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Aotearoa Workers’ Solidarity Movement (AWSM): Statement on 85th Anniversary of the Spanish Revolution

Statement by the Aotearoa Workers’ Solidarity Movement (AWSM)on the 85th Anniversary of the Spanish Revolution.

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The Gang Issue in Aotearoa [So-called New Zealand]

Aotearoa [so-called New Zealand]. Street after street of nearly identical, poorly maintained houses owned by social housing agencies (some iwi run) and low-decile schools where important subjects are either sidelined or poorly taught.  Alcoholism, problem gambling, drug abuse, and domestic violence are commonplace.  Suspicion, hostility, and a mixture of ethnic, religious, and nationalistic hatreds stir below the surface, just waiting to explode in violence. This is not the product of an over-active imagination influenced by mainstream media.  It’s the reality of what I see every time I go to visit family in Porirua.  It’s what I was born and raised in.  It’s what I spent various parts of my adult life living in.  

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Solidarity: Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement Newsletter #23 April 2021

Aotearoa/New Zealand. The April 2021 issue of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement Newsletter is out now.

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Solidarity: Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement Newsletter #22 March 2021

Aotearoa/New Zealand. The March 2021 issue of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement Newsletter is out now.

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Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement’s latest newsletter is out now

So-called New Zealand. Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement’s latest newsletter (January 2021) is out now.

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Book Review: ‘Fascists Among Us’ – Online hate and the Christchurch massacre

Whenever a terrorist incident occurs somewhere in the world, a tell-all book or movie-of-the-week is sure to follow. Mostly it’s an exploitative response that is shallow and adds nothing to anyone’s understanding of the phenomenon. Fascists Among Us by Jeff Sparrow is not such a book. It covers the Christchurch mosque attack but eschews such approaches as pseudo-first-person narrative or lurid descriptions of events by on-the-scene observers. Rather, it makes an honest attempt to get into the motivations behind the attack. The most commendable aspect of this being the rejection of superficial psychological explanations, in favour of acknowledging the political impetus behind events. For example, Sparrow argues Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto “…expresses-with stark clarity-a distinctive political program.” (p.10). He references the term ‘autogenic’ to describe massacres driven by psychopathology or personal problems but explicitly notes that the murderer says in his document on the killings that they were “…a politically motivated terrorist attack” but “…he used them to rewrite the massacre script, injecting political content into an apolitical form” (p. 73).

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#Aotearoa / #NewZealand: An Interview with the Tāmaki Makaurau Anarchists

The Commoner talks to the Tāmaki Makaurau Anarchists, a group dedicated to promoting anarchism and resisting settler colonialism in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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Why We Don’t Vote

Aotearoa/so called New Zealand. The right to vote is seen as a necessary prerequisite for freedom across the world. People have fought and died for the right to vote in elections. Women across the world fought bitter battles for the right to vote. So why are the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement (AWSM) questioning this as a right worth having?

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