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ireland / britain / imperialism / war Friday July 08, 2005 22:44 byAndrew   text 1 comment (last - saturday july 23, 2005 01:22)

We know war means death, destruction and oppression for the working class internationally. Yesterdays bombing of London is another example of this.

We refuse the choice that is offered by both sides in this conflict - you are either for us or against us.

We hope these articles will stimulate some discussion about the causes and real goal of this 'war on terror'. We include Anarchist reactions to the bombing and background articles.

ireland / britain / anarchist movement Friday July 01, 2005 00:45 byAndrew   text 12 comments (last - tuesday august 09, 2005 02:19)
From 6th - 8th July 2005, the G8 will attempt to hold their annual summit at the luxurious Gleneagles resort in Scotland. As with every recent meeting of the rich and powerful, thousands of people will take to the streets in resistance. Among them will be anarchist communists involved with Anarkismo.net.

Here we are carrying eyewitness reports from the protests, photos and audio interviews. We also provide a number of background articles on the G8, neoliberalism and the summit protests.

Please add you own reports and comments

ireland / britain / gender Wednesday June 29, 2005 22:14 byMary Favier
The Republic of Ireland has one of the most draconian abortion laws in the world. At present abortion may only be performed where continuation of pregnancy poses a 'real and substantial' risk to a pregnant woman's life - about 5 cases per year of 50,000 pregnancies

The ban on abortion and continued attempts to make all access virtually impossible, approximately 7000 Irish women every year exercise their right to choose abortion and travel to England to access legal abortion there, largely through charities providing abortion services and private clinics.

Photo is from an anti-abortion march at the time of the 'X-case' in the early 1990's

ireland / britain / history Wednesday June 08, 2005 19:37 byOisin Mac Giollamoir
James Connolly is probably the single most important figure in the history of the Irish left. He was an organiser in the IWW in the USA but in Ireland is best known for his role in building the syndicalist phase of Irish union movement and for involving the armed defence body of that union, the Irish Citizens' Army in the 1916 nationalist insurrection. This left a legacy claimed at one time or another not only by all the Irish left parties but also by the nationalists of Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein.

A system of society in which the workshops, factories, docks, railways, shipyards, &c., shall be owned by the nation, but administered by the Industrial Unions of the respective industries, organised as above, seems best calculated to secure the highest form of industrial efficiency, combined with the greatest amount of individual freedom from state despotism. Such a system would, we believe, realise for Ireland the most radiant hopes of all her heroes and martyrs.

ireland / britain / local contacts Monday May 30, 2005 21:19 byMartin   text 2 comments (last - wednesday july 27, 2005 18:20)
Revolution! seeks to be a starting point for libertarian communist organisation in Southampton and beyond. We reject the idea of a party of professional revolutionaries, or a party in which a small and highly committed elite dominate the discussion and direction of the organisation. This first issue seeks to draw together those who would consider themselves libertarian communists or anarcho-communists and who agree with the ‘basic ideas’. If you are looking for something different from what’s on offer already and fancy the idea of starting something new, then please get in contact and let’s form the basis of a future organisation capable of influencing the struggle.

Italiano - Verso una nuova Organizzazione Comunisti Libertaria nella Gran Bretagna?

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textRallying for Choice in Belfast Oct 14 00:31 by Kellie 0 comments

On 14th October 2017, Rally for Choice will march through the streets of Belfast. - Last year saw us counter protest the Rally for Life in the North of Ireland, for the first time we marched against their lies instead of our usual static demo. Our counter protest was a huge success, despite being organised at short notice and with only a handful of activists. The protest burst across our streets and convened at Buoy Park afterwards for speakers. We outnumbered the Rally for Life 2016 significantly.

textThe WSM on the struggle for abortion rights in Ireland Oct 13 23:32 by National Conference 0 comments

This is the Workers Solidarity Movement position paper on Abortion Rights as collectively agreed at July 2017 WSM National Conference.  This position paper sits under the Patriarchy paper which in turn is under the Anarchism, Oppression & Exploitation paper, and hence does not repeat any of that material in these.

