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11/10/2014 MANIFESTACIÓN POR KOBANE.. 5.00 Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona

update: see Roar article below

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Latest reports say that IS attackers have been re-armed and have taken more than half of Kobanê the last stand of the progressive YPG Kurdish volunteers.

All of the surrounding countryside has been lost, with nearly 200,000 refugees in Turkey.

Kurdish reinforcements are still held back by the Turkish army in nearby Efrîn i Cizîrê.

Food water and ammunition are running out and the IS forces are massacring, burning, raping, looting and imposing Sharia law.

The Turkish army are sealing the border and giving direct physical and medical aid to the Islamist forces.

In the last few days over 30  people have also died in Turkey in protests against Turkish support of IS and blocking of Kurdish reinforcements.

 

Arin MirkanArîn Mîrkan and her children

The amazing resistance to barbaric macho IS by the progressive revolutionary volunteers in Kobanê is summed up in the fate of Arîn Mîrkan , among thousands of others.

Arîn Mîrkan was a commander of the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ), defending the Kurdish city Kobanê against the attacks of the Islamic State. Kobanê is on the 21st day of courageous resistance against IS. Arîn was surrounded by the jihadists, but instead of surrendering and falling into their dirty hands, she detonated herself and killed many IS-members with her. View full article »

The new updated ‘pocketbook’ edition of ‘The Free’ is Out Now!

And now available through Active Distribution here.. cheaper than Amazon!

You can download it free here to read on a tablet, laptop or cellphone…

Also it’s being reviewed in a 26 page essay by an eminent critic.

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Plus the new SLIDESHARE is finally finished here

 

 

A few more commentaries on the book.

The Free is a story with a serious message, and the real joy of it is how author M.Gilliland disguises that within a very good story. Almost every other “message” book I’ve ever read has been a bit ham-handed and clunky, but The Free is, well, Free of all that.

Based on the somewhat disjointed pitch, I was expecting a fairly wacky tale, but The Free has many serious moments that could give literary fiction tales a run for their money. Dialog is spot on perfect and it’s easy to emphasize with the main character as either Linda or Maxie. In fact, in a lot of ways, Linda/Maxie and to some extent Macker are the normal ones, the straight-man role for the crazy world Gilliland has created.

It’s also interesting to note that The Free is quite a timely tale given what is happening in the world. We’re killing our climate and our economy is going down with it, making The Free an admirable anecdote to represent our somewhat lost generation.

John Breeden II     Old Number Seven

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I am fascinated by the short, succint narrative passages. I am engaged by the structure of the work, the amusing characters, a plot that reminds me of Ulysses (the Joyce version). Well done and best wishes.      Mercutio

 

‘’This is the most detailed fictional treatment of the movement from a world recognizably like our own to an anarchist society that I have read. More importantly, it is imagined strongly enough to allow readers to believe that events could happen this way. That is to say, it gives plausible answers to the two most important questions regarding such a transformation: under what preconditions is it likely to occur, and once it starts what factors most contribute to its success?……”  Dan Jaekle

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This reads like “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole and Alan Moore’s “V For Vendetta”. You have that skewed look at mass rebellion from a protagonist a little out of the mainstream idealistic vision of a revolutionary. This is at it’s core taking a non-plausible hero or unlikely band of heroes that you have made conventional. It’s the literary equivalent of taking Humpty Dumpty and making him Che Guevera.  Brillant writing executed with precise subtlety.–JL “The Devil Of Black Bayou:”

 

Reading this was so energising. I love the MC and her humour and her struggle to make sense of everything. Very, very good writing. Refreshingly different. It feels as though you had enormous pleasure writing it and that shines through. Nothing to criticize. Thanks for an interesting and uplifting read. Made my day!    Fontaine

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Strong believable, compelling situation. “Like a bee in a jar” is lovely.
“I had the idea that my father was great. It’s true he did shout and roar and get drunk. But I was his own big girl.” This is beautiful writing, we feel how torn she is between the emotional and the rational view of her father.
Similarly in,“But I still believed by dada was the best. For me he’d always been the bee’s knees. And I didn’t dare doubt it.”
“It was groaning brutal” is magnificent!
Nothing is simple here, it is life with all its hidden complexity, I liked, “I’m still not sure sure that I didn’t vomit on her on purpose” and “They always have their hooks inside your head” The world you’ve created is dark and rich.
“My feet went crunch crunch down the gravelled drive, like a zombie late for lunch.” Brilliant and funny, as is, “I’d like to say I couldn’t care two drops of diarrhea what he done. But that would be a sinful lie.” and I loved,
“because the sun and the moon and all the stars shone out of his arsehole” it is gloriously strong and earthy.

