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Conversations about Anarchism - Belfast Weds 4th November

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 08:43

We are hoping to encourage lively, thought-provoking and articulate conversations surrounding the ideology as well as expanding on the knowledge of those attending. These are the points that we will be discussing:

What does anarchism stand for?
Why are anarchists against hierarchy and authority?
Why do anarchists reject the state in all forms?
What do anarchists suggest as an alternative to the state?

19.00 Nov 4th at the 
Réalta Civic and Social Space
48 King Street, BT1 6AD Belfast.

RSVP at the Facebook event

Event date and time:  Wed, 2015-11-04 19:00

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October 2015 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 11/01/2015 - 14:46
KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library No. 84, October 2015 has just been posted on our site. The PDF is up at: http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/x3fh0j. Contents list is at http://www.katesharpleylibrary.net/c86835

Help fund Medical support/solidarity with refugees forced to cross the sea to Lesvos

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 10/30/2015 - 05:40

As the massive rebellion against the racist borders of Fortress Europe rolls from Spring through the Summer to Autumn & now Winter conditions are becoming very much more dangerous. According to Al Jazerra since the photos of the drowned today of Alan Kurdi shocked so many into action at least another 71 children have died on the route.

Tens of thousands are still on the road, many are even now attempting the crossing from Turkey to Lesvos, a crossing that becomes more dangerous as storms increase. Others are camped out in cold and wet conditions along the route while at Calais the death toll of those hit by cars and lorries contain use to rise.

Make a donation at https://www.gofundme.com/xy74whj4

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Social Struggle in the Coming Period

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 18:19
An Outlook/Action Framework to Guide our Participation
The following points represent a brief statement of priorities, an outline of some of the perspectives our organization has decided on to help guide our thinking and actions in the coming period. We do not want to overstate where our organization is at in our analysis and organizing, nor are these points a substitute for the hard discussions our organization still must have. These points developed out of reviews and discussions of the nature of the current period, the continuing wave of social protest domestically and abroad, and how we as a small and specific group of anarchist revolutionaries can participate in and help build those movements for dignity, justice and freedom.
by First of May Anarchist Alliance, Autumn 2015

Statement from the Barricade inn squatted anarchist social centre

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 13:07
On Wednesday The Barricade Inn Collective received court summons papers informing us that the following day (Thursday 22nd October) the estate holders of the building would be seeking an injunction against us. Court was adjourned and the case will be back in court next Wednesday (28th October).

Barricade Inn - statement ahead of High Court case

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 06:33

The Barricade Inn is up in the High Court today as a legal firm seek to evict one of the most interesting spaces to grace Dublin city centre in the last months. Whether the courts find for a group of people with no funds or a law company will tell you a lot about the sort of country you live in. A country where thousands are homeless while 300,000 homes lie empty.  The video was shot outside yesterday evening as we helped to move materials inside to a secure location ahead of the court hearing.  The statement that follows was released by The Barricade Inn yesterday.

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Three Years On, We Remember Savita Halappanavar

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 06:29


Today marks three years since the brutal and needless passing of Savita Halappanavar.

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Comment on “Democratic Socialists of America: Strategy Document Draft” (September 15, 2015)

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 10/24/2015 - 17:23
Democratic Socialism or Revolutionary Anti-Authoritarian Socialism
Commentary on a recent draft document on the strategy and vision of the Democratic Socialists of America, from the viewpoint of revolutionary libertarian socialism (anarchism).

Squatting & the property question - Personal Possessions & Communal Property v Private Property

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 10:47

After an illegal eviction on Phibsborough Rd. in June much debate arose surrounding the legitimacy of the squatters and their rights to take over empty and unused properties and put them to use. This piece looking at the issue of squatting and property rights was written by a WSM member and an An Spreach member who were evicted on that day from the property.

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Routes to freedom - the platform, its shortcoming and the WSM practise - does it remain relevant?

Anarkismo (en) - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 05:15
One of the key foundation documents for the Workers Solidarity Movement is the ‘Organizational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists (Draft)’ This text was written in Paris in 1926 by a group that included exiled Russian and Ukrainian anarchists and was very influenced by the lessons they drew from the Russian Revolution. Three of the authors -- Nestor Makhno, Ida Mett, Piotr Archinov -- were then and now very well known anarchists, the remaining two -- Valevsky and Linsky -- I know relatively little about.

Thoughts after visiting Calais informal migrant camp

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:45

The phrase ‘European Values’ has been a staple in the lexicon of ‘high-end’ European political discourse for fifty years. Always drivelled with unabashed self-righteousness and conceit, these values, which Europe supposedly espouses, include tolerance, liberalism, solidarity and a steadfast commitment to human rights.              

Of the places in Europe I have visited, in nowhere more than the ‘Calais Jungle’ has it been so evident that these lauded values stand in stark contrast with reality.

