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Climate depression? A response to Tadzio Müller’s Coming out No. 6

The #ClimateEndgame is in full swing, one heat wave after another. Drought, floods. War is back in Europe, the ruling class is responding with a gigantic rollback to fossil fuels, driving people into poverty by making them pay for decades of failed energy policies. It’s not just dependence on Russian gas, fossil fuel dependence represents failed policies for all living organisms on this planet. Riot Turtle responds to Tadzio Mueller‘s Coming out No. 6: Hi, my name is Tadzio, and I’m suffering from climate depression.

Image above: WAA_Protests_(1980s). Image by Oliver M. GRUER-LAVIN. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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“When you drive through the Butcha district, you see destruction everywhere. Especially in residential neighbourhoods.” – On August 16, activists of Cars of Hope will drive to Ukraine again

Press Release Cars of Hope August 06, 2022

Wuppertal. Germany.On August 16, activists of Cars of Hope will drive to Ukraine again. It will be their fourth aid delivery in the war-torn country. They will bring necessary goods like Tourniquets, IFAK -First Aid Kits, Burnshield Rescue Kits (für die Versorgung von Brandwunden), face masks for burn care, Israeli Emergency Bandages, medicines and other items that are needed in Ukraine. Cars of Hope will first drive to Kyiv and then to Kharkiv.

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8-14 August: International No Border Camp in Rotterdam: ‘Abolish Frontex’ [Netherlands]

Rotterdam. Netherlands. The No Border Camp will take place in Rotterdam!

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Pushbacks at the German-Polish border – people seeking protection are pushed back to Poland by the German federal police

For about a year, the catastrophic situation at the Polish-Belarusian border has led to life-threatening migration routes via Poland to Germany and other EU countries. People on the move are instrumentalized for political conflicts, are criminalized in Polish camps, mistreated and deprived of their most basic human rights. If they manage to continue their journey, they meet Germanys undignified and grueling asylum system, which in many cases foresees a Dublin deportation back to Poland.

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Call for International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners 2022 // 23 – 30 August

The fact that capitalism does not focus on our needs but on profit, is demonstrated with all its brutality in times of climate crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic and the collapse of socioeconomic systems all around the world. Those who profit from capitalism enrich themselves through times of disaster. But with ongoing crises we are also experiencing a new era of uprisings from below.

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Earth First! gathering collective: To our friends from XR

In recent years there has been an explosion of activity in the climate movement in the UK. It’s inspiring to see so many determined to take action on climate change and committing themselves to fiercely defending nature. Extinction Rebellion (XR) in particular has brought in thousands of new people, shifted public opinion, and reignited a movement. There has also been exciting movement within XR, increasingly targeting those in the corporate media and fossil industries causing the problem rather than just creating public disruption.

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Destituent power as living communism

“To destitute is not primarily to attack the institution, but to attack the need we have of it.” This statement, from the Invisible Committee’s text Now (2016), is at the heart of an essay by Spencer Beswick that we share below.

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10 Terrible Leftist Arguments against Ukrainian Resistance [Ukraine]

Discussions with some on the (mostly) western left can be extremely hard. Some of their positions are disheartening to hear. Others seem hypocritical or cynical. There are, in my opinion, certain positions that are far from left principles. These points are not always expressed directly, so I want to briefly dig into some hidden messages underlying positions held by many on the left. 

Disclaimer #1: I want to stress that there are also a lot of leftists who take the position of solidarity and will have zero to do with these claims. However, here I am not writing about them.

Disclaimer #2: It really matters how some of these messages are voiced as this draws the line between, on the one hand, points of concern and discussion, and on the other – the central pillar of one’s predetermined and unconditional political stand against Ukrainian resistance. This text is about the second case. I won’t discuss nuances here. This is a polemic opinion, not an analytical article. 

Disclaimer #3: I’m frustrated, angry and, hence, often sarcastic here. And yes, I have the right to be so. And yes, I use this piece to channel my frustration and anger. 

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Giannis Michailidis: Notice of suspension – not termination – of the hunger strike

A statement by Giannis Michailidis on the suspension of his hunger strike.

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