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Anarchist report about prison hierarchy and conditions by comrade Mikalay Dziadok (Belarus)

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Belarusian prison – Untouchables in the prison hierarchy

The topic of prison caste system is often raised in the media in recent times, it is often discussed in connection with the political prisoners. However, almost all who write on the subject, know about it at best from the stories of former inmates or use common social stereotypes. As a result, there are often a lot of blunders and false representation.

The aim of this article is to illuminate some aspects of this complex and multifaceted phenomenon the informal hierarchy in Belarus prisons.

27 years old, an activist of the anarchist movement. He was born in the town of Bragin, Gomel region. He graduated from the Belarusian State University College of Law, worked as a judicial custodian in the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk and legal adviser in a private company. In 2009 he entered the European Humanities University (Vilnius) specializing in Political Science and European Studies. On September 201, he was detained in Minsk on suspicion of the attack on the embassy of Russia. He was convicted of participation in a protest actions near the General Staff, the House of Trade Unions and the casino “Shangri-La” in the “case of anarchists“, he received 4.5 years prison sentence. Three months before his release he was sentenced to another year of imprisonment under Art. 411 of the Criminal Code (willful disobedience to prison administration). Released on August 22, 2015 by presidential decree “On presidential pardon” (he did not write a petition for clemency, although it was repeatedly offered). Now he is a first year student at the European Humanities University, specializing in world politics and economics.

There are scientific works on this subject. And, of course, I do not aspire to consider the phenomenon in all its diversity in one article. The question will be mainly about one prison caste, the existence of which characterizes the system as a whole, and the knowledge of which is critically important for any falling prisoner in Belarus, especially for a political prisoner. The so-called “petukhi” (“roosters”) ( also “downcast”, “bugger”, “cockscomb”, etc.).

So, from this text, you will learn:

– How did the “downcast” appear in prison;

– How do people become one;

– What are conditions of these people in jail and prison;

– What functions are performed by these people in prison;

– Why is the existence of this caste vital for the administration of penitentiary facilities.
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“Ethnic” anarchists in Belarus: Debunking the Myths

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Groups that combine anti-authoritarian and nationalist ideas are nothing new. Though they are new for Belarus, where anarchists have always been anti-nationalist and viewed themselves as part of a global movement for freedom. These groups would not deserve your attention if they weren’t trying to disguise themselves as anarchists and make connections to the left-wing and anarchist movement in the West in order to get access to different resources: financial, informational etc.

What follows is a list of facts proving that one cannot be an anarchist believing that patriotism is a vital feature in the anti-state struggle. This text is an attempt to warn our comrades from possible contacts with these groups and give information about what they really are.

For now there are two groups in Belarus that call themselves ethnic anarchists – Poshug (“Flash”) and Khaurus (“Fellowship, Cahoot”). Judging by their pages in social networks (http://vk.com/psh_soc, http://vk.com/union8x9) both groups appeared in 2013.

Looks like Poshug’s adherents have their roots in a patriotic (sic!) wing of antifascist football hooligans of ‘Partyzan’, former MTZ-RIPO (http://vk.com/nasasprava). The background determined what they were fighting for – veganism, straight edge, animal liberation, ecology, anti-imperialism. (more…)

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Bristol, Britain’s Flagship ‘Smart City’ (UK)

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

“We’re creating an environment where in a year or two, not five, the whole world will look at Bristol for the future of smart cities.”
– Dimitra Simeonidou, High Performance Networks Lab, Bristol University

The city of Bristol, south west U.K., has begun a multi-million pound experiment to create the ‘smart-city’ of the future, which would cement Bristol as a global leader in the telecommunications world. The wider area of Avon (mainly the ‘post-industrial’ estates of Bristol and Bath) already hosts the largest digital technology sector in the British Isles outside of London, and receives funding from the government as such.

