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We Must Unlearn the Lie That State Violence Is Inherently Legitimate- Interview with Kelly Hayes

Note: The text that follows is an excerpt of an interview with Kelly Hayes that is featured in the anthology of antifascist writing No Pasarán! (AK Press, October 2022). “Kops and Klan go hand in hand!” This chant was shouted in street gatherings across the country during the 2020 uprising against white supremacy and police violence. The historic connection of white nationalist vigilante violence and the police became glaringly obvious…

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Iran on Flames after Morality Police murder of Mahsa Amini- Videos and Reports

Iran has erupted over the death of a young woman in police custody for “improperly” wearing the hijab. In the context of a deep economic and political crisis, Iranians are also questioning their deeply unpopular regime and its brutal oppression of women. Last Tuesday evening, Mahsa (Zina) Amini, a 22-year-old ethnic Kurd from the western city of Saqez in the Kurdistan province, was detained outside a metro station in Tehran…

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Rest in Peace “Jimmy” Kyaw Min Yu- by George Katsiaficas

On July 23, 2022, the military in Myanmar secretly executed four leaders of the country’s freedom movement. The martyrs’ families, like the men themselves, were not given advance notice. Final goodbyes were never said. Only after the dictatorship publicly announced the hangings two days later, on Monday, July 25, did the families and the world learn about these cold-blooded murders. To add to the pain, the remains of the deceased…

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A housing Project for Life in Mexico City

A housing movement on the fringes of Mexico City offers an example of the fruits of breaking with the clientelism that has long dominated Mexican politics to build autonomous alternatives in its communities. The community of Acapatzingo (Photo by José Luis Santillán/Creative Commons) Walking through La Polvorilla on the southeastern fringes of Mexico City, a rare sense of ordered calm fills the neighborhood. The eye lingers on posters announcing workshops…

The State, Nationalism and the War in Ukraine

VOID NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENT- In the case of Ukraine – as in any inter-state rivalry – we can only assess the facts after placing them in a broader historical context. From the historical process of colonialism, which has been at the forefront of the development of the modern world, and the two world wars, to the Cold War, and the many local wars around the world (Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan,…

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LGBTQI+ people in Turkey – As long as the world keeps running we will be here

Branded as terrorists by President Erdoğan’s hardline regime, LGBTQI+ people in Turkey are finding ways to express themselves and build solidarity, writes Tuğçe Özbiçer. As my friends and I climb the old staircase to a bar in Istanbul’s vibrant Taksim district, I’m surprised to hear the establishment’s name. I thought Şahika had shut down but it seems my friends had just stopped going. ‘Queer managers took over,’ they explain, ‘so…

Letters from Ukraine- interview with a comrade from Kharkiv

The following interview was conducted by Tous Dehors on 18.03.2022. Translation in English by ENDNOTES Could you start by telling us about your background before the war? I originally come from Kharkiv which is in Eastern Ukraine, just a few miles from the border, but have spent the last few years studying in Lviv. All of my family and relatives are from Kharkiv as well, and before moving to Lviv…

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A Very Long Winter

War transforms everything – we are suddenly for or against armies, revolutionaries become soldiers, coalitions monopolize politics, patriotic fervor swells, and the party of order triumphs. When the Russian army invaded Ukraine last week, Putin claimed it was in the name of “denazification,” evoking the important role “anti-fascism” plays in the ideology of the Russian state. In the following text, published in Liaisons’ first book In the Name of the…

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The War – Errico Malatesta

This is an article by Italian anarchist Errico Malatesta, translated by Paul Sharkey from “La guerra,” L’Agitatore Socialista Anarchico (April 25, 1897), single issue, replacement for no. 7 of L’Agitazione. So many years after the first publication of this text and still the people of this world are fighting to survive in the middle of imperialistic wars and the greed of the capitalists. War has broken out.[1] The European powers,…

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Can the pandemic labor shortage help us envision a world without work?

written by Abigail Susik As the omicron variant sweeps through American communities, many of our workplaces and institutions are grinding to a halt. With nurses, teachers and other essential workers getting ill or quarantining, we are facing disruptions at schools and in hospitals. Some employers are seeking stopgap measures, trying to hire rapidly to fill open jobs, begging for community volunteers to help keep things running and even lowering requirements…

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QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION- documentary

