Iranian Refugees Begin Hunger Strike

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AntiNote:  In keeping with our goal of amplifying the voices of those struggling against political repression and social domination, we have reprinted below an English translation of the manifesto issued today by 18 hungerstriking Iranian asylum-seekers in Bern,  reacting in part to Switzerland’s easing of sanctions against the country they fled.

The original German can be found here.

Their focus, understandably, is on human rights violations in Iran.  We wish to call attention, however, to the refugees’ plight here in Switzerland, which they humbly relegate to point 2 of their demands.

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Squatting Across the Atlantic

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The insights in Hannah Dobbz’s Nine Tenths of the Law: Property and Resistance in the United States may also be useful for property resisters elsewhere

“Simply by writing this book Dobbz has already moved the ball forward, providing the movement with an identity and a history, pointing out some of its past mistakes, and warning of potential future pitfalls.  Time to set up the next play.”

A book review by AntiDote’s Ed Sutton

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Squatting versus Speculation in New Orleans

Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio‘s 18 January 2014 episode and printed with permission.  Listen to the full interview here.

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Squatting is a common practice since Katrina.  Everyone knows someone who has done it.  It’s a tacitly acceptable part of the culture.

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Gentrification and the Death of Creativity

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Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio’s 18 January 2014 episode and printed with permission.  Listen to the full interview here.

I think there’s a very specific idea of artistic success that’s being pushed that’s tied to the ability to live in these cultural capitals, places like New York or San Francisco.  People who can’t go to those places think that they’re not allowed to participate.

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Chuck Mertz:  On the line with us right now is Sarah Kendzior.  She is a St. Louis based columnist for Al Jazeera English and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Her April 2013 article The Wrong Kind of Caucasian is the most popular Al Jazeera English op-ed of all time.  That story explains how, despite the Boston bombers having little to do with Chechnya, the media were quick to demonize an entire ethnicity.  Sarah’s most recent writing at Al Jazeera is Expensive Cities are Killing Creativity: New York City, a traditional incubator for artists, has now become a gated citadel for creativity.  Good morning, Sarah.

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«Wir blei­ben alle!»

Von Flo­ri­an Wilde.

Es waren unge­fähr drei­hun­dert west­afri­ka­ni­sche Flücht­linge, die im Früh­jahr 2013 von Li­by­en kom­mend Ham­burg erreich­ten. Ihr Weg hatte sie nach einer gefähr­li­chen Über­fahrt über das Mit­tel­meer zu­nächst auf die ita­lie­ni­sche Insel Lam­pe­dusa ge­führt, nach der sich die Grup­pe in Ham­burg dann be­nann­te. In Ham­burg ange­kom­men, wei­ger­ten sich die Behör­den unter Ver­weis auf die EU-​Richt­li­ni­en, den Flücht­lin­gen eine dau­er­hafte Unter­kunft zur Ver­fü­gung zu stel­len und ver­such­ten, sie gleich wie­der aus der Stadt zu trei­ben. Doch die Flücht­linge woll­ten nicht wei­ter­zie­hen. Wohin denn auch? Sie ent­schie­den sich zu blei­ben, an die Öffent­lich­keit zu gehen und für ihre Rech­te zu kämp­fen. Sie stie­ßen dabei auf eine spon­tane Welle der Sym­pa­thie und Soli­da­ri­tät in Tei­len der Be­völ­ke­rung.Continue Reading