“I hope the Russian empire will be destroyed!”
Syrian-British journalist Robin Yassin-Kassab on the connections between the wars in Syria and Ukraine, the failure of the Western left, and ways to deepen democratic institutions. Continue reading
Ukraine and Syria: War and Resistance
The violence is there, it’s in the news: here are the numbers dead, here are the potential war crimes, the hospitals bombed, the markets bombed. We’ve become desensitized to this, globally. And yet there is so much that people are doing on the ground, and a lot of creative actions. Continue reading
Our Wounds Are Bridges
Amplifying the voices of those who are in the middle of the fight, those who have suffered; asking people what life they want to live and then helping them to build it: this is what we need to be doing together. Continue reading
Voices in the Wilderness
Today, near my building, I saw that my neighbors had painted the “Z” symbol on their cars, this new swastika that marks the Russian military equipment going to attack Ukraine. They’re all in favor of the hellishness, the blood and death, the war. It’s so scary. Continue reading
Addressing Russian Propaganda
The default anti-military position is that when two imperial powers fight each other, you don’t take a side. This position is convenient but it’s not the situation that’s happening. There aren’t two imperialisms here, there’s just one imperialism against the people. Continue reading
Slave Labor in Lugansk
The context for slave labor is a war – ostensibly between eastern Ukrainian separatists and the Kyiv government, but in reality fueled by huge quantities of weaponry and volunteers that have poured over the border from Russia – that has cheapened human life and made torture, murder and forced disappearances the norm. Continue reading
Why I Left Crimea
The only thing left is to take each person by the hand, serve them tea, put a plaid throw over them and say, “That’s it. This shit is fucked. We’re going to kill you now.” Continue reading
Novorossiya’s ‘Leftist’ Friends
European countries have yet to see in action the “red-brown” synthesis, which is so popular in the post-Soviet space. Continue reading
Russian Avant-Garde in the Age of Disinformation
Transcribed from the 28 February 2015 episode of This is Hell! Radio and printed with permission. Edited for space and readability. Listen to the full interview: “This is the funny thing: when people don’t believe in anything, when they’re cynical about everything, they’re actually incredibly easy to manipulate.” Continue reading
The Normality of War
by Gavin Rae for LeftEast “What’s abnormal is not the worst. What’s normal, for example, is world war.” —Franz Kafka The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War takes place in a growing atmosphere of global conflict. The world seems to be once again teetering on the verge of catastrophe. A wave… Continue reading
Entschuldigen Sie bitte – Wie weit ist es von Simferopol nach Grosny?
Das Original auf Englisch ist hier einzusehen Von Laurent Moeri für Antidote, übersetzt von K. H. W. “Wenn der Kampf vorbei ist und die Märtyrer schlafen, erheben sich die Feiglinge aus den Gassen, um uns von ihrem Heldentum zu erzählen” -Graffiti in Homs, Syrien Vorwort – Mission Impossible Was folgt, ist ein Versuch des Unmöglichen:… Continue reading
Excuse Me Mister, How Far Is It from Simferopol to Grozny?
If we are unwilling to listen to revolutionaries on the ground, maybe we should shut up. To make it very clear: leftists and anarchists support neither dictators nor representatives of imperialist states. Continue reading
DISCULPE SEÑOR – ¿QUÉ DISTANCIA HAY ENTRE SIMFERÓPOL Y GROZNY?
El siguiente texto es un extracto de “Excuse me Mister – How Far is it from Simferopol to Grozny?” Para leer el texto completo en Inglés, haz clic aquí. Por Laurent Moeri de Antidote Traducido al Español por un gato cualquiera IV. El eslabón faltante: Chechenia y Crimea “Terek on his stones is fretting /… 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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