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ireland / britain / the left / opinion / analysis Thursday June 15, 2017 20:24 by Andrew Flood   image 4 images
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. read full story / add a comment
international / the left / opinion / analysis Friday February 19, 2016 20:20 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
Why can’t the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in their interest and not that of the 1%

At a simple level parliamentary elections sound like the ideal way for the mass of the ‘have nots’ to use their numbers to overcome the power and influences of the tiny number of have’s. Occupy talked about this division in the language of the 1% and 99%; a crude approximation that does reflect a reality where the number of wealthy decision makers is actually very tiny, indeed less than 1%. So, why can’t the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in their interest and not that of the 1%? read full story / add a comment
Ιρλανδία / Μεγάλη Βρετανία / Περιβάλλον / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Thursday January 07, 2016 05:04 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
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. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / environment / opinion / analysis Saturday January 02, 2016 22:59 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
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). read full story / add a comment
Ως αναρχικοί πιστεύουμε ότι τα αφεντικά θα αντισταθούν σε μια επανάσταση, οπότε προκύπτει ότι δεχόμαστε την ανάγκη μιας ένοπλης δύναμης για να υπερασπιστεί την επανάσταση. Αλλά οι αναρχικοί αντιτίθενται επίσης στο μιλιταρισμό, που περιλαμβάνει τακτικούς στρατούς που ελέγχονται από το κράτος μέσω των αξιωματικών, οι οποίοι έχουν ειδικά προνόμια όπως επιπλέον μερίδες, καλύτερα τρίμηνα, χαιρετισμό, κ.λπ. Έτσι, λοιπόν, ποια εναλλακτική λύση προτείνουν οι αναρχικοί; read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / history of anarchism / opinion / analysis Friday October 23, 2015 18:15 by Andrew Flood   text 1 comment (last - thursday october 29, 2015 08:06)   image 1 image
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. read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / repression / prisoners / opinion / analysis Tuesday October 13, 2015 18:45 by Andrew Flood   text 1 comment (last - tuesday october 13, 2015 20:04)   image 1 image
Graffiti has appeared at the site of the bomb explosion in Ankara yesterday that reads "It was not terror that killed us, it was the state." This is reflecting the widespread belief that the true origins of the bombing that killed around 100 people at the pro Kurdish peace demonstration are to be found in Erdogan's AKP party desperate attempt to intensify conflict in the hope of polarizing the electorate ahead of Novembers elections. The same process in other words that those killed yesterday were demonstrating against. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / gender / news report Monday August 10, 2015 18:07 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
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. read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / migration / racism / news report Monday February 23, 2015 23:54 by Andrew Flood
Saturday police in Greece batoned and tear gassed protesters outside one of the migrant detention camps now being run by Syriza. Militant protests both inside and outside the camp resumed last weekend after the suicide of a Pakistani migrant, Nadim Mohammed who had been held for 18 months, released and then returned to the Amygdaleza camp. The news of the suicide broke on February 14th along with the news that another migrant had killed themselves in Thessaloniki police station. read full story / add a comment
Ελλάδα / Τουρκία / Κύπρος / Διάφορα / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Friday February 13, 2015 19:41 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
Έχοντας γράψει ένα μεγάλο κομμάτι για την εκλογή του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ, είδα ότι ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ έχει κάνει συνασπισμό με ό,τι έχει περιγραφεί ως αντι-μεταναστευτικό δεξιό (ή ακόμη και ακροδεξιό) κόμμα, τους Ανεξάρτητους Έλληνες (ή ANEΛ). Οι ΑΝΕΛ τηρούν μια ισχυρή αντιευρωπαϊκή στάση, αλλά στο επίπεδο του να βλέπουν τους Έλληνες ως θύματα «διεθνούς συνωμοσίας». Έχουν εκλέξει 15 βουλευτές, κάτι που δίνει έναν συνασπισμό με μια ισχυρή πλειοψηφία με τον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στη Βουλή, ενώ τα δύο κόμματα έχουν συνεργαστεί και στο παρελθόν. Πιθανώς το γεγονός αυτό καθώς και η σθεναρή στάση των ΑΝΕΛ κατά της Ευρωπαϊκής Κεντρικής Τράπεζας (ΕΚΤ) είναι οι λόγοι που ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ αποφάσισε ότι η αντιμεταναστευτική τους πολιτική δεν αποτελεί κάτι σημαντικό. read full story / add a comment
Ελλάδα / Τουρκία / Κύπρος / Αριστερά / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Tuesday February 10, 2015 16:10 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
Σήμερα, σε όλη την Ευρώπη, η Αριστερά είναι ενθουσιασμένη καθώς ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ βρίσκεται στην κορυφή των αποτελεσμάτων των ελληνικών εκλογών. Κάποιοι στην αριστερά έχουν προχωρήσει τόσο πολύ που ισχυρίζονται ότι η εκλογή αυτή θα σηματοδοτήσει το τέλος των πολιτικών της λιτότητας, κατά την ορολογία της αγγλικής Αριστεράς, ένα τέλος στην ιδέα ότι δεν υπάρχει εναλλακτική λύση (There Is No Alternative - ΤΙΝΑ). Μια άλλη ένδειξη ότι κάτι σημαντικό συμβαίνει είναι ότι πριν τις εκλογές ένα νέο κύμα φυγής κεφαλαίων ξεκίνησε από την Ελλάδα, με την εκτίμηση ότι 8 δισεκατομμύρια ευρώ μεταφέρθηκαν από τη χώρα κατά τη διάρκεια των τελευταίων εβδομάδων. read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / the left / feature Monday January 26, 2015 22:58 by Andrew Flood   text 10 comments (last - tuesday february 10, 2015 05:45)   image 1 image
