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Who are “we”, who rebel? – The Stolen Subject

What follows is a translation of an essay on subjectivity and rebellion in the context of capitalism by Martín Colonel, inspired by the work of León Rozitchner and published on the site Lobo Suelto, preceded by a brief introduction.

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An alert from Greece: two members of Rouvikonas are threatened with life imprisonment!

Two years after the tremendous outpouring of solidarity without borders which enabled two members of Rouvikonas to avoid prison, a new threat of unprecedented magnitude hangs over the group. A Kafkaesque trial awaits Giorgos and Nikos on October 13, based on false accusations. This attempt to criminalise the social movement can cost these two political activists life imprisonment. Their group, however irreproachable and exemplary, has obviously become too awkward. A new international mobilisation is needed.

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Occupy Wall Street/Occupy, ten years on

The act of remembrance is not for us, as we so often repeat, one of simple commemoration, nor of retrospective evaluation: was an event, a movement, a revolt, a revolution, significant? The question begs criteria, criteria of what is politically and socially important, which is in turn judged according to “measurable” changes in what exists.

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Tunisia: “We ourselves don’t have a people”

On July 25th, in the evening of a day of demonstrations, Tunisian President Kais Saied dismissed the prime minister, temporarily suspended parliament, lifted the immunity of its members and announced that he would take a number of decisions by decree, by resorting to article 80 of the Tunisian constitution (also very close to article 16 of the French constitution).

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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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