At the beginning, the joint struggle in Bil'in of the Israeli Anarchists Against The Wall with the local activists differed only with a consisted Fridays direct actions against the construction of the separation fence. The Israeli state response was a prolonged effort to block the participation of the Israeli activists that failed due to geographic conditions, persistence of the Israeli activists, and our ingenuity. One of the restricting factors on the suppression efforts of the state forces was wide spread sympathy for these demos in the Israeli media, and public. In a desperate efforts the army sent covert agents to initiate stone throwing from the demo on the state force. After a long while they succeeded. Youngsters of the village got into the stone throwing habit. For years it was all over the media and contributed to the stone throwing culture of the Palestinian youth. This was a significant contributor factor to the already 4 months old "Children Intifada".
Why can’t the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in their interest and not that of the 1%
At a simple level parliamentary elections sound like the ideal way for the mass of the ‘have nots’ to use their numbers to overcome the power and influences of the tiny number of have’s. Occupy talked about this division in the language of the 1% and 99%; a crude approximation that does reflect a reality where the number of wealthy decision makers is actually very tiny, indeed less than 1%. So, why can’t the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in their interest and not that of the 1%?
The following is the official statement of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF) of South Africa on the controversy that erupted around Michael Schmidt, a South African activist, several months ago. It follows a careful collective discussion process and research and comes several weeks after the last installment in a series of articles claiming to be an expose of Schmidt. As we are also committed to a number of ongoing workshops, activities and publications, our time was limited. It has two main aims: to outline our position on the claims made for, and against, Schmidt, and to respond to a number of false statements that have been made about the ZACF in the course of the developing Schmidt affair.
The statement opens with an executive summary, followed by a much more extensive discussion.
The statement was collectively crafted and issued by the ZACF: www.zabalaza.net
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* Please note that a much earlier draft seems to have leaked online, labelled “Consolidated ZACF statement v18.docx” at 84kb, dated 22 December 2015. Our documents go through a process of collective writing and criticism and fact-checking, so THIS version (the one you are reading now) is the correct one, with significant changes from earlier versions. All previous drafts are made null-and-void by this final version and have no standing whatsoever, and we will not enter into discussion of such drafts.
Την Τετάρτη 25 Φεβρουαρίου, εκδικάζεται στη Θεσσαλονίκη, σε δεύτερο βαθμό, η υπόθεση του ολικού αρνητή στράτευσης, Μιχάλη Τόλη. Το Αναθεωρητικό Στρατοδικείο της Θεσσαλονίκης θα αποφασίσει για τις 2 εφέσεις που ακολούθησαν τις 2 πρωτόδικες καταδίκες του για το ίδιο αδίκημα. Το Στρατοδικείο του Μιχάλη Τόλη δεν αποτελεί απλά ένα δικαστικό ζήτημα ενός μεμονωμένου ανθρώπου με τις ένοπλες δυνάμεις, αλλά ένα καθόλα πολιτικό ζήτημα, το οποίο ξεπερνάει τις όποιες αποχρώσεις των εκάστοτε κυβερνήσεων και αποτελεί μέρος της πάλης της τάξης μας με το κράτος και με τους σάπιους θεσμούς που το ενσαρκώνουν.
Εκφράζουμε την αλληλεγγύη μας στον Μιχάλη Τόλη και σε όλους τους αρνητές στράτευσης που βρίσκονται στο στόχαστρο δικαστικών, στρατιωτικών και κρατικών θεσμών. Ο αγώνας τους είναι αγώνας όλης της τάξης μας.