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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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Colombia: how the bodies of the disappeared appear

Colombia. For several weeks now, they have begun to appear in the rivers, mainly in the Cauca and in various areas where there has been a strong social mobilisation, bodies of young people killed and dismembered, many of them in plastic bags.

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For Samuel Luiz; with all LGBTQI people

In the early hours of the 3rd of July, 24 year old Samuel Luiz was beaten to death outside a nightclub by a dozen people in La Coruña, Galicia. The motivation would appear to be that he was gay. (The Guardian)

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(Thirteen theses + 1) On destituent power

At what point is destituent communism? Its theory? It continues apace. From its Italian sources, it has provoked fruitful debates, even across the Atlantic.

Let us bring to the subject a little more material, with these 13+1 theses signed (collectively),

Grisha.

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Colombia: Chronicle of Cali, capital of the resistance

Colombia. In Cali, the epicenter of the protest against Iván Duque’s right-wing government and the Uribist narco-state, the authority of the State is being questioned, while a collective conscience and real popular power are built. Indigenous peasants converge at places or points of resistance in the neighborhoods and the oppressed multitude appears, reclaims its territory. The foundations of a revolution are laid. Young people neglected by the State find recognition on the front lines. They are stepping up and risking their lives to defend the dreams of a more just Colombia, while the repression of State and parastatal forces intensifies. Every night, new cases of assassinations are reported and several NGOs have denounced the discovery of mass graves.

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Spain’s 15M: The passion of rebellion

Spain’s 15M was a dream, it was the feeling that the world could be changed, it was the spaces and the times of assemblies, in which new worlds were created and imagined by an untameable many, the many who awoke to their voices and bodies; it was enthusiastic friendship, joy, and dedicated work.

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The 10th anniversary of 15M

The ten years that separate us from the year of 2011, the rebellious year of city square and street occupations, beginning with the “Arab Spring” and moving through cities in Spain, Greece, the UK, and then onto the United States, and elsewhere, seems ever more distant, consequence of the illusion created by media silence, political co-optation and/or repression and the erasure of history and time in the eternal present of life under Capital.

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Red Shadows – On the arrest of exiled Italian political militants of the 1970s in France

France. In the early hours of the 28th of April, French police descended upon the residences of 10 exiled Italian political militants of the 1970s. Seven were immediately arrested, an eighth would later turn himself in, and the whereabouts of two others remain unknown.

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Raoul Vaneigem: Revolutionary Theses

In a recent text that can almost be read as a manifesto, we share a short reflection by Raoul Vaneigem on our times, generously passed onto Autonomies by the not bored! collective.

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