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"A Homemade Politics" Abahlali baseMjondolo

[Matt Birkinshaw, an anarchist from London, spent three months living in Abahlali baseMjondolo communes in Durban and Cape Town in 2008. This paper, prepared for a conference in Manchester, gives a brief but useful overview of the movement.]

Rights, democracy and social movements in South Africa Matt Birkinshaw – Alternative Futures and Popular Protest, Manchester Metropolitan University, 15-17 March 2009

Enric Duran, the Catalan 'Robin Hood of the Banks' has been released on 50,000 euro bail after being held in preventative detention for two months on fraud charges. Enric's upcoming trial for 'financial civil disobedience' offers another moment of publicity to Spain's 'We Can Live Without Capitalism' campaign is gearing up for its September 17th launch.

An Order to Bring Down "Tarnac 9" Support Committees

Collective Statement of the Delegates from Nearly 30 "Tarnac 9" Support Committees Who Met in Limoges, Belgium, in March 2009

It is a failure. We haven't feared "anarcho-autonomous" terrorists weaving international networks. This invasion -- so brutal and crude -- by the political police has pushed us to put our bitterness into words, to leave our isolation.

Situationist Inheritors: Julien Coupat, Tiqqun and The Coming Insurrection Patrick Marcolini

In twenty-nine issues and more than 1,500 published pages, Le Tigre has succeeded in never making a close study of the work of Guy Debord. Not without reason, the invocation of the situationist movement having become a banality in the media. In the preceding issue of Le Tigre, devoted in part to the texts of Julien Coupat and those close to him, there wasn't a precise analysis of the filiation between them and the situationists. Here's one.

"Resisting Degradations and Divisions" in South Africa S’bu Zikode interviewed by Richard Pithouse

S’bu Zikode is the elected president of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a radical and radically democratic shackdwellers’ movement in South Africa that has committed itself to waging its struggles independently from party-political and NGO control.[1]

Richard Pithouse: What is your understanding of a living politics?


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