Tang Shui’en, mainland left-libertarian musician and activist, recounts his path from childhood in 1980s rural Hubei to participation in Wuhan’s pioneering punk scene since the late 1990s, interaction with overseas radicals, and experimentation with independent media and an “autonomous youth center.”
Among the common masses, how many of us are aware of the oppressive forces that push us to society’s margins?
Apart from a small minority, most people – even if at every moment they feel discomfort – are unable to determine the source of this pain. The word “marginal” itself is so abstract that it can only serve as a code of recondite academia and mass media. As the radical Brazilian educator Paulo Freire has shown, the masses are the “object” of development. We do not exist within the active process of naming things, but only within the theories of education and behavior created by our oppressors, which have fostered a “culture of silence” among the people. Continue reading Autonomy in China: The Alternative Education of a Chinese Punk→
Der militante anarchistische Umweltschützer ist seit 24 Jahren ununterbrochen in Haft, ohne Urlaub oder bedingte Freiheit. Gerechtigkeit oder Rache des Staates?
Wenn ich Marco Camenisch wäre
Von Francesco Bonsaver
Besser sofort klarstellen. Im Titel heisst es «Wenn ich Marco Camenisch wäre». Ich bin es nicht. Und ehrlich, ich glaube nicht, dass ich es je sein könnte. Aus verschiedenen Gründen. Aber nichts hindert daran zu versuchen, sich in den Gefangenen Camenisch hineinzuversetzen, der über 20 Jahre eingesperrt ist Es ist eine gute Methode, um sich Fragen zu stellen und sich eine freie Meinung zu bilden. Besser einige Fragen zuviel als zuviele Gewissheiten, vor allem in dieser Epoche der «absoluten Wahrheiten», die am Einheitsdenken-Tötalitarismus grenzen. Umso mehr, wenn wir von einem sehr heiklen Bereich reden, wie es das Verhältnis zwischen Bürgerlnnen und Justiz ist. Eine gerechte und nicht eine exemplarische Justiz, die über eine Drittperson gegen ein Symbol zuschlägt. Camenisch eine Stimme zu geben, indem seine gerichtliche Geschichte erneut durchgelesen wird, ist ein Mittel um zu Verstehen, in welche Richtung das Verhältnis zwischen Bürgerln und staatlicher Gewalt geht. Continue reading Marco, Libero! Ein Interview mit dem ältesten politischen Gefangenen der Schweiz→
Transcribed from the 30 May 2015 episode of This is Hell! Radio and printed with permission. Edited for space and readability. Listen to the full interview:
“These cases around women actually broaden our understanding of just how at risk black bodies are, and just how deep police authority has grown.”
Chuck Mertz: It’s not only black men who are victims of violence at the hands of police. Black women have been killed by cops, too. You may not know their names like you know Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Eric Garner. Maybe that’s the problem.
I am waiting in the Zurich main station; my train is coming in ten minutes. Now a familiar sight: two police officers are walking directly towards me. After checking my ID, they start with the standard questions: “What are you doing in Switzerland? What do you want here? Why don’t you go back home?”
By way of introduction, I would like to start by saying that the situation in France and in Europe is quite worrisome. The economic crisis magnifying the situation, we observe, across the continent, the problematic rise of far-right, fascist and neo-Nazi forces. These radical nationalisms are increasingly uninhibited. Some of them take part, democratically, in different elections and quietly become institutionalized. The National Front is the third political power in France, and its president is a woman with a steel grip who does not hide her ambitions for the country’s presidency. To reach this objective, she will stop at nothing to make her party appear respectable and she is admirably successful. Admittedly, her task is facilitated by a number of circumstances. For instance, Islamophobia — and more exactly a State-supported anti-Muslim type of racism — is a national sport in France. The white political field that goes from the extreme right to the extreme left is completely contaminated. However, we must be precise in our analyses. Let me unpack some of this. Continue reading Behind Islamophobia, Fascism and Complicit Antifascism→
Chants for bread and social justice didn’t emerge out of the January 25, 2011 revolution. Long before 2011, a strong protest movement existed against the economic policies of former President Mubarak and his regime, which gained momentum in 2006 through the protests and strikes of labor workers in Mahalla al-Kubra.Continue reading The right to bread and social justice→
Transcribed from the 6 June 2015 episode of This is Hell! Radio and printed with permission. Edited for space and readability. Listen to the full interview:
“What do you do with corruption? Do you just ‘shine a bright light?’ Or do we try to delegitimize these elites? The only real solution is to get rid of these guys.”
Chuck Mertz: The FIFA scandal story is about a lot more than soccer. It’s about global corruption; it’s about the power of the elites; it’s about the sleaziest way in which poverty and conflict are exported around the globe: in other words, it is about soccer. With a perspective live from Durban, South Africa, political economist Patrick Bond wrote the TeleSur article FIFA Fraud: Africa’s corruption and Elite Silence about the scandal rocking global soccer.
For those who don’t know, seven top officials of soccer’s international governing group, FIFA, including two vice presidents, were arrested last week. They were among fourteen charged in a 47-count US indictment which alleges five corporate executives and nine FIFA officials in total accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150 million over a 24 year period.
Patrick, you write, “The last week has provided extraordinary examples of how corruption erodes the resources and morals of an entire continent, in part because villains in South Africa made alliances with wicked brothers in Switzerland, Latin America, the Caribbean, and especially the United States. We now know more about off-shore centers of both reactionary finance and corrupt corporate soccer. It’s long overdue they are exposed to a spotlight—even though those pointing that light want to leave certain features in the shadows.” Continue reading It’s More Than Just FIFA→