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‘Interviews’ Archives

Interview with Teresa Kintz – Oak Journal (U$A)

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Oak Journal · Pull the Threads and Watch it Fall Apart

Oak Journal – Pull the Threads and Watch it Fall Apart

In this episode we speak with Theresa Kintz, as you can hear, this episode discusses many things, included Ted Kaczynski. Theresa Kintz is currently a professor of sociology at Indiana State University. Theresa has also written several papers on radical archaeology, including her 2015 paper Fields of Resistance: Reflections on Archaeology and Anarchist Praxis

Theresa is featured in “The Lost Unabomber Tapes” and is the interviewer who performed the 22 hour of interviews with Kaczynski on which the film is based.

Theresa is an amazing teacher and thinker who has been close to many incredible projects such as The Earth First Journal, The Underground, the Green Anarchist Radical Anthropology Efforts and Theresa was a regular face at Green Anarchist gatherings through the 90s and 2000s. Oak is very happy to speak with her and get her perspective on a variety of issues. The interview is quite long, so presented here is just a portion. Look for the complete interview in Oak 2, out Early Fall 2020.

Our line has a few disruptions during the conversation

Episodes should become regular again this month

Outro is from Surplus: Terrorized into being consumers

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(A-Radio) Belarus: The August Rebellion

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Belarus: Rebellion Against Dictatorship

As the Anarchist Radio Berlin, we gladly present this interview with an anarchist in Belarus on the current situation in the country. Since weeks people are in the streets in the aftermath of the last election.

In the interview, recorded on the 31st of august 2020, we learn about underlying reasons and the built up to the current protest movement, as well as the role of alternative media and the current state repression.

Links mentioned in the interview:

ABC Belarus: ways to donate to support anarchists (add note “STREET FUND” to direct money towards actions instead of repression costs)
Pramen: news from an anarchist perspective (also in english)
Belarus97.org: support people detained in general
Support people who lost their job because of their political views (Caution: links to Facebook!) https://bit.ly/344ANgH

Length: 56 min

You can find other English audios as well as all issues of the monthly anarchist show “Bad News” here.

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(A-Radio) B(A)D NEWS – Angry voices from around the world – Episode 37

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Welcome to the 37th edition of Bad News. This is your Angry Voices From Around The World for August, 2020.

In this episode you will hear contributions from:

1. A call for the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners (23.-30.8.2020)
2. Radio Fragmata (Athens):
* Updates from so-called Greece
3. Anarchist Assembly Valparaíso (Chile)
* Statement on the current imprisonment of two comrades
4. FrequenzA
* An interview about the Coordinating (prisoner support) group 18th of October in Chile.
5. A-Radio Berlin (Germany)
* A summary of the ongoing Mapuche hungerstrike in Chile

(Length: 35:40 min)

Other audios from A-Radio Berlin in English here.
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Slovenia: Tactics and challenges in the ongoing social uprising

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

As A-Radio Berlin we had the opportunity of talking to a comrade from the Federation for Anarchist Organizing (FAO) in Slovenia and Croatia.

Amongst the topics were the ongoing social uprising in Slovenia, the dynamics and challenges of such a movement in the Covid-19 context, state repression and neonazi attacks as well as a comparison to the 2012/2013 uprising. Last but not least our comrade offers an analysis of the tactics used in the struggle and how to possibly go forward.

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Italy: “What International?” – Interview with Anarchist Prisoner Alfredo Cospito [Part 3]

Friday, June 19th, 2020

The following interview is the 3rd part in an ongoing dialogue between anarchist comrade Alfredo Cospito, who is currently imprisoned at Ferrara Prison, and the editors of the Italian anarchist newspaper Vetriolo [Vitriol]. As far as we know, the first part of the interview has not been made available in English, however part two was translated by the Abolition Media Worldwide comrades in April 2019. Vetriolo have published the interview in parts, and have plans to publish the interview in its entirety in a forthcoming publication. We hope that we have captured the original spirit of the interview with our translation, however we are acutely aware of the possibility that some errors may have been made and we welcome any correspondence regarding any errors that may need correcting. To request copies of Vetriolo, they can be contacted via vetriolo[at]autistici.org

