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Análisis del Poder Popular en Venezuela : por la Federación Anarquista Uruguaya

  In English here:  https://wp.me/pIJl9-aFs

via   Black Rose Federation        La situación política en Venezuela continúa en conflicto y el legado del Chavismo sigue siendo controvertido y debatido en la izquierda. Reeditamos esta declaración de la Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU) con sus perspectivas sobre la situación actual. Fundado en 1956, la FAU fue uno de los movimientos anarquistas más fuertes de América Latina, sobrevivió al período de la dictadura y continúa activo en la actualidad. También recomendamos otras piezas traducidas sobre Venezuela, el inglésThe ‘Madurization’ of Chavismo”  una declaración de los anarquistas caribeños y un análisis de anarquistas chilenos que condujeron investigaciones políticas en Venezuela:Political Situation in Venezuela: Crisis, Trends, and the Challenge of Class Independence”   El texto original en español aparece a continuación.

“El poder popular en Venezuela, impulsado inicialmente por el carismático Hugo Chávez, ha estado en una tensión constante … Desde arriba, los recursos se han reducido y han obstaculizado, en todas las maneras posibles, el desarrollo de las comunas y el poder popular”.

El Poder Popular en Venezuela:  por  Federación Anarquista Uruguaya

En 1989 se vivió en Venezuela una de las máximas revueltas sociales conocida como “El Caracazo”. Esta revuelta popular fue motivada por las medidas tomadas por el gobierno de Carlos Andrés Pérez, quien entregó la economía venezolana al Fondo Monetario Internacional e implementó una política de shock de neto corte neoliberal. Se profundizaba así la crisis económica que ya vivía el país. El saldo de esta inmensa movilización popular fue de 3 mil muertos. Continue reading Análisis del Poder Popular en Venezuela : por la Federación Anarquista Uruguaya

Economic ‘Growth’ will destroy everything. Greening it won`t work – We Need a New System.

Everything Must Go

By George Monbiot,     Everyone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs.

But already we are bursting through the physical limits of the planet that sustains us. Climate breakdown, soil loss, the collapse of habitats and species, the sea of plastic, insectageddon: all are driven by rising consumption.

But growth must go on: this is everywhere the political imperative.

And we must adjust our tastes accordingly. In the name of autonomy and choice, marketing uses the latest findings in neuroscience to break down our defences.

Research by Oxfam suggests that the world’s richest 1% (if your household has an income of £70,000 or more (78,000 euros), this means you) produce around 175 times as much carbon as the poorest 10%.

Those who seek to resist must, like the Simple Lifers in Brave New World, be silenced – in this case by the media. With every generation, the baseline of normalised consumption shifts. Thirty years ago, it was ridiculous to buy bottled water, where tap water is clean and abundant.

Today, worldwide, we use a million plastic bottles a minute. Continue reading Economic ‘Growth’ will destroy everything. Greening it won`t work – We Need a New System.

The Feminist Army Spreading Women’s revolution.. Leading the Fight against ISIS

 

Kurdish women hold a photo of Arin Mirkan, killed in fight against IS

Dilar Dirik salutes militant women-organised democracy in action in Rojava

It was in the autumn of 2014, only months after so-called Islamic State (ISIS) achieved massive territorial gains inside Syria and Iraq, committing genocidal and femicidal massacres as it did so, that a revolutionary silver lining arose from the little-known town of Kobane.

Having overrun Mosul, Tel Afar and Sinjar in Iraq, as well as a vast expanse of territory inside Syria, ISIS prepared to launch an attack on the north of Syria, known by Kurds as Rojava.

What it did not anticipate in Kobane was to encounter an enemy of a different kind – an organised, political community that was ready to defend itself courageously by all means necessary, and with a worldview that turns ISIS’s death ideology on its head.

Arîn Mîrkan, a young, revolutionary Kurdish woman, would become the symbol of Kobane’s victory.

Continue reading The Feminist Army Spreading Women’s revolution.. Leading the Fight against ISIS

Rojava-inspired Women’s Councils Spread across Europe


 RAHILA GUPTA  shared with thanks           Could this little-known system provide a way forward for real democracy – from the bottom up – in our failing neoliberal political systems?

Every time I speak at public meetings in Britain about the gender equality and direct democracy experiment being carried out in Rojava, Northern Syria, I am invariably asked by an inspired audience what we can learn from there – and how can we implement it here.Yekîneyên Jinên in Azad Star (Star-YJA) has communicated the death of the commanders of their militia Nalin Dipo and Helin Murat, from the Free Womens Unit -Ishtar  killed by Turkish bombing of Kurdistan in Iraq between 26 and 28 April 2017

Given the growing consensus in the west about the importance of equal pay and equal representation of the sexes at all levels of employment, one of the basic tenets of the Rojava revolution, co-presidentship – where every institution is headed up by a man and a woman – should not be too much of a hard sell.

