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The Sultan of Sewers: William Burroughs' anti-authoritarian vision

Anarchist Movement

In July of 1957, an unknown writer named William Burroughs visited a friend in Copenhagen. After three weeks in the area, including a brief excursion to Sweden, he wrote to the poet Allen Ginsberg that "Scandinavia exceeds my most ghastly imaginations." In Naked Lunch, the novel Burroughs was writing at the time, Scandinavia became a model for a place called Freeland. "Freeland was a welfare state," the book explained. "If a citizen wanted anything from a load of bone meal to a sexual partner some department was ready to offer effective aid. The threat implicit in this enveloping benevolence stifled the concept of rebellion."

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Monarch butterfly decline linked to spread of GM crops

Biotech

The main cause of the monarch butterfly's decline is the loss of milkweed — its food — in its U.S. breeding grounds, a new study has found. That all but confirms that the spread of genetically modified crops is indirectly killing the monarch.

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The Angry Brigade's John Barker, 40 years on: 'I feel angrier than I ever felt then'

Anarchist Movement

Just over 40 years ago, John Barker appeared in the dock at the Old Bailey charged, as a member of the Angry Brigade, with conspiracy to cause explosions. He was jailed for 10 years at the end of what was then Britain's longest trial. Now he has written a novel, Futures, a tale about crime, the financial markets and cocaine dealing, set in 1987 amid the first signs of the City mayhem that would bring such chaos in its wake.

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The Imperialist Legacy of Boko Haram

The widespread poverty and deprivation from Nigeria's neocolonial legacy has created a fertile recruiting ground for Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency, responsible for thousands of deaths as well as the recent mass kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls.

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Newly Released Documents Show Outgrowth of ‘Homeland Security’ Is Corrupted Federal and Local Law Enforcement

Spying on You

Last week, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) released a trove of some 4,000 documents it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showing that the movements of the mostly peaceful participants in the Occupy Wall Street protests were subjected to an “enormous spying and monitoring apparatus” that included coordination between the Pentagon, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, local police, private security contractors and corporate interests.

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Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge

Practical Anarchy

Last month PM Press published the Debt Resisters' Operations Manual —also known as “the DROM.” But don’t let that menacing-sounding acronym fool you: this is a book written in plain English and filled with tips and tactics for dealing with debt.

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Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For June 2014 Is Now Available

Prisons

June 11th is the international day of solidarity with Eric McDavid, Marie Mason, and all long-term anarchist prisoners. There's still time to organize something in your town. You can find more info on organizing an event and what has happened in previous years here.

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Soldiers NO MORE in the War Against Women

Feminism

There is a war against women, and men and boys are trained everyday to be the soldiers. Misogynist violence isn’t the biological imperative of men. Misogyny, the worldview that engenders, validates, and normalizes violence against women, is beaten into boys and woven into the fabric of “successful masculinity”.

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French cigarette workers hold bosses hostage in threatened Imperial Tobacco factory

Labor

Five executives have been held in a cigarette factory in western France since Wednesday afternoon. The cigarette manufacturer, Seita, announced the closure of the factory last month. Workers want to be paid some or all of their salaries for the days they have been on strike, a common arrangement in France where unions do not have strike funds, according to union representative Pascal Brochard.

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600 Evicted in Calais, Resistance and Occupation

Borders

Today (Wednesday 28th) more than 300 police descended on Calais (Northwest France) to evict three tent camps in the city centre which have existed since last October: the «Syrian camp», which was set up following the occupation of the port, the «Eritrean camp» under the bridge, which was established after the eviction of their squat, also in October, and a smaller camp close to the food distribution. Together these places were home to around 650 people in Calais.

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“Small Town” Anarchists zine

Anarchist Movement

Anarchists nowadays are transient people, usually looking to move to the next cool place: Oakland, Seattle, Montreal, etc. Many of us want to be somewhere where ‘shit’s going down’, or at least where there’s a large pool of fellow weirdos to befriend, date, and develop ideas with. While this is understandable, and we are not trying to lay some kind of moral judgment on people who move to the Bay, there is an obvious effect to this: small towns and cities without active scenes become deserts of anarchist activity.

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Noam Chomsky: Edward Snowden, the World's "Most Wanted Criminal"

The State

In the past several months, we have been provided with instructive lessons on the nature of state power and the forces that drive state policy. And on a closely related matter: the subtle, differentiated concept of transparency.

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How to be a woman in a band for over 15 years and still like it

Culture

There’s an article on Vice/Noisey which has been making the internet rounds lately about being a lady in a band. I have mixed feelings about even mentioning the article, because I don’t want to belittle the author’s experiences and feelings, but it’s definitely important context. Reading it, and some of the reactions and commentary around it, got me thinking about how I might write something similar.

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China waste incinerator protest turns violent

A demonstration against a planned waste incineration plant by thousands of residents near China’s scenic city of Hangzhou turned violent on Saturday, with police vehicles set on fire and injured protesters taken to hospital. Incineration plants have sparked protests in many of China’s wealthiest cities over the past decade, as the amount of waste generated rises.

People walk past a damaged police vehicle lying on a road after residents clashed with police during a protest in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province, on May 11 2014. At least 39 people were injured on May 10 during a protest against plans to build a waste incinerator in eastern China, state media reported. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO©AFP

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Marcos is Gone! Between the light and the shadow.

North AmericaCompañera, compañeroa, compañero: Good evening, afternoon, or morning, whichever it may be in your geography, time, and way of being.Good very early morning. I would like to ask the compañeras, compañeros and compañeroas of the Sixth who came from other places, especially the compañeros from the independent media, for your patience, tolerance, and understanding for what I am about to say, because these will be the final words that I speak in public before I cease to exist. I am speaking to you and to those who listen to and look at us through you.
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Military counter-intelligence unit monitored Elsipogtog anti-fracking protests: documents

Spying on YouThe Canadian military used its counter-intelligence unit to monitor the aftermath of last October’s RCMP raid on a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick in preparation for the eventuality the situation went “sideways,” according to internal document obtained by APTN National News. Senior officers with Joint Task Force Atlantic, which is headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to assess who was leading the protests locally and the reaction protests planned across the country following the Oct. 17, 2013 raid, according to the documents, including email, released under the Access to Information Act.
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Arctic ice melt to release 1 trillion pieces of plastic into sea

Climate ChangeAs the Arctic ice melt accelerates due to climate change it could release more than 1 trillion pieces of plastic into the ocean over the next decade, possibly posing a major threat to marine life, a new scientific report said. The report, titled “Global Warming Releases Microplastic Legacy Frozen in Arctic Sea Ice,” said ice in some remote locations contains at least twice as much plastic as previously reported areas of surface water such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – an area of plastic waste estimated to be bigger than the state of Texas.
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