Yony Leyser USA, DEU 2017 83min Yony Leyser’s delightfully ragged documentary, QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION, both documents a historical cultural movement in the LGBTQ+ community, and serves as motivation to create more inclusive, diverse spaces today. The film hones in on the homocore (more modernly referred to as queercore) movement of the 1980’s and 1990’s, a response to the increasingly violent, masculine tendencies of the punk scene. The…

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Most Resistance Does Not Speak Its Name: An Interview with James C. Scott

JAMES C. SCOTT is known as something of a hybrid scholar: part-political scientist, part-anthropologist, part-agrarianist; a “crude Marxist,” a cautious anarchist. While a young doctoral student at Yale University in the late 1950s, he had been warned by a colleague that his planned two years of fieldwork in a remote Malaysian village would prove suicidal for his career. But that experience provided the basis for Weapons of the Weak: Everyday…

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How Berlin’s health workers organized, went on strike, and won

Health workers in Berlin’s biggest hospitals groups, Vivantes and Charité, organized a 4-week long strike to secure new employment and safe staffing levels. A member of the self-organised Berlin Hospital Movement analyses their actions. October 21, 2021 by Silvia Habekost On October 12, health workers at Vivantes Hospital Center in Berlin suspended a weeks-long strike after their trade union secured key points for a collective bargain, which should be drafted…

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2021 NYC Anarchist Book Fair & online talks- workshops

In the spirit of building self-governing alternative systems necessary for a non-capitalist existence, NYC Anarchist Book Fair 2021 offer these workshops to lay the groundwork for new worlds based on anarchist principles of solidarity, mutual aid, autonomy, cooperation, direct action, and free association. There will be various workshops presented by a wide spectrum of activists, scholars, poets, artists, radical healers, communities, and groups. Workshops range across theory and praxis, and participants can…

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Who Owns Tomorrow? For a life worth living

In 1932, right before the Nazis came to power, Brecht penned a brooding screenplay for a film, Kuhle Wampe, subtitled in English as Who Owns the World? The film follows a young pair of siblings, Franz and Anni, as they ride bicycles around Depression-era Berlin in search of work. Returning to his family’s apartment one day with no prospects, Franz eats, takes off his watch, and jumps out of a…

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Memories of a Metropolitan Indian- Italian Autonomia

A former Metropolitan Indian (member of a situationist-influenced group in Italy) recounts some experiences with the group during the “Years of Lead”: the violent late-1970s. It all began a long time ago but our story leaps the intervening periods and begins in fact in the spring of 1975. It had been a bloody spring. Fascists and police had killed militants belonging to the left. Practically overnight the situation was radicalised.…

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Afghanistan: The Taliban Victory in a Global Context

An Anti-Imperial Perspective from a Veteran of the US Occupation by CrimethInc ___ The speed with which the Taliban have recaptured Afghanistan ahead of the United States pullout illustrates how fragile the hegemony of the US empire is: how much force it takes to maintain it and how quickly everything can change when that force is withdrawn. It offers a glimpse into a possible post-imperial future—though hardly a promising one.…

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Utopian communities- What makes the difference between failure and success?

Most utopian communities are, like most start-ups, short-lived. What makes the difference between failure and success? At 16, Martin Winiecki dropped out of school and left his home in the German city of Dresden to live full-time at Tamera, a 300-acre intentional community in the rolling hills of southwestern Portugal. His mother and father – a doctor and a professor of mathematics – were reluctant to let him go. ‘It…

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Israel chooses violence – Report from Jerusalem

The escalation in violence across Israel-Palestine over the past days is primarily the result of a number of choices made by the Israeli government. While such violence is far from unprecedented in our region, and has been inherent to Israel’s oppressive policies for decades, these are choices that ultimately serve the interests of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is desperately fighting to save his political career and avoid potential time…

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Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe: ‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’

It’s hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the indignity that people are being subjected to. Meanwhile, Modi and his allies are telling us not to complainby Arundhati Roy During a particularly polarising election campaign in the state of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, waded into the fray to stir things up even further. From a public podium, he…

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SOS Five Greek Islands in great danger

The islands of Amorgos, Kimolos, Kithira, Sikinos and Tinos share the landscape and cultural wealth of the Cyclades, which give them an incomparable environmental value. This iconic landscape, which forms a vital part of Greek and also European identity, is formed by the harmonious coexistence between the Aegean Sea, hills, mountains, traditional settlements, monuments and archaeological sites. This multi-layered landscape is in grave danger due to proposals for the installation…

