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Eritrea: National Liberation? National Disaster?

By |November 13th, 2015|

The world is divided into nation-states. These artifici […]

Why Are Junior Doctors in the UK So Pissed Off?

By |November 6th, 2015|

Note: Below is an interview looking at the recent actio […]

World Kobane Day: 1 November

By |November 1st, 2015|

On World Kobane Day the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity M […]

The Rojava revolution in Syria

By |January 6th, 2015|

From the chaos of the Syrian Revolution the existence o […]

“No Blood for Water”?

By |July 29th, 2013|

The Syrian Civil War and Its Possible Consequences
 Since 1975 most of the major military conflicts – Lebanon, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Libya – have been civil wars. Regional or super powers have intervened supposedly to save lives and resolve each conflict. They supposedly try to do this by removing the “bad guys” but have ended up leaving the country they came in to ‘save’, an even bigger mess than it was before they intervened. Often, this is because the intervention is driven by profit or a power obsessed ideology, rather than any understanding of the real situation.
 In Vietnam the conflict was not just about the imperialists/capitalists on one side and the communists on the other. It was also a war between the people who lived in the highlands and those who lived in the lowlands, a war between the Catholic minority that dominated political life in South Vietnam and the Buddhist majority and a war between a Soviet-backed elite in Hanoi and a U.S-backed elite in Saigon (today Ho Chi Minh City). Only the ideologues on both sides believed it was a war of freedom or liberation. For most people it was a pointless and incredibly expensive bloodbath that left millions of Vietnamese civilians dead and deadly ordinance lying around everywhere, which still kills hundreds of people every year. […]

Double struggle in Brazil

By |June 23rd, 2013|

Brazil has seen strong economic growth, although this is slowing. In 2010, the economy grew by 7,5 percent; in 2011, the IMF ‘s estimate is 2,7 percent. Short-term slowdown is supposed to be followed by stronger growth in 2013, although, with IMF statistics, you can never tell. However, the parallel with Turkey, also a strongly growing economy moving in to slowdown but not quite in recession, is striking. Economies like Turkey, Brazil are becoming quite an important force in the world economy. What happens there, matters. Better watch out, and better be prepared to extend the hand of solidarity.

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Introduction to the Turkish Uprising

By |June 23rd, 2013|

“Last week a group of protesters started guarding act […]

Revolutionary Anarchists Call for International Solidarity

By |June 13th, 2013|

For Ongoing Public Revolt Against State Terrorism

Last week a group of protesters started guarding action after some trees were taken down illegally in the name of urban gentrification projects. In the second day of the protest, very early in the morning, the police attacked the protesters heavily with gas bombs, pressured water and plastic bullets and wounded many protesters. A spark began against this event of state terrorism and spread across the country turning into a massive action and organized the big revolt. The public organized against increasing attacks, state terrorism and police violence and have been turning the streets into the area of resistance. This public revolt has been streaming for four days and is constantly spreading.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have resisted in Taksim, where the government blocked the entrance and police violence peaked; finally they occupied Taksim Square, building barricades around the square and taking control of Taksim. Protesters in Ankara took to the streets in solidarity with Istanbul and building barricades in important places in the city, expanding the revolt. Hundreds of protesters in Izmir, another big city, have burned the ruling party’s building. […]

Brazilian anarchism interview on the Crisis, World Cup, Especifismo

By |April 29th, 2013|

In a wide ranging interview Paul Bowman talked to Felipe Corrêa (FC)  a Brazilian anarchist who is member of Organização Anarquista Socialismo Libertário [Libertarian Socialist Anarchist Organization] (OASL) about anarchist orgainising in Brasil, just how global the crisis really is and the forthcoming World Cup.

Irish Anarchist Review (IRA): First of all could you tell us a little about yourself and your involvement with Brazilian anarchism and how you came to be involved?

FC: I became an anarchist in the end of the 1990s, in the wave of what people used to call the “anti- globalization movement”, after a past of Marxist affinities, both with reformists and revolutionaries. I knew about anarchism in the “counter-cultural” movement – ie. I used to be straight edge – and then started to get involved with collectives in
São Paulo that were very active in the resistance movement against neoliberalism, like Ação Local por Justiça Global [Local Action for Global Justice] and Centro de Mídia Independente [Indymedia Center]. I also got in touch with anarchist social/ cultural centers, both Centro de Cultura Social [Social Cultural Center] (CCS) and Instituto de Cultura e Ação Libertária [Institute of Libertarian Culture and Action] (ICAL). […]