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Statement on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Statement by the following Australian and New Zealand anarchist groups: Anarchist Communists Meanjin, Black Flag Sydney, Geelong Anarchist Communists, Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group and RedBlackNotes.

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“An Organisation of Militants” The Federación Anarquista Uruguaya

Author’s Note:

A number of years ago I chanced upon a pamphlet, The Federación Anarquista Uruguaya; Crisis, Armed Struggle and Dictatorship 1967-1985, compiled by Paul Sharkey, at an anarchist bookfair. The contents were fairly interesting. Presented was an anecdotal, inconsistent history of an anarchist organisation in a small South American country. By all accounts the group had been involved in some intense periods of struggle, both in the labour movement and with guns in hand. There are impressive anecdotes about strikes amongst meat workers, the expropriation of a historic monument (a flag), and a number of tales of torture and loss. Uruguay may be a small nation, but it attracted the attention of US imperialism and fell foul of Operation Condor. I shelved the information in the back of my mind, curious but at the time too focused on other issues to dig deeper into the history.

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Why socialists should pause before celebrating Engels’ 200th birthday

As we are based in Wuppertal (Germany), we are confronted with a lot of celebrations around the 200th anniversary of Friedrich Engels’ birth. Engels was born in Wuppertal and even prominent Christian-Democrats (CDU, conservatives) and and wannabee Social Democrats of the SPD are commemorating Engels. But that’s actually not suprising… What follows is a piece by Daniel al-Rashid. Enough 14

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#Sydney: Fighting anti-trans bigotry even when the police don’t want us to

Sydney. Australia. Despite a ban by the Supreme Court, hundreds of people gathered at Taylor Square in Sydney, Saturday (October 10, 2020), to protest against Mark Latham’s anti-trans bill, and reject political censorship under the false guise of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Anarchist Communist Political Economy and the Spanish Revolution

Political economy is the study of production and distribution of the material means necessary for society to function [1]. Anarchist communism specifically advocates for a stateless, classless society featuring democratic control of the means of production, where goods are distributed by the principle “from each according to ability to each according to need” [2]. The key organisational structures are community controlled industries and communes with decentralised planning of production and distribution. Furthermore, when larger scale coordination is required these organisations form federations. Federations are controlled from below with democratically elected, recallable delegates. 

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#Facebook announce crackdown against anarchists

Social media giant Facebook today banned dozens of anarchist, anti-fascist and anti-capitalist pages after announcing a new crackdown against “anarchist groups that support violent acts”. 

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