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donderdag 15 november 2012

(en) France, CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF reoccupation, November17, 2012, on the Defending Zone A, Notre Dame des Landes, Frontdeportations (fr)

Manifestation of reoccupation! ---- To rebuild - against the airport! ---- Forks, beams,
planks, nails and tools in hand ... ---- Appointment on November 17 in the morning. ----
Information yet to be defined: instead of appointment, directions for you visit the camp
yesterday. Please check the website ZAD: https://zad.nadir.org ---- The fight against the
airport project of Notre Dame des Landes has stopped taking magnitude in recent years.
Among other initiatives, a movement occupation spread on the frames and farmland
threatened. A year ago, faced with increasing threats to different houses, huts and
vegetable gardens, ZAD habitant.es of solidarity and collective called for a demonstration
reoccupation in deportation cases. ---- When Caesar floundering ... ----

Since Tuesday, October 16, feared the offensive began. The 1,800 hectares of
ZAD were invaded by 1,200 police. They attacked gradually to
occupied houses and shacks they destroyed and washed away thoroughly piece
in part out of the area, leaving nothing that could serve to occupant.es
The occupant.es and all those who joined them on the spot resisted,
barricaded, reoccupied. Together, we have done everything to stop the machines
destruction and police block the movements ... We're still here!

Our determination was strengthened by a great wave of solidarity with the four
corners of the hexagon and beyond: daily demonstrations in Nantes and
various cities, supplies and support equipment, actions representations
PS, da Vinci and others, manufacturers of the airport and mills of our lives.

While most homes have already been evicted hard, and some
huts, many other habitant.es remain dispers?.es in the woods,
fields in the trees. New buildings are already underway. In addition to the
occupant.es, habitant.es of "legal" and are always paysan.ne.s menac?.es of
clear duty of ZAD in the months to come. Suffice to say that this attempt
expulsion XXL is here to stay. Large malignant Prefecture have
their military officially titled "Caesar." A we show them
the resistance to the airport is actually "irreducible" and they
will finally defeated and ridiculous.

It does not let anything and is always there!

Beyond the call to join the area and to pursue actions in solidarity
the coming weeks, we confirm today that a large demonstration
reoccupation will take place Saturday, November 17, 2012, starting from one of the villages
near the ZAD.

After this first round of expulsions, we aspire to a time of mobilization
broad constructive and offensive shared by the various components of the
struggle: occupant.es, agriculteur.rice.s, habitant.es corner and elsewhere,
associations and solidarity groups .... The objective will be to rebuild together
open space organization on threatened lands. We want to make this place a
crossroads for opposant.es a starting point for new habitats,
antenna to organize resistance to future work, those in the airport
Bar that road first stage of the project scheduled to begin in January. They
may well militarize the area, they will not deter us from our resettlement.

# # Ayrault, Vinci and others - the message is clear - Clear the land!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND PRACTICES

- This call for reoccupation was launched by the Network and Reclaim The Fields
occupant.es the ZAD who had occupied wasteland with more than one
thousand people in May 2012 in order to implement the vegetable farm "Le Sabot".
Today we invite all groups who wish to relay this
initiative and to join the organization on November 17.

- Beyond a demonstration, it is above all a collective action
gain in power with a long and active presence of the greatest number.
Plan to be there for the weekend and if possible to start
occupation, continue the construction, defense, and the emergence of
ideas for the future.

- Bring tools and materials diverse and varied, overalls, sound,
wacky creations, portable radios, pies and share
unfailing determination.

- It will be possible to arrive the day before. Space camp will be announced in
days before the event.

- Given the energy required to resist evictions by then and exhaustion
Therefore for occupant-es, the success of this event depends
crucially on the involvement of community and solidarity are all self-
elsewhere. We call that will organize public meetings, relay
information and co-voiturages in each village for November 17.

- Photocopiable posters and leaflets are available on site or format
paper nantes (B17) or the ZAD (Cow laughs). Any financial support is
welcome (by check payable to "Living without an airport," The Primaudi?re NDDL 44130;
by bank transfer: 20041 01011 1162852D32 36)

As the situation changes every day, watch regular information on the site:
http://zad.nadir.org/

For November 17, attempts beams, construction materials and
climbing, collective kitchens, tents, musicians, batukadas, cabins kit,
tools, tractors ....

For any exchange, helping hands, relays, proposals: reclaimthezad@riseup.net
WHY WE FIGHT? The resistance at the airport and his world.

At Notre-Dame des Landes, policy makers and concreters working on a new airport
to hone their dreams voracious metropolis and economic expansion. This is
Now they want to destroy 40 years under concrete 2000 hectares of land
and agricultural habitats north of Nantes, ZAD, Deferred Development Zone
A Defending Zone became.

But since the beginnings of this project are organized resistance. This struggle is
at the intersection of issues that unite and think of strategies. In
Through it, we are fighting a drip feed, industrial society
and global warming, economic development policies and
control of the territory, cities and standardization of forms of life,
privatization of the common myth of growth and the illusion of participation
Democratic ...

Today as yesterday, the opposition-are far from giving up, continuing the
fighting demonstrations, legal action, links with other struggles, strikes
hunger, dissemination of newspapers, toll free, as opposed to drilling, sabotage,
disturbance of impact studies and archaeological excavations Biotope,
occupations of offices and sites, etc ...

To the chagrin of the state and Vinci bought and destroyed to clear the ZAD, the
life and activity are densified and diversified over three years. Of
many abandoned houses have been rehabilitated and occupied the
huts were built on the ground and in the trees, collectives occupy
land for market gardening. Meeting spaces, bakery,
Library home were open to all. More than a hundred
people were constantly ZAD, supported by many of the other
area and elsewhere who met there and there organized. Presence on the
field allow fast reactions to the process undertaken by Vinci
for the work. It is this wealth of creative and rebellious they are now seeking to
eradicate able to start work.

We recall the past victories against plans megalomaniac, the
nuclear military. As the book in Plogoff or Larzac, we know that this
airport can still be stopped. We look at the other side of the Alps where
opposition to the construction of the high-speed line Lyon-Turin mobilizes
a valley, where tens of thousands of people prevent work.
Here as any attempt to land their concrete costly.

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equipment for disseminating => http://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article66

Bron :  a-infos-en@ainfos.ca

Switzerland, Lausanne , rebellion-osl.ch: Let the city do it together! (fr)

SUMMARY: ---- A roof is a need for each e-need and says, says the same forehand. Not not a
right that is granted by any authority but a separate law conquered by social
mobilization, struggle. In other words, a victory political, cultural and symbolic, a
strategic due to the accumulation anti-hegemonic practices. Read more
http://www.rebellion-osl.ch/index.php/12-public/81-commune ---- Immediate demands
http://www.rebellion-osl.ch/index.php/12-public/80-revendication (For the event, which was
held Thursday, October 11, 2012 in Lausanne) - General decline in rents and rent ceilings
-- Stop all deportations - deposits and rents must be taken by government ---- Remove any
securities rent ---- Stop the discrimination lease ---- Free public transport ----
Recognition of all legitimate occupations ---- Right to requisition all empty homes and
expropriation of land for new construction
- Publication by the common list of all housing and local
empty business, whether private or public.
- Force of public investment in affordable housing and social services.
- Right to a roof for each person, comfort, space and privacy
- Opening of free places of socialization: low building, house, neighborhood
public spaces of free and open access.
- Public support for self-construction and building social cooperatives
housing
- For the construction of new housing and city released


Student Housing: dream or nightmare?

Today in Lausanne, there is a strong demand for home students.
This is logical given the quantitative importance of the teachings
the University of Lausanne, EPFL and all other institutions
training. However, the city of Lausanne does not respond to this request. In fact,
during this recovery underway, there would still be five hundred students
homeless when they / they are in need or living in Lausanne
surroundings in order to properly track progress.
Read more
http://www.rebellion-osl.ch/index.php/12-public/79-logements-etudiants-reve-ou-calvaire


The squat: a direct action against Capitalism and the housing crisis

Houses are reborn, the space reinvested again, an act of resistance
against capital and its sacrosanct private property, immediate experimentation
self-managed organization, so as to express and try to capture the
reality encompassed by the squat. Occupation actions are diverse because they
built into the specifics of each human group and are dependent
a given context. We retain, however they are all actions
direct bearing claims against the economic and political domination
Capital and the bourgeoisie of space.
Read more
http://www.rebellion-osl.ch/index.php/12-public/78-squat

A neighborhood

This is a popular area, 50 nationalities, generational differences
accentuated many groups, countless situations,
stories singular constructions contrast.
Read more
http://www.rebellion-osl.ch/index.php/12-public/77-un-quartier-populaire

Struggles for the right to the city, stories around the world

These are just a few examples, for the record. The struggle for a roof mingles
inextricably to fight for the conquest of a plebeian public sphere, for
transformation of the city into a territory where emancipated against power and city-
are available insurgent resistance to this momentum can
revolutionary.
The immediate needs and aspirations are not limited to the essential
housing, earning the battle of the first social law, they
deploy a project to capture the space and territory to make a place
free life. It is a requirement also immediate that the right to housing.
This is actually the same requirement.
Read more


R?fugi?.es: housing as a constraint and distance

Since the mid-1980s, the Asylum Act has continued to experience
revisions chain from p?jorer drastically lives of people
exiled. Asylum policy is officially defined as a policy of "
deterrence "against r?fugi?.es potentiel.le.s and" reference "against
of those who are entr?.e.s Switzerland.
In this context, the cantonal and federal authorities have done everything for
socially isolate candidat.es asylum and to prevent the creation of
ties in Switzerland. This is how you break the solidarity ...
Read more


Undocumented: illegalisation killer right

Switzerland experienced a restrictive immigration legislation, which made
decades of women and men undocumented. The Aliens Act
makes it almost impossible to stay legal persons who do not have a passport
Swiss or are not citizens of the European Union. These people are
"Illegalized" turned into "criminals" because the stay is illegal
liable to one year imprisonment to the maximum!
Read more
http://www.rebellion-osl.ch/index.php/12-public/74-sans-papiers-l-illegalisation-qui-tue-le-droit


To download the entire PDF: <http://www.rebellion-osl.ch/uploads/reblocaux/15.pdf>

Blog : a-infos-en@ainfos.ca

nexinterview FR,ENGL,NL‏

http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/il-ne-faut-pas-me-faire-peur-je-ne-signerai-pas-de-toute-facon/

Il ne faut pas me faire peur. Je ne signerai pas de toute façon”.
- Read this post in English , Nederlands

7/11/2012: Interview d’ un père enfermé avec sa famille dans une maison
de retour.
Depuis l’interview nous n’avons plus de nouvelles de cette famille.

