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Not a struggle for the refugees, but with the refugees: Anarchism at work in Greece.

Live from Athens, cultural activist Tasos Sagris from Void Network discusses with Chuck Mertz from the radio program THIS IS HELL (U.S.A.) the political and social work of anarchists in austerity-era Greece – to provide support and mutual aid to the victims of capitalism and war, to defend the people from fascist and state violence, and to build and occupy the framework for a new, horizontal society, against capital, and for each… …

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Networks of Resistance / Δίκτυα Αντίστασης 1st European Local Struggles Conference Sat. 24- Sun. 25 June 2017 1ο Πανευρωπαϊκό Συνέδριο Τοπικών Αγώνων

ZAD (France),  Hambach Forest (Germany),  Bure (France) Cooperativa Integral (Spain),  DIY Internet (Greece) Networks of Resistance / Δίκτυα Αντίστασης 1st European Local Struggles Conference Saturday 24- Sunday 25 June 2017 1ο Πανευρωπαϊκό Συνέδριο Τοπικών Αγώνων Free Self-Organised Theater EMBROS – Riga Palamidi 2 Psiri Area – Athens Ελεύθερο Αυτοδιαχειριζόμενο Θέατρο ΕΜΠΡΟΣ – Ρήγα Παλαμήδη 2 – Ψυρρή – Αθήνα Program / Πρόγραμμα Day 1: Sat. 24/6 starts 17.00 Introduction, Presentations of… …

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Θεσσαλονίκη ΠΟΡΕΙΑ ΠΕΜΠΤΗ 15/6 | Να υποδεχτούμε τους σφαγείς της Παλαιστίνης όπως τους αρμόζει- Anarchist’s demo against Israel prime minister- Let’s welcome the slaughters of Palestinians as they deserve it!

* [text: Eng./Ελλ.] Την Πέμπτη 15/6, η κυβέρνηση της «αριστεράς» θα υποδεχτεί στη Θεσσαλονίκη τον πρωθυπουργό του Ισραήλ, Μπ. Νετανιάχου, για την τριμερή Συνάντηση Κορυφής μεταξύ Ελλάδας, Ισραήλ και Κύπρου. Στην τελευταία αντίστοιχη συνάντηση, το Νοέμβριο του 2015, ο Α. Τσίπρας είχε φροντίσει να χαρακτηρίσει την κατεχόμενη Ιερουσαλήμ ως «ιστορική πρωτεύουσα» του Ισραήλ, νομιμοποιώντας έτσι τη θηριωδία των ισραηλινών δυνάμεων κατοχής. Κι ενώ κάθε μέρα ανήλικα παιδιά πυροβολούνται στους δρόμους… …

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Anarchism and Nationalism- by Uri Gordon

Anarchists are against nationalism; everyone knows that. Instead of solidarity across borders and anti-hierarchical antagonism within them, nationalism engenders loyalty to the state with its armed forces and public symbols, encourages the oppressed to identify with their compatriot oppressors, scapegoats minorities, and pits workers of different countries against one another in economic competition or open warfare. Opposition to nationalism is an almost trivial starting point for anarchist politics, reflected in… …

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CONCERNING ART AND SOCIAL CHANGE By Marco Deseriis and Brian Holmes

The 2007 reader Art and Social Change offers a genealogy of today’s radical cultures. Here, Brian Holmes and Marco Deseriis glean insights from the book into today’s dilemma of producing critical culture within recuperative ‘semiocapitalism’ Among the groundswell of books investigating the link between aesthetics and politics, Art and Social Change: A Critical Reader is particularly ambitious. Published in 2007 as a companion volume to the historical survey exhibition Forms… …

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Dozens of anarchists arrested in Belarus after anti-government protests

Today in three major cities of Belarus – Minsk, Mogilev and Grodno – people took the streets protesting against government attempts to collect tax off the unemployed (details of the story HERE). In Minsk, demonstrations managed to gather more that 1 500 people, in Mogilev and Grodno 1 000 each. These are the biggest protests those cities have seen in decades. It is worth mentioning that most of the protesters… …

Επίθεση ενάντια σε 2 Κοινωνικά Κέντρα στην Αθήνα / Ανακοίνωση – 2 SOCIAL CENTERS IN ATHENS UNDER ATTACK / Announcement

[text: English/Greek] Η καταστολή του κοινωνικού απελευθερωτικού κινήματος και των καταλήψεων προσφύγων και μεταναστών δεν θα μείνει αναπάντητη. Οι αστυνομικές επιδρομές  αποτελούν ιδανικό παράδειγμα για την πολιτική που επιθυμεί να επιβάλλει η κυριαρχία στην εποχή μας: όταν εμείς κοιμόμαστε το κράτος συνεχίζει να δουλεύει εναντίον όλων μας. Τα ξημερώματα της 13/3/2017 η Ελληνική αριστερή κυβέρνηση επέλεξε να εισακούσει τις εντολές της δεξιάς συντήρησης και τα νέο-φιλελεύθερα τσιράκια των Μέσων Μαζικής… …

