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ITALY: Interview with Individualist anarchist prisoners from the blog Culmine

August 22, 2013 by actforfreedom

 From AversiónPublicación Anarquista-issue 8, May 2013.

 Translated from Italian by act for freedom now/B.pd

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1Aversión: In recent years, for reasons we won’t analyse here, which mainly concern the direction the system is taking, but which affect our ways of relating with one another, blogs and websites have been taking on the task that our publications used to fulfil in the past. In your opinion, how does this affect the struggle and its perception? Read the rest of this entry

GREECE: Interview with Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members

Short interview by Contra Info
translation counter-information network
with Conspiracy of Cells of Fire members,
ten comrades currently incarcerated in Greece
April 2013 Read the rest of this entry

SYRIA: The life and work of anarchist Omar Aziz, and his impact on self-organization in the Syrian revolution

By Leila Al Shami for Tahrir-ICN

Photo from: Yallasouriya

Photo from: Yallasouriya

Omar Aziz (fondly known by friends as Abu Kamel) was born in Damascus. He returned to Syria from exile in Saudi Arabia and the United States in the early days of the Syrian revolution. An intellectual, economist, anarchist, husband and father, at the age of 63, he committed himself to the revolutionary struggle. He worked together with local activists to collect humanitarian aid and distribute it to suburbs of Damascus that were under attack by the regime. Through his writing and activity he promoted local self-governance, horizontal organization, cooperation, solidarity and mutual aid as the means by which people could emancipate themselves from the tyranny of the state. Together with comrades, Aziz founded the first local committee in Barzeh, Damascus.The example spread across Syria and with it some of the most promising and lasting examples of non-hierarchical self organization to have emerged from the countries of the Arab Spring. Read the rest of this entry

Anarchism and Nationalism

Author: Anonymous

This article first appeared in Freedom on 21st February 1970 and has been reprinted several times.

Superficially, anarchism is a movement of the Left but this is not strictly so, since it implies being part of the political spectrum. Anarchists reject this, asserting that there is more in common between Right and Left political parties (like the struggle for power) than between even extreme Left political groups and the anarchists. History has shown us that no matter how ‘Left’ a party is when it starts off, the achievement of power brings it round to the Right, for every government wants to maintain the status quo; wants to extend the control it has over the people, and isn’t this what the Right really means? Read the rest of this entry

ITALY: RadioAzione – Considerations #5 (Making excuses and covering one’s arse: How not to be committed to anarchy)

11.08.2013  by Radio Azione translated by Act for Freedom Now

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Still today in the Italian anarchist movement some say that times are not mature for the beginning of an even more intense attack on the State-Capital because people are scared and not yet ready to accept violent revolutionary practices. People scared, people not accepting, people not yet ready…  These are the consequences of the last 15 years when anarchists have decided to join forces with other components of non libertarian movements, which only try to rebuild the existent with them occupying the seats of the current rulers. These are the consequences of the work of those who, at the time, thought it right to be present within promiscuous movements so as to spread their ideas among a deaf herd. These are the usual excuses of those who don’t want to risk or get directly involved for anarchist ideas. But times are right, even if we wanted to accept these pretexts: an economic crisis that has gripped an entire country, or almost all of it, into misery; people who live on a thin thread between life and suicide because they can’t even find some food to put on their table; people strangled by taxes and Equitalia, Gerit and many other debt collection agencies; people strangled by banks… Read the rest of this entry

TURKEY: Interview: Anarchists in the Turkish Uprising

04.07.2013 by traven

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To follow up our coverage of the uprising in Turkey beginning from Taksim Square, we’ve conducted an interview with anarchists in İstanbul. They talk about the background of the revolt, the relationship between this uprising and others around the world, and its implications for the future of Turkey. Read the rest of this entry

Anarca-Islam

By Mohamed Jean Veneuse

Abstract

As an anarchist and a Muslim, I have witnessed troubled times as a result of extreme divisions that exist between these two identities and communities. To minimize these divisions, I argue for an anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian Islam, an ‘anarca-Islam’, that disrupts two commonly held beliefs: one, that Islam is necessarily authoritarian and capitalist; two, that anarchism is necessarily anti-religious. From this position I offer ‘anarca-Islam’ which I believe can help open-minded (non-essentialist/non-dogmatic) Muslims and anarchists to better understand each other, and therefore to more effectively collaborate in the context of what Richard JF Day has called the ’newest’ social movements. Read the rest of this entry

بوب بلاك – اللاسلطوية 101

Anarchy 101, Bob Black in English here

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الأصل بالانجليزية

ترجمة : مينا ناجي

ما هى اللاسلطوية ؟ و من هم اللاسلطويون ؟

اللاسلطوية هى فكرة عن الطريقة المثلى للعيش . اللاسلطوية هى أسلوب حياة .
اللاسلطوية هى فكرة أن الحكومة ( الدولة ) غير ضرورية و ضارة ، و المجتمع اللاسلطوى هو مجتمع بغير حكومة . اللاسلطويون هم من  يؤمنون بتلك الفكرة و يرغبون فى العيش فى غير سلطوية ، مثلما فعل أسلافنا جميعا يوما .
هؤلاء المؤمنون بالحكومة – مثل الليبراليين ، المحافظين ، الاشتراكيين و الفاشيين – يعرفوا بكونهم دولانيين .
يمكن أن تبدو اللاسلطوية على هذا النحو سلبية بشكل بحت ، انها فقط ” ضد ” شئ ما . لدى اللاسلطويين ، فى الحقيقة ، العديد من الأفكار  الايجابية بخصوص العيش فى مجتمع بغير دولة ، و لكن على العكس من الماركسيين ، الليبراليين و المحافظين ، لا يقدمون مخططا تفصيليا  للعمل . Read the rest of this entry

IRAQ: Class struggle in Iraq – interview with a veteran

An interview covering class struggle in Iraq from the ’40s to early ’90s in Iraq.

The following interview was first published in ‘Workers Scud – no patriot can catch us!’ (London, June 1991), a collection of articles reflecting on the Gulf War.

The Class Struggle in Iraq – an interview with a veteran

Q: Can you briefly tell us about the class struggle in Iraq before the overthrow of the monarchy in 1958?

A: In the 1940’s and early 1950’s the class struggle was mainly situated in the rural areas. Peasant uprisings (eg. in Aali-azarchi which lasted about 3 years before being violently suppressed) were a constant headache for the semi-feudal landowners and the state.

Urban struggles intensified with the nine-day strike of Kirkuk oil workers in 1946 (put down with loss of 10 lives). Unemployment and homelessness were rampant. There were thousands of sarifas (shacks made of palm branches) around and inside Baghdad.

1956 (Suez Crisis) had a massive impact on Iraq, with demonstrations against the Iraqi regime who were seen as British stooges. The Palestinian issue also helped radicalisation. I still wonder why there wasn’t a revolution in 1956!I These internal and external events led to the formation of the Free Officers (nationalist/Nasserist) who had links with the Iraqi ‘Communist’ Party (l.C.P.) but not so much with the Ba’ths. Read the rest of this entry

MOROCCO: Does Berber Federalism serve as an indigenous African model of Anarchist Federalism?

By Brahim Fillali

MOROCCO AS “NON-CAPITALIST” AND NOT “PRE-CAPITALIST” TERRITORY

I wish to stress this point because the prefix does not mean the same thing.
If we said not capitalist, it is assumed that there is an alternative mode of production wherein capitalism and other possibilities that are open to the future of society. History is not linear; no societies are sentenced to spend their historical development via capitalism. Read the rest of this entry