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Monday, October 10, 2016

Video:Second Presidential Debate



Watching this whole spectacle continue was truly awful. It's almost as if Hillary is to the right of Trump when it comes to foreign policy (especially with her ramblings on "the Russia threat", doing for Russia what Trump is doing for China). Yes, the US is already in a proxy war with Russia in Syria, but what about Yemen, where the US-backed Saudis are slaughtering thousands of people fighting against Russia-backed Iran? (This isn't to say Russia or Iran are perfectly innocent in this conflict either, but still.)

The entire debate was nothing more than a shouting match full of character assassinations. Between Trump's boorish behaviors and Hillary's Emails discussion of actual issues was virtually non-existent.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Greece: Housing squats in Thessaloniki evicted

Reblogged from ContraInfo

On July 27th 2016, at the crack of dawn, Greek police forces raided and simultaneously evicted three housing squats in the city of Thessaloniki: Orfanotrofio housing squat for migrants (property owned by the Church), Hurriya community on Karolou Diehl Street (privately owned building), and another building located at Nikis Avenue (owned by the University).

Several dozen people living inside were detained. Probably all those without papers were sent to detention camps, while a large number of activists were referred to trial. Later that day, Orfanotrofio building was completely demolished by authorities.

Since then, several actions have taken place in response to this repressive operation.
On July 28th, some arrestees of Nikis building received four-month suspended sentences. The arrestees of Orfanotrofio and Hurriya will stand separate trials, on the 3rd and 5th August respectively. All arrested activists have been released.

Below is an announcement of Orfanotrofio squat following the eviction and demolition of the house:
On July 27th 2016, at 05:45am, Orfanotrofio housing squat for migrants in Thessaloniki was evicted under the pretext of a complaint filed by Church S.A. Shortly afterwards, the complete demolition of the building began.

Two other squats which housed migrants were simultaneously evicted (Nikis Avenue, and K.Diehl-Hurriya community).

As a result, a total of 74 arrests were made in all three squats.

What becomes very clear is the criminalisation of solidarity and, of course, the political choice of the State to target self-organised solidarity structures & communities of struggle. That these structures are being targeted became also evident a few hours after the three evictions in Thessaloniki, when the mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis announced he’ll lodge a complaint report concerning the fact that there are migrants living in occupied municipality-owned buildings, stating that they’re “degrading the city” of Athens.

We, for our part, believe that housing squats for migrants do not degrade our cities, but instead enliven them.

That’s why we’ll continue to create structures of solidarity and struggle; we’ll continue to live and fight together with migrants. Because we don’t extend solidarity towards migrants; we practice solidarity together with migrants. Because we don’t perceive ourselves as having privilege over migrants; we see ourselves maintaining a common position with them against bosses and states. Together we share what we have and fight for what we should have.

Because we want migrants within the fabrics of our cities, not ghettoised. We want them in our schools and our neighbourhoods. …
NOTHING IS OVER
EVERYTHING CONTINUES

Assembly of Orfanotrofio housing squat for migrants

Friday, July 29, 2016

Re: Trust

To this. Generally speaking, I have a very big distrust of others, simply because I’ve been subjugated to the bait-and-switch and other forms of manipulation more times than I can count. I think that too is a product of late capitalism and modernity. Everyone is generally very shallow and only after short-term gains - whether it's an individual's craving for narcissistic supply or a company's demand for profits - and flakes whenever they decide they can get better gains from someone or something else. So for people like me, suspicion rules very high, and yes, it is very damaging; a lot of people have told me I come off as cold and aloof. Living in late capitalism is almost like having to talk in code.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Kiev

Arriving in this post-Soviet city was supposed to remind me a lot of Budapest, and in some ways it did. Rusty industry and old, worn-out buildings surround the outskirts.

Today the country is attempting to legislate its Soviet past out of existence. The Communist Party and nearly all communist or Soviet symbolism are banned. Statues of Lenin and Soviet heroes were removed. It's warned that anyone who dares wear leftist symbols in the city will be attacked, if not by straight-up fascists, then by garden-variety nationalists. I've been told Kiev is home to several anarchist squats, yet they exist in hiding from the extreme amount of repression.

In Maidan (the city centre) there are memorials for the victims of the wars in Crimea and Donetsk. It's actually hard to tell that Ukraine is at war with its Russian separatists without seeing all the war propaganda. When I arrived in the main train station, the first thing which took my eyes were the number of soldiers walking around in groups in the area between the trains and the metro.

Construction resumes during the summer. New buildings are popping up all over Kiev, from what I could see. The engineers who design these things must let the craving for the future dictate the structure; each one is 20 stories or so tall.

I only spent a day and a half here. At least the food is good.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Reblogged: Mexico Massacred Its Citizens and Nobody Seems to Have Noticed

The "Three Amigos" Summit is the perfect time to hold President Enrique Peña Nieto accountable for human rights violations.
 
