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Portland Solidarity Network: Things Are Heating Up at Fubonn

Here is a brief look at the Portland Solidarity Network and their Don't Shop Fubonn campaign.

Let them eat growth

Image source: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2148

Radicals are right to point out capitalism's need for growth at all costs is the road to ruin, but does runaway climate change wreck the prospect of a communist society too?

Ancona’s centre-left city council evicts housing occupation

On 5 February 2014 Ancona’s centre-left city council evicted refugees and homeless people from the Casa de Nialtri housing occupation. The Casa was a former infant school (disused for three years) which had been occupied on 22 December by people from a large network of grassroots groups and associations, together with a number of Italian and migrant homeless people.

Unity for what and with whom? A polemic against left unity

An analysis of the contemporary situation in the United States, the conditions of the left, and a critique of promotion of activity unifying the left. It ends looking to another form of political action in today's environment.

Forged by Pride: Cursory notes on digital propaganda and Russian queers

Does digital propaganda produced by Western LGBT communities in solidarity with Russian queers expose an exploitative relationship?

Just say no

A short of account of a low-level direct action - a collective refusal to undertake a certain aspect of work - that occurred at a small language school.

Lessons from a social service worker’s strike

This piece was written in 2004-2005 in the wake of a strike at a behavioral health facility. Through the immediate eyes of those experiences it grapples with a number of forces in working life we find ourselves up against today.

Emergence is a revolution in human thinking

Exploration of emergence as a tool for revolutionaries, it's use by capitalist management theory, and the tensions within that create opportunities for counterpower.

Lever points: complex systems and potentialities for liberation

Discussion of the concept of lever points from emergence theory as a tool for understanding and acting as revolutionaries in different moments.

A Politics of humanity: towards a critique of conflict, identity, and transformation

This is a draft of some ideas I’m working through critiquing the role of identification with existing social divisions within capitalism as a transition to the abolition of such divisions. It’s in a rough state, and I’d appreciate constructive contributions.

Protecting public health on the Italian Riviera: the Maersk case

Liguria, with its beautiful coastline and wonderful mountainous hinterland, has been a place for people from Northern Europe and the north of Italy to take holidays since the 19th century. After the Second World War the region saw a boom in tourism and in industrial development with all the attendant consequences: illegal building activity, destruction of the environment, very large numbers of migrants and urbanisation of the rural population.

Thais failed effort to corner rice market

Thailand's failure to corner rice market

As late as 2010, Thailand was the biggest exporter of rice, but in 2008 an attempt to corner the world rice market (much like the Hunt Brothers had tried to do with silver in the 1970s) failed miserably. Part of the current crisis in Thailand is due to Yingluck Shinawatra's role in this scheme.

Goodbye to the future

Goodbye to the future

An environmentalism that appeals to the future will come too late.

Compass Medirest workers strike at Ealing hospital

Outsourced porters, cleaners and canteen staff at Ealing hospital are on 48 hour strike for higher wages.

Appeal from the families of the four No-TAV demonstrators arrested for terrorism

An extremely moving and heartfelt appeal from the families of four No Tav protesters, charged with terrorism and held in maximum security detention for allegedly damaging equipment on construction sites for the high speed rail link.

Dead end: about the coup in Egypt

Article by the Wildcat collective on the background and current developments of class struggle in Egypt after the military coup in summer 2013 with additional focus on the situation of migrant workers in the Gulf states.

Fascists in Greece: From the streets into parliament and back

Article by the Wildcat collective from Germany on class relations behind collaboration between fascists and Greek state.

Communising energy: power to the people!

A brief critique of the existing model of heat production in Britain and a comparison with a communal system. If you thought things were rosy in the garden, think again...

Social centres and the struggle for a different model of legalisation

Outside wall of the XM24 social centre in Bologna.

A look at recent discussions amongst Italy's social centres about the balance between self-management, autonomy and legalisation.