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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demanding that the public sector pay cut ('pension levy') imposed by the government to pay for the capitalist crisis be withdrawn.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.
ireland / britain / economy Thursday September 18, 2008 23:07 por Paul Bowman 2 comments (last - tuesday september 23, 2008 09:59)
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.
ireland / britain / imperialism / war Thursday June 12, 2008 18:56 por Andrew 9 comments (last - saturday june 14, 2008 00:03)
On Thursday 12 June Irish citizens voted to reject the neo-liberal Lisbon treaty. They were alone among all the citizens of the EU states in being allowed a direct vote on the matter.
Over the last weeks the Workers Solidarity Movement has been campaigning across Ireland for a No Vote. 50,000 leaflets have been distributed along with 2,000 posters on top of 20,000 issues of Workers Solidarity.
The Workers Solidarity Movement held its Autumn 2007 National Conference in Dublin on the 3rd/4th November. National conferences take place every six months and are the prime decision making body on positions and priorities for the organisation. All WSM members can attend, vote and submit motions and amendments either as individuals or as groups.
National Conference opens with reports by various office holders, editorial committees etc., followed by questions and open discussion. A summary of these reports follows.
[ Italiano ]
ireland / britain / community struggles Saturday October 14, 2006 17:01 por Joe Black 8 comments (last - monday october 23, 2006 17:58)
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A Brief Introduction to Modern Day Irish Republicanism. What Can Anarchists learn from Mod... Sep 29 00:25 0 comments
Anarchists can learn a great deal from Republicanism, to make inroads to establishing our ideal in working class communities. We need to create a visible presence in all communities, we need to be seen to be believed. People are looking for answers and are falsely thinking it lies in Republicanism. Within Republicanism lies much of the same which lies in bourgeois society – that is hierarchy and privilege for the few. But I believe the secret to the salvation of society also lies within Republicanism. That is the revolutionary tradition of revolting against oppression, tyranny, and exploitation; which the working class, the oppressed and angry, gravitate towards. And likewise I think Republicans can learn a great deal from anarchism. Maybe from working together on community or workplace struggles we could both learn from each other.
Over 1000 early medical abortion pills seized by Irish customs Sep 29 00:15 0 comments
Over 1,000 abortion pills were seized last year at customs, a figure that represents double the amount seized the two years previous. This fact is very much in contradiction with the myth of the anti-choice side that there is no demand for abortion in Ireland.
Irish government are trying to stop Apple giving Ireland 19 billion in owed taxes - how's ... Sep 24 21:51 0 comments
How many could we house, educate and care for with 19 billion? The Irish government is currently furiously fighting the European Union to prevent Apple paying us back taxes it owes us. There has been a lot of ‘concern’ about government plans to spend 48 million looking after 4000 people fleeing warfare in Syria and Iraq. The government and the media defend there ‘our own’ is first - the super rich in Ireland and elsewhere!
Libertarian Communist Group: An Assessment And An Appeal Sep 23 19:58 0 comments
About ten months have now passed since the Libertarian Communist Group (Grŵp Gomiwnyddol Libertaraidd) was formed in Wales, in November 2014. The decision to launch a new organisation last year was borne out of disappointment at the demise of both Collective Action (CA) and its short-lived follow-up, the Libertarian Communist Initiative (LCI). Our consequent frustration was compounded to some extent by the fact that one of our comrades had also been a member of the previously defunct Liberty & Solidarity (L&S). In retrospect we can discern that both of these erstwhile projects - CA/LCI and L&S - failed due to a lack of ideological cohesion and a confusion of political direction. From our perspective such failures can fairly be viewed as epic if one takes into account that these organisations were, on separate occasions, the products of would-be “platformist” splits from the Anarchist Federation (AF). Be that as it may, in the case of CA/LCI, having seen various members and associates drift away, and with our remaining England-based cadre not unreasonably opting to become involved in an accessible and potentially worthwhile enterprise, the Welsh contingent was simply left with a fait accompli.
An attempt to liberate a vacant council flat for a homeless mother and her children Sep 18 04:19 0 comments
Myself and some comrades were approached by a young mother from Coolock (a working class neighborhood in Dublin) that recently became homeless. The woman and her children became homeless a few weeks previous. While her kids are in school during the day the mother either walks the streets or calls into friends or family member’s homes. When school has ended for the day they have to rely on family and friends to let them stay in their homes. Sometimes the mother has to split her children up so that she’d definitely have a roof over all her kid’s heads for the night.
A critical view of the Refugees are Welcome Rally in Dublin Sep 16 22:37 0 comments
The Refugees Welcome rally saw a good crowd assembled at the Spire in Dublin. The rally was a response where people wanted to express their solidarity with the refugees who are attempting to escape war and death.
Homeless Direct action Sep 15 05:59 0 comments
A housing direct action is took place this morning at the Dublin City Council (DCC) office in Bunratty Civic Centre, Coolock in Dublin. Mother’s and their children who are in need of housing occupied the offices in order to force the council to answer their questions. In particular they want to know why many people are discovering there isn’t even emergency accommodation available.
