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The Forgotten Tradition of French Sovietism

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 09:49
a review of David Berry's A History of the French Anarchist Movement, 1917-1945
To an English-speaking outsider, the French anarchist movement - as distinct from the Francophone anarchist movement in North Africa, Vietnam, etc - is often viewed as the "mother" movement because of the massive CGT union federation which, under anarchist sway, amalgamated with the local Bourses du Travail in 1895, establishing an "apolitical" model of mass anarchosyndicalism that was replicated in Fracophile countries such as Poland and most of Europe and lands as far away as Brazil, Egypt and Senegal.

Brazil: The Débâcle of the PT

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 06:31
Hundreds of thousands of chiefly white middle class protesters took to the streets in Brazil on 15 March in an organized upsurge of hatred against the federal administration led by President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT). These protests are far more cohesive and better organized than the previous wave of anti-government demonstrations, in 2013; their demands are unambiguously reactionary, and they include primarily the country's elite.

Rally Against Racism Sat 4 April

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 08:21
The far Right “Reclaim Australia” plans to hold an anti-Muslim rally in Melbourne and also at other places around Australia. They want people to believe they’re just “ordinary Australians” who are worried about “radical Islam”. What they’re NOT telling you is that they are Fascists – yes, actual far Right, Hitler-loving racists who have decided it’s a tactical advantage to wrap themselves in Australian flags. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/28097]

Late contemplations about the Charlie Hebdo massacre

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:41
The attack on Charlie Hebdo last January was carefully designed to the full benefit of IS, but also to the benefit of the ruling Elite in the advanced capitalist world. It was not intended as punishment for Charlie Hebdo's satiric attitude toward what IS considers as "sacred", but as punishment for millions of Muslims who accepted such an attitude by their silence, especially Muslims who live in France and the west. IS, like everyone else, knew very well that Muslims in Europe and the west will be under heavier pressure after such an attack. IS offered Muslims only one way to defend themselves: to accept its fundamentalist hyper-dogmatic version of Islam and join its ranks - martyrdom and heaven through killing and suicide bombing. The message of IS was clear: freedom of conscience and expression is never a part of Muslims' identity, so it must be declined, denied and fought against. Both IS and the western elite accepted this as a "fact". [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/28034]

The party is haunting us again

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:06
Karl Marx once said that history repeats itself, first as a tragedy then as a farce. A case in point is that in South Africa sections of the left are once again calling for a mass workers’ party (MWP) to be formed to contest elections – this they believe will bring us closer to revolution. History says otherwise.

Of course the new calls for a MWP stem from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) breaking from the African National Congress (ANC). As an outcome NUMSA is exploring the possibility of setting up a MWP to contest elections. Many Marxist and leftist influenced organisations, but also cadres within NUMSA, are therefore providing reasons why activists should be interested in such a party.

Palestine-Israel, the joint struggle in turbulent times of the fragmentation in the Zionist rilling elite*

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 03:22
Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, Kadum, Ma'asarah, Southern Hebron Hills, Sheikh Jarrah, the Bedouins of the south, Dahamsh
The merger between the Zionist leadership and the capitalist elite which started 1948 picked in the Tycoons dominance, at 20010. The "too successful" neo-liberalism was challenged by the social struggle, conflicts within the capitalist elite and threatened by international pressure yielded the diminishing power of the old order when the right lost its absolute power in the parliament depending now on the opponent of the milder Zionist right (Kachlon). It is not sure how fast the retreat in the neo-liberal trend and the defeat of the Tycoons combined with the international pressure will yield also retreat in the advance of the Zionist settler and transfer effort. Mean time the joint struggle continue in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, Kadum, Ma'asarah, Southern Hebron Hills, Sheikh Jarrah, the Bedouins of the south, Dahamsh... with additional locations from time to time.

If The Government Is Thirsty For Blood, Then Take It!

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 09:59
IF THE GOVERNMENT IS THIRSTY FOR BLOOD, THEN TAKE IT!
On the first anniversary of the murder of Berkin Elvan, our comrades opened a pankart on the stairs of Gezi Park, written " Berkin is here".
Our 8 comrades are assaulted, abused and taken into custody, handcuffed from the back.

