Anarchist News

Thu
03
Sep

Kuala Lumpur: Police raid anarchist space Rumah Api (Malaysia)

From 325

On 28th August (Friday), over a dozen police with automatic weapons and K-9 unit attacked Rumah Api (social center/house project in Kuala Lumpur) during a concert on that night. The police raided the house project and raid everybody during the concert and also trashed the living space of people who live there without any warrant or solid reason for the raid.

We all believe the raid were conducted due to the connection of Bersih 4 Rally which happen on the next days (29 and 30th) which is totally insane since the organizer of the concert, participants, and Rumah Api have little interest to join or even support the rally, due to our political stance on the issue of election and voting system.

Thu
03
Sep

Building autonomy in Turkey and Kurdistan: an interview with Revolutionary Anarchist Action

by Corporate Watch

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 in solidarity with the Kurdish struggle, the Rojava revolution and against ISIS' attack on Kobane, and have taken action against Turkish state repression and corporate abuse. They are attempting to establish alternatives to the current system through self-organisation, mutual aid and co-operatives.

Mon
24
Aug

Reflections on Anarcha-Feminism in Social Movements

Black Rose Federation
July 28, 2015

This past April the Miami local of Black Rose Anarchist Federation / Federación Anarquista Rosa Negra (BRRN) collaborated with two other autonomous South Florida groups, One Struggle and Florida Student Union, to present a discussion on anarcha-feminism at Florida International University.

The event offered reflections from the first international Anarcha-Feminist Conference (AFem) in London which a delegation from BRNN attended in October of 2014. BRRN External Secretary Romina Akemi from Los Angeles spoke on her experience at the conference which sparked a discussion on the current state of anarchism and feminism. This conversation illuminated some real differences between the various conceptions of these ideologies which we can use to drive honest discussions about how we should define anarcha-feminism and how we practice it within our insertion work.

Mon
17
Aug

An Anarchist Icelander Walks Into a Texas University . . .

By Molly Gore
Texas Monthly
August 14, 2015

Jón Gnarr is wearing shorts the way someone who is not used to wearing shorts wears shorts: with a tweed sportcoat, tall black socks, and suede ankle boots. He keeps his ruddy blond hair clipped to a Nordic norm, cropped close on the sides and long on top, and the screenprint of a mustachioed baby peers out from his t-shirt. He would blend nicely with the punkish, urban clash that populate the streets of his hometown in Reykjavik, Iceland, but here, on a lawn in the center of Rice University’s campus, on a hot and humid March afternoon, Gnarr sticks out like an arctic tern in Texas.

Sun
16
Aug

Nobody’s Hero: An appreciation of activist and punk musician Mike May

by Daphne Carr
Occupy Wall Street

The commute from Staten Island’s north shore to the New York County Court on Centre Street is 75 minutes each way, if you’re lucky. The gamble involves a bus, a ferry, and a subway, and more often than not you wait for the bus that will make you miss the ferry that would have got you there on time.

Knowing this, Mike May set off on February 10, 2014 from his north shore apartment to attend the first day of court for Cecily McMillan, an activist who had been accused of assault on a New York police officer during Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park era. At some point, he decided he was going to be there every day for the case, which ended with McMillan’s conviction on May 5, 2014.

Fri
14
Aug

A Report Concerning the Past Two Years in the San Francisco Bay Area

August 12, 2015

From FireWorks

He looks up from his bowl of menudo and see a young gringa he met once on the beach in Mazatlan. As it turns out, Jesus is now the co-owner of this fine taqueria and he beckons her over to his table. Oedipa sits down with him and notices an old issue of Regeneracion, the anarchist newspaper put out by the brothers Magon. It is sitting next to his soup, looking as if its never been opened before. It is date November, 1904.

Thu
13
Aug

The Anarchist Impulse

Richard Swift
The New Internationalist
July 2015

Traditional socialism’s great competitor in both thought and deed amongst those seeking a way out of capitalism has been the anarchism that first bloomed as a political theory in the 19th century. But the desire not to be subject to the arbitrary authority of others and to captain your own ship is as old as recorded memory.

Sun
09
Aug

Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance

Photo by Uygar Önder Simsek.

by Joris Leverink
ROAR Magazine
August 9, 2015

In the introduction to the new book The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso, 2015), it is explained how Murray Bookchin – born to Russian Jewish immigrants in New York City in 1921 – was introduced to radical politics at the age of nine when he joined the Young Pioneers, a Communist youth organization. This would be the start of his ‘life on the left’ in which he would turn from Stalinism to Trotskyism in the years running up to World War II before defining himself as an anarchist in the late 1950s and eventually identifying as a ‘communalist’ or ‘libertarian municipalist’ after the introduction of the idea of social ecology.

Sat
01
Aug

Noam Chomsky: The Kind of Anarchism I Believe in, and What's Wrong with Libertarians

Anarchism "assumes that the burden of proof for anyone in a position of power and authority lies on them," explains Chomsky.

By Michael S. Wilson, Noam Chomsky / Modern Success

The following is the adapted text of an interview that first appeared in Modern Success magazine.

So many things have been written about, and discussed by, Professor Chomsky, it was a challenge to think of anything new to ask him: like the grandparent you can’t think of what to get for Christmas because they already have everything.

So I chose to be a bit selfish and ask him what I’ve always wanted to ask him. As an out-spoken, actual, live-and-breathing anarchist, I wanted to know how he could align himself with such a controversial and marginal position.

Tue
09
Jun

Freely Disassociating: Three Stories On Contemporary Radical Movements

by Kevin Van Meter
Institute for Anarchist Studies

I don’t know how to begin because I am no longer sure for whom I am writing. I am concerned that there is no longer an audience to write for.

As a necessary aside: with the disappearance of Left print media and the rise of blogs, there are few places left to publish. Journals with limited circulation or preselected audiences dominate the landscape and the contemporary radical media cannot reach fellow adherents, much less the larger public. Often, it seems that all that remains is a smattering of decrepit publications that speak for the ‘dead institutions’ of the American Left or function as the Daily Worker of a non-existent party — or, and possibly worse, blogs that only run the poorly written position papers of minuscule sects too self-obsessed to see their vanguardism coupled with, and only overshadowed by, their irrelevancy.

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