In some of your recent writings you have wanted to open a debate on: action and affinity groups, individual actions, claims of responsibility, ways to informally organize oneself among anarchists and propaganda through direct action. There are many different experiences that reach the present day, many and diverse within the different tensions of anarchism. We do not believe that there is, for the anarchism of action, an unavailability or impossibility with respect to the current historical context. Anarchists, in different ways and in every age, have always acted “here and now”. We would like to ask you, evaluating these experiences and different ways of acting and organizing in a horizontal and anti-authoritarian way: could one say that there is, especially in Italy, an ideological prejudice against “informal organization”, “anarchist groups”, and “claims of responsibility”? Equally, is the debate, which often ends up in mockery for its own sake, far from being able to confirm absolute validity or theoretical-practical evidence regarding “reproducibility, informality, anonymity”, in the Italian context conditioned by methodical, functional and a priori productive calculations, in a distorted logic of “factions”?

The “ideological” prejudice against informal organisation here is nothing new. Although there is no doubt that some concretizations of informal practice are more acceptable to “classical” anarchist organising than others. The “small” reproducible, unclaimed actions against structures of domination, without initials of any kind, create fewer problems than actions that endanger the lives of men and women in power, especially if these are claimed with initials that have a constancy over time. The former compared to the latter are more acceptable to the “movement” for the simple reason that they give rise to less intense repression by the State. The rejection of insurrectionism or informal experiences such as FAI/FRI by “classical” anarchism is almost always motivated as an “ethical” rejection of violence and specifically of certain actions (bomb attacks, arson attacks, parcel bombs, knee-cappings, expropriations…). (more…)

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Interview with a translator of the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Dear all,

We are now republishing an interview by The Final Straw Radio (TFSR) with a translator of the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran to share perspectives from membership in Iran and abroad about resistance to the regime from within, solidarity from abroad, the impact of US sabre-rattling. This interview is from January 2020.

Length: 52:26 min

You can find other English audios as well as all issues of the monthly anarchist show “Bad News” here: https://www.aradio-berlin.org/en/audios-2/.

More information from the Union can be found here (posts are mostly in Persian) …

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Chile: Dirti Lepra – Trap, Anarchism & Revolution

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

The struggle is not only in the streets but in how we represent and inspire each other. In January 2020, the Anarchist Radio Berlin was with Dirti Lepra, a trap artist with whom we talked about why make music for dancing with social critique and revolutionary lyrics, his life experience through music, anarchism and the popular uprising.

Social Media
* Instagram: @dirti_lepra
* Youtube: Dirti Lepra

You can listen to our Spanish original audio here.

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Italia: Quale internazionale? Intervista e dialogo con Alfredo Cospito dal carcere di Ferrara. Terza parte (Vetriolo)

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

PDF: Quale internazionale? Intervista e dialogo con Alfredo Cospito dal carcere di Ferrara. Terza parte (Vetriolo, giornale anarchico, n. 4, inverno 2020)

Il testo che riportiamo qui è la terza e ultima parte di “Quale internazionale? Intervista e dialogo con Alfredo Cospito dal carcere di Ferrara”, pubblicata nel mese di marzo 2020 nel numero 4 del giornale anarchico “Vetriolo”. Le parti prima e seconda sono state pubblicate rispettivamente nel numero 2 (autunno 2018) e 3 (inverno 2019). Data la complessità e la vastità degli argomenti trattati e del testo stesso, non è stato possibile pubblicarlo integralmente in un solo numero del giornale e si è scelto di suddividerlo in tre parti. Tutto lo scritto verrà stampato in un volume di prossima pubblicazione.

Con l’occasione, segnaliamo e correggiamo un errore presente nella terza parte (invitiamo a fare attenzione a questo passaggio durante la lettura del giornale). L’errore si trova nella quarta colonna di pagina 11, righe 4 – 11. Per una maggiore comprensione riportiamo l’intera frase: «Questo concetto può riacquistare un senso, una sua concretezza, una sua attualità solo se accompagnato dalla «rivolta», dalla violenza. La «rivoluzione» si accontenta del “pathos” (sentimenti, passioni, fascinazione) e della “praxis” (azione distruttiva, la propaganda del fatto, la violenza)».

