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ireland / britain / migration / racism Thursday June 30, 2016 04:19 por Andrew   text 5 comments (last - tuesday july 12, 2016 21:00)
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Nigel Farage in front of a Leave poster
which many pointed out was very similar to a Nazi propaganda film.

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?

See also:

Observations on Brexit and Lexit in the UK EU membership referendum
10 point guide for post Brexit resistance as racist right wins EU referendum

ireland / britain / community struggles Monday June 13, 2016 20:51 por Workers Solidarity Movement
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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.

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 18:58 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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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 05:28 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 06:15 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 20:33 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 19:48 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 19:42 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 17:31 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 04:13 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 04:19 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 25 23:06 by Andrew 4 comments

An anarchist analysis of the Brexit vote

rnb3_1.jpg image#Brexit: 10 σχόλια Jun 25 06:55 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 22:38 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 20:51 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 22:12 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 17:42 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 20:31 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 16:52 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

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