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Routes to freedom - the platform, its shortcomings and the WSM practise - does it remain relevant?

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 09:48

One of the key foundation documents for the Workers Solidarity Movement is the ‘Organizational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists (Draft)’   This text was written in Paris in 1926 by a group that included exiled Russian and Ukrainian anarchists and was very influenced by the lessons they drew from the Russian Revolution.  Three of the authors -- Nestor Makhno, Ida Mett, Piotr Archinov -- were then and now very well known anarchists, the remaining two -- Valevsky and Linsky -- I know relatively little about. 

In this article I intend to examine whether this text has any relevance to anarchist organising today, some 90 years after it was drafted. In addition, what can we say about its shortcomings? Finally, I will look at some of the confusion the WSM ran into when trying to follow it.

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What Will Be The Next Thing That Stormont Faces Collapse Over?

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 06:02
Last December, after weeks of intensive talks the executive finally agreed upon the Stormont House Agreement, an Agreement that was primarily about economic reasons but needed to use the traditional technique of divide and conquer by throwing in sectarian issues such as flags and marches.

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Report Confirms What Dogs On The Street Have Always Known: The IRA Still Exists

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 06:00

A 'shocking' report which was revealed yesterday confirmed to us what we already knew: the IRA still exists.

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30 Queer Men Turned Down to Donate Blood - End the Gay Blood Ban!

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 07:30

During the rise of HIV and Hepatitis B in the 70s and 80s the UK Government enforced a blanket ban on men who have sex with men donating blood.

In 2011 this ban was changed slightly - the ban would only last a year after a man had sex with another man, meaning that if any queer men wanted to donate blood they would have to abstain from sex with men for a year.

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An Anti-Abortion "Healthcare" Clinic Opening in Belfast

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 07:28

Could you really trust someone who claims to be "Pro-Life" when their concern for you is only there when you are in the womb?

An anti-choice clinic is due to open in Belfast City Centre tomorrow, the 13th of October. The Stanton Clinic has as its vision "to close the doors of Marie Stopes" - Marie Stopes which, alongside the NHS, performs abortions when they fit the very restrictive legal criteria, along with other sexual health services.

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Anti-Abortion Stanton Clinic Opens Above Travel Agency in Belfast

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 07:27

An estimated 15 people travel from the island of Ireland every day in order to access an abortion. Yesterday, an anti-choice clinic opened in Belfast City Centre in the same building as a travel agents, something that shows the pure contempt, malice and disregard that the anti-choice zealots hold towards women and other pregnant people.

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The Northern NAMA Scandal - a look at the shadowy world of Project Eagle

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 07:22

Project Eagle, or Nama's northern portfolio, was landed in March 2014 by American private investment firm, Cerberus. If this sale has done anything, it has proven that good old fashioned political and economic corruption is not an exclusively American affair.

Nama, oftentimes referred to as the south's "bad bank" - as if there are any good ones - was set up in late 2009 as an attempt by the southern government to try and deal with the property loans issued by Irish banks.

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Dignity and Decent Housing for All!

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 07:49
There are over 5,000 homeless people across Ireland. And if current trends continue there will be over 6,500 homeless by the end of the year [1]. Our leaders worship the free market faith. We must organise together if we want them to bend to a social logic and the rule of fairness.   We do not expect those who inhabit Leinster House to solve our housing problems. Last week, Taoiseach Kenny ruled out state intervention in the property market to curb the cost of renting. “It is very clear that interference in the market to its detriment is not something we should do,’’ he said [2]. They call this ‘restoring confidence to the market’. We call this ‘destroying the fabric of society’.  

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The Syrianization of Turkey

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 10/19/2015 - 08:20
The immense catastrophe that struck Turkey in the streets of Ankara, the capital city, on 10 October, when two bombs exploded in the midst of a thronging crowd of what would possibly turn out to be hundreds of thousands of people, leading to the death of an indefinite number of people, in any case exceeding one hundred, and the wounding of hundreds, some still under the risk of death, is a sharp reminder, if any were needed, that this is a country undergoing a severe political crisis. The tragic loss of life, ranging from a nine-year old boy to a seventy-year old woman and involving the deaths of a very high number of young people, has left the working-class movement, the broad left, the community of Alevis, the minority religious denomination in Turkey, and the Kurdish people, all of whom were involved in the peace demonstration that was attacked, in profound grief and mourning. It is cause for consolation, however, to witness the fact that the main aim of this hideous attack has been thwarted since, despite the grief, the masses have not been intimidated and have come out in militant mood both to protest and to bury their dead.

In unusually precipitated fashion, the government has claimed to have carried out an investigation on what it purports to be a double suicide bombing. They point their fingers at the ill-famed ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS) and claim that this was an attack on the unity of Turkey (why those who target the unity of the country have for decades now attacked the demonstrations of the working-class or of the oppressed minorities and never a right-wing rally remains a mystery!)
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