Ecoutez ici en Néerlandais :
http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/il-ne-faut-pas-me-faire-peur-je-ne-signerai-pas-de-toute-facon/

Tu es en Belgique depuis quand?

1999, 13 ans. J’ai suivi des cours de Néerlandais, de mécanique auto et
j’ai obtenu mon diplôme.
J’habite en Belgique, je suis marié et j’ai deux enfants : une fille de
un an et un garçon de 3 ans. J’ai fait une demande de régularisation,
mais la réponse a été négative. La police est venue un matin à 5 h 30 et
ils ont emmené toute ma famille au commissariat de police. De là nous
avons parlé avec Bruxelles, et on nous a dit que nous avions un Ordre de
Quitter le territoire depuis le 23/10/2012.

Je veux vivre en Belgique, je suis intégré, mon fils aîné va à l’école
(il a bientôt 4 ans) , ma fille va à la crêche

Au commissariat ils on pris nos empreintes digitales et ont fait des
photos et puis nous ont amenés dans un centre d’accueil à Zulte. C’est
une maison où nous devons rester jusqu’à notre expulsion vers l’Arménie.

Ils m’ont demandé plusieurs fois de signer (ndlr: le retour volontaire)
et j’ai dit clairement que je ne peux pas signer car je n’ai rien en
Arménie et je ne peux pas y retourner. Ils ne veulent pas comprendre
celà et disent que si je ne signe pas, ils nous amènent une première
fois à l’aéroport, et la deuxiéme fois au commissariat de police pour
nous arrêter et nous amener à l’aéroport. Je leur ai dit qu’il ne faut
pas me faire peur , que je ne signerai pas.

Tu ne connais personne en Arménie? Ton pays est la Belgique?

Oui je suis intégré. Je parle Néerlandais comme vous entendez. J’ai
vécu plus longtemps en Belgique qu’en Arménie.

Comment cela se passe dans la maison qu’on appelle maison de retour?

C‘est une maison et nous recevons 200 euros de chèque repas par semaine
pour aller au magasin. Je dois rester ici jusqu’à ce qu’ on nous ramène
en Arménie. Je ne veux pas et veux éviter qu’ils viennent soi-disant
aider ma famille.

Vous êtes ici depuis 13 ans. Comment se fait-il que votre demande de
régularisation est négative?

Mes parents ont eu des problèmes avec la police. Et ils disent ” vous
êtes tous dans un dossier”. Ils devraient analyser ma situation
personnelle: Depuis 1999 qu’est ce que j’ai fait? Jamais rien, aucun
contrôle de police et aucun problème avec la police.

Et vos parents sont où?

Ils sont dans le centre fermé de Zaventem.

Ils ont été arrêtés avec vous?

Oui. le même matin. Ils veulent signer pour retourner en Arménie. Moi
pas, je ne veux pas ça.

Le problème est qu’ils ont fait un dossier avec vos parents?

Oui, ils ont fait un dossier pour tous. Et ils disent que le dossier
est criminel. Je leur ai dit qu’ils devaient revoir mon dossier. Mon
dossier est très bon. Le seul problème est que j’ai dû changer mon nom.
Nous sommes venus en Belgique avec mes parents qui avaient de gros
problèmes et nous avons donné un autre nom. Ce sont mes parents qui ont
fait ça. Plus tard j’ai rectifié ça auprès de la commune, via mon
avocat, avec mon passeport. Ils disent que nous avons menti. Mais bon,
c’était du temps où nous étions avec mes parents, c’est ce qu’ils
avaient décidé, et nous étions trop petits. Maintenant je ne peux plus
travailler puisque je n’ai plus de titre de séjour.

Bron : Getting the Voice Out

Israel a place no to go‏

Israel holds now the biggest detention centre in the whole world. It can
hold up to 16,000 people.

See the film: Israel: A place no to go. It shows Eritreans campaigning for
their freedom of movement's rights.

www.aljazeera.com/programmes/activate/2012/10/20121014131845553631.html

Bron : Alegi

A short film about the African refugees in Israel‏

Hi All
maybe you can spread it toward 18D?
this film was made by an Israeli activist and reporter Yotam Feldman (who was imprisoned in Egypt on 2010 for trying to make a report on the Sinai border turture camps, he was released i think a year ago)
it gives the essential information about the refugees lives here in Israel and the Government's racist policies.
Unfortunately it doesnt not give representations to the organizations the helps the refugees such as: ARDC, ASSAF, HMWPhysicians for human rights, soup levinski We are refugees  
but nevertheless it is important to share the link
so here's the link

thanks for your collaboration
Yael


--
יעל רביד
052-7828252

woensdag 14 november 2012

[Migreurop] Crisis in Belgium ?

lhttp://www.hln.be/hln/nl/957/Binnenland/article/detail/1530988/2012/11/09/Twee-vluchten-met-asielzoekers-geschrapt-wegens-te-duur.dhtml

In Belgium, lack of money, two flights for "illegal" migrants to their country were canceled, next week.


Deux vols devaient ramener des demandeurs d'asile dans leur pays la semaine prochaine. Faute d'argent, ceux-ci ont ?t? annul?s.


Deux vols qui devaient rapatrier la semaine prochaine des demandeurs d'asile d?bout?s vers l'Albanie et la Grande-Bretagne ont ?t? supprim?s. L'Office des Etrangers ne sait pas payer l'op?ration car le gouvernement f?d?ral a gel? toutes les d?penses, peut-on lire vendredi dans le quotidien flamand Het Laatste Nieuws.

Ces deux vols, avec un petit jet de l'arm?e belge, ?taient pr?vus pour le mercredi 14 novembre prochain. Un premier vol devait partir ? destination de Tirana (Albanie) avec deux familles (au total 9 personnes), le second devait ramener neuf autres ill?gaux ? Londres.

"Les n?gociations sur le budget tra?nent"

Une suppression qui a fait bondir la parlementaire Sarah Smeyers (N-VA). "Selon mes informations l'Inspection des Finances a retenu ces vols car ils repr?sentent un co?t de plus de 5.000 euros. Pour chaque d?pense ? partir de ce montant tous les services du gouvernement f?d?ral ont besoin d'une approbation formelle du gouvernement. Mais comme les discussions sur le budget tra?nent, le gouvernement n'a pas donn? son feu vert ? temps."

La prudence budg?taire en cause

La Secr?taire d'Etat ? l'Asile et la Migration, Maggie De Block (Open Vld) a confirm? que ces deux vols ne seront pas organis?s. "Pas parce que nous n'avons pas d'argent, mais parce que nous devons pr?senter toute d?pense de plus de 5.000 euros au conseil des ministres en raison des r?gles sur la prudence budg?taire. Et le conseil des ministres ne se r?unira pas avant le 14 novembre."

http://www.rtl.be/info/belgique/societe/920305/des-rapatriements-de-demandeurs-d-asile-annules-faute-d-argent

Bron : Eveline
_______________________________________________

Tunisair: Un tunisien molesté par la police sur un vol Lyon-Tunis‏

Violence by French police during deportation of a Tunisian in a flight from Lyon to Tunis :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvDZ4qxUPUE&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-WyFCM98HM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCgSSomIJU4

Bron : Nicanor

(en) Canada, Vancouver Anarchists Block Shell Station

Public Action Against the Tar Sands draws large police presence --To view photos from the
action, click http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/story/anarchists-block-shell-station/14219 On
a sunny Saturday afternoon in East Vancouver, some thirty protesters gathered at a city
park and then proceeded to blockade a Shell station located at Clark Drive and 12th
Avenue. Organized by BC Blackout, an anarchist project opposing industrial expansion &
resource exploitation in the province, the rally targeted Shell for their participation in
the Alberta Tar Sands and other environmental atrocities around the world. ---- The
blockade lasted for approximately 1 hour, during which scores of leaflets were handed out
to pedestrians and drivers, who were also exposed to banners reading "Blockade Pipelines"
and "Get the (S)Hell Out of the Tar Sands - No Pipelines, No Tankers," (both referring to
planned pipelines including Enbridge's Northern Gateway, the Pacific Trails Pipeline, and
Kinder Morgan's TransMountain pipeline). Numerous motorists honked in approval as they
drove by.

The same Shell station was blockaded on October 23 by Rising Tides Vancouver-Coast Salish
Territories. Unlike that picket, which saw no police presence at all, today's direct
action saw as many cops deployed as there were protesters (approximately 30). This
included motorcycle cops, bike cops, as well as members of the Public Safety Unit in "soft
hats" (as opposed to helmets and shields). The PSU were transported in two Sprinter vans.

