Argentina Reels from Soy and Beef Expansion

Toward Freedom

Record yields of soy and a boom in Argentine beef sales to China have been accompanied by the loss of native forests, accelerated soil degradation and water pollution – the consequence of a model that pins hopes of limitless macroeconomic growth on agricultural exports.

Some experts call this “bad development.”

Under President Mauricio Macri, who ends his four-year term in December, Argentina slashed, and in many cases completely eliminated, agricultural taxes and export permits, cancelled restrictions on foreign currency exchanges, and devalued the Argentine peso. He also enhanced the role of the agriculture ministry, making it the Ministry of Agribusiness.

Wheat shipments tripled, and soy brought in a third of the country’s dollars. In 2018, foreign sales of beef hit over half a million tonnes. China was the main destination.

In 2018 Argentina exported 500,000 tons of beef to China. Photo: Jorge Royan.

Yet, ecosystems could not support the stimulus.

“In Argentina, it seems that there was no other option than transgenic [genetically modified, or GM] seeds, the use of agrochemicals and to fumigate villages with glyphosate,” said Enrique Viale, an environmental lawyer.

High prices, new stance

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Solidarity with Exarcheia! | Statement

Reproduced in full from Organise Magazine

On Monday the 26th of August, the Greek police launched a large operation in Exarcheia, the famous rebel district in the centre of Athens. This is a unique place in Europe for its high concentration of squats and other self-organised spaces, but also for its resistance against repression and solidarity with migrants and the precariat.

Early in the morning, the squats of Spirou Trikoupi 17, Gare, Rosa de Fon and Transito were surrounded by huge police forces: anti-riot police, anti-terrorism police and secret police. The police then launched a large repression operation, leading to over 100 arrests. Migrants have been sent to camps known for inhuman living conditions. More than 15 kids that grew up in Athens and had their life there were deported. The security forces are now walling up the buildings that used to be home to so many.

This operation aimed to directly attack the incredible solidarity efforts that were developed by a network of people, many of them anarchists, to cope with the austerity measures the Greek state and the EU implemented.

It aimed to destroy a neighbourhood that has invented a new world where it has been possible to exist and live regardless of your economical, social or cultural background.

It aimed to keep Exarcheia under the control of a violent state that, like the rest of Europe, is ready to put humans in camps, simply because they were born on the other side of a border.

Exarcheia has many other squats, around 20, but the newly elected Greek prime minister promised a complete “cleaning”. More battles are to come.

The Anarchist Federation is expressing its full support to everyone in Exarcheia.

For a future without state, police or borders. ■

Solidarity! αλληλεγγύη!

Anarchist Federation

Additional from the Editor:-

Since this morning when the evictions took place Spirou Trikoupi 17 put out the call for people to gather and have taken a stand.

” Here, in Spirou Trikoupi 17 we have lived more than 2.000 people, coming from more than 10 different countries, and that we have crossed, at least, 3 borders till here. This wall that the state is building to seal the entrance will never be able to stop us!

See you at 6pm the solidarity assembly towards the squats in Notara 26 “

Since the evictions police have rounded up immigrants who will be dragged through the system and government workers have bricked up the doorways to peoples homes.

As night has fallen the police have taken a aggressive stance against the locals and tooled up with riot gear have taken to the streets for what is sure to be yet another night of horrific state violence.

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Two Indigenous Prisoners in Struggle in Chiapas Sentenced to 50 Years

Voices in Movement

This letter comes from Germán López Montejo and Abraham López Montejo who, after more than four months on a hunger strike, had their sentences lengthened from 25 to 50 years. The time added to their sentences was a clear act of retaliation from the state, seeking to set an example of what happens to those who struggle for justice and freedom. The original in Spanish was published by the Working Group No Estamos Todxs and can be found here.

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“The soldier has fallen”: Mandla Khoza, ZACF anarchist-communist and Swaziland activist, 22 May 1974-26 July 2019

by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (ZACF)

Mandla Khoza (“MK”), 1974-2019: ZACF anarchist-communist militant in South Africa and Swaziland (Eswatini)

Comrade Mandla Khoza (or “MK,” as his friends and comrades knew him) passed away on Friday 26 July in his home town of Siphofaneni, Swaziland (Eswatini). He had long suffered from sugar diabetes. He leaves behind four children. One of the pioneering members of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation (ZACF) founded in South Africa on May Day 2003, MK was committed to a social revolution that would place power and wealth in the hands of the working class, the peasants and the poor. As he would often say: “It doesn’t matter if you change who sits on the throne: you have to get rid of the throne itself.” This obituary commemorates his life as a militant.

