A title that is not easy to come by:
Anarchism in Hungary: theory, history, legacies, Andras Bozoki & Miklos Sukosd, H/B, $63;
Here are the latest from PM Press:
Hi Jura supporters,
Here are new titles:
Northeast Anarchist Magazine, $4;
'Social Anarchism', No 45, $7;
'Perspectives On Anarchist Theory', Lara, Paul and Maia, $10;
RED & BLACK FORUM
A continuing series of monthly talks and discussions at Jura on different aspects of anarchism.
Hi Jura supporters,
Here are this week's new titles and re-stocked items:
"Anarchist Organisation: the history of the FAI", Juan Casas, (new supplier, lower price) $18;
here are the latest tasty treats at Jura:
'Perspectives on Anarchist Theory', Institute for Anarchist Studies, Vol 13, No2, $10.
4pm till 7pm
4:10 - 4:35 - Staunch plays
4:50 - 5:15 - Disasters plays
5:30 - 6:00 - Clipped Wings plays
6:15 - 6:45 - Vanity plays
*****Slingshot diaries for 2013*****
*****Fanya Baron Library Collective Meeting and Working Bee Sun 17 March*****
Last year, a Jura Collective member travelling in Africa conducted an interview with Sam Mbah - Nigerian author, lawyer, academic and anarchist. The interview has been published as a blog: sammbah.wordpress.com. "Anarchism is not dead in Africa", says Mbah.
Mbah's book African Anarchism, co-written with fellow Nigerian I.E. Igariway, was the first and best anthropological study of the anarchistic elements of traditional African societies (with a particular focus on West Africa). The book also discusses the failure of State Socialist governments in Africa, and the future prospects for anarchism in the world's second-largest continent.
In the new interview - the first in many years - Mbah speaks about a range of topics from the 'fuel-tax' uprising in Nigeria early in 2012, to climate change, to the fate of the Awareness League - a large anarchist organisation that fought against the military dictatorship in Nigeria in the 1990s.
The interview has been published in full-text and audio forms, and as a series of short articles on Mbah's blog. Two short videos are also available of Mbah speaking about anarchism in Africa.
Urewera 4 trial starts Monday - October15thSolidarity.info NEWSLETTER No. THIRTY-TWO - 11 February 2012
this is the last newsletter before the trial against Taame, Emily, Rangi and Urs gets underway in the Auckland High Court on Monday, 13th February 2012. The trial is expected to last up to three months. In this jam-packed newsletter, we have put together information about the defendants and the people who want to lock them up, last minute updates on upcoming events (there is a powhiri at Waipapa Marae (16 Wynyard Street, Auckland Uni) this Sunday at 5pm for the defendants and supporters) and reflecting on the past 4.5 years.
in less than two weeks, the trial against Taame, Emily, Rangi and Urs
will start in the Auckland High Court. The four are the remaining
defendants facing charges in relation to the state terror raids of
15th October 2007. 'October 15th Solidarity' is of course supporting
the four during the trial, which is said to last three months.
There are a number of events in the lead-up to the trial for you to
find out more and offer support. More information below.
The October 15th Solidarity group is hosting a public meeting about one of the most important political court cases to happen in this country – the ‘terror raids’ - on Friday, 3 February, at 6pm in the Mezzanine Meeting Room of the Central Library, Wellington. It will be an opportunity for people to update themselves about the trial which is due to begin in the Auckland High Court on 13 February, to find out what the issues are relating to Tuhoe's history with the Crown, and the coverage of the case by the media.
you probably haven't heard much in recent weeks about the upcoming trial for Taame, Rangi, Emily and Urs. The four are the last to still face charges from the state terror raids of 15th October 2007 and their trial will start on 13th February 2012 in the Auckland High Court. This date has been confirmed which means we all have less than TWO MONTHS to get ready and do what we can to support.
There is plenty of things you can do. Here are a few ideas:
Some Justice, a book of political poems and lyrics by local Wellington
punk poet and songwriter Ken Vicious, will be launched by Rebel Press on
Saturday 17 December at 7pm at Thistle Hall on Cuba Street.
The book features Urewary: An Act of Conspiracy a poem written in the
immediate aftermath of the 2007 ‘terror raids’ in Te Urewera and around
the country. It lyrically sums up the whole of the police’s Operation 8
and the wider political context of the war on terrorism.