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Myanmar- Youth brave bullets and arrest to keep protests alive

Ko Kyaw Htet is a frontline member of a protest group that has been gathering each day in Yangon’s Sanchaung Township for several weeks. The 23-year-old, who like every other protester in this article has been given a pseudonym for their safety, uses a shield fashioned from a SkyNet satellite dish for protection against rubber bullets. The activist also wears a yellow plastic hardhat and goggles to protect his eyes…

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Greek Horror- How an Epstein level paedophile scandal could connect to the first time in Greek history that a political prisoner dies of hunger strike

Two parallel stories are escalating in the Greek news these days. Both are of historical significance, but with very different volume of coverage. They are stories of two very different men, who share no resemblance but their first name. The men are Dimitris Lignadis and Dimitris Koufontinas, and their trajectories, already connected by means of sheer timing, could end up affecting each other, in the vilest manner. The former was…

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Embat: The King has no clothes. The authoritarian drift of the state – Pablo Hasél case and beyond

A statement by Embat, a Libertarian Organization from Catalonia, on the Pablo Hasél case and the authoritarian drift of the state in general. Originally published by Embat. Translated by Riot Turtle. After the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasél for a song against the monarchy, after the violent repression of the protests against his imprisonment, after the totally unpunished demonstration of neo-Nazis in Madrid praising the Blue Division, after the unleashed police action…

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The Left Should Oppose Censorship by Big Tech Companies- by Ben Burgis

It’s easy for the Left to cheer when racists, fascists, and reactionaries are de-platformed by tech companies. But the censors aren’t our friends. We should champion free speech online — and argue that the best way to protect it is with a socialist program that brings privatized social media platforms into public control. I’m the host of a podcast and YouTube show called Give Them An Argument (GTAA). Last month,…

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The Fools and the Wise- Jacques Ranciere

Jacques Ranciere reflects on the end of the Trump presidency and asks how this decline into unreason reconstructed what democracy means _____ Witnessing the assault on the Capitol, it may seem surprising to see Trump’s supporters relentlessly denying the facts to the point of sinking into fanatical violence. Some see them as gullible spirits deceived by fake news. But how can we still believe in this fable when we live…

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Capitol Riot: The Grambling of Democratic Imagination

1. These events were not an aberration from democracy, because simply the USA were never democratic in the first place. They weren’t democratic when they had slaves, they certainly weren’t democratic when the segregation laws were in place, the separation of normal citizens and Others due to the Color of their skin and of course they remained un-democratic when the Jim Crow laws withdrew and the ugly systemic racism was…

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Non-news about drugs – Alfredo M. Bonanno

There are at least two ways to make music. The negative one and the positive one. We can screech as long as we like on the strings of a violin and still not succeed in making what comes out music. But a whole portfolio of scores of the great composers still does not make a musician. It follows that one should not pay attention to how things are said as…

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Forest Garden With 500 Edible Plants Requires Only a Few Hours of Work Per Month

Historically, farms and forests have been at odds. Conventional wisdom says we have to cut down the forest to make way for agriculture. But a growing movement called agro-forestry “capitalizes” on the free services forests provide farmers and gardeners. Not only do trees protect more delicate edible plants from the elements and extreme weather, they provide nutrients, water, pest control and pollination services. Although you might not find all your…

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“This is Not a Country, This is a Mass Grave With a National Anthem”: Anti-Police Protests Rock Colombia

Colombia has seen massive anti-police protests in several cities in recent days after the cops in Bogotá killed a father of two. The uprising continues the growing opposition to the neoliberal onslaught against the working class and poor people, but is also part of the global protests in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. His name was Javier Humberto Ordóñez — the father of two young boys, ages…

David Graeber died suddenly at 59

We are shocked by the news- our friend and comrade David Graeber died suddenly in Venice. Graeber’s death was confirmed on the morning of September 3 by his wife, Nika Dubrovsky. Dubrovsky tweeted, “Yesterday the best person in a world, my husband and my friend David Graeber died in a hospital in Venice.” Graeber was the professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics and wrote the book Debt:…

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Do Americans Get That Trump is Instituting Martial Law?