City authorities and allied technological entrepreneurs are working to kit out Bristol with a city-wide ‘digital fabric’ of the very latest in sensor and connectivity technology, to make it the world’s first open ‘programmable city’. A high-speed fibre-optic network (making use of disused cable ducting owned by the council) is being combined with a new ‘city operating system’ that will power an experimental network. In the coming spring of 2016, 1,500 sensor-equipped lampposts are being launched around the city; the vast majority of Bristol will be covered in a Radio Frequency (RF) mesh. This is predicted to revolutionise the way that emergency response, traffic management and other municipal services are handled, and track certain vehicle locations, with eventual alleged trickle-down ‘benefits’ such as informing residents of parking spaces and air pollution (ahem, from those parking spaces) in an increasingly mechanised and technified environment. (more…)

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PDFs: 4 new releases from green anarchist zine Return Fire (UK)

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Return Fire #3 : Contents (Winter 2015-2016)

Colonisation (Glossary, Return Fire #3)

Smarter Prison A5 imposed

RF #3 Colour Cover

RF #3 B&W Cover

Just now we’ve sent out the PDF versions of our recent releases, for downloading and printing. (For past issues, see here). To summarise, there’s the full length edition of Return Fire vol.3 (Winter 2015-2016), full of news, theory, poetry and antagonism; a companion piece consisting of our ‘glossary’ entry for the issue, on Colonisation; an imposed and print-ready version of ‘Smarter Prison?‘ as a supplement to vol.3, which we received from ‘Radical Interference’ and released for December of 2015; and lastly, we’ve uploaded one of the feature texts from vol.3, ‘The Veil Drops‘, to theanarchistlibrary.org as a separate file for reading and reproduction.

Return Fire vol.3

A continuation of our project to bring incisive anarchic content from around to world to an anglophone readership. New editorial content, reprints of things we’ve found useful, artwork, action listings, foraging information, the usual.

There’s a few previously-untranslated articles in this issue. For example, one is an extract from the latest cover story of Italy’s eco-insurrectionary periodical Terra Selvaggia, on ‘The Advance of Urbanisation’ and, simultaneously, cracks opening in the concrete which we could utilise… Annie Archet meanwhile tells a life-story of evading identity, in Portrait of the Invisible Woman in Front of Her Mirror. To name
some out of the texts we’ve assembled from selections of pre-existing ones, David King looks at the reductionist and patriarchal implications of modern reproductive technologies in “Into Her Inner Chambers”, and Nicola Gai speaks to acting within ‘The Maximum That Our Abilities Allow’ (from his contribution to the founding issue of the Croce Nera Anarchica).
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“A discussion from the future”… or, “imprisoned anarchists and intermediate claims (university studies with electronic surveillance, licenses, suspensions)’ by Christos Tsakalos of CCF/FAI-IRF

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

They say, in prison, that the most insidious drug is hope…

Hope for a good transfer, a convenient cell, a good court-decision, a sentence reduction on appeal, a semi-free status with electronic surveillance, for license approval, a suspension, an early release.

Hope is prison’s (and democracy’s) velvet bat. The prisoner now suppresses them-self in exchange for any of the above…

The price for the common prisoners in order to keep their hope alive is to become prison snitches, to be quiet, not to participate in demonstrations, to be a part of the anonymous statistics of the prison population and generally to invisibly serve their sentences with their head down.

The price for political prisoners is to renounce the armed struggle or even to capitulate with their silence…

In the “Years of Lead” in Italy, that usually happened by public declarations renouncing the armed struggle, often followed by telltale testimonies that led to fighters’ arrests. (more…)

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“I attack, therefore I am” by imprisoned anarchist comrade Nikos Romanos (Greece)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

“The proposal unfolded, the rebellion was generalized, some people undertook to respond to the call, fighters were active and the clock started to move: with different activities ranging from roadblocks, blockades, marches, closing of schools, explosive attacks everywhere, arsons, and other acts. All was called forth by this insurrectionary project, a coupling of theory and practice in action, a convergence between thought, analysis, action and proposals for destruction.”
From a responsibility claim of anonymous comrades in Mexico for three bomb attacks against targets of authority, in the framework of Black June

For us, the month that passed was a testing ground for the informal coordination of anarchist action, at the same time being an experimental attempt for a political coexistence of comrades from different political origins and outlooks, who while maintaining their political autonomy would contribute to the realization of a subversive plan oriented around four key political directions: direct action, diversity of tactics and theories, the desire for a common coordination, and informal organization.

