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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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Ricardo Flores Magón and the Anarchist Movement in Southern California

Anarchist Movement

"Forward, comrades! Soon you will hear the first shots; soon the shout of rebellion will thunder from the throats of the oppressed...Land and Liberty!" These were the prophetic words of the Mexican anarchist Ricardo Flores Magón printed in Regeneración, the bilingual, anarchist newspaper published by the Magón brothers and their comrades, on November 19, 1910-just one day before the Mexican Revolution began to radically transform world history. Decades later, the Zapatistas would shout these words of rebellion as they occupied San Cristóbal de las Casas in early 1994 in defiance of NAFTA and the neoliberal order. Nevertheless, Magón, one of the chief intellectual and political precursors to the Mexican Revolution, made this declaration not in Mexico, but in the United States, where he had been living in exile since 1903 due to his radical activities.

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Squat demolition called off after four nights of rioting in Barcelona

Direct ActionBarcelona city hall has called off plans to demolish and redevelop a squatted building in one of the city’s poorest districts after four nights of violent protests. Authorities said on Friday that they would halt demolition plans and attempt to reach a peaceful solution after widespread outrage at the forced eviction of Can Vies, a public building that has been occupied by leftist groups for 17 years. Confrontations between protesters and police continued on Thursday after crowds gathered to demonstrate in the Sants district for a fourth consecutive night.
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Looking Beyond the Minimum Wage

Labor

Of course we should absolutely raise the minimum wage. We should raise it in our cities, towns, states and federally. We should use any public entity that has the authority to raise the bottom — like for federal, state and local contracts — and we should then demand that private companies follow suit. Morality, decency and basic economics all call for lifting the wages of the lowest paid workers.

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Intersectionality isn’t just a win-win; it’s the only way out

Practical Anarchy

In 2012, the Pachamama Alliance, a U.S.-based organization working in partnership with indigenous Achuar people in Ecuador, published a meme showing two native men discussing a new “scientific discovery”: the fact that our world is deeply interconnected. The joke, of course, is the idea that these scientists could “discover” a concept that is age-old wisdom for indigenous peoples across the world. I was delighted by the two-fold genius of the cartoon, the way it both highlights the importance of understanding the world we live in while pointedly calling out the dangers of cultural and intellectual appropriation.

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The Lakota vow to die rather than let the KXL pipeline pass

Indigenous

The Oglala Lakota and activists of the American Indian Movement have taken a vow that the only way the KXL Pipeline will pass through South Dakota is if they are dead or in prison. This vow was taken back on Feb. 27, Liberation Day, an event to commemorate the infamous 1890 massacre of Native people by U.S. soldiers.

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Philadelphia Anarchist Book Fair

Events

For the first time in recent memory, the occupied Lenape land known as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will host an Anarchist Book Fair. On August 23rd, 2014 we will be attempting to reach out to the broader community in an effort to grow and challenge our preexisting ideas, find a common ground with others, and move forward toward a world based on freedom and mutual aid.

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Palestine-Israel: Joint Struggle Explores Questions About Participation

Middle EastMany objections were raised about the participation of Israelis in the non armed struggle in the areas of Palestine occupied in the 1967 war. Some, mostly Palestinians regarded it as contribution to so called "normalization". Others claimed that Israeli activists should do their struggle within the Israeli population of the 1948 borders. Many anarchists raised reservations as the Palestinian popular struggle is a kind of capitalist "national independent struggle" for self determination of the Palestinian capitalist elite to monopolize the option for the exploitation of the Palestinian working masses - they just ignore the fact that most Palestinians wish for bi-national democratic whole Palestine and not for a national Palestinian state. Others just do not take on themselves the obligation to serve as life saving shield as Israeli policy officially forbid the state forces to shoot to kill when Israelis are supposed to be among the demonstrators. Indigenous people struggle against settler colonialist transfer and marginalization is NOT the same as a national Bourgeoisie for "national independence" or "national self-determination".
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Americans care deeply about 'global warming' – but not 'climate change'

Climate Change

Barack Obama, scientists and campaigners have all looked at how to engage Americans more powerfully on the environment. Now researchers have come up with one critical piece of advice: do say "global warming", don't say "climate change".

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Despite Local 'No' Votes, Teamsters International Declares UPS Contract Ratified

The largest private sector union contract in the U.S. had been in limbo since last summer, as UPS workers around the country voted down their local supplements, sometimes more than once. Now the five-year contract is ratified—by fiat of the Teamsters international. Members were angry about concessions on health care in the national agreement but also about other issues such as the need for more full-time jobs.

Part-time UPSers in Louisville, Kentucky, voted 94 percent no on their local agreement last week. Earlier, they'd voted 89 percent no, and UPS came back with a worse offer. Photo: IBT Local 89.

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Strike in Shanghai in May 2014

The wave of strikes in China's industrial heart lands continues. This is an example of a strike in Shanghai. As often, the Chinese state and capital tried to repress the strike with force, but also started negotiations to get the situation under control.

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Building an effective anarchist movement in Australia

Anarchist Movement

This post- Melbourne Anarchist bookfair conversation took place in the Melbourne Anarchist Club (MAC) which has a history stretching back to the 1890s. While visiting the premises which contains a library, meeting space and infoshop I caught up with Brendan and Ben two active members of the collective and Kieran from Anarchist Affinity which is seeking to build a similar organisation to the WSM, based on theoretical and tactical unity and collective responsibility.

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ABC-Moscow: Repressions summary for March-April 2014

Anarchist MovementWe continue to publish news about repressions against anarchists, antifascists and social activists and about the obstacles we face from the side of police state. In February, March and April issue you can read about Maidan ghost, letters from the prisons and senseless trials. If you recognize that we've missed anything or you are informed about other cases of repressions, let us know by writing to address abc-msk @ riseup.net.


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The Case for Reparations

Race

In Chicago and across the country, whites looking to achieve the American dream could rely on a legitimate credit system backed by the government. Blacks were herded into the sights of unscrupulous lenders who took them for money and for sport. “It was like people who like to go out and shoot lions in Africa. It was the same thrill,” a housing attorney told the historian Beryl Satter in her 2009 book, Family Properties. “The thrill of the chase and the kill.”

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