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What About Prisoners?

In just 4 months Covid-19 has infiltrated every state and major U.S. city. Unemployment is higher than anytime since the 1930’s. Businessmen from Mom + Pop businesses to major corporations are going under, global trade is crippled. Travel sports and entertainment industries are mostly shut down with some reopening slowly. Psychological, social, and political strains of the Corona Virus, though not easily measured, are palpable products of a medical and economic nightmare.

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#Madrid – Series of lectures: “Anarchy in times of pandemic”

Madrid. A series of lectures about anarchy in times of pandemic will take place on August 7 and August 21.

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Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement: “Freedom is not, nor was it ever, something for white people to bestow upon us. It is, and always has been, something that must be taken.” – An Interview

A conversation about the ongoing uprising after cops murdered George Floyd, COVID 19 and Abolitionism with a few comrades of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement.

The German version of this interview will be published in the next issue of Sūnzǐ Bīngfǎ 孫子兵法.

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Pandemic pandemonium and the deadly privatization of risk

Angela Mitropoulos’s new book Pandemonium unpacks the deadly structures of power behind the pandemic that changed the world.

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No Border Kitchen #Lesvos: “#Covid19 provides the perfect opportunity to incease feelings of xenophobia and nationalism.”

Lesvos. Greece. Once again, the lockdown measures have been extended for Moria camp. With the resurgence of covid-19 in many european countries as an excuse, we can only expect this situation to continue indefininitly, and eventually be turned from a permanent state of exception into law. In combination with the new immigration laws, Moria will be defacto visible for the whole world to see for what it, and other structures like it, truly are: Prisons.

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#COVID19 and Uprisings for Black Liberation Used as a Pretext for Advancing Mass Surveillance

On the night of June 1, amidst mass uprisings against police violence and structural racism, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) deployed it’s most advanced spy plane, equipped with sophisticated long-range video cameras that can capture footage day or night, see through haze, and provide infrared thermal imaging, in order to spy on Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington, DC.

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Worker organising under the #pandemic: reflections from #China

Below is our (Chunag) translation of an anonymous Chinese article from the mainland left blog Worker Study Room (工人自习室), originally published in May 2020. It is the only attempt we’re aware of to provide a systematic overview of workers’ lives and job conditions, labour struggles and related activism in China since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in January, although there have been accounts of individual cases, some of which are cited here. It is also written from a perspective with which we are largely sympathetic. That said, the emphasis here, as in much writing of this style, is placed on somewhat schematic and dry documentation of exact demands made within the workplace and the precise order of events, to the exclusion of any substantial inquiry into the broader psychology of proletarians confronted with a moment such as this. The piece is a good representation of what we consider to be the most fruitful left-wing current in contemporary China, which concerns itself primarily with worker inquiry and the transmission of workers’ stories between factories. At times, writing from this current can produce a “workerist” form of analysis that sometimes risks missing the forest of capitalism in the trees of individual factory struggles, and which can occasionally even fail at its own allotted tasks when its descriptions of events are too banal to hold the interest of anyone aside from other similarly workerist activists.

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Elephant in the room: Authoritarian politics, anarchists and refugees in times of the #coronavirus in #Greece

In this edition of Elephant in the Room we spoke to our friend Michalis – anti-authoritarian activist from the north of the country. 

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Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi: Pandemic and the reset of the global machine

The 2020 pandemic has reactivated the future as a space of possibility, prompting us to envisage new non-centralized forms of political action and social relations, argues Italian philosopher Franco “Bifo” Berardi.

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Grave diggers: the grim tale of states, capitalism and #COVID19

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it often seems as if we are stuck in a dystopian movie. In this movie death is stalking us, hospitals overflow with the sick and dying, and the grave diggers are at work. We know more victims will soon die as the folly of millions of workers being forced by circumstances to return into cramped mines, banks, factories and warehouses is so evident. Those that are no longer needed by the billionaires who own the companies are marshalled daily by the police and military dishing out violence and on occasion, humiliation, to underline their power and the power of their bosses.

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