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Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 08:33 AM CDT

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Dockworkers Protest Crude-By-Rail Terminal and Unfair Labor Practices

In remembrance of the one-year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train tragedy that killed 47 people, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) raised a banner from cranes today calling out unfair labor practices and protesting unsafe oil at the Port of Vancouver in Washington.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union raised a banner from cranes calling out unfair labor practices and protesting unsafe oil at the Port of Vancouver in Washington.

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Unmediated Solidarity; Just Do It! Uncovering and Disrupting Police Disinfo in Ferguson

Anarchist Opinion

Over the course of a few years, local police in a seemingly coordinated effort have put forth narratives designed to stop radicals from lending unmediated support to impacted communities during times of crisis. The pattern of this counterinsurgency strategy is simplistic yet fairly effective. A decade of intense militarization, economic decline and an overall breaking system has created a need for the state to stop uprisings before they take hold. Their strategy is two fold, divide the impacted community into good and bad protesters while concurrently attacking the anarchist movement.

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Protest and Revolt in Ferguson, Missouri - Latest News and Opinion

This past weekend, a police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. The reaction from the community has been immediate and intense.

Latest News - Monday, August 18, 2014

*10:30pm - Police don riot gear as protesters march. Police use LRAD sonic cannon to annoy protestors and residents.
*9:50pm - Large crowds massing in Ferguson. Strong police presence.
*9:35pm - Various arrests today including a photographer with Getty Images.
*Monday - Missouri governor cancels curfew. Missouri National Guard deployed to Ferguson.

Opinion

*Chris Crass: For Michael Brown and Ferguson: Facing White Fears of Blackness and Taking Action to End White Supremacy
*Crimethinc: What They Mean when They Say Peace
*5 Things Ferguson Got Terribly Wrong over the Weekend
*How America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program
*6 Good Reasons a Black Person Might Resist Arrest
*Local police kill at least 400 people a year, mostly minorities
*When Will They Shoot?
*In Defense of the Ferguson Riots
*‘Black America’s CNN’: 10 Rappers Who Are Tweeting About Ferguson
*Ferguson’s Police Force Is 94 Percent White—And That’s Basically Normal in the U.S.
*It Is Time We Treat Police Brutality as a National Crisis
*This Is The Terrifying Result Of The Militarization Of Police
*America Is Not For Black People
*In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream
*Understanding What’s Happening in Ferguson
*Why Ferguson burned: Explaining St. Louis area riot to kids, outsiders

Legal Developments

*Attorney For Ferguson Market: NO ONE From His Store Called 911 To Report Cigar Theft
*What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown
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The utter insufficiency of anti-suicide activism

Mental Health

A few months ago, I was walking across Dublin to meet a friend. At the top of Grafton St., a woman from some religious group or other was handing out glossy leaflets titled something like “Reasons to go on living”. How absurd. I wanted to take her aside and explain to her that, while she probably means well, anyone who is actually considering suicide has a complex and personal web of problems in their life that couldn’t possibly be addressed by a one-size-fits-all pamphlet of generic reasons why life is worth living.

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Hey, Step Back with the Riot Shaming

Police State

As you may have heard, a young black man named Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri was shot many times and killed by a police officer on August 9 of this year. A bit of a caveat before my rant: I'm angry and it comes out a bit here. Sorry not sorry.

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Noam Chomsky on How Israel Limits Food & Medicine in Occupied Gaza

Middle East

On Gaza, MIT Professor Noam Chomsky says the debate inside the Israeli government is whether to allow "bare survival" or to inflict "misery and starvation," as a former Israeli national security adviser recently proposed. "Israeli experts have calculated in detail exactly how many calories, literally, Gazans need to survive, and if you look at the sanctions that they impose, they’re grotesque," Chomsky says. "I mean, even John Kerry condemned them bitterly, they’re sadistic — just enough calories to survive."

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IWW Starbucks Workers Union Releases Critical Report on Starbucks

Labor

NEW YORK, NY - The Industrial Workers of the World, Starbucks Workers Union released a report today, “Low Wages and Grande Profits at Starbucks” with an analysis of company performance over the last decade. The report describes how Starbucks has dramatically improved profitability at the company since the Great Recession of 2008-2009, and that the company has enriched shareholders at the expense of its nearly 200,000 workers.

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Please Read Utopian Fiction!

Culture

A good friend, someone who is working towards the transformation of our society into something resilient, equitable and beautiful, told me the other day that they can’t actually imagine what a transformed society would look like, and that they felt that that was impeding their ability to stay motivated. I couldn’t believe it. For me what we’re working towards is so vivid and real, and that’s part of what’s helped me to not just imagine a better future and stay motivated, but to share that vision with others and motivate them.

