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The enemy of my enemy - notes on not having really shit politics

For what seems like forever, the Julian Assange saga has been everywhere. On TV, in the papers, on Facebook and Twitter, it's been impossible to avoid it and all the horrific misogyny and rape apologism that comes with it. Underlying all of which is a cliché - at that a fallacious one - which defines pretty much all of the worst in leftist politics: the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Autonomy Alliance: The interview

An interview conducted with two members of St Louis libertarian group, Autonomy Alliance.

AAUD/AAUD-E reader

A reader I compiled from various texts online of the AAUD/AAUD-E.

Who is tampering with my mail?

I am not normally someone who is interested in conspiracy theories, however, there are some strange shenanigans happening with my mail…amongst other things.

How can we emulate the Montréal students?

After a trip to Montréal I have some recommendations as to how we can get on their level.

Houston janitors score victory against the bosses

Following two months of mass demonstrations, civil disobedience, sit-ins, rallies, 70 arrests, and marches, Houston Janitors have won a huge victory against the bosses.

Between a rock and a hard place: thoughts on militant workers as reps

Of late, I've been doing a lot of thinking on my role in the workplace. As many who read my blogs regularly will know, I'm a lay rep in the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS). I've long been aware of the conflict between this role and my politics as an anarcho-syndicalist militant, but I'm finding that conflict increasingly harder to overcome. This post is an attempt at evaluating and addressing this.

Pussy Riot convicted: Britain rails against “disproportionate” sentence - hypocritically

The UK also has no qualms over disproportionate sentencing or criminal sanctions for occupational protest.

Fragility and heartbreak, Montreal, night 115

Cindy Milstein on the Québec student strike as some general assemblies start to vote to return to class.

South African University closes after students clash with police

Three campuses of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in South Africa have been closed down due to violent clashed between students and the police.

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11,000 Colombian prisoners on hunger strike for better conditions

More than 11,000 Colombian prisoners across 21 jails are now over two weeks into a hunger strike and other acts of resistance.

Announcement regarding recent developments surrounding the IWW cleaners' branch

It has become clear from statements put out by Alberto Durango and Chris Ford that they intend to create a break away organisation from the IWW. This is not only in breach of our constitutional rules and principle, not least the core Industrial Unionist principle of the One Big Union, but places the workers who leave in a very vulnerable position as they will no longer be afforded the protection which members of the IWW benefit from.

Police in Chile violently evict children from occupied schools

School children across Santiago have occupied schools and blocked roads as part of a protest movement for education reform. The Chilean police refer to the children as 'hooded vandals' , and have violently removed them from the occupied schools.

Talking 'bout a revolution?

The Syrian events are a challenge for both left wing party people and revolutionaries. Part of the confusion, however, is related to matters of definition, choice of words and what they mean. One such word is 'revolution'. Does it apply? And if so, what does that mean?

Striking miners killed by security forces in South Africa

Earlier today at least seven striking miners have been gunned down and killed by security forces at South African platinum mine. The killings are the latest in a long line of deaths during a strike that is complicated by a bitter and violent inter-union dispute over membership numbers.

Science reading group: 'Ever Since Darwin'

Kickstarting a discussion on Stephen Jay Gould's first popular book form the late 70s, Ever Since Darwin.

Cleaners success heralds a rebirth of industrial unionism

The dispute of cleaners at the John Lewis Partnership’s flagship at Oxford Street store has ended with significant success for the workers who took strike action in July.

Sudanese protest movement gathers pace

Over the last six weeks, Sudan has seen the birth of a decentralised and leaderless protest movement against the government, known as the “Sudan Revolts”. This is in response to the virtually bankrupt Sudanese government has scrapped all fuel subsidies, and has more than doubled the price of petrol.

On worker control (of the staff meeting)

A short blog detailing and analysing a low-level direct action in which I participated in the recent past.