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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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(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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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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Undercomets: On the Structure of Antagonism and the Cosmo-Geological Field – By Frédéric Neyrat

“After the ‘fuori e contro’ (‘outside and against’) of the operaïst years, the ‘dentro e contro’ (‘inside and against’) of the struggle inside the Italian Communist Party, Mario Tronti’s compass, since Politics at Dusk, indicates a new fighting position: ‘aldilà e contro’ (‘beyond and against’).” 

This is how the journal Lundi Matin introduced their publication of a recent text by Mario Tronti, entitled “Desperate Hopes.” [1] The hypothesis I wish to test out in this article is that what is here presented as successive biographical elements relating to Tronti’s political-intellectual journey — outside and against, inside and against, beyond and against — could also be understood as the description of a structure of antagonism, perhaps even the very structure of political antagonism as such, which is distributed topologically into an underneath, a within, and an outside-of. 

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Manifesto for the abolition of the police

That the social function of the police is to maintain a certain world order, or a certain regime of domination, is an open secret. What continues to be less understood, however, is the lie upon which their existence depends, the greatest anthropological lie: that without their exercise of “legitimate” violence we would be incapable of giving each other common rules of life and would kill each other at the first opportunity. To put an end to the police is first and foremost to put an end to this infantilism. This is the aim of the following manifesto, published anonymously in France during the first phase of the George Floyd uprising in the U.S.

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Notes on the state of the plague [Video]

A reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic through the words of Michel Foucault. The transcription of the video is in English.

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The world returns: Outlines of an anti-politics

Ecological collapses, social implosion, proliferation of insurgencies: the seams of the world-system are cracking everywhere. It is now understood: we believed in Nature since we had been separated from it, as we believed in Society in order to be able to exist. It is this double belief, which we called modernity, that is irreparably failing.

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#Lebanon: The bomb won’t stop exploding

Lebanon. Soon calm will return and everything will resume its course. As if the explosion did not take place. Why “as if”? It just didn’t happen. Because it has happened many times before and will happen many times again.

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