Before the rally begun at China Creek Park on Broadway near Clark, commanders of the PSU
approached the protester's gathering to "lay down the ground rules" for the protest. A
Staff-Sergeant informed the anarchists that this time "there won't be any fires in the
street" (probably referring to the previous May Day rally on Commercial Drive).

Although police prevented a total shutdown of the station, the blockade succeeded in
drastically reducing business for the Shell station. Some protesters asserted that the
large police presence, and their surrounding of the Shell station, probably helped deter
some motorists from using it. There were no arrests made and the protest dispersed without
incident (at the time of posting).

For more info: http://bcblackout.wordpress.com/

Bron : A-infos-en@ainfos.ca

Do not pay for their crisis! An International call

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, inter strikes will take place in Greece, Portugal, Spain,
Italy, Cyprus, Malta. Sector strikes will be held in Belgium, France, ... Events are
planned in all these countries, but also in Slovenia, Czech Republic ... We're not a
European strike, or even a day of demonstrations across Europe. But the initiative is
important because it marks a new step in building a relationship of forces at European
level to oppose the austerity policies that employers and governments inflict on
employee-es only to guarantee profits a small minority. ---- The "crisis" is not a
phenomenon extranatural. It is simply the current capitalist system. ---- European
institutions, the European treaties do not protect us, rather, they were created to
support those who exploit us. Unemployment, insecurity, poverty, flexibility, racism is
the future that we offer those who govern.

Instead, we want to build a different future, based on the needs of all possible with a
different redistribution of wealth that we produce in the world.

Strikes and demonstrations will take place on November 14 is a step. The alternative
unions and basic work organizing a European strike for a long time we have organized
international movement unit in several professional sectors.

European network of trade unionism and alternative basic

CGT (Spanish State) USI (Italy) SOUTH (Switzerland) SO (Spanish State) CNT (France)
Unicobas (Italy) INTERSINDACAL (Spanish State) U.S. SOLIDARITY (France) ESE (Greece) IAC
(Spanish State) TIE (Germany)

Bron : a-infos-en@ainfos.ca

zondag 11 november 2012

European Court of Human Rights rulings against Greece for detention conditions 2012

Published on November 8, 2012

The European Court of Human Rights ruled against Greece in the case of the 29-year-old Chinese Luping Lin, for ill-treatment during detention in Elliniko prison near by Athens in 2010. The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Greece to pay the Chinese citizen 5,000 euros in compensation after wrongly arresting him in Athens and mistreating him during detention. The 29-year-old had entered the country legally in 2006 and obtained a residence permit but was arrested and deported four years later.
kathimerini (in greek)
In the case of Bygylashvili v. Greece of 25. September 2012 Greece was also condemned by the ECHR for detention conditions in Petrou Ralli Aliens Police Directorate. The applicant, Gannet Bygylashvili, a Georgian national, had taken a case against Greece claiming a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment). The Court decided that the detention conditions, after her arrest for irregular entry into the country, in the premises of the Attica sub-directorate with responsibility for foreigners, were inhumane due to the fact of over-crowding, lice infestation and poor quality drinking water.
Source
In the case of Ahmade v. Griechenland of 25. September 2012 Greece was condemned for the detention conditions in two small police stations in Athens. The judgement by the European Court of Human Rights, int the case of Ahmade v. Greece, found that the asylum seeker was wrongfully detained in a police station.
The applicant, Mr Seydmajed Ahmade, is an Afghan national who lives in Athens. He was arrested on several occasions for unlawfully entering Greek territory, and released in August 2008 on condition that he left the country within three months.
In August 2009, Mr Ahmade was arrested for involvement in a fight between foreigners and Greeks. An expulsion order was issued against him and he was placed in detention on the ground that he posed a threat to public order and was likely to abscond.
He was held for 83 days, first in the Aghios Panteleïmon police station, then in the Pagrati police station. Following the dismissal of his asylum application, he was given 60 days to leave the country; he appealed unsuccessfully against that decision.
Continue reading ‘European Court of Human Rights rulings against Greece for detention conditions 2012′

http://infomobile.w2eu.net/

Bron : Marily

vrijdag 9 november 2012

Wat gebeurt er in je brein tijdens het speeddaten?








In luttele seconden nadat je iemand voor het eerst ontmoet maakt je brein een reeks ingewikkelde berekeningen om je duidelijk te maken of je je al dan niet tot die persoon aangetrokken voelt, schrijft Laura Sanders op Science News. Deze hersensignalen voorspellen welke speeddaters goede potentiële koppels vormen en welke niet.
Dit evaluatieproces is uiterst complex, maar gebeurt tegen de snelheid van het licht. Tot die conclusie komen wetenschappers die vrijwilligers aan hersenscans onderwierpen terwijl ze foto’s bekeken van potentiële partners.
De vrijwilligers gaven elke foto een score die aangaf hoe graag ze een date met die persoon wilden.   Daarna gingen ze naar een speeddatingsessie waarop veel van de mensen op de foto’s aanwezig waren. Zoals dat bij speeddating gebruikelijk is, ontmoetten de koppels elkaar enkel opnieuw wanneer beide partijen aangeven de ander terug te willen zien.
Achteraf werden de hersenscans geanalyseerd van de uiteindelijk gevormde koppels, wat een aantal opmerkelijke conclusies opleverde die in het ‘Journal of Neuroscience’ werden gepubliceerd :
Twee specifieke delen van de dorsomediale prefrontale hersenschors zijn doorslaggevend bijhet maken van een goede eerste indruk.
Één van deze twee delen, de paracingulus, berekent hoe aantrekkelijk je iemand vindt.
Uiterlijk is niet alles want het andere deel, de rostralis, focust zich meer op de persoonlijkheid en berekent hoe aangenaam en aardig je iemand vindt (het is mogelijk dat deze regio gelijkenissen tussen jezelf en je potentiële partner probeert te ontdekken).

Bron : Express.be

Mag de meerderheid zonder enige beperking haar wil opleggen aan de minderheid?








Democratie wordt vaak gezien als de beperking van autoritaire macht. Niets is echter minder waar, schrijft Tibor Machan op The Daily Bell. Er bestaat volgens hem geen enkele politieke, filosofische of historische rechtvaardiging voor de idee dat de meerderheid van de bevolking in een land zonder enige beperkingen haar wil mag opleggen aan de overige inwoners.
Voordat de moderne democratie de dominante staatsvorm werd, wilde men vooral de macht van de koning en de constitutionele monarchie beperken. De vervanging van monarchieën door parlementaire democratieën draaide de gangbare trend uiteindelijk om. Maar het zijn net die democratieën die in toenemende mate tirannieke proporties aannemen.
De eerste moderne democratieën deden hun uiterste best om te vermijden dat hun systeem in een tirannie van de meerderheid zou uitmonden. Ondanks al hun voorzorgsmaatregelen stuitten ze toch op een storm van kritiek. Dat kwam omdat gecentraliseerde macht in die periode universeel als een gevaar werd beschouwd, zowel voor monarchieën als democratieën.
Machan noemt het huidige electoraal proces in de democratische landen dan ook allesbehalve moreel gerechtvaardigd. Politici praten telkens in de ‘wij’-vorm, alsof ze in het belang van iedereen handelen. Enkel vrijheid en de verdediging van fundamentele individuele rechten – en zeker geen geweld dat ‘gelegitimeerd’ wordt door de meerderheid – kan leiden tot ware menselijke deugdzaamheid.
Met zijn mening positioneert Machan zich lijnrecht tegenover populaire massabewegingen als Occupy Wall Street en de Indignados. Die lijken de redding van de maatschappij immers te zien in een verdere uitbreiding van wat ze ‘echte’ democratie noemen, al blijft het onduidelijk wat dat net inhoudt.

Bron : Express.be

Wordt Spanje het eerste land dat het homohuwelijk opnieuw afvoert?









De Amerikaanse staten Maine, Washington en Maryland keurden dinsdag het homohuwelijk goed. Aan deze kant van de Atlantische oceaan is het homohuwelijk in verschillende landen al langer ingeburgerd.  België en Nederland speelden in dat verband zelfs een voortrekkersrol. Frankrijk keurt waarschijnlijk nog dit jaar het huwelijk tussen twee personen van het zelfde geslacht goed.,

Dan is er Spanje, waar de regering Zapatero in 2005 het homohuwelijk goedkeurde, onder luid protest van de Partido Popular. Nu die aan de macht is dreigt Spanje het homohuwelijk straks opnieuw onwettelijk te gaan maken. Een procedure om het homohuwelijk ongeldig te laten verklaren wordt straks voor het Spaanse Grondwettelijk Hof ingeleid. Volgens de krant El Pais zouden 6 van de 11 rechters voor de ongeldigverklaring te vinden zijn.

Dat heeft uiteraard gevolgen voor de 22.442 homohuwelijken (1,8% van alle huwelijken die tijdens die periode werden gesloten)  die sinds 2005 in Spanje zijn gesloten.  Indien die huwelijken onwettellijk worden verklaard, wat dan met adopties, voogdijverklaringen, pensioenen, erfennissen en noem maar op?

Grondwetspecialisten wijzen er op dat er geen precedenten bestaan. Een poging om het homohuwelijk in de Amerikaanse staat Californië ongeldig te laten verklaren werd door de rechtbank van San Francisco ongrondwettelijk verklaard. Wordt vervolgd...

Bron : El Pais /Express.be

Een verkiezing die vooral verliezers oplevert...