Sharda D.  http://www.authonomy.com/books/42835/mr-unusually-s-circus-of-dreams/

 by jessecohn

ecolonization

This is a fascinating Slide Essay which applies anarchist ideas to urban planning of all sorts.

How would the world appear if the rule of thge capitalist market were to end?

How would your barrio change if people’s power were to replace top down exploitation?

This Slide Show gives us a glimpse into a less insane world.

 

http://www.slideshare.net/jessecohn/which-way-to-utopia-anarchist-spatial-theory

thefreeorg:

This is a RaP on fossil fuels, nuclears, fracking and the corrupt spanish powers addicted to gas gas gas.. In Catalan and Spanish..GREAT images

Originally posted on KanPasqual:

Coincidint amb l’inici del 1r Volt Oligotòxic de Catalunya organitzat per la Xarxa de Sobirania Energètica (www.xse.cat) es llança a l’Univers el hip hop ¡DAME MÁS GAS!

Barcelona 27/07/2014.- Bicicletada recorre les benzineres de Repsol a la ciutat per denunciar les intencions d´aquesta companyia de perforar pous de petroli a les Illes de Lanzarote i Fuerteventura.
més informació: http://nooilcanarias.com

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IS BEHEADS WOMEN FIGHTERS.

KURDISH AND TURKISH ANARCHISTS IN KOBANE RESISTANCE

”The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group that monitors casualties from the three-year-old conflict in Syria, reported that there had been at least five air strikes south and south-east of Kobane.

It said nine Kurdish militiamen from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and an IS militant had been killed in clashes overnight.
Strikes 30 Sep

The Syrian Observatory also reported that IS had beheaded five Kurdish fighters, including three women, as well as four Arab rebels and a Kurdish civilian who had been captured during clashes 14km (8 miles) west of Kobane on Tuesday.

Images have been posted online purportedly showing the women’s heads placed on a cement block in the town of Jarablus, which is held by IS, according to the Associated Press.

At the border fence itself, desperate civilians are huddled with their vehicles and livestock, our correspondent says.” ( BBC. 1st Oct 2014)

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Turkish anarchists join Kurds in last stand in Kobane

Originally posted on Tahrir-ICN:

The city of Kobane has been under attack by Daesh (ISIS) fascists for a number of days leading to a mass exodus of Kurds from the city. But many Kurds are now returning to fight and defend the city despite being pushed back at the border by Turkish forces. Inside the border, Kurdish forces along with the Free Syrian Army continue to fight against Daesh.

Turkish and Syrian Kurds tear down the border fence to cross into Kobane in neighboring Syria. Photo:AFP

Turkish and Syrian Kurds tear down the border fence to cross into Kobane in neighboring Syria. Photo:AFP

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update 1st Oct. IS beheads fighters including 3 women.. click here:

KURDISTAN/SYRIA: Anarchists join struggle against ISIS in Kobane

update 27/sept 18.00: US jets have attacked IS forces outside Kobane, ironically aiding anti-capitalist locals.

Istanbul anarchists along other leftists, feminists, and ‘Gezi park types’ have managed to cross over into Syria and the northern town of Kobane which is currently threatened by ISIS.

Vice reported yesterday that ISIS is within 5 miles of the city and are attacking with US military equipment including tanks that outmatches the weapons available to the YPG – Kurdish People’s Protection Units . Vice also reported that “Hundreds of Turkish Kurds are arriving too, sneaking or bribing their way across the border to fight alongside the YPG”

The photo shows a banner of the anarchist group DAF apparently just after the border has been crossed. The statement we were sent says “People are suffering from hunger and thirst, getting ill, getting injured; migrating and dying. They are still fighting in that struggle for existence. People are fighting not for the schemes and strategies around meeting tables, not for income, but for their freedom”

We hope to bring more details and further photos as they become available

The photo shows a banner of the anarchist group DAF apparently just after the border has been crossed. The statement we were sent says “People are suffering from hunger and thirst, getting ill, getting injured; migrating and dying. They are still fighting in that struggle for existence. People are fighting not for the schemes and strategies around meeting tables, not for income, but for their freedom”

We hope to bring more details and further photos as they become available

Added – this is a translation from our sister group in France, Alternative libertaire

حضور رفقای آنارشیست ترکیه‌ای از اعضای (عملیات آنارشیستهای انقلابی) در شکستن مرز بین ترکیه و کوبانی و حضور رسمی‌ آنارشیست‌ها در مقاومت ‫#‏کوبانی‬
این رفقا عمل مستقیم
را که از ابتدایی‌ترین اصول آنارشیستی است را عملیاتی‌ کردن

“Thousands of young people, socialists, trade unionists, revolutionary, feminist, libertarian poured in from all over Turkey to Kobanê. They and they go there to support and defend the city réfugié.es.