The campaign of Black December was a gathering point for the strategic direction of informal organization and to restart the continuous anarchist uprising in our own territory and internationally. This is why I think it was worthwhile, both for the prospects of enlarging anarchist attack and to look for paths where anarchist practices will meet, so that everyone who participated in this subversive undertaking will not just stay where they are, but will look for the right means to ensure the continuing informal coordination of anarchist action, defining our own coordinates within the social war and thus shaping those conditions that will allow us to strengthen and empower a polymorphic front to diffuse the seed of continuous anarchist insurrection in the metropolises of the world. (more…)

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Presentation of Nikos Maziotis: “Armed Struggle, Revolutionary Movement, and Social Revolution” – Athens Polytechnic, 2014 (Greece)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Presentation of Nikos Maziotis:
“Armed Struggle, Revolutionary Movement, and Social Revolution”
Athens Polytechnic, November 2014

[The talk began with various brief greetings to comrades attending the presentation, those of the squat KVOX for organizing the event, a reference by Maziotis to the government preventing him from speaking by phone to a prior meeting, etc. After this presentation, there were also some questions and responses which are not yet translated]…

This presentation deals with the theme, “Armed Struggle, Revolutionary Movement and Social Revolution” and has as its goal to show the clear and undeniable connection of armed struggle with the creation of a revolutionary movement that is a necessary precondition for social revolution, for the overturn of State and Capital.

I also believe that such a discussion is a good opportunity to begin political work that will aim at the creation of a certain form of political structure, that is to say a revolutionary movement that will try to overturn the rule of state and capital in the present-day Greek territory. Our goal as Revolutionary Struggle is the creation of such a revolutionary movement, and we have pursued this with our acts and our words. I believe with these words and acts we have brought political armaments and analysis into the anti-authoritarian space which can be used to build the base of a revolutionary movement. I would underline that a similar presentation in Thessaloniki at Terra Incognita squat at which I spoke, also fueled conversations and efforts to begin political work to form a revolutionary movement. (more…)

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‘Chaotic Variables – A Theoretical Contribution In Proposal for an Informal Anarchist Platform’ by CCF – Metropolitan Violence Cell (Greece)

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Chaotic Variables

A Theoretical Contribution In Proposal for an Informal Anarchist Platform

1) Disobedience is a virtue

You are obliged to pretend to respect people and institutions that you consider irrational. You live by fashion in a cowardly era, attached to ethical and social conventions you despise, that you condemn and you know they lack of any background. It is this constant contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and conceited spearheads of a culture that makes you sad, disoriented and unbalanced. In this unbearable struggle you lose every dance for life, all sense of your personality as every moment they oppress, they limit and control the freedom of your strength. This is a poisonous and deadly blow caused by the civilized world.”

Octave Mirbeau

We have long since opposed the world of authority and its countless projections and impositions on our lives. We have toed the line with the world of anarchy seeking to find accomplices in the “crime” of anarchist insurrection as a living stance towards the barbarism of modern times.

So far we have attempted to realize smaller and bigger mutinies, always on the principles of self-organization, anti-hierarchy and horizontal structures. Seeking through collective processes to achieve our personal self-education in order to acquire experiences, becoming familiar with anarchist procedures while making our “possessions” more and more forms of struggle, we came to meet each other based on common objectives and aspirations so as to continue wandering on the paths of anarchist action, walked or not up to now. (more…)

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Algunas palabras sobre posicionamientos y demas… de parte uno del blog ‘Por la Anarquia’ (Chile, Argentina, Mexico)

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

En rigor de la verdad, en principio este texto iba a ser una respuesta al “debate amoral” planteado hace ya algún tiempo. Y ciertamente la idea nos desagradaba. Pues siempre hemos preferido vías de comunicación mas intimas, sabiendo por supuesto que no están exentas a la execrable mirada del enemigo, pero para nada nos seducía la idea de convertirnos en la nueva novela cibernética, y viendo que la cosa se iba desarrollando en ese sentido, preferimos guardar silencio, sin permitir que nadie nos imponga sus tiempos ni sus ritmos. Así, durante los últimos meses, fuimos compartiendo (tanto yo como otros compas) y debatiendo con compañeros, de blogs, de revistas, con alguno de los mismos grupúsculos eco extremistas o con alguno de sus medios de difusión, o con compañeros sin ningún proyecto publico que demostrar, tanto de esta como de otra región, tanto via mail como en persona.

Hoy, quisiera compartir algo que se acerca mas a un posicionamiento que como individuo tengo a la hora no solo de administrar este blog, si no en lo cotidiano. (more…)

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Sobre el Diciembre Negro en Chile y las tácticas policiales para "intoxicarnos" con dudas y desconfianzas (Chile)

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Como Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras, grupo de propaganda antiautoritaria,
informamos lo siguiente:

Bajo los nombres de correos electrónicos de Gmail “Libre observador” y
“Rodrigo Opazo” desde hace casi un año han estado llegando textos,
“avisos” y “reflexiones” a nuestro correo y al de otros proyectos de
propaganda y contrainformación.

