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Syrian Kurdistan takes a different route to the Arab Spring – a first hand experience- audio

Zaher Baher of the Kurdistan Anarchists Forum spoke at the 2014 London Anarchist Bookfair about the two weeks he spent in Syrian Kurdistan in May 2014, looking at the experiences of self-management in the region, experiments that have become more widely discussed as the result of the defense of Kobane against ISIS. Zaher is also a member of Haringey Solidarity Group

 

Anarchist Eyewitness to self-management in Kurdish Syria / West Kurdistan by Workers Solidarity on Mixcloud

 

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Anarchist Eyewitness to self-management in Kurdish Syria / West Kurdistan

Zaher Baher of the Kurdistan Anarchists Forum spent two weeks in Syrian Kurdistan in May 2014, looking at the experiences of self-management in the region, experiments that have become more widely discussed as the result of the defense of Kobane against ISIS.  This account tells in some detail what he saw and what conclusions he draws.   Zaher is also a member of Haringey Solidarity Group and spoke at the 2014 London Anarchist Bookfair about his experiences.  This account was originally published as 'The experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) has proved that people can make changes'

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USA: AFL-CIO Calls for Obama to Act on Worker Protections Against Ebola

Labour Start - 13 hours 33 min ago
LabourStart headline - Source: AFL-CIO
Categories: Workplace Struggle

USA: Ebola galvanizes workers battling to join unions, improve safety

Labour Start - 13 hours 33 min ago
LabourStart headline - Source: Reuters
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Hong Kong: Unions the target of foreign whispers

Labour Start - 13 hours 33 min ago
LabourStart headline - Source: This Working Life
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Middle Men and Market Forces - An interview with Conor McCabe

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:00

If you hoist the green flag - Middlemen and the rule of market forces in Ireland

An interview with Conor McCabe

The following is an edited transcript of an interview cum dialogue with Conor McCabe, author of the 2011 book “Sins of the Father” on the economy of Ireland since independence and researcher on financial shenanigans and corporate misdeeds in the Republic. I keeping with the theme of this issue of IAR on the institutions of power in Ireland, we wanted to explore how money and market forces operate through the specific structures and class composition of Irish society.

 

 

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Hope, Friendship and Surprise in the Zombie Time of Capitalism: An interview with Gustavo Esteva

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:38

Gustavo Esteva is an independent writer and grassroots activist. He has been a central contributor to a wide range of Mexican, Latin American, and international nongovernmental organizations and solidarity networks, including the Universidad de la Tierra en Oaxaca and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. The WSM's Tom Murray caught up with Gustavo at a recent public lecture at the Kimmage Development Centre to discuss hope, friendship and surprise in the zombie-time of capitalism, and how people are taking initiatives, reclaiming control of their lives and creating vibrant, autonomous alternatives here today.

 

 

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Irish Anarchist Review Issue 10

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:26

Welcome to the tenth instalment of the Irish Anarchist Review, published for the 2014 London Anarchist Bookfair.

Five years ago, the Irish Anarchist Review replaced Red and Black Revolution as the magazine of the Workers Solidarity Movement. It’s mission was to fill a vacuum in Irish radical circles, to be a publication that raised questions and provoked debate, rather than laying out blueprints for success, as had been the norm in the more theoretical work of the left. It was established at a time where a fightback was believed to be imminent, when the expectation was that as the (economic) beatings continued, morale would improve.

The intervening years produced a series of false starts. The big ICTU demonstrations in the infancy of the crisis proved to be safety valves for the expulsion of steam from the rank and file, and were tightly controlled by the bureaucracy. The Occupy phenomenon was a reaction against that type of protest, and it did release a wave of creative energy, but it’s structurelessness ultimately had the same effect, and that energy escaped into the ether. There have also been strikes and occupations, the Unlock Nama campaign, the campaign against household and water taxes (CAHWT) and a massive resurgence in the campaign for abortion access.

 

 

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Διεθνής ελευθεριακή-σοσιαλιστική αλληλεγγύη

Anarkismo - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:16
στην κουρδική αντίσταση
Εδώ και μερικά χρόνια το κουρδικό κίνημα κινείται προς την κατεύθυνση των ελευθεριακών ιδεών. Αν και δεν είναι ένα αναρχικό κίνημα, αυτή η κίνηση είναι ένα σημάδι ότι οι αναρχικές ιδέες της ελευθερίας και της ισότητας μέσα από την αλληλεγγύη, οι ιδέες μας περί οριζοντιότητας και ριζοσπαστικής άμεσης δημοκρατίας καθώς και η ριζοσπαστική κριτική μας ενάντια στο Κράτος δεν είναι μόνο έγκυρες και ισχυρές, αλλά και αναγκαίες σε κινήματα ώστε να ξεφύγουν από την αυταρχική κληρονομιά στην αριστερά. Είναι καθήκον μας να εκφράσουμε την αλληλεγγύη μας στη Rojava και το κουρδικό κίνημα, επειδή αντιπροσωπεύουν την ελπίδα σε αυτήν την περιοχή και επειδή είναι οι καταπιεσμένοι που αγωνίζονται ενάντια στους καταπιεστές. Οι πραγματικοί αγώνες δεν είναι ποτέ τέλειοι, αλλά κουβαλούν διαφορετικές δυνατότητες για μια ελεύθερη κοινωνία. Εκφράζοντας την αλληλεγγύη μας με το επαναστατικό κίνημα στην Rojava σημαίνει ότι κατανοούμε το ρόλο μας στο να συνεχίσουμε να αναπτύσσουμε τα βασικά χαρακτηριστικά των ιδεών μας, προκειμένου να εμπνεύσουμε επαναστάσεις και επαναστάτες σε όλο τον κόσμο.
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Comunicato internazionale socialista-libertario in solidarietà con la resistenza curda

