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Free Radical Radio ep46: It is now Safe to Jump off the Golden Gate Bridge!

Anarchist Opinion

Rydra and Bellamy discuss Rydra's addictions to civilization, where the World Cup and Cannibalism intersect, what use civilization is if the good drugs are eating our flesh, why renewable/sustainable energy is not a solution, tree spiking in Florida, BP oil spill causing fish to swim more slowly, RIMPAC and the idiocy of war games, the Mi'kmaq people and their continued battle against the RCMP and civilization's onslaught, and much much more!

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Kid Protests for Indigenous Rights at World Cup; World Almost Missed It

At the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, played in Sao Paulo on June 12, a 13-year-old Guarani boy raised a banner in support of Indigenous rights, but according to reports his gesture was omitted from the broadcast. Thank you, internet, for making sure it wasn't completely lost.

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From occupation to reconstruction

Occupy Wall Street

Ever since I wrote a book about Occupy Wall Street, I’ve often found myself being asked, “What happened to Occupy, anyway?” Now, more than two years since the movement faded from the headlines and in the wake of French economist Thomas Piketty’s best-selling diagnosis of economic inequality, the urgency of the question is mounting, not diminishing. The answer is also becoming clearer: The networks of activists that formed in the midst of 2011’s worldwide wave of protest are developing into efforts to create durable economic and political experiments. Rather than focusing on opposing an unjust system, they’re testing ways to replace it with something new.

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Rediscover hope, anarchists are urged

Anarchist Opinion

Anarchists are being urged to rediscover hope and, with it, the power to create the future. The message comes in the latest book by writer Paul Cudenec, author of The Anarchist Revelation and Antibodies.

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Indian factory workers kill CEO, beat manager with iron rods after their hours are increased

Labor

KOLKATA, India — An angry mob of Indian workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers. The suspects — two detained Monday and four on Sunday — are expected to be charged with murder, vandalism and other crimes allegedly committed when the mob of about 200 workers stormed the office of 60-year-old H.K. Maheswari in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, according to Hooghly District Police Superintendent Sunil Chowdhury.

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Kharkiv Autonomous Workers Union members create social center

Anarchist Movement

We are the workers of Ukraine and active members of the most massive and radical protests of the last decades continuing development of avtonomous class movement. The antigovernmental uprising that begun last autumn outgrown into destructible massacre for the working class. Naturally, upper classes of Russia and Ukraine easilly imposed values of patriotism and interethnic hatred to the working masses.

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MFAH, Blackmail 3 & The SHAC Model

Animal Rights

New zine released by Dark Matter Publications and hosted by 325: 'Militant Forces Against HLS (MFAH), Blackmail 3 & The SHAC Model'. An animal liberationist zine about the fight against Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS).

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Support Crimean anarchist Aleksandr Kolchenko, detained on terror charges

Solidarity

Aleksandr Kolchenko was detained in Crimea on the 17th of May 2014 on suspicion of participation in a "terrorist group," preparation of a terrorist attack, and arson. He is suspected of having participated in a "terrorist group" which planned explosions near the eternal fire memorial and the Lenin monument in Simferopol on the 8th and 9th of May, and of having sabotaged railway tracks and electricity lines.

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The Anarcho-Primitivist Who Wants Us All to Give Up Technology

Anarchist Movement

“Whenever I think of [inventor of the computer] Alan Turing I think about the Apple logo,” began John Zerzan. “The logo is an apple with a bite out of it. Of course, Turing supposedly smeared cyanide on an apple and bit into it after being persecuted by the government for being gay. A bite from an apple is also associated with our expulsion from the Garden of Eden. I don’t think that’s quite the message they’re trying to convey, but there it is.”

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Rise of the Fit Punks

Health

P.E. What made you decide to focus on weights?

Will: I started going to the gym regularly in high school, but looking back on things I just kinda dicked around the gym for a solid five years. There was always some “lifting” involved but it was mostly cardio/ metabolic-conditioning based. I tried a bunch of different routines and approaches but I simply saw so results. I figured I was doing something wrong but I just didn’t know what.

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Five Reasons why “If Modern Anarchists fought in Spain” isn’t Funny or Clever

Anarchist Opinion

A lot of my friends on social media have been sharing, and apparantly chuckling at a webcomic called “If Modern Anarchists fought in Spain” (IMAFS), which lampoons the modern anarchist movement by contrasting it with the “serious anarchists” of yore. Far from being an amusing satirical comment on the state of anarchism today, it’s neither funny, nor clever and it sides with power over the oppressed.

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Why Progressives Should Think Twice About Embracing Uber and Lyft

Labor

Driving a cab in St. Louis is a job that has allowed drivers to buy homes, raise families and send their children to college. Its not a plaything for me. I work six or seven days a week on this job (usually 10-12 hours a day) and that's the money I use to support my children and pay my bills. While business in the fall, winter and spring is brisk, for the most part come summer time business grinds to a halt. Drivers barely make it in the summer time and there is little margin for error. With Uber and Lyft appearing on the scene that margin of error may be wiped away, drivers may lose their jobs, tuition may not get paid, the lights may go out, the gas may get cut off, evictions can happen, and marriages and relationships may crumble. Its that serious.

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The story of the unsung heroes: Black Bloc Brazil

Anarchist Movement

It was in the first weeks of the massive anti-government protests that started in June 2013 and shook Brazilian society to its very foundations that the Black Bloc made its first appearance on the protest scene. Demonstrations took place in dozens of cities across the country, but the black-clad youngsters who covered their faces and linked arms at the front-line of the marches, ready for any confrontation with the security forces, made their appearance mainly on the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

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Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism)

Capitalism

As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is arrant nonsense. This is not surprising, given our country’s history of Red Scares designed to impress that anti-capitalism is tantamount to treason. In 2014, though, we are too far removed from the Cold War-era threat of thermonuclear annihilation to continue without taking stock of the hype we’ve been made, despite Harry Allen’s famous injunction, to believe. So, here are seven bogus claims people make about communism and capitalism.

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Why I left libertarianism: An ethical critique of a limited ideology

Anarchist Opinion

I considered myself a libertarian for at least 10 years. The first time I heard the term was in 2000, watching Harry Browne in the third-party presidential debates. I knew next to nothing of libertarian philosophy, but the little I did understand, I identified with. My high school held a mock presidential election and I hung up “vote for Harry Browne” posters and encouraged my friends to write him in on their ballots. It was the first and last time I would participate in any kind of political campaign.

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The Broken Teapot - Epilogue

Anarchist Opinion

First off, this zine was meant to be descriptive not prescriptive, although I own the suggestions I’ve laid out and continue to hold to them. The hope was that the zine would encourage contextual, thoughtful and critical responses to rape and abuse. It should be possible within anarchist circles to have critical reflection about the use of essentialist categories without being accused of being a rape apologist. We are all holding on so tight to these labels and I think it is apparent that they are not working for us.

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Brazilian Workers Buck Union Officials to Strike

Demonstrators welcomed the World Cup to Brazil June 12. Many recent strikes have been called by the rank and file. Photo: Samia Gabriela Teixeira.

The World Cup is in full swing, and official propaganda from President Dilma Roussef’s administration portrays Brazil as a wonderland. But Brazilians have been exposing the truth in a full year of demonstrations, protests, and strikes.

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