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Interview about Rojava – Topics for Debate: Questions about the Strategic Scope

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:40
Posted on February 27, 2015 – Bruno Lima Rocha

[Editor’s Note, Conjuncture Magazine: A dear friend and supporter of ours from Brazil, Dr. Bruno Lima Rocha, established contact with a series of organizations involved in the social revolution taking place in Kurdistan. Mainstream media sources have largely failed to cover the social process, though news have been able to break the radio silence. This is the second internview we publish in this series

It should also be said that minor grammatical errors were corrected (as neither participant in the interview is native to English). But most is left in the original form, for fear of losing accuarcy.]

Galway University: Support Yes Vote on Cannabis Legalisation Referendum

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 11:00

On the 5th of March, students of National University of Galway, Ireland (NUIG) will vote in a referendum to decide whether the Students' Union will adopt a position favouring the legalisation of cannabis. They would be the first Students' Union to do so in Europe, and one of the first on the globe.

Not only do we advocate the legalisation of cannabis, but the end of drug prohibition in general. Far from preventing harm, this inimical policy merely serves to give the state undue control over our lives, empower some of the most savage criminals on the planet to the tune of billions, and, based on superstition, stymy medical treatment.

If someone has a drug problem, the last thing they need is to be punished by the police. For most, criminalisation is their biggest drug problem. But for those who suffer from addiction, what they require is non-judgmental medical care, and support from family and friends, not the heavy hand of the state bearing down on them, and not the narrow-minded stigma which abounds in our prohibition culture.

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Minister Alan Kelly Says Water Protesters are False Revolutionaries Chasing Utopia up a Hill

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:00

Comical Alan strikes again. Who could put it better, that Labour are a shower of 'false revolutionaries who believe in leading people up to the top of the hill and then they'll blatantly abandon them, like they have done on many issues before'? Who are more utopian than Labour, who believe that endless electoral compromises could ever bring us 'a society that is fair, prosperous, and sustainable [Labour Party, General Election 2011]'?

It's amusing to see a Labour minister echoing Thatcher's declaration that 'There Is No Alternative'. But he couldn't be more wrong. There is an alternative. It is revolutionary, and funnily enough involves things being free.

In this massive uprising against the water charges, more and more people are realising that nothing much will change without fundamentally overhauling, or revolutionising, the system we live under.

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Direct Action: A Basic Introduction - Video

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 09:00

An introductory video on what direct action is and isn't, providing illustrations from the campaign against the water charges.

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10th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair weekender - April 24-26 2015

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:19

Yes it is on!  The 10th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair which will take place Saturday 25th of April around Smithfield square. Come along and meet anarchists and hundreds of people curious about anarchism.

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Bil'in - 10 years of persistent joint struggle

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 01:34
The struggle in Bil'in is only one part of the fabric of struggle of more than 120 years between the indigenous people of Palestine and the Zionist settler colonialist and transfer project. The struggle in Bil'in is also the culmination of the joint popular struggle of Palestinians and young Jewish community members who "betray" their local Jewish community, which is harnessed to the Zionist project of settlement building and transfer. As partners second in importance only to the local activists, between us we have forged an unusual alliance, one that has hardly ever been seen during the half millennium of struggle between European colonialism and the other inhabitants of the world. []

Labour Minister Kelly claims Protesters Make 'No Contribution to Society'

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 18:28

Minister for the Environment, and 2nd in command of the Labour Party, Alan Kelly has dared to denounce protesters as not contributing to society, despite his own status as grand leech.

Without a hint of irony the minister accused some in Sinn Fein and 'the hard left' of being jobless and not making a contribution to society despite being politically active.

Though Kelly is virtuous enough to have a job - because remember, you're a bad person if you don't have one - he and his party's contribution to society is much like a bullet's contribution to the healing process, despite the fact that he is very politically active.

Although Kelly was keen to point out that these comments were totally unrelated to the campaign against the water charges, we all know they are part of a long line of government smears designed to rip apart our movement.

Indeed many of us wait with hands to our ears for the next damning fiction to slop out of a Labour or Fine Gael politician's mouth. What will it be next time? We're already dole scrounging terrorists, how much further can they push it?

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Thinks Own Government’s Policies may be ‘Morally wrong’ – Vows to Continue

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:30

Speaking at the launch of the government’s Low Pay Commission, Kenny said that “It is morally unacceptable for families with people in work to be experiencing poverty”. He did not however announce the abolition of the water charge, the property tax or that the bondholders would not be paid back in order to address this problem. Neither did he, nor Joan Burton, who accompanied him at the launch announce the end of the Jobbridge indentured servitude scheme, where unemployed people get fifty euro for a full week’s work.

Neither was there an announcement that clerical workers in public services would see an end of the pension levies and the universal social charge that have driven so many to the point where they were forced to claim family income supplement.

It is also noteworthy that Enda only thinks it’s morally wrong for those in paid employment to experience poverty, and it is quite clear from looking at government policy over the last four years, that this is the consensus amongst the cabinet. You only have value if you are making a profit for someone else or if you are working to ensure the cogs of government keep turning – though, not that much value.


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Don't Let the Media Redefine the Meaning of Peaceful Protest

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:15

With the mainstream media hounding the anti-water charges movement with their calculated 'but is it peaceful protest?' narrative, it's important to clarify just what peaceful protest is and is not.

