South America

Some reflections on libertarians in Chile and electoral participation

An article by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. and Rafael Agacino on anarchists participating in elections in Chile.

The recent presidential election in Chile, where abstention - more than 50% - was the overall winner, was predictable if not for the emergence of a sector claiming to be revolutionary and left libertarian in the political and electoral scenario.

General principles and means of struggle of the American Continental Association of Workers

This is an excerpt from the declarations of the American Continental Association of Workers IWA-AIT from 1929. It consists of the principles and tactics adopted by the constitutive organizations drawn from Latin America at that time, and is translated into English with an introduction by the translator, SN Nappalos.

Preface and Background by the translator

The American Peace Corps: volunteers for free enterprise [extended]

Originally post on "Reflections on a Revolution"

Like many Americans, I knew very little about the workings of the American Peace Corps. It wasn’t until I met a starry eyed graduate in Bangkok, Thailand who could only wax poetics about helping the poor set up businesses and take out micro-loans, that I felt I needed to know more.

Quote:
"The Peace Corps was never intended to be blindly altruistic. Rather, it was designed to be an interpersonal demonstration of the fruits of democracy and free enterprise."

-The Heritage Foundation

Glances of soft, grey flesh… - Che Guevara

My English translation from the original of Che Guevara's Motorcycle Diaries where he describes an encounter with a dolphin. This passage has not been included in English translations of the text.

I was hitting the Venezuelan rum hard with my comrade Alberto. A veil of softness came down upon my visions as we walked to the Tucuxi village, the red setting sun mingling sensuously with green Amazonian jungle.

Radical America #19.04: Banana's Bases and Patriarchy

Constituent Items:

Introduction
Bananas, bases and patriarchy some feminist questions about the militarization of Central America (Enloe, Cynthia)
From the movement "myths and realities in Central America" (O'Brien, James P. Thorkelsen, Nick)
At arm's length feminism and socialism in Europe, 1890-1920 (Kennedy, Marie Tilly, Chris)

South African bosses suspend 15,000 gold miners over wildcat strike

In the South African region of West Rand, Gold Fields, one of the world’s largest producers of gold have suspended 15,000 miners who yesterday took unofficial strike action, and are currently seeking a court injunction to bring the strike to an end.

Reasons for the strike are not 100% clear; however, it is believed that dissatisfaction with local NUM branch leadership, and demands for improved pay are the main causes of the dispute.

Throughout the mining disputes across South Africa, workers are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the approach of the NUM to negotiating with the bosses.

Hondurans burn government buildings, demand that US drug enforcement agencies leave

After US DEA agents shot 4 villagers in northeastern Honduras, angry residents burned government offices and demanded that the DEA leave.

"Protesters in Honduras have burned down government offices and demanded that US drug enforcers leave the area following the fatal shooting of four people.

Two men and two pregnant women were shot dead in a boat on the Patuca River in north-eastern Honduras on Friday, local officials say.

Non-Western Anarchisms: Rethinking the global context

Non-Western Anarchisms

Written by Jason Adams as an attempt to reconceptualize the history and theory of first-wave anarchism on the global level, and to reconsider its relevance to the continuing anarchist project.

Manifesto of the Federación Anarquista Revolucionaria de Venezuela

Manifesto of the newly formed Federación Anarquista Revolucionaria de Venezuela (FARV), an anarchist political organization based in Venezuela.

1) The Federación Anarquista Revolucionaria de Venezuela is a collective that adopts the ideology of Libertarian Communism, a system where both capitalism and the bourgeois State that supports it are abolished, where the people as the producers of goods and services have control of what is produced in the form of collective ownership, where such production is distributed according to the principle

Chilean miners strike and join wave of protest against government

Protests outside the Escondida mine

Strikes in Chilean mines strengthen workers' struggles throughout the copper industry, and reflect growing political unrest in Chile.

2,300 miners at Chile's Escondida copper mine - the largest in the world - have been out on strike since 22nd July, and were joined by 7,000 contractors on 27th July. The mine is privately owned by Australian firm BHP.