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  • The Fight in Catalunya: Independence or Self-Determination?

    The following breathless account of last week’s street fighting in Barcelona and the surrounding regions reaches us from anarchists in Catalunya, where the Spanish government’s crackdown on the movement for national independence has provoked a wave of popular resistance that threatens to transform the demands and consciousness of the movement itself. The post The Fight in Catalunya: Independence or Self-Determination? appeared first on Infoshop News.

  • Union-made pizza? In Portland, Wobblies serve a fair slice

    In September, all 13 workers at Scottie’s Pizza at 2128 SE Division Street in Portland signed a petition announcing their decision to unionize with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the storied union whose members are known as Wobblies. The post Union-made pizza? In Portland, Wobblies serve a fair slice appeared first on Infoshop News.

  • When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals

    A hundred years ago, the Palmer Raids imperilled thousands of immigrants. Then a wily official got in the way. The post When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals appeared first on Infoshop News.

  • When the Ruling Class Feared Communism

    As we commemorate the many horrors of the Cold War, let’s not forget some of the good things it brought us — above all, a frightened ruling class scared into making concessions. The post When the Ruling Class Feared Communism appeared first on Infoshop News.

  • Just 3% of broadcast TV news segments on the California wildfires connected them to climate change

    A string of destructive wildfires spread across parts of California in October. Broadcast and cable TV news shows have been quick to cover these fires, airing hundreds of segments over a 12-day period from October 21 to November 1. However, the number of climate change mentions in wildfire segments across these shows is pitifully low. The post Just 3% of broadcast TV news segments on the California wildfires connected them to climate change appeared first on Infoshop News.

  • Balance sheet and perspective of the current proletarian struggles all over the world

    aFICHE_internacionalista.jpg This past year we see revolts one after the other all over the world: revolts that lead Macron to visit the bunkers of the Elysée, that make Lenin Moreno move the seat of the government to Guayaquil, that assault the barracks and the headquarters of bourgeois parties in Iraq while reviving the memory of the insurrection of 1991, that topple one after the other prime ministers in Haiti or that plant a black flag in the Hong Kong parliament. The world bourgeoisie is beginning to get afraid. read more

  • They are not Evo supporters! They are Alteños, dammit!

    el alto.jpg Statement from Colectivo Curva on the resistance of the people of El Alto in response to the ongoing coup attempt in Bolivia. Based in El Alto themselves, Colectivo Curva argue that the native peoples of El Alto remember their history of struggle against the Morales government: they do not fight for him and his party, but against an attack on their communities from the far-right coup plotters. The one that blocks the roads is not an Evo supporter… They are the veterans of 2003. They are the orphans of those that lost their parents due to bullets from a government that now advocates democracy. They are not Evo supporters. They are alteños and alteñas that are fighting. Colectivo Curva read more

  • Alex Pirie R.I.P

    alex.jpg This is an obituary for grassroots social activist Alex Pirie. “…he flared up when thinking of the social ills he saw around him such as poverty and homelessness.” AWSM read more

  • NEWCASTLE ‘EWAN BROWN’ ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR. MAY 9TH 2020

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  • Burgerville Fast Food Workers Walk Off Job, Launch Strike

    Burgerville strike.jpg Members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union at the fast food chain Burgerville have gone on strike in Portland, Oregon. This report first appeared on It’s Going Down. On Wednesday, Burgerville workers across Portland walked off the job and launched the largest strike in the history of the BVWU. We’re striking to end poverty wages at Burgerville, and to win the first ever fast food union contract in the U.S. Burgerville Workers Union read more

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  • Who Owns The World? The 5th conference on Platform Cooperativism

    Check out Who Owns The World?, the fifth conference on “platform cooperativism,” November 7-9, 2019 at The New School. We are convening one hundred fifty speakers from over thirty countries to meet each other, co-design, and learn about a wide range of topics:  worker power in the platform economy, antitrust, misogyny and racism in co-ops,… Continue reading → The post Who Owns The World? The 5th conference on Platform Cooperativism appeared first on P2P Foundation.

  • Prospective future of platform cooperatives: my takeaways from Reshaping Work Barcelona 2019

    I was one of the Ouishare members that volunteered for the organization of the first regional Reshaping Work event in Barcelona. In my view, it was an outstanding event because of its excellent content selection and format design, and it certainly had a remarkable impact in the Spanish media. I would like to focus, nevertheless,… Continue reading → The post Prospective future of platform cooperatives: my takeaways from Reshaping Work Barcelona 2019 appeared first on P2P Foundation.

  • Futures of Production Through Cosmo-Local and Commons-Based Design

    Workshop: Leapfrogging Sustainable Development: Exploring the strategic futures of production and policy through cosmo-local and commons-based design. By Jose Ramos, 20-21 Sept 2019 ; Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai Description A new way of thinking is emerging for developing strategic pathways for local to planetary economic and ecological viability. This way of thinking centres around the… Continue reading → The post Futures of Production Through Cosmo-Local and Commons-Based Design appeared first on P2P Foundation.