Trump Wants to Use Martial Law to Terrorize Americans — and Steal the Next Election by Umair Haque _______________________ Yesterday, the Mayor of Portland was gassed by the secret police of storm troopers that Donald Trump has sent to occupy the city. Wait. What? Let’s read that sentence again. Yesterday, the Mayor of Portland was gassed by the secret police of storm troopers that Donald Trump has sent to occupy the city. If I wrote that sentence…

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US Corporations a Driving Force Behind ‘Unprecedented Wave’ of Global Land Privatization: Report

“Unfettered capitalism has brought us to this disaster. We must halt and reverse the privatization of the commons to protect and nurture these natural resources for future generations.” by Julia Conley, staff writer A study released Tuesday by the Oakland Institute details an “unprecedented wave of privatization of natural resources that is underway around the world”—one that is largely being driven by the United States and its allies. According to the progressive think tank’s report (pdf),…

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Ecology, Capitalism and The State

Modern civilization as we know it faces a number of major threats. Escalating economic inequality and an increasingly atomized society could lead to large-scale social breakdown. The depletion of natural resources is having a profound effect on the environment. As climate change continues to worsen, the ecosystems upon which human and non-human life depend are subjected to intolerable conditions. States across the globe have long since acquired the means by…

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George Floyd RIOTS- What have these protests accomplished so far?

5/26 – 4 officers fired for murdering George Floyd 5/28 Univ of Minn cancels contract with police 5/28 3rd precinct police station neutralized by protestors 5/28 ATU Local 1005 refuses to bring police officers to protests, or transport arrested protesters 5/29 Activists commander hotel to provide shelter to homeless 5/29 Officer Chauvin who killed Floyd arrested 5/29 Louisville Mayor suspends “no-knock” warrants in response to polices 3/12 5/30 US Embassies…

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Letter Of Resistance- The Magónista Women’s Commission / Popular Indigenous Council Of Oaxaca

A Report From Magónistas On The Impact Of COVID-19 In Mexico. We must bear in mind that no government,honest as it is, can decree the abolition of misery.It is the people themselves, the hungry,the disinherited, who have to abolish misery.– Ricardo Flores Magón (Regeneration, Nov. 19, 1910) Once again, the indigenous peoples are forgotten in the oblivion; There is not a single security measure by governments to protect us, and…

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Are Anarchists Socialists?

by Wayne Price **Many people regard anarchism and socialism as contradictory programs. This is based on the conception of “socialism” as state ownership of the economy. Yet historically, anarchists have regarded this program as “state socialism” or “authoritarian socialism.” They have rejected such views in favor of “anarchist-socialism” or “libertarian socialism.” This concept of anarchism as a variety of socialism remains important today in opposition to pro-capitalist “libertarianism” and to…

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Neither with the State, nor with the Idiots – Sotiris Licourghiotis

Translation: Rodanthe Scourtelli / Void Network Neither with the State, nor with the Idiots:  The Social Project of Reclaiming Public Sector.                                                                   (Thoughts triggered by the coronavirus crisis) The greek word “ιδιώτης” [private person, as opposed to one taking part in public affairs][1] translates into English as idiot. And if you are wondering how the mutation in the meaning of this word came about, you would be surprised to learn…

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A message from Athens #Covid-19

Coronavirus and Mutual Aid- Nowadays we are living in a common History – Void Network / Athens We are facing a pernicious virus that terrifies the world. To comfort our anxiety, we say to ourselves, that if we take precautions, we will survive. In the meantime, we try to reduce the hours we watch television. In fact, watching the news has become an essential activity to get through the day.…

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Raoul Vaneigem: CORONAVIRUS (english & greek translation)

TRANSLATIONS: Eng / GR Challenging the danger posed by the coronavirus is surely absurd. But, on the other hand, isn’t it just as absurd that a disturbance in the habitual course of illnesses has become the object of such intense emotional exploitation and mobilizes the same arrogant incompetence that years ago kicked the cloud from Chernobyl out of France? Certainly, we know the facility with which the specter of the…

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Chile: Another End of the World is Possible- Original reporting from the uprising

Text & photos by Emilio Brava – Pachakuti: the Aymara term for a global transition, from Pacha (“the Earth” or the Space/Time we inhabit) and Kuti (“Change”). On the 500th anniversary of colonization in 1992, Aymaran spiritual leaders prophesied a new Pachakuti. During which, a period of forty years (1992-2032) would be a time of upheaval as the old world ends and the earth cycles back to the beginning. October 19th, 2019: In Santiago de Chile,…

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Raul Vaneigem: Here we are! At the beginning of everything!

