » (Merlin Press). (http://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1094/bakuninist-hatche...-job/)
This review, titled « Bakuninist hatchet job », was written by Mike Macnair and was an answer to Berthier’s book as well as to Dave Douglass’ (friendly) review (http://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1086/when-marx-was-a-r...mist/).
This is Berthier’s reply to Mike Macnair.

2016dabf.jpg imageAudio & video from the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair panels May 03 18:42 by Andrew 0 comments

Here are 9 video and audio recordings from the Dublin anarchist bookfair. So whether you were far away or were there but had to miss one session in order to attend another this is your chance to catch up.

textRemembering the 1916 rebellion in Ireland together Apr 20 21:31 by Andrew 3 comments

Almost a century ago, an armed insurrection took place in Ireland to end British rule and to establish an independent Irish Republic. The 1916 Rising was soon accompanied by major popular revolts against World War One across Europe and later emulated by anti-colonial movements across the Global South. When it comes to remembering the 1916 Rising, why do conservative politicians and historians want to convince us that it would have been better for us if Pearse and Connolly had stayed at home? Why did the state parade lots of military equipment and personnel down O’Connell Street to mark the centenary? Why did so many people turn out to watch it? This panel attempts to think through the meaning of 1916 for us today, and the politics at stake in how these events are remembered, forgotten, and mis-remembered.

dabf2016poster1000.jpg image2016 Dublin Anarchist Bookfair this weekend Apr 14 17:52 by Andrew 0 comments

Every year hundreds of people attend the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair for a day of inspiring discussions and the opportunity of meeting lots of other radicals, browsing books and meeting campaigns.

The 11th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair will take place Saturday 16th of April around Smithfield square, there will also be a major event on the Friday night in the Teachers Club, 35 Parnell Square.

On the Saturday the book & campaign stalls will be in The Generator on the east side of Smithfield square, doors open at 9.30 for setup, 10.00 for early browsing. The meetings will also be in two pubs, the Cobblestone at the top (north) of the square and Frank Ryans which is just off the South West corner on Queen st.

2.jpg imageΗ μάχη της Cable Street Mar 11 16:51 by Ελευθεριακές Εκδόσεις Κουρσάλ 0 comments

Κυκλοφόρησε από τις Ελευθεριακές Εκδόσεις Κουρσάλ η «Μάχη της Cable Street 1936». Πρόκειται για συλλογικό έργο του Cable Street Group, μιας ομάδας στο ανατολικό Λονδίνο που έχει συσταθεί για να διατηρήσει ζωντανή τη μνήμη της μάχης-ορόσημο του βρετανικού αντιφασισμού.

regime_media_meme.jpg imageLuas Strikes: Rage Against the Regime Media Feb 23 16:50 by Tom Murray 0 comments

To all of Ireland’s regime media - just what exactly is your problem with striking Luas workers?

The media demonising striking Luas workers suits their boss, Transdev, just fine. However, demonising striking workers suits your boss just fine too.

panews_pf27d4e748b5f426bbe89eb5f13388319_i1.jpg imageSolidarity to LUAS workers fighting to restore their share of the wealth - we need strong ... Feb 14 06:31 by WSM 0 comments

Our solidarity today (11/02) to the LUAS workers striking for decent pay rates. The crisis was used by the government and capitalist class to drive down wages and ensure that a bigger share of profits went to shareholders. The LUAS fight is a fight for all of us as a victory should be a green light to all workers to demand pay rises, including the recovery of the money lost in the cuts imposed under the crisis. Across the world the share of income that goes to the richest 1% has soared while that going tooth rest of us has been slashed, we need to fight to reverse this.

000bc074614.jpg imageFeminists in Ireland Say No To Pegida Feb 13 19:14 by Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird 0 comments

The Neo-Nazi group Pegida is attempting to establish a branch in Ireland this Saturday in Dublin. Pegida, the "anti-Islamifacation" group that is attempting to hijack anti-establishment politics by placing the blame of the current global capitalist crisis on the shoulders of refugees and migrants: those with no systemic or economic power in our society.

30f2299e000005783435093a_woman_holds_a_placard_during_a_counter_demonstration_to_a_pegia29_1454797211291.jpg imageY no pasaron: masivo repudio a PEGIDA en las calles de Dublín Feb 08 05:30 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

El día 6 de Febrero la organización fascista PEGIDA, grupo anti-musulmán que ha venido creciendo en toda Europa, organizó manifestaciones continentales para agitar sentimientos racistas, xenófobos y anti-humanitarios. Marcharon en otras partes de Europa. Pero en Dublín se les envió un mensaje claro. Acá no hay espacio político para el fascismo. Este mensaje se dijo con pedagogía y con fuerza, con argumentos y con determinación.

irishstampeasteruprising.jpg image¿Quién le teme a 1916? El revisionismo histórico de la tecnocracia neoliberal/neocolonial ... Jan 22 16:34 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

Porque la esclavitud se acabó ¡oh gloriosos muertos! Cuando ustedes cayeron en la mojada niebla”.
(The Foggy Dew, Canon Charles O’Neill, 1919)

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_1452282_1285159981509812_5846494853444119716_n.jpg imageΈνας κόσμος να αλ ... Jan 07 04:04 by Andrew Flood 0 comments

Τότε ήταν η κρίση του Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου που εξάντλησε τα όρια της κοινοβουλευτικής δημοκρατίας και, τελικά, οδήγησε σε μαζική εξέγερση. Σήμερα οι κρίσεις που αντιμετωπίζουμε είναι αρκετά διαφορετικές, αλλά είναι όλο και πιο σαφές ότι δεν είναι λιγότερο καταστροφικές και όλο και περισσότερο δεν μπορούν να γίνουν αντικείμενο τροποποιήσεων.

