The EU kills! Ferries not Frontex!

AntiNote: Call to Days of Rage and Direct Action

First they came for the refugees, and I said nothing…

A regime operating on a combination of racist selfishness and cultural nationalism that kills thousands of refugees at its borders–and surveils, harasses, detains, and marginalizes them within its borders–will not be capable of preventing the rise of the misanthropic Right.

If we want to truly respect the memory of those drowned, yesterday’s catastrophe should represent a paradigm shift. These people did not die in a natural disaster, but were killed by an inhumane and frankly undignified man-made doctrine: “Drowning should serve as a deterrent.” Nothing about the mass death on the Mediterranean is unavoidable.

Just the opposite: everything about this in fact desired; all of it is consciously accepted as “worth it.” It’s time that we find out exactly who is responsible for this criminal doctrine; it is time that anyone who accepts this death as the price of “deterrence” be called to account for their words and deeds.Continue Reading

“Die EU tötet Flüchtlinge: Fähren statt Frontex!”

AntiNote: Aufruf zu Tage der Wut und der Direkten Aktion

Sie kamen zuerst für die Flüchtlinge, und ich sagte nichts …

Ein Regime, das aus einer Mischung von rassistischem Egoismus und kulturellem Nationalismus Flüchtlinge an ihren Grenzen umbringt; innerhalb ihrer Grenzen verfolgt, verhaftet und marginalisiert, wird den Aufstieg der menschenverachtenden Rechten nicht verhindern können.

Die gestrige Katastrophe muss einen Paradigmenwechsel darstellen, wenn wir das Andenken der Verstorbenen respektieren wollen. Ertrunkene Menschen im Mittelmeer sind nicht unvermeidbar. Diese Menschen sterben nicht wegen einer Naturkatastrophe, sondern durch eine sowohl unmenschliche als unwürdige Doktrin: “Die Ertrunkenen sollen als Abschreckung dienen”. Nichts an all dem ist unvermeidbar.

Continue Reading

“Violence” at Blockupy: Enough with the Hypocrisy!

AntiNote: We encountered this article in German at Eisbrecher Wuppertal (via Linksunten Indymedia) shortly after the clashes around the grand opening of the new European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt last Wednesday. True to form, the dominant German-language media (and even much of the ‘alternative’ media) has been apoplectically clutching its pearls about the targeted property damage that the first phase of #M18 protests included in their largely successful blockade of the ribbon-cutting—while the dominant English-language media has been mostly silent.

This is a crying shame, considering that Blockupy 2015 represented a significant expansion and escalation of the continent-wide anti-austerity movement and should be considered in this context. This article provides some background on Blockupy (which grew out of the global Occupy movement and has learned and grown in the face of violent state repression—where nearly every other Occupy site faltered), and proposes applying similar levels of targeted militancy more broadly.

“Violence” at Blockupy Frankfurt: Enough with the Hypocrisy!
by some activists from Wuppertal, Germany
20 March 2015

In the country which is the world’s fourth-largest arms exporter, there were hours-long street clashes last Wednesday [18 March 2015]. After the massive repression faced by Blockupy activists in 2012 and 2013, state power lost control—at least for a short time—of entire sections of the city of Frankfurt.

Of course, the discourse over “violence” has dominated media reports. We should gladly engage in these discussions, so that conditions might change and we can finally put an end to the real structural violence all around us every day under capitalism.

Continue Reading

“There Were Just Too Many”

AntiNote: This interview originally appeared in German in issue #104 of the Antifaschistisches Infoblatt (AIB) and was posted online in December 2014. It bears mentioning that since the interview was initially conducted in English, it has now been translated and re-translated. Apart from any fantastic coincidences, these are not the exact words of Jock Palfreeman. His spirit and intention, however, are intact.

In 2007, Jock Palfreeman, then 21, traveled from his home in Australia to Bulgaria on vacation. On 28 December, he was witness to a racist hate crime in Sofia: a group of rightwing hooligans attacking a Roma person. Jock did what (unfortunately) few would. He intervened.

In the ensuing altercation, one of the attackers—Andrej Monov, son of a high-ranking government official and former police officer—was fatally stabbed.

Ever since, Jock has been sitting in Bulgarian prison—including stints in solitary—sentenced to 20 years for murder. He is currently appealing his sentence and fighting for extradition to Australia.

Continue Reading

Meet a Syriza Candidate: Yanis Varoufakis

2

AntiNote: The following is an extended excerpt of a radio interview, edited for readability.

Last Saturday, 17 January 2015, host Chuck Mertz of Chicago’s This is Hell! Radio spoke with Yanis Varoufakis, a political economist and candidate with the SYRIZA party running in this weekend’s parliamentary elections in Greece.

With the Left blogosphere tying itself in knots either celebrating or denouncing SYRIZA’s broadening political success, we at the Antidote Writers Collective—as is our habit, and since Greece is a context very close to our hearts—are still gathering ourselves and preparing a take which does neither, or both. In that spirit, we simply wish to disclaim that our publication of this interview, just as with any of the material we share, should not be interpreted as an unquestioning endorsement of the views expressed within it.

That said, we find Yanis’s statements worthy of considered attention, especially with regard to the (still) rising threat of neo-fascism in Europe. Expect much more on this topic in the near future.

Transcribed and printed with permission. Listen to the whole interview:

 

“We borrowed the largest sum in human history. As an insolvent nation. On condition that we would shrink our income! That’s not austere.”

Continue Reading

The War Is Not Over

By Mariam Barghouti

As you walk in the streets of Ramallah, with its aesthetically appealing buildings and the chaos of shoppers and street vendors the silence here is deafening.

We continue to protract this bubble deeper into the echelons of denial and complacency. The ululations in the summer for Gaza, and the metamorphosis into a population of cheerleaders continues to etch its indentation. We offered blistered tongues and Gaza offered its soul.

Ramallah-85277

Continue Reading

If There Isn’t Justice, Mexico Will Explode

Transcribed from the 29 November episode of This is Hell! Radio and printed with permission. Edited for space and readability. Listen to the whole interview:

 

“It’s worth repeating: police. We’re not talking about a crime that was carried out by organized crime. These were uniformed officers.”

Chuck Mertz: Dozens of people victimized by police, leading to nationwide protests…no, we’re not talking about Ferguson, Missouri. Here to tell us about the disappearances that have set Mexico on fire is irregular correspondent Laura Carlsen. She is a Foreign Policy in Focus columnist, a policy analyst and director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, and a writer and editor of The Americas Updater. She is based in Mexico City. Good morning, Laura.

Laura Carlsen: Good morning, Chuck.

Continue Reading