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Peak Capitalism?

Capitalism

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s recently released long-term predictions for the global economy through 2060 (Paul Mason, “The best of capitalism is over for rich countries – and for the poor ones it will be over by 2060,” The Guardian, July 7), economic growth will stagnate to something like two-thirds its present level and economic inequality will increase. But growth will continue at a higher level in the developing countries until mid-century, because there are still significant gains to be achieved through the diffusion of the West’s existing technological advantages to the rest of the world. Still, the price for even this level of economic growth — obviously, from the perspective of the neoliberal wonks at OECD — will be growing inequality.

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PM Press: Punk, Politics and Publishing

Culture

It’s no secret that the publishing world is being wrenched apart by forces well beyond its control. Between the ever-shrinking attention span of the average American and the arrival of an entire generation brought up on digital storytelling in video games, on the web and T.V., the book as a means of entertainment seems rather quaint, almost an affectation.

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Agri-Terrorists Accuse Seed Bank of Agri-Terrorism

Farm Report

According to a recent story at Shareable by Kelly McCartney and Sarah Baird (“Pennsylvania Seed Library Investigated by Department of Agriculture,” August 7), the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is investigating an heirloom seed library as a possible vector of attack by “agricultural terrorists.”

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An Eye for an Eye Makes Our Masters Blind: One Account of Last Night’s Anti-Police Riot

Breaking News

On the afternoon of Saturday, August 9th, 2014 an 18 year old, unarmed teenager named Mike “Mike Mike” Brown was murdered by a Ferguson Police Department cop. He was shot in the back and the head, as he knelt on the street with his hands in the air in the middle of a densely populated apartment complex. Hundreds of residents immediately gathered around the site of his murder, spilling out onto the main street, W. Florissant, and partially blocking it. Mourners at the site were met with assault rifles and police dogs, while police shut down access to the city. The following night, Sunday, August 10th, another candlelight vigil was called. This event, attended by over a thousand, quickly and naturally evolved into something else. What follows is a compilation of first person accounts of the event.

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Lombroso’s Anarchy Problem

Police State

Cesare Lombroso, one of the influential founding figures in criminological social science, dedicated a great deal of his research, study, and writing to the analysis of anarchists, as, in his view, prototypical agitators. Indeed, the centrality of concern over anarchism in his work is often overlooked or forgotten. The anarchists provide one of the primary resources for Lombroso’s multisectional “Illustrative Studies in Criminal Anthropology.” Indeed, Lombroso suggests that the study of the physiognomy of the political criminal provides perhaps the most practical application of Criminal Anthropology (capitalization in the original). Lombroso’s interests in anarchists as a significant criminal type emerge very early on in his work. He develops a lengthy discussion of the anarchist criminal figure in 1891 in his article “Illustrative Studies in Criminal Anthropology. III. The Physiognomy of the Anarchists” published in the journal The Monist.

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Anarchy and the Academy

Anarchist Movement

Anarchism and academia have always been curious bedfellows. On the one hand, they ought to be complimentary; anarchism is the belief that societies are best organised through the autonomy of those within them, and education is as important to self-mastery as the freedom necessarily entailed by the authenticity of such mastery. Yet academia itself is often tied to the augmentation, cultivation and justification for elite power: education was historically a tool used by the clergy and the aristocracy in order to rule over the serfdom, and then once again by elite actors in order to rationalise and legitimise their worldviews in the modern era.

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Baltimore Jimmy John's Workers Announce IWW Membership, Present Demands to Management

Labor

BALTIMORE, MD - Workers at Jimmy Johns have announced their membership in the IWW Jimmy John's Workers Union and have asked management to recognize their union and negotiate. This decision was prompted by the actions of Mike Gillett and Danny Dolch, owners of the Jimmy Johns franchise, who have targeted workers for their desire to have a more fair workplace.

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Siberian craters - Yet another reason that we need action to stop Climate Change

Climate Change

Rather worrying news about those mysterious sink holes that have appeared in Siberia. It now appears they were giant methane releases - long forecast by climate change scientists as a likely positive feedback occurrence as permafrost in Siberia melted and released trapped methane. Worrying because methane is a 20 times more potent climate change gas than CO2 because it is more efficient at trapping radiation.

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The London Dock Strike of 1889

Labor

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the 1889 London Dock Strike. While this strike was preceded by others which showed of a new spirit of revolt amongst the unskilled, including the match-girls strike and the unionisation of London gasworkers, the dockers’ strike had more of an impact due to the numbers involved. As well as an important event in British Labour history, it also played a key role in the development of anarchism as it provided a concrete example of the power of organised labour and the importance of anarchist involvement in it.

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