Obama won de verkiezingen en dat ondanks de crisis, schrijft de linkse Franse kant Libération:

‘Obama deed waar Sarkozy, Zapatero en Gordon Brown niet in slaagden, herverkozen worden te midden van een diepe economische crisis... De Amerikanen gaven de voorkeur aan zijn wat minder dan perfecte resultaten boven de dubieuze en riskante economische plannen van zijn Republikeinse tegenstanders. En dat is maar best. Hij behoedde zijn land voor een economische ramp, hervormde het gezondheidssysteem en redde de automobielindustrie. Dat alles terwijl hij beschaafde banden wist te onderhouden met de rest van de wereld. Nu, vrij van de bekommernissen die elke herverkiezing met zich meebrengt, moet hij bewijzen dat hij zijn land in de goede richting kan loodsen.’

‘De Republikeinen zullen zeggen dat Obama als president van een verdeelde natie geen mandaat heeft om een linkse koers te varen - en ze hebben gelijk,’ schrijft de linkse Tageszeitung.

‘Maar evenmin had George W. Bush een mandaat voor een rechts beleid en toch demonstreerde hij hoe een president een land naar rechts kan sturen. Hoog tijd om van koers te veranderen.’

De Europese verrukking omtrent Obama’s herverkiezing is onbegrijpelijk, schrijft de Tsjechische zakenkrant Hospodářské noviny:

'Voor de supporters van tradionele transatlantische relaties is Obama’s herverkiezing zelfs slecht nieuws. Obama’s buitenlandbeleid heeft Europa op de achtergrond geplaatst ten koste van Azië. Maar verder heeft Europa - onze gemeenschappelijke waarden terzijde gelaten - Amerika nog weinig te bieden. Europa is er niet in geslaagd zich uit de economische crisis te werken. Het Witte Huis mag zich daarom afvragen waarom Europa nog een speciale status verdient. Verwacht mag worden dat Obama Europa nog sceptischer en minachtender zal behandelen. ‘

'Veel conservatieven zullen stellen dat men verloren heeft omdat Romney 'te gematigd' is,' schrijft Michael Van der Gallen op de conservatieve Dagelijkse Standaard.

'Anderen zullen benadrukken dat Republikeinen met name verliezen doordat ze vrouwen en minderheden* nodeloos tegen zich in het harnas jagen. Als ze daar verandering in willen brengen moeten ze:

a) Niet langer zo fel tegen immigratie van Hispanics zijn (Obama won ze dit jaar 71-27 procent, terwijl dat 'slechts' 67 - 31 procent was in 2008) en,

b) Niet langer zo fel tegen abortus zijn en verder 'uit het privé-leven van mensen blijven.

Tenslotte is er de mogelijke verklaring dat Obama Amerika met succes op een Europees pad heeft gezet en dat een significant deel van de bevolking aan het overheidsinfuus ligt, waardoor Democraten de presidentiële verkiezingen eigenlijk niet meer kunnen ontglippen. ‘

Deze verkiezingen lijken toch vooral verliezers op te leveren: een gehavende Republikeinse partij en een herkozen president zonder duidelijk mandaat, schrijft Bart Kerremans in Knack.

'Misschien is dat wel het medicijn dat de VS moet verlossen van de voortdurende verlamming van zijn instellingen door de sterke polarisatie tussen Democraten en Republikeinen. Het lijkt een gekke conclusie gezien deze verkiezingen inderdaad ook aangeven dat de VS meer dan ooit verdeeld is.'

Bron : Express.be

Amerikaanse topvoorspeller heeft verkiezingsuitslag in alle 50 staten juist







Nate Silver, de vaak omstreden voorspeller wiens blog FiveThirtyEight door de New York Times wordt gehost, verhoogde aan de vooravond van de stembusslag de kansen dat Obama zou worden herverkozen van een al enorme 86% tot een ronduit astronomische 91%. Met bijna alle definitieve uitslagen binnen lijkt Silver nu de 50 staten correct te hebben voorspeld, iets waar hij in 2008 net niet in was geslaagd. Toen had Indiana hem de das omgedaan.


De 34-jarige statisticus Silver maakte naam toen hij tussen 2003 en 2009 een model ontwikkelde om de prestaties van professionele baseballspelers te voorspellen.

In 2009 werd hij door Time magazine uitgeroepen tot een van Amerika's 100 meest invloedrijke mensen.


Bron : Express.be


[ZAD] Renfort à Notre Dame des Landes


jeudi 08 novembre 2012 10:36 par miluskaya | La suite →


A Notre Dame des Landes, près de Nantes en Bretagne, le groupe Vinci veut construire un nouvel aéroport [Voir vidéo promotionnelle]. La lutte contre ce projet n'a cessé de prendre de l'ampleur au cours des dernières années. Entre autres initiatives, un mouvement d'occupation s'est étendu sur les bâtis et bocages menacés.[Voir film introductif: "Laisse Béton"] [Au cœur de la lutte]

Il y a un an, face aux menaces croissantes sur les différentes maisons, cabanes et potagers, des habitant.e.s de la ZAD (Zone A Défendre) et collectifs solidaires appelaient à une manifestation de réoccupation en cas d'expulsion.

Depuis le mardi 16 octobre, l'offensive redoutée a commencé. Les 1800 hectares de la ZAD ont été envahis par 1200 policiers. Ceux-ci se sont attaqués petit à petit aux maisons et cabanes occupées qu'ils ont détruites et emportées minutieusement pièce par pièce hors de la zone, pour ne rien laisser qui puisse servir aux occupant.e.s. Eux et toutes celles et ceux qui les ont rejoints sur place ont résisté, barricadé, réoccupé. [Voir le film incroyable "Vainquons Vin$$i"] [Immersion avec les anti aéroport]

Au-delà de l'appel à rejoindre la zone et à poursuivre les actions solidaires dans les semaines à venir, une grande manifestation de réoccupation aura bien lieu le samedi 17 novembre 2012, au départ d'un des villages proches de la ZAD.

Des départs collectifs auront lieu depuis la Belgique, pour rejoindre la ZAD et soutenir les 200 personnes qui luttent sur place. Une soirée de soutien à lieu à Liège le 9 novembre. Et à Bruxelles: Concert de soutien le 10 nov à l'Armada (Forest).
Lundi 12 vov à 19h au 123 rue Royale: dernière réunion avant départ et centralisation du matériel à envoyer (voir liste).

Sites militants locaux: [Zone à Défendre][blog du collectif de lutte][ACIPA][CEDPA]

Chanson parodique et multiples liens : [Le fol aéroport de Notre Dame des Landes]

[nantes.indymedia.org]

Salto – subversion & anarchie - Numéro 2 – Novembre 2012


Salto – subversion & anarchie

Numéro 2 – Novembre 2012

Sommaire:

Articles

Le prix d'un monde entier

Archipel – Affinité, organisation informelle et projets insurrectionnels

Survivre

Les contours d'une lutte (à propos de la lutte contre le nouveau centre fermé à Steenokkerzeel)

Quelques réflexions suite à la lutte contre la construction d'un nouveau centre fermé

Pourquoi travaillez-vous? - Manifeste contre le travail

Détruisons le travail

Assymétrie

Dans le banc des accusés

Correspondances

Rêver les yeux grands ouverts

L'impossible

Moi, tu, ils, nous

Annexe

Le fracas de l'incompatible – à propos de la manif du 27 juin à Bruxelles

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Bron : Indymedia Bruxelles

Concert samedi 10 novembre : de soutien à la ZAD‏


Lieu:

concerts de soutien à la résistance active des occupant-e-s de la Z.A.D à Notre Dame des Landes avec : Les voleurs de poules (jazz manouche), Laids comme vous (ragga musette) et Fieu Sound System


samedi 10 novembre 2012 19:30

 au 193-195 chaussée de Forest

Bron : Indymedia Bruxelles




Basisvorming "Asiel" voor nieuwe vrijwilligers


Beste vrijwilliger,

 Uitnodiging basisvorming “Asiel” voor nieuwe vrijwilligers Ben je een vrijwilliger voor vluchtelingen en asielzoekers? Of zijn er nieuwe vrijwilligers in je comité of werkgroep?
Dan is de basisvorming ‘Asiel’ iets voor jou of jullie vrijwilligers! Tijdens deze vorming starten we door stil te staan bij de verschillende basisbegrippen. Daarna lichten we op een toegankelijke manier de asielprocedure toe en overlopen we het traject dat asielzoekers afleggen in België. We helpen je tijdens deze basisvorming om door het moeilijke juridische bos de bomen te zien! Praktisch

 Zaterdag 24 november 2012 van 9u45 – 13u00. · ELAN (vergaderzaal achteraan in het gebouw), VOORUITGANGSTRAAT 331, 1030 BRUSSELEr worden ’s middags broodjes voorzien Inschrijven

Gelieve voor 15 november in te schrijven via kristien@vluchtelingenwerk.be. Mogen wij vragen om deze vorming ook door te geven aan andere vrijwilligers. Vriendelijke groeten, Kristien Van Mechelen Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen Tel:            02/2740032  

Bron : VluchtelingenAktiekomitee

Betoging tegen de uitzetting van de familie Bajraktari


Hallo,

De familie Bajraktari woont al 13 jaar in Oostakker in België maar heeft een uitwijzingsbevel gekregen.
Momenteel zitten de ouders en hun vier zonen Fatlum, Samet, Izmir en Zamir vast in het gesloten centrum.

Dinsdag 13 november om 14u is er een betoging tegen de uitzetting van de familie Bajraktari
Kom mee betogen en neem zoveel mogelijk mensen mee. Het moet zeker op een rustig manier gebeuren.
Het startpunt is Dampoortstation. We verzamelen om 14u.

