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Grenfell Tower – the smoke & the mirrors

There is an ever-growing stream of media commentary on the Grenfell fire, increasing daily as the public enquiry unfolds. There are some elements in the media with the goal of obscuring or excusing the plain facts as part of a pre-emptive defence manoeuvre to protect those most implicated in what caused the fire and the 72 deaths. That they feel the need to use such distortions to defend the Grenfell landlords and those who ordered and oversaw the Grenfell refurbishment that fitted the lethal cladding only increases the suggestion of a general doubt on all sides about their innocence.

The New Imperialist Alignments in Libya

Today the sea which the caesars of ancient Rome called Mare Nostrum has again become the focal point of the clash between the imperialist powers who overlook the Mediterranean as well as those who cannot see it from their windows. They all ply it in search of military ports, control of shipping routes and maritime trade, as well as to give them a military presence between three continents (Europe, Africa and Asia). Last but not least, they seek to exploit Libyan oil resources as well as those off Cyprus.

The Murders of Fausto Atti and Mario Acquaviva

Under this cross fire of the Stalinists and the Blackshirts the red flag of revolution carried on flying, thanks to the extreme sacrifice of the internationalists of whom we remember first those who died at the hands of the Axis. But the two most significant deaths were not at the hands of the Nazis but the “centrists”, the new social democrats, as the Stalinists were labelled in those days.

Remembering the Early Comrades of the Internationalist Communist Party

1945 represents the beginning of the period of the fastest growth of the Internationalist Communist Party (PCInt) and the “memorial” below, translated from our Italian site, gives an indication of its geographical extension.

Capitalist Realism in North Korea

Cover of the book, a parody of North Korea propaganda with a dollar sign

A look at the memoirs of Felix Abt, arguably the most successful foreign capitalist to live and do business in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to date.

Herd immunity is the genocide of indigenous peoples in Brazil

Update on Anti-Authoritarian Prisoners Involved in Vandalism (Tangerang and Bekasi, Indonesia)

Three anti-authoritarian detainees from Tangerang and Bekasi (Indonesia) are charged with “provocation” for spraying graffiti and can be charged up to ten years in prison. The police have unlawfully isolated them from their families and legal aides. A report written by the Anti-authoritarian Federation (FedAO) of Indonesia and an update to “Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners in Tangerang and Bekasi in Indonesia.”

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Interlinking our Struggles in Gender and Queer Issues

Men in anarchist spaces need to step up to make our spaces safer and more inclusive. Lacking experience of being queer or women is no excuse to stay silent. Staying silent on oppression just contributes to that oppression.

On the Role of Revolutionaries in the Wider Class Struggle

The letter which follows is part of the ongoing debate with some Russian comrades who find themselves operating, as it is easy to guess, in a very difficult environment: one that is even more scarred, if possible, by the devastation produced by the Stalinist counter-revolution and the rubble it has left behind.

Poland: Populism Strikes Back

The seventh democratic presidential elections in Poland since 1990 have ended on 12 July 2020. Official statistics show the highest ever turnout, with a record-breaking 68.18% of the entitled electorate choosing to cast a vote in the second round.

For Migrant Labourers An Amnesty with Capitalism Is a Mockery

Which is worse? The hypocrisy of an Italian Minister of Agriculture shedding tears in public over the supposed end to the maltreatment of cheap migrant field workers in Italy or the hypocrisy of Johnson’s Brexit government sanctioning the airlifting of workers from the poorer parts of Europe to work in British fields during the lockdown? This is an outline of what’s been going on recently in Italy.

International Solidarity with the Social Revolution in Rojava

International statement on defending the social revolution in Rojava.

The New Terror Bill in the Philippines: Another Front in the Worldwide Struggle against Tyranny

An introduction to why Filipinos oppose the Anti-Terrorism Act in the Philippines with a preface from CrimethInc.

Wild cat strike and a workers ' revolt in the Amur region in Russia

Gazprom workers in revolt against unpaid wages

From a comrade, I received the following information.
Following his text, I propose solidarity actions.

Workers in the Amur region destroyed the office of a company that is building a gas processing plant for Gazprom. Several dozen builders broke into the office of "Renaissance Heavy industries", a contractor involved in the construction of the Amur gas processing plant. It also became known that workers took over the store and took away some of the products. This is due to the fact that during the quarantine, food prices increased by 2 times, while workers stopped receiving full wages.

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Ethno-Nagleism is the Idpol of fools

statue of Sean Russell

Comrade Motopu is not a fan of nationalism and did not enjoy the latest article by Angela Nagle.

Against emergency: The interlinked struggles in Hong Kong and the Philippines

States around the world are criminalizing dissent in response to a global and ongoing wave of uprisings.

The Oppressed Classes Rise Up Against Racism and Discrimination

A statement on anti-racism signed by anarchist groupings from all over the world.

How do we deal with a Karen or a Ken?

Amy Cooper calling cops with racist threats

While the U.S. continues to be rocked by protests against white supremacy and police terror, some clueless Karens and Kens continue to use the police against anyone or anything they perceive as a threat. I will detail two interactions I had this week.

Take That Cheesecake! Ride That Horse! A Conversation with SL Lim

We’re really excited to say that the novelist and climate writer SL Lim is joining Out of the Woods. By way of getting to know their work a little better, and to begin the process of working collectively, we sent them a few questions drawn from our reading of their excellent Circuit Breakers blog. Their answers are generous, generative and show why we’re phenomenally excited at their joining us.