As if we didn’t have enough to be depressed about, #Brexit, the rise of far right movements pretty well everywhere, passing 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, facing the reality of a Hillary Clinton presidency as the only sensible choice, the lesser evil that we can probably deal with – well here, now, riding this wave of our collective despair we have the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
As an anarchist, it’s kinda against the rules for me to hero worship…
But when presented with a man who essentially stole half a million euros from Spanish banks and used that money as a war chest to fund emancipatory, horizontal, peer-to-peer, and anti/post capitalist movements and projects in Europe well…
Let’s just say if I was inclined toward man-crushes, anticapitalist activist Enric Duran would be a reasonable candidate!!
And really, this spectacular action is just one glamorous achievement in a long list of successful acts of resistance and of building alternatives within the belly of the beast.
Today in Melbourne activists from the group Whistleblowers Activist Citizens Alliance (WACA) interrupted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a major economic address. The protest targeted the horrific conditions which refugees are facing in Australia’s offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island. The group, who had infiltrated the audience, interrupted the speech by chanting: “Malcolm Turnbull, shame on you, shut down Manus and Nauru”. One protester managed to get up on stage within just a few metres of the PM holding a sign “FFS Close the Bloody Camps”.
At a time when there is a serious threat that remote indigenous communities could be shut down, at a time where there is a controversial “deal” to end native title, at a time of catastrophic rates of youth suicide, and at a time when young Aboriginal men are incarcerated at a rate four times greater than black South Africans at the height of apartheid, it may seem quixotic to focus on the plight of one small Aboriginal corporation in Western Australia. However, the situation faced by Robert and Selina Eggington of the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation encapsulates the degrading situation faced by Australia’s First Nation people. Continue reading →
At a secret meeting in the US this week representatives from governments in the Asia-Pacific region will be seeking to finalize the details of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP threatens to be the mother of all trade deals encompassing, if it comes to fruition, more than 40 percent of the world’s GDP. Led by the United States, it is being negotiated in secret by the 1 Percent and threatens to encroach on the rights and quality of life of the 99 Percent by ways and means unprecedented. Continue reading →
ImportantCool associate Karun Cowper speaks to Australian Islamic educator and chaplain Imam Yahya Adel Ibrahim in the wake of extraordinary “anti-terrorism” raids targeting Australian Muslims sparked by intelligence reports that Islamist extremists were planning random killings in Australia. Continue reading →