Red And Black Telly: REMEMBERANCE SUNDAY 1918-2018

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Invisible Britain: The Art of Catharsis

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Paul Sng, Invisible Britain (2018)

1. The Art of Catharsis

Who profits from the housing crisis? The immediate answer is obvious: property developers, housing associations, estate agents, consultants, architects, builders, the people who knock down council housing and replace it with new-build properties, half of which currently stand empty in London.

But there are other people who profit too. First in line, spotting a market in sob-stories for the middle classes, are the journalists, whose thin prose and even thinner research doesn’t stop them from bundling a few articles together and calling it a book. Behind them, ponderous as ever but champing at the bit of the next government grant, are the academics, who have responded to the burgeoning market in well-footnoted (to other academics), badly framed (‘gentrification’) and totally apolitical books about the housing crisis, which they transform into just another object in their musty archive.

But a new profiteer has emerged. As the…

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IBRG Archive at the WCML. Out of Ireland. Six Irish Film Festivals 1988-93

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Out of Ireland was the name given to six Irish Film Festivals that were initiated by the Manchester branch of the Irish in Britain Representation Group  and organised  from 1988 to 1993 with the Irish in Manchester History Group and in collaboration with  the  Cornerhouse Film Centre.

Bernadette Hyland, secretary of Manchester IBRG, explained that “The aim of the Festival was to explore the image and experiences of the Irish through film and video and to look at the way in which Irish groups themselves can control this medium.” An important aspect of the Festivals was exploring contemporary social and political issues through the uses of day schools and speakers.

The Festivals were groundbreaking in raising issues that no other Irish group in Manchester were prepared to raise at this time. This included identity, the experiences of Irish women and second generation Irish young people, the conflict in Ireland and…

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Against 4Chan Stalinism

Bunch of wankers who live with their mums no doubt

Cautiously pessimistic

For quite a while now, I’ve been amazed at the amount of tolerance that’s been shown for Red London, a “communist” meme page known for taking nazi 4chan memes and literally just replacing the word “Hitler” with “Stalin”, as well as for obsessive, personalised vitriol against their opponents on the left, such as posting fake screenshots of people’s posts and editing them to include references to child pornography. It seems that the Red London crew may have finally pushed their luck too far and generated something of a backlash; while I have no particular fondness for the Clarion/AWL lot who wrote the following statement, I think they’re are absolutely right in saying that the kind of spiteful bullying that Red London practice has no place in any movement for a better world. A lot of Red London’s influence is in the Labour left, and it’s frankly not…

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Expropriation of land

In the discussion after the presentation at the Anarchist Communist Group hosted Land and Liberty meeting at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday 2nd June 2018, a question was raised by one of the attendees about the expropriation of land. Essentially, their concern was – would it be a violent process and if so, would it just end up replacing one hierarchy with another? I made a contribution in response to this, highlighting three different examples of land appropriation, all non-violent and each in their own way playing their part in starting to build a new world in the decaying shell of the dystopian one we currently endure.

Two of the examples are on the estates Basildon & Southend Housing Action (BASHA) and the Vange Hill Community Group (VHCG) respectively have a presence on. BASHA have a long established kitchen garden on an estate in Laindon up by the A127…

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Information about the Week of Action against the G20 and the IMF

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This year, the Argentinian government is hosting the G20, a one year process during which more than 80 meetings of G20-working groups, ministerial meetings and summits of the focus groups are taking place in our country. The Leaders’ summit, for which the presidents from the G20 countries will travel to Buenos Aires, will take place on Friday 30th of November and Saturday 1st of December 2018 at the Centre of Conventions “Costa Salguero”. The government of Mauricio Macri is already preparing for the mega event, buying airplanes, arms and what they call “anti-riot equipment” . In fact, one third of the budget for organizing the G20 is dedicated to “safety and defense”, which roughly amounts to 50 million U$S. And while the government is spending millions on the G20, it is cutting expenses for education and health andhas entered a dangerous spiral of indebtedness by asking the IMF for a loan of 50 billion U$S in order to assure the country’s liquidities and its capacity to pay speculative hedge funds.

We believe that, in the same way that organising the G20 Summit last year in Hamburg was a massive provocation, organising the G20 Summit in Argentina in the context of this devastating financial crisis is an insult.

This is why the Confluencia Fuera G20 – IMF (the “Confluence G20 – IMF Out)” is planning a massive Week of Action, from the 25th of November to the 1st of December and is inviting everyone to participate in the global repudiation of the G20, the IMF and everything these institutions represent.