The front of the march passed the GPO imageMarch for Choice 2017 - report & video from Dublin Oct 13 23:03 by Dermo & Andrew 0 comments

Saturday the 30th of September 2017 will go down as a high point in the fight for abortion rights in the Republic of Ireland, and that is a struggle that stretches back decades. Years of campaigning and maintaining a focus on the issue, saw a massive crowd of nearly 30,000 people take to the streets for the annual March for Choice as organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign [ARC]. The calls are for action, and the need for Repeal of the 8th Amendment which bans abortion in almost all circumstances.

shoutprochoice.jpg imageFrom Dublin to Brussels demand universal access to abortion Sep 26 20:09 by International Sec 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement in Ireland is in full support of the protests in Brussels on the 28th September demanding a guaranteed, free, and accessible access to abortion across Europe. The EU has stood by idly while the bodily autonomy of pregnant people continues to be violated by some member states including Ireland and Malta. It has similarly done nothing while other member states progressively attack reproductive rights based on the political whimsy of the controlling parties of ever-increasing conservative governments. We hope the this mobilisation will demonstrate the united commitment to reproductive freedom for all.

We stand with you in spirit as we prepare for our own mobilisation on the 30th of September for the Dublin March for Choice and it appears almost certain a constitutional referendum to remove the ban on abortion next summer. The text that follows is our position paper on abortion rights agreed by WSM national conference this summer.

textNational Conference Workers Solidarity Movement Ireland Sep 03 21:37 by Nic 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement held our national conference in Dublin, Ireland on the 22nd July. What follows is a brief report on the day’s proceedings.

textIn Ireland Jobstown not Guilty verdict points to a Garda conspiracy Jul 21 00:26 by Andrew 0 comments

The outraged media reaction to a jury doing its job and finding the Jobstown defendants not guilty is quite extraordinary. Rather than do the right thing and launch an investigation as to how 180 cops could produce evidence that was directly contradicted by video evidence, the media have gone on a rant against Twitter! Rather than finding it suspicious that nearly 3 million in public funds was spent by the DPP on a case that any proper check of available evidence should have indicated was never likely to convince a jury, the media suggest instead that the problem lay in the exact charges brought. The trial was part of a large scale state operation to suppress a mass anti-austerity community campaign.

rally4choiceimage.jpg imageRally 4 Choice successfully sees off annual anti-choice parade in Ireland Jul 21 00:17 by Andrew 0 comments

Every year in either Dublin or Belfast the pro and anti choice movements come head to head around the so called ‘Rally for Life’. This year it was Dublin’s unwilling role to play host to the bigot parade. It mattered more years than many as a referendum on the hated 8th Amendment that bans abortion is promised for next year. It could be that the next Dublin bigot parade scheduled for 2019 will come after they have suffered a major defeat.

jobstownjoan.jpg imageIrish state fails in bid to frame community activists for false imprisonment Jun 30 23:27 by Various 0 comments

Six men were on trial accused of falsely imprisoning the then Tanáiste (deputy Prime Minister) and Labour Party TD, Joan Burton, and her colleague in Jobstown, a working class suburb of Dublin, on 15 November 2014. The charge of false imprisonment carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. All six men claimed that they were exercising their right to protest, and that the protest was peaceful. This was part of a mass campaign that successfully defeated the attempt to introduce water charges. Following a nine week trial, the six have been found not guilty.

badgeagecorbynfurcoatsportscarc4publicity.jpg imageAbsolute boy - The Youth Revolt that led Corbyn to a victory of sorts Jun 15 20:24 by Andrew Flood 0 comments

Corbyn’s strong showing in the June 2017 UK elections has given a big morale boost to the left.  A considerable youth vote, self-mobilising in larger part as a reaction to the ‘me and mine’ selfish society revealed by the Brexit vote seriously set back Tory plans for a fresh wave of Brexit required austerity.  Activists used social networking to overcome what had previously been seen as an all powerful smear machine of the billionaire print press.  Very few outside the radical left expected this outcome, what drove it and more importantly where can it lead?
[ This is a long read so you can also listen to an audio of the text ] This piece is not going to answer that in terms of assumptions and assertions but as far as possible through hard numbers.  66% of 18-24 year old’s voted Labour, only a quarter of that, 18% voted Tory [p4].  27% of those 18-24 year olds said the NHS was the most important issue for them, even though they are least likely to need it [p40].  For the over 65 age group this was flipped, only 23% voted Labour and over twice as many (58%) voted Tory [p4].  In fact, given the way the UK election system works, if only 18-24 year olds had voted, Labour would have been heading for 500 seats.  If it had only been those over 65 voting the Tories would have had over 400 seats.

standwithbusworkers.jpg imageSuccessful secondary pickets bring public transport to a halt in Ireland Mar 31 19:04 by Andrew 0 comments

Inter city bus workers in Ireland launched widespread secondary pickets at 4am this morning. Solidarity from transport workers at the other services picketed meant that most of the country ground to a halt as morning rush hour approached, almost all trains, Dublin bus and light rail services did not operate. The action is a clear demonstration of the power transport workers hold because of their position in economies.

