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Support the people of Colombia against state violence

Support the people of Colombia against state violence this Sunday, May 9, 3.30pm, Aotea Square, AucklandUnite Union and Global Peace and Justice Aotearoa are calling on Aucklanders to join people from Colombia this Sunday At 3.30pm in Aotea Square, to strongly condemn the brutal repression of the Co…

TV Review: ‘VEGAS’

Vegas is a new TV series that in the few episodes already aired, has caused some controversy. Apparently in its promotional material TVNZ claims it as a story of love, and brotherhood, against all hope and redemption. Sounds inspiring, so why the controversy? The story was filmed entirely in and aro…

Canada: When We Stood and Fought

When We Stood and Fought Quebec City 2001 – The People’s SummitThe Second People’s Summit of the Americas took place from 17-21 April, 2001 in Quebec City. Activists from all over Canada – and the world (60,000 or more) went to Quebec City and voiced their opposition to the “Summit of the…

Colonial Economics and the Political Protection of Privilege

Last week, somewhere in the vast, windswept halls of Judith Collins’ consciousness, a penny dropped. It was a lonely penny, arguably a half-penny. It occurred, suddenly, to Judith, that Māori are interested in self-determination, and are in discussions with government about that.Naturally, Judith…

Say Asian first names correctly

AUTHOR Lee Seabrook-SucklingWhen presented with a non-English name like Siobhan or Rhys, it’s expected that you’ll say it correctly after learning its pronunciation is different from the way it is spelt. These are non-English names, but because they exist in the Anglosphere, we are societally ac…

Accelerated Nonsense

AWSM Note: The following article by Mark Honeychurch is taken from the latest issue of NZ Skeptics Newsletter A.C.E., or Accelerated Christian Education, is a Christian based curriculum used in New Zealand – both in some Christian schools, and by parents who homeschool their children. The curricul…

Israeli forces shoot, kill 16-year-old Palestinian boy

Defence for Children: Palestine, Ramallah, 6 May, 2021Israeli forces shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian boy Wednesday night, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.Said Yousef Mohammad Odeh, 16, from Odala, a village located south of Nablus, was shot dead by Israeli forces with li…

UK/Bangladesh: Gluing is NOT a Crime, Business Without License Is A CRIME

On Thursday two of the three transnational friends of Phulbari resistance against coal-mining and a climate criminal corporation will appeal against their criminal charges for taking direct action against GCM Resources at the Southwark Crown Court in London at 10am on 6th May, 2021. The three women…

Movie Review: ‘Six Minutes to Midnight’ (2020)

Directed byAndy GoddardProduced byAde Shannon,Andy Evan,Sarah Townsend,Sean MarleyScreenplay byAndy Goddard,Celyn Jones,Eddie IzzardStory byCelyn Jones, Eddie IzzardStarringEddie Izzard,Carla Juri, James D’Arcy,Celyn Jones,David Schofield,Jim Broadbent, Judi DenchMusic byMarc StreitenfeldCinematog…

Phillipines: The Anarchists

Loma Cuevas-HewittAnarchism’s history ‘has been that of a suppressed alternative… forced to subsist in the shadows of Marxism’ (May 1994, p. 44). This was true up until the Crisis of the Left; that point at which communist movements found the tide turning against them. This then opened a spa…

Russia: Nikita Uvarov

A 15-year-old teenager accused of undergoing training in order to carry out terrorist activities was released from a pre-trial detention center in Kansk. Nikita Uvarov, a 15-year-old anarchist and a defendant in the “case of the Kansk teenagers”, was released from the pre-trial detention center…

UK Labour History: The 1926 general strike in Hackney

Barry Burke’s account of the UK general strike of 1926 in the East London borough of Hackney.When the strike was declared in May 1926, the Hackney Council of Action took over a local boxing hall, the Manor Hall in Kenmure Road [I think at number 16], as the headquarters and ran the strike from the…

France: French and Turkish nationalists in Lyon

For years, Lyon has been a laboratory of the most radical far right. The violent demonstrations of its members against union activists, far left, libertarians and anti-fascists, with the implicit complicity of the political powers, are legion. The events of the last few weeks mark their impunity as…

Anarchist FAQ: What is main function of the state?

The main function of the state is to guarantee the existing social relationships and their sources within a given society through centralised power and a monopoly of violence. To use Malatesta’s words, the state is basically “the property owners’ gendarme.” This is because there are “two w…

Belarus: How did the Russian neo-Nazi from Belarus and friend of the Chekists “Malyuta” turn out to be close to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Avakov?

Now there are many scandals surrounding Ukrainian Interior Minister Avakov. Ties with the ultra-right and Nazis, corruption, attempts to return to authoritarianism and so on. In his video, Ukrainian blogger Valery Markus accuses Avakov of usurpation of power ([]). But he also notes that the minister…

France: Scuffles and arrests in Paris as thousands mark May Day

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UK: Demanding the impossible

The UK political system is a history of scandal after scandal. If we look to just the recent past, we could mention the way Covid has been handled, the Grenfell disaster, MPs expenses, the Panama Papers, Windrush, Hutton, cash for honours, cash for questions, back to basics, Hillsborough, Orgreave…

Sth Korea: The Gwangju uprising, 1980

The history of the week-long uprising of the South Korean town of Kwangju against the regime of the West-backed dictator General Chun Doo-Hwan. Though it was bloodily suppressed it helped ignite a chain of similar rebellions across Asia, winning people many democratic rights.In the past two centurie…

#StopAsianHate: Let’s talk about it

Thursday 6 May, 5-7pm #StopAsianHate: Let’s talk about it, iSPACE Level 4 Kate Edgar building, University of AucklandIn light of the recent hate crimes and attacks against the Asian community, a conversation has been sparked. But is this a new phenomenon? Public Policy Club invites you to join us…

The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day

“May Day is about affirmation, the love of life, and the start of spring, so it has to be about the beginning of the end of the capitalist system of exploitation, oppression, war, and overall misery, toil, and moil.” So writes celebrated historian Peter Linebaugh in an essential compendium of re…

May 1, for the honor of workers and a better world, let’s be in the streets!

This year, May 1 will still take place in the context of a pandemic, but unlike 2020, we will be back on the streets! The demonstration must be massive in order to defend our rights and freedoms! For a year now, workers have been on the front line in the face of the COVID19 crisis and have suffered…

AK Press: Happy May Day!

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Happy may day, reds!

April comes to a close and we begin May with International Worker’s Day! Though in the United States we celebrate Labor Day in September (in a deliberate effort to draw attention away from the violent stance the United States government holds against its citizens, as demonstrated by the Haymarket…

International Anarchist Statement for May Day

AWSM are pleased to co-sign this statement along with anarchist groups around the world to celebrate May Day May 1st, 1886, a wide-ranging strike started in the United States demanding an eight-hour working day. The journey’s slogan was “Eight hours’ labour, Eight hours’ recreation, Eight ho…

We invite you to register for Root Causes of Forced Migration: Neoliberalism, Imperialism, and Militarization (Part 1)

Root Causes of Forced Migration: Neoliberalism, Imperialism, and Militarization (Part 1)Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM PDT / 9:00 PM EDT Register Here: Root Causes of Forced Migration: Neoliberalism, Imperialism, and Militarization (Part 1) | National Lawyers Guild – Bay Area Chapter Powerbase (o…


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