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Moscow Anarchist Black Cross Repressions Review, April-June 2014

Anarchist Movement

We continue our regular summaries on repressions of anarchists, antifascists, and social activists in Russia, on obstacles which police state creates for our activity.

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The Drug War: ‘Against the Wind’

Ending the Drug War

America’s long-running and expensive “War on Drugs,” despite claims that it protects citizens from the harms of dangerously addictive drugs, has been most aggressively focused on cannabis (marijuana, hemp; Cannabis sativa). Cannabis is not physically addictive and has been consumed by humans for thousands of years without any documented deaths from its use alone. To even begin to catalog the harms of prohibition itself would take a book and cannot be undertaken seriously until the war is over.

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Bread and Puppet Looks to Its Legacy

Art & Revolution

Peter Schumann has a hole in his sweater. On a Sunday morning in May, the founder and artistic director of Bread and Puppet Theater ushers a visitor into a house on the Glover farm where his family and the theater have resided since 1974. Schumann's face is bright and animated, framed by a mane of white hair; when he walks, his weight tilts forward, like he's peering down from the 10-foot stilts he routinely donned well into his seventies.

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Help Get Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain Out of Solitary

Solidarity

In the month of July, Sean Swain (the alleged leader of the allegedly anarchist alleged prison gang the Army of the 12 Monkeys) goes up for a security level review. This gives him the opportunity to drop from level 4B to 4A and get out of solitary confinement. These are some guidelines for anyone who feels moved to call, write, or e-mail his Case Manager Scott Nowak to encourage his lowered status:

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The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders

Spying on You

Consider the latest leak sourced to Edward Snowden from the perspective of his detractors. The National Security Agency's defenders would have us believe that Snowden is a thief and a criminal at best, and perhaps a traitorous Russian spy. In their telling, the NSA carries out its mission lawfully, honorably, and without unduly compromising the privacy of innocents. For that reason, they regard Snowden's actions as a wrongheaded slur campaign premised on lies and exaggerations.

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The NSA Said Edward Snowden Had No Access to Surveillance Intercepts. They Lied.

Spying on You

For more than a year, NSA officials have insisted that although Edward Snowden had access to reports about NSA surveillance, he didn't have access to the actual surveillance intercepts themselves. It turns out they were lying.1 In fact, he provided the Washington Post with a cache of 22,000 intercept reports containing 160,000 individual intercepts. The Post has spent months reviewing these files and estimates that 11 percent of the intercepted accounts belonged to NSA targets and the remaining 89 percent were "incidental" collections from bystanders.

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Hunger Strike in all Greek prisons

Thousands of prisoners across Greece are on a hunger strike to protest the planned changes to prisons and the creation of new high security facilities. On Monday 23rd June thousands of prisoners in almost all of the Greek jails began a hunger strike. The strike, as well as drawing attention to the generally poor conditions in Greek prisons, is aimed at a new bill which will go before parliament shortly. In a statement the prisoners said:

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Palestine-Israel: Israeli efforts to ignite third armed Intifada backfire

Middle EastThe joint struggle in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Sheikh Jarah, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, Southern Hills of Hebron, Jaffa (Tel Aviv) ---- When the European pressure on Israel to compromise with the Palestinian elite collected momentum - already diminishing exports, Israel tried to take advanced of the kidnapped three settlers youth applying "plans from the drawer" trying to ignite armed Intifada. Nearly three weeks of propaganda based on lies (as if they are searching for the already known to them to be dead three youth) was all over the media. When lastly the bodies were "found", lies were exposed, and the harassments failed to ignite Intifada. The mounted hate crimes of the Israeli extreme right and murder of a Palestinian youth of the annexed East Jerusalem ignited an extreme response there and within the Palestinian regions within the 1948 borders. Vicious harassment of US-Palestinian youth - cousin of the murdered youth which was video typed became together with the video of the kidnapped cousin became viral all over the world and ignited solidarity demos all over the world.
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'WAR against WAR' - shocking WW1 photos from the classic anti-war book

War Machine

In 1924, German anarchist, Ernst Friedrich, published the most powerful anti-war book of the 20th Century, WAR against WAR. At a time when the media are showering us with a barrage of pro-war propaganda on the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Friedrich’s anti-war propaganda is more vital than ever.

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The Political Context of the Repression against Crimean Activists

Solidarity

Crimea peninsula in the Black Sea was a part of RSFSR(Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) and then since 1954 a part of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which were both members of USSR. After USSR collapse in 1991 the new independent state Ukraine received the territory of Crimean peninsula. Though, under the treaty between Ukraine and Russia there were considerable contingent of Russian navy on the territory.

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Report From Wild Roots Feral Futures 2014

Earth First

In order for us to become productive members of society, i.e, well oiled and functioning cogs in the wheels of the capitalist empire, we must undergo a compulsory process of alienation and domestication to make us docile and compliant to the demands of our future supervisors and bosses. This process begins in early childhood and continues more or less throughout our entire civilized lives. It is in part a process of forgetting, of learning to disregard our dreams and intuition and genetic memories of a time before mankind ascended the throne to lord over the rest of creation.

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Noam Chomsky: The Sledgehammer Worldview

War Machine

The front page of The New York Times on June 26 featured a photo of women mourning a murdered Iraqi. He is one of the innumerable victims of the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) campaign in which the Iraqi army, armed and trained by the U.S. for many years, quickly melted away, abandoning much of Iraq to a few thousand militants, hardly a new experience in imperial history.

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Wobs & Allies Support Boston School Bus Drivers

On June 30, local IWW’s turned out to support Boston’s school bus drivers, who are facing down union-busting Veolia Corporation (notorious for running segregated bus services to illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, as well as for poor workmanship on projects for the city of Lynn, Massachusetts (which caused sewer overflows and flooding & left the city $22 million poorer), among many other scandals).

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Did You Secretly Enjoy the Fireworks on July 4th?

Solidarity

Don't worry, we understand. Sparkly lights in the sky are hard to beat. But one thing definitely beats that any day—liberating our political prisoners! Don't feel bad about secretly enjoying a celebration of this oppressive imperialist state...instead, help support efforts to defend and free political prisoners trapped in their imperialist prisons!

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Celebrate the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Carrboro Really Really Free Market

Events

A wild party! The Carrboro Really Really Free Market is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a massive festival! You’re invited for a whole weekend of really really free activities. We’re hoping comrades from around the world will join us in making this something to remember!

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On Israel-Palestine and BDS

Middle East

The misery caused by Israel’s actions in the occupied territories has elicited serious concern among at least some Israelis. One of the most outspoken, for many years, has been Gideon Levy, a columnist for Haaretz, who writes that “Israel should be condemned and punished for creating insufferable life under occupation, [and] for the fact that a country that claims to be among the enlightened nations continues abusing an entire people, day and night.”

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Inmates at Berlin Tegel jail set up world's first union for prisoners

Prisons

In Germany, as in Britain, prisoners are excluded from national pension schemes and the national minimum wage, which in Germany's case is planned to come into effect in 2015 at €8.50 (£6.90) an hour. Inmates at Berlin Tegel earn between €9 and €15 per day, depending on their qualifications.

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