“The Undying Appeal of White Nationalism” — NYC ANTIFA

from the good comrades at Candles and Torches Neofascism in the Cultural, Artistic, and Ecological Movements The earth is firmly enveloped in crisis. This crisis is at once material and existential. The economy can no longer support the human weight that bends it at its foundation. Can not, or will not. The aftermath of the […]

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Beyond #MeToo? Broadening a campaign to a movement by Jane Latour — lipstick socialist

Jane Latour is a freelance writer and author of Sisters in the Brotherhoods Working Women Organizing for Equality in New York City. She lives in New York. Humpty Dumpty Sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty Had a great fall. All the King’s horses, And all the King’s men Couldn’t put Humpty Together again. British Nursery […]

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The Acorn – 40

The mint news link, though it raises some interesting points, is tainted by its description of the Damascus government as “legitimate”.

Leaving aside the philosophical question of whether any government can be legitimate, being simply a mechanism for establishing a monopoly on violence and direct coercion within its territory (a test which it has clearly failed) the Syrian state has only maintained itself through severe political repression and the waging of total war on civilian non-combatants. The Putin regime would not have survived to date without these measures either.

There is no moral high ground to be occupied here; since the discovery of petroleum at the turn of the last century, all actors in the region have been the willing or unwilling proxies of imperialist power structures.

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Number 40


In this issue:

  1. Stop fracking before it’s too late!
  2. An airport defeated, a capitalist system still to be toppled
  3. The murky world of US “counter-disinformation”
  4. Time’s up for the fake neoliberal “left”
  5. Acorninfo

1. Stop fracking before it’s too late!

The fight against fracking in the north of England is to be dramatically intensified with three months of intense direct action against the sinister and toxic industry.

The newly-launched United Resistance group is promising significant levels of activity, starting in April, when Cuadrilla says it expects to begin fracking at its Preston New Road site near Blackpool.

Say United Resistance: “The situation is urgent and it is only a united and powerful resistance that will halt fracking before it’s too late – and we’re on the threshold of it being too late.

“If the industry performs a ‘frack job’ then the damage is done and stopping them…

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STOP TURKEY’S WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

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#DefendAfrin #NoFlyZone4Afrin

Download 2-sided pdf A5 Leaflet

On 20 January, the Turkish state together with Salafist groups (Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra, FSA, Heyet Tahrir El Şam and former IS terrorists) launched a military assault against the Kurdish region of Afrin/North-Syria.

This invasion of another country is a blunt violation of international law.

  • Crimes against humanity; Serious violations of international law; Aggression
  • It is an action of genocide – the attacks are aimed at an ethnic group as such

Erdogan’s current attack on Afrin is to be put into the context of Turkey’s longstanding racist hostility towards any prospect of Kurdish self-determination, including democratic rights within existing states.

The US, the EU and their allies tacitly approved the operation by claiming that it is Turkey’s right to defend its borders. Russia, meanwhile, consented to the assault by allowing Turkey to use the Syrian airspace. They are the same powers whom have not…

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A little reminder from Chay and Dean about the 24th and 25th March

The 24th and 25th of March will see two events on two consecutive days that will offer people / communities some real alternatives to how we live now. Both of these events are exactly the kind of action we want to promote at The Estuary Alternative. There are still slots for stallholders but you need to act sooner rather than later because they’re going fast. If you’re involved in any kind of progressive, alternative, community focused grassroots project in and around Southend, this is where you need to be on the weekend of 24th / 25th March.

STALL HOLDERS PLEASE CONTACT EITHER:
DEAN WARD: 07964984667 | deanward1981@hotmail.co.uk
CHAY GODFREE: 07960650341 | Chay.godfree@cultiv8uk.org

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Syria seen from the Viewpoint of imperial purity: the crushing narcissism of empire

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When your politics are based solely around a sense of national guilt, you can end up in some strange places. When your politics are based solely around a sense of national guilt, you can end up in some strange places.

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination—indeed, everything and anything except me.” – Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

“most leftist[s] know almost nothing about Syria, and the little they know is either deeply flawed or absolutely false… their anti imperialism discourse moved from the field of analysis and politics to the realm of identity: concepts were transformed to symbols, a specific linguistic expressions that tell who you are, not what you are doing and how to offer a better understanding of the world. So when you talk about…

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My review of “The Caseroom” by Kate Hunter

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the caseroom

This is a unique novel; how many are written by female  trade union activists about the history of women’s roles in trade unions and the struggle for equality at work?

The Caseroom is set during a dynamic period of women’s organising; 1891-1910. Iza Ross is a thirteen year old girl who, against all odds, is taken on as an apprentice  compositor in the Edinburgh print industry.  The opposition to women working in the print industry is spelled out by her older brother Rab who stops her one morning as she  leaves for work. “Ah’m a man at the frame, doing a man’s work. And you? You mean to be a frock at the frame? Better you’d never been born.”

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Rab and the other printers oppose the use by their employers of women as cheap labour.  As a female apprentice Iza gets only three  years training, unlike the men who get…

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