Laat me weten of je komt, dan hebben we een idee van hoeveel mensen er ongeveer zullen zijn.
Alvast bedankt en hopelijk zie ik jullie daar!


Heel inspirerend, (de video van) deze actie!

Ga snel kijken! Hier: http://youtu.be/rM0A3vxd3b8


En stuur deze informatie  zoveel mogelijk door aub!

Bron : Alex L./ VluchtelingenAktiekomitee

'Veiligheidsgordels op een vliegtuig zijn totaal zinloos'









In wat zijn laatste publiciteitsstunt lijkt te zijn heeft de CEO van Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, het gebruik van veiligheidsgordels aan boord van een vliegtuig ‘totaal zinloos’ genoemd.

'Wie op vakantie gaat en dat wenst zou achteraan in het vliegtuig rechtop moeten kunnen staan,' zei de Ier, die nooit een controversiële uitspraak schuwt.

Ryanair zou achteraan het vliegtuig een ‘standing room’ willen installeren voor budgetreizigers en studenten. Die zouden dan amper 1 Brits pond betalen voor bestemmingen binnen Europa. In totaal zouden de laatste 10 rijen zetels moeten verdwijnen en vervangen worden door staanplaatsen.

‘Wie per metro reist heeft geen gordel om en wie in de trein tegen 160 km/uur door het landschap raast evenmin. Als zich een ongeval voordoet is iedereen dood. Verder zijn er binnen Europa weinig regio’s waar de turbulentie groot is.’

Bij de landing zouden de staande passagiers zich aan handvaten kunnen vasthouden zoals dat in sommige bussen het geval is.

O’Leary besloot zijn uiteenzetting met een diatribe tegen de luchtvaartautoriteiten: ‘Het zijn een stel idioten die ons willen doen geloven dat vliegen als een wonderlijke seksuele ervaring is; dat het een soort James Bond-ervaring is, terwijl het niet meer dan een reis in een bus met vleugels. Mensen willen gewoon van A naar B. Ze willen daar geen 700 euro aan besteden. Ze doen dat geld liever op hun bestemming op.'

Bron : The Daily Telegraph / Express.be

Wat weet u over de 'fiscal cliff'?






Indien de Democraten en de Republikeinen tegen eind december niet tot een vergelijk kunnen komen over hoe ze de enorme tekorten (1.100 miljard dollar per jaar) op de Amerikaanse begroting gaan terugdringen, treden er volgend jaar automatisch een aantal wetten in werking. Ben Bernanke, voorzitter van de Federal Reserve, noemt spreekt in dat verband over de ‘Fiscal Cliff’ of ‘fiscale afgrond’. De Nederlandse blog 925.nl verklaart wat dit betekent.

Nu de verkiezingen zijn afgelopen, liggen de kaarten op tafel en ze blijven vrijwel ongeschud: Obama blijft in het Witte Huis, de Democraten behouden hun meerderheid in de Senaat en het Huis van Afgevaardigden blijft Republikeins. Om uit de impasse te raken, zullen er dus compromissen gesloten moeten worden.
Die impasse is de volgende: indien de politici er niet in slagen om het federaal overheidstekort van 1.100 miljard dollar te dichten, dan treden er begin 2013 automatisch maatregelen in werking die het bruto binnenlands product met 0,5% zullen doen dalen en de werkloosheid zullen doen stijgen, wat voor beide partijen onaanvaardbaar is. Naast enorme bezuinigingen op overheidsuitgaven komt er een forse verhoging van de belastingen.
Vandaar de term 'fiscal cliff' of  ‘fiscale afgrond’.

De maatregelen die in 2013 automatisch in werking treden als de begroting niet op een andere manier in evenwicht kan worden gebracht zijn onder andere:
Het beëindigen van de ‘Bush tax cuts’ (wat neerkomt op een belastingverhoging op inkomen). De tarieven van de inkomstenbelasting zouden 4 à 5% stijgen, terwijl hogere inkomens nog een aantal voordelen verliezen.
Besparingen op defensie, gezondheidszorg en werkloosheidsuitkeringen.
Verhoging van de socialezekerheidsbijdragen.
Analisten verwachten dat er opnieuw voor uitstel worden gekozen, ofwel het schrappen van beide maatregelen. Maar daarmee wordt het Amerikaanse schuldenprobleem opnieuw niet aangepakt.

Bron : 925.nl /Express.be

'Facebook en Google in de running voor ministerpost in nieuw kabinet Obama'







Sheryl Sandberg


Nu president Obama aan een tweede ambtstermijn kan beginnen bereidt hij een aantal wijzigingen in zijn kabinet voor. Verwacht wordt dat zijn minister van Financiën Timothy Geithner en staatssecretaris voor Buitenlandse Zaken Hillary Clinton hun activiteiten zullen beëindigen.

In Washington gonst het dan ook van de geruchten over mogelijke vervangers voor beide. In dat verband worden Sheryl Sandberg van Facebook en Eric Schmidt van Google genoemd als mogelijke opvolgers voor Geithner. Obama zou deze laatste graag vervangen door een CEO met ervaring in een Fortune 500-bedrijf.

Volgens de Washington Examiner zou Sandberg een goede kans maken. Ze werkte eerder al onder Larry Summers, toen die minister van Financiën onder Bill Clinton was. Sandberg wordt door de linkse pers op handen gedragen. Businessweek ziet in haar 'een potentiële kandidaat voor het presidentschap van de VS'; de New York Magazine zette haar eerder al in de rij van toekomstige ministers van Financiën.

Ook Schmidt is niet kansloos. Hij zetelt in de adviesraad van Obama inzake technologie. Verder was Google de op twee na grootste donateur van de Obamacampagne.

Inzake de vervanging van Hillary Clinton lijkt ex-presidentskandidaat John Kerry de grootste kanshebber, naast VN-ambassadeur Susan Rice.

Bron : Express.be

Waarom u zo veel irritante statusupdates op Facebook treft






Labiele mensen ervaren emoties op een meer intense manier en gaan anders er anders mee om. Ze hebben het vaak moeilijk om ze onder controle te houden. Sociale netwerken als Facebook en Twitter helpen deze mensen om hun emoties te reguleren en te uiten. Daarnaast is het ook het perfecte medium om subtiel om sociale steun te vragen.

Emotioneel instabiele mensen publiceren daarom meer berichten op Facebook. Het is hun manier om hun emoties te reguleren en sociale steun te zoeken, schrijven Eva Buechel en Jonah Berger in een studie die Sam Gosling citeert in zijn boek ‘Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You’.

Deze strategie - die ze offline niet hanteren - werpt vruchten af, want Facebookgebruikers zijn doorgaans geneigd om hun virtuele vrienden te steunen – al gebeurt dat vaak op eerder oppervlakkige manier. Het risico bestaat wel dat de profielen van zulke mensen helemaal uit de band springen in vergelijking met de perfecte leventjes waar de meeste Facebookers zo graag over opscheppen.
Je Facebookprofiel verraadt trouwens nog veel meer over je persoonlijkheid en kan volgens sommigen zelfs je toekomstige jobprestaties voorspellen. Facebook weet ook meer over je relatie dan jijzelf en weet of koppels tevreden zijn met hun partners of niet.

Bron : Express.be

Egypte vaardigt verbod op internetporno uit







De openbare aanklager van Egypte heeft een verbod op internetporno uitgevaardigd, nadat een eerder bevelschrift in die zin niet was geïmplementeerd.

In een officiëel communiqué dat werd verzonden naar de Egyptische ministeries van telecommunicatie en informatie beval Abdel Meguid Mahmud de blokkering van alle pornosites en de implementatie van de nodige stappen om de verspreiding van pornografische beeldmateriaal op internet te blokkeren.

Al in 2009 was een gelijkaardig bevel uitgevaardigd, maar er werd toen amper gevolg aan gegeven. Onder de nieuwe islamitische president Mohamed Morsi wordt daar nu wel werk van gemaakt. Ook andere landen in de regio hebben de toegang tot politieke of pornosites beperkt.


Bron : Express.be

(en) Britain, anarchist Collective Action: Terrain for an encounter: social anarchism and communisation


The following was published as an introduction and a primer for an anarchist reading of
the following text - 'What is Communisation? - Leon de Mattis - as a result it assumes a
certain understanding of concepts within communisation theory (outlined in that text) as
well as being a rather cursory presentation of the controversies therein. Nonetheless we
reproduce it by itself as a useful starting point for further investigation and debate
into the relationship between these revolutionary theories. ---- Communisation as a
conception of the process of revolutionary transformation is intrinsically tied to the
history of utopian thought. As a result it is possible to trace many communising
sentiments as far back as the pre-modern, agrarian ideals of the Diggers, the writings of
Thomas More, Babeuf, Robert Owen and many other early utopian socialists.

However as a current of modern communism, and therefore those ideas born from the
experience of the First International (anarchism and Marxism included), communisation is
more specifically understood as a product of the so-called French ?Ultra-Left? of the
1970s. Communisation, in this sense, developed as a criticism of the orthodox Marxist
theory of socialist transition and the role of a ?socialist? state, arguing instead that
communism was not a ?stage? to be reached after the revolution but the essential content
of the revolution itself. This, understandably, was informed by the actual experience of
?socialist? states ? which were authoritarian, imperialist and bureaucratic - but also a
concentration on Marx?s theory of the commodification of labour and the operation of the
law of value as essential to understanding the persistence of capitalist organisational
forms during even revolutionary upheavals and the key chain which the proletariat must
break. Key writers within this tradition include Theorie Communiste (TC) and Gilles Dauv?.

