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Louis Further: Notes from the US

Our US correspondent Looks at lesser-known stories of the month, including the Trump administration’s latest climate messes, racist policymaking and gun law easing …

  • In a press interview in the aftermath of the two hurricanes in September, Harvey and Irma, Trump adviser Tom Bossert yet again implicitly wrongly asserted that the human cause of climate change is either “unknown,” or not relevant. He said: “Causality is something outside… Continue reading

Iran: Sohail Arabi thirst strike briefly suspended after seizure

Long-term anarchist political prisoner Sohail Arabi briefly started drinking water again on Thursday having experienced a seizure, one week into his total hunger and thirst strike.

Sohail, who has been imprisoned for writing “sacrilegious” essays on Facebook and for “insulting the supreme leader” of Iran, had already been on a lengthy hunger strike over torture in the notorious Evin prison where he is being held.

The incarcerated Iranian blogger refused… Continue reading

Catalonia: CNT calls to “recover the reins of our lives” after general strike

In a general statement, the anarcho-syndicalist CNT union has called for yesterday’s general strike to be just the start of a moment where the working class asserts itself against Stats and capital, and goes beyond the question of which ruling class gets to be in charge

After the 3-O strike, CNT calls for extending the social response

Facing Tuesday’s general strike in Catalonia, CNT wants to show its… Continue reading

Catalonia: Calls for solidarity as general strike looms

Anarchists in Catalonia are backing a region-wide general strike for October 3rd and are calling for solidarity actions against the Spanish government as it brutally represses Catalan independence activists.

The CNT anarcho-syndicalist union has agreed to join the strike as anarchists nationwide put up statements condemning Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to send thousands of police in to violently break up plans for a regional independence referendum.

The CNT… Continue reading

Brazil: Activists warn of fascist surge

On Sunday night the neighbourhood of Jardim América, Belo Horizonte found its horizon bounded by that orange cloud characteristic of a major fire — a two-storey building was in the process of burning to the ground.

That building, constructed by street people and housing a public library of 1,000 titles mostly made up from books locals found in the trash, was rendered down to piles of ash — and… Continue reading

CNT warns of riot cops shipped into Barcelona docks

In the febrile atmosphere of Catalonia’s attempted independence referendum and repression from Madrid, activists with the anarchist CNT union report that national police have been shipped in from all over Spain and are holed up at Barcelona’s port, seemingly in preparation to crush any significant upheavals.

Dock workers with Portuaris CNT have been tracking police movements in the Prince of Spain and Lepanto docks where three large ferries have… Continue reading

Argentina: Family of disappeared anarchist furious as police raid Mapuche

The brother of Santiago Maldonado publicly denounced the federal government yesterday after more than 300 troops from the Special Group of Federal Operations (GEOF) were sent into the countryside around Cushamen to “look for him” — 47 days after the solidarity activist went missing during a police raid.

The heavily-armed GEOF, which specialises in counter-terror and anti-narco enforcement, entered the region at 5am with helicopters, drones and… Continue reading

Turkey: Anarchist magazine distributors jailed for six months

Repression against the team at Meydan anarchist magazine in Turkey took another twist on Thursday after three members of the distribution team were jailed for six months each.

The three volunteers, Nergis Şen, Rıfat Güven and Zeynel Çuhadar were taken into custody (picture above) after the publication of Meydan Gazette issue 33, which called for an anarchist celebration of May 1st, on the grounds of a State prohibition on… Continue reading

Notes from the US: Blackwater bubbles up again

In 2007 mercenaries from the notorious Blackwater terrorist company (now Constellis Holdings following its fourth name change) murdered a total of 14 unarmed Iraqis and left another 17 wounded in the Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad. They were sentenced in 2014. But early last month a federal appeals court threw out the lengthy prison sentences of those responsible at the same time as the famed bomber and butcher, John… Continue reading

Czech Rep: Klinika radical centre threatened with eviction

On Tuesday September 5th the municipal court in Prague opened the way for the eviction of Klinika, an autonomous social centre set up in one of the city’s old clinics. The State, which owns the site, successfully argued that it shouldn’t have to a extend a unique contract drawn up with the Klinika collective in 2015 which allows them to stay and self-manage the building.

The collective… Continue reading