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Anarchists in the News: Why We Care

Anarchists are some of the most interesting people out there—we wreak havoc in the streets, we innovate new social phenomena like Occupy and Twitter, and we participate in some downright bizarre subcultures. So, it should be no surprise that anarchists, and our projects, continually make the news.

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Palestine-Israel: People Defend Palestinian Olive Harvest

Middle EastAll along the years Israel tried to neutralize the pressures of the more enlightened people by hiding its brute racism and and murderous activities recruiting the memory of the Holocaust as justification for every heinous act of it when revealed. However, as the masquerade was exposed last years and more and more are disillusioned from the "Zionist dream", the restrained are loosened fast. The rightists preach their extreme racist ideology in the open. The "para militarists" settlers get freer hands. The transfer of Palestinians both within the 1948 borders and these occupied in 1967 is done in the open. Though it is still restricted mainly to the Israeli area of the Bedouins in the south and the C agricultural regions of the 1967, the "gloves" were removed. In the same new mode, the repression of the non armed popular struggles intensified last few weeks and we can not guess which will be - if at all, the limit of the new repression mode.
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Public Grief and the Logic of War

Anarchist Opinion

The past week has seen two attacks in Canada against Canadian soldiers by Muslim men. In response, thousands of people filled the streets to wave flags and call for heightened surveillance, preventive arrests, and war in the middle east. The crowds are calling for a police state. It feels heavy, and we're stuck watching with dread as the crowds seem intent on re-enacting propaganda scenes from the 1936 olympics in Berlin. Except in Canada in 2014, instead of a torch the crowds are cheering on the progress of a dead soldier whose corpse was driven from Ottawa to Hamilton.

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Iron Workers Wildcat Strike in San Francisco

A wildcat strike took place in San Francisco on September 11th. The striking workers are affiliated with the Iron Workers Union. Local 377 of the Iron Workers Union struck against San Francisco Bay Area building contractors. The Ironworkers were upset that the union leadership had singed a deal with the contractors that did not give them much of anything. The contract gave the workers benefits with only a sixty-cent rise spread out over the period of a year while prices in the area were climbing.

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Jimmy John's Makes Low-Wage Workers Sign 'Oppressive' Noncompete Agreements

Capitalism

A Jimmy John's employment agreement provided to The Huffington Post includes a "non-competition" clause that's surprising in its breadth. Noncompete agreements are typically reserved for managers or employees who could clearly exploit a business's inside information by jumping to a competitor. But at Jimmy John's, the agreement apparently applies to low-wage sandwich makers and delivery drivers, too.

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The Main Hong Kong Protest Site Is a Perfect Anarchist Collective

Practical Anarchy

 Billy Fong is out of a job. Until recently, this high school student had found a purpose helping Hong Kong’s demonstrators over the high median dividers cutting through their encampment in the city’s Admiralty district. Yet, as the occupation of Harcourt Road enters its fourth week, getting over the concrete walls has become easy: protesters handy with tools have made several sets of wooden stairs for them, complete with handrails. “I have somehow become useless,” says Fong, 17, standing idly at one such set of steps on a recent evening. “But it’s okay,” he said, shrugging his shoulders. “Now I have more leisure time.”

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Your Face, Voice, and Tattoos Are the FBI's Business Now

Spying on You

The FBI announced this week that the massive database system it had been building for eight years, pulling together stores of biometric information on millions of people, is at "full operational capacity." The Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is a vast, centralized surveillance tool — and the stuff of totalitarian dystopia: fingerprint databases, iris scan details, more than 50 million images used for facial recognition (a.k.a. "faceprints"), and the capacity to hoard information of individualizing details like gait, voice pattern, and tattoos. Yet aside from a flurry of pained press releases from privacy groups and civil libertarians, the news of Big Brother's ascension was met not with a yell but a whimper.

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Starship Stormtroopers

Culture

For those of us concerned with anarchist storytelling, Michael Moorcock’s 1978 essay Starship Stormtroopers simply knows no equal. Here is a science fiction legend, an anarchist himself, explaining the politics of the 1960-70s science fiction scene and ruthlessly attacking the reactionary and conservative elements in genre fiction. While much of the essay discusses stories that seem less relevant today, other parts tear apart many science fiction legends whose presence lingers on in the world. Of particular interest to me is how masterfully and concisely Moorcock pieces apart the romanticism that draws us to conservative writing.

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The Godmother of Feminist Sci-Fi Finally Won a National Book Award

Culture

Ursula K. Le Guin is being given an honorary National Book Award. That she deserves it is beyond question: at 84 years old, she’s run out of other prizes to win. In the science fiction and fantasy ghetto, she’s swept all the categories and can safely rest on her laurels as a Science Fiction Writers of America “Grand Master,” of which there are only thirty-one.