You can find our international call to mobilize in various languages here: https://noalg20.org/llamamiento-a-movilizacion

If your organization/collective wishes to adhere, please send an e-mail to fuerag20fmi@gmail.com

We will be updating you with info on the Week of Action in Buenos Aires and other solidarity events happening throughout the world, and will be providing important information for people coming from abroad in the days to come here. In case you have any questions, do no hesitate to send us an e-mail.

In solidarity,

The Internationalization Comission!! ;D

International Call for Action. No to the G-20 Summit in Argentina!

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On November 30th and December 1st 2018, the heads of State of the 20 most important geopolitical countries of the world will meet in Argentina. They claim the objective of this meeting is to “address the major global challenges and seek to generate public policies that resolve them.” They fail to mention that it is their governments and policies which are the main culprits of the problems they now say they want to solve.

They claim they want to fight climate change, while they are responsible for 82% of all CO2 emissions worldwide.

They claim they are concerned about the future of work, while they promote labor reforms that destroy fundamental rights won over centuries of struggle, threaten workers’ organizations and encourage the creation of precarious jobs.

They claim there should be more and better education, while they promote policies of adjustment and privatization of public services to secure more spaces to generate profit for companies, to the detriment of public health and education systems.

They claim they are concerned about women empowerment and the wage gap, but their neoliberal policies in all spheres of government impoverish us and cause women and LGBTQIA+ people to face more and more violent realities.

They claim to want a sustainable food future, while promoting (transgenic) monocultures associated with technological packages and an extractivist model of production associated with a so-called “infrastructure for development”.

They claim to seek “consensus for equitable development”, while their informal and exclusive club of governments excludes the large majority of the countries of the world.

“Equitable development” has nothing to do with the trade policy and investment protection that these countries promote through an increasing number of Free Trade and Investment Treaties which only give rights to corporations and destroy the possibilities of Buen Vivir (Living Well) of all the peoples in the world.

We, members of social movements, political organizations, anti-extractivists groups and organizations of workers, women, feminists, LGBTQIA+, indigenous peoples, peasants, migrants, students, firmly and resolutely reject the presence and the agenda of the “Group of Twenty” (G20). They are responsible for the global economic, social, political and environmental crisis, and their only proposal to resolve such systemic crisis is to deepen a model that excludes broad sectors of the population and destroys the environment.

We also denounce the farce of the so-called “interest groups” of the G-20, constituted by an elite, exclusive club of businessmen, women, trade unions, civil society organizations, think tanks and scientists, selected and endorsed by the government of Mauricio Macri. The democracy proposed by the G-20 is nothing more than a pantomime of participation: these meetings – presented as the pinnacle of democracy – are not actually binding. This means that the presidential summit is not obligated to accept what is decided in those meetings of society civil. That is not democracy; that is not consensus; that is not participation.

We warn that the organization of this Summit will further intensify the country’s militarization, in a context marked by the increase of social protests by unemployed people, women and indigenous people. Argentina will spend 3,000 million pesos (more than 150 million dollars) for this Summit, of which 1,100 million will be allocated to “security and defense”, that is buying weapons and “anti-riot” equipment and air defense. 1,072 million pesos will be destined exclusively for the two days of the Summit. Meanwhile, social assistance programs and schools are being closed, scientists and hospital staff are being laid off, state institutes and hundreds of companies are being closed and retirements and pensions are being cut, thus worsening the conditions of life of the Argentine population, affecting in particular the 32% that lives below the poverty line.

It should also be noted that the summit being held in Argentina is not a coincidence. The government of Mauricio Macri intends to take the lead in the offensive against the peoples throughout the South American region. Its agenda is the agenda of large companies and financial and speculative capital. Similarly, the negotiations of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) – currently proliferating in the continent – are carried out in the same vein; in full awareness these FTAs involve the surrendering of national industries and productive sectors of the countryside as well as the rupture of any alternative regional integration process. That is why the presence of the G-20 in Argentina affects the entire region and must thus be repudiated in all countries.

We therefore invite the peoples of the world to join the fight against the G20 in Argentina at the end of November of this year.

Let’s build bridges between our countries and peoples!

Long live international solidarity!

Let’s unite our creativity to put an end to a system that excludes, exploits, destroys, contaminates and kills!

Let’s raise our voices and our bodies against the governments of the G-20 and in favor of life!

WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU IN BUENOS AIRES!

For more information, suggestions of proposals and/or questions about membership: argentinamejorsintlc@gmail.co