While TC and Dauv? are continuing influences on contemporary communisation theory,
collectives such as SIC present a far more eclectic understanding of the various
theoretical influences that lead to the solidification of a ?communisation current?. This
has even warranted the inclusion of non-Marxist revolutionary traditions. Noys, for
example, describes communisation as a ?mixing-up of insurrectionist anarchism, the
communist ultra-left, post-autonomists, anti-political currents? among others.

The inclusion of anarchism within this list should not come as a great surprise to any
individual with a firm understanding of social anarchism. While differences still remain
in terms of principle and general theoretical framework between anarchism and even
libertarian traditions of Marxism, the essential content of communisation - the rejection
of transition and reformism (often referred to as ?programmatism?), attacking the law of
value and communisation as revolutionary process ? represent very common ground indeed. In
fact these are many of the key principles that anarchists have historically held in
opposition to Marxists in terms of the debates during and following the collapse of the
International. Bakunin (1870), for example, was quick to criticise the supposedly
progressive role that Marxists alleged early social democracy was playing on the workers?
movement, stating clearly that any who believed a ?political revolution? (i.e. the
formation of a ?socialist? state) could proceed a social revolution were no more than
advocates of ?bourgeois socialism?.

Advocates of anarchist communism in particular had in the experience of its formation to
consider exactly these issues in terms of the alternatives to the economic theories
principally associated with anarchism ? collectivism and co-operativism. Both of these,
which argued for the continuation of some form of market mediation in a post-revolutionary
society, made it necessary to consider the exact nature and content of the revolutionary
process. It was Kropotkin (1892) who argued in opposition to the wages and accounting
systems advocated by the collectivists of the dangers of the continuance of any of the
existing systems of consumption or production, or partial conquests of the existing system
and the need for a process of universal revolutionary expropriation ?
Quote:
?on the day we strike at private property, under any one of its forms, territorial or
industrial, we shall be obliged to attack them all. The very success of the Revolution
will demand it?
. Communism (or communisation) had to be both a universal and immediate process
transforming all aspects of humanity?s societal intersubjectivity and its relationship
with its environment. To argue otherwise was to open the door for reaction and
counter-revolutionary measures. To put it simply, as Cafiero (1880) did, ?anarchy and
communism are the two essential terms of the revolution? 1.

It would be unfair, however, to simply characterise communisation as a more general
re-affirmation of social anarchist principles (which would open up the question of what
stake we do in fact have in this debate). For one thing, as Noy points out, the central
claims of communisation are also ?sites of dispute? and in this sense it is better to talk
of conceptions of communisation than an individual theory. This is particularly the case
in respect to the distance between the voluntaristic ?drop-out? (referred to as
?desertion?) politics of Tiqqun (to be discussed further below) and the highly
structuralist ideas of Theorie Communiste (with the British collective Endnotes somewhere
in between). Picking apart these ?disputes? give a much clearer idea of what is valuable
in the communisation project for us, as social anarchists, as the essential questions that
arise are of common concern ? how does the immediacy (communism as a response to global
capitalism) and immanence (communism as a relationship emerging from within capitalism)
contained in our visions of political change translate into the theory and practice of
revolutionaries?

Mixed into this debate is also an equally important question in terms of where these ideas
have come from. While classical anarchists could state in a propagandistic sense that
anarchist communism was both a desirable and possible alternative to capitalism it is also
necessary to situate how and where a movement embodying these ideas can arise through the
actions of the popular classes. Anarchists gave their varying answers to this in reference
to the conditions of nineteenth and early twentieth century capitalism, and the
problematics evidenced in these are illustrative, e.g. the question of mass participation
vs. minority action, the use of political violence etc., but this also has to be an
ongoing process. Immediacy and immanence has to translate from a more concrete analysis of
capitalism and class as it exists now. As specifists we argue that this is a critical
component of the political work of the specific anarchist organisation.

In respect to this, as the article outlines, communisation presents a compelling analysis
of the changed nature of both capitalism and the proletariat in a globalised, post-Fordist
world. This analysis often takes on a more or less historically determinant role dependant
on which particular writer is presenting it; irrespective of this they are still essential
readings for contemporary anti-capitalists. This is especially so in respect to the
situation of a profound crisis for revolutionary ideas (particularly in the dislocation of
working class identity and the collapse of material bases for ?workers power?) that
communisation has as its core, as well as its call to create new modes of thinking about
contemporary struggles, things that both strongly resonate with our experience in
Collective Action.

Areas for debate ? organisationalism, the subjective moment and historical determinism

Finally then, we introduce a number of areas for debate in which we see the potential for
critical exchange within the context of the ideas that communisation puts forward.

While it must be stated clearly that we have multiple, strong criticisms of the ?drop-out?
politics advocated by Tiqqun, seeing them as flawed, partial and fundamentally removed
from the experience and activities of the wider class, credit must be given to (a perhaps
inconsistent) vision of communisation as translated into praxis. As Noy (2011) notes,
there is a risk with alternate visions that what is essentially being outlined is the
necessary content and scale of revolutionary transformation in respect to the current
context with little account of the possible or concrete actions leading to this. As he
explains,

Quote:
"there is a risk that communisation becomes a valorization of only fleeting moments of
revolt, of small chinks in which the light of revolution penetrates capitalist darkness;
or that it become the promise of a total revolution that will achieve its aim in process,
without any substantial account of how that might take place. This is not to call for a
return to the ?party? form, or to rehash debates concerning Leninism (debates that might
well be important), but rather to suggest that the difficulty in specifying agents of
change can also flow into the difficulties in specifying the contents of change.
Certainly, communisation was right to critique the formalism of the left, what TC calls
its ?programmatism?, that could only ever argue that once we had the correct form
(Leninist party, workers? councils, etc.) communism would unfold. What is as yet unclear
is what forms of struggle will make ?the poetry of the future?.? (Noy, 2011: 14-15 )
In response to this Endnotes only re-affirms that communisation ?does not take the form of
a practical prescription?, but rather what is at stake is ?what the revolution is?. This
is a criticism that may expose the limitations of a praxis which aims to create
?communisation now?, but still leaves open the question of subjectivity and the potential
tasks (if any) of revolutionaries.

Our response is to ask more critically: what are the conditions that make communisation a
credible and sensible action for proletarians? What processes and interventions play a
part in the translation of the tendencies towards communism that exist in many social
movements (however minor) and their translation into practice? In response we look to our
own tradition of organisationalist anarchism and the role of revolutionary minorities as
catalysts within wider struggle. We see this as distinct from the formalist
characteristics that TC ascribes to the traditional Left and anarcho-syndicalist movement.
The problem with these conceptions was not necessarily that they put forward the idea of
leadership as a component force within revolutionary struggle; rather it was that this
took on a substitutionist role in displacing the proletariat as agent of revolutionary change.

Rather, we see the role of a ?party for proletarian self-abolition? emerging within the
context of the autonomous movements of the class wherever they might appear, seeking to
solidify that autonomy and propagating the practices of revolutionary expropriation and
communisation as the only sensible response to the onslaught of global capitalism. Most
importantly this is a movement that has to emerge within the context of the composition of
the class itself and not something inserted by the ideas or organisation of revolutionary
minorities. Although this is equally not to downplay the important role that both emergent
and existing revolutionary minorities can play in that process of recomposition.

The content of our programme, the anarchist programme, does not seek to replicate the
programmatism identified by TC -the reproduction of capitalist identities ? principally
that of workers ? and integration into spheres of capitalist mediation. The anarchist
programme is in line with the desire to see the formation of a new movement out of the
crisis in programmatism by emphasising the content ? social autonomy ? over the means. To
return to the work of Marx, any practical activity of class conscious workers has to
insert itself (if it intends to be socially relevant) within the process of a class acting
in itself to a class acting for itself. However, we identify social autonomy as a medium
of that struggle ? concretised as class counter-power ? not as a stated goal of the
revolutionary process. Our role is to identify how that content relates to the existing
struggles of the class, a process which aims to realise a true, consolidated program as
realised within and through the ongoing experience of the class.

Whether we will indeed see such a ?new movement? is completely open to question. We are,
of course, while being at the same time hard-headed about the problems that face us,
reluctant to entirely accept the negative prognosis of some within the communisation
tradition. Capitalism may be a highly adaptive social system, but it is also, as present
events make particularly clear, one consumed with crisis. In this context it is the
content of communisation ? of the call for the direct and immediate resolution of the
injustice, humiliation and poverty daily inflicted on proletarians ? that is perhaps most
pertinent.

REFERENCES

Bakunin, M. (1870) A Critique of the German Social Democratic Program. In: Dolgoff, S.
(Ed.) Bakunin on anarchism. Black Rose Books, 1971.

Cafiero, C. (1880) Revolution. Black Cat Press: Edmonton, 2012

Kropotkin, P. (1892) Conquest of Bread. Black Rose Books, 1990.

