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russia / ukraine / belarus / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Wednesday March 20, 2019 - 20:34 by Volodymyr Ishchenko
Five years after the “EuroMaidan” protests in Kiev and elsewhere toppled the government of now-exiled former president Viktor Yanukovych, the people of Ukraine are set to elect a new leader. Over 34 million Ukrainian citizens will be eligible to cast their vote on 31 March, although several million will be prevented from participating due to the ongoing conflict situation in the country’s eastern Donbass region. Should none of the candidates receive an absolute majority, a second round of voting will be held on 21 April.
Ukraine consistently ranks among the poorest countries in Europe – last year it overtook Moldova to occupy the top spot in the list. The largest post-Soviet state after Russia in terms of population, it finds itself torn between the European Union promising economic integration and a limited degree of freedom of movement, and deepening the country’s relationship with Moscow, the largest consumer of Ukrainian exports to which Ukraine is tied by centuries of shared history, tradition, and repeated conflict.
EuroMaidan exacerbated the country’s ongoing economic decline and mounting social pressures in 2013–14, ultimately triggering the war in the Donbass region and the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula. These tensions have facilitated the rise of a vicious Ukrainian nationalism that the government led by current president Petro Poroshenko is not afraid to manipulate for its own purposes. Attacks on left-wing activists and ethnic minorities are becoming increasingly common, while armed far-right paramilitaries like the so-called “Azov Battalion” are normalized and integrated into mainstream political life.
That said, not everyone in Ukraine is happy about these developments. Although none of the candidates in the upcoming elections offer a particularly radical or progressive vision for the country, voters will at least be able to decide whether to endorse Poroshenko’s current course or throw their support behind another figure. Loren Balhorn of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung spoke with Kiev-based sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko to get a better understanding of the candidates, the state of the county, and what is at stake for the people of Ukraine in 2019. ... read full story / add a comment
indonesia / philippines / australia / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday March 14, 2019 - 00:20 by Ia Maranon & Walden Bello
Whatever may be the conclusion of the strike, there is little doubt that the practice of contractualization, which has done so much damage to labor in this country, is facing a mortal challenge from its victims. ... read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war / non-anarchist press Thursday March 07, 2019 - 03:59 by Chiara Cruciati
Benjamin Netanyahu’s bad day Thursday got off to the worst possible start: before the Israeli general prosecutor Avichai Mandelblit officially called for the indictment of the Israeli Prime Minister for corruption, the UN accused him of much more serious crimes. He stood accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which, according to the UN, Israel has been shamefully perpetrating in the Gaza Strip over the past year. ... read full story / add a comment
Statement in support of the Rojava Revolution and a call to end the isolation of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan
greece / turkey / cyprus / repression / prisoners / non-anarchist press Thursday February 28, 2019 - 18:36 by International Labour Research and Information Group
Very few South Africans are aware that currently in the north and eastern parts of Syria (Rojava) a revolution as progressive, profound and potentially as far reaching as any in history is taking place. There, an alternative system to the state, capitalism and patriarchy is being built and it holds the potential to inspire the struggle for a better, more egalitarian Middle East and indeed world.
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ireland / britain / the left / non-anarchist press Wednesday February 27, 2019 - 18:03 by Jeremy Gilbert
It’s the changing nature of class and capital that’s caused this split – and should shape the Left’s response to it. But discussing class meaningfully is the last media taboo. ... read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / la izquierda / other libertarian press Wednesday February 27, 2019 - 04:16 by Rafael Agacino
Palabras sobre el momento y a vuelapluma. ... read full story / add a comment
international / history of anarchism / other libertarian press Sunday February 24, 2019 - 17:24 by KSL
KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 97-98, February 2019 [Double issue] has just been posted on our site. ... read full story / add a comment
asia central / imperialismo / guerra / non-anarchist press Friday February 22, 2019 - 13:09 by Rafael Poch de Feliu
Hace cuarenta años el ejército soviético entró en Afganistán. Aquel diciembre de 1979 hacia ya cinco meses que el Presidente Carter y su consejero de seguridad, el fanático antiruso de origen polaco Zbigniew Brzezinski, habían iniciado, con sus amigos saudíes, una multimillonaria ayuda para fomentar, financiar y armar un integrismo sunita en Afganistán. Los celebres muyaidines, “luchadores por la libertad”. ... read full story / add a comment
north america / mexico / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Tuesday February 19, 2019 - 16:42 by James Parisot
In the midst of the U.S. Civil War (1861 – 1865), as somewhere between half a million to three quarters of a million bodies lay dead from bullets and disease, Emanuel Leutze completed a painting titled Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way for the U.S. Capitol. The painting celebrated empire as central to American history. Included in the final draft of the painting was a free black man, subordinate to the leadership of the white men forging the path of empire across the continent; supposedly saved from slavery with their leadership.1 Of course, as W.E.B. Du Bois famously discussed, central to the Civil War was the “general strike of the slaves”; their resistance was key to abolition. Regardless, Leutze’s painting was one representative of the broader trend, going back to the initial creation of an independent American government, in which so-called democracy and freedom were felt through the vision of empire. ... read full story / add a comment
internacional / género / non-anarchist press Saturday February 16, 2019 - 17:45 by Paula Fraga Arias
No, el feminismo no es lo que cualquier persona crea que es. ... read full story / add a comment
france / belgium / luxemburg / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday February 14, 2019 - 20:53 by Stefan Kipfer