MK was born on the 22 May 1974 in Swaziland, a small country in the iron grip of the Swazi royal family under the Tinkhundla regime, and economically dominated by neighbouring South Africa as well as by Britain. Siphofaneni is near the large town of Manzini, and close to the sugar cane plantations. Like many Swazis, MK came to South Africa to escape the grinding poverty of his homeland. MK and his cousin, Mandla Dlamini (also a pioneering ZACF member), worked at a Coca Cola factory but lost their jobs. The two were living in the Motsoaledi squatter camp in Soweto, Johannesburg by 2001. Here, Mandla Dlamini’s father ran a spaza shop [1] and shebeen [2] from his house, and the two young men assisted. A friend remembers that “The two cousins used to assist school kids with school work, help neighbours with chores and were appreciated by people.”

They joined with South African comrades to form the anarchist Black Action Group in Motsoaledi around this time, which helped found the ZACF in 2003. Together, these comrades also founded the Phambili Motsoaledi Community Project in the squatter camp (in 2002), which ran a food garden, library and meeting centre, a newsletter called “Vuka Motsoaledi,” and subsequently, a community action structure called the Motsoaledi Concerned Residents (MCR; founded 2005). Like the ZACF, with which these two structures were closely linked, these were part of the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF). The APF was a broad coalition of unions, township groups and left formations, founded in 2000: it covered much of Gauteng province, Africa’s industrial heartland, including Soweto.

MK periodically returned to Swaziland, where the ZACF built a small presence and distributed materials. For example, in 2003 ZACF was in contact with dissidents in the Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), youth wing of the banned People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO). Some young and upcoming revolutionaries were interested in moving beyond a reformist agenda. On one occasion, a South African ZACF comrade was arrested at the border gate on the Swazi side, coming from a May Day rally in Swaziland, and carrying anarchist political materials.

MK got involved in the Swaziland underground opposition movement, joining SWAYOCO to promote anarchism. While ZACF was clear that a parliamentary democracy would not solve the problems in the country, it would be preferable to the dictatorship, and open space for more struggle. Therefore, it argued for democratic reforms, including an end to the Tinkhundla regime, political amnesty, the abolition of chiefly privileges, gender equality and land reform, full union rights and a living wage campaign in the plantations, factories and farms as steps towards a counter-power that could make more radical changes.[3]

From around 2005, MK and his cousin Mandla Dlamini began to spend most of their time in Swaziland, despite the extremely difficult conditions. For example, on Saturday 1 October 2005, MK was involved in a SWAYOCO demonstration in Mazini against the absolutist system headed by King Mswati III, which was attacked by the Royal Swazi Police. He was among the eight SWAYOCO activists arrested that day, held at Zaklehe Detention Centre on charges of disturbing the peace. Following pressure from below, the eight were released on bail, appearing in court on 7 November.

Further pressure came when the ZACF was falsely accused in the Swazi press in early 2006 of bombing police vehicles. ZACF argued against the turn to armed struggle that was drawing in some of the underground, arguing for a mass popular movement, including the unions. It advocated struggle “to go beyond the usual bourgeois betrayal and involve a destruction of the Swazi capitalist state and its replacement by decentralised popular assemblies”.[4] Nonetheless it campaigned in solidarity with those jailed for such actions, stressing that desperate steps were a response to the oppression that tormented the kingdom. Repression mounted, with regular arrests and trials of PUDEMO and SWAYOCO activists, often based on bogus charges of “terrorism.” At one point MK was forced to go into hiding across the border, in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, due to ongoing harassment and intimidation for his political activities by the Swazi Special Branch.

MK was in South Africa to attend the December 2007 ZACF congress, which restructured the organisation to streamline its operations.[5] One of the major decisions was to replace the ZACF’s awkward multi-country structure straddling South Africa and Swaziland with an autonomous Swaziland anarchist group, allied to ZACF. He participated in the next ZACF congress, a year later, reporting modest progress.

An anarchist study circle was formed in Siphofaneni with SWAYOCO comrades. There were numerous trips by Johannesburg-based comrades into Swaziland, bringing in material, maintaining contact and meeting people from PUDEMO and SWAYOCO. MK wanted to start a community project, for oppressed and exploited people. He felt a deep sense of duty. He was interviewed in a 2007 documentary on the Swazi democracy movement, “Without the King,” as a masked “Anonymous Political Activist.” He stated “It’s very, very tough for us here… I have to change the system because I can’t leave here. If I can leave, what about other people, what can they do? We must fight together to change the system so that everything will come right here.”

