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Why Revolutionary Syndicalism? | ideas and action. By Tom Wetzel 1. A Strategy for Workers Liberation Capitalism is at its heart an oppressive and exploitative economic system. The core is the class structure, in which the majority are dispossessed of the means of production of goods and services, and must submit to bureaucratic production regimes. These regimes control our labor so as to pump out wealth privately accumulated by the plutocrats at the top of the heap (and paying high salaries to the bureaucratic class of managers and high-end professionals), and backed up by the coercive force of the state. Working people are thus an oppressed class, although it is also internally quite heterogeneous and various sub-groups are oppressed in various diverse ways. All the world that’s owned by idle drones is ours and ours alone. Workers self-management of all of social production is thus a necessary condition for working class liberation.

But to achieve its liberation the working class needs to have a strategy. 2. The British writer R. 3. 4. On Israel’s Little-Known Concentration and Labor Camps in 1948-1955. Jun 11, 2015 Ariyana Love - Civilians captured during the fall of Lydda and Ramle around the time of July 12, 1948 and taken to labour camps. In the July heat they were thirsty and were given a drop of water carried by a child under soldiers’ guard. (Photo: Salman Abu Sitta, Palestine Land Society) By: Yazan al-Saadi Much of the grim and murky circumstances of the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the late 1940s have gradually been exposed over time.

One aspect – rarely researched or deeply discussed – is the internment of thousands of Palestinian civilians within at least 22 Zionist-run concentration and labor camps that existed from 1948 to 1955. Now more is known about the contours of this historical crime, due to the comprehensive research by renowned Palestinian historian Salman Abu Sitta and founding member of the Palestinian resource center BADIL Terry Rempel. The facts are these. Digging up the crimes From burden to opportunity: concentration and labor camps The study notes: Free Ebook on Palestine. Download and Read a Free PDF book on Palestine and the Palestinians. Palestine Books. The Ideas of Karl Marx. The ideas of Marx have never been more relevant than they are today. This is reflected in the thirst for Marxist theory at the present time. In this article, Alan Woods deals with the main ideas of Karl Marx and their relevance to the crisis we're passing through today. It is 130 years since the death of Karl Marx.

But why should we commemorate a man who died in 1883? In the early 1960s the then Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson declared that we must not look for solutions in Highgate cemetery. And who can disagree with that? However, when we speak of the relevance of Karl Marx today we refer not to cemeteries but to ideas—ideas that have withstood the test of time and have now emerged triumphant, as even some of the enemies of Marxism have been reluctantly forced to accept.

For decades the economists never tired of repeating that Marx’s predictions of an economic downturn were totally outdated. Not so long ago, Gordon Brown confidently proclaimed “the end of boom and bust”. The State. Against Deep Green Resistance, by Michelle Renée Matisons and Alexander Reid Ross | Institute for Anarchist Studies. The Radical Turn? For a book that advertises itself as a “shift in strategy and tactics,” Deep Green Resistance (DGR) has an overwhelmingly dispiriting tone, and is riddled with contradictions.[1] While DGR provocatively addresses many pressing social and ecological issues, its opportunistic, loose-cannon theoretical approach and highly controversial tactics leaves it emulating right-wing militia rhetoric, with the accompanying hierarchical vanguardism, personality cultism, and reactionary moralism. By providing a negative example, DGR does us the service of compounding issues into one book.

Take it as a warning. As we grasp for solutions to multiple and compounding social and ecological crises, quick fixes, dogmatism, and power grabbing may grow as temptations. By reviewing DGR, we are also defending necessary minimal criteria for movements today: inclusivity, democracy, honesty, and (dare we suggest) even humility in the face of the complex problems we collectively face. Backlash. 500 years of European colonialism, in one animated map. One of the things that bothers people so much about Russia's slow play to gobble up chunks of Ukraine is that countries, by and large, have stopped annexing each others' territory since World War II.

This modern success is all the more remarkable by the fact that, for most of history, countries loved to conquer land and subjugate the people living there. European colonialism has been far and away the worst offender in this regard in the last 500 years. Take a look at this GIF charting the rise and fall of (mostly) European empires from 1492, when the European discovery of the Americas kicked off their movement west and south, to 2008.

