Blogs

School students mobilise across Italy

On October 5th, school students took to the streets in dozens of cities across Italy in protests which saw burning of electoral cards, police baton charges and many arrests.

Building relationships and community in an IWW workplace committee

A fellow IWW member sent us this article about the importance of relationship building in our organizing, and the importance of not limiting our relationships to being narrowly about work.

Paedophilia and rape culture

A blog looking at the prevalence of child abuse in our society and how it relates to rape culture.

TRIGGER WARNING FOR CHILD ABUSE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT.

Occupy Anarchism

I wrote the following essay, "Occupy Anarchism," for the anthology We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (AK Press, 2012), edited by Kate Khatib, Margaret Killjoy, and Mike McGuire

And I thought my contract couldn't get any shitter...

Sometimes, when you think your contract is already pretty bad, you can end up putting your guard down, thinking it can't get any worse. This, as I've recently discovered in my job as a TEFL teacher, is not the case.

Transport workers in 24-hour strike

On October 2, urban transportation was blocked for nearly 24 hours in every Italian city.

Massacre at Marikana: the fight continues in South Africa

Mineworkers of the Marikana diamond mine in South Africa are continuing their strike. Their perseverence comes after violent police efforts to suppress the strike, efforts culminating in a horrendous bloodbath on 16 August, when police machinegunned protesting miners, killing 34 and arresting at least 250 of them.

Hillsborough: The real truth

Hillsborough banner

After 23 years, the real truth about the Hillsborough disaster has finally been told with the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report. Its verdict, on the police in particular, is damning.

Workers' struggles in East Asia (September 2012)

Workers on strike at an electronic factory in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during September 2012 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.

Review of Fighting for ourselves

Juan Conatz reviews a new pamphlet by Solidarity Federation. We’re excited about the new pamphlet. You can read excerpts from it here.

Call for justice for BMA cleaning workers

The Industrial Workers of the World union are calling for a Living Wage and improved working conditions for the cleaners who work at the Head Quarters of the British Medical Association in London.

Anti-fascist patrols in Athens

Clashes during an anti-fascist patrol leave some injured and arrested on Sunday night in Athens.

Save Mute magazine!

Mute magazine

Mute magazine produce high-quality, thought provoking radical content online and in print, and are one of the few of their kind able to actually pay their writers. After a 100% budget cut from the Arts Council, their future is in the balance, and they are appealing for donations to keep them in print. Read their appeal below...

Reacting to Reality Television, by Beverley Skeggs & Helen Wood

A welcome and invaluable critical analysis of some of the effects of the genre on its viewers.

Quebec student strike - important victory, however partial it may be

In Quebec, Canada, an impressive student struggle, connected to protests against attacks on civil liberties has ended in a partial, but nevertheless important, victory. There is reason to learn lessons, but also to celebrate and to be inspired. Let's shout it from the rooftops, as a sign of more to come.

'No Big Boats' protest in Venice

On Sunday September 17 around 500 demonstrators gathered by foot and by boat at the San Marco basin, to protest against the transit of the big cruise boats close to the fragile Venice.

The general strike, Athens

People gather in front of the Greek parliament

Thousands of people took part in the demonstrations during the general strike in Athens with clashes and arrests following.

Who’s in charge here?

John O’Reilly discusses the ways that organizing campaigns make themselves and others see them as legitimate.

What lies ahead

Another small update to tell people I'm still alive and what I have been up to.

Green capitalism, an appendix

Bye bye ice caps?

Some further thoughts on capitalism and climate change.