In 1934, the political situation in France was tense and uncertain. The year began with a mobilization of royalist and fascist militias (on February 6) that were followed immediately (on February 9 and 12) by a response from the Communist and Socialist wings of the workers movement. As Norbert Guterman and Henri Lefebvre reported, “all these men are ready for the concrete liberation a revolution would bring – and perhaps also, unfortunately, the mystique and brutal mythology of the fascists” (1999 , 143, trans. SK). When these lines were written in the mid-1930s, France was experiencing a rising tide of grassroots anti-fascist politics culminating in the strike waves of the early days of the Popular Front government. Yet Lefebvre and Guterman’s warning was well-placed. The Popular Front disintegrated due to many contradictions, ultimately giving rise to Marshall Pétain’s collaborationist administration, France’s contribution to fascist regime politics. ... read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / the left / non-anarchist press Sunday February 03, 2019 - 11:25 by Nick Pemberton
Bernie Sanders, we hear, is interested in running for President in 2020. Bernie has once again shot himself in the foot before the starter’s gun goes off. Sanders best known Trump-like statement was calling Venezuelan revolutionary President Hugo Chavez “a dead communist dictator.” Now Sanders, while bucking the establishment on regime change in Venezuela, remains woefully uninformed about neoliberalism’s effects on a global level, and therefore cannot be taken seriously as an agent of radical change. Sanders released a statement on Venezuela that had nothing of substance in relationship to the 1%, neoliberalism, neocolonialism or any of the driving forces of a clear political crisis in the country. Instead, Sanders merely echoed right-wing talking points on Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, and then, almost as an aside, said the U.S. intervening in Latin America, well, it ends badly. ... read full story / add a comment
venezuela / colombia / historia / other libertarian press Wednesday January 30, 2019 - 08:48 by https://alma-apatrida.blogspot.com
Reflexiones de un anarquista catalán sobre los sucesos en Venezuela ... read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / anarchist movement / other libertarian press Monday January 14, 2019 - 18:34 by Woke Anarchists Collective
Anarchism in the UK is a joke. Once symbolising hard-fought struggles for freedom, the word has been stripped bare to make way for narrow-minded, separatist and hateful identity politics by middle class activists keen to protect their own privileges. We write this leaflet to reclaim anarchism from these identity politicians. ... read full story / add a comment
france / belgium / luxemburg / community struggles / non-anarchist press Saturday January 12, 2019 - 19:55 by Pamela Anderson
I am glad that the media noticed my brief Twitter take on the situation in France, my adopted country, which has been experiencing a series of mass protests in the last few weeks. ... read full story / add a comment
central america / caribbean / the left / non-anarchist press Saturday January 12, 2019 - 19:30 by Nathan Legrand and Éric Toussaint
The violent repression against demonstrators protesting brutal neoliberal policies, which resulted in more than 300 people being killed by regime forces since April 2018, is just one of the reasons why different leftist social movements have condemned the Nicaraguan regime led by President Daniel Ortega and Vice-president Rosario Murillo. The Left has many more reasons to denounce the policies of the regime. To understand this, we must go back to 1979. ... read full story / add a comment
international / community struggles / other libertarian press Thursday January 03, 2019 - 23:45 by Trespass
In this issue, which is online and freely distributed, you’ll find a translation from English to Dutch of a journal article about how a moral panic was generated to enforce the criminalisation of squatting in the Netherlands and a translation to French of a brief text about migration on Idomeni in Greece, near to Macedonia, which was previously published in Trespass 2 in Italian. As interventions in five languages, we have an analysis of the lack of support to the ZAD in Brittany, plus short pieces about the opening of a new anarchist social centre in the Paris suburbs, community resistance to preserve a park in London, the demolition of a community gym in Athens, an (unsuccessful) eviction threat in Catania, and an eviction in Catalonia. And a report on the resquat of the watertower in Utrecht! There’s plenty more news and analysis on this website.
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De los chalecos amarillos en Francia a las luchas obreras portuarias en Chile: La centralidad de la acción directa
internacional / community struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday January 03, 2019 - 17:02 by Matías Guerra
Franck Gaudichaud es historiador y académico de la Universidad de Grenoble Alpes, Francia. Ha estudiado al movimiento obrero en Chile desde hace muchos años, destacando su trabajo en español más reciente sobre las distintas formas de autonomía popular en el gobierno de Salvador Allende (“Chile 1970-1973. Mil días que estremecieron al mundo”, Lom, 2016). Desde hace algunos años ha trabajado la historia reciente del movimiento obrero de los trabajadores portuarios de Chile. Conversó con ROSA en esta extensa entrevista. ... read full story / add a comment
brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / miscellaneous / non-anarchist press Friday December 28, 2018 - 23:11 by Joao Marcio and João Pedro Stédile
"Reformed" captain Jair Bolsonaro already committed to the “market” the handover of all decisions in the economic area to large capital, under the hegemony of financial capital and foreign corporations (as personified in Paulo Guedes and his Chicago Boys, including Levy in the Brazilian Development Bank-BNDES). As per the President’s statements, his will be a government directly headed by businessmen committed to the reduction of the “Brazil cost,” that is, to the increase of private profit. A government with such profile would not only give continuity but also radicalize Michel Temer’s agenda with the aim of implementing the following measures: ... read full story / add a comment
internacional / repression / prisoners / other libertarian press Wednesday December 19, 2018 - 02:52 by Secretariat Permanent CGT Catalunya 1 image
Podríem dir que és el món al revés, però malauradament és la norma. El novembre de 2016, la companya Lola, delegada de la CGT a la Diputació de Barcelona, va viatjar a Grècia per ajudar a un jove kurd de 17 anys, Ayad, a passar la frontera grega per reunir-se amb la seva família. Una família més separada per la guerra i la política antiinmigració de la Unió Europea.
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