refugees

Mon
22
May

Anarchists Fill Services Void Left by Faltering Greek Governance

By NIKI KITSANTONIS
New York Times
MAY 22, 2017

ATHENS — It may seem paradoxical, but Greece’s anarchists are organizing like never before.

Seven years of austerity policies and a more recent refugee crisis have left the government with fewer and fewer resources, offering citizens less and less. Many have lost faith. Some who never had faith in the first place are taking matters into their own hands, to the chagrin of the authorities.

Tue
28
Jun

Observations on Brexit and Lexit in the UK EU membership referendum

by Various
June 24, 2016
Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)

Observations from anarchist in Ireland on the UK EU membership referendum. The referendum will take place in north east Ireland which is under British rule. Citizens of southern Ireland who live in the UK will also have a vote but because the UK is physically the gateway to Europe from Ireland all of the island will be effected by the result.

Observations on Brexit and Lexit in the UK EU membership referendum

ANARCHISM AND DIRECT DEMOCRACY

1. Anarchists are generally hostile to decision making mechanisms that demand people put their faith in others to make decisions on their behalf without mandate or recall. We favour systems of direct democracy where the people either discuss and vote on an issue directly, or delegate other people to meet up for such discussions but these delegates are both mandated and recallable.

Fri
03
Jun

Waiting for the Barbarians

Who are the real barbarians? The refugees or those who caused them to flee?

Jesús Sepúlveda

Fifth Estate #396, Summer 2016, Vol. 51, No. 1, page 25

http://www.fifthestate.org/

In August 2015, as refugees broke through a line of Macedonian police at the border between Greece and Macedonia going toward Western Europe, a phrase from the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) came forcibly to mind: "the barbarians are coming today." But as in Cavafy's poem, it wasn't clear who the barbarians really were in 2015.

Sun
21
Feb

From Dover to Calais to Brussels, the border regime is in violent panic

Freedom
U.K.
February 6, 2016

Cover photo: Tear-gas attack by riot cops in Calais

The recent anti-migrant demonstration by the National Front and other assorted fascist backwash is among a rising tide of violence against migrants. People asserting their freedom to move across borders are met with a mix of state and fascist aggression. Around fortress Europe, borders are institutions of crisis and conflict. As the force of migration clashes with a border regime in panic, the social contradiction in Calais and elsewhere is tightening.

Fri
19
Feb

Europe: Between Rape and Racism

by b. traven
Crimethinc
Feb 16th, 2016

As Europe descends further into nationalism and xenophobia, we are seeing feminist, atheist, and progressive discourses appropriated to serve reactionary ends. Following the assaults in Cologne and the media feeding frenzy about “migrant violence,” many people have struggled to find a way to speak about the situation without minimizing the issue of sexual assault or contributing to the demonization of migrants. Yet displacement and sexual assault are not distinct issues—they are interrelated components of a larger context that must be confronted as a whole.


Nationalist graffiti in Slovenia: “Let’s rape leftist women.”

Sat
09
Jan

What It's Like to Spend New Year's as a Refugee in a Greek Anarchist Shelter

Ioana Moldovan
January 9, 2016
Huffington Post

ATHENS, Greece -- The clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, and the room on the ground floor of this former tax administration building is filled with people chatting and laughing. Persian dance music on YouTube blasts from the speakers of the laptop sitting on a table, surrounded by cookies and glasses.

Mehdi's* eyes are stuck on his mobile phone. He stands out in the crowd, hardly a smile on his face. He waits for news from his family. He hasn't spoken to them in four days.

As Balkan border crossings closed for refugees not coming from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan, many others found themselves stuck in Greece. They are the unwanted who got to spend the new year in Athens, and some found refuge in this building.

Mehdi is from Tehran. Back home he faces an eight-month jail time sentence for installing satellite dishes.

Wed
25
Nov

Why Migration Should Be Central to Paris COP21 Climate Talks

By Harsha Walia
November 25, 2015
Telesurv

Climate refugees and displaced peoples bear the brunt of environmental violence.

“We live in constant fear of the adverse impacts of climate change. For a coral atoll nation, sea level rise and more severe weather events loom as a growing threat to our entire population. The threat is real and serious, and is of no difference to a slow and insidious form of terrorism against us.” - Prime Minister of Tuvalu Saufatu Sapo’aga at the United Nations

Tue
24
Nov

Losing Ground: Syria's Climate Nomads

by Evan Cestari
Black & Green Review

Thu
19
Nov

'Wrong Side of History': Outrage as US Congress Moves to Block Syrian Refugees

Lawmakers spew xenophobic rhetoric just days after governors levy threats to keep out those fleeing war

by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
November 18, 2015
by Common Dreams

The xenophobic rhetoric that erupted on the state level in the U.S. in the immediate wake of the Paris attacks is now taking the national stage, where Republicans and some Democrats in Congress are attempting to rush through legislation before the Thanksgiving recess that would block Syrians fleeing war from taking refuge in the United States.

The anti-Syrian hysteria among lawmakers has been criticized as racist, Islamophobic, and deeply inhumane—invoking the U.S. legacies of the Japanese internment camps and the Chinese Exclusion act.

Thu
19
Nov

The Paris Attacks, Refugees, and the Brutal Fiction of Borders

By Molly Crabapple
November 19, 2015

The night the Islamic State attacked Paris, I was translating a book by the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani.

The regularity of the work was what kept my brain from spiraling into a pain loop. Write down the Arabic words you know. Look up the ones you don't. Force the sentences to make sense. Check on friends in Paris. Drink. Avoid the panic and death on Twitter. Translate another page.

Qabbani is a bit like Syria's Pablo Neruda in that he combines revolutionary sentiment with eroticism. The book I translated, Sparrows Don't Need Entry Visas, was a collection of introductory essays Qabbani had read at Arab capitals, many now destroyed by war. In one essay, Qabbani describes the subversive power of words evade governments—to fly, not like airplane passengers, but like sparrows.

Words, Qabbani says, don't need visas.

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