Dublin's main bridge was occupied imageThousands take part in pro-choice #Strike4Repeal in Ireland Mar 30 18:46 by Andrew 0 comments

International Womens Day in Ireland saw thousands take to the streets in a sequence of 'in work time' protests under the heading 'Strike4Repeal'. Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances and the protests were an attempt by pro-choice activists to forced the government to stop delaying a referendum to repeal the anti-choice 8th Amendment placed in the Irish constitution in 1983. Workers Solidarity Movement members took part in organising the day and in the aftermath produced a number of articles and videos detailing what happened.

homesweethome.jpg imageOrganizing against the Irish housing emergency Mar 21 01:18 by Tomás Lynch 0 comments

The occupation of Apollo House in Dublin was the largest direct action in Ireland in recent years, but it did not materialize out of nowhere.

screenshot20170315at8.38.17a.m..png imageAodhan Ó Ríordáin: Playing The Big Man in America Mar 18 02:25 by Tomás Lynch 0 comments

Aodhan Ó Ríordáin jets off to the States this week to try and crack America with his unique brand of hypocritical liberalism, trumpeting himself as an anti-racist icon in contrast to Trump’s policies of detention and deportation of undocumented migrants. Tómas Lynch takes a look at his record on the homefront.

textDimissioni di Mc Guinness: ritornano i Troubles? Jan 20 08:19 by Gianni Sartori 0 comments

Dietro le recenti dimissioni del vice ministro nordirlandese i sintomi delle difficoltà e contraddizioni del processo di pace avviato venti anni fa

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_513b8frmipl.jpg image[Belfast] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Aybog... Dec 05 06:28 by Rojava Calling! 0 comments

BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Belfast: Just Books (22 Berry Street, Belfast, BT1 1FJ), 19th December @ 6:30pm

513b8frmipl.jpg image[Dungannon] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayb... Dec 02 07:15 by Rojava Calling! 0 comments

BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dungannon: Éalú Centre, Shamble Lane, 15th December @ 6:30pm

513b8frmipl_2.jpg image[Cork] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (... Nov 30 21:33 by Rojava Calling! 0 comments

BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Cork: O’Rahilly Building (ORB 132), UCC, 12th December, 6pm

513b8frmipl_1.jpg image[Dublin] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga... Nov 30 20:48 by Rojava Calling! 0 comments

BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Dublin: Connolly Book (43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2), 13th December, 6pm

513b8frmipl.jpg image[Cavan] Book Launch: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga ... Nov 30 20:42 by Rojava Calling! 0 comments

BOOK LAUNCH: “Revolution in Rojava” by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga (Pluto Press, 2016)

Invited speaker: Ercan Ayboga, co-author of “Revolution in Rojava”

Cavan: Bridge Street Centre, Bridge Street, 14th December, 6,30pm

watercharge17srpt2016crowd.jpg imageDublin protest to force the government to back down and scrap water charges sees 1000s on ... Sep 20 19:31 by Brian 0 comments

The Irish government's attempt to introduce domestic water charges in Ireland is not going well. In fact, for them it's been a disaster because it's sparked off a huge upsurge in working class self organisation and direct action. Saturday saw thousands of anti-water charges campaigners flooding the streets of Dublin o to again voice their opposition to Irish Water & water charges and as a show of strength for the movement.

Retrato de Roger Casement realizado por Jim Fitzpatrick imageUn siglo del asesinato de Roger Casement, precursor de la solidaridad internacionalista Aug 04 06:13 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 06:19 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 01:06 by Andrew 5 comments

An anarchist analysis of the Brexit vote

rnb3_1.jpg image#Brexit: 10 σχόλια Jun 25 08:55 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 23 00:38 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 22:51 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 12 00:12 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 19:42 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 22:31 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 18:52 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.

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