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In Trump’s America, ‘Felony Riot’ Charges Against Inauguration Protesters Signal Dangerous Wave of Repression by Sarah Lazare

More than 200 people mass arrested in Washington, D.C. facing up to 10 years in prison. More than 200 people who were mass-arrested at the Washington, D.C. protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump have been hit with felony riot charges that are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Those picked up in the sweep—including legal observers and journalists—had their phones, cameras and other personal belongings confiscated as… …

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AWARDS High Tension: The Contemporary Moment in France, photos by Rémy Soubanère

No, these are not photos from battlegrounds in Ukraine or Syria—these are from Paris, the erstwhile city of love and light, transformed into another stage for conflict in the aftermath of two years of terror attacks and heightened security and anxiety. photo 1: Nous Somme le Peule Qui Manque [We Are the Missing People]. Rue de Chaligny. Paris, May 26, 2016. Nearly three months after the first gatherings, the demonstrations became… …

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Over 120 arrested at North Dakota pipeline protests, including journalists // 120 Iνδιάνοι ΙΘαγενείς, ρεπορτερ και ακτιβιστές συλληφθέντες σε επεισόδια

North Dakota police arrested more than 120 people over the weekend at Native American oil pipeline protests, including film-makers and journalists, prompting accusations that law enforcement officials are stifling free speech and using excessive force against peaceful protesters.  ΗΠΑ (η αστυνομια στην υπηρεσια των πολυεθνικων) Στην Βόρεια Ντακότα η αστυνομία συνέλαβε περισσότερα από 120 άτομα στις ινδιάνικες διαμαρτυρίες κατά του πετρελαιαγωγό στη διάρκεια του Σαββατοκύριακου, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των δημιουργών ταινιών και… …

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Αnti-fascist march in London Cable Street, celebrating 80 years of anti-fascist resistance / Μεγάλη Αντιφασιστική πορεία στο Λονδίνο

  Anarchists and confrontational antifascists back in the streets of London in 9/10/2016 in memory of 80th anniversary of heroic Cable Street battle, the great day of Londoners struggle against English fascists, the 1936 Battle of Cable Street, which saw over 100,000 working-class residents in London’s East End oppose a march by Oswald Mosely’s British Union of Fascists, forcing them to abandon it entirely. Void Network expresses solidarity to all… …

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ΠΟΡΕΙΑ Aλληλεγγύης ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ 30/09 -18.00 ΠΡΟΠΥΛΑΙΑ // Demonstration in defense of refugee children

Five children 12 to 14 years old and two children 20 to 22, on their way to take part at a theatre play in Athens centre, has been arrested from police and then tortured and abused at the Omonoia police station. The Assempbly of the Exarchia Occupied Spaces for immigrants and refugees and the self-organization of the solidarity invites ALL at the demonstration at Friday 30/9 at 18.00 from Propylaia… …

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Paranoia and Terror as Models of Governance- by Alèssi Dell’Umbria

2010 was going to be an exceptional year, to judge by the public relations billboards the government erected along the highways: a modern Mexico was going to celebrate the Bicentennial of its War for Independence and the Centenary of its Revolution at the same time. And it certainly was an exceptional year. Every year, on January 6, the children who gather at the feet of the Angel of Independence, in… …

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#BREXIT: What the UK Anarchists think about it?

  # BREXIT 10 point guide for post Brexit resistance as racist right wins EU referendum // text by Workers Solidarity Movement UK 1. The Brexit vote for the UK to leave the European Union demonstrates that even weak parliamentary democracy is incompatible with escalating neoliberal inequality.  In the UK as elsewhere a tiny segment of the population have taken a larger and larger share of total wealth in the… …

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Building autonomy in Turkey and Kurdistan: an interview with D.A.F.- Revolutionary Anarchist Action

In May this year, Corporate Watch researchers travelled to Turkey and Kurdistan to investigate the companies supplying military equipment to the Turkish police and army. We talked to a range of groups from a variety of different movements and campaigns Below is the transcript of our interview with three members of the anarchist group Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF, or Revolutionary Anarchist Action) in Istanbul during May 2015. DAF are involved… …

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No System but the Ecosystem: Earth First! and Anarchism by Panagioti Tsolkas

There is a clear case to be made for the connection between ecology and anarchism.1 Many philosophers, academics, and radicals have elaborated this over the past two centuries2. But reviewing the history of this theoretical relationship is not the goal here. The movement surrounding anarchism in the past 200 years has certainly included its fair share of theory, yet what has rooted anarchist ideas so deeply in human society is… …