State-corporation-police-military are the real terrorists. “Social insurgency will always continue [as] the sun continues to shine”.
This time we tell you that what we have done is the culmination of our anxiety and anger towards the system.
The very system that worships money, the system that disturbs society with television, so for them to buy things they don’t need so they will continue to work like machines.
The system that forces us and others in society to lose the control of our own life. The system that gives advantage to the bourgeois, the businessmen and the state bureaucrats who have become their allies.
To us, this is not the time to be silent, not the time to watch the television and say that “everything is okay”.
For every oppressions in West Papua. For every oppressions in Kulonprogo. For every historical oppressions in Aceh. For every oppressions in Wera, Bima. For every forced evictions and land grabs in Takalar and Pandan Raya in Makassar.
For every oppressions against our friends who struggle. For Tukijo and other social combatants behind the bars just because they are fighting for their rights. For every concession [sic] in the forest which will destroy the bio diversity in the name of money and business!
And for every prisons that must be burned down flattened to the ground! So long as the state and capitalism remain, THERE WILL BE NO PEACE BETWEEN THOSE WHO HAVE AND THOSE WHO HAVE NOT.
Attacks against financial centres: ATM, banks, corporate buildings are important targets [sic], because they are collaborators that cause the suffering on earth. This is not terrorism because we do not advocate for attack against people.
Terorrism is war between states. Terrorism is [when] rice and foodstuff in your kitchen deplete. Terrorism is uniformed assholes who carry their guns everywhere. Terrorism is the slaughter of the have nots.
So we say: enough! And this is also for you! Those combatants who never give up in their struggle out there, even if you have to be prisoned because of your belief in freedom: Conspiracy cell of fire (Greece), Chile combatants: Tortuga! Lives on! Gabriel Pombo da Silva, Thomas Meyer Falk (Germany) Polikarpus Georgiadis, Revolutionary Straggle! [sic] Respect to combatants from Manado, Makassar and Bandung, you are the inspiration among the helplessness of society and their uncertain life.
“Let the fire burn inside the darkness!” Long Live Luciano Tortuga Cell – International Revolutionary Front – FAI.
The Jakarta Globe has more here.
On September 8, 2011, [Indo Mines Ltd] announced that it had “successfully manufactured the first iron ingots” from Kulon Progo. The company also claims that “URS Australia have completed an Initial Environmental and Social Scoping Study that identified no unmanageable community or environmental issues with the development of the Project”, although local farmers–especially members of the PPLP-KP (Paguyuban Petani Lahan Pantai Kulon Progo/Coastal Farmers Association of Kulon Progo)–beg to differ.
Note that members of the local Indonesian ruling elite have significant investments in the project, and critics have been jailed for speaking out against it. In its report ‘Turning Critics into Criminals: The Human Rights Consequences of Criminal Defamation Law in Indonesia’ [PDF], Human Rights Watch notes that “Tukijo, a farmer in Kulon Progo regency of Yogyakarta, was convicted of criminal defamation in January 2010 for asking the head of his sub-district for information about the results of a land assessment”; similar proceedings have been used against other critics in an attempt to intimidate opposition to the project. In May Day of this year, Tukijo was again arrested/kidnapped by police. As I write:
Hunger Strike Continues for Third Day Over Tukijo Arrest
September 23, 2011
Six activists camped outside the Yogyakarta provincial legislature marked the third day of their hunger strike on Friday in protest against the detention of Tukijo, a farmer arrested for opposing an iron mine in Kulon Progo in Yogyakarta.
Agung, the strike coordinator, said the mine operated jointly by Australia’s Indo Mines and Jogja Magasa Mining, a local outfit, would deprive farmers in four subdistricts of vast swaths of farmland.
“The mine will reduce the area of rice paddies by 72 percent from the current 4,005 hectares,” he said. “Hundreds or even thousands of farm workers will be rendered jobless.”
He added that more than 21,000 smallholders stood to lose their land if the government allowed the mining operation to expand.
He also called for the immediate release of Tukijo, who was reportedly kidnapped by police while working in his fields in May and since sentenced to three years in prison for disorderly conduct following his vocal opposition to the mine.
“This hunger strike is a real action to support Tukijo and the Kulonprogo people in rejecting the mine,” Agung said…
Further background reading:
The Battle for Bugel’s Sand Treasures
Nivell Rayda& Candra Malik
June 13, 2011