Blogs

Resistance Between Neighbors: Reflections and Ideas from the 2014 Howard Zinn Bookfair

Report back from the 2014 Howard Zinn Bookfair, with a special look at the housing movements present and release of Housing Not Handcuffs.

Land grabs in contemporary China

land grab

Translation of article summarizing original research about land grabs in China since the 1990s, concluding that this ongoing expropriation of peasants is more severe and violent than the peak of Britain's enclosures in the early 19th century.

Libcom.org traffic analysis 2014

This is our rundown of our readership and content statistics for 2014. It has been our biggest year ever, with visits up 45%, and unique visitors up 57% on last year.

The call centre diaries, part 2: performance review

The second installment of this ongoing series details boss/worker relations at Manpower's National Recruitment Centre before and during a period of performance reviews, focusing in particular on the behaviour of one notorious member of management

Libyan petrodollars and the overthrow of Gaddafi

A speculative blog on the NATO-backed overthrow of Libyan dictator Col Gaddafi, looking at whether Gaddafi's refusal to recycle petrodollars through US banks was a factor.

Punching Peter to Pay Paul: How to Avoid Shooting Yourself in the Foot When Building Movements

When you are creating rhetoric for reform steps, don't let immediate success overshadow the long-term goals.

Review of The New Brazil: regional imperialism and the new democracy.

Originally posted to the South Florida IWW blog. The following piece is a review by Miami IWW member, Scott Nikolas Nappalos. He provides thorough overview of The New Brazil: Regional Imperialism and the New Democracy where he explains Brazil’s economic and political history and analyze the concept of imperialism. It is a well written piece and we recommend everyone to read more below.

6 Practices to Build Community Power: An Intro to Solidarity Networks

Article by guest blogger Brandon Feld, of the Portland Solidarity Network and the Black Rose Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation, about the six practices important to build community power when working on tenant and worker campaigns.

Top 10 libcom articles of 2014

A quick rundown of our top 10 most read blog, news and library articles over the past year.

The Christmas truce, 1914 - Steven Johns

British and German troops fraternise, Boxing Day 1914

A short history of the widespread but unofficial truce between British and German troops on the Western front over Christmas, 1914 during World War I.

The bell tolls for thee, motherf*cker - John O'Reilly

Sketch contribution by Monica Kostas

Get ready to never see bus drivers the same way again. This week we feature a story by John O’Reilly who takes us through the route of his daily tribulations as a city bus driver in Minneapolis.

Four NoTAV activists acquitted of terrorism charge

The four NoTAV activists arrested on 9th December 2013 have been acquitted of the charge of terrorism. They were, however, convicted for attacking the TAV construction site, for damaging a compressor and for carrying “weapons of war” (in fact, Molotov cocktails and fireworks).

A worthless piece of plastic - Invisible Man

Surprise – by Monica Kostas

This week’s piece comes to us by a regular Recomposition contributor, Invisible Man. In the face of fierce debates on racism, profiling, protests, and riots, his anecdote detailing an altercation with cops in Alberta feels painfully relevant.

Healthcare is only a tiny part of health

[originally posted to the South Florida IWW blog] The following piece is written by Miami IWW member, Scott Nikolas Nappalos. This particular article is undeniably keen and highlights the setbacks of the healthcare system. It also explains how healthcare militants should go further than just changing the health system, but to also develop healthcare that enhances it’s ethics and values. Therefore, we recommend to read more below and hope that you will enjoy this piece.

Victory for the hunger strike of Nikos Romanos

Anarchist Nikos Romanos ended his hunger strike after thirty days this week. The strike brought Romanos to the edge of death as Greece came close to the point of insurrection in his support.

Solidarity, as weapon and practice, versus killer cops and white supremacy

Cindy Milstein blogs about the wave of protests against police killings in the Bay Area, in the wake of the killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner.

Climate change and workers' strategies, San Francisco, 18 Dec 2014

Kurtz arctic research

As we more fully understand the effects of anthropogenic climate change, there is a need to bring this awareness into struggles to counteract capitalism's ecocidal destruction. Nathan Kurtz presents his research and we will discuss how transportation workers -- especially along fossil fuel supply chains -- could be at the forefront of these struggles.

“The harsh reality of capitalism”: Low wages, zero-hours contracts, and self-organisation in London’s Everyman Cinemas

London's cinema workers march through central London

An interview-essay detailing the experiences of cinema worker Eve Ryman and her involvement in a self-organised wage/contract dispute and subsequent union drive.

10 reasons to support the firefighters' strikes

Firefighters in England today walked out on strike for 24 hours in the latest of a series of stoppages in a dispute over massive attacks by the government on their pensions: particularly increasing the retirement age from 55 to 60. Here are the top 10 reasons you should support the firefighters.

"Professor Xu": Laid-off plastics worker becomes China's Walter White

the cool way to smoke meth in china

Repost of a story of interest less for its similarity to "Breaking Bad," and more for what this similarity (and differences) reveal about capitalist development, increasing precarization and exclusion of "surplus" proletarians, and how criminality enables a few proles to prosper at the expense of many others, in a vicious circle of class cannibalism.