(Asuros) A lot of interesting things pop out in that GIF. Thailand never got colonized by any power, European or Asian But the biggest, most remarkable thing in the map is the ebb and flow in the territory controlled by the big European powers. The rise and fall of colonial empires warrants particular attention. Why? That's, in a way, the point. Twelve illuminating contributions to debate in wake of Paris killings - Counterfire. 1Satire is not meant to be a weapon against the powerless - Will Self on satire, free speech and racism 2 Was it really an attack on European values? - Myriam Francois-Cerrah punctures a few lazy myths 3 Why this was no attack on humour - Des Freedman examines the context surrounding the debate about free speech 4 The bitter fruit of imperialism - Lindsey German on lessons to be learned by the West's war-making governments 5 Western liberalism?

Abdullah Al-Arian on the Enlightenment, empire and the contradictions of 'Western values' 6 What is the purpose of satire? 7 There is a difference between being brave and being funny - Hugo Rifkind offers a thoughtful response 8 Moral clarity - Adam Shatz dismantles the 'clash of civilisations' thesis 9 The Iraq connection - Juan Cole draws attention to how the 'war on terror' influenced the latest terrorist atrocity 11 The problem with drawings that fuel sectarian tensions - Alain Gresh sketches the recent evolution of Charlie Hebdo From Luna17. Virgins? What virgins? In August, 2001, the American television channel CBS aired an interview with a Hamas activist Muhammad Abu Wardeh, who recruited terrorists for suicide bombings in Israel.

Abu Wardeh was quoted as saying: "I described to him how God would compensate the martyr for sacrificing his life for his land. If you become a martyr, God will give you 70 virgins, 70 wives and everlasting happiness. " Wardeh was in fact shortchanging his recruits since the rewards in Paradise for martyrs was 72 virgins. But I am running ahead of things . Since September 11, news stories have repeated the story of suicide bombers and their heavenly rewards, and equally Muslim scholars and Western apologists of Islam have repeated that suicide is forbidden in Islam.

What of the rewards in paradise? Two points need to be noted. One of the reasons Nietzsche hated Christianity was that it "made something unclean out of sexuality", whereas Islam, many would argue, was sex-positive. On Charlie Hebdo. Supporters of the French far-right National Front party rally in Paris last May. Pierre Andrieu / AFP / Getty Images Many journalists at the offices of Charlie Hebdo have been murdered by bampots brandishing what appear to be machine guns at close range.

It is too soon to have a complete, coherent political narrative of these killings. All one can have at this point are the correct but platitudinous points about there being no justification for this, that all attacks on journalists are abhorrent, that freedom of speech must be defended to the last drop of blood, and so on. If you really need that sermon, you’re in the wrong place. However, there is a wider narrative that is emerging in the rush to judgment, as news media attempt to stitch together details — at first entirely circumstantial— into an explanatory story.

The first point is that French President Francois Hollande declared this a “terrorist” attack very early on. A detour. Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others. From the CBS News website, at least seven hours after it had been pointed out that the Charlie Hebdo massacre was not the worst terror attack in Europe since 2005. Here's "CIA deputy director and CBS News senior security consultant" Mike Morell (CBS Morning News, 1/7/15) giving his expert commentary on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: This is the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the attacks in London in July of 2005.

We haven't lost this many people since that attack. So apparently Morell doesn't remember the bloodbath in Norway in July 2011, when Anders Breivik killed eight people by bombing government buildings in Oslo and then murdered 59 others, mostly teenagers, at a youth camp associated with the Labour Party. This was actually a deadlier attack then the London bombings, which killed 56. Flowers left outside Oslo's cathedral to commemorate victims of a massacre less than four years ago that many in US media seem to have already forgotten. The motive here is absolutely clear.

P.S. How should we react to the Charlie Hebdo massacre? Today is a grim day. Although the facts are still coming in, what we do know about the Paris shootings is horrific and depressing: Three masked gunmen are said to have stormed the offices of the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo and coldly murdered 10 people. The gunmen reportedly sought out specific editors for execution, and later killed two police officers while making their escape, raising their death toll to 12. While the identity of the perpetrators is still unknown, amateur video appears to have caught them shouting “Allahu akbar!”

(God is great) during the attack and they are assumed to be Muslims enraged by the paper’s frequent skewering of the prophet Muhammad and of Islam. Reaction to such acts of violence by Muslims — at least in Western countries — inevitably becomes a rhetorical battlefield. And yet, it doesn’t take long for opportunists to start raving about a clash of civilizations between “Islam” and “The Free World.” That strikes me as… reasonable? In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech Does Not Mean Freedom From Criticism. On Wednesday morning, the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo was attacked by three masked gunmen, armed with kalashnikovs, who stormed the building and killed ten of its staff and two police officers.

