Signs against the gentrification: The Rigaer street party
Dear groups, individuals and collectives „Es ist besser unsere Jugend besetzt leere Häuser als fremde Länder“ (In our youth it is better to squat empty houses than foreign countries).
Under this motto some young people started squatting houses in Rigaestrasse and in the rest of Friedrichshain in the early 90’s, creating places where they could collectively live, organize and resist.
Particularly in the following years many of the squatted houses were evicted or pressed to sign contracts as a result of the so called „Berliner Line“ which aimed to push people into a capitalistic (consumptive) lifestyle. Even the contracts didn’t prevent houses getting evicted in many cases. Nevertheless a few of the originally squatted houses persist as active spaces.
Discounting these projects that have remained, with somewhat affordable rent – the rest of our Kiez has undergone drastic changes in rent costs and real estate prices that are obvious to see / hard to ignore, with formidable and unaffordable prices for flats. Read the rest of this entry »
A quick update for supporters around the world. A continuance has been
filed for Eric King’s federal trial, pushing the trial date back from
July 13th to October 26th. We will keep you updated on the progress of his
case and reach out when we’re starting to prepare to pack the court for
In the mean time, Eric remains housed in segregation at CCA Leavenworth.
We ask for all your love and solidarity while he continues to fight for
medical care, including outside testing for an increasingly serious
medical situation. We will update everyone as we get more information
about his health. Read the rest of this entry »
Captured ISIS member: The main group arrived at Kobanê from the Turkish side.
KOBANÊ – SEDAT SUR
Among those ISIS members who infiltrated into Kobanê and massacred over 200 civilians, one Egyptian of the gang captured alive by YPG/YPJ forces said the main group that started the attack had come into Kobanê from Turkey. He further said the ammunition used by the gangs in the clashes that lasted several days after the attacks had also been brought into Kobanê from the Turkish side.
On 25 June, ISIS gang members attacked Kobanê town centre from two directions; one from Helince road and the other from the side of Mürşitpınar border gate.
According to the information given by the ISIS member from Egypt, the ISIS members dressed in Turkish military uniforms entered into Kobanê from the Turkish side, while another group entered from Helince road in Free Syrian Army uniforms. Read the rest of this entry »
Chapter 5 of the book RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
RADICAL PEACE is a collection of reports from antiwar activists, the true stories of their efforts to change our warrior culture. In this chapter a mother tells of her son’s return from combat. She wishes to remain anonymous.
My son spent a year fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq in Delta Force. It was the worst year of his life … and of mine. As he told me later, there were times he thought he’d never come home. That was also my constant fear. For 365 days, every time the phone rang I thought it would be a voice from the Pentagon telling me with well-practiced condolence that my son had died a hero.
Jim had joined the army after college. I think he was trying to finally win his father’s approval. The old man was a West Pointer who had served a long military career, including two tours in Vietnam, and retired a colonel. He probably would’ve made general if it hadn’t been for his drinking. He never showed much interest in Jim and me, preferring the camaraderie of his soldier buddies.
We divorced when Jim was in high school. The colonel didn’t ask for visitation rights, and Jim was crushed when it became obvious that his dad didn’t care about seeing him. Read the rest of this entry »
June 27: Daesh’s Attack on Kobane Utterly Repelled, Remaining Terrorists Driven Out of the City
Immediate Release for the Media and Public Opinion
KOBANE, Rojava (June 27, 2015) – A military operation by members of the People’s/Women’s Defense Units alongside Security Forces continues to encounter terrorist attacks started on Thursday which brutally targeted and killed a large number of unarmed civilian population in Kobane.
Military actions continued last night against a large group of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorists who had infiltrated inside the city; the group was surrounded in 4 distinct locations. In the dead of the night, our troops effectively cleared 3 of those positions from all terrorist activities; moreover this morning our Units were able to fully secure the Mishtenur hospital as the last point controlled by the attackers, and hold initiative over the hiding place.
During the stated securing process, in total 60 terrorist elements who had surreptitiously penetrated into the city were confirmed killed; our forces also could capture a member of the enemy forces in action. Read the rest of this entry »
“this is just to say that back on the [winter] solstice of 2013, i lit a newspaper stand on fire in solidarity with the rota flora squat being attacked by the fascist pig-state. i approached by bicycle and used a lighter to start the fire right at the front corner of the front lawn of the ohio state house (broad and high) in columbusx ohio united disney states of north american continent landia. i made sure to leave the lighter in the flaming shit-newspapers so it would make a minor explosion of the rage i felt as i rode furiously away on my bicycle. i did get caught and fought with everything to show those fucks a terrible time. it ended with 2 days in jail after a forced tranquilization shot in the ass surrounded by neo-nazi pigs (about 6 white officers) in the back of a paddywagon. i woke up in jail with a huge black eye but after kick-ass legal defense, i served a year non-reporting-probation for ‘criminal mischief’. i am pleased to see this link http://rt.com/news/hamburg-rote-flora-clashes-635/ at what happened the day i was released! solidaridad in full-hearted rage and love for free safe spaces – when they bring shields we show them fire; when they bring riot-cops, we bring the r][I][ot!”
Fennovoima-Rosatom’s nuclear power project is now at a critical point. Fennovoima is supposed to hand over the keys – symbolical and concretical – to Rosatom on the 1st of July. However, Rosatom wants – as agreed – the area without troublesome extra attachments.
Requirements for a police-assisted eviction are however not quite ready yet.
