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.
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
Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio‘s 18 January 2014 episode and printed with permission. Listen to the full interview here.
Squatting is a common practice since Katrina. Everyone knows someone who has done it. It’s a tacitly acceptable part of the culture.
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.
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.
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
By AntiDote’s Ed Sutton
We can all stop wringing our hands about “the next Occupy.” Whatever our reasons for doing so—worrying that it might sweep the globe with irresistible force, or worrying that it won’t—we can rest assured that it is coming, just in a form we haven’t imagined yet.Continue Reading
Since 10pm yesterday, the as yet unused factory buildings of the Labitzke Complex in Zurich have been occupied. And not a moment too soon: at 7:30 this morning, per the real estate firm Mobimo’s plan, the remaining tenants of the Complex were to hand in their keys.Continue Reading