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Syria - Turkey: Revolutionary Anarchist Action at the border guard

Middle East

Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF/Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet) is taking part in ongoing people's resistance at the Kobanê border. DAF members are making a call, stating "Whoever calls themselves a revolutionary should feel each bullet fired at Kobane as a bullet fired at themselves, and should defend Kobane".

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Fighting Power in Kobanî

Middle East

On Tuesday 23 September, the United States expanded its campaign of air strikes into Syrian territory, but there are widespread concerns about who can provide “boots on the ground” in the war against IS (the so-called Islamic State).

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Epidemics Are Not Natural

Science

Warnings of human overpopulation have a storied history, but much of it can be traced back to Thomas Malthus. In his Essay on the Principle of Population, he claimed that human population would eventually be checked by famine and disease, leading to a so-called Malthusian catastrophe. His ideas were revived in the 20th century, leading to the rise of the Neo-Malthusians, a group that included William Vogt (author of Road to Survival), John B. Calhoun (famous for his mouse experiments and the term "behavioral sink"), and William and Paul Paddock (authors of Famine 1975! America's Decision: Who Will Survive).

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Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

Neoliberalism

Today the dominant narrative is that of market fundamentalism, widely known in Europe as neoliberalism. The story it tells is that the market can resolve almost all social, economic and political problems. The less the state regulates and taxes us, the better off we will be. Public services should be privatised, public spending should be cut, and business should be freed from social control. In countries such as the UK and the US, this story has shaped our norms and values for around 35 years: since Thatcher and Reagan came to power. It is rapidly colonising the rest of the world.

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Chinese Abolone Farmers, Angry Over Pollution, Shut Down Shipyard and Smash Equipment

Earth First

(Reuters) – A shipyard in China‘s southeast has suspended operations after at least 500 farmers, who blame water pollution from the yard for killing their abalone harvest, stormed the yard and smashed its offices, an official at the shipyard said on Tuesday.

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Brooklyn's The Base Holding Open House

Announcements

The Base, Brooklyn’s prime anarchist social center, has been programmed from top to bottom for over a year. So far it’s been a center for radical study, a conduit to connect people and projects around the globe, and a center for workshops and skillshares. On a given night people can meet Brazilian Anarchists, learn how to make a successful squat, or join a conversation about Durruti’s exploits.

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Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary

Reviews

It is a testament to Noam Chomsky’s brilliance and bravery that despite his soft spoken manner and quiet personality, he manages to inspire fiery passion in millions of activists around the world, curiosity and conviction from students on nearly every college campus, and hatred from angry nationalists wearing red, white, and blue blindfolds.

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Newark teen says arm broken by police during school protest

Police State

The Mayor of Newark has ordered an investigation into how a teenager's arm was broken as police cleared the street of school protestors. The students had blocked the street near the headquarters of the Newark Public School District to protest against the superintendent's new policies. But now there are questions about police tactics and how the teenager was injured.

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Review: Cazzarola!: Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy (A Novel)

Reviews

Anarchists fleeing fascist governments in Mussolini’s Italy and Franco’s Spain during the 1920s and 30s sped up a process already underway through normal emigration to not just Spanish speaking countries in the West, but to Canada and the United States as well.

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Wall Street is Fertile Ground for a Movement

Climate Change

There were many extraordinary moments during both Sunday’s huge climate march through mid-Manhattan and Monday’s more militant protest in Lower Manhattan’s financial district, from the little boy marching with a tambourine that had “This Machine Kills Fascists” written around its edge to the bored policeman along the march route blowing a huge bubble from the gum he was chewing, but perhaps the most telling occurred in the early afternoon on Monday, when, as several thousand climate action protesters sat or milled around, penned into several blocks of Broadway by hundreds of linked-together metal police barricades, a young man astride a pair of telephone booths began an impromptu IWW rant.

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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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Vikki Law: Resisting Gender Violence Without Cops or Prisons

By Angola 3 News

Activist and journalist Victoria Law is the author of "Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women" (PM Press, 2009). Law has previously been interviewed by Angola 3 News on two separate occasions. Our first interview focused on the torture of women prisoners in the US. The second interview looked at how the women's liberation movements of the 1970s advocated for the decriminalization of women's self defense. Taking this critique of the US criminal "justice" system one step further, Law presented a prison abolitionist critique of the how the mainstream women's movement, then and now, has embraced the same "justice" system as a vehicle for combating violence against women.

While citing the important work of INCITE: Women of Color Against Violence, Law argues that "today, abuse is treated as an individual pathology rather than a broader social issue rooted in centuries of patriarchy and misogyny. Viewing abuse as an individual problem has meant that the solution becomes intervening in and punishing individual abusers without looking at the overall conditions that allow abuse to go unchallenged and also allows the state to begin to co-opt concerns about gendered violence."

Furthermore, "the threat of imprisonment does not deter abuse; it simply drives it further underground. Remember that there are many forms of abuse and violence, and not all are illegal. It also sets up a false dichotomy in which the survivor has to choose between personal safety and criminalizing and/or imprisoning a loved one. Arrest and imprisonment does not reduce, let alone prevent, violence. Building structures and networks to address the lack of options and resources available to women is more effective. Challenging patriarchy and male supremacy is a much more effective solution, although it is not one that funders and the state want to see," says Law.