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The West is Manufacturing Muslim Monsters. Who Should be Blamed for Muslim Terrorism? by ANDRE VLTCHEK

photos from Afghanistan in 70s, before CIA promoting Islam fundamentalists   A hundred years ago, it would have been unimaginable to have a pair of Muslim men enter a cafe or a public transportation vehicle, and then blow themselves up, killing dozens. Or to massacre the staff of a satirical magazine in Paris! Things like that were simply not done. When you read the memoirs of Edward Said, or talk… …

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African Anarchism, an introduction

Welcome to African Anarchism! Void Network introduces a site that is intended to be a resource for anarchists and other anti-authoritarian revolutionary socialists in Africa, and for all those interested in the liberation of this most exploited continent. the site is: http://www.struggle.ws/africa/ Africa has endured centuries of suffering and deprivation in a world of plenty. Capitalism has indisputably failed to provide even a minimum standard of living to Africans. The… …

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Intervention (to Greek Anarchist movement) by The Barbarians

Of course, to begin with, everything needs to be broached with caution. We need to remember to make distinctionsin our thought. To speak with tact is not always the same as silence even if in some situations the only real choice is a tactful silence. Yet this is not the case in a general manner. Thus in speaking in a general way,  we can avoid this first, no doubt common… …

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Deep Anger! We need to rediscover something we lost along the way. — by Darren Fleet with Stefanie Krasnow (Adbusters mag.)

In a better world, there’d be no reason to write this. In that world, plastic bags would be outlawed, rednecks would voluntarily stop driving those obnoxious Ford F-350s and the yogis in yuppie neighborhoods would stop believing that a hybrid SUV could save the planet. But that’s not the world we live in. In this world, when push comes to shove, most of us are too comfortable to care, too… …

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WHY RIOT? — by Phil A. Neel / Ultra magazine

Two years ago in Seattle, on May 1st, 2012, roughly four to five hundred people engaged in the largest riot the city had seen in more than a decade. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of property were destroyed[i], a minor state of emergency was declared, and the next day’s headlines were filled with horror stories of crazy, “out-of-town” anarchists run amok.This event, occurring on the tail end of the Occupy… …

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Ukrainian anarchist dispels myths surrounding Euromaidan protests, warns of fascist influence

Asheville Fm radio, based in western North Carolina, aired a fascinating interview with an anarcho-syndicalist named Denys, from the Autonomous Worker’s Union in Ukraine. In the interview, Denys debunks many of the myths surrounding the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, and explains motives behind the stories and propaganda being circulated around the protests. Why is the Free Association Agreement with the EU (which would mostly benefit the ultra-rich oligarchs of Ukraine)… …

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10 Outrageous Reasons Black People Were Lynched in America

For years the U.S. government allowed racist white lynch mobs to murder Black men, women and children for practically nothing. The lynchings were so absurd one could argue that Black people’s lives were little to no value at all.  In fact, between 1882 and 1930 in just the 10 southern U.S. states of Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and South Carolina, 2,500 black people were lynched.… …

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Farmakonisi: Crime against humanity by the Greek State [english,spanish,greek,italian]

PLEASE SPREAD IT WORLDWIDE !!!(english,spanish,french .greek.italian) ~On the night of January 19 a boat with 28 refugees was caught by the Greek Coast Guard as it was trying to approach the shore of Farmakonisi, a Greek island. The Greek Coast Guard vessel instead of towing them ashore started to push them back towards the Turkish coast. As a result the boat was sunk and 12 of them – 9 children,… …

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Germany: Updates from the streets of Berlin, Hamburg and a few other places

SOLIDARITY FROM VOID NETWORK FOR ALL COMRADES IN GERMANY AND HAMBURG THAT FIGHT AGAINST GERMAN STATE IN DEFENSE OF ROTE FLORA AND ALL OCCUPIED SOCIAL CENTERS OF EUROPE! WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER! VOID NETWORK(ATHENS,LONDON,NEW YORK, RIO DE JANEIRO)November 23rdOn Saturday, nearly 6,000 protesters marched in the city centre of Berlin during the annual demo in remembrance of comrade Silvio Meier, who was killed by neo-Nazis in 1992. However, on the same… …

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“The Rioter and the Witch” by Olivier Marboeuf

(…) For weeks, the riots filled our screens with their void. What did we see? Fires in the night, enigmatic, faceless youths who disappeared seamlessly into darkness or behind smoke-screens, according to vanishing recipes we know nothing about. Something that refuses to be grasped but traps us in a fascinating anxiety. A possession. Like every magic ritual, a riot is a fleeting moment of perception of the invisible. It corresponds… …