The Turkish army tries to disperse them, it is accused of being much more permissive with the jihadists who are trying, too, to cross the border to join Daech.

Despite the blocks of the Turkish army, hundreds of activists and militants have managed to cross the border. Among them, the comrades of the Revolutionary Anarchist Action Group, who made the trip to Istanbul to join the defense of Kobanê, and sent these photos.”

Added – this is a translation from our sister group in France, Alternative libertaire

 


 

  same in Spanish

Anarquistas de Istanbul junto otros izquierdistas, feministas y tipos Gezi Park’ han logrado cruzar a Siria

Anarquistas de Istanbul junto otros izquierdistas, feministas y tipos Gezi Park’ han logrado cruzar a Siria y la ciudad norteña de Kobane que actualmente está amenazado por ISIS.


Vicepresidente informó ayer que ISIS se encuentra a 5 kilómetros de la ciudad y están atacando con equipo militar incluyendo tanques que outmatches las armas disponibles para el YPG - Unidades del Pueblo Kurdo protección. Vicepresidente también informó que Cientos de kurdos turcos están llegando también, a escondidas o sobornar a su manera a través de la frontera para luchar junto al YPG

حضور رفقای آنارشیست ترکیه‌ای از اعضای (عملیات آنارشیستهای انقلابی) در شکستن مرز بین ترکیه و کوبانی و حضور رسمی‌ آنارشیست‌ها در مقاومت ‫#‏کوبانی‬
این رفقا عمل مستقیم
را که از ابتدایی‌ترین اصول آنارشیستی است را عملیاتی‌ کردن

La foto (arriba en la parte en  inglés) muestra una pancarta del grupo anarquista DAF aparentemente justo después de cruzar la frontera. La declaración nos mandaron dice La gente está sufriendo de hambre y sed, enfermar, sufrir lesiones;.. Migrar y morir Ellos todavía están luchando en esa lucha por la existencia La gente no luchan por los esquemas y estrategias en torno a mesas de reunión, no para ingresos, sino por su libertad starak2.jpg

Esperamos traer más detalles y más fotos a medida que estén disponibles

 - esto es una traducción de nuestro grupo hermano en Francia, Alternative Libertaire

Miles de jóvenes, socialistas, sindicalistas, revolucionaria, feminista, libertaria llegaron de todas partes de Turquía a Kobanê. Ellas y ellos van allí para apoyar y defender los réfugié.es ciudad.

El ejército turco intenta dispersarlos, como se le acusa de ser mucho más permisivos con los yihadistas que están tratando, también, para cruzar la frontera para unirse a Daech.

A pesar de las esfuerzos del ejército turco, cientos de activistas y militantes han logrado cruzar la frontera. Entre ellos, los compañeros del Grupo de Acción Revolucionaria Anarquista, que hizo el viaje a Estambul para unirse a la defensa de Kobanê, y envió estas fotos.


from last week
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Catalan V Day transformed into an A for Anarchy

 More than 1,700 people participated in the Via Libertaria action, which crossed the giant V-independence created by over a million pro-independence parties and movements to form instead, or as well,  an A for Anarchy.
The action, which was made in the crossing between Bruc and Arago streets, amid cries of ‘You can’t fool me, the Catalan parties are Spain’  and advocating a change deeper than that posed by multitude of sovereignty forces.

great A 2Biggest A in History:   (okay we cheated) #Via Llibertària 

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The banksy comic is republished from ZenPencils.com, .

RELATED COMICS: Sophie Scholl The Fire Within. Marc Maron The Social Media Generation. Bill Hicks It’s Just a Ride. Henry Rollins Who’s the Crazier Man?

banksy vs bads

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The Fair Coop. The Earth cooperative for a fair economy

Activists from various fields of alternative economy like Enric Duran (Robin of the Banks), Cooperativa Integral Catalana, Michael Bauwens, P2P Foundation, or Amir Taaki, , bitcoin developer, launched this September 17, after months of networking, a draft global economic system based on cooperation, ethics, solidarity, redistribution north-south, and justice in economic relations.

