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ROAR is closing down, but the struggle goes on

A little over a decade ago, when the world was just emerging from the ruins of the financial crisis, two Dutch guys met in an Amsterdam apartment and set out on a mission: to build an online platform to cover the emerging wave of global uprisings. It was the spring of 2011: Tunisian and Egyptian revolutionaries had just overthrown their dictators, anti-austerity…

On class struggles and class traitors: an interview with D Hunter

Police are confronted by youth after arresting a person for graffiti during the Black Lives Matter protests in London. June 7, 2020. Photo: Ben Thornley / Shutterstock D. Hunter’s first book Chav Solidarity was published independently in 2017 and reached a far wider audience than its author had anticipated, eventually going through multiple editions…

Digital Ecosocialism: breaking the power of Big Tech

Tens of thousands of Serbs protest against the opening of a lithium mine by the Anglo-Australian mining corporation Rio Tinto. December 4, 2021. Photo: Zivko Trivic / Shutterstock In the space of a few years, the debate on how to rein in Big Tech has become mainstream, discussed across the political spectrum. Yet, so far the proposals to regulate largely…

Building solidarity against Poland’s two-faced refugee policy

Polish border guards and police at the border with Belarus. November 11, 2021. Photo: Irek Dorozanski / DWOT, via Flickr. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has forced more than 10 million people to leave their homes in search of safety. The majority of those have sought refuge elsewhere within the country, but approximately 4.2 million people have fled…

Far-right masculinity in the age of climate crisis

Proud Boys during a rally in Washington D.C. on December 12, 2020. Photo: Johnny Silvercloud / Shutterstock In mid-2020, one confused poster wrote on the imageboard 8kun, the successor website to the notorious 8chan: “Where the fuck did everyone go?” “The chans are dying anon,” came the reply. “I suggest you train, pick up a book or begin…

Italian students are rising up against exploitation

Students protesting in Naples, Italy during a national student demonstration against the alternanza scuola-lavoro program. Feburary 28, 2022. Photo: M. Cantile / Shutterstock On January 21, 18-year-old Italian high school student Lorenzo Parelli died after being hit by a heavy metal beam while working at a factory in Lauzacco, a small town in northern…

Bad faith and betrayal in Belize: Maya governance under attack

Gathering of community members from Maya villages, the Toledo Alcaldes Association and Maya Leaders Alliance. Photo: Toledo Alcaldes Association-Maya Leaders Alliance-Julian Cho Society. For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity…

Zapatismo, solidarity and self-governance: a conversation

Constructing a water system in a Zapatista community in Chiapas. Photo: Francesc Parés Ramor Ryan is a writer and translator who was based in Chiapas, Mexico for almost two decades, where he witnessed and participated in the Zapatistas’ revolutionary struggle. His first book Clandestines: The Pirate Journals of an Irish Exile (2006) — a collection…

Reviving the legacy of civil rights leader Anton de Kom

The story of Cornelis Gerhard Anton de Kom might seem one of those hard-to-believe Hollywood-style legends. Born the son of a formerly enslaved Surinamese farmer in 1898, he would go on to lead a national struggle against the ruling Dutch Empire before being imprisoned and banished to the Netherlands. Once in exile, he joined the resistance against…

The consolidation of Europe’s border regime in Greece

Protesters in Mytilene, Lesvos, to stop mass deportations of refugees to Turkey. March 26, 2016. Photo: Phil Mike Jones / Flickr The disastrous fire of September 2020 at the Moria Refugee Camp on the island of Lesvos drew worldwide attention — not for the first time — to the catastrophic situation at Greece’s migration “hotspots.” Now, more…

Digging for democracy: history and archaeology from below

Children from Baltimore are being taught the use of a metal detector at the city’s Lafayette Square. July 8, 2011. Photo: Baltimore Heritage / Flickr The most common complaint teachers hear from students learning history is that “it’s boring.” Asked why, these same students usually remark, in one way or another, that the study of history doesn’t…

​Women and labor: key struggles in the MENA region

Woman holding signs against gender violence at a protest to denounce violence against women in Tunis, Tunisia. November 30, 2019. Photo: Mohamed Krit / Shutterstock. This essay is published in collaboration with Public Services International How do women and gender equality measures advance in a context of conflict, climate change, high unemployment…