Anarkismo - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 02:02
Da alcuni anni il movimento curdo sta vivendo un processo che si muove in direzione libertaria. Sebbene non si tratti di un movimento anarchico, questo processo indica che le idee anarchiche di libertà ed uguaglianza attraverso la solidarietà, attraverso la nostra idea di orizzontalità e di democrazia diretta e radicale ed attraverso la nostra critica radicale contro lo Stato non solo sono forti e valide, ma sono anche necessarie per i movimenti che vogliano operare una rottura con l'eredità autoritaria all'interno della sinistra. E' nostro dovere esprimere la nostra solidarietà con la Rojava e con il movimento curdo, poiché essi rappresentano una speranza in questa regione e perché si ergono come oppressi in lotta contro i loro oppressori. Le lotte reali non sono mai perfette ma portano con sé diversi gradi di potenzialità di realizzazione di una libera società. Nell'esprimere la nostra solidarietà al movimento rivoluzionario nella Rojava ribadiamo che il nostro ruolo è quello di continuare a sviluppare i principi fondamentali delle nostre idee allo scopo di ispirare le rivoluzioni ed i/le rivoluzionar* di tutto il mondo. - Gruppo Editoriale di Anarkismo.net [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27506]
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Intervista col comandante delle YPG: a Kobanê l'ISIS ha perso

Anarkismo - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:43
Mehmûd Berxwedan - esponente del Comando Generale delle YPG - è stato intervistato dal giornalista Ersin Çaksu per la testata turca filo-curda "Özgür Gündem". Berxwedan ha dichiarato a Çaksu che tutti coloro i quali hanno detto che Kobanê "era caduta" o che "sarebbe caduta" si sono ritrovati smentiti, e che se venisse aperto un corridoio per la città, l'ISIS sarebbe completamente spazzato via dall'area. Di seguito l'intera intervista.
Categories: Anarchists

Mongolia: Global unions converge in Mongolia in campaign for Rio Tinto workers’ rights

Labour Start - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL Global Union
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Jimmy John's Workers Picket in Baltimore

Libcom.org News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:14
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On October 19th, members of the IWW Jimmy John's Workers Union picketed their workplace to demand the rehiring of a worker who was targeted for his union membership.

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Entrevista com a Comandante do YPG

Anarkismo - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 01:19
ISIS perdeu em Kobane
Mehmud Berxwedan - um membro do Comando Geral da YPG - falou com o jornalista Ersin Çaksu numa nova entrevista para Özgür Gündem. Berxwedan disse a Çaksu que todos aqueles que disseram que Kobanê ‘cairia’ ou ‘cairá’ haviam eles mesmos de ser derrotados e que, se um corredor estiver aberto para a cidade, o ISIS será totalmente eliminado da área. Segue entrevista completa traduzida para o Inglês. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27513]
Categories: Anarchists

Cambodia: Hard times for ‘the Union 23’

Labour Start - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Post
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Cambodia: Free Trade Union Proposes $130 Garment Worker Minimum Wage

Labour Start - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Cambodia Daily
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Hong Kong: Regime ratchets up talk about foreign meddling just as talks set to start

Labour Start - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Union Book
Categories: Workplace Struggle

Social protest and repression in Donbass

Libcom.org News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 16:57
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News about social protests is coming out of Donbass, the region controlled by separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.

If you demonstrate here again, we will shoot you all. - separatist military commanders

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Categories: Anarchists

Moscow Autonomous Action on the Ukrainian war

Libcom.org News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 06:44
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This text was written as an answer to our foreign friends' questions about situation in the Eastern Ukraine and Russian anarchists' attitude towards that. We hope it will be of use to everybody interested in these matters.
The situation is complex and controversial and you should understand that the text below does not (and can't) reflect the opinion of all Russian anti-fascists and anti-capitalists. We discussed this within our group, but even here we have a couple of contradicting points of view.

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Categories: Anarchists

International Libertarian-Socialist Statement in Solidarity with the Kurdish Resistance

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 17:36
For some years now the Kurdish movement has been moving in the direction of libertarian ideas. While not an anarchist movement, this move is a sign that anarchist ideas of freedom and equality through solidarity, our ideas of horizontality and radical direct democracy and our radical critique against the State are not only valid and strong, but are also necessary for movements in order to break away from the authoritarian legacy within the left. It is our duty to express our solidarity with Rojava and the Kurdish movement, because they represent hope in this region and because they are the oppressed fighting the oppressors. Real struggles are never perfect but they carry diverse degrees of potential to being about a free society. Expressing our solidarity with the revolutionary movement in Rojava means we understand our role is to continue developing the core tenets of our ideas in order to inspire revolutions and revolutionaries all over the world. - Anarkismo.net Editorial Group [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27514]
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