Today, across Europe, the left is excited by Syriza topping the polls in the Greek election. Some on the left have gone so far as to suggest the election itself will mark the end of austerity policies, in the terminology of the Anglo left, an end to the idea that There Is No Alternative (TINA). Another indication that something of significance is happening is that ahead of the election a new wave of capital flight has started from Greece with an estimated 8 billion transferred out of the country over the last few weeks. read full story / add a comment
Διεθνή / Αναρχικό κίνημα / Γνώμη / Ανάλυση Monday August 11, 2014 19:01 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
Το άρθρο του Andrew Flood αποτελεί μια πολύ καλή αφορμή για σκέψη, γύρω από το ζήτημα των κινημάτων “Οριζοντιότητας” όπως έχουν αρχίσει σιγα-σιγά να αναφέρονται διεθνώς. Το κείμενο του Andrew Flood στα Αγγλικά, μπορεί να βρεθεί στον ιστοτόπο Anarchist Writers. read full story / add a comment
international / the left / opinion / analysis Monday February 24, 2014 20:51 by Andrew Flood   text 3 comments (last - sunday april 13, 2014 01:38)   image 1 image
Horizontalism is an emerging term used to describe the key common characteristics of the waves of rebellion of the last decade. Occupy in 2011 was the peak to date but the term Horizontalism itself appears to originate the rebellion in Argentina after the 2001 banking crisis there. Marina Sitrin in her book on that rebellion says the term (in Spanish obviously) was used to describe the neighborhood, workplace & unemployed assemblies that emerged to form "social movements seeking self-management, autonomy and direct democracy." Image by Author:Meeting in Gezi Park, June 2013 read full story / add a comment
international / the left / opinion / analysis Saturday February 15, 2014 21:10 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
The nostalgic left is a bit of shorthand I’ve started using for those on the left who have reacted to the disintegration of the old left by wishing for idealised simpler times. And perhaps more strangely blaming the collapse on what they see as threatening new developments, like intersectionality. They hold such newfangled nonsense responsible for the current failure of the left to get an echo from the general population. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / gender / opinion / analysis Monday July 15, 2013 22:58 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
Despite spending in the region of a million euro and getting the backing of the catholic church its now clear that the anti-choice extremists of Youth Defence & the Pro Life Campaign were resoundingly defeated when the Dail finally voted though legislation implementing the X-Case judgment of 21 years ago. This time last year they were confident that they already had enough Fine Gael TD's on board to block the required legislation but they reckoned against the wave of public anger that followed the death of Savita Halappanavar after she was denied a potentially life saving abortion in a Galway hospital. read full story / add a comment
greece / turkey / cyprus / the left / feature Tuesday June 25, 2013 16:17 by Andrew Flood   text 2 comments (last - wednesday june 26, 2013 15:46)   image 1 image
Tear gas is a very good place to start trying to understand what is happening in Turkey.  The main purpose of tear gas is to terrorise and thus break up large crowds of people.  In Istanbul over the last weeks huge quantities have been used over and over to prevent large anti-government demonstrations developing. This wasn't about 'riot control' - generally there was no riot to control.  In this piece I'm going to put the Gezi park revolt in the context of the cycle of struggles that began in 2010 and of the specific economic, politcal and historical situation of the Turkish republic to try and draw out the lessons for all of us fighting global capitalism read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Friday March 22, 2013 20:17 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
We have to ask ourselves how we have found ourselves in unions where the leadership was allowed take such an approach. And we have to work out how we create unions that we control and which will help us organise together to defend our common interests. How has it come to this? read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Wednesday March 20, 2013 20:09 by Andrew Flood   image 1 image
The government says if we Vote no to Croke Park they will impose it anyway. Many of the union leadership try and scare us into voting Yes with this threat and by saying the only alternative is strike action. Both are right. If we just vote no than the government will attack us. And when they do the only way we can win is if we are willing to fight back - that will mean industrial action. It will almost certainly mean at least the credible threat of an indefinite strike. read full story / add a comment
internaţional / anarchist circulaţie / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 30, 2013 11:27 by Andrew Flood   image 2 images
În ultimul deceniu, o critică generalizată a civilizației a fost formulată de către un număr de autori, predominant din SUA. Unii dintre aceștia au ales să se identifice drept anarhiști, deși auto-indentificarea generală este de primitivist (sau din păcate “anarho”-primitivism). Argumentul lor general este că “civilizația” în sine este problema care duce la incapacitatea noastră de a trăi o viață plină de satisfacții. Astfel, lupta pentru schimbare este o luptă împotriva civilizației și pentru un pământ unde tehnologia a fost eliminată.
Critica primitivistă a anarhismului se bazează în jurul susţinerii că ar fi descoperit o contradicție între libertate și societatea de masă. În alte cuvinte, ei văd ca o imposibilitate orice societate care implică grupuri mult mai mari decât un sat să fie o societate liberă. Dacă acest lucru ar fi fost adevărat, atunci ar face propunerea anarhistă a unei lumi a “federațiilor libere formate din municipii, orașe și sate o imposibilitate. Astfel de federații și centre de populație sunt în mod evident o formă de societate de masă/civilizație. [English] read full story / add a comment
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