They poured red paint on the stairs of the Gezi Park, shouting " If the government is thirsty for blood, then take it."
We are going to call the murderers to account!
Berkin is here, we are here!

February 2015 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 05:07
KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 81, February 2015 has just been posted on our site.

Syriza's Only Choice: A Radical Step Forward

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 03:13
“One must know how to employ the kairos [right or opportune moment] of one's forces at the right moment.
It is easy to only lose a little, if one always keeps foremost in the mind the idea that unity is never the trick, but the game.”

— Guy Gebord, “Notes on poker.”

Every Woman is the Fight, Woman on the Fight!

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:23
Every Woman is the Fight, Woman on the Fight!
Last year again the lives of women have been stolen by men. Violence
of man at home, oppression of the boss at work, abuse and rape on the
streets, on every single space the women’s body have been scattered…

An Essay on Collectivist Economics

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 17:14
(By: Bruno Lima Rocha)

This essay is the beginning of an attempt to develop a left libertarian approach toward an economic model, specifically to a model which is compatible with the political formations of Democratic Confederalism, also referred to as Libertarian Municipalism. At this stage the goal is the development of a working set of tools of analysis, and foster learning among the Libertarian Left. To this end I submit this relatively simple text to provide accessible notions for those struggling to build a society based on Democratic Confederalism.

Palestine-Israel, The joined struggle in a decisive year*

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 11:42
Bil'in, Ma'asara, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, South of Hebron Hills, Sheik Jarrah
The minimal pressure of the imperial power on Israel to soften its pressures applied to the would be transfered Palestinians of the 1967 occupied areas have its results (more in the west bank than in the Gaza Ghetto). The about 100.000 Palestinians of the occupied territories are employed by Israelis. Most of the roadblocks were removed. The rebellion of the Palestinians in the west bank is channeled mostly through a small minority of activists in the joint and separate week end activities. People are like holding their breath to see if the culminated crisis in the international arena will yield a significant break throw. Mean time, the persistent week end struggles - though in a diminished intensity in Bil'in, Ma'asara, Ni'ilin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, South of Hebron Hills, Sheik Jarrah... with sporadic struggles in other locations. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/28035]

Flora Tristan: precursor of feminism and proletarian emancipation

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 03:39
Flora Célestine Thérèse Henriette Tristán y Moscoso Lesnais (1803-1844) was a French writer of Peruvian descent. Little known in official historiography, probably intentionally forgotten because of the rebellion and desire for freedom that emanates from her writings. Among her works were Peregrinations of a Pariah (1839), Promenades in London (1840) and the booklet The Workers' Union (1843). [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27972]

Banner action against Oslo Energy Forum

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:33
Today we, a group of autonomous environmental activists, hung a 40 square metre banner from the Holmenkollen ski jump to protest the Oslo Energy Forum. The forum is being held at Scandic Holmenkollen Hotel, which is located just a couple of hundred metres from the ski jump. There are two primary reasons for why we chose to have our banner action at this location: firstly, because it is a national landmark that lies in close proximity to the place where the forum is held, and secondly, because winter sports like skiing will be something only found in history books if the fossil fuel industry is allowed to continue at its current levels of pollution. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27963]

The Transformer

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 04:01
Sabotage for peace
The US troop surges inspire an anarchist to another kind of surge.

The Europe of repression strikes a blow at social protest in Ireland

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 18:18
Translation by John Catalinotto
Hundreds of thousands of people in this small country have been protesting against this policy and the government has encountered a campaign of civil disobedience without precedent, in which the majority of the population refuse to pay. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27910]

Kobane’s Second Phase: Resistance and Necessities

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 15:44
After 134 days of fierce resisting and defending. The women, men and their combatants with the support and solidarity from millions of people around the world had finally defeated the vicious attack from ISIS and liberated their town Kobane. This was not just a defeat for ISIS and it’s dream to establish an Islamic Kelifat. But it had also destroyed the ISIS’s ally the current Turkish government’s dream to resurrect a Neu-othman empire.

The attack on Kobane was a proxy war launched by ISIS on behalf of the regional regimes and others against the bravery people in Kobane and the Democratic Self administration (DSA). [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27961]

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

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.]

Bil'in - 10 years of persistent joint struggle

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. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27943] [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27959]

Eleventh Anarchist Bookfair in Zagreb

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.