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Some lessons for South Africa's sectarian middle-class lefties

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:14
Some NGOs with no membership that cast themselves as "radical" misuse grassroots organisations for their own purposes, writes Ayanda Kota.

Numsa's United Front: Forward to the Past?

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 07:46
The country’s largest trade union federation, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), has expelled the National Union of Metalworkers’ of South Africa (Numsa), for not supporting the African National Congress (ANC). Anyone in South Africa who doesn’t know this news must have been living under a rock for the past week.

Palestine-Israel - The joint struggle contributes to the shift in domination within the Israeli capitalist ruling elite*

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 04:50
Araqeeb, Bil'in, Occupied East Jerusalem: mainly Sheikh Jarrah, Shuafat, Silwan, Ma'sara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'lin, Qaddum, South of Hebron Hills, and the Palestinian Bedouins
Israel was built mainly by the national socialists who owned 75% of the economy in 1949. Due to dependence on the imperial powers the so-called socialist elite invested a lot in building the Zionist-capitalist elite to which it lost power in 1977. Conflicts of interest within the Zionist-capitalist elite started to change the balance between the small tycoons section that supported the Zionist wish to transfer the Palestinians out and the capitalist section that integrated in the neo-liberal globalization who wish to exploit the Palestinians and the workers of neighboring countries. The restructuring of power relations in global capitalism after the last crisis had its Israeli expression in the near-bankruptcy of the tycoon elite and the present collapse of the government coalition. The economic damage which has already resulted from the B.D.S. campaign which is enhanced by the joint struggle seems to be hastening a shift in the balance of powers.

Kevin Carson’s Revival of Individualist Anarchist Economic Theory

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 22:25
Review of Kevin A. Carson, "Studies in Mutualist Political Economy" (2007); 366 pages.
This is a review of Kevin Carson's "Studies in Mutualist Political Economy". Carson seeks to revive individualist anarchist economic theory. Taking from Marxist and pro-capitalist economic theories, he tries to develop an anarchist economics which can analyze existing capitalism as well as provide a model for a market-based but non-capitalist stateless economy.

Five Things You Can do to Set up Your Own Anti-Water Charges Campaign Group

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 09:16

1) Online Presence

A first step is to set up a local Facebook page. This can be used as a focal point for information about the group, and a way of raising awareness that the group exists. A group Twitter account is optional but not as important. Also set up a group email account.

2) Plan a Public Meeting
This could be a meeting for your street or for your estate, or a larger meeting for the wider area.
 

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Kobane: YPG/J have ISIS on the Back Foot

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:56

The latest news from Kobane indicates that the YPG/YPJ have continued to slowly push ISIS out of the town and are now conducting regular ambushes in the surrounding towns including one 10 km south where the YPG reported that "Our forces ambushed &killed ISIS emir [leader] Abu Khansaa & bodyguards in Tel Ghazal south of Kobani." 

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The Fight in Detroit and the Cost of Water

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:34

In the spring of this year, Detroit started to disconnect people who were behind with their water bills.

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Water Charges: They didn't ask our consent - The law must be broken!

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:19

The recent announcement that people who have returned their registration packs to Irish Water blank, or emblazoned with the words “No consent, no contract”, are now registered with the service provider, should be enough to expose the counter-legal mumbo jumbo being spread by Direct Democracy Ireland (DDI), and other groups influenced by the “Freeman of the land” ideology.

DDI claim that the registration pack is a contract and that by returning it with a statement of non-consent, you have made your intention not to make a contract with Irish Water clear and therefore you do not have to pay the water charge. Not only that, but they claim that if you are brought to court for non-payment, all you need to do is show a photo of the pack to back up your case.
 

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Defeating the water charges - Don’t be fooled by the concessions - 4 page PDF paper

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 07:28

In the face of massive opposition to the water charges, the government have made several clumsy attempts to placate us, while their partners in the media seek to frighten us off the streets. The latest attempt, delivered by Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government in the Dáil on the 19th of November, is the plan to charge us €160 per year for our water and to give ‘eligible households’ a water conservation grant of €100.

