Photo Essay: Clashes in Kiev

AntiNote: These photographs were taken over two days in Kiev last week, 22 and 23 January 2014, by citizen photographer Ilya Varlamov.  He posted them today on livejournal, with his own commentary.

We have selected a few of the more impressive images, and have included Varlamov’s captions where appropriate.  He warns that Western media’s impressions of last week’s reactionary escalations in Kiev are largely mythological and exaggerated. 

Nonetheless, AntiDote takes seriously the analyses of our comrades working with New Left groupings in Eastern Europe, which argue that the Euromaidan movement and opposition to Viktor Yanukovych’s corrupt government have been increasingly instrumentalized by radical rightwing and nationalist groups.  We caution our readers to maintain a healthy skepticism, and we by no means intend to offer support or encouragement to forces with racist, chauvinist, militaristic, or totalitarian designs.

Please click on each image for a closer look.

I came to Kiev to see for myself what is happening here. Of course, an hour after arriving at Maidan, you begin to understand that everything you've read in dozens of articles and seen in TV news reports is total crap. With these photographs I will try, as objectively as possible, to sort out this new wave of the Kiev revolution.

I came to Kiev to see for myself what is happening here. Of course, an hour after arriving at Maidan, you begin to understand that everything you’ve read in dozens of articles and seen in TV news reports is total crap. With these photographs I will try, as objectively as possible, to sort out this new wave of the Kiev revolution.

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Die Flucht – Die Herzlosen

Der nachfolgende Text wurde anlässlich einer Zugbesetzung geschrieben und den Passagieren per Lautsprechanlange vorgelesen. Ziel der Aktion war es, der Flucht eine Geschichte, und den Fliehenden eine Stimme zu verleihen. Vorgelesen wurde der Text von einer Aktivistin der Autonomen Schule Zürich (ASZ) und eines Mitglieds des A4-Infoshop Kollektiv Zürich.

Von AntiDote’s Laurent Moeri

Solidarität ist die Zärtlichkeit der Völker – Che

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The Struggle Against Orientalism in Reverse

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We have in the first part attempted to show how and why the struggle against Islamophobia is a major issue for the radical left (although it is unfortunately often overlooked by some comrades) in its struggle for an egalitarian and emancipated society against the capitalist system. In this second part, we want to demonstrate that the struggle against Islamophobia should under no circumstances be replaced by “Orientalism in reverse or in return” that affects certain parts of the radical left when we analyze the Middle East and North Africa.Continue Reading

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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Revolution within the revolution

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Those that have bought into regime narratives that it is engaged in an existential battle against Al Qaeda terrorists must be feeling a little confused this week.

Revolutionary activists have long been protesting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), known locally as Daesh, the main Al Qaeda affiliated group in Syria.[1]

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