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ireland / britain / anti-fascism Saturday February 13, 2016 19:14 por Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird
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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.

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ireland / britain / anarchist movement Wednesday September 23, 2015 19:58 por LCG/GGL
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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.

ireland / britain / repression / prisoners Tuesday February 17, 2015 19:19 por Andrew
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A prolonged revolt is happening in Ireland against the introduction of yet another austerity tax, this time as a charge on water. Across the country housing estates have seen conflict between residents, Garda and private security over the installation of water meters. Marches of tens of thousands have taken place.

This week seizing on a minor incident 3 months ago when water charge campaigners sat in front of the Tanaistes (Deputy Prime Minister) car for two hours the Irish police (Garda) have mounted dawn raids against the houses of 21 water charge campaigners. The piece that follows is the Workers Solidarity Movement reportage of these raids as they happened over last week.

The enormous use of Garda resources in terms of a 3 month investigation and large squads of Garda arriving on people's doorsteps in the early morning reveal the highly political nature of these arrests. And these carried out in revenge for a minor protest against a deeply unpopular Labour party political.

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ireland / britain / imperialism / war Wednesday January 09, 2013 03:14 por Sean Matthews
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The continuing opposition by loyalists to the decision by Belfast city council to limit the flying of the Union Jack (bringing it into line with other council chambers) is a product of a deeply sectarian colonial settlement that smothers the importance of class.

The disturbances were pretty predicable in the context of summer riots over parading, intra-unionist rivalry and rising anger in traditional protestant working-class communities over shortage of jobs, housing and perceived gains made by the ‘nationalist’ community. The mass inflammatory leafleting by unionist parties in the days leading up to the council vote served to heighten fears in a constituency which is easily inflamed and mobilised in defence of the realm. This is not the cause of the disturbances; but the logical conclusion of capitalist decay and opportunist politicians battling for the hearts and minds of protestant working class communities - disenchanted and disillusioned with the peace dividends promised over 10 years ago.

ireland / britain / gender Friday November 16, 2012 23:11 por Workers Solidarity Movement
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There are some stories that are hard to cover - the death of Savita Halappanavar, a pregnant women, from septicemia whose life might have been saved if an abortion was not delayed is a hard as they come. According to the Irish Times Praveen Halappanavar, the husband of Savita said she had asked for a termination several times over a three day period only to be told "this is a catholic country."

All the ruling parties – Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, the Greens and the Labour party - have prevaricated, delayed, avoided and ignored the issue. This has led to two further court cases where girls in care had to go to the courts in order to be allowed to travel to another country. It has led to court cases over ownership of eggs used in IVF. It has, no doubt, led to the forced pregnancies of immigrant women who cannot travel. It has led to women ordering abortion drugs over the Internet. It has forced women to travel under stressful conditions at great expense to other countries, including women who are carrying foetuses who will not survive birth. And now the delay in carrying out a termination has led to the death of a women. Whether it’s due to cowardice or callousness, all the ruling parties have shown little concern for the misery they inflict on women's lives.

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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.

knastkampf.jpg imageInjustice by the British justice system Oct 18 04:32 by Joe Conlon 0 comments

A case that’s need highlighting is the case of Republican prisoner Willy Wong, he is held in Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim. In March 2010 he was arrested along with another man and charged, eventually convicted of possession of a pipe bomb. He was sentenced very differently to the way Republican prisoners (and social prisoners) usually get sentenced. He was sentenced for an undetermined period, but after 5 years inprisoned it would be up to the Parole board when he is to be released.

thatcherbelieve.jpg imageBelieve a better world is possible and don't be afraid to dream Oct 17 04:57 by Ferdia O'Brien 0 comments

Believe a better world is possible. Don't be afraid to dream. We all know this isn't good enough. How could it be? Are we not destined for so much more? Have we not seen glimpses of what we are truly capable of? This could be paradise. It really could be.

textSolidarity with Jamaica to UK's “keep your prison, give us schools, give us infrastructure... Oct 17 04:53 by Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird 0 comments

In case you missed it, David Cameron does not believe that reparations or even apologies are the right approach when dealing with the legacy of the enslavement of the Jamaican people at the hands of British Imperialism.

traveller_meme.jpg imageTravellers’ struggles are our struggles too: decent housing for all! Oct 14 19:10 by Tom Murray 0 comments

Last weekend, ten people died in a fire at a halting site in South Dublin. Thomas Connors, Sylvia Connors, Willie Lynch, Tara Gilbert, and Jimmy Lynch and five children lost lives. Their deaths are a tragedy, and we mourn their loss. But we are also angry. Because we know the loss of their lives was not the outcome of chance or blind fate. Our society, its laws and its institutions are designed to marginalise, to penalise and to discriminate against Travellers (traditionally itinerant ethnic group) . So long as we accept these forms of oppression and exploitation, tragedy will follow tragedy.

3512101.jpg imageA Brief Introduction to Modern Day Irish Republicanism. What Can Anarchists learn from Mod... Sep 29 00:25 by Joe Conlon 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.

pillseizure.jpg imageOver 1000 early medical abortion pills seized by Irish customs Sep 29 00:15 by Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird 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.

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