Noy, B. (2011) Communisation and its Discontents: Contestation, Critique and Contemporary
Struggles. Minority Compositions: New York

1. For more on Cafiero's understanding of the communist nature of the anarchist revolution
see: 'Dad?, A. (1992) 'Anarchist communist theory and strategy and the anti-organizational
deviation: The communist origins of anarchism', Comunismo Libertario, Anno 6 n.32 April
1992 http://www.fdca.it/fdcaen/historical/vault/comorig.htm

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(en) France, Offensive #35 of Offensive & Social Libertarian OLS + "Proletariat, case closed? "


Friday, November 30 19h: Evening organized by the magazine Offensive. "Proletariat, case
closed? "We will question the notion of proletariat and the invisibility of conflicts
between classes social. It is attempting to apprehend or how class antagonism is embodied
today. 19h: meals / 2030: discussion around the issue number 35 of the magazine Offensive
La Commune Street 3 Aligre 75012 Paris tel: 01 43 41 20 55 -- Offensive #35 -- Contents:
-- Analysis ---- The occupation of "260" ---- The radical environmentalism "Cities in
Transition" -- The temptation of sexist humor -- History ---- Critical examination of the
ideas of revolution and progress ---- Fighting ---- The committee undocumented North --
Back --- The formation of the proletariat between myth and history ---- Occupy or the end
of each self-e -- The Indignant invite the class struggle --- Without necessity or reason

Of the petty bourgeoisie middle classes
Workers automata out of the matrix!
The slavery of the soul
Proletarians of all countries, beings become of you?
Revolution without the proletariat?
Sex category and class struggles
Differences and effort

Horizons
Construction practices of self-government in British

Maintenance
Forget Fukushima

Alternatives
Pesci Piccoli

Cons-culture
Books - Music - Performing Arts - Film


For several decades, the conflictual between social classes,
sleepy by the liberal fable, is undergoing a process of invisibility.
to such an extent that, for many, no longer appear, it would be more
purpose today. We would live so everyone in a kind
large middle class in the process of universalization who successfully erase
differences and antagonisms. We would all and all
elements more or less undifferentiated society, evolving according to
needs and goals "generic" directed by the slope "natural" "
Progress "(material well-being guaranteed by the consumption enrollment
a professional project / life, personal development in ways
and stuff ...). The class antagonism would remain, and even
residually, as a relic of the time of industrialization,
training and development of the working class - which has
long had the monopoly of the figure of the proletariat. Thus, the decline in
working world mark the disappearance of the proletariat and the struggle
Class. In a peaceful world by market forces, there would be more,
Strictly speaking, social classes shapely contours over
class struggles necessary, and therefore more proletarians or the proletariat
to transform the world.

At the same time, media activists (from the extreme left
Parliamentary up some independent groups) still speak of struggle
class and proletariat. But what do they mean? These concepts, which
have a long history, they are still operative today? Figure
the proletarian she returns to that of the worker? Is it conditions
objective living or existing power relations? Is there reference to
active subject of the march of history, if there is one? Suppose it does
immediately or a unit of proletarians considering there a multiplicity of
proletarian figures? This is not quibbling over terms but
well attempt to apprehend or the ways in which class antagonism
incarnates today. Achieving this would allow us to better
understand what is at stake in the current struggles.

The latest issue of offensive is available on newsstands and in good bookstores!

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Who are the OLS

Libertarian and Social offensive was born in the year 2003 will participate in the
construction of a real offensive that put an end to capitalism, patriarchy and contributes
to the development of other future reports without domination or exploitation. We advocate
for a society based on solidarity, social equality and freedom. Several principles
underlie OLS:

Independence Act in a manner free from any institutional logic tied to the state or capital.

Federalism and individual groups that make up the es-OLS are autonomous, they combine
freely while respecting the foundations and values ??of the OLS.

Assembl?isme Practice or encourage horizontal forms of organization and decision-making
relied on direct democracy.

Anti-authoritarianism Combat all forms of domination whether social, gender, 'race' ... We
also reject the logic of conquest of power that the implementation of cons-institutional
powers to fight against the hierarchical practices.

Out Through our intervention policies and practices, we want to ask at the end of today's
society. We want to promote the existence of alternative social relations and helping to
develop space and time emancipated and subversive. We therefore take part in the emergence
of creative utopia.

Mutual support and promote research contribution of solidarity between subversion
projects, according to the principles of freedom of association and experimentation, to
act in accordance with the partners ... We want to work for a world where well-being and
happiness are among the first concerns.

The OLS is as an element in the constellation libertarian, making its contribution to the
revolutionary movement. The organization is not an end in itself and should not take
precedence over the struggle and reflection.

We refuse to engage in terms of our own interests organizational "pass" a fight to another
as modes. Even if we appear from time to time as "OLS" - through Offensive newspaper we
publish at some political events - to confront, defend or share our values, our ideas, our
practices, we do not the logical representation. In a society based on appearances, the
revolutionary movement must not succumb to the lure of spectacle.

We fight especially against everything that makes us human beings alienated and / or
oppressors : social exploitation, economic insecurity, patriarchy, heterosexism,
technological tyranny, racism, massification. Faced with the logic of confinement and
stupidity, we offer other forms of emancipatory associations where the return engagement
between theory and practice are ongoing and we can build stable relationships, not
alienating, esteem and cooperation.

We want to build a truly democratic society, if we define democracy as a form of
organization of power to know and control our conditions. It is important to think of new
social organizations that allow sharing of debates and decisions. This amounts to breaking
the power of autonomy. It should not be outside of the company, but in his breast must be
socialized.

If the parentage of OLS is part of the long history of anarchism, we refer also to other
associations and movements. We are trying our level contribute to the renewal of the
critical libertarian, participate in the creation and dissemination of alternative
anti-authoritarian and liberating.

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(en) France, Alternative Libertair: - Outlook on anarcha-feminism in St Imier Meetings (fr)


The emancipation of women was a reflection element of the anarchist movement in
construction met for the first international antiauthoritarian 1872. Hundred and forty
years later, while just concluded meetings of Saint-Imier, the women have been able to get
a place in the struggles and within organizations? ---- The program of meetings anarchists
Saint-Imier which took place from August 8 to 12, leaving the impression that feminism was
at the heart of the concerns of the organizers: a workshop of self-defense-only, a
conference, but more importantly, provided in the large auditorium, reported in the large
wholesale red box tables anarcha-feminist every day! But the reality was different and as
Saint-Imier in the struggle, women were significantly underrepresented in an environment
where men are almost always the front of the stage. No preparation had been made for the
tables and it was for participants to cope with the vague title. Early interventions
p?tirent lack of context. But women have decided to make the following non-mix, and
concrete proposals have gradually emerged.

Sexist practices die hard

The discussions focused on problems within meetings. Practices as macho die hard and do
not stop at the door of our movements: hubbub, cut speech, invisibility in the debates,
intimidation or simple ignorance, the words of women are struggling to be heard.

The women decided to organize to act collectively. The letter G, formed with the hand
gender, should report situations of male domination, and provocative text, read at the
meeting closing the report. Prospects have been launched for the current anarcha-feminist
create an international network through a mailing list, write a charter and organize
international meetings in the next two years. The current anarcha-feminist, was formalized
in 1992 at international meetings that took place alongside those anarchist federations.
It aims to feminize practices anarchists and anarchist wear reflections within feminism,
including family, social benefits, etc.. [ 1 ] On these points, the meetings of
Saint-Imier has been a boon for its development. It is regrettable, however, that there
has not been at the meetings, back in the mix and the debate has focused on internal
problems without addressing the merits, the issue of external claims or strategy feminist
struggles. Despite the desire for unity of women anarchists, these debates could highlight
real differences. Finally, these roundtables, even unprepared will only give sequels to
games that are not finished joint statement organizations.

Elisa (AL Toulouse)

[ 1 ] On the anarcha-feminism, see the section of the Women's Commission of the FA "The
anarcha-feminism," Refractions, No. 24, Spring 2010, p. 41 to 50.

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France, Alternative Libertair: "Shock competitiveness" - when the employers are writing the government program (fr)


With the measures announced Tuesday, November 6 by Jean-Marc Ayrault under the name
"National Pact for growth, competitiveness and employment", the collusion between the
government and the capitalist puppet appears clearer than ever. These are workers, women
workers, retirees, young people will pay the piper. No wonder that the UMP and the MEDEF
welcome this loud and clear: "The corset encloses the company will be released," a
boastful Laurence Parisot, president of MEDEF. ---- And there are actually for the
capitalists to rejoice as they will benefit from tax breaks of $ 20 billion per year!
These gifts will be offset by a decline in public spending (less welfare, less public
services) and price increases through the increase of VAT: the VAT rate increased from
19.6% is 20%, the intermediate rate of 7% to 10%. However, VAT is the most unfair tax
because it affects the same way the poorest and the richest.

These measurements are made, if you listen to the government to restore the sacrosanct
"competitiveness" and to "ensure" continuity of employment for the greater interest of the
workers and the workers themselves. This policy is in line with that of previous
governments, which are in no case have prevented layoffs, outsourcing and social misery.
In reality, it is simply to restore the profits of capitalists blunted by the crisis at
the expense of those who produce wealth: the workers.

So what will be implemented by the government allegedly left is nothing but a vast
movement of redistribution of wealth in favor of those who already have the most: the
capitalists. Faced with this type of criminal policy which is already considerable damage
in other countries (Greece, Spain), which overwrites the wealthy people, we can only rely
on ourselves: everywhere in businesses, neighborhoods , places of study, let us unite to
build the strength and solidarity. Stand the prospect of change and self-managed
capitalist society.

Libertarian Alternative


November 7, 2012
Related Link: http://www.alternativelibertaire.org



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CONFÉRENCE POUR LA PAIX : CRISE ÉCONOMIQUE, POURQOUI DÉPENSER SON ARGENT À L'ARMEMENT ?