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Chinese villagers vow to 'fight to death' after deadly land clashes

Villagers in southwest China have vowed to “fight to the death" after a long-running land dispute erupted into violence that left eight people dead and at least 18 injured. Hundreds of police were surrounding Fuyou village in Yunnan province on Thursday morning in the wake of pitched battles between local farmers and hundreds of unidentified men who launched a Tuesday afternoon assault on the community.

Villagers stand behind shields taken from police injured during clashes at Fuyou village

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Jimmy John’s Workers Picket In Baltimore

Baltimore Jimmy John’s worker and veteran James Hegler was fired on Sept. 5 in retaliation for organizing a union at his workplace and participating in concerted activity against low wages and appalling working conditions. On Sunday, Oct. 19, workers and supporters picketed outside the Pratt Street Jimmy John’s to demand both the reinstatement of James Hegler and an end to illegal retaliation against workers.

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Indigenism, Anarchism, and the State: An Interview with Ward Churchill

Anarchist Movement

But pacifism is not the only dimension that this would apply to, anarchists in general have this zealous notion of the purity of the political. They are dismissive of anybody who defines themselves as being part of a national liberation movement, without examining that movement in any coherent way. When someone sits down and talks with them about it, well then their objections evaporate. But they won’t abandon the purity of whatever the particular posture is that they’re occupying long enough to become effective.

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Doctors Without Borders Hits Ebola Breaking Point

Health

Contact tracing—tracking down an Ebola patient’s immediate circle—is doable in the West. But in West Africa, with limited transportation, fuel, and health workers, it’s daunting.

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Scotland Yard Asking Social Media Companies for Info of Users Who Post “Incendiary Content”

Spying on You

Authorities in the United Kingdom want Google, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook to help them track down terrorists and their sympathizers. The Islamic State publishes many of its beheading videos to social media, and officials are seeking to use the group’s penchant for propaganda against it, according to The Independent.

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Homeland Security Busts Printmaker, Seizes Panties, Over Alleged Kansas City Royals Trademark Infringement

We are following a breaking situation here in Kansas City where 10 agents with Homeland Security arrested (and later released) a local printmaker for allegedly being involved in trademark infringement of the Kansas City Royals logo. They also seized panties from a local custom underwear boutique. The printmaker also made t-shirts for Ferguson protesters. Homeland Security has also been going after other people allegedly infringing on the Royals logo.

Pitch.com: Homeland Security made a Royals panty raid at Birdies

Erik Lindquist, via Facebook: "Homeland security sent out 10 officers to fuck with me today for printing a hand drawn KC (apparently if the K touches the C you're screwed). That's right a federal agency created to protect us from terrorism is protecting a god damned corporation instead. Fuck the MLB, Royals can go to hell."

Lindquist Press Offering “Unarmed Civilian” T-Shirt Benefit For Ferguson Protesters

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Moscow Autonomous Action on the Ukrainian war

Anarchist MovementThis text was written as an answer to our foreign friends' questions about situation in the Eastern Ukraine and Russian anarchists' attitude towards that. We hope it will be of use to everybody interested in these matters. The situation is complex and controversial and you should understand that the text below does not (and can't) reflect the opinion of all Russian anti-fascists and anti-capitalists. We discussed this within our group, but even here we have a couple of contradicting points of view.
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Students Protest for Teachers and Against White-Washing History

In September 2014 a new school board was elected in Jefferson County, Colorado, which had a very reactionary take on education. The school board officials wanted to do away with anything that made the United States look “bad,” including any reference to slavery and protest movements. These subjects were eliminated or at least deemphasized. In its place the students were to learn “patriotic history,” learning the values of “free enterprise” and respect for law and order. The move to change the history curriculum has been backed by many outside groups including Americans For Prosperity, which is controlled by the Koch Brothers.

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After Gezi: Erdoğan And Political Struggle In Turkey

After Gezi: Erdoğan And Political Struggle In Turkey from brandon jourdan on Vimeo.

Political struggles over the future of Turkey have left the country profoundly divided. Former Prime Minister, now President, Tayyip Erdogan, has fueled growing polarization through his authoritarian response to protests, his large-scale urban development projects, his religious social conservatism, and most recently, through his complicity in the Islamic State’s war against the Kurdish people in Northern Syria.

In the year after the Gezi uprising, protests continue against the government’s urban redevelopment plans, against police repression, in response to repression of the Kurdish and Alevi populations, and in honor of the martyrs that lost their lives in the uprising. Most recently, angry protests and riots have spread across the country in solidarity with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units fighting against the Islamic State in Kobanê, Rojava. This film chronicles a year of uprisings, resistance and repression since the Gezi uprising in Turkey.