We are pleased to announce a new addition to the works by Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997) that we make available through our website. This time it is a videotape, one that was recorded in 1989 by famed filmmaker Chris Marker for Marker's own television series L'héritage de la chouette ("The Owl's Legacy").
Perhaps you suspected as much, but when it extends before your eyes it is undeniable. It starts off simply. You wake up one morning in a stone house, built hundreds of years ago, having stood through revolution, occupation and peace. After drinking tea you leave the house. The snow is still clinging to the ground below the trees but the sky is blue and there are no clouds overhead. You have nothing to do today but walk into the village to use the phone and get a drink at the bar and so you set off on a five kilometer hike through the forest.
Yesterday just under 4000 demonstrators surrounded the Congress building in Madrid as part of the ongoing protests against austerity measures and unemployment (currently at 23%). The demonstration was just one of many across Spain witnessed over the past few weeks in the lead-up to a possible general strike in May, which will also see occupations and street protests.
Taking the fight from the internet to the streets. On April 25th, 2013 approximately 3.000 anarchists marched in solidarity to Athens Indymedia and 98 FM that have been censored by the greek State since April 11th, amongst dozens of solidarity actions all over Greece and some parts of Europe.
The Zad or Zone A Défendre (Zone to defend) is a large protest site in rural wetland outside the French city of Nantes. The site is the location chosen by French Company Vinci on which to build a second airport for the city. The airports building would mean the loss of many miles of grassy wetland, and displace hundreds of residents and local farmers.
The evening before the « Seme ta ZAD » demonstration* , the crossroads of Fosses Noires St and the Chemin de Suez was freed from the presence of riot police. During 2 days, the central crossroads spontaneously returned to its previous state : a road to travel, a place where we can happen upon friends or strangers, exchange news , meet . These past two days, the ZAD was crossed by hundreds of people with garden tools in hand.
Two policemen are under investigation for covering up a fascist brawl that involved Rome’s Mayor’s son, Manfredi Alemanno. According to Rome’s Public Prosecutors the inquiry that had followed the event was obstructed and then buried under the sand by the Police, thanks to the withholding of evidence and false statements made by policemen Roberto Macellaro (who in his free time volunteers to be the Mayor’s personal chauffeur) and Pietro Ronca, a local Chief Inspector in Rome. These two helped Manfredi Alemanno “disappear” from the scene after the beating had concluded, and then lied about what had really happened.
The Athens Indymedia website previously located at https://athens.indymedia.org has been shut down by the Greek government according to tweets by ruling party MP Adonis Georgiadis, seen congratulating minister of Public Order Nikos Dendias on twitter. Which might signal an end of free independent media in Greece, the Athens Indymedia Collective released an communique in regard in response to repression of free speech.
The working class is awakening, and the mobilisations of the last few days among the logistics sector workers in Emilia Romagna are the first signs. Recently, we have seen two different images of work struggles: the Peugeot workers in Paris clashing with the police on one hand; and the sad, resigned-looking picket organised by Fiom outside a Fiat establishment in Italy, on the other hand. Both are fighting for their jobs, but the differences are clearly visible and stimulate many diverse reflections.
Syspirosi Atakton: We felt that the NO,from politicians, was like a reflex, because as it turned later there was no “Plan B” nor a path for a change so they continued the negotiations hoping for something better. When the neoliberal president was elected he was expecting that the Plan A would be the same austerity measures applied in the other countries. He was caught off guard and that is mainly why they voted no. They wanted to keep their deposits intact and support for the big capital. All in all the no was not something revolutionary, they were serving their interests and their deposits. All those reports on the heroic NO of the Cypriots was more like a fairytale that was easy to sell.
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What we've been up to lately:
Server improvements and optimization: You may have noticed that the website hasn't been down very much in the past month. Dave and Chuck have been busy cleaning up the server, slaying evil spambots and otherwise optimizing the server and websites. This is necessary so we can make further tech improvements and have a stable environment to publish more original content.
Infoshop News: We recently started a project which will upgrade Infoshop News to the latest version of Drupal, a popular content management system. This will allow us to do more interesting things with Infoshop News, from multimedia to subject tagging. This new software will also help us prevent downtime problems. We expect this project to be finished by the end of Summer 2013.
Infoshop Library: This week we will resume adding content to the Infoshop Library (http://www.infoshop.org/Library), which has been relocated to new software on our site. Content from the old library will be re-added to the library in the next couple of months. We will also be planning ways for more volunteers to get involved with this project.
Infoshop OpenWiki: The wiki is currently offline, but the old wiki content will be migrated to the website in the next couple of months.
Infoshop Forums: The Infoshop Forums will be migrated to our Drupal website this summer. We haven't decided yet if old content and user accounts will be migrated.
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