DÉSARMER POUR DÉVELOPPER, LA PAIX POUR SORTIR DE LA CRISE

START: 17/11/2012 - 13:00







Les pays occidentaux traversent une période de crise financière et économique à laquelle la grande majorité des pays répondent par des mesures d’austérité. Qu’en est-il des dépenses militaires ? Souffrent-elles aussi de cette période ? Faire la guerre est-il rentable et offre-t-il des débouchés pour nos entreprises ? La crise financière et économique va-t-elle augmenter ou diminuer l’agressivité des pays occidentaux sur la scène internationale ?


Désarmer pour développer, la paix pour sortir de la crise

Les pays occidentaux traversent une période de crise financière et économique à laquelle la grande majorité des pays répondent par des mesures d’austérité. Qu’en est-il des dépenses militaires ? Souffrent-elles aussi de cette période ? Faire la guerre est-il rentable et offre-t-il des débouchés pour nos entreprises ? La crise
financière et économique va-t-elle augmenter ou diminuer ’agressivité des pays occidentaux sur la scène internationale ?

Programme de la journée :

 13h30 : Introduction de la journée

 13h45 : Introduction : Carina Solmirano, (chercheuse au SIPRI) (en anglais avec traduction simultanée)

 14h45 : Pause

 15h00 : Groupes de travail

GT1 : Le coût de la prolifération nucléaire : des dépenses inutiles pour une fausse sécurité : Peter-Paul Ekker (chercheur à l’IKV – Pax Christi (en néerlandais)

GT2 : Crise économique, dépenses militaires et système militaroindustriel en Europe : Luc Mampaey (Directeur du GRIP) (en français avec traduction simultanée)

GT3 : La militarisation du monde et la chasse aux ressources : Raf Custers (chercheur au GRESEA) (chacun parle sa langue)

GT4 : Les dépenses militaires vs les dépenses sociales : le cas de la Grèce : Fotoula Ioanniddis (femmes pour la paix) (en français)

 16h30 : Pause


16h45 : Débat plénier : le syndicalisme et le mouvement de la paix. Désarmer pour développer, un combat social ? (en français et néerlandais avec traduction simultanée) Avec un représentant de l’ACV, Daniel Piron (secrétaire général de la FGTB Charleroi - Sud Hainaut), Paulette Pierson Mathy (Professeure émérite de droit international, ULB), Kathleen Malfliet (Présidente du Conseil des femmes). Modérateur : Samuel Legros (CNAPD). Discutant : Georges Spriet (Vrede VZW)


18h15 : Repas festif grec [réservation obligatoire avant le 14/11]

Où : De Markten, 5 rue du vieux marché aux grains, 1000 Bruxelles
Quand : Le samedi 17 novembre 2012 à partir de 13h
PAF : 3€ pour l’entrée à la conférence et 9€ pour le repas
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(en) Ireland, Belfast, Organise!, The Leveller* #12 - Page 6


Empty Purse - Empty Protest? - Welfare Reform Protest at Stormont ---- Hours after Cameron
announced his latest attack on young people there were protests at Stormont against the
introduction of the Welfare Reform Bill. ---- While members of the PCS Union took
industrial action NIC-ICTU and the Welfare Reform Group held a protest at the steps of
Stormont. Members of Organise! were present alongside trade unionists from NIPSA, GMB,
UNISON, Unite, PCS, the Belfast and District Trade Union Council, ICTU Youth and women?s
groups such as the Women?s Resource and Development Agency and Footprints Women?s Group.
---- Cameron?s latest announcement threatens to rob under 25 years olds of housing
benefit. ---- It is an attack that has further angered many working class people and which
will increase homelessness - with fatal consequences.

Unfortunately the protest was little more
than a photo opportunity for NIC-ICTU and
some opportunistic MLAs who implement cuts
with one hand while getting away with
holding union banners in the other.
Patricia McKeown had the politicians
quaking in their boots no doubt when she
argued we had voted for them to represent
us not to implement cuts. And if they don?t
watch out we may vote for someone else,
anyone, just not them!

The faith our union bureaucrats continue to
place in our politicians is staggering and
betrays a deep misunderstanding of the
nature of ?representative? democracy. ?Our?
MLAs are not there to defend anyone?s class
interests apart from those of the rich.

NIC-ICTU are busy trying to convince the
Assembly they can have a ?useful? role in
partnership with our rulers. The only role
that will be tolerated (one they are actually
very capable of) is one of lapdog.

We need to move beyond empty protests
and photo calls. As long as there is no real
resistance capitalism will continue its all out
class war against workers, claimants and
the sick.

One friendly member of the CPI welcomed
us to the protest with a greeting of ?hello
losers?. Funny? Not when we are all going
to continue to be losers while we follow
failed ?strategies? and failed unions that
make up ICTU.

-----------------------------------

Which Queen do you want?

Its been reduced to a choice between a
mythical ?celtic? warrior goddess or Lizzie
Windsor. Despite McGuinness? handshake
the Queens visit to Northern Ireland did not
go without protest. Unfortunately the
protests were not quite anti-monarchist and
did not have any hope of uniting working
class communities across the north in
opposition to an institution that is
reactionary, privileged and symbolic of
wealth and inequality.

Irish nationalists staged a visual protest on
the side of Black?s Mountain with the slogan
?Eriu is our Queen? and displaying a huge
tricolour. ?Outraged? by the sight of the
huge tricolour and the insult to their
?Britishness? a group of loyalists trekked up
the hill to remove it. Following a vicious
attack on a veteran republican that left him
hospitalised a hardy bunch of republicans
resolved to defend the huge flag and a
claim that some mythical warrior deity is
their true queen.

Hundreds of Irish nationalists gathered on
the mountain that evening. One nationalist
veteran said:

the call has gone out to republicans
across the city to restore the visual
protest on the mountain even if it
means clashing with loyalists from the
nearby Springmartin housing estate.

As anti-monarchists it is saddening that
protests against the Queens visit are simply
protests against the fact that she is the
?British? Queen. In the context of the wee
north this becomes an attack on a symbol of
Britishness that a sizeable amount of the
population see as an attack on them. That
this is ridiculous unfortunately makes it no
less true.

The lefty cheerleaders of Irish nationalism
are keen to point out the ?radical? nature of
Irish republicanism. There is nothing radical
in it - from Sinn Fein to the various
?dissident? groups there is no revolutionary
or class based opposition to monarchism.
This is a clash of nationalisms plain and
simple. All the more disheartening at a time
when working class people and communities
are on the receiving end of a all out class
war with benefits to the poor being cut
while the royals remain the biggest welfare.

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Assembly to Rubberstamp - Westminster?s Attack on the Vulnerable

With the likes of the Daily Mail, mainstream
media and the Jeremy Kyle show?s ongoing
demonization of poor working class people
hardly a political feather was ruffled by
Cameron?s latest proposals. His latest plans
for benefits cuts see a further escalation in
attacks on the working class, particularly the
working poor and the young.

Payment in kind, a cap on housing benefits,
no benefits for the young until after they
have paid contributions and more
harassment for those signing on are among
the suggested ?reforms? of the welfare
system.

He also suggested that
workfare be rolled out even
further with claimants being
forced to work in return for
benefits after six months on
the dole. As for those on
sickness benefits his message
is ?heal thyself!?.

Single mothers with children
as young as three could be
made to prepare for work by
writing a CV in return for
income support.

His proposed reforms include
removing access to all housing
benefit for anyone aged
under 25! Such a move would
immediately increase
homelessness among the
young and is little less than a
death sentence for many
young people who would not
be able to endure life on the
streets.

Ministers have signalled that
they are looking for a further
?10bn in welfare cuts, and it
seems there are no better
people to pay for these cuts
than the poor.

The Leveller has already had
reports of single fathers
being made homeless as a
result of new ?under-occupancy? rules that
have seen housing benefit cut for
accommodation needed for children staying
with their fathers. The amount of housing
benefit payable has already been
reduced. Many are having to make the
difference in the rent charged and the
lower amounts paid out in housing benefit
up from their benefits.

Protests have already taken place - but we
need to move from protest to resistance.
Claimants need to build a union of our own.

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Homophobia It Hasn?t gone Away You Know

Lord Ken Maginnis? is not alone in his
homophobic bigotry. Edwin Poots is still
denying homosexuals the right to donate
blood.

The problem goes deeper though. While
the 2011 Equality Survey found that
lesbian, gay or bisexual people were the
only group to see a decline in negative
attitudes towards them - down from 21%
in 2008 to 15% in 2011 - this has not seen an
increase in positive attitudes. People have
increasingly indicated ?neutral? opinions.

While the most worrying and negative
attitudes continue to be towards members
of the Travelling community people were
extremely negative towards transgender
people. 35% of respondents would mind
(a little or a lot) having a Traveller as a work
colleague, 54% would mind having a
Traveller as a neighbour while 55% would
mind having a Traveller as an in-law.

Transgender was included in the survey for
the first time and 35% of respondents
would mind (a little or a lot) having a
transgender person as a work colleague,
while 40% would mind having a
transgender person as a neighbour and
53% would mind having a transgender
person as an in-law.

In addition 21% expressed negative
attitudes to Eastern European migrant
workers.

Workers need to stand together in
solidarity, against the scape-goating of one
section or another of our class. Bigotry and
intolerance must be stamped out. We can
all join in and visibly make our opposition to
intolerance and prejudice known - a good
starting point will be to join the Belfast and
Derry Pride parades on the 4th August and
25th August respectively.
www.foylepridefestival.com
www.belfastpride.com

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More Grants Axed

From next year the Department of
Education and Learning will stop paying
?1,810 on behalf of every student from
Northern Ireland who have chosen to study
in the Republic. Stormont seem to be intent
on punishing students for choosing to study
in the south and will replace these ?grants?,
which cover the annual college registration
fee, with loans.
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* Anarchist journal


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