L’errore è nella parola «rivoluzione», cui bisogna sostituire «rivolta». Quindi la frase corretta è: «Questo concetto può riacquistare un senso, una sua concretezza, una sua attualità solo se accompagnato dalla «rivolta», dalla violenza. La «rivolta» si accontenta del “pathos” (sentimenti, passioni, fascinazione) e della “praxis” (azione distruttiva, la propaganda del fatto, la violenza)».

Per richieste di copie: vetriolo[at]autistici.org

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Indonesia / USA: Jurnal Anarki Interview with Anarchist Author Kevin Tucker

Friday, March 6th, 2020

From Anarchists Worldwide: The following interview with self-described primal anarchist advocate, writer, editor, independent researcher, publisher, musician and rewilding human, Kevin Tucker, originally appeared in the first issue of the new Indonesian anarchist journal, Jurnal Anarki. Jurnal Anarki is written entirely in Bahasa Indonesian, and this is the first time content from it has been republished in English. We’d like to thank comrade Eat for making this possible!

1. Looking at the Anarcho-Primitivist Primer by John Moore, he explains that Anarcho-Primitivism has nothing to do with romanticizing the primitivist way of life, or as many people love to accuse Zerzan of, suggesting that we go back to the stone age. What do you think about John Moore’s interpretation of Anprim? Do you have a different interpretation, or perhaps even a critique of the Primer?

I don’t know if I would call it a critique of John Moore’s primer, but the ‘Anarcho-Primitivist Primer’ was admittedly a quick and personal take on anarcho-primitivism (AP). It was really only a few pages long, the kind of thing you hand out to contextualize other pamphlets, zines, and books you might have at the same time. It wasn’t meant to be definitive, even though, I would say, at the time it was still effective.

That said, I have a lot of appreciation for John, but his work was still limited by the time and when he died in 2002 there was a lot that had been kind of left unaddressed, to the point where a pamphlet like his earlier ‘Lovebite’ was dated pretty quickly.

A part of that is the terminology and framing. Personally, I’ve been moving towards a framing of “primal anarchy” over the term “anarcho-primitivist” for the last fifteen years now. “Primitive,” as a term, just doesn’t really cut it anymore, but it also reinforces this idea that “primitive” refers to a point in time or place. Like it’s something that has gone or remains in a few places. I think primal is a lot more fitting, which is the direction that Paul Shepard had been leaning in for some time. (more…)

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Interview with Anarchist Prisoner Amadeu Casellas in Catalonia

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

via AMW:

Since June 2018, the anarchist prisoner Amadeu Casellas is back in prison, accused of stealing 300,000 euros in Sabadell, Catalonia. As told by Amadeu, at the time of arrest, he was working at his home; they found absolutely nothing and also the victim did not recognize him at first, the judge took no consideration of these details when decreeing detention. He is currently imprisoned in Brians I prison in Catalonia. The following interview comes from the revolutionary website La Haine.

I first send my solidarity and that of La Haine to you in this new prison in which you’ve been suffering for months. How do you feel?

Very good.

How was your arrest and this new accusation?

At about 5 am they blew open the door where I lived. I was sleeping. I heard the noise and at first thought it was a neighbor, did not even think it was for me. Hooded police entered, threw themselves on me. I was hurt in the fifth and sixth vertebrae and I had to be taken to Granollers hospital. I had to wear a collar for about 20 days and was prescribed an anti-inflammatory.

I was accused of armed robbery. Some 20 policemen checked, and found nothing. (more…)

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Who are the Hong Kong Frontliners? Part 1 & 2 (China)

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

via Popular Front.

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USA: Oak Journal Audiozine Episode Out Now – Wither the System

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Oak is happy to announce our first audiozine episode. Visit Oakjournal.org for link or visit soundcloud.com/oakjournal directly to listen. And please subscribe to the RSS feed so you can get all the episodes. More episodes and print to come early 2020.