Desde tales correos se ha persistido en difundir las siguientes ideas:

– Advenimiento de supuestas detenciones en contextos previo a jornadas
de agitaciòn: “Rodrigo Opazo” difundiendo supuesta informaciòn obtenida,
según él, desde fuentes policiales.
– Textos a modo de reportes y arengas acompañados de imágenes de centros
sociales y espacios políticos, junto a fotografías en primer plano de
compañerxs participando de actividades públicas.
– Supuesta información avisando que estarían identificadas las personas
del entorno anárquico insurreccional implicadas en disturbios callejeros
y atentados explosivos/incendiarios. (“Rodrigo Opazo”)
– Avisos sobre la identificación previa por parte de la policía de
personas detenidas en acciones incendiarias/explosivas.(“Rodrigo Opazo”)
– La idea de que quienes durante 2015 han realizado acciones sin ser
detenidxs (Grupos Kapibara, Fuego y Conciencia y otros) deben ser motivo
de sospecha (“Libre observador”) (more…)

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Sobre el Diciembre Negro en Chile y las tácticas policiales para “intoxicarnos” con dudas y desconfianzas (Chile)

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Como Sin Banderas Ni Fronteras, grupo de propaganda antiautoritaria,
informamos lo siguiente:

Bajo los nombres de correos electrónicos de Gmail “Libre observador” y
“Rodrigo Opazo” desde hace casi un año han estado llegando textos,
“avisos” y “reflexiones” a nuestro correo y al de otros proyectos de
propaganda y contrainformación.

Desde tales correos se ha persistido en difundir las siguientes ideas:

– Advenimiento de supuestas detenciones en contextos previo a jornadas
de agitaciòn: “Rodrigo Opazo” difundiendo supuesta informaciòn obtenida,
según él, desde fuentes policiales.
– Textos a modo de reportes y arengas acompañados de imágenes de centros
sociales y espacios políticos, junto a fotografías en primer plano de
compañerxs participando de actividades públicas.
– Supuesta información avisando que estarían identificadas las personas
del entorno anárquico insurreccional implicadas en disturbios callejeros
y atentados explosivos/incendiarios. (“Rodrigo Opazo”)
– Avisos sobre la identificación previa por parte de la policía de
personas detenidas en acciones incendiarias/explosivas.(“Rodrigo Opazo”)
– La idea de que quienes durante 2015 han realizado acciones sin ser
detenidxs (Grupos Kapibara, Fuego y Conciencia y otros) deben ser motivo
de sospecha (“Libre observador”) (more…)

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'Against the Slander of Civil Anarchism' by Sureños Incivilizados (Chile)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

January 21, 2016 ~ losdelatierramaldecida

Tierra Maldita receive and publish – From the lands of the Chilean southern region I got this text which is about a statement where the authors denied the existence of groups opposed to technology. Somebody that has been there in Chile… Against conspiracies; is the facts that shall speak.

From Tierra Maldita:

Courage, strength and savagery to the eco-extremists of the South!
Death to the civil-social anarchy!

A few days ago it came to our eyes a text* criticizing the initiative of call for “Black December“. While criticism in the first half is held with good arguments and brings its point well, we will focus on the points made in the second half. We would have liked to be first read the aforementioned critique to better understand these words. But it surprises us that the page in account published the text then deleted the entry. A fact that speaks bad about the mentioned website itself, as obviously these responsible of actualizing the blog withdrew its publication, due to things expressed in this vile critique, we can imagine. ¿Do they not read first what they publish?

In short, for those who managed to read the critique will understand us a little more, and for those who did not, we’ll try to be as clear as possible. And we can imagine that also authors of the critique must feel disappointed that an informative blog of “affinity” despised them in this way. We refer to you: “Colectivo Libre Observador”. (more…)

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Posted in Eco Struggle

‘Against the Slander of Civil Anarchism’ by Sureños Incivilizados (Chile)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

January 21, 2016 ~ losdelatierramaldecida

Tierra Maldita receive and publish – From the lands of the Chilean southern region I got this text which is about a statement where the authors denied the existence of groups opposed to technology. Somebody that has been there in Chile… Against conspiracies; is the facts that shall speak.