The gunmen are currently understood to be Muslim extremists. This attack came minutes after the paper tweeted this drawing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. (“Best wishes, by the way.” Baghdadi: “And especially good health!”) An armed attack on a newspaper is shocking, but it is not even the first time Hebdo has been the subject of terrorist attacks. Gawker has a good summary of past controversies and attacks involving Hebdo. In the face of such an obvious attack on free speech, voicing anything except grief-stricken support is seen by many as disrespectful. When faced with a terrorist attack against a satirical newspaper, the appropriate response seems obvious. In this case, it is the wrong response. Here, for context, are some of the cartoons they recently published. A call “TO ARMS” Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda attacked Satirists in Paris.

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) The horrific murder of the editor, cartoonists and other staff of the irreverent satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, along with two policemen, by terrorists in Paris was in my view a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public. The problem for a terrorist group like al-Qaeda is that its recruitment pool is Muslims, but most Muslims are not interested in terrorism. Most Muslims are not even interested in politics, much less political Islam. France is a country of 66 million, of which about 5 million is of Muslim heritage. Al-Qaeda wants to mentally colonize French Muslims, but faces a wall of disinterest. This tactic is similar to the one used by Stalinists in the early 20th century.

The operatives who carried out this attack exhibit signs of professional training. We have a model for response to terrorist provocation and attempts at sharpening the contradictions. Subscribe to Informed Comment by email Annual Fundraiser Related video: Race and Redemption: Racial and Ethnic Evolution in Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy | Peter Staudenmaier. Often invoked his philosophical background in his mature Esotericphase and consistently referred to Anthroposophy as a “spiritual sci-ence.”

Indeed the polysemous theme of evolution, which occupies acentral place in Steiner’s racial worldview, may have played a mediatingrole in his transition from secular to sacred vocabularies. The decisivefactor in the development of Steiner’s racial theories, however, was hisconversion to Theosophy at the beginning of the twentieth century. Based in large part on the writings of Helena P. Blavatsky, the syn-cretic occult framework of fin-de-siècle Theosophy incorporated ele-ments of Buddhism and Hinduism refracted through a Western lens.

Steiner served as General Secretary of the German Section of theTheosophical Society from 1902 until 1912, when he broke away tofound the Anthroposophical Society. The Theosophical movement combined organizational pluralism with an unusual set of racial teach-ings. Blavatsky’s two-volume magnum opus The Secret Doctrine. I am an anarchist - Lucy Parsons. American anarchist Lucy Parsons writes on what it means to be an anarchist in 1913. I am an anarchist. I suppose you came here, the most of you, to see what a real, live anarchist looked like. I suppose some of you expected to see me with a bomb in one hand and a flaming torch in the other, but are disappointed in seeing neither. If such has been your ideas regarding an anarchist, you deserved to be disappointed. Anarchists are peaceable, law abiding people. Do you wonder why there are anarchists in this country, in this great land of liberty, as you love to call it?

But in Chicago they do not think anarchists have any right to exist at all. If the anarchists had planned to destroy the city of Chicago and to mas¬sacre the police, why was it they had only two or three bombs in hand? The police rushed upon that meeting as it was about to disperse. The discovery of dynamite and its use by anarchists is a repetition of history. But the red flag, the horrible red flag, what does that mean?

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UK. Global. A new wave of Islamophobia: where it comes from and how to stop it. New major Islamophobic attacks demand a response from the anti-war movement, the left and anti-racists says John Rees A little man sometimes casts a great shadow. Illustration by the late, much-missed cartoonist Leon Kuhn A major, often government inspired, series of attacks on Muslims within a few weeks should put us all on alert. Let’s list them: In all but one of these cases, the attack by the BBC on Lutfur Rahman, these initiatives are driven from the heart of the state machine and are intimately connected with the ideology of the war on terror. David Cameron ordered the inquiry into the Muslim Brotherhood and it is directly linked to the UK’s alliance with Saudi Arabia; indeed the head of the inquiry is going to be the current Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins. Saudi Arabia has long been critical to UK foreign policy.

This is the frame in which to understand the intervention of William Shawcross, the head of the Charities Commission. Gove is himself a neo-con extremist. It's Official: The US is a Leading Terrorist State | Opinion | teleSUR.

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