“If we stay here we are going to die.”
Testimonies from refugees in Tunisia about their protest sit-in at the UNHCR in Tunis and its violent eviction Continue reading
Do people know that supermarkets routinely fly apples to the UK from South Africa to be washed, and then they’re flown back again? Norway flies fish to China to be de-boned and then flies it back. We are talking about the most outrageous waste, and a major cause of climate change. Continue reading
Oppression Radiates: Gaza and the Arab Spring
We need to connect and learn from each other about the histories of struggles in different places; get together and build together, so that when there is another revolutionary wave, we can be more prepared to make it everybody’s. Continue reading
“This place is hell and it cannot be fixed.”
As we were leaving the camp, locals confronted us, asking why we were helping the Syrians. They did not know about the three-month-old baby who had died right next door to them. Continue reading
“You’re supposed to protect us!”
“She ran away from her husband, he was very violent. Then she got deported, because she didn’t go to her interview, because the social workers didn’t give her the letter in time. They treat us with negligence.” Continue reading
Iñaki and Me
Iñaki need not worry about being thrown in prison; he need not fear pursuit: the Spanish justice system does not persecute his ethnicity. He currently lives in a villa on Lake Geneva. His bank account is full. Continue reading
“In our mouths, words become crimes.”
The laws have changed their names, but they are still laws of exception, and they still have the same consequences for dissidents: persecution, criminalization, repression, and imprisonment. Freedom of expression exists only for those who think the way they do. Continue reading
After the Storm at the Border
We have failed in our initial attempts at political intervention. The situation of migrants has continued to deteriorate since summer 2015, and has gotten progressively more insulated from public scrutiny. Continue reading
Life and Death, Love and Rage in the “Beautiful Prison”
We expect evictions of the remaining squats in the next weeks and months, and that the arrests, imprisonments, and deportations will keep going. But we are not ready to give up. We will stay here, we will keep fighting. Continue reading
How to Build an Invisible Prison
People issued bounding orders are being criminalized and humiliated, receiving a punishment amounting essentially to indefinite detention. Continue reading
Politics in Turkey: the Elites and the Streets
The more allies Erdoğan loses in his state apparatus, the more he has to rely on radical groups on the street to secure his power. Continue reading
The Awful Purgatory of Authoritarian Non-Consolidation
“I’m not even sure this can be called a system, because there aren’t very clear institutionalized rules for participation. It’s not just a lack of democratic channels of representation. The regime doesn’t have a clear social coalition of groups that have a vested interest in its presence or in its policies.” Continue reading
What’s Greek is Global: “We’re All In It Together.”
“Europe—or at least our leadership—is following the script of the late 1920s, which with mathematical precision is going to lead to a major deflationary shock that the United States’ economic recovery is not strong enough to sustain.” Continue reading
They Can’t Be Pleaded With – They Must Be Fought
The idea of open borders is anathema to Europe’s ruling elites; inhumane detention camps seem, on the other hand, to be perfectly acceptable. Politicians in power display nothing but inhumanity. We have to step into action; we have to go all out. Continue reading
Counter-Stories Against Robot Dystopia
“Other traditions in our history can allow us to tell counter-stories, to narrate our world in ways that resist and refuse dominant narratives that have horrible effects on people.” Continue reading
The Antidote Writers Collective seeks to resist and counteract the poisons that course through the veins of our politics, our cultures, our movements, our relationships, ourselves.
We believe that a strong collective immune system is built through knowledge and understanding and that the struggle against division and repression requires building a new culture of discussion that goes beyond flat definitions, brittle ideologies, stubborn dogmas, idle preconceptions, and petty rivalries.
We will share knowledge with each other, aiming to build empathy, and in turn enable the emergence of genuine solidarity—one which does not demand uniformity across contexts, one which does not “include” you, but in which you include yourself.
In this spirit, we will provide a platform for a diverse set of voices, especially for those otherwise silenced or ignored in “mainstream” discussions. We want to hear from people engaged in radical struggles all over the world. We seek neither agreement nor conflict, but rather to identify issues at their roots, and to consider different radical approaches to their resolution. And though we at the Antidote Writers Collective have voices—and we will use them—we will not presume to speak for anybody.
On the contrary, we invite you to offer us new ways of thinking, new ways of seeing. It’s not about establishing a space for comfy ideological self-indulgence, but for questions, for a true diversity of voices and viewpoints, and for turning all of this into action.
One World. One Struggle.
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“… in the midst of putative peace, you could, like me, be unfortunate enough to stumble on a silent war. The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.” – Arundhati Roy
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