The Fair Coop is a global cooperative attempt to become independent of the “old economic system” based on central banks and fiat currencies by a new currency reference, faircoin, to promote the global commons and decentralized economies. .

Fair Coop
The date, 17S coincides symbolically with six years of the campaign “We can live without capitalism,” and five years since the campaign with more than a hundred data points in the Spanish state to create alternative economy networks by inviting people to abandon their bank accounts. It is also a step in the “Comprehensive Revolution”,which in the words of Duran, “aims to give visibility to a self-organized movement that is working to build  other possible worlds
from below.” View full article »

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Series of big anti-nazi demos against fascist squatters…   Anti- fascists seize ‘white Spanish only’ food stall and distribute to all..   Fascist squatters may have owners permission… Squatters movement disowns fascist squat… Police turn blind eye to nazi ”okupas” in Tetuan barrio….   Fascist thugs from MSR squat injure local youths..  Media equates nazi’ Social Home’ with long existing popular and anti racist Squat center ‘La Enrededera’ to demand its eviction.

neighbourhood protest against nazi occupation

                                                        neighbourhood protest against nazi occupation

They are not squatters: they are Nazis

alternative Housing Office Madrid
On 18 August, the neo-Nazi group Social Republican Movement (MSR) announced on social media their entry into an abandoned building in Madrid’s Tetuan barrio and fheir intention to turn it into a social center for  ‘those in need’  provided they were white and of Spanish nationality. .

Opening a such center in the district with the largest migrant population of Madrid and the opposition it generated among neighbors attracted media attention, especially after the massive demonstration against held the same day as opening of the center, on August 30.

Since then, it has been common to see the press referred to the center as a squatted buildingand members of the neo-Nazi group as “squatters” in an error which is then repeated in social networks. The center is equated with the squatting movement, which has always had among its main objectives the recovery of abandoned homes to become social centers and buildings.

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Emma Goldmanhttp://thefreeonline.wordpress.com
en Castellano más abajo.


Dear old Emma Goldman, throughout her long and prolific career within the
anarchist movement of the twentieth century, produced many political texts to which activists return much more frequently than to other anarchist thinkers. Usually these texts are criticized by leftist feminism for being just what they are: anarchist harangues from on the barricade itself. Here we take the thought of Emma Goldman not uncritically as libertarian gospel, but to make it live in your discussion today, and to rescue Emma’s special ability to put her finger right on the spot, in the wound of mainstream feminism of her day, while at the same time opposing the practices of her own fellow militants of the anarchist movement,  whip in hand. View full article »

anti McDonalds.. huge resource center.

Anti Mcdonalds Website links

Hundreds arrested during US low wage protests

 

 the federal minimum wage, which has been $7.25 since 2009.
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US fast-food restaurants this year are expected to make profits of $7.2bn
More than 450 people have been arrested at protests across the US over low pay for workers at fast-food restaurants, according to organisers.The arrests on Thursday came as staff at a number of major chains went on strike demanding their wages be increased to $15 an hour.

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Anti-Nato Protesters March to Steel Cordon Protecting World Leaders

 

JS45458003With police in riot gear and helmets looking down from higher ground, the protesters set off from the center of Newport at lunchtime in a public show of opposition to the Nato Summit.

With the biggest gathering of world leaders ever to set foot in Wales underway at the Celtic Manor resort opponents made a three-mile trek to the venue as part of a pre-planned peaceful protest.

Hundreds of locals turned out along the way to watch the 500-strong protest procession pass along Chepstow Road.

Loud chanting erupted as the march arrived at the cordon where scores of people pounded against the steel barrier fencing.

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NATO has been agressively ‘marching east’ since the USSR fell, making new bases and Nuclear missile sites. Financing protest in states supporting Russia. Now Russia has said ‘ENOUGH’ and the two biggest nuclear powers are playing a lunatic macho game of chicken, as thousands of Ukrainians are killed and wounded.

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NATO out RUSSIA out

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Don’t expect to see a bullfight when you trip to Barcelona, the last stadium is closed and the ”sport” banned. In fact for years it was mainly kept going by the tourist industry.

The popular bumper sticker in Madrid is the bull, representing, for the Catalans,  cruel bullying disguised as ‘heroic’ sexist posturing.

Barcelona  cars on the other hand feature the Catalan donkey, symbolizing just a nice but stubborn animal, and maybe the ability to laugh at themselves.

In San Sebastian of the Kings, (real name Donostia in Basque) the battle against bullfighting is in full swing.  Last week there was a new demo against, which was attacked by pro-bullfight thugs, sending one girl to hospital. (see report below) View full article »

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