To my warriors: Why do I support the strike? For girls. Because I do not want a girl in daycare or school to be silenced and told to not be a brute while her classmates are allowed to scream. Because I do not want her to be made fun of by a boy... Continue Reading →
A Dutch expat, Vincent R. Werner, has written a book about his impressions of Spain, having lived here for the last 17 years. Many Spaniards have taken it badly because it names the areas where Spaniards have difficulties and it doesn't paint a brilliant portrait of us as a society. Apparently, most Spaniards have... Continue Reading →
Imagine that in your hands you hold an old bow and arrow. It is summer. The sun is rising. You are young and better looking than you are (why not?). All is quiet except for birds singing. You gaze up at distant hills and the last of midnight stars.
You feel like you’re in a movie that only you will see, but that’s not sad. It’s profound. It’s an opportunity for you to enjoy the show.
Wild grass swishes against your legs as you walk into the centre of a meadow lined by trees. The air smells damp. It is cool, not cold. Selecting a spot from which to launch, you position an arrow and raise the bow. A lively tune from your soundtrack is playing. Tension builds. Aiming high, you hope to hell no one gets killed.In this imagining where you are better looking than you are, the arrow…
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(hans-david.blogspot.com) Although opposition to the state and all forms of authority had a strong voice among the early feminists of the 19th century, the more recent feminist movement which began in the 1960’s was founded upon anarchist practice. This is where the term anarcha-feminism came from, referring to women anarchists who act within the larger feminist and anarchist movements to remind them of their principles.
Anarchism and feminism have always been closely linked. Many outstanding feminists have also been anarchists, including the pioneering Mary Wollstonecraft (author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman), the Communard Louise Michel, Voltairine de Cleyre and the tireless champion of women’s freedom, Emma Goldman (see her famous essays “The Traffic in Women”, “Woman Suffrage”, “The Tragedy of Woman’s Emancipation”, “Marriage and Love” and “Victims of Morality”, for example). Freedom, the world’s oldest anarchist newspaper, was founded by Charlotte Wilson in 1886. In…
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Insight into what’s happening in Europe.
In 2012 Rebecca Sommer founded the refugee aid association Arbeitsgruppe Flucht + Menschen-Rechte (AG F+M) [Working Group Asylum + Human Rights]. At the end of 2015, this artist, photographer and journalist and documentary maker applauded Angela Merkel’s decision to open German’s borders to the “refugees” who had been blocked in Hungary, despite the vacuum effect this would create. “At that time I wanted to help everyone and truly believed that all these people were fleeing hell and were in a state of complete distress,” the German activist explained in an article published by the conservative Polish weekly Do Rzeczy on 15 January, discussing how she woke up to reality.
In 2015, her NGO had almost 300 volunteers who were giving German courses to the new arrivals.
…”I thought their medieval view was going to change with time…but after having seen these situations occur repeatedly and observing what was happening…
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“The import is not the kind of work woman does, but rather the quality of the work she furnishes... Her development, her freedom, her independence, must come from and through herself. First, by asserting herself as a personality, and not as a sex commodity. Second, by refusing the right to anyone over her body;... Continue Reading →
Bailiffs and police evicted ‘Occupy Bournemouth’ squatters’ camp. People living there set off flares and threw paint before their tents are removed
- Around 30 people have been living at Occupy Bournemouth’s ‘Homeless Sanctuary’ since start of December
- Group moved in and barricaded themselves on private land of speculators intended to become new luxury accommodation blocks
- But Bournemouth Council ordered an eviction notice for squatting and now bailiffs are clearing the camp
- Protesters threw coloured dye and paint at eviction officers while there were heated scenes with police
Protesters set off flares and launched paint and dye at eviction thugs as authorities cut their way onto the disused site.
As many as 30 people have been living on the closed off piece of land in the seaside town since before Christmas.
They are understood to…
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To the year that ends: Thank you. I have learned the lessons as best I could, and they will bear fruit in time to come. I do not know if they will be sweet or bitter, but they will be what they are and I will handle it. To the coming year: Time for... Continue Reading →
I arrived conspicuously, in the middle of a Havana evening, after making my family wait for over twelve hours. I had not been, it seems, too eager to see the world so I about-faced and took a nap. Perhaps it was my mother who silently urged me to stay put for a while... Continue Reading →