In this episode we hear from Yellow Finch tree sitter Rhubarb. We also hear from Popular Front founder and conflict reporter Jake Hanrahan. The episode explores contemporary resistance from both the macro and micro level. Topics include: resistance to Mountain Valley Pipeline, extraction resistance movements in general, autonomous zones, tree sitting, Hong Kong, Rojava, American Leftism, and much much more.

Readings in this episode include:

O Lost…? by John Zerzan

Barbarian Tongue by Trace Fleeman y Garcia

The New World by SMH (more…)

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Voices of Notara – Interviews from a squat in Exarchia, Athens (Greece)

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Voices of Notara. Part 3: “a place of love and revolution”

From Stateless (+ Pics):

This is one in a series of interviews with people involved in the Notara 26 squat in Exarcheia, Athens. The struggle for the free spaces here is made up of people with very different backgrounds, life stories and ideas. We aim to record people’s own words without imposing our views – though of course we can’t escape our own perspectives, or the limits of translation.

3. “Dokhtar-e-Mah” (daughter of the moon)

The idea of Notara came when lots of people were arriving in 2015. Many people were camping in the park in Pedion tou Areos, next to Exarcheia in the centre of Athens, living in tents outside in very bad conditions. We were some people from the movement who went to try and help.

Winter was coming. We held an assembly with comrades, and decided to find a building and occupy it as a squat for refugees. After doing a mapping of the area, we decided on this one, which belongs to the ministry of labour but had been abandoned for more than five years. We said – “what is public, we’ll give to the people.”

We entered the building on 25 September 2015, but we needed at least 15 days to prepare it. We made separations for rooms, showers, common spaces, storage spaces, the kitchen, etc. Social kitchens supported the project and brought in food every day for lunch and dinner, as later they also did for other squats in Exarchia. (more…)

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Interview with Collective Anarchy Today (Russia)

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Collective Anarchy Today | a2day.net gave answers to the questions that we were asked by comrades from France. The interview was prepared for this event: https://foireanarchistemarseille.noblogs.org/

The interview in English is available here: https://a2day.net/anarchy-today/

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Interview with Anarchist Comrade Alfredo Cospito from Ferrara Prison in Italy

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

The following text is from the second part of “Which international? Interview and dialogue with Alfredo Cospito from the Ferrara Prison,” part of a debate that some comrades are undertaking with imprisoned anarchist comrade Alfredo Cospito, published in winter 2019 in the anarchist newspaper “Vitriol” in Italian.

Analyzing the history of the movement of the exploited, of the poor, oppressed and proletarians, we see that anarchist ideas are born, nourished and developed in these contexts; on the other hand, most of the anarchists also come from there (of course there are also exceptions). These ideas were born mainly during the birth and growth of industrial capitalism (indicatively from the early 1800s to the 1970s), and up to 40 years ago, the organizations of the exploited and of the workers are mainly mass and the anarchist groups (and the individuals who are part of them) are also the fruit of that historical era. With the advent of capitalist restructuring in the 1980s, followed by a drastic change in the world of work, even anarchist action and organization undergo changes; to the classic organizations of synthesis (or mass), the less rigid structures, based on affinity and informality, are opposed. The new technological restructuring, based mainly on robotics will obviously lead to other drastic changes (mass unemployment) and the new proletarians will probably be employed in moving goods. In this context, in which the impoverishment of the proletarians (and obviously the exploitation of humans, animals and land) and the wealth of the exploiters will increase, does it still make sense to talk about class struggle? Are there still margins to involve – in the struggle for the destruction of this techno-industrial civilization – the exploited, the proletarians, the excluded? Should we try or renew forms of struggle organization?

This question starts from logical assumptions by making the organizational method depend on external conditions. But, for us anarchists, it is not all so simple, linear and logical because, not being “politicians,” in our case, the “means justify the ends,” not vice versa. Consequently, if capitalism “restructures,” it must not change our way of “organizing ourselves” because it is in the means we use that our anarchy lives. (more…)

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