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Russia: Final court statement of anarchist Alexandra Dukhanina (Naumova)

Solidarity

At first I thought that this entire case is some sort of mad mistake and nonsense. But now, after listening to the speeches by prosecutors and after finding out what are the imprisonment terms that they demanded for all of us, I realized that they take revenge on all of us. They take revenge because we've been there and we saw how it was all really happening. Who provoked the crushing, how the people were being beaten, the unjustified cruelty. They take revenge on us because we did not cave in to them and did not admit our non-existent guilt. Neither during investigation nor during the trial.

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NATO 3 Not Guilty of Terrorism!

Solidarity

On Friday, February 7, 2014, the jury in the NATO 3 trial returned its verdicts against Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, and Brian Jacob Church. These three had been held in Cook County Jail in Chicago since they were arrested on May 16, 2012. They faced trumped up, politically motivated terrorism, conspiracy, and arson charges because of their perceived politics and political activities (mostly through the Occupy movement).

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French newspaper workers kidnap their bosses over pay spat

Direct Action

Workers at a French newspaper group were holding two senior executives hostage in the latest in a wave of "bossnapping" protests by employees facing lay-offs. About 25 workers at the Centre France/La Montagne media group were holding company head Gilles Cremillieux and human resources chief Jerome Riviere at the headquarters of the La Republique du Centre newspaper in the town of Saran in central France.

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Left Bank Books is republishing Letters of Insurgents

Announcements

Left Bank Books is republishing Fredy Perlman's classic novel Letters of Insurgents. Originally published by Black and Red in 1976, and out of print for several years, this epistolary novel tells the story of two individuals living on distant continents resume contact through correspondence. They describe meaningful events and relationships in their lives during the twenty years since their youthful liaison, comparing the choices each took.

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Venezuela: El Libertario will continue to resist the hegemony of communication of the Venezuelan state

South America

Due to the dollarization of the Venezuelan economy, the control of the rate of exchange by the Nicolas Maduro’ government and the importation of 100% of the resources for the graphic arts industry, since the end of 2013 the country´s printing presses - including the one we have worked with for the past 6 years- are suffering the lack of prime materials, particularly paper. That is forcing many printers in the country to shrink their editions and others to limit themselves to digital format, particularly impacting independent media such as ours.

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Chicago: Verdict Reached in NATO 3 Trial

Solidarity

***NOT guilty of providing material support for terrorism and conspiracy to commit terrorism

***NOT guilty of possession of an incendiary device with intent to commit offense of terrorism

***NOT guilty of solicitation of arson

***NOT guilty of possession of incendiary device with knowledge intended to use incendiary

***guilty of possession of incendiary device with intent to commit an offense of arson

***guilty of possession of incendiary device with knowledge another intended to use device to commit arson

***guilty of mob action

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Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For February 2014 Is Now Available

Prisons

Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for February. As always, please post this poster publicly and/or use it to start a card writing night of your own.

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NATO 3 Trial Concludes, Jury Begins Deliberating Our Comrades' Fates

Solidarity

The closing arguments in the NATO 3 trial concluded today and the jury began deliberations to determine whether each of them will be convicted or acquitted on each of the seven charges they are facing. The jury was released for the evening at about 11pm and are scheduled to return at 9am tomorrow to continue deliberations. They must keep deliberating until they reach a verdict.

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NATO 3: Jury Instructions Finalized, Closing Arguments Set to Begin

Solidarity

The jury instructions for the charges against the NATO 3—Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, Brian Jacob Church—were finalized in court at the end of yesterday's proceedings and throughout the day today. Additionally, the defense argued a motion to strike portions of undercover cop Mehmet Uygun's testimony as being improper. The judge denied this motion, which concluded arguments over the final issue before closing arguments tomorrow morning at 10am (court will be in session starting at 9:30am, so all spectators must be seated by 9:15am).

