More than once, companer@s from Latin America have asked me: Why are you getting a permit from the police to protest police brutality? Why are you being paid to do organizing? Why are people’s movements based in non-profit offices? Behind these kinds of questions are different assumptions about organizing that might challenge activists in the United States to think outside the non-profit system.
Today the EU/ASEM summit began. At the place I was staying at there was an anxious excitement present in everybody. We all made our way down to the meeting point near the St. Pauli subway station. After a few police instigated stalls we were on our way. I was with a few dozen familiar faces, all wearing black. Most of them had water proof jackets and pants for the water cannons. As we marched I looked forward and backward and saw that I was in the middle of a giant black bloc.
Nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's bid to unite Sunnis and Shiites on the basis of a common demand for withdrawal of U.S. occupation forces...seems likely to get a positive response from Sunni armed resistance...[T]alks between Sadr's representatives and Sunni leaders, including leaders of Sunni armed resistance factions, first began in April.
On Saturday, May 19, 2007, an anarchist/anti-authoritarian street march in solidarity with refugees and immigrants took place in Patras, a port city in Greece.
[Judge Aiken's] lecturing "the community" on just what the power structure will "tolerate" is but one...of [her] prejudicial notions. The most important is her determination that ecosabotage constitutes "Terrorism." The determination allows for "upward enhancement" sentences to be handed down. While a simple arson with no personal injuries usually merits a median sentence of 43 months in Federal cases, the "terrorism" determination allows for "enhancement" additions of up to 20+ years! It also means harsher prison conditions for those sentenced.
...[A]s much as the Barcelona police have a vendetta against squatters and anarchists, along with immigrants and anyone darker than them, this [latest] repression is not a grassroots initiative: it's an order from on high. "The Mediterranean triangle" [is] the term applied by the European Union to what it identifies as a top internal security threat-the anarchist movements in Greece, Italy, and Spain. These states have been directed to neutralize the threat, and it seems they will do whatever it takes.
After three days of shelling and more than 100 dead and with no electricity or water, Nahr el-Baled reeks of burned and rotting flesh, charred houses with smoldering contents, raw sewage and the acrid smell of exploded mortars and tank rounds.
The Anti-Poverty Committee successfully launched its VANOC eviction campaign by evicting Ken Dobell from his office located at the World Trade and Convention Centre in the Office of the Premier. His belongings have been put into boxes and thrown into the hall.
Why are so many people, all over the country, apparently giving up on due process and the rule of law?...[W]hy are so many members of the settler society...adding their voices and bodies to this tide of militancy? A simple answer might be: The Canadian state is not itself following the rule of law, nor has it ever done so with regard to indigenous peoples.
When the situation requires blockades and tree sits, forest activists need to know which strategies work. That’s why training is so crucial...“Whatever the moral and ethical issues of direct action, there’s very important tactical issues. If people don’t know how to do this stuff, they come to confrontations unprepared. And if we’re not prepared, the police take us to jail.”
When anarchists/anti-capitalists participate in social democratic activism for reform without retaining their revolutionary militancy, it dilutes our effectiveness, and our movements become penetrated with ineffective ideas and methods. It creates a theatre of easily policed charades on the street, and weakens our long-term goals of autonomy, free exchange and liberation...If we participate in trying to convince ourselves and an alienated public that anyone will make any difference to ecological collapse and social exploitation with any symbolic, representational appeal to power and finance, the more time we will have to wait before any real change happens.
The US Army tried to kill or capture Muqtada al-Sadr, the widely revered Shia cleric, after luring him to peace negotiations at a house in the holy city of Najaf, which it then attacked, according to a senior Iraqi government official...The attempted assassination or abduction took place two-and-a-half years ago in August 2004 when Mr Sadr and his Mehdi Army militiamen were besieged by US Marines in Najaf...
Santiago is mulling over a new and deep sense of disquiet. A new awareness of the problems of Chile is being expressed aloud in bus stops and in the metro, in working class neighbourhoods such as La Victoria, frontline of resistance against the dictatorship, in the corridors of public hospitals and at college gates, and to those responsible for the "model"...[that] is sending clear signs of fatigue.
...[W]hat was different about the murder of charismatic Chicago [Black] Panther Chairman Fred Hampton, was the determined killing of an idea...Namely, to extinguish the call to the oppressed everywhere in the US - workingclass and people of color - to rise up not simply against injustice, but in positive struggle for revolution and socialism.