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Philadelphia Anarchist Book Fair

Events

For the first time in recent memory, the occupied Lenape land known as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will host an Anarchist Book Fair. On August 23rd, 2014 we will be attempting to reach out to the broader community in an effort to grow and challenge our preexisting ideas, find a common ground with others, and move forward toward a world based on freedom and mutual aid.

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Palestine-Israel: Joint Struggle Explores Questions About Participation

Middle EastMany objections were raised about the participation of Israelis in the non armed struggle in the areas of Palestine occupied in the 1967 war. Some, mostly Palestinians regarded it as contribution to so called "normalization". Others claimed that Israeli activists should do their struggle within the Israeli population of the 1948 borders. Many anarchists raised reservations as the Palestinian popular struggle is a kind of capitalist "national independent struggle" for self determination of the Palestinian capitalist elite to monopolize the option for the exploitation of the Palestinian working masses - they just ignore the fact that most Palestinians wish for bi-national democratic whole Palestine and not for a national Palestinian state. Others just do not take on themselves the obligation to serve as life saving shield as Israeli policy officially forbid the state forces to shoot to kill when Israelis are supposed to be among the demonstrators. Indigenous people struggle against settler colonialist transfer and marginalization is NOT the same as a national Bourgeoisie for "national independence" or "national self-determination".
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Americans care deeply about 'global warming' – but not 'climate change'

Climate Change

Barack Obama, scientists and campaigners have all looked at how to engage Americans more powerfully on the environment. Now researchers have come up with one critical piece of advice: do say "global warming", don't say "climate change".

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Despite Local 'No' Votes, Teamsters International Declares UPS Contract Ratified

The largest private sector union contract in the U.S. had been in limbo since last summer, as UPS workers around the country voted down their local supplements, sometimes more than once. Now the five-year contract is ratified—by fiat of the Teamsters international. Members were angry about concessions on health care in the national agreement but also about other issues such as the need for more full-time jobs.

Part-time UPSers in Louisville, Kentucky, voted 94 percent no on their local agreement last week. Earlier, they'd voted 89 percent no, and UPS came back with a worse offer. Photo: IBT Local 89.

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Strike in Shanghai in May 2014

The wave of strikes in China's industrial heart lands continues. This is an example of a strike in Shanghai. As often, the Chinese state and capital tried to repress the strike with force, but also started negotiations to get the situation under control.

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Building an effective anarchist movement in Australia

Anarchist Movement

This post- Melbourne Anarchist bookfair conversation took place in the Melbourne Anarchist Club (MAC) which has a history stretching back to the 1890s. While visiting the premises which contains a library, meeting space and infoshop I caught up with Brendan and Ben two active members of the collective and Kieran from Anarchist Affinity which is seeking to build a similar organisation to the WSM, based on theoretical and tactical unity and collective responsibility.

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ABC-Moscow: Repressions summary for March-April 2014

Anarchist MovementWe continue to publish news about repressions against anarchists, antifascists and social activists and about the obstacles we face from the side of police state. In February, March and April issue you can read about Maidan ghost, letters from the prisons and senseless trials. If you recognize that we've missed anything or you are informed about other cases of repressions, let us know by writing to address abc-msk @ riseup.net.


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The Case for Reparations

Race

In Chicago and across the country, whites looking to achieve the American dream could rely on a legitimate credit system backed by the government. Blacks were herded into the sights of unscrupulous lenders who took them for money and for sport. “It was like people who like to go out and shoot lions in Africa. It was the same thrill,” a housing attorney told the historian Beryl Satter in her 2009 book, Family Properties. “The thrill of the chase and the kill.”

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Palestine-Israel: Alternativa #6 - Ahdut (Unity) - About the Palestinian struggle

Middle EastAdopted on 25 April 2014 by the members of the anarcho-communist Ahdut (Unity) organization active in Palestine/Israel

The Zionist colonization project, sponsored by the imperialist powers and at their service, has subjugated Palestine; it has persistently made every effort to displace the indigenous masses out of the area ruled by it, or at least to concentrate them in confined enclaves.
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Palestine-Israel: Protests Continue Against Israeli Apartheid

Middle EastWeek after week, on weekend and in the week-days to anarchists and other activists insist of leaning our Shoulders on the wheels of history that revolve too slow and push them as much as we can. There is not much of energy in the masses and many activists lost the urge to participate, but still many of us persist and join the meager efforts of the Palestinians who resist the advancing transfer efforts of the Israeli Zionist project and its state forces. The international solidarity activists who join us bring with them the echoes of world wide expanding support and the message that our struggle contribute a lot to it. The frustrated Israeli state forces continue their murderous efforts to extinguish the popular struggle adding live ammunition from time to time like the last week at the demo in Bitunia (near the Ofer concentration camp) but retreat under mounting international pressure.
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Eastern Ukraine conflict: against the regime in Kiev and the junta in the east

Anarchist Opinion

There is a continuing confrontation on Ukraine’s territory between the groups of local and Russian ruling class which play off the working people one against another and stir up enmity, bringing the country closer to the state of civil war. The events in Mariupol’ are the embodiment of this confrontation. Many people, the combatants and civilians, contract military staff and conscripts, as well as volunteers, have suffered on both sides of the conflict as a result of the “anti-terrorist operation”

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Secrets, lies and Snowden's email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit

Spying on You

For the first time, the founder of an encrypted email startup that was supposed to insure privacy for all reveals how the FBI and the US legal system made sure we don't have the right to much privacy in the first place.

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Class, “Identity Politics” and Stigmergy: Why We Don’t Need “One Big Movement”

Occupy Wall Street

In any case, calls for One Big Movement, united around a simple common platform with the broadest possible appeal, are fundamentally wrong-headed. This is essentially the same argument that the old establishment Left — some of whom proudly call themselves “verticalists” — have made against the horizontalist direction the Occupy movement has taken.

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Anarchist Studies Network: 3rd International Conference

Events

Registration is now open for the 3rd International Conference of the Anarchist Studies Network, which will take place at Loughborough University (United Kingdom), 3-5 September 2014 We have an exciting line-up of over 70 papers, including panels and panel streams on anarchism and the history of ideas, critical management studies, religion, geography, animal liberation, and lots more!

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Greenwald and Chomsky Smack Down Surveillance State Talking Points

Spying on You

Fittingly for an event held in a church, journalist Glenn Greenwald spoke with an almost evangelical tone about the effects of working with Edward Snowden in revealing the extent and scale of the National Security Agency's (NSA) unconstitutional, illegal, and unaccountable mass surveillance program.

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Pesticide Industry Uses Big Tobacco Playback to Explain Why Bees Are Dying Off

Biotech

Many scientists believe that neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides could be playing a role in the bee die-off. Rather than taking action on problem that threatens food production worldwide, pesticide companies have taken a leaf from the tobacco industry playbook, ramping up efforts to sow doubt about the extent of the problem and their own potential role in the crisis, says a new report by the non-profit environmental organization Friends of the Earth and Michele Simon, author of Appetite for Profit.

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Radical Art Is an Act of Uncompromising Passionate Resistance

Art & Revolution

Marxian playwright Bertolt Brecht declared of revolutionary art: "Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it." Brecht's work - whose artistic career in Germany (except for his exile during the Nazi era, after which he returned to found the Berliner Ensemble Theater company in East Berlin) spanned from the Russian Revolution to his death in 1966 - illustrated, during his career, that revolutionary art must avoid the pitfalls of becoming co-opted by propaganda or commercialization.

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