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Marginal notes on the Agamben scandal

“Soon afterwards, something else emerged – yet another justification for incorporating the ‘Children’s Songs’ into the ‘Poems from Exile’. Brecht, standing before me in the grass, spoke with rare forcefulness:‘In the struggle against them, it is vital that nothing be overlooked. They don’t think small. They plan thirty thousand years ahead. Horrendous things. Horrendous crimes. They will stop at nothing. They will attack anything. Every cell convulses under their blows. So we mustn’t forget a single one. They distort the child in the womb. We can under no circumstances forget the children.’ While he was talking, I felt moved by a power that was the equal of that of fascism – one that is no less deeply rooted in the depths of history than fascism’s power. It was a very strange feeling, wholly new to me.” 

Benjamin on a conversation with Brecht, 1938
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#Chile: Don’t let them say that we are absent [Video documentary]

Santiago. The following documentary/compilation shows a series of actions carried out in different locations in the capital of the territory usurped by the State of $hile, thus showing us from the start of the action itself, through all the phases of its development, until the end.

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Chronicles from the state of emergency No. 3 – Wall paper from #Trentino

Comrades from Trentino (Italian territory) published their third wall paper about the current state of emergency which is now being pasted in several cities. You can read No. 1 here and No. 2 here.

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#Athens, #Greece: Call for solidarity with detained women at Petrou Ralli prison

Athens. Visits to the Petrou Ralli detention centre have now been banned due to measures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, all the essential items that you donated were packaged and delivered to the detained women on Thursday, March 26th. The same will be done, wherever possible, throughout April and May… until the detention centre empties!

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A Nurse from Emilia Romagna, #Italy: “It is not an applause that the public health system needs, but concrete certainties.”

A nurse from Emilia Romagna, Italy has many questions.

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Transnational overview: Strikes in times of the #coronavirus

An overview of workers strikes in various states in times of the coronavirus. The overview is incomplete, as the wave of strikes is growing and its almost impossible to report about all strikes.

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Rebellion in times of the #curfew

We are in a situation that is absolutely new to us. Our freedoms are reduced to a minimum, similar to wartimes or imprisonment. Only this time the “enemy” is invisible and our prison is our home. Catastrophes, state of emergency, curfew, pandemic, media bombardment, panic, insecurity and isolation … It’s not about minimizing or assessing the deadly consequences of the coronavirus – on a medical level I cannot judge this. But I want to formulate a critique of the authoritarian formation taking place, i.e. the state of war declared by the state and the consequences this has for us and society. While every bill and every restriction is waved through with reference to the relevant experts and no one can predict what the situation might look like in a week, we don’t need experts to know that in times of crisis and war the state of emergency becomes the normality way too fast (you remember the “war on terror” or the “refugee crisis”?)

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Joint Statement: Against the Capitalist #Pandemic, Solidarity between Peoples

Joint analysis by Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira (CAB) (Brazil), Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU), Federación Anarquista Rosario – FAR (Argentina), Organización Anarquista de Córdoba – OAC (Argentina), Federación Anarquista Santiago – FAS (Chile), Grupo Libertario Vía Libre (Colombia), Union Communiste Libertaire (France), Embat – Organización Anarquista (Catalonia), Alternativa Libertaria / Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici – AL/fdca (Italy), Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet – DAF (Turkey) and Organization Socialiste Libertaire – OSL (Switzerland). April 2020

2020 has started with some changes at region level, and especially with the continuity of the huge and incredible mobilization of the Chilean people. That popular revolt which has been through more than 100 days, has changed social and political situation of that country, and also has impacted the entire region. New scenery appeared and, as we said in preceding analysis, comes within the framework of the huge wave of popular mobilizations that’s been deployed for Latin Americans communities (Haiti, Ecuador, and other countries with less intensity). As we can see, it’s time for the people on the streets, these are fighting times.

At the same time, it’s starting all over the world a new economic crisis that’s being increasing with Coronavirus and its impact on international markets. The issue of Oil and its effects on peripheral economies from Latin America also can impact the cost of living and the ultra-liberal technocracy’s legitimacy, which continues being part of this new phase all over our continent. But also, the coronavirus’s pandemic brought with it a series of changes in this new phase, which is difficult and premature to judge its impact. Nevertheless, its impact compels us to discuss a new situation, a global phase that is changing with masses control policies and increasing repressive measures, and there’s where the three decades of neoliberalism’s ravages becomes evident with the breakdown of public health and social safe measures.

We divided this analysis into two sections: a first one addressing Chilean mobilization and social and political changes over the continent; and a second one with a primary analysis about the new situation that has been triggered since Covid-19‘s expansion.

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Let the strikes come back. Let the squats proliferate. Let the looting come

Madrid April 6, 2020. Anarchist comrades have send us a text from the Madrid Quarantine City pamphlet. As the comrades of Abolition Media Worldwide also received this text and were faster as we were, we use their translation.

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Giorgio Agamben: Reflections on the plague

Sebastian Lotzer

let’s start here. because everything else wouldn’t make sense. let’s talk about here. our powerlessness, our lack of perspective. our hollow words, our empty gestures. let’s talk about the smile that has disappeared from our faces, let’s talk about the gray that has eaten its way deep into our souls. let’s talk about the monotony of our political discussions. let’s talk about the fact that we don’t believe our own promises anymore. let’s talk about the fact that we can only somehow hold on without any prospect of change.

winter is coming – 2018
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