Posts Tagged ‘Anti-Militarism’
Sunday, August 9th, 2020
The following text is a translation by Anarchists Worldwide of an article from Estallido Antisocial / Antisocial Outburst, a new anarchist publication from Chile. You can download a copy of the publication HERE.
The Quarantine of Fascism in Peru
The presence of the military and the police is normalized and applauded by a large part of the population.
The repression of the Peruvian state against the population or “the disobedient” as they say, is the same as what they do in protests or during any curfew in a territory in conflict with an extractive industry, with a company that exploits its workers or that pollutes us like Monsanto on our tables, like the mining companies in the mountains, the oil companies in the jungle, and so on.
This repression of “the disobedient” comes with humiliations such as doing exercises as if it were a barracks or a military or police drill. There are also beatings and haircuts with the approval and mockery of people who inhabit the neighborhoods and they start recording the situations when the same agents who exercise the repression in Peru and other countries such as Ecuador or the Dominican Republic carry it out.
Another situation that has been seen is the applause, celebration and cheering by citizens in the face of the curfew and the arrival in the streets of the military, police and municipal police, forgetting what this decree has historically meant as an instrument of repression that has also reappeared in countries like Chile. (more…)
Friday, July 3rd, 2020
The reasons for opposing the 5G network are many, often overshadowed by the predominant (and absolutely legitimate) concern driven by an extremely noxious technology that will invade bodies and spaces with grave consequences from the point of view of health and environmental pollution. But when it comes to 5G we cannot just think of a mere advancement of the current 4G network, therefore a more rapid way of navigating. When we talk of 5G we can’t even see it as “just” yet another toxicity, and oppose it exclusively in terms of health safety of individuals and protection of the environment. The 5G network is above all a necessary infrastructure for the various actors in the field. For the bosses to increase profits on the backs of the workers; for States to increase social control within national borders, and to better orchestrate military operations on the various war fronts.
Let’s take a look at these aspects…
Yet another infrastructure for the bosses’ benefit
The 5G network will permit more simultaneous connections and passing of data with zero delay. These characteristics are fundamental for the large scale explosion of technologies that use Artificial Intelligence. As we know, Artificial Intelligence is becoming part of the production process by replacing human labour (or trying to).
Thus the worker is becoming more and more dependent on a mechanism, often without knowing how it works, more and more alienated, more and more dominated by work rhythms dictated from above. Their autonomy can only be reduced. They are no longer a protagonist but the terminal of a machine which, if it doesn’t overwhelm them, is because it has already kicked them out of the production process and taken their place. The 5G network corresponds more to the needs of industrialists than to those of average users (as they want us to believe). In fact, the Industry 4.0 model foresees that industrial plants (manufacturing, post-production and energy generation) will benefit from services created on the new mobile network. (more…)
Tags: 5G, Analysis, Anti-Militarism, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Biometrics, Corealis, Facial Recognition, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Horizon 2020, Internet of Things, Italy, Livorno, Smart Cities, Surveillance
Posted in Social Control
Thursday, January 16th, 2020
13.01.2020: The Şehit Sorxwin Roboskî and the Şehit Soro Amed Revenge Units carried out actions against factories in Başakşehir, Istanbul that supply clothing and equipment to the Turkish military. The Revenge Units issued a written statement explaining their actions that took place on January 11th, 2020:
“On January 11th, our members organized an action against a factory that makes military clothing for the occupying Turkish army. The factory is located in the PİK Dökümcüler Industrial Estate in the Başakşehir district of Istanbul. 8 minibuses owned by the factory were destroyed as a result of this action. At the same time as this action was carried out, members of our unit also sabotaged a factory on another block located in the same industrial estate. This factory manufactures equipment for military vehicles belonging to the occupying Turkish army. (more…)
Saturday, December 21st, 2019
The war machine is in operation 24/7. Despite the night shift at Babcock in Long Ashton, we snuck over the fence and damaged a fuel tank that forms part of their heating system.
Babcock are the second biggest contractor to the Ministry of Defence in the UK. They have 4 premises in Bristol alone. They specialise in the navy and nuclear industries. We hope our small act will show how many different ways it is possible to resist, without voting!
This “prison island” will continue whoever is prime minister. We reject all politicians and have only contempt for those who buy their lies and cheap promises.
To those who forget the many aspects of control and repression used in the social war, and buy into Labour’s hype by focusing only on the National Health Service… we laugh at you in the darkness, and angrily ask…. Do you remember Iraq?
Solidarity with those on the streets in the Green Zone in Baghdad, and belated greetings to everyone who rebelled on the International Day of Action for Rojava 14th December.
“From Baghdad to Beirut, we shall continue. No Sunni, no Shia…” – Internationalist text from the Middle East
Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
The Iraqi government is made up of all bourgeois factions in Iraq, and it is accepted by regional forces and the world bourgeoisie, but the proletariat tried to bring it down…
The “Green Zone” in Baghdad is a centre of the world’s capitalism; the proletariat tried to occupy it and lost a lot of lives for it…
The port of Basra is a global corridor for oil exports and international trade and the proletariat blocked it, and tried to control it.
