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Klan-Baiting the Wobblies: Unreasonable

Labor

About the only thing A. Barton Hinkle gets right about the Industrial Workers of the World in “Meet the Left-Wing Extremist Running for U.S. Senate” is not calling them the “International Workers of the World”. Although at least Reason likening the “Wobblies”, whose founding antedates the Russian Revolution by over a decade, to “warmed-over Lenin” is not the most anachronistically wrong description published by a major libertarian organization. After all, the Ludwig von Mises Institute has called them Stalinist.

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A closer look at the Feds' crackdown on two KC-based predatory lenders

Capitalism

Both lawsuits charge that the companies deceived consumers about the cost of their loans. Instead of assessing a one-time finance fee for the loans (often $90 on a $300 loan — already an extraordinary rate), both defendants, the agencies say, made repeated withdrawals of $90 every two weeks from borrowers' bank accounts, without ever reducing the principal.

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The Anarchist Urban Ecosystem: A Rethinking of the Urban Environment

Anarchist Opinion

This series will attempt to roughly give some examples as to how the urban environment can be altered so that cities can not only sustain themselves but also become ecologically rich environs benefiting mankind and servicing nature. In order for us to do so, we must create radical shifts in the way we think about the vital needs of our civilization and follow the examples biology can give us. Many of these changes can be implemented right now and could be greatly supplemented and developed in an anarchist society and indeed some of these concepts and ideas can indeed form the basis of an anarchist revolution.

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Summary of anarchist support activities for public services wildcat strike in Helsinki

Anarchist Movement

The trade union for public and welfare services (JHL) went on wildcat strike to oppose the "marketization" of Palmia, a municipally-owned service enterprise. Right-wing leadership of the city attempts to reorganise 50% of Palmia so that it must participate to tenders, which will lead to substantial wage cuts for the workers. The seizure of subway and tram transport by striking workers proved to be a powerful weapon in the struggle against the bosses. However, the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL) organized replacement transportation to nullify its effect. Anarchists announced that they will block all the replacement buses and soon after that AKT (the union of bus drivers, amongst others) announced a strike on those routes.

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U.K.: Boomtime in Poundland: Has Austerity Worked?

Europe

With the UK economy finally reaching its pre-crisis peak, many are claiming austerity has been vindicated. We explain why this is nonsense -- the critics of austerity have been proven right while austerity has failed in its own terms.

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Port trucker strike in Ningbo, China

On 18 August 2014 over 10,000 port truckers in Ningbo, China, went on strike, not having had a raise in over 8 years. The strike lasted almost a week, with management offering a 12% raise. It involved nearly the entire trucking fleet of Ningbo, which is China's 3rd busiest port and the world's 6th busiest. During the strike, the port was paralyzed and ships were diverted to Shanghai.

Throwing rock at truck August 2014

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Chicago: Freshii Union Busting Continues; Workers Picket

Freshii Workers’ Union members and supporters staged a picket on Monday to demand an end to abuses by Freshii franchise owner Peter Irie. The assembled group demanded that Irie re-hire illegally fired workers, cease union-busting tactics and attacks on union supporters, and officially recognize the Freshii Workers’ Union (FWU).

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New York: #‎floodwallstreet‬ Takes Manhattan in Pictures

Climate Change

One day after hundreds of thousands protested in New York City in favor of action to reverse global warming, additional actions are taking place today that aim to connect capitalism as the cause for global warming. Several thousand people have shut down Broadway this afternoon.

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IWW Greece Commemorates One-Year Anniversary of Anti-Fascist Activist's Murder by Neo-Nazis

Sept. 18, 2014 will mark one year since the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by thugs of the Golden Dawn. Under no circumstances should we forget this sacrifice, first because it is political assassination and secondly, because the cowardly assassination was primarily an effort of the political underworld to hit critical humanism and social consciousness.

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Palestine-Israel: The Joint Struggle Confronts Transfer Efforts by Israel

Middle EastThough Israel failed in its last open assault on the Gaza Strip, it still succeed in its transfer efforts. The drowning of a refugee ship with 450 mainly Gaza people reflect the partial success of Israel transfer efforts that for the never ended efforts since 1948. The siege on Gaza join the pressure on both Palestinians within the 1948 borders and that of the 1967. The big masses were driven out during the 1948 and 1967 wars, but efforts continued with all means possible. Some expelled by force some were moved within the border as pressure to "voluntary transfer". Within the 1967 borders, the Israeli efforts are targeted on the villages and Bedouins living in area C where the joint struggle to resist it is mainly focused in the South of Hebron Hills. And the joint struggle in Arkib, Dahamsh (1948 borders), and Bil'in, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarah (East Jerusalem) continue "as usual".
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New Anti-Industrial Publishing House in France

Anti-Capitalist Movement

In 2012, a group of Spanish and French anarchists and post-situationists (Miguel Amoros, Michel Gomez, Marie-Christine Le-Borgne and Bernard Pecheur) formed Editions de la Roue, a publishing house dedicated to anti-industrial critique.

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Collective response to "Racism at North American ABC Conference" by JoNina & Lorenzo Ervin

Anarchist Movement

We are writing as the crew that organized the North American ABC Conference, in response to JoNina and Lorenzo's public letter "Racism at the NA ABC Conference.” We are nine people spread across the country, from New York to Sacramento, in conjunction with Denver ABC, and as such have a range of views on their open letter. This response is not a full statement of all of those views, or even a consensus of what things we all agree on, but rather a response required to urgently address the letter and to clarify information within it. This statement is NOT to discredit, disqualify, disregard, or fault JoNina and Lorenzo for their experience(s). The information provided is correct to the best of our account, and is provided for the purpose of transparency.

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Campaign to Welcome Home Brian Jacob Church (NATO 3)

Solidarity

On May 16th, 2012, just prior to the NATO summit in Chicago, three Occupy activists were arrested and eventually charged with 11 felony counts, including four under the never-before-used Illinois terrorism statute. Brian “Jacob” Church, Brent Betterly, and Jared Chase came to be known as the NATO 3. The case went to trial in January of 2014, and the NATO 3 were acquitted of all of the terrorism charges.

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Police Have a Much Bigger Domestic Abuse Problem Than the NFL

Police State

Should the National Football League suspend or ban any player caught assaulting a wife or girlfriend? That seems to be the conventional wisdom since video emerged of running back Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator, even as reports surface that many more NFL players have domestic-abuse records.

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David Graeber Vs. Venture Capitalist, Peter Thiel

Capitalism

The conversation hinged on one question: What's wrong with America and what does technology have to do with it? It pitted Graeber's anarchist beliefs that unnecessary corporatized bureaucracies within government, research-science facilities, and higher-education institutions have stalled innovation for the past 40 years or so against Thiel's libertarian beliefs that, well, it's all so messed up that the only way to effect change is to step outside the system and do it yourself.

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How the People’s Climate March Became a Corporate PR Campaign

One participant in the organizing meetings said, “In the beginning people were saying, ‘This is our Seattle,’” referring to the 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial that was derailed by direct action. But the paid staff got the politics-free Climate March. Another source said, “You wouldn’t see Avaaz promoting an occupy-style action. The strategic decision was made to have a big march and get as many mainstream groups on board as possible.”

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Radical Materials for Distribution at #Peoples Climate

Climate Change

A series of radical handbills for distribution at #Peoples Climate March events, both in NYC and across the country has been produced. Ecologically, socially, the present moment is an unfolding tragedy. We’re teetering on the edge of an historical cliff: on one side lies the ecological death of the planet, absolute spiritual bankruptcy, universal anxiety; on the other, the end of this way of living and the start of something completely new.

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