17 November 2019 (The text published in french language at “A contretemps” at 17 November 2019). The sudden attacks of freedom on the suffocating capitalist hydra, constantly make the epicenter of the seismic disturbances fluctuate. The territories of the whole world affected by the system of private benefits are exposed to the outburst of insurrectional movements. Consciousness is forced to run after successive waves of events, reacting to constant, paradoxically predictable…

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SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATION for migrants and spaces of struggle VICTORIA SQ. 2 Nov. 2019 Athens Greece

SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATION FOR MIGRANTS AND SPACES OF STRUGGLE AGAINST THE STATE AND CAPITALIST DEVELOPMENT VICTORIA SQUARE NOVEMBER 2, 2019, starts at 12:00 Athens Greece _____________________________ If you are a migrant… Migrants are undervalued and attacked in all aspects of their lives. They follow the path of migration to escape war, poverty, and sometimes because of a desire for a better life. Wars are fomented by bosses and their states to…

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Moroccan Journalist’s Prison Sentence Increased on Appeal to 15 Years – by George Katsiaficas

At midnight on October 25, 2019, Tawfik Bouachrine, the editor-in-chief of newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum (Today’s News), was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. A Casablanca appeals court sentenced him to three years longer than the term imposed by a lower court. Bouachrine was denied key evidence, his cell phone, which had been confiscated and would have cleared him from the charges. The appeals court announced its decision to increase his prison…

EXARCHIA: Solidarity to squats and all spaces of struggle- ASSEMBLY Announcement

The state and capital always attack the freedom of the social base, steal its labor and resources. In recent years we have experienced one of the most violent attacks through the massive impoverishment of people who are already oppressed and exploited. On the other hand, there has been widespread social resistance and solidarity. People have created a variety of self-organized spaces such as housing infrastructure, social medical centers, community kitchens, open parks and public spaces…

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It’s Not Just the Amazon — Massive Fires Are Burning All Over the World

While the Amazon burns, many other fires are burning across the world, some even larger and more widespread than those in the Amazon.   The fires in the Amazon have been among the top news stories in the world for the past week because it is such an iconic location that is so important to the global ecosystem. However, it is important to note that these events come at a…

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EXARCHIA area under police attack by the new right government in Greece

Exarchia area in Athens Greece under police occupation! Time to show your solidarity! The famous rebel and solidarity district of Athens is completely surrounded by huge police forces: many riot police buses (MAT), anti-Terrorism Police (OPKE), motor bike policemen (Dias), members of the secret police as well as a helicopter and several drones. Unique place in Europe for its high concentration of squats and other self-managed spaces, but also for its…

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Don’t Burn Trees to Fight Climate Change / Let Them Grow – By Bill McKibben

Οf all the solutions to climate change, ones that involve trees make people the happiest. Earlier this year, when a Swiss study announced that planting 1.2 trillion trees might cancel out a decade’s worth of carbon emissions, people swooned (at least on Twitter). And last month, when Ethiopian officials announced that twenty-three million of their citizens had planted three hundred and fifty million trees in a single day, the swooning intensified. Someone…

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Indigenous Anarchist Convergence 16-18/8/2019 – Flagstaff USA

Indigenous Anarchist Convergence Bookfair, discussions, workshops, & more. August 16-18, 2019 Táala Hooghan Infoshop Kinlani, Occupied Flagstaff, AZ Registration & more info: www.taalahooghan.org/iac Schedule & workshop/discussion descriptions: www.taalahooghan.org/iac-workshops/ We welcome Indigenous, Black, People of Color for this gathering. From the base of Dóókoosłiid we call for those also seeking a fulfilling life free from domination, coercion, & exploitation to gather around this fire. For those sickened by fascinations with dead…

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Protest turns to riot against the release of the murdering cop of 15 years old Alexis Grigoropoulos (video)

Video from the protest in Exarchia- Athens Greece, against the decision of minimizing life-imprisonment charges and the release of Epaminondas Korkoneas, the assassin policeman of Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The mass media in Greece tried to hide the amount of people that participated in the demonstration and the riots in WED.31/7/2019. “No Justice, No Peace” was the absolute essence of the protest -that few hours later turned into a fierce riot- on…

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