The Iraqi police, security forces, special forces and military forces are forces of global capitalism (with the participation of Shia, Sunni, Christian, Kurdish, and Turkmen bourgeoisie, with a large numbers of regional and international forces, including troops of America and Europe, Turkey, Iran, etc.), but the proletariat attacked them, their centres and detachments in the streets, and as many as 650 proletarians have been killed by them and more than 20 thousand wounded (this is not to mention the number of abducted and imprisoned…).
The proletariat in all rebellious areas of Iraq burned down the headquarters of the political parties (religious and national without exception), they burned down the houses of members of parliament and State officials and they also attacked security and police stations, media, judicial institutions and the Ministry of Justice, newspapers and television stations… By doing this, the proletariat attacked the whole State.
According to the prime minister Adel Abd al-Mahdi, this movement destroyed the national economy (capitalism) in all its aspects. The proletariat in its struggle attacked without exception everything, any symbol, any person, any base attached to the history of the authority and repression including military, diplomatic institutions, trade centres and secret services, internal as well as external. All the attacks on the repressive forces of Pasdaran in the city of Karbala are not really anti-Iranian as the media said, but it is a part of the class action against the repressive forces and centres in all their forms just like the attack on the Green Zone and the other places. (more…)
Monday, October 28th, 2019
A coalition of Bristol groups blocked all the entrances to BAE and MDBA in Filton this morning, [25/10/19] preventing the arms factories from opening. We stand in solidarity with the people of North and East Syria and against Turkish fascism! #Riseup4Rojava #BoycottTurkey #StopArmingTurkey
via Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network
Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
An old game, the intrigues of the State. Sergei Skripal, a Russian spy who defected to England is poisoned with an exotic substance in unclear circumstances, his daughter found slumped with him on a park bench, both so delirious that the paramedics and police thought that they had been exposed to a bad batch of drugs initially. Emergency chemical, biological and nuclear warfare protocols are activated in what looks like a hopelessly inept government response in the town of Salisbury, and the spy and the young daughter are in a critical condition with high-level hospital treatment in the ‘protection’ of the State. A media wave of predictable standards accompanies; the politics of fear, nationalism and cold war, with the FIFA Russia 2018 World Cup as the spectacle which is the backdrop to the chemical attack. It looks like a hit in Putin’s ‘soft war’ against the British Crown.
Weeks later, two locals, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, who have no apparent connection to the spy, his daughter or the Russian government, fall critically ill in Amesbury on June 30, 2018. Hallucinations and psychomimetic effects leading to unconsciousness, alleged BZ* drug-type reactions from a neurotoxin thought to be so immediately deadly it needs sophisticated lab equipment to produce it and special handling. (more…)
Mexico City: Explosive Attack Against the Heroic Military Academy by Ocotl Anarchist Group / FAI (Mexico)
Sunday, November 5th, 2017
On the night of November 2nd in Mexico, we decided to take action against Gate 1 of the Heroic Military Academy with a homemade explosive device in order to begin a campaign of imaginative sabotage against all instances of the State to demand the release of anarchist prisoners in Me$$ico and around the world and to invite individuals and collectives to participate in this upcoming Black November.
For the fall of all regimes!
For the release of all human and non-human animals!
To burn all the instances of the State-Capital!
Freedom for Luis Fernando Barcenas!
While there is misery there will be rebellion.
Ocotl Anarchist Group / FAI
PS: Today is the day when witches come out to make mischief.
via Coordinadora Estudiantil Anarquista, translated by Insurrection News
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Lucrosum et decorum est pro patria facere?
[Is it profitable and proper to produce for the fatherland?]
They don’t speak Latin in Belgium.
At about 2 am on Monday 25th September the residents of Malines (a town half way between Brussels and Anvers) were woken by a string of detonations. As they looked out of their windows they saw a huge fire blazing in the buildings of a local company. In spite of the intervention of many fire brigade vehicles, nothing could be done. Of the 5,000 square metres of the company, nothing remained. Everything destroyed. A hard blow for Varec, a company that produces tracks for tanks and tyres for military vehicles and is a well-known supplier of the Armed Forces in the United States. (more…)
Sunday, December 11th, 2016
Burn the flag on inauguration day!
By William T. Hathaway
Let’s welcome our new Commander in Chief by demonstrating how little he knows about the Constitution of the United States. Each incoming president is required on inauguration day to take the oath of office, affirming to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.” But Trump proved his ignorance of this document when he recently wrote, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail!” The Supreme Court, however, thinks otherwise. It has twice ruled that burning the national flag is not a crime but a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment, a legal way to protest government policies.
Let’s give Big T a lesson in the Constitution on January 20. We the people should exercise our rights by burning the flag during his swearing-in ceremony. We can counter his jingoistic nationalism with a display of true patriotism, affirming our love of a country which was founded on the principles of egalitarianism rather than elitism, of government by the people rather than by just the rich.