  • Global Jam – Dictionary of Cosmolocalism

    9 Oct 2019 For 24 hours we will jam on all the concepts and definitions for cosmo-localism. We intend to identify and flesh out all the killer ideas and concepts that make CL a profound vision and possibility for the 21st Century. Why: Many hands make light work, and the knowledge of CL is emergent… Continue reading → The post Global Jam – Dictionary of Cosmolocalism appeared first on P2P Foundation.

  • A Brief History of Systems Science, Chaos and Complexity

    Since the beginning in the 1950s, when people like Ludwig von Bertalanffy and Kenneth Boulding developed the field of ‘General Systems Theory’ and Norbert Wiener, Gregory Bateson and others developed the field of ‘Cybernetics’, and Jay Forrester developed ‘systems dynamics’ there have been many attempts to break free from the reductionist paradigm and develop a… Continue reading → The post A Brief History of Systems Science, Chaos and Complexity appeared first on P2P Foundation.

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  • Meet Ukraine: America’s Newest “Strategic Ally”

    When the dust settles in a month or two, the House of Representatives will have impeached President Donald Trump with a one-sided partisan vote and then the Senate will have exonerated Donald Trump with a similarly one-sided partisan vote.  But at the end of the day, the United States will have acquired a new strategic ally in Central Europe: Ukraine.  The very first day of the impeachment hearings in November has been responsible for an important national security decision that had no input from Trump’s national security team or from the congressional foreign policy committees.  The implications of this decision are onerous. More The post Meet Ukraine: America’s Newest “Strategic Ally” appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

  • Wall Street and the Frankenstein Economy

    The term ‘income inequality’ suggests the inevitability of a natural process, a division of winners from losers along the lines of hair loss or disproportionate body mass that corporate researchers are working to solve for the sake of the self-esteem of the losers. Some people are tall, others short, some people have pleasant dispositions, others not so much. Otherwise, it almost certainly isn’t the ‘winners’ for whom inequality is a problem, is it? More The post Wall Street and the Frankenstein Economy appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

  • Roaming Charges: Ukraine in the Membrane

    Do you ever have one of those mornings when you turn on MSDNC for the impeachment hearings and start banging the TV a few of times thinking it’s stuck on the Cartoon Network? That was me at around 6:45 AM PST on Wednesday when instead of Adam Schiff’s shimmering death-skull head, the screen depicted the strange doughboy visage of George Conway, house husband of Trump’s counselor Kellyanne, pontificating about impeachment on the Democrats’ home cable network. It sure seemed like a bad cartoon, a case of Ukraine in the membrane (apologies to Cypress Hill). More The post Roaming Charges: Ukraine in the Membrane appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

  • The OPCW and Douma: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Accused of Evidence-Tampering by Its Own Inspectors

    Claims that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have used chemical weapons are almost as old as the Syrian civil war itself. They have produced strong reactions, and none more so than in the case of the alleged attack in April last year on the opposition-controlled area of Douma near Damascus in which 43 people are said More The post The OPCW and Douma: Chemical Weapons Watchdog Accused of Evidence-Tampering by Its Own Inspectors appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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  • November 2019 (Volume 71, Number 6)

    buy this issue Immanuel Wallerstein, the celebrated world-systems theorist and longtime contributor to Monthly Review and Monthly Review Press, died on August 31, 2019. Wallerstein first achieved international fame with the publication in 1974 of his The Modern World-System: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century (the first in a four-volume masterwork on the Modern World-System. We pay tribute to Wallerstein in this new issue of Monthly Review. | more… Source

  • On Fire This Time

    We are seeing today what appear to be the beginnings of an ecological revolution, a new historical moment unlike any humanity has experienced. Not only is the planet burning, but a revolutionary climate movement is rising up and is now on fire in response. | more… Source

  • The Angler and the Octopus

    Ever since the United States divided the Korean peninsula in 1945, North Korea has had to cope with the existential challenge of U.S. hostility. Korea marks the western boundary of the empire, a border area where the sea power of the United States adjoins the land power of Russia and China. North Korea has been able to utilize this liminality to create a sovereign stateÑthe Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaÑwhose independence is not welcomed by either Moscow or Beijing but tolerated because the alternatives, a client of the other or absorption into the U.S. empire, are considered worse. Washington, as global hegemon, has been less willing to tolerate this independence but has faced constraints. The result has been a policy of hostility, of unrelenting diplomatic and economic war of varying intensity, stopping short of actual kinetic war, though never far from it. | more… Source

  • The Trial of Thomas Hardy

    November 5, 2019, is the 225th anniversary of the acquittal of Thomas Hardy on charges of High Treason. Hardy is nearly forgotten today, but for decades workers and democrats in England celebrated November 5 as the anniversary of a major victory, a triumph over a powerful state that had deployed immense resources to crush working-class organizations and suppress popular demands for democratic rights. | more… Source

  • Endgame Marxism (and Urbanism)

    This article will be released in full online November 18, 2019. Collectivity and individuality express two different aspects of Marxism’s humanist tradition, of how they ought to go together. It is another way to frame the dialectic of justice and jouissance, a radical hope for equality on the one side, plus a diversity of self-expression on the other. In a sense, this is not only what Marxism should offer; it is what any city should offer, too. Cities should reconcile problems of freedom and necessity, ought to provide affordable housing and a decent quality of life, alongside novelty of experience and scope for expansive individuality. | more… Source

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