Excuse Me Mister, How Far Is It from Simferopol to Grozny?

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by Antidote’s Laurent Moeri

“When the battle is over and the martyrs sleep, the cowards emerge from the alleys to tell us of their heroism.” – Graffiti in Homs, Syria
Prelude – Mission Impossible

What follows is an attempt at the impossible: a critical review of the situation in Ukraine, the involvement of Putinʼs Russia, and the international Leftʼs capacity (or lack thereof) to respond to social uprisings without repeating prescribed narratives. It is written on one sole premise: that the victims of an eventual military escalation in Ukraine will predominantly be ethnic minorities such as the muslim Crimean Tatars, marginalized groups such as the Sinti and Roma, and the working class—while bureaucrats in Brussels and the Czar and his clan in Moscow will continue to further their respective interests. To highlight the likelihood of this prediction, a comparison will be made between events in Chechnya and Crimea.Continue Reading

Who are the Communists Really?

By Carlos Pérez Soto, translated from spanish by Una Gatito

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1. In 1848, the communists were those who saw the private property of the means of production as the origin of capitalism’s evils. Karl Marx proposed to call “League of the Communists” to what until then was known as the “League of the Just”, because he understood that it wasn’t only about justice in general, in the manner of a moral demand, but that the issue was organizing a direct political opposition to de ruling system as a whole.

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DISCULPE SEÑOR – ¿QUÉ DISTANCIA HAY ENTRE SIMFERÓPOL Y GROZNY?

El siguiente texto es un extracto de “Excuse me Mister – How Far is it from Simferopol to Grozny?Para leer el texto completo en Inglés, haz clic aquí.

Por Laurent Moeri de Antidote. Traducido al Español por un gato cualquiera.

IV. El eslabón faltante: Chechenia y Crimea

“Terek on his stones is fretting / With a troubled roar;
Wild Chechen, his dagger whetting, / Crawls along the shore.
But your father knows war’s riot, / Knows what he must do.
Sleep, my darling, sleep in quiet, / Bayushki-bayu.”
– popular Cossack lullaby written by the Russian Poet Lermontov
Llamar a alguien negro, en referencia a su color de piel, puede que sea un término políticamente aceptable en EE.UU. En Rusia, sin embargo, el término “negro” (en ruso: чурок, chyrock, chyrka) es usado de una manera muy peyorativa y racista, y fue utilizado a lo largo de la historia de la Unión Soviética para diferenciar entre los “eslavos étnicos leales” y los “rebeldes, incivilizados no-eslavos”. La maquinaria propagandística soviética declaraba que “los chechenos son animales salvajes que algún día morirán en la inmundicia y la pobreza si el Ejército Rojo no los civiliza”, y, con el fin de asimilarlos a la cultura soviética, debían ser “emancipados del islam y de sus tradiciones bárbaras” …y ser deportados a la fuerza.
"Don't buy from the Blacks!"

“Don’t buy from the Blacks!”

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Gespräch mit dem syrischen Anarchisten Nadir Atassi

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Der Anteil der syrischen AnarchistInnen am Aufstand gegen das Regime von Assad mag quantitativ nicht bedeutend sein, sollte aber trotzdem eigentlich ein Bezugspunkt für eine europäische Linke sein bei der Fragestellung, wen man/frau/…. denn eigentlich in diesem scheinbar unübersichtlich gewordenen Konflikt unterstützen könne.

In der aktuellen Graswurzelrevolution ist ein Interview mit dem syrischen Anarchisten Nadir Atassi auf deutsch erschienen, das wir im Folgenden dokumentieren.

Laut einem kürzlich im Magazin Fast Company erschienenen Artikel, gibt es ein breites und vielfältiges Netzwerk unbewaffneten, demokratischen Widerstands gegen Assads Regime, das von lokalen politischen Initiativen, KünstlerIInnenkoalitionen, Menschenrechtsorganisationen, gewaltfreien Gruppen und so weiter getragen wird. (Die Syria Nonviolence Movement erstellte eine interaktive Karte , die das komplexe Verbindungsnetzwerk zeigt.)Continue Reading

Decline of Free Speech

by Alexander Podrabinek for the Institute of Modern Russia

On April 29, Russia’s Federation Council passed a law that tightens government control over the dissemination of information on the Internet and treats bloggers as journalists. A week earlier this so-called “antiterrorism package” was adopted by the State Duma. According to writer Alexander Podrabinek, this law fits in with the current trend in Russia of giving the government a free hand while imposing restrictions on citizens.Continue Reading

¿Quiénes son realmente los comunistas?

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Por Carlos Pérez Soto

1. En 1848 los comunistas eran los que veían a la propiedad privada de los medios de producción como origen de los males del capitalismo. Carlos Marx propuso llamar “Liga de los Comunistas” a la que hasta entonces se llamaba “Liga de los Justos” porque entendió que no sólo se trataba de la justicia en general, a la manera de una exigencia moral, sino que el asunto era organizar una oposición directa, política, al sistema dominante como conjunto.

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Two Refugee Camp Sieges

by Tamim Al-Barghouti

The Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees in Damascus has been under siege for months, exposed to ground and air strikes, causing several of the refugees to die of starvation and resort to eating leaves and cacti, as well as the spread of intestinal and skin diseases due to the lack of clean water.

This has also resulted in the death of new-borns, their mothers, the elderly, the ill and the wounded because of the shortage of medicine. Anyone trying to leave the camp is killed and the camp has been bombed numerous times.

Refugee camp in Damascus, Syria

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Anarchism and Violence

by Errico Malatesta

Originally published in Umanita Nova (New Humanity), December 1921

Anarchists are opposed to every kind of violence; everyone knows that. The main plank of Anarchism is the removal of violence from human relations. It is life based on the freedom of the individual, without the intervention of the gendarme. For this reason we are enemies of capitalism which depends on the protection of the gendarme to oblige workers to allow themselves to be exploited – or even to remain idle and go hungry when it is not in the interest of the bosses to exploit them. We are therefore enemies of the State, which is the coercive, violent organisation of society.Continue Reading

Egypt Cracking Down on Dissent

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Egyptian woman mourns following verdict sentencing 683 alleged supporters of Muslim Brotherhood to death (Photo: AP) Egyptian woman mourns following verdict sentencing 683 alleged supporters of Muslim Brotherhood to death (Photo: AP)

By Leila Shrooms for Tahrir-ICN

Since the July coup the fascist military regime in Egypt has continued to persecute political opponents. Those who have faced the worst repression of the State have been Muslim Brotherhood supporters, but also affected have been anarchists, leftist activists, workers, journalists and civil organizations.

Today (28 April 2014) an Egyptian court in Minya sentenced 683 alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death, including leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood. They were found guilty of attacking the Adawa police station in August and killing a policeman following the violent dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins in Nahda and Rabaa Squares. Last month 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to death for attacking a police station in the same province despite evidence that many defendants were not present at the scene…

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Viva Belarus!

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Viva Belarus! (2012, 110 min, english subtitles) by Krzysztof Lukaszewicz

AntiNote: Link to the full movie with English subtitles at the bottom of the page, as well as an interview with Franak Viacorka, on whose experience the film is inspired and loosely based!

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This movie is the first independent film about present-day Belarus, an obscure and often misunderstood country in the middle of Europe. Belarus has been ruled for twenty years by “the last dictator of Europe”, Alexander Lukashenko, who has driven his country into isolation and decay. However, a vibrant artistic and cultural life finds its way past censorship, totalitarian control and general apathy to produce little gems like “Viva Belarus”.

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