This time it is impossible to look the other way. The Mexican government is normally adept at managing public opinion so the responsibility for the violence and human rights violations ripping apart the country falls on the shoulders of local officials or organized crime groups. But on June 19 that narrative was broken under the heavy weight of the facts. 

The press originally reported a “clash between teachers and police” in the town of Nochixtlán in the southern state of Oaxaca. The authorities claimed their agents were unarmed and the protesters had fired on them first. The new U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, was carefully neutral in her first public evaluation of the incident, stating simply that she “lamented the loss of human lives.” 

But during the ensuing days the awful truth has trickled out. Thanks to the reports of journalists on the scene, the Mexican government has been forced to accept that the police were in fact heavily armed. And the evidence now points to the commission of a brutal massacre by federal forces against peaceful protesters. These forces are under the command of Mexico´s President Enrique Peña Nieto and receive significant funding from the United States government under the Merida Initiative.

Continue reading on Telesur.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Video: ANTIFA vs. Nazi Scum in Sacramento (June 26, 2016)


Solidarity with our comrades, some of whom are still in the hospital after being stabbed by fascist scumfucks. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Reblogged: Always on the side of the rebels, never with the snitches and the kneelers – France


These last two months (March-April) the streets of major cities in
France have been transformed into fields of resistance, where mass
protests and clashes are taking place in the framework of the general
strikes which are against the new labour legislation of the government.
Barricades, luxury cars and police cars burnt, cops and
undercovers beaten, banks smashed, people masked up with stones in their hands,
are some of the images that prove to us that in every corner of the
earth the war against the state and capital still rages and that nothing
is over…

“We ask for nothing, we are taking it all”, “No insurrection without
fire”, “Destroy wage slavery” etc, are some of the chants from the
black bloc and the anarchist groups that clash and express their
refusals in the street.


As was expected, all that’s taking place could not be without the
labour leaders and reformists who speak of provocateurs, liken the black
bloc with the fascists, condemn the violent practices against the state
and at the same time have relations with the police....


At the same time, the forces of oppression use plenty of teargas, brutally beat
protesters and arrest people. In a nutshell, they do everything under
the orders of their superiors in order for them to protect their bosses
and the peaceful citizens-subjects.

It is more than obvious now that the economy is collapsing, resulting in
it showing its real face: Hunger wages combined with wretched working
conditions, that contribute to an inhumane middle ages-like work
environment, where the worker is the modern slave on the production
line. At the same time, repression intensifies and strengthens, in order
for the police-state in the streets to become a daily routine and
for whoever seeks the attack on the world of authority to hesitate to take
action.


End the false dilemmas. Whoever chooses inactivity, chooses their
chains.

The moment is now, the place is here. From the streets of France to the
alleyways of Chile, from the mountains of Mexico to the avenues of Athens.

The whole world is a field of unrest!

 



(Taken from and translated by: actforfreedomnow)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

3.5.16

One thing that strikes me so much about the United States now that I've lived abroad is, the near lack of any kind of intellectual culture. I grew up in the Boston Area which, next to New York, Chicago, and maybe Washington DC, is one of the few places where anything of that nature can be found (and it's usually conducted by intellectuals who only seek to further the status quo - economics professors from Harvard who advocate expanding global capitalism to an even higher realm, etc.). From my experience, "heavy" conversations with the average American - including college students - rarely go that far. There is a tendency to address only what they see on a surface level, nothing further, and an even stronger tendency to talk out of arrogance, rather than wisdom or knowledge.


By contrast, I've experienced the exact opposite in France. People from all backgrounds take an interest in the arts and current events, and willingly discuss them in an open space. This is something heavily built into the culture as well: everyone takes an hour off work at 13hr where they go to cafés to discuss politics and art over coffee and pastries. Mainstream French news publications openly discuss controversial issues, even featuring communist intellectuals like Alain Badiou on the front cover (it's not like David Harvey gets put on the cover of Newsweek). This isn't exactly a "French" thing either, as you see similar attitudes in Germany, Greece, Brazil...

Americans also tend to be quite detached from their history. In Europe, by contrast, people will acknowledge their countries' triumphs and crimes. The French may feel reluctant to talk about France's colonial history in Africa and Indochina, for example, but they are well aware of it and will talk about it if they need to. I have rarely seen Americans speak about American imperialism (such as US intervention in Central America between 1950s-1980s) out in the open. Even while growing up in the Merrimack Valley, it was a rare thing to speak about the history of labor struggles in our region.

There's a paradox: Americans pride themselves on their individualism and how much they value freedom of speech compared to other nations, yet there's very little speech in American culture that's truly insightful or cutting-edge. Instead, what's given is an endless repetition of the same old points-of-view. Politicians may be scum everywhere, but in the US there isn't even an attempt to appear sophisticated.

It's also the case that those of us who desire an intellectual conversation on a serious issue with someone (say, a college student) are accused of being "entitled" for wanting to get to that level of understanding. Everyone assumes your intentions are as nefarious as theirs when you're merely looking for a clarification.