1452282_1285159981509812_5846494853444119716_n.jpg imageA World To Change In 2016 Jan 02 21:59 by Andrew Flood 0 comments

We awake to news that more towns in Ireland are under water due to storm flooding. And that perhaps the sea ice at the north pole might melt due to temperatures rising above zero. The first story is given a lot more prominence in Irish media than the second but strangely at the same time another story is being celebrated. The start of yet more greenhouse gases being pumped out of their safe place far below the sea off the Irish shore to be processed and then released into the atmosphere via the Corrib refinery (The refinery was sold off by the Irish Government to the Shell company for a fraction of what it is worth).

cover.jpg imageΣυζήτηση με τον Andrew Fl... Dec 26 18:05 by Mitsubishi & Sοugko 0 comments

Μιλήσαμε με τον Ιρλανδό συγγραφέα και φωτορεπόρτερ Andrew Flood, για το αναρχικό κίνημα, τις καταλήψεις, τους αγώνες και την αστυνομική καταστολή στην Ιρλανδία. Ο Andrew Flood δημοσιεύει άρθρα στο blog Anarchist Writers και έχει γράψει αρκετά άρθρα για το θέμα της Ελλάδας. Η συζήτησή μας κλείνει με μερικές ερωτήσεις για τον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και για τα σύγχρονα αστικά εξεγερσιακού χαρακτήρα κινήματα.

12399315_1705148479728561_835950851_n.jpg imageAnti interment vigil in Dublin Dec 22 05:23 by Joe C 0 comments

On Saturday members of the Dublin anarchist Black Cross attended a vigil held outside the GPO (General Post Office) in Dublin to highlight the continued use of interment by remand against Republicans prisoners throughout Ireland.

12314054_432648383591270_2874458927018865895_n.jpg imageWhy the first female first minister of North of Ireland will not advance feminism Dec 10 23:17 by Fionnghuala Nic Rioberaid 0 comments

Next week will see the promotion of Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA (Member of Northern Ireland Assembly), Arlene Foster to the position of DUP leader and the North of Ireland’s First Minister. Foster is a woman who was once described to have “learned a lot from the likes of Thatcher when it comes to dealing with men in politics."

12308349_430562260466549_6836821034651144205_n.jpg imageEmergency protest for abortion demand held in Belfast Dec 02 19:07 by Fionnghuala Nic Roibearid 0 comments

Somewhere in the region of 70 people attended an emergency protest yesterday outside Belfast City Hall.

joe_hill_derry_2015.jpg imageDon't Mourn, Organise: Derry Anarchists Mark 100 Years Since Joe Hill's Death Dec 01 00:28 by Sean Dubh 0 comments

November 19th marks the 100th anniversary of the execution of activist and labour organiser Joe Hill by the hands of the state.

12208327_426191290903646_6758592315127089496_n.jpg imageWhy it’s right to resist the Government Nov 13 20:20 by Joe Conlon 0 comments

“The law is essentially the weapon of the privileged, it is made by them for the purpose of enshrining their power and the people need to dismantle it entirely if they want to be genuinely free” – Errico Malatesta

12208514_425871750935600_4381203068390461981_n.jpg imageStormont Votes Against Ballymurphy massacre inquiry Nov 12 22:49 by Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird 0 comments

Today the story broke that an ex-soldier has been arrested in connection with Bloody Sunday in which 13 people (and another who later died from his injuries) were murdered at a protest against internment in Derry's Bogside on 30 January 1972.

12195865_424020104454098_810808036540106402_n.jpg imageStormont, Petitions of Concern and Marriage Equality Nov 04 18:41 by Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird 0 comments

The issue of Marriage Equality is to be debated for the fifth time in Stormont today (Nov 2nd). Yet again, however, the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) has launched a Petition of Concern to ensure that should the motion be successful its legal passing will be blocked.

1507787_424082161114559_4400046804467232485_n_1.jpg imageEven if you wrapped the DUP in a Rainbow Flag they would still be the most hateful people ... Nov 04 18:38 by Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird 0 comments

For the first time in the history of the Northern Irish state a majority of MLAs (members of the Parliament in the North of Ireland) have voted in favour of Marriage Equality. The motion, however, has fallen due to the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) launching a Petition of Concern which blocks any passing of the motion to law.

12065737_419934301529345_8734145959421901529_n.jpg image100 years after 1916 will the Irish state recognising Traveller ethnicity Nov 04 18:32 by Dermot Freeman 0 comments

2016 is fast approaching and we will be subjected to endless documentaries about that start of our bloody history as a nation. It will also be a time for analysis of how far we’ve come since the proclamation of this Republic.

In the proclamation there are lines which are aspirational, but grounded in the reality of experience of the rebels.
“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien Government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.”

12191964_764045583722229_7664759228698311548_n.jpg imageStatement from the Barricade inn squatted anarchist social centre Oct 29 00:07 by Barricade Inn 0 comments

On Wednesday The Barricade Inn Collective received court summons papers informing us that the following day (Thursday 22nd October) the estate holders of the building would be seeking an injunction against us. Court was adjourned and the case will be back in court next Wednesday (28th October).

makhnoberkmanstarburstroutes.jpg imageRoutes to freedom - the platform, its shortcoming and the WSM practise - does it remain re... Oct 23 17:15 by Andrew Flood 1 comments

One of the key foundation documents for the Workers Solidarity Movement is the ‘Organizational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists (Draft)’ This text was written in Paris in 1926 by a group that included exiled Russian and Ukrainian anarchists and was very influenced by the lessons they drew from the Russian Revolution. Three of the authors -- Nestor Makhno, Ida Mett, Piotr Archinov -- were then and now very well known anarchists, the remaining two -- Valevsky and Linsky -- I know relatively little about.

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