From Tierra Maldita:

Courage, strength and savagery to the eco-extremists of the South!
Death to the civil-social anarchy!

A few days ago it came to our eyes a text* criticizing the initiative of call for “Black December“. While criticism in the first half is held with good arguments and brings its point well, we will focus on the points made in the second half. We would have liked to be first read the aforementioned critique to better understand these words. But it surprises us that the page in account published the text then deleted the entry. A fact that speaks bad about the mentioned website itself, as obviously these responsible of actualizing the blog withdrew its publication, due to things expressed in this vile critique, we can imagine. ¿Do they not read first what they publish?

In short, for those who managed to read the critique will understand us a little more, and for those who did not, we’ll try to be as clear as possible. And we can imagine that also authors of the critique must feel disappointed that an informative blog of “affinity” despised them in this way. We refer to you: “Colectivo Libre Observador”. (more…)

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Posted in Eco Struggle

“Smarter Prison? – Call for War on the Technology Multinationals” publication from Return Fire (UK)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Submitted to Return Fire in the last month of 2015, as part of the challenge to create diverse Black December activities. Return Fire take full responsibility for delaying publication while we awaited corrections, which we now amended into the text and formatted for release. Big love from our trench to the comrades standing proud in the Turin courts around this very time. Shouts to the fighters who carry on beyond the Black December timeframe and harry the dominators in all corners of our lives. Freedom. R.F.

– solidarity with Silvia, Costa & Billy

Note from Return Fire: We transcribed the following essay, submitted by ‘Radical Interference’, which unfortunately cannot fit into our upcoming Volume 3 (Winter 2015-2016). We are happy to see that the invitation from the Greek dungeons for a Black December campaign (to re-intensify our insurrectionary fervour while not forgetting to exchange experiences and rationales around various topics of struggle”) was taken up in this form, so as to broaden and develop the offensive against modern domination. Solidarity and strength to Silvia, ‘Costa‘, ‘Billy‘, Marco, Adrián, Nicola and Alfredo, and to the rest of the comrades in our struggle. In the spirit of ‘Avalon’; always present in our memories and active hands. Let’s extend the energy of Black December beyond the New Year, through the trial that starts in January and the proposed week of mobilisation, and onwards on the path of total liberation. Winter Solstice, 2015

INTRODUCTION AND DEDICATION IN ANTICIPATION OF THE TRIAL ON 13th JANUARY 2016

At this time, as the wheels of this monstrous society continue to grind on, and the scattered insurgents make to throw what they can beneath the tracks to slow it down in whatever way, we are left with some questions. These are questions that, in our opinion, deserve more thought and provocation than they usually assume in the circles of anarchists, rebels and land-defenders. Namely; it is clear that mobilisations (independent of any timeframe), such as those for our imprisoned or fallen, are a practical necessity in order to constitute diverse forces that are ready to face and understand the consequences of any struggle that materially contests the ruling order; in other words, so that repression lessens in its power to stop us in our own tracks. (more…)

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'Sedition, Subversion, Sabotage: A Long-War Strategy for the Left' by William T. Hathaway (USA)

Friday, January 29th, 2016

As the viciousness of capitalism engulfs ever more of us, our yearnings for change are approaching desperation. The system’s current leader, Barack Obama, has shown us that the only change we can believe in is what we ourselves create.

To do that, we need to know what is possible in our times and what isn’t. The bitter probability is that none of us will see a society in which we’d actually want to live. Even the youngest of us will most likely have to endure an increasingly unpleasant form of capitalism. Despite its recurring crises, this system is still too strong, too adaptable, and has too many supporters in all classes for it to be overthrown any time soon. We’re probably not going to be the ones to create a new society.

But we can now lay the groundwork for that, first by exposing the hoax that liberal reforms will lead to basic changes. People need to see that the purpose of liberalism is to defuse discontent with promises of the future and thus prevent mass opposition from coalescing. It diverts potentially revolutionary energy into superficial dead ends. Bernie Sanders’ “long game” campaign is really only a game similar to that of his reformist predecessor, Dennis Kucinich, designed to keep us in the “big tent” of the Democratic Party. Capitalism, although resilient, is willing to change only in ways that shore it up, so before anything truly different can be built, we have to bring it down. (more…)

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