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Dozens of internal "security alerts" leaked from fur trade group

Animal Rights

The webstie Animal Liberation Frontline recently obtained dozens of leaked "security alerts" from the Fur Commission USA. These bulletins are sent to fur farmers via email and fax every time there is a "security" related issue affecting US fur farms. The subject matter can range from trespassers being chased from fur farms, to unpublicized details of Animal Liberation Front raids, to farmers sharing license plate numbers of "suspicious vehicles."

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Kiev: "The politicians had to obey the crowd"

Europe

The main motive for the protests right now is extreme unpopularity of the president. Of course, the actual reasons are economic crisis, social inequality, corruption, decay of social services, poverty, unemployment - the usual set of grievances which make people go into the streets these days. This is not a leftist dogma; people do speak about all these issues. But nevertheless the force which made them stop grumbling at their kitchens and protest loudly is their feelings towards president Yanukovich. The demand of president's resignation is the ultimate one; unfortunately, this is the most radical thing people can actually think about.

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Russia. "Prison united all of us" - Interview with anarchist prisoners

Solidarity

Interview with anarchist prisoners in the so-called "Bolotnaya Case", former sailor Alexei Polikhovich, 22 (pictured), and historian Stepan Zimin, 21. They are amongst the many people charged with participation in the May 6, 2012 clashes with police during an opposition rally in Moscow's Bolotnaya Square. Both face a sentence of five-and-a-half year in penal colony, having spent over a year in pre-trial detention.

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NATO 3: Recordings Reveal Undercover Cop “Mo” Helped Build Molotovs

Solidarity

Today in the trial of the NATO 3—Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, Brian Jacob Church—undercover Chicago cop Mehmet Uygun (aka “Mo”) continued his testimony and began cross-examination by the defense attorneys. A few audio recordings from the undercovers' wires were also played as Uygun gave more testimony. These recordings largely showed that Uygun, like his partner Nadia Chikko (aka “Gloves”), had instigated discussions of Molotovs and other explosives, sought materials for making Molotovs, and directed some of the defendants in constructing them on May 16, 2012.

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Greece: Golden Dawn attack on self-organized space Resalto

Supporters of Golden Dawn took to the streets to attack the self-organized space Resalto close to the spot of the murder of antifascist musician Pavlos Fyssas. Golden Dawn supporters returned to the streets of Athens on Saturday 25th January. Dozens of fascists once again marched through the neighbourhood of Keratsini, the same area where Golden Dawn members murdered Pavlos Fyssas in September.

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Systema: Toward a Radical Martial Discipline By Howle

Art & Revolution

Imagine for a second, we live in communes, villages, squated and reclaimed commons, autonmous territories that are inhabited and defended by the communities that live there. Imagine a post collapse world and the democratic and sustainable alternatives we all work so hard to develop become village institutions. Imagine more so the seccesionist future ahead of us in the new Global Corporatist World War on the commons, on the indigenous peoples left, and all of those trying to find our way back to the lost territory we know exists!

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France: Please Support CRAS – Centre de Recherche pour l’Alternative Social in Toulouse

Europe

Monsieur, we would draw your attention to the problem faced by the Centre de Recherche pour l’Alternative Social (CRAS). CRAS is an association of independent and volunteer archivists launched in 1979 in order to preserve the memory of social movements regionally. It has still not managed to procure from the city council working premises deserving of that description. We would remind you that the association’s former premises were partly demolished by the AZF explosion* and that the association has not, since then, been able to find lasting accommodation for its activities.

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NATO 3: Defense Attorney Calls State's Attempt at Getting Some Evidence in “Desperate”

Solidarity

Trial today consisted of a long series of tedious evidence submission processes. The defense objected to many of the state's attempts to submit evidence collected from computers seized during the raid when Brian Jacob Church and Jared Chase were arrested, but most were overruled. The defense did win some of their arguments, though, preventing some evidence from getting in and ensuring other important pieces of evidence got in over the state's objections. Undercover Chicago cop Mehmet Uygun, aka “Mo” or “Turk,” was expected to take the stand but did not because the proceedings today drug out for so long. He will take the stand at 10am on Thursday.

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