Peaceful protest is not protest which is placid, docile, quiet, polite, tranquil, serene, gentle, or soothing. It is merely protest which does not use violence.

Establishment figures exploit the many meanings that 'peaceful' can have, and use this equivocation to dupe us into thinking our protests should be docile and polite.

We must not be constrained by the narratives the media and politicians try to cast on us like a fishing net. We have to decide what we want to do on our terms, not theirs.


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The New Security Bill - a Fascist Police Takeover?

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:53

The parliament in Turkey has witnessed unprecedented scenes; opposition MPs being beaten up by AKP (the ruling Justice and Development Party) MPs and Ministers, one MP being pushed down from the balcony of the assembly hall, falling facedown resulting in broken ribs, right wing ultra nationalist MHP MPs and socialist Kurdish opposition party MPs holding a sit in side by side.  All because of the new  New ‘Internal Security Package’ .  In this piece one of our supporters in Turkey explains what is happening and goes on to look at the broader context, including events in Rojava. 

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Labour Pinkwashing is Cynical Seat-Saving Measure

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:00
In a desperate attempt to save a few liberal seats the Labour Party have been engaged in trying to suggest the water charge movement is some sort of homophobic mob. It's an argument based on the worst Dublin 4 prejudice and snobbery. Joan started the slander after Jobstown, Aodhan continued it in the Irish Times in a piece whose only outcome if believed would be to win election votes at the cost of equality votes.

Aidan writes "As a queer and a participant in the anti-water charges movement, I regard Aodhán Ó Ríordáin's comments as a rather cynical and desperate attempt to paint one of the most promising movements for progress in this state as somehow regressive, and to staple together some progressive credentials for himself by co-opting LGBT demands and organising.

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Water Charges: We've Got Them Surrounded. Imagine Winning. What Comes Next?

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:00

We can win this battle but we would be fools to settle for that. As someone said at the January 31st demonstration, 'we have them where we've wanted them for years'. Our opportunity is huge, with a great multitude politically awakened and eager to change society. So the question is presented: will we waste this opportunity to make a better world or will we seize it? What do we do once we win, and how should that affect what we do now?

This raises lots of other broad questions we should all ask ourselves:

  1. Is voting in a new government enough?
  2. Should we keep the system the same, or try something new?
  3. How do we achieve that better world?
  4. What would a better system look like?

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Eleventh Anarchist Bookfair in Zagreb

Anarkismo (en) - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:25
The Eleventh Anarchist Bookfair in Zagreb will take place on April 10th to April 12th, 2015. Anarchist Bookfair in Zagreb (ASK – Anarhisticki sajam knjiga) is annual anarchist event and first ten bookfairs went well, and we hope to bring in more and more people every year as participants, publishers, groups, projects – whoever is interested in what the bookfair has to offer.

Meet the new boss: Greek police baton & tear gas migrant demonstration

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:54
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.

Meet the New Boss: Greek Police Baton & Tear Gas Migrant Demonstration

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 08:58

On Saturday February 21st, 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.

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Ireland - No Water Charges! Italy - No TAV!

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 08:00

Our struggle is international!

In solidarity with the NO TAV struggle.

Let's put an end to useless major public works and to the repression of protesters!

As thousands marched against the repression of anti-water charges protesters in Dublin yesterday, a similar demonstration was taking place in Turin. Thousands of protesters took to the streets to oppose the construction of the controversial high speed railway from Turin to Lyon.

The following is a statement signed by organisations of the Anarkismo network, including the WSM.

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Bridges between Anarchism and Democratic Confederalism

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 10:15
Introduction: discussing the party model and mission – 1

Since the beginning of the Kobane siege by Daesh (ISIS) the Kurdish left, and specifically the Rojava model of social organisation has been studied and followed by several organisations, activists, networks and committed scholars. I decided to collaborate with to produce a series of short articles to expose (and prove) the similarities between the western (and not western too) anarchist tradition and democratic confederalism. While one of my concentrated areas of study is political theory (and radical political theory), I decided to help in drawing the parallels between both paths and familiarising them to one another. I hope this will help and all criticisms are welcome.

In solidarity with the NO TAV struggle

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:44
Let's put an end to useless major public works and to the repression of militants!
For more than 20 years, Val di Susa residents, common people and militants have opposed the construction of a high-speed railway to connect Lyons with Turin. This useless major infrastructural project would be a catastrophe, wreaking destruction on Nature and ravaging the ecological system. Some of the tunnels are meant to be pierced through uranium and asbestos ore, which would spread the dust of these minerals throughout the valley's atmosphere. Collaterally, many expropriations are planned to enable the railway's construction, especially of agricultural lands. [] []

Confessions of Yanis Varoufakis, Syriza’s Finance Minister

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 03:00
The Failings of His Erratic Marxism
Yanis Varoufakis is the Finance Minister of the new Greek government of the left-wing Syriza party. Describing himself as an "erratic Marxist," he has presented an overview of his political and economic opinions. This provides background information on the philosophy and strategy of Syriza's leaders, which can be critiqued from the perspective of anarchism.

The origins and development of the movement against Water Charges in Ireland

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:24
audio & video
A WSM talk about the development & future of the campaign against water charges, a mass campaign of resistance to privitisation of water and an austerity tax that has emerged in southern Ireland involving hundreds of thousands of people.
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