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

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?

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*

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

The social revolution will sweep Turkey Kurdistan sooner or later

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

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

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?

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

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]

Palestine-Israel - the joint struggle in turbulent times.*

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:03
The popular unarmed struggle of Palestinian communities joined by the Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall and others is not a struggle for the "national liberation" or "self determination" of the Palestinian nation. It is the struggle of Palestinian people, of which the overwhelming majority are working people, against the threat of transfer and the suppression and exploitation by the Israeli Zionist settler colonialist project. None of those involved in the struggle who are not in the Palestinian elite have illusions about the Palestinian elite and the state they will rule and manage after the end of the occupation. None of those involved in the struggle believe that the end of the direct occupation will solve the 1948 Nakba and the refugee problems. However, they still prefer the end of the occupation and independence from Israel, over direct Israeli rule, as it will not be an agent of transfer or of such brutal suppression and exploitation. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27611]

For the Libertarian Alternative

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 14:19
Final motion approved by the 9th National Congress of the FdCA
The 9th Congress of the FdCA, held at the Cascina Cingia commune in Cingia de' Botti, Cremona, on 1 and 2 November 2014, hereby decides to adopt and adapt the name of the Federation in Alternativa Libertaria/FdCA, both on a national and international level. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27565]

Rojava: Fantasies and Realities

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 04:33
The Kobane resistance that has passed its 45th day as of now has caused the attention of revolutionaries all over the world to turn to Rojava. As a result of the work carried out by Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF), anarchist comrades from many parts of the world have sent messages of solidarity to the Kobane resistance.(1) This internationalist stance without a doubt carries great importance for the people resisting in Kobane. However if we do not analyze what is happening in all its truth and if we romanticize instead, our dreams will turn to disappointment in short order.

Appeal to support Ilya Romanov

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 03:34
Dear friends! We ask you to support Ilya Romanov, Russian anarchist accused of 'terrorism', who has already spent a year in prison. ABC-Moscow included him in the list of anarchist political prisoners.

On 26 October 2013 46-year-old anarchist Ilya Romanov was wounded in the city of Nizhnii Novgorod. The explosion which occurred late at night severely injured his left hand and burned his face. Ilya was taken to hospital where doctors amputated his arm. Romanov explained to the police that he unwarily used a pyrotechnic device. In December 2013 Romanov was charged with Article 205 and Article 30 of the Criminal Code of Russian Federation ("attempt to commit a terrorist attack").

United Working Class Action and the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 09:40
Part 4 in a series of articles on the concept and history of united fronts
A "revolutionary alternative from below" that was not quite to be but holds pertinent lessons for movements today.


Our latest issue of Workers World News continues our educational series on "united fronts" with a focus on the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923.


http://anarkismo.net/article/27348
http://anarkismo.net/article/27349
http://anarkismo.net/article/27495

9th National Congress of the FdCA

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 11:26
At the Cascina di Cingia, Cingia de' Botti (Cremona)
On Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014, the FdCA – Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici – will hold its 9th National Congress at the Cascina di Cingia commune in Cingia de' Botti, near Cremona.

After a year of debate and pre-congressional seminars dealing with a range of aspects, the FdCA Congress will be approving documents concerning political strategy and general tactics, above all on themes such as the world of labour and union struggles, local movements and struggles and the economic context which has arisen out of the capitalist restructuring over the past 7 years. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27544]

An Anarchist Communist Reply to ‘Rojava: An Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspective’

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 09:37
This text is a response to the article http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27509 by K. B., recently published on the Ideas and Action website of the North America-based Workers Solidarity Alliance (WSA). In the article, there is an attack on the Rojava revolution in the Middle East, an event in which the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has played a key role. This response is not published in bad faith or with ill intentions towards the writer or their organisation but, rather, in order to clarify and share our thinking regards the question of anarchist support both for national liberation movements and what is, for us, a very important and inspiring struggle playing out in the Middle East. The aim is to have a frank, and comradely, debate that takes us all forward. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27648]

Tokologo supports the community march on the Merafong municipal offices

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:25
The Tokologo African Anarchist Collective supports the protest march held by members of the Khutsong community – where we have active members – to the Merafong municipal offices.