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The "Deep State" - How Much Does It Explain?

The State

Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to “endanger our liberties or democratic process” but have you heard of the “Deep State?”

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What if Facebook was used for good? Read the first issue of Hacktivist!

Lib Tech

What if Mark Zuckerberg used Facebook to help the world? Well, then he'd be either Ed Hiccox or Nate Graft, stars of Archaia's new comic Hacktivist. Created by Alyssa Milano — yes, that Alyssa Milano.

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Interview with Rod Coronado on Indigenous Resistance and Animal Liberation – Still Defending Wildlife

Interviews

Hi my name is rod and I’m from the desert southwest, but live in the great lakes bioregion now. I’ve spent my life fighting for the earth and animals and have just finished a 5 year period of federal supervision that prevented me from being involved in environmentalism or animal issues. I’ve spent a total of 6 years in prison for actions related to the protection of animals, and am now moving forward in my life with new strategies and tactics, that are both effective and legal.

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A Conversation with Scott Crow, Part 1: Occupy & Activism

Interviews

I think that what came out of Occupy and the Occupy movements was a really beautiful rupture because you’d already seen the largest influence of anarchy and anarchist ideas in the modern times since the time of Emma Goldman and the IWW and people back then. We’re in an anarchist renaissance.

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China’s Militant Workers Embrace Collective Action

Asia

A new report on China’s labor movement, covering about 1,170 strikes and other labor actions from mid-2011 through 2013, illuminates how what is arguably the world’s biggest proletariat is growing more agitated and polarized.

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COINTELPRO and Divisive Hate

Spying on You

The very point of the FBI's COINTELPRO strategy of the 1960s was paranoia, divisive hatred, and ultimately cannibalization of radical opposition movements in the United States. And it was grimly successful. Now that there are signs that US police agencies are reviving such tactics, it is imperative that activists learn from the mistakes of their counterparts two generations ago, and find rational, principled, humane and above all tactically astute ways to respond.

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Turkish Police Use Force to Break Up Internet Protest

Turkish police fired volleys of tear gas and used water cannons to disperse large crowds of protesters Saturday rallying in central Istanbul against new “draconian” internet laws passed to stifle dissent and stop evidence of high-level corruption being seen online. The new bill was passed late Wednesday by the Turkish parliament which is dominated by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP party.

Riot police take position as they clash with demonstrators during a protest against internet censorship in Istanbul February 8, 2014. Police fired water cannon and teargas to disperse large crowds of protesters in central Istanbul on Saturday against new controls on the Internet approved by parliament this week. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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What’s up with Bosnia?

Everything began with demonstrations of workers in five of Tuzla’s factories: Dita, Polihem, Poliolhem, GUMARA and Konjuh. Workers were protesting against privatization of their companies which leads to bankruptcy and lock outs. One could think that this is just another ex-Yugoslavia workers’ story, because indeed such cases are pretty common but, maybe precisely because they are so common, the workers went further. Since workers were persistent in their demonstrations, police have intervened by beating up and arresting many of them. That was the spark that turned into a wildfire.

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Fun With David Graeber

Anarchist Opinion

Very often a scientist’s personal life contradicts all of their theories. But we’re taught that only certain types of arguments can be taken seriously. It’s very similar to economics. In our everyday lives, we do a lot of things because we care about people, or sometimes because we hate people, but which make no sense by economic logic. But when you want to look ‘scientific,’ you have to pretend that everybody’s motivated by rational means. And somehow ‘rational’ means selfishness.

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How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations

Spying on You

One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

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An anarchist perspective on the protests in Venezuela

South America

On February 4th, 2014, students from the Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira (Experimental University of Táchira), located in the inland state of the country, protested the sexual assault of a fellow female classmate, which took place in the context of the city’s increasing insecurity. The protest was repressed, and several students were detained. The next day, other universities around the country had their own protests requesting the release of these detainees, and these demonstrations were also repressed, with some of the activists incarcerated.

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Anarcho-Syndicalist Waiters in Germany Strike Against Dismissals

The FAU gastronomy section struggles for a strong movement in this branch. Waiters of a trendy leftist club in Dresden are on strike. All of them are members of an anarcho-syndicalist group and have been fired for dubious reasons. Now the local branch union fights for re-employment including a company agreement or alternatively the collectivisation of the business.

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Chinese villagers attack polluting factory, police

Asia

Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment smashed its offices and equipment, and later clashed with police, underscoring the potential for such concerns to trigger violent unrest.

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Robert King in Canada for Hard Time screenings: Photos and Media Coverage

Prisons

Angola 3's Robert King has been traveling in the US, speaking in Chicago about solitary confinement at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in Canada alongside screenings of the film Hard Time.

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What's Happening in Venezuela?

South America

On February 4th, 2014, students from the Universidad Nacional Experimental del Tachira (Experimental University of Táchira), located on an inland state of the country, protested due to the sexual assault of a fellow female classmate in lieu of the current insecurity situation of the city. The protest was repressed, and several students were detained.

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Wolfi Landstreicher: Strangers in an Alien World

Anarchist Movement

I have been an anarchist for well over thirty years now. For me this has never been an identity to which to cling, a label to give me a sense of belonging. It has rather been an ongoing challenge to face my life in a particular way, constantly raising the question of what it means to reject every form of domination and exploitation in my life on a practical level. This is not a simple question with easy answers, but a problem that I have to wrestle with constantly, because I am facing a world here and now in which domination and exploitation define social relationships, in which most individuals are dispossessed of every possibility of determining their own existence, alienated from the creative energy through which such a project could be realized. As an anarchist, I have made a decision to reject and fight against this world.

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Reparations: A Moral Obligation

Race

During his 2004 Senate run and again during the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama stood firm in his opposition to reparations for the descendants of enslaved Africans here in the United States. "I have said in the past - and I'll repeat again - that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed," he said in 2008 right before his historic election.

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