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Call for solidarity with Ruymán Rodríguez, anarchist repressed, tortured and persecuted by the Spanish state for housing the poor – Statement by Ruymán Rodrguez: A judgement

The Green Anticapitalist Front translated an statement published by the Federación Anarquista Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria Anarquist Federation) where they detail the political persecution of their member Ruymán Rodríguez, who is facing false charges to cover up the brutal violence they inflicted upon him as part of a ploy to repress the radical housing movement in Gran Canaria. The FAGC he’s part of has been involved in a very successful social movement for housing in Gran Canaria and has helped hundreds of families left abandoned by the state. Like any other threat to its legitimacy, the state couldn’t allow this to continue unchallenged.

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The 150th Anniversary of the Paris Commune: A Call from the Gilets Jaunes of Montreuil

France. A call by the Yellow vests of Montreuil:  long live the Commune, and long live the Gilets Jaunes/Yellow Vests!!

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For Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021)

Celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), anarchist, poet, publisher of the Beat poets, and founder of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, who died on February 22, 2021.

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With Pablo Hasél

With the arrest and incarceration of the rapper Pablo Hasél on Tuesday (16/02/2021) by the spanish authorities for the crimes of offending the crown and promoting terrorism under the country’s law on public security (Ley Orgánica de protección de la seguridad ciudadana), otherwise known as the “Ley Mordaza/Gag Law” (The GuardianThe New York Times), thousands have protested throughout the country with the usual parade of injured, arrested and hospitalised by the police. (El Salto Diario)

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For Cecilia Mangini (1927-2021)

Italian photographer and documentary film director Cecilia Mangini died on January 21. What follows is a modest tribute to an artisan-artist for whom the making of images was always an act of engagement with her subjects and her audience.

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Reading the times with Alain Badiou

Let us therefore trust the eternal Spirit which destroys and annihilates only because it is the unfathomable and eternally creative source of all life. The passion for destruction is a creative passion, too.

Mikhail Bakunin, The Reaction in Germany (1842)

There is something which seems to echo as true for all manner of “leftists” in Badiou’s short reflection, “On the current conjuncture” (Verso 21/12/2021): that the wave of protest-insurrectionist movements of the last decade have been largely negative – reactive and opposed to what is -, without a positive conception or vision of what is to follow, without any affirmative demands and political-social goals to be struggled for.

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Freeing space, creating autonomies

We would object to the use of the Lenin’s expression “dual power” to characterise the creation of autonomous, free spaces; an always relative autonomy and taking multiple forms.

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For Diego Maradona (1960-2020)

For the lovers of the “beautiful game”, the passing of Diego Maradona cannot leave one indifferent. It is not however for his footballing skills alone that we celebrate him – his game was without equals -, but for his capacity to express the passion of a game that was still lived by many as a sport of the people, and not quite yet the total commodity-spectacle of today.

Image above: Maradona “present” at the protests in Paris against the new proposed public security law this last Saturday

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#France: Politics as the construction of a security state

France. A piece about the so-called “Global Security Law” and the protests against this new law.

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