His position was that of a revolutionary: “If we were governing ourselves, we could be organised.… There is nowhere the government machinery is helping. If it’s not for the World Food Programme’s food, we could be died [dead] a long, long time ago… He’s [King Mswati III’s] having everything. He earns and controls everything… the people themselves must understand what the government’s doing to them, then the people themselves, they’ll reject the elements in the government that are suppressive or oppressive to them. When they reject them, that will mean that they want to overthrow the government.”

The interview can be seen here: https://youtu.be/12YAgDa0xqY

Results of these years of militancy were limited, and times were always tough: MK was unemployed and poor, and sought ways to make a living, while struggling with illness. In recent years contact became more sporadic. His passing on is a lesson that we are strong through each other, that we must take care of each other and hear each other. MK knew, a friend recalls, that for people to be free they have to do it themselves: “that’s why he was anarchist-communist and didn’t believe in replacing one government by another one.”

Notes:

[1] spaza shop: informal convenience store, involved in petty trade
[2] shebeen: informal tavern
[3] ZACF, 26 January 2006, “Solidarity with the pro-democratic movement in Swaziland, ” http://anarkismo.net/article/2195
[4] ZACF letter to the Editor, “Times of Swaziland,” January 18, 2006: http://anarkismo.net/article/15535
[5] The ZACF was founded as the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Federation, but reconstituted as the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front at this congress, reflecting the tighter structure.

Chile: The Santiago Anarchist Federation is born

We are part of the last 20 years of recomposition of social and organized anarchism, a time that has been marked by the understanding of the need for a political organization and the importance of insertion in the different struggles of the dominated class.

The creation of this Federation seeks, from humility, but with great conviction, to demonstrate that the specific anarchism in the Chilean region has not died and that today more than ever, our political project must be positioned as an alternative against this system of capitalist domination and patriarchal. That is why, for us and us today is a historic day, since we feel that we are an expression of organized anarchism more than from the end of the 19th century until today, to seek to contribute to the most felt struggles of the peoples with The influence of your ideas and practices.

We live a historical period marked by a social and ecological crisis caused by the exacerbation of extractivism, the dispossession of the territories and the control of the bodies by the system of domination. This scenario poses new challenges for anarchism.

Understanding the system of domination and relations of domination to expand the fields of insertion in popular struggles, becomes a key point. If there are different areas of domination, any class expression of struggle against this is a fertile field for anarchism and this is essential to get out of the idea that raises privileged places for organization over others. This system, which exerts power and coercion through relations of domination, for us and us has two fundamental pillars: patriarchal domination and capitalist domination and the effects of its overlap are those that are currently manifested in society.

Under this analysis we think of our strategy of rupture, being clear that there is no domination over another, but that they operate depending on the historical context in which they are framed, in a perspective that prioritizes the non-fragmentation of oppressions. In this way racism, (hetero) sexism and classism are oppressions that operate simultaneously, coexist and are consubstantial, overlap.

Faced with this, we propose strategic elements such as de-patriarization, decolonization, federalism and revolutionary self-management as an alternative for the destruction of the patriarchal-capitalist system of domination and its colonial strategy and the construction of a revolutionary, federal self-managed society that eliminates classes social, gender mandates and racial divisions, where the community, the ecological and feminist will be our horizon of life.

The current political situation, marked by a repressive context expressed, for example, in the migrant law, safe classroom, reformulation of the anti-terrorism law, militarization and implementation of states of exception, this added to the severance of social rights, with the reform of pensions, tax reform (which seeks to maintain profit rates in the context of economic crisis), the progress of the neoliberal offensive in health, housing, education and the easing of environmental legislation. In economic terms, the precariousness of life becomes of strategic importance in the perspective of the patriarchy / capital-life conflict, with an extreme liberalization marked by the signing of treaties such as TPP 11-TLC – APEC, hyperdebtedness (falling wages real) and the economic slowdown. In the social,

LONG LIVE SOCIAL AND ORGANIZED ANARCHISM!

TO STRENGTHEN THE LATIN AMERICAN SPECIFIC STRATEGY!

UP THOSE AND THOSE WHO FIGHT !!
SANTIAGO ANARCHIST FEDERATION

https://www.anarkismo.net/article/3149

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Homelessness is a Political Environment: Vancouver Tent City

Architects for Social Housing (ASH)

Vancouver’s Longest Running Tent City: A Year in Review, photo essay.