Rojava Revolution Plan: Organising and Funding Projects and Volunteers

Yet even co-presidentship cannot be easily replicated within a system like ours which, driven by profit rather that values, might simply discard the idea as untenable on the grounds of cost and over-staffing. After all, the state is being rolled back everywhere; NGOs are scrabbling for cash; and jobshares are simply not the same thing. Continue reading Rojava-inspired Women’s Councils Spread across Europe

Putting back the Carbon inThe Soil.. a Solution to Climate Change

 If capitalist agro business could be abolished then the climate crisis could be solved and food production increased, just by changing our farming methods to lock carbon into the soil.

The Soil Solution to Climate Change…   Film Review

This informational film, based on the French 4 per 1,000 initiative, proposes an ancient form of carbon sequestration* as an alternative to risky technological methods of carbon sequestration. There is strong scientific consensus that to prevent catastrophic global warming, atmospheric CO2 levels must be reduced from 400 parts per million (ppm) to 350 ppm.

The 4 per 1,000 initiative encourages all UN member countries to increase the carbon in their soils by 0.4% per year by transitioning from industrial agriculture – which tends to strip soil of carbon – to more traditional practices that tend to replenish soil carbon (and simultaneously increase yields: see Organic and Sustainable Farming Increases Yields by 79% or More). Continue reading Putting back the Carbon inThe Soil.. a Solution to Climate Change

Two Earth Defenders Murdered in 24 hours..Yoryanis and Aldemar

Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous leader murdered

Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela was shot dead in the head in Colombia
Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela was shot dead in the head
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Another  indigenous leader has been shot dead 

Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela, 43, was a leader of the Wiwa tribe and a campaigner for both indigenous and women’s rights.

The Wiwa are one of four tribes that live on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a unique pyramid-shaped mountain in northern Colombia. The Sierra Nevada Indians believe it is their responsibility to maintain the balance of the universe.1_intro_missing-justice-web-slider-417fa

Bernal Varela is the latest victim in a long line of attacks against Sierra Nevada leaders, who have been at the forefront of the indigenous movement in South America. Many Indians have been killed by drug gangs, left-wing guerrillas and the army.

In November 2012 Rogelio Mejía, the leader of one of the other Sierra Nevada tribes, the Arhuaco, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt.

José Gregorio Rodríguez, secretary of the Wiwa Golkuche organization, stated: “Indigenous people are being threatened and intimidated. Today they murdered our comrade and violated our rights. Our other leaders must be protected.”

The problem is not limited to Colombia. Indigenous activists throughout Latin America are being murdered for campaigning against the theft of their lands and resources. The murderers are seldom brought to justice.colombia-indigenas-do-norte-do-cauca

In January, Mexican Tarahumara indigenous leader Isidro Ballenero López was killed. In 2005 he had received the prestigious Goldman prize for his fight against illegal deforestation.

 We denounce and repudiate the murder of beekeeper Aldemar Parra Garcíaaldemar_1

On January 7, 2017, in the El Hatillo – La Loma road, rural area of the town of La Loma, belonging to the municipality of Paso; Was murdered Aldemar Parra Garcia, approximately 30 years old, father Continue reading Two Earth Defenders Murdered in 24 hours..Yoryanis and Aldemar

Feed the Revolution: An Interview with Rojava Plan

 

see also:   Rojava Revolution Plan: Organising and Funding Projects and Volunteers
The Coopfunding campaign raised 98K euros, now closed, (14 July16), but the contribute page lists various ways people for people to participate and help this cause. Also right now volunteers can`t get into as the siege is total.
The Coopfunding campaign raised 98K euros, now closed, (14 July16), but the contribute page lists various ways people for people to participate and help this cause. Also right now volunteers can`t get into as the siege is total.
  • Rojava Plan came to the attention of Plan C’s Rojava Solidarity Cluster earlier this year and as their Feed the Revolution fundraiser finished ( the raised 98K euros) we contacted them to discuss their reasons for being in Rojava, what plans they have been developing, and the logic behind their fertiliser project.
  • We’ve also used this interview as an opportunity to find out a little more about the co-operative economy which is being developed in the region.
  • Information in English about the economic development of the Rojava cantons is quite limited but a useful primer by Abdurrahman Hemo, adviser for economic development in Cizîre Canton can be found here.revolution-in-rojava-blurb

Plan C: Could you explain a little about the Rojava Plan: Who you are, past  political experiences, what inspires you about Rojava and the logic behind the projects you are implementing.

Rojava Plan: Rojava Plan is the name we currently use for outside communication with the rest of the world it suggests our goals; we have a plan of projects to implement across Rojava. Continue reading Feed the Revolution: An Interview with Rojava Plan