How to blow up the capitalist realism of fossil capital

There is this didactic little parable by the late David Foster Wallace: an old fish, meeting two youngsters swimming by, nudges them: “Good morning boys, how is the water?” After a short while, as they swim away, one of the younger fish looks at the other and says: “What the hell is water?” Although it is possible to read this as a parable of…

Chilean president Boric’s election was a movement victory

This piece was originally by Jacobin América Latina as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation on the Chilean Constitutional Convention. Translation from Spanish by Bree Busk. On Sunday, December 19, 2020, Gabriel Boric Font was elected President of Chile. In an election with unprecedented levels of participation, the candidate…

The war in Ukraine: no choice but to resist

Civilians in Kyiv are preparing to join the territorial defense units to fight against the Russian invasion. February 28, 2022. Credit: Drop of Light / Shutterstock This interview was originally published by the Transnational Social Strike Platform. Oksana Dutchak is a researcher based in Ukraine and an activist of E.A.S.T. – Essential Autonomous…

​Fighting fascism in the era of late capitalism

Trump supporters gathering in front of the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021. Credit: lev radin / Shutterstock With Donald Trump’s defeat in the US presidential election in November 2020, people all over the world drew a sigh of relief. In the final months of his presidency more and more politicians, commentators and intellectuals had been asking…

Planting seeds of opposition: Cabral’s cultural front

Image: Bertina Lopes’ painting “Tribute to Amílcar Cabral” (1973) overlaid with the portrait of Amílcar Cabral From the 1950s to the early ‘70s, uprisings across Africa saw workers, peasants, artists and intellectuals taking up arms against their European oppressors. In the Lusophone colonies and provinces — then under the control of Portugal’s…

Earthcare Fieldcast: Clandestine food and peasant struggle in Italy

How often do you publish? We constantly publish web content and release thematic issues several times per year. The exact amount depends on how much support we receive from our readers. The more people sign up as patrons, the more resources we will have to commission content and pay a copy-editor to prepare everything for publication. What are your…

Speaking up in defense of language rights

Two Aboriginal men playing music on the streets of Darwin, Australia. Of the more than 250 Indigenous languages in Australia, only 123 are still in use, and just 12 are being actively taught to children. Photo: Di Vincenzo / ShutterstockToday is the first ever Global Language Advocacy Day — an important opportunity to raise awareness of language rights…

Earthcare Fieldcast: Antiracist & feminist social syndicalism

How often do you publish?We constantly publish web content and release thematic issues several times per year. The exact amount depends on how much support we receive from our readers. The more people sign up as patrons, the more resources we will have to commission content and pay a copy-editor to prepare everything for publication.What are your issues…

Egyptian labor in the revolutionary struggle

Egyptian real estate tax collectors on strike. Cairo, Egypt. December, 11, 2007. Photo by Hossam el-HamalawyInternational solidarity was a cornerstone of the independent union organizers’ strategy. The independent trade unionists tried to enlist the help of their comrades around the world, asking for solidarity statements and recognition from international…

“City on the Second Floor”: Clarion call from a poetic craftsman

Police investigate at a homeless people’s encampment in Los Angeles, US. September 15, 2022. Credit: Ringo Chiu / ShutterstockMatt Sedillo’s poetry is electric, like a lightning bolt. He is a man on a mission, with a message to spread and fire on the tongue. With the tone and the tenor of a biblical prophet — though one with a profound sense of…

​Re-learning the past to re-imagine the future

Dr. Modibo M. Kadalie is a social ecologist, activist, academic and lifelong radical organizer from Riceboro, Georgia. He was a participant in the civil rights, Black Power and pan-Africanist movements beginning with the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins in Atlanta. In the 1970s, he was a member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the African…

​Hope in hopeless times: an interview with John Holloway

This interview was originally published in Arabic by the Kurdish Center for Studies (part 1 & part 2).John Holloway is one of the staunchest critical thinkers against the capitalist system of our time. Inspired by anti-capitalist social movements like the Zapatistas, his writings focus on new forms of struggle against — and ways of moving beyond —…

No escaping the state: the story of Lovett Fort-Whiteman

To be free, to walk in dignity—for these precious privileges some men will go anywhere, sacrifice anything. — Homer SmithBlack America is not guaranteed much, if anything, under the category of citizenship. It has never prevented us descendants of enslaved Africans from falling victim to repression, exclusion and constant infractions. Our supposed…


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