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Oct 8 2009 13:27
AFED Resistance bulletin issue 116 October 2009 now available online

RESISTANCE bulletin issue 116 October 2009:
http://www.afed.org.uk/publications/resistance-bulletin/129-resistance-bulletin-issue-116-october-2009.html

Contents of October 2009 issue:
THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. What are we fighting for? Migrant camp in Calais, Workplace round-up (Royal Mail strikes; anti-racism strike in Black Country; PFI hospitals victory; National Grid workers in Newcastle and Northampton; Refuse workers in Leeds), English Defence League tour, Carlos anti-fascist murder trial, Nepalese Maoist strike ban, DSEI arms fair, ESOL, London Anarchist Bookfair, and more.

Download PDF directly: http://www.afed.org.uk/res/resist116.pdf

Back issues, print copies, email subscription and more from
Anarchist Federation website: http://www.afed.org.uk

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Oct 13 2009 16:17

The new design is great! Really, well done. Good mix of articles and things as well.

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Oct 13 2009 16:18

Is the war in Afghanistan one available in text form anywhere? Because we would love to have it on libcom.

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Oct 13 2009 18:32

Yeah there should be html versions of all the articles on the website shortly.

Cheers for the comments, a lot of effort has gone into making all the propaganda better in terms of content and appearance, and punching at the right weight for our size with Resistance (of course, I think we could do better, but its better a year or so ago). We've also recognised that groups with shit politics have an influence beyond their size due to putting loads of effort into graphic design - Crimethinc are a prime example, so we've been trying to match that.

Seems like Solfed are doing something similar with making Catalyst a tabloid, I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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Oct 13 2009 18:40

Here it is - after much searching I found it on the AF website smile

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The war in Afghanistan - what are we fighting for?

Anarchists oppose the war in Afghanistan. We don't do this because we are pacifists. We believe it is often necessary to defend yourself. We oppose the war because it is not being fought to protect our streets but for money and power.

If one lie doesn't work …

The excuse for the war was the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11th 2001. George Bush promised a War on Terror that would root out the terrorists and make our cities safe. Since then, about 251 times as many people have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq than in those ghastly attacks. Each week brings news of more soldiers dying in the effort to defeat the Taliban. The number of Afghan casualties is colossal – at least 20,000 dead and 50,000 injured.

It soon became clear that the War on Terror was a cover to expand American power and to grab Iraq's oil fields. Having done that, the main war effort shifted to Afghanistan. This time we were told is was to protect democracy, to improve the rights of women and stop the flow of heroin to the West.

Drugs, votes and women.

The reality is different. The Afghan government is run by drug cartels. The recent election was fixed. Votes were bought and sold for $20 a time. Ballot boxes were filled with fake votes. Women were forced to stay at home while their husbands and fathers sold their votes to the highest bidder . Both sides in the war, government and Taliban, finance their armies and rule with drug money. Women's rights are now worse under Karsai's government than before – new laws allow husbands to legally rape their wives.

To make this war possible, young British men and women from working class families are flown half way around the world. There, they fight and die – over 200 so far, with almost 2000 wounded this year alone. Every week we hear of more being killed, along with horrific, botched attacks on the Taliban which result in hundreds of Afghani deaths and other casualties. Denied proper press coverage, we can only begin to picture the horror of the war.

Oil, gas and power

So why are the troops really there? What is the war about? To understand the reasons it helps to look at a map and see who Afghanistan's neighbours are. Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have huge oil and gas fields. Afghanistan's other major neighbour is China. Turkmenistan contains the world's fourth largest reserves of natural gas, but it is completely landlocked. Uzbekistan is the world's 8th largest producer of gas. Controlling Afghanistan would give the USA a route for new pipelines to export this gas. The alternative is that it goes through Russia or China.

Trading partners they may be, but the USA and China are fierce rivals too. Holding Afghanistan keeps China at arm's length from the oil and gas rich states and from Pakistan. Building pipelines for gas and oil also prevents the near total domination of gas supplies that will otherwise fall under Russia's control.

Once again war is really about controlling natural resources. We all know this is why Iraq was invaded. The death and suffering in Afghanistan are to maintain the profitability of the big oil and gas companies and also to ensure the continuing domination of the world by the USA.

A different way?

Like in all wars it is never the rich and powerful who fight and die. It is working class men and women and poor peasants and villagers who suffer. Anarchists believe that the answer to this is for us to get rid of the profit system which benefits only those in charge. We believe that in a world controlled by people where they live, working for themselves and not for the state or the rich, that poverty can be eliminated and war will become a thing of the past. Making that kind of change will not come about by going on marches or signing petitions, it will need a social revolution by working people. We urge you to join with us in making this happen.

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Oct 14 2009 11:01

Good effort on the whole, but you fucked up badly here:

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Maoists who recently swept to power
in Nepal have passed laws restrict-
ing workers’ action in their proposed
Special Economic Zones. They are now
planning a national ban on strikes in
Nepal. They say that they are doing this
because they must attract foreign invest-
ment. Under these proposals workers
would be able to join unions, but would
not be allowed to take any action that
would disrupt production or “normal
industrial operations”. In April the Maoist
finance minister told Nepal’s International
Chamber of Commerce that street protests
and demonstrations as well as strikes
would be forbidden.
So goodbye to any pretence that these
people were ever any friend to workers
and peasants.

The UCPN-Maoist have been out of power since PM Dahal resigned in May.

Now, given that this story is from April and this was published five months later, you might have taken the time to check your facts. It would have taken a pretty cursory look at the situation to realise that the Maoist party is no longer in government.

The current (coalition) government of Nepal is led by the CPN-UML, a long-time rival of the Maoists, alongside the conservative Nepali Congress Party.

I'm not sure what has happened to the proposed no-strike deals since then. The SEZs seem to be going ahead as planned, though.

As an aside, it's rather ironic that having called for street protests to be banned during their stay in power, the UCPN-Maoist immediately engaged in an extensive campaign of street protests once out of office.

~J.

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Oct 15 2009 06:51

Yeah thats a pretty big fuck up...

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Oct 15 2009 15:32

I like how the AF aren't the WSM. [/sectarian]

~J.

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Oct 15 2009 15:28

yeah Django, you're meant to close ranks and accuse BigLittleJ of being an ultra-left internet spart who doesn't even do anything. you'll never be taken seriously by THE MAN ON THE STREET now.

but yeah but looks really nice and most of the content is great. personally i'm not at all interested in people spray painting corporations against militarism, but i guess that's precisely the distinction between anarchism as political activism (including class struggle) and anarcho-syndicalism as anarchism applied to the labour movement i've argued elsewhere.

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Oct 15 2009 15:35
BigLittleJ wrote:
I like how the AF aren't the WSM. [/sectarian]

~J.

sectarianism is putting the interests of your group before the class. taking the piss out of stupid shit is just good practice.

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Oct 15 2009 15:38

Lol, JK doesn't get irony.

~J.

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Oct 15 2009 15:40

i'm increasingly looking like this. i am irony.

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Oct 15 2009 15:48

Fu-uck.

~J.