Trump’s autocratic proclamations make it clear we’re going to have to fight to maintain our rights. His appointments to key offices display the pro-rich, anti-worker character of his administration. Our already low wages and benefits are scheduled for further slashing, our already suffering environment for further abuse. The future of our country and planet depends on our willingness to defend both against this attack by rightwing demagogues. (more…)
Bremen: Arson attack destroys 18 military vehicles causing 15 million euros worth of damage (Germany)
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
From the German corporate media we learn that on the 23rd of October unknown attackers targeted a civilian system engineering company in Bremen that was equipping Bundeswehr (German armed forces) vehicles with new communications technology.
The attackers lit three separate fires at the premises which resulted in the complete destruction of 18 military vehicles.
The damage bill from the attack has been reported as being around 15 million Euros.
via Insurrection News
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
In the night between 28 and 29 January the headquarters of Rotodyne offices in Saronno was hit by a Molotov cocktail. Rotodyne develops equipment for the maintenance and construction of helicopters and warplanes (EH 101, NH-90, EuroFighter Typhoon), including the Lockheed F35 Lightning, designed and used by the Marines, the aeronautic and the US navy, as well as by many other NATO countries, including Italy.
The distributors of its products, and the companies with which it collaborates, are Alenia-Airmacchi, Augusta Westland (Finmeccanica group), Aereotech, Patria Helicopters.
Its products have been adopted by the Danish, Irish, Greek, Oman and Italian armed forces; by the Dutch, Swedish and Italian police; by the army, coast guards and the Italian navy.
It’s impossible to remain passive in the face of those for whom war is a business.
It is right to attack them before their products can contribute to causing death and devastation.
To stand by without acting would have made us accomplices.
via actforfree, informa-azione.
"Brain Waves for Peace" – Final Chapter of 'Radical Peace: People Refusing War' by William T. Hathaway (USA)
Sunday, January 10th, 2016
Brain Waves for Peace
From the book
RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
I was sitting in full lotus, body wrapped in a blanket, mind rapt in deep stillness, breathing lightly, wisps of air curling into the infinite space behind my closed eyes. My mantra had gone beyond sound to become a pulse of light in an emptiness that contained everything.
An electric shock flashed down my spine and through my body. My head snapped back, limbs jerked, a cry burst from my throat. Every muscle in my body contracted ― neck rigid, jaws clenched, forehead tight. Bolts of pain shot through me. I managed to lie down, then noticed I wasn’t breathing ― maybe I was already dead. I groaned and gulped a huge breath, which stirred a whirl of thoughts and images.
Vietnam again: Rotor wind from a hovering helicopter flails the water of a rice paddy while farmers run frantically for cover. Points of fire spark out from a bamboo grove to become dopplered whines past my ears. A plane dives on the grove to release a bomb which tumbles end over end and bursts into an orange globe of napalm. A man in my arms shakes in spasms as his chest gushes blood. (more…)
'Refusing the Military' – Chapter 14 of the book ‘Radical Peace: People Refusing War’ by William T. Hathaway (USA)
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
Refusing the Military
Healing the Virus of Violence
Chapter 14 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. A young Buddhist novice contributed this account, which we then revised together. To protect the people who have protected him, he wishes to be nameless.
Back in high school I’d been good at languages but couldn’t afford to go to college, so I joined the navy for the language training. They have a program where if you pass an aptitude test, they’ll send you to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, for an intensive course that’s worth almost a year of college credit. Plus they have an active-duty education program that offers college courses. I figured after my discharge I could finish my education on the GI Bill, and with my language skills, I could get a job in international business.
The other military branches offer programs like this too, but the navy seemed the best way to stay out of the fighting. I was hoping for a major language like Chinese, Russian, or Spanish, but they assigned me to Pashto, which is spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan. After training, I’d be stationed on a ship in the Arabian Sea monitoring phone calls and radio broadcasts, listening for key words that might give a clue about where the Taliban were, so the planes from the aircraft carriers could bomb them. I didn’t think about this last part, though. I was focused on my future. (more…)
'Peace Chaplain' – Chapter 13 of the book 'Radical Peace: People Refusing War' by William T. Hathaway (USA)
Friday, December 25th, 2015
Chapter 13 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. A seminarian contributed this chapter about learning to love her enemies. Because of her activism, she prefers to remain anonymous.
To celebrate Armed Forces Day the military base near my seminary held an open house, a public relations extravaganza to improve their image and boost recruiting. They invited the public in for a marching band parade, a precision flying show, and a sky diving demonstration. They even offered free lemonade and cookies.
A subversive seminarian, namely me, decided to disrupt the festivities and remind people that the military’s job is murder. I bought a jump suit and dyed it orange like the uniforms the prisoners in Guantánamo have to wear. I bought two U-shaped bike locks, three diapers, and a pair of old-people’s rubber underpants.
All suited up, I had a friend drive me onto the base before people started arriving for the celebration. She dropped me off at the traffic circle just inside the main gate, kissed me on the cheek for good luck, and drove back out the gate. In the center of the traffic circle stood a flagpole flying the Stars and Stripes. I ran to the pole, fastened my foot to it with one bike lock and my neck to it with the other — pretty uncomfortable — and started shouting, “Close Guantánamo! No More Abu Ghraibs! Free the Prisoners!” People gawked as they drove by, some laughing like I was part of the show, some waving, some giving me the finger. (more…)