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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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#CoronaVirus: An Epidemic of Stupidity & Authoritarianism

COVID-19 – known as the coronavirus – emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It’s flu-like symptoms enabled the quick spread of the virus within the city. It also allowed the spread of the disease beyond Wuhan despite the attempts of the Chinese government to curb it by resorting to drastic measures of arresting and detaining suspected carriers.

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New Zealand Election: Money, Power and Kiwi Non-Exceptionalism

Just when it seemed the 2020 General Election (scheduled for September) was shaping up to be another yawnfest both National and New Zealand First have found themselves embroiled in a scandal that could upset the political landscape, or at least the outcome of the election itself.

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# Aotearoa (so-called #NewZealand) – Not Voting: “Unhelpful & extreme”?

So-called New Zealand. February 12, 2020. This year Aotearoa will be experiencing an election. The various political parties will be expecting people to vote for them and many will.

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