“Our friendliness has nothing to do with our being women*. We were also kicking around other ideas. The occupation could have gone down quite differently.”
Why should the UN have to tell Switzerland it has to protect the persecuted? Why doesn’t Switzerland do so on its own?
On the way to court on the second day, we all saw each other again for the first time. We were so excited, playing around, singing and laughing…afterwards the guards were way more pissed off than before. They were really mad about it!
The ideas that became socially acceptable with the rise of Serbian nationalism in the 1980s soon found their concrete political implementation. What emerged was an ideological cocktail of racism, demographic panic, conspiratorial paranoia, and revanchism that ultimately proposed an urgent need for action against an allegedly existential threat.
The rescue boat is still a long way off, at least two minutes away. I can see through the spray of the sea that it is coming as fast as it can. But it is too late for us.
As long as there are individual states, there will be borders that determine which state is responsible for which section of the Earth’s surface. But there is no reason to assume that these borders must be “closed.”
As radical leftists our work is built upon the self-organization of the oppressed and exploited; we need a different conception of the working class.
“We do it because otherwise they won’t leave,” Zurich functionary Mario Fehr (Social-democratic Party) recently explained.
Gentrification is class war from above which must be answered with struggle from below. This requires accessible projects that can establish a broad and militant praxis.
“Some trauma just stays. My engagement in struggle helps me overcome my own. But I have friends who are still suffering. It’s hard.”