March in support of refugees in Dublin Sep 15 04:44 0 comments
Thanks to the work of a few volunteers we had some banners to bring to the Refugees are Welcome rally and march at the Spire on Saturday the 12th of September. I was on my bike into the Barricade Inn to pick up the banners. The banners were important to link up certain struggles. One linked the appalling reaction to the social housing crisis by this government with their slow reaction to the humanitarian crisis on the edges of fortress Europe, which simply stated Homes for All, Refuge for All, and another which read No Borders No Nations. There was a good crowd assembled there when we arrived at the Spire and it grew steadily as Memet Uludag spoke frequently, often, and introduced each of the speakers. The rally was a response where people wanted to express their solidarity with the refugees who are attempting to escape war and death.
Why the media is biased - understanding the propaganda model Sep 03 07:56 0 comments
When the Watergate Scandal brought down the Nixon Government in the States in the mid-70s, it was heralded as one of the finest examples of media power in modern times. Nixon's fall from grace, along with the story of corruption in high places, was the stuff of drama. In no time, the journalists at the centre of the Watergate exposé - Bernstein and Woodward - became celebrities. They went on to win Pulitzer Prizes for their journalistic endeavours and even became the subject of a Hollywood touch-up in All The President's Men.
Asylum seeker, homeless - We Rebel! We support decent housing for all! Sep 02 23:56 0 comments
Last week, three children under the age of six slept rough in Dublin city centre while their parents stayed awake to watch over them. As of August 2015, this family is but one of 620 families in Ireland, including more than 1,300 children, who are homeless. The root of the current crisis of housing is the current crisis of capitalism.
Stiamo vincendo la battaglia sull'acqua Sep 02 16:47 0 comments
L'imminente nostra dimostrazione di forza a Dublino il 29 agosto sarà una grandiosa mobilitazione di popolo da ogni angolo dell'isola per dire un sentito "No" al programma di tassare l'acqua deciso dal governo di Fine Gael e Laburisti. [English]
The reality of homelessness, the fight for decent housing and lessons from The Bolt hostel Aug 27 07:51 0 comments
Over the Last 12 months, particularly since Christmas the housing and homeless problem has deepened significantly. From last summer the amounts of families’ registering as homeless went from 264 to now, which are 531. The number of families that are registered as being in need of emergency accommodation is 792 adults with 1,112 dependent children. These statics were issued by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. This is a 100% rise within 12 months, but yet the state has not come out and said there is a crisis in housing.
Save on Child Care: Smash the Patriarchy! Aug 21 19:32 0 comments
Child-care in Ireland is so expensive because it is so undervalued. Only through care-workers’ collective withdrawal of labour will those who rely on us realise how vital our work is.
We are winning the water war Aug 21 19:20 0 comments
Our upcoming show of strength in Dublin on August 29th is going to be an absolutely huge gathering of people from all over the island to deliver a wholehearted 'No' to the Fine Gael/Labour government's plans to establish water charges. [Italiano]
Brutality in Maghaberry Prison - the Background Aug 10 17:42 0 comments
50 people protested outside Amnesty International HQ, in Dublin, against the brutal treatment of republican prisoners in Maghaberry prison in Antrim. This has flared up again with, for instance, republican prisoner Martin Kelly having his arm broken and face stomped on by the riot squad only 5 days ago. Here is the background to the struggle of these political prisoners for basic human rights.
Amnesty International is holding its International Council Meeting in Dublin Aug 10 17:07 0 comments
Amnesty International is holding its International Council Meeting in Dublin this week and earlier today many of the delegate attending staged a protest at the Dail (Irish Parliament) against the criminalisation of women under Ireland's anti-choice laws.
The Housing Crisis is Really a Capitalist Crisis - Resist, Repopulate, Reclaim! Aug 06 06:31 0 comments
“Ours is a society in which, in every field, one group of people makes decisions, exercise control, limits choices, while the great majority have to accept these decisions, submit to this control and act within the limits of these externally imposed choices. Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of housing: one of those basic human needs which throughout history and all over the world people have satisfied as well as they could for themselves, using the materials what were at hand and their own, and their neighbors labor. The marvelously resourceful anonymous vernacular architecture of every part of the globe is a testimony to their skill, using timber, straw, grass, leaves, hides, stone, clay, bone, earth, mud sand even snow. Consider the igloo: maximum enclosure of space with minimum of labor. Cost of materials and transportation, nil. And all made of water. Nowadays, of course, the Eskimos live on welfare handouts in little northern slums. Man, as Habraken says “no longer houses himself: he is housed” – Colin Ward
Thinking about Anarchism - Anarchism and the State Aug 05 03:15 0 comments
Ever wonder why the Gardaí / police show up in large numbers when you’re trying to stop water meters in your estate, but haven’t got the resources to come straight out when you think your neighbour’s house is being burgled? If so, you’re thinking about the state.
Some thoughts on anarchism Jul 30 10:15 0 comments
There are preliminary ideas about anarchism and the difficulty it faces. The short piece of writing is sombre in places but ends on a positive note. It is an attempt to separate anarchism from other ideologies.