The people still holding on to their lands and cottages in the area have been sent a message by Fennovoima, in which is demanded that the last missing cottage-keys be surrendered to the company at the latest on Friday 26th of June. If this does not happen, the issue will proceed to the Distraint Authorities [the authority managing forced collection of debts, taxes, etc.] according to Fennovoima. After that we’ll have to see how and with what kind of schedule the Distraint and police authorities sort out the practicalities and the connecting of their respective official powers. Read the rest of this entry »
Updated: Today, in Kobane, at least 50 people [now known to be over 200] have been killed by Daesh terrorists, who attacked with 3 suicide car bombs, with one from the Turkish border at Kobane’s Mursitpinar border gate. Kobane hospital is currently unable to treat the injured all at once, for those with critical condition are attempted to be moved to North Kurdistan, Turkey. But Turkish military on the borderline are preventing the process of transferring the injured who most of them are women and children. Despite learning how serious situation of the wounded are, the Turkish military and their border officials are not responding consciously and they continue to keep the civilians waiting near the border crossing.
The ISIS terrorists have at 4 o’clock in the morning with the help of Turkish soldiers crossed the border. The ISIS terrorists were wearing the uniforms of YPG. So far 7 dead and 50 injured there. Our people need urgent help. All Kurds in Northern Kurdistan from Pirsus city (Suruç), please go to hospital, people in urgent need of blood ASAP!!!!! Please note all civilian people from Kobanê, please remain calm and don’t leave your homes!!!! In the center of Kobanê so far 10 people have died. In Berxbatan village are very heavy fighting between YPG fighters and terrorists of ISIS. It is difficult to know how many civilians have been killed in Berxbatan village [23 are reported dead so far]. Nobody from YPG was able to connect to the internet today because the Turkish telefon company “Tukcell” has been crippled.
Lions of Rojava
A group of Daesh (ISIS) terrorists who waged an attack on Kobane city this morning June 25, were repulsed by our forces of the People’s/Women’s Defense Units in an appropriate reaction to their quick and simultaneous assaults. During intense fighting near the city’s border gate at least 15 attackers have been confirmed killed, while a member of the terrorists has been captured alive.
For now, clashes continue within an extent where the terrorists encounter a total blockade by the Defense Units.
On Monday 22 June 2015, 40 anarchists of anarchist collective “Rouviconas” in Athens, defied the so called majority in the streets, infiltrated at the center of a right wing protest of approximately 5.000 protesters demonstrating in favour of EU and IMF austerity measures in front of the Greek parliament in Syntagma square and burned several European Union flags shocking the ultra conservative crowd.
The Riot Police, now governed by the so called left government of Syriza proceeded to arrest all of the anarchist protesters, verifying that Class War exists even in the so called right to protest.
On June 2 preliminary hearing regarding the case of anarchist political prisoner Ilya Romanov from Nizhnii Novgorod was conducted in Moscow District Military Court. Ilya took part in the court session via video conference link. The court rejected all the petitions of the defendant’s lawyer, Evgeny Gubin, including the petition to cancel his “non-disclosure” pledge, which the investigating bodies made him to sign.
Moscow District Military Court starts hearing of the Romanov’s case on June 16 at 11:00. Sessions will be held in the building of Nizhegorodskii Regional Court (Russia, Nizhnii Novgorod, Bolshaya Pokrovskaya str., 17).
Nizhnii Novgorod regional department of the Federal Security Service (“FSB”) accuses Ilya of preparing a terrorist attack (the “attack” didn’t occur at all) and an attempt for justification of terrorism. The very fact of such double “might-have-been terrorism” in Russian province (where nobody has seen a single terrorist throughout the recent history at all), performed by one political activist, tells directly about political bias in this case. Read the rest of this entry »
Chapter 4 of the book RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
Jamal Khan is an Afghan journalist who fled his country because of Taliban persecution and now lives in Germany. We met in the apartment of a mutual friend from the Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft, the German Peace Society. Jamal is mid-forties, thin, with curly brown hair, tan skin, and clear green eyes that take everything in.
Hathaway: “Do you miss your country?”
Khan: “Only when I’m drunk, which isn’t very often. Then I get stupidly sentimental.
“Actually I’m not a big fan of any country. They’re all inhuman. They exist mainly as platforms for power. The rulers promote cultural rituals that make people identify with the place they live. Then they manipulate the people’s patriotic emotions to get them to fight wars for them. We cling to the identification because it gives us a sense of security, of belonging to something greater. But the insecurity we feel is actually generated by the power the rulers have over us. Read the rest of this entry »
NEW INVESTIGATION FOR 270bis AND 280 IN TRENTINO – ITALY
On their way back from a beautiful antimilitarist demo against the airport of Decimomannu [Sardinia] on 14th June, four comrades were stopped and searched by police at the airport of Bergamo. One of the comrades was notified that he was under investigation for 270bis (subversive association with intents of terrorism) and 280 (attack with intents of terrorism) following two attacks carried out between December 2013 and January 2014: the one against the techno-industrial hub “Meccatronica” in Rovereto and the other against the Tribunal of surveillance in Trento.
It must be said that investigations for 270bis have been following one another since 2000 in Trentino like in other regions of Italy. In this case the “novelty” is that the cops wanted to take DNA samples from the comrade. As he refused, they told him that procedure for forced sample taking would be put in place. In accordance with cops and judges’ statements after the events of 1st May in Milan, namely that they wanted to create a DNA database with samples taken from the streets, sample taking, accomplished or attempted, has been a constant against any comrade being arrested, evicted or stopped. Read the rest of this entry »