International

Notes from the US

Louis Further brings us his latest update from across the pond, rounding up some of the happenings you won’t have heard of in the land of the “free”

Environmental damage

One of the most dangerous appointments which Trump has made is that of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not only does Pruitt (as well as Trump) deny (the human causes of) climate change; but he has… Continue reading

Brazil’s criminalised social movements: 2013 never ended

Organisations across Brazil have hit out over the last few weeks over the ongoing criminalisation of social movements, in particular the long-running campaign of demonisation and legal gagging against activists from transport campaign Bloco de Luta and the MST landless movement.

Based in Porto Alegre, Bloco del Luta has been facing heavy repression since its members helped organise a massive series of protests and occupations in 2013  against… Continue reading

Argentina: Worker-occupied Hotel Bauen gets ready to resist April 19th eviction

Today marks 14 days to save Argentina’s famed worker-occupied building, after 14 years of continuous working for the community and providing jobs for 140 people.

The building was taken over by its staff as part of the fábricas recuperadas movement during Argentina’s early 2000s financial crisis, as the original owners had dealt with their financial troubles by abandoning it. Currently hotel chain Mercoteles is claiming ownership of the site,… Continue reading

Italy: Repression worsens against activists fighting TAP gas pipeline

Grassroots organisation the AltreMenti Valle Peligna collective reports that repression is becoming increasingly harsh as activists fight against the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Puglia.

Over the last week groups of activists from NoTAP have blocked work on the line, which is one-fifth owned by BP and aims eventully to run gas from Azerbaijan through to western Europe, at a site near Masseria del… Continue reading

South Africa: Durban and the rule of lies

Shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo reports on the Bhambayi protests which have hit north Durban as the city’s new administration reverses solemn promises it made on the electoral trail to make reparations for the intense repression inflicted on Abahlali members.

The anger of the poor can go in many directions.

In local government elections [last year] those who have led the war against… Continue reading

Russia: Alexi Navalny is no “honest guardian” against Kremlin oppression, anarchists warn

As liberal “centrist” protests against corruption in Russia kick off nationwide today, led by lawyer and political figure Alexi Navalny, Russian anarcho-syndicalist group KRAS-AIT argues that for the country’s poor, his “responsible” free-market vision offers no respite:

Opposition politician Navalny (pictured above), posing as an honest guardian of the people’s interests, has called on the population of Russia to take to the streets in protest… Continue reading

France: Tower occupation set to win migrant workers their right to stay

A stunning victory for migrant workers could be on the cards following a two-week occupation of Semmaris Tower in Paris by 105 people demanding they and 23 other comrades be regularised and given full rights at work.

The sans-papiers (lacking ID papers), who are organised with section 94 of the CGT union, have been holed up on the ground floor at Rungis market in the Chevilly-Larue commune … Continue reading

Germany: FAU calls for May Day solidarity with migrants – we are workers all

Anarchists in Germany have called for May Day 2017 to focus on solidarity with migrants in the face of one of the fiercest reactionary backlashes of the modern era.

The FAU anarcho-syndicalist union is launching the action, saying that “migrants are workers, just like us” but are especially suffering under the current political conditions in Europe and are uniquely exposed to capitalist exploitation. In a statement, the union’s international committee… Continue reading

Repression in Russia and Spain spikes against anarchists

Two major reports from branches of the Anarchist Black Cross have provided insights into the impact of repressive measures being taken against anarchists in Russia and Spain under the guise of “anti-terror” strategies.

In Russia, ABC Moscow has collated an overview of repressions from over the last year.

Here in the prison I have started to feel a deep hate for the modern state apparatus and class society.… Continue reading

Italy: Base unions to strike against destructive “good schools” law

A nationwide strike called by base unions against implementation of Law 107, better known as the “good school” law, is set to happen on Friday 17th.

The education sector is already experiencing the devastating effects of reforms desired by the Renzi government and former education minister Stefania Giannini, extending the powers of principals, the introduction of the “merit award,” extensions of the school-work system, the… Continue reading