Dublin protests in solidarity with the Belfast mother charged with supplying the abortion ... Jul 23 19:35 0 comments
A couple of hundred people came to the pro choice solidarity rally in Dublin, Ireland last nigh organised by the WSMt. It was called to protest against the prosecution of a women in Belfast for supplying her daughter with the abortion pill.
Belfast woman charged for helping daughter procure an abortion Jul 20 17:44 0 comments
News broke on the 19th June that a Belfast woman is to stand trial for helping her daughter procure an abortion. In response on 24th June a letter was handed in signed by 215 abortion activists admitting that they are guilty of breaking the law by either taking or helping someone procure the Early Medical Abortion (EMA) pill.
Συζήτηση με τον Andrew Fl... Jul 12 19:14 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 Σύριζα και για τα σύγχρονα αστικά εξεγερσιακού χαρακτήρα κινήματα.
Vulture capitalist games lose 460 jobs at Clerys store in Dublin Jul 07 17:51 0 comments
Friday June 12ths shock closure of the iconic Clery’s department store in Dublin shows how the law is set up to favour capital and screw workers. Workers are being told there may be no additional redundancy or owed holiday payments as the company is in debt. But this is only the case because right before the closure the largest asset, the building itself, was separated off from the accumulated debts. This was almost certainly legal under our system but of such obvious dubious morality that the workers could expect massive popular support if they occupied the building on a permanent ongoing basis.
Anarchist in Ireland on todays Marriage equality referendum May 22 23:33 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.
10th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair - April 25th #DABF Apr 17 19:48 0 comments
The 10th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair which will take place Saturday 25th of April around Smithfield square. If you live in Ireland come along and meet anarchists and hundreds of people curious about anarchism in what is the biggest annual gathering of any radical left event.
L’Europe de la répression frappe un grand coup contre la protestation sociale en Irlande Mar 08 23:51 0 comments
Mais, on est arrivé à un tel point que même le plus docile des Irlandais s’est mis en colère. La privatisation de l’eau a été littéralement la goutte qui a fait déborder le vase. Bien qu’ils essaient de vendre cette mesure avec l’argument que c’est une nécessité imposée par la crise, la vérité, c’est que depuis peu, la UE essaye de privatiser ce dit service en Irlande : en fait, il y a eu des campagnes successives et réussies contre la conversion de ce droit en business à partir de la fin des années 90. Des centaines de milliers de personnes ont manifesté dans ce petit pays contre cette politique et le gouvernement fait face à une campagne de désobéissance civile sans précédents, dans laquelle une majorité de gens refuse de payer. [Castellano]
The Europe of repression strikes a blow at social protest in Ireland Mar 04 05:18 0 comments
Hundreds of thousands of people in this small country have been protesting against this policy and the government has encountered a campaign of civil disobedience without precedent, in which the majority of the population refuse to pay. [Castellano]
Irlanda: ondata di arresti, lo Stato colpisce il movimento contro la tassa sull'acqua Feb 20 22:59 0 comments
E' in corso da tempo in Irlanda una rivolta contro l'ennesima tassa da austerity, questa volta è la tassa sull'acqua. Nelle aree residenziali del paese ci sono conflitti che vedono da una parte i residenti e dall'altra la Garda (la polizia di stato, ndt) insieme ai sorveglianti privati che devono installare i contatori dell'acqua. Ci sono stati cortei di decine di migliaia di persone. Questa settimana, prendendo a pretesto un piccolo incidente di 3 mesi fa quando gli attivisti del movimento bloccarono con un sit-in di 2 ore l'auto del Tánaiste (termine che indica il vice-primo ministro irlandese, ndt), la polizia irlandese ha fatto delle perquisizioni nelle case di 21 attivisti del movimento. Quello che segue è il report sulla retata della scorsa settimana a cura del Workers Solidarity Movement. [English]
The origins and development of the movement against Water Charges in Ireland Feb 20 22:24 0 comments
A WSM talk about the development & future of the campaign against water charges, a mass campaign of resistance to privitisation of water and an austerity tax that has emerged in southern Ireland involving hundreds of thousands of people.
La Europa de la represión golpea la protesta social en Irlanda Feb 20 21:36 0 comments
Pero se ha llegado a un punto que ha emberracado al más dócil de los irlandeses. La privatización del agua se ha convertido, literalmente, en la gota que derramó el vaso. Cientos de miles de personas en este pequeño país se han manifestado en contra de esta política y el gobierno enfrenta una campaña de desobediencia civil sin precedentes, en el que una mayoría de la población de niega a pagar. Horror de horrores, GMC Sierra, la compañía encargada de la instalación de medidores de procedencia alemana y norteamericana en las casas, se ha enfrentado a la enconada oposición de comunidades que no los dejan trabajar, que obstruyen, que bloquean. La clase dominante tiene miedo y se les nota. Temen la anarquía, que el populacho no obedezca ni reconozca la autoridad de quienes gobiernan. Responden torpemente, ordenando en una semana la detención de 17 personas que participaron en una manifestación en Noviembre del pasado año en el distrito de Jobstown. [English] [Français]more >>