disasters

Disaster communism part 1 - disaster communities

Occupy Sandy: "mutual aid, not charity"

In part one of this three-part article, we look at the concept of disaster communism as it relates to the communities of solidarity and mutual aid typically formed in disaster situations.

The legacy of the dead - the Savar collapse, part 2

A woman, Shefali, learns of the discovery of her sister's corpse.

The site of the Dhaka factory collapse is now cleared; new concessions and reforms are announced. Some further reflections...

The house of cards: the Savar building collapse

A detailed account and analysis of the latest human disaster in the Bangladeshi garment industry - a poorly constructed factory building collapses...

Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers strike after factory collapse

Hundreds of thousands of workers went on strike on Thursday in protest at the deaths of hundreds of workers in a factory collapse the previous day.

Notes on the manifesto against labor - Jaime Semprun

Jaime Semprun criticizes the Krisis Group's Manifesto Against Labor for clinging to what he refers to as the "obsolete" idea that the existing productive forces of capitalist big industry can be re-appropriated for the purposes of revolutionary change, when such events as Hiroshima and Chernobyl clearly show that these forces have long since crossed the threshold that stands between "productive forces" and "destructive forces", and claims that the "machinery that has paralyzed" "humanity's vital forces" must be destroyed rather than re-appropriated.

Must we rebuild their anthill? A letter to/for Japanese comrades

Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis describe the threat to capitalist legitimacy from the disaster in Japan and the use of nuclear power as a strategy of accumulation and terror.

Community Assembly in Christchurch (NZ): the fight back begins

Summary of a public assembly held in Christchurch, New Zealand, to organise the direction of recovery after the February 22 earthquake and in response to draconian changes in city power.

Amongst the Rubble: a look at the Christchurch Earthquake from the Bottom Up

While the dust settles and Christchurch recovers from the 7.1 earthquake, people have begun to pick up the pieces and get on with their lives. But for many working class people this is not so easy.

On the situation in southern Chile: self-organisation of proletarians in the face of catastrophe, lumpen capitalists and state incompetence

A translation of an eye-opening - if unverified - and anonymous account of neighbour solidarity and self-defence squads against armed gangs in Concepción, Chile immediately following the 8.8 Richter scale earthquake on Saturday morning.

Chile: private property and the rule of law take priority over human life in the post-earthquake chaos

One man has been shot dead by the military and over 160 arrested for expropriating necessities in parts of southern Chile, which are suffering a near total lack of basic commodities following a massive earthquake on Saturday morning.