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Ruymán Rodríguez and the Federación Anarquista de Gran Canaria: An Interview

The Canarian anarchist activist Ruymán Rodríguez visits the Valencian Community, invited by the Mostra del Llibre Anarquista d’Alacant, to share the work carried out by the Sindicato de Inquilinas and the Federación Anarquista de Gran Canaria. An interview.

Image above by Miguel Ángel Valero.

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Harm Reduction Guided by the Goal of the Abolition of Prisons and Capitalism: An interview with former Direct Action member and ex-prisoner Ann Hansen

Canada. Ontario. Ann Hansen was imprisoned in 1983 for her involvement in the urban guerilla group Direct Action. She is the author of Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerilla and Taking the Rap: Women Doing Time for Society’s Crimes. She wrote the introduction for Margrit Schiller’s Remembering the Armed Struggle: My Time with the Red Army Faction. This interview was conducted in the summer of 2021.

Image above: The now closed P4W (Prison for Women) in Kingston, Ontario.

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The Brooklyn Center Riot – An interview

Brooklyn Center. Minnesota. This interview was conducted two months ago, which was already two months after the events this spring in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The riot in Brooklyn Center took place in the context of the Derek Chauvin trial, almost a year after he murdered George Floyd. This interview was an attempt to reflect on one participant’s experience of the events in Brooklyn Center and consider what they tell us about how things might unfold in the future. For many of us, the George Floyd uprising has weighed heavily on our minds as we try to imagine next steps to take. What became clear to me in this interview was that between the George Floyd uprising and the Brooklyn Center riot — despite the direct influence and geographic proximity — was an expanse.
Although the Brooklyn Center riot was an outgrowth of the George Floyd uprising, it was also a reminder that the previous summer’s events would not be repeated. Now, after a relatively quiet summer, it seems all the more important to be looking toward the future rather than fixating our gaze on last summer’s uprising. In this interview, we explore some of the developments and unique characteristics of uprisings in the aftermath of the George Floyd uprising.

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Enzo Traverso: Readings and erasures of the past

The political violence of the 1970s was part of a political era that concluded with a defeat of the Left, of the workers’ movement, of alternative movements. This defeat has never been processed. Rather, this past has been repressed. At three decades’ distance, the congress at which the Italian Communist Party decided to change its name does not appear as its “Bad Godesberg” moment [the German Social Democrats’ formal abandonment of Marxism] but as an exorcism. We could call it “repression”, in the psychoanalytic sense. The Years of Lead have been swallowed up by this repression and they have entered into the world of journalistic story-telling (and incomplete or unexplored archives) rather than our historical consciousness.

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An Interview with Peter Gelderloos, Part II: From Colonial Trauma to Ecological Resurgence

The second part of the interview with Peter Gelderloos continues discussing the recent climate justice movements, before discussing decolonization and the reproduction of colonial trauma. The interview concludes by talking about their forthcoming book on anarchist resistance to climate change.

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An Interview with Peter Gelderloos, Part I: Anarchism and Environmental Struggle

This is the first of two parts of an interview with Peter Gelderloos. Part I contextualizes Gelderloos’s work, before discussing the politics of anarchism and direct action in present ecological struggles. It includes commentary on the recent upsurge of climate protests. 

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Authoritarianism is a symptom of panic, not a guarantee of efficiency

This interview appeared in the Belgian L’Echo on December 19, 2020. Alain Bertho is a professor of anthropology at the University of Paris, he has been studying social unrest and uprisings for decades. On his recommendable blog he meticulously documents worldwide riots day by day. We don’t agree with all of his (sometimes liberal) views, but still think its an interesting read.

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Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement: “Freedom is not, nor was it ever, something for white people to bestow upon us. It is, and always has been, something that must be taken.” – An Interview

A conversation about the ongoing uprising after cops murdered George Floyd, COVID 19 and Abolitionism with a few comrades of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement.

The German version of this interview will be published in the next issue of Sūnzǐ Bīngfǎ 孫子兵法.

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