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Open Letter to the Mother of Rémi Fraisse (2014)
I understand the appeal for peace. We did the same thing. Madame, people are fighting for Rémi, for their dignity, and for their ideals. They are fighting for you, for all of us. Continue reading
We’re All Staying!
The example of Hamburg shows how antiracist protests against European asylum policies can link up with local struggles like the fight around skyrocketing rents and the right to the city. Continue reading
And the End Result Is Hanau
No passport, no job title, no class position, no achievement will protect us from constantly being seen as outsiders, as those who do not belong. I don’t have to frequent hookah bars to understand the message of the Hanau terrorist and those who stoked his hatred. Continue reading
When Zurich Burned, and Was Reborn
We dedicate this article both to the memory of George Floyd as well as to the freshly founded autonomous zone in Seattle, where activists are further along in the Zurich timeline now than even Minneapolis, where it all started. We salute you! Continue reading
“Just stay in your country and die.”
Whether in Syria or in the diaspora, a big part of the problem is that Syrian voices are just not listened to. They know best what’s happening in their country. We could learn from their experience and support them. Continue reading
“Iran is about to explode.”
The discontented segments of the Iranian populace are reacting very quickly at the moment. It only takes the slightest instigation and they’re back out in the streets. It is obvious that the Iranian state can’t simply go on as before without facing massive organized resistance. Continue reading
Climate Emergency in Switzerland
On the way to court on the second day, we all saw each other again for the first time. We were so excited, playing around, singing and laughing…afterwards the guards were way more pissed off than before. They were really mad about it! Continue reading
“As long as people are fleeing, we will try to rescue them.”
It’s shocking to see how much time and effort state agencies put into combating sea rescues. Continue reading
The Balkans in Rightwing Mythology
The ideas that became socially acceptable with the rise of Serbian nationalism in the 1980s soon found their concrete political implementation. What emerged was an ideological cocktail of racism, demographic panic, conspiratorial paranoia, and revanchism that ultimately proposed an urgent need for action against an allegedly existential threat. Continue reading
Reporting Against Brutal Occupiers
Members of RBSS have devoted their lives to a higher cause: the battle for the story of the Syrian war online. Some have even lost their lives for it. “We have to keep going,” says AbdAlaziz Alhamza. Continue reading
The rescue boat is still a long way off, at least two minutes away. I can see through the spray of the sea that it is coming as fast as it can. But it is too late for us. Continue reading
Calling Forth a New Internationalist Left
For migrants and their autonomous struggles, the factor of “race” is a social relationship through which “class experience” is made. Not the other way around. An internationalist leftwing counternarrative must take this as its starting point. Continue reading
The Freedom to Go Anywhere
As long as there are individual states, there will be borders that determine which state is responsible for which section of the Earth’s surface. But there is no reason to assume that these borders must be “closed.” Continue reading
A Quick Reminder to the Class
As radical leftists our work is built upon the self-organization of the oppressed and exploited; we need a different conception of the working class. Continue reading
Eastern Ghouta: New Dimensions of Brutality
Eastern Ghouta is reminiscent of 2016 Aleppo: siege, starvation, bombardment, impending forced displacement. And twice as many people live there as were still in Aleppo at the end of 2016. 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.
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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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