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“After the Crest, part I.: What to Do while the Dust Is Settling” by Crimethinc

At the high point, it seems like it will go on forever. You feel invincible, unstoppable. Then the crash comes: court cases, disintegration, depression. Once you go through this several times, the rhythm becomes familiar. It becomes possible to recognize these upheavals as the heartbeat of something greater than any single movement. Over the past six years, cities around the world have seen peaks of struggle: Athens, London, Barcelona, Cairo,… …

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Tahrir-ICN anarchist group statement on events in Egypt / August 2013

The events of the past couple of days are the latest step in a sequence of events by which the military can consolidate its hold on power, aim towards the death of the revolution and a return to a military/police state.The authoritarian regime of the Muslim Brotherhood had to go. But what has replaced it is the true face of the military in Egypt – no less authoritarian, no less… …

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“The Anarchist Revelation: Being What We’re Meant to Be” by Paul Cudenec

An important new book on anarchist thought is now available from Winter Oak Press.The Anarchist Revelation: Being What We’re Meant to Be is the latest work by activist and writer Paul Cudenec.Here, he turns his back on contemporary trends of anarchism in a bid to reconnect with the primal force of its root ideology.Cudenec notes the significance of its refusal of the state and its judicial system, of land ownership and of… …

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“Discussion paper for a new Breakout into the Frosts of Freedom” by Reformgroup

breakout print – PDF breakout read – PDF This text was written as a discussion text for the Autonomous Congress in Hamburg in October 2009, the first in 15 years. ..[http://autonomerkongress.blogsport.de]  The time to always assure ourselves of our own certainties has to come to an end   To some our words might sound harsh. This happens easily if it´s the people you love that are at stake, those with whom… …

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Slavoj Žižek: “Trouble in Paradise” On the protests in Turkey and Greece

In his early writings, Marx described the German situation as one in which the only answer to particular problems was the universal solution: global revolution. This is a succinct expression of the difference between a reformist and a revolutionary period: in a reformist period, global revolution remains a dream which, if it does anything, merely lends weight to attempts to change things locally; in a revolutionary period, it becomes clear… …

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Russian Art Anarchists explain themselves from prison / Banksy’s new favourite group Voina (WAR)

Last week Banksy declared that all profits from his current print sale would be gifted to Russian art anarchist group Voina. Known for drawing an enormous cock on a bridge opposite the ex-KGB offices, and instigating asex party in a museum (see above). We spoke to the group (half of which were replying from prison). Voina (or “War” to give them their English name) are a radical art group concerned with challenging the Russian establishment on important… …

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“Between Pridicates, War: Theses on Contemporary Struggle” by The Institute For Experimental Freedom

“To great writers, finished works weigh lighter than those fragments on which they labor their entire lives” W. Benjamin –> The Institute for Experimental Freedom is proud to announce the release of Between Predicates, War: Theses on Contemporary Struggle. Almost two years in the making, Between Predicates, War is a fragmented collection of theses on our tumultuous situation. From Egypt to the US, Greece to the UK, contemporary struggle announces a revolt against… …

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Letter to the Egyptian Black Bloc from U.S.A. anarchists

We present here, in Arabic and in English, an open letter from participants in black bloc actions in the United States to participants in the Egyptian black bloc, aimed at initiating a dialogue beyond the exchange of youtube videos. This is of interest to everyone around the world struggling for liberation, so please print and distribute widely:pamphlet in English:http://cloudfront.crimethinc.com/pdfs/egyptblackbloc_english_imposed.pdfpamphlet in Arabic:http://cloudfront.crimethinc.com/pdfs/egyptblackbloc_arabic_imposed.pdfThe emergence of the black bloc in Egypt at this… …

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History: The Namibia Genocide.The first genocide of the 20th century. Horrifying Secrets of Germany’s Earliest Holocaust.

When you hear of Death Camps and Genocide, Nazi Germany and world war two come to mind. But Germany had practiced it’s murderous craft over sixty years before WWll. Before the Armenian Genocide, before the Jewish Genocide over 150,000 Herero and Nama peoples of modern-day Namibia were murdered by the order of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany between 1904 and 1909.  Along the coastline of Namibia runs the Namib desert, a 1,200 mile long strip of unwelcoming… …

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“War is here, if you want it. (On the 1st anniversary of Occupy)” by Eskl8trs

WAR, IF YOU WANT IT / War is warWar then, if that’s what you wantIntroductionNext time, when you’re still standing around commemorating something that you’ve lost, and all you see around you are the walking wounded and a fading brand struggling to stay relevant, hopefully there will come a point when you realize that whatever it was that started last fall, it wasn’t a movement. A year without follow-up, of… …

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