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Working Class Livelihoods: Struggle against Each Other, or Revolt against the System?

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 03:01
Rising inflation means increases in food and petrol prices. Inflation is a global problem, driven partly by conglomerates maximising their profits at the expense of ordinary people. The state plays its role, continually raising prices for services.

The pressure of capitalism has impacted on our lives. It has caused clashes within the working classes, resulting in discrimination and prejudice. Ruling class elites – the political and economic elite – benefit from these struggles between people who compete for scraps from their tables.

Oklahoma IWW Statement of Solidarity with #YesAllDaughters

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 00:30
Students at Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma will walk out of their classes at 9:20 A.M. on Monday, November 24th, 2014 to be greeted by hundreds of activists and supporters boldly standing with them in solidarity.

As a union committed to the abolition of patriarchy and all forms of exploitation, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) stands with these students in solidarity and will be represented at the walkout. Christophe Parsons, a delegate for the Oklahoma IWW, was part of the core group of organizers. Parsons said, "Both as a friend of the survivor and as a revolutionary unionist committed to building a new world, inaction was not an option. I am proud of my fellow students and community supporters who have rallied around these girls, and I am proud of my union, which has showed incredible solidarity and support in organizing this event."

Issue #4 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:44
Editorial: Election Circus - Zuma not the problem, the whole system is rotten
Issue #4 of Tokologo, the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective, has been released and is available online in PDF.

All Together Now - Against Water Charges, Against Racism

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:51

We want to clearly state that attacks on migrants have no place in the fight against water charges. Those who sow such divisions are not our allies, they are pursuing the agenda of the government and big business.

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All of This Has Happened Before - Garda brutality, from Rossport to anti-water charges protests

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:35

Garda assaulting community protesters and the media not reporting? Politicians spinning greater and greater lies about 'sinister fringes' and dissidents? What's happening now to Water Charge resistors happened to the people of Rossport a few years back and we can learn from their determined resistance.

Scenes of Garda violence being used against water charge resistors have come as a shock to many people. Ten years ago if this had happened most people elsewhere might only have heard rumours and assumed that something must have been done to deserve the response. Today however the prevalence of camera phones and the ease of sharing photos and video on Facebook has meant one video after another showing disproportionate violence from the Garda has ‘gone viral’.
 

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The social revolution will sweep Turkey Kurdistan sooner or later

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 19:39
By Zaher Baher from Haringey Solidarity Group and Kurdistan Anarchists Forum

Below is the outcome of my visit to Northern Kurdistan in Turkey between 02/11/14 to 08/11/14 as one of a delegation from United Kingdom, organised by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign (PIK), People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Society Congress (DTK).

The Emanci-funktion of the Working Class

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 22:41
Starting a conversation on anarchism and hip hop
In this essay, I'm trying to get the ball rolling on a longer-term discussion on the political nature of hip hop from a revolutionary anarchist perspective. I'm hoping for a broad range of responses from artists and militants, which will allow us to swap notes and build up our respective movements.

A Response to Rojava: An anarcho-syndicalist perspective

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:49
We are not fortunetellers, we can't possibly know what will happen in Rojava a month or a year from now. We can't know that this social transformation which not only gives us hope as revolutionaries that struggle in a geographically close region, but also feeds our struggle in the regions that we struggle in, would move towards a positive or negative future. But we are revolutionary anarchists. We can't just sit aside, watch what's happening and comment; we take part in social struggles and take action for an anarchist revolution.

Could a Revolution Happen in the US?

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 08:21
Will a Revolution Happen in the US in Time?
Why hasn't there been more rebellion in the US lately? What are the indications that a popular movement may develop which leads to revolution? What is meant by revolution, anyway?

Especifist organisation founded in Wales

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 04:02
The Libertarian Communist Group was formally launched at a meeting in North Wales on Saturday, November 8, 2014, the anniversary of the birth of Nestor Makhno, the famous Ukrainian anarchist. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27601] [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27627]
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