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(en) Britain, Anarchist Federation resistance issue 82 - March 2006

Date Mon, 20 Mar 2006 22:32:07 +0200



NO TO NEW KILLER
Nuclear power: expensive, dangerous and polluting. A one time by-product of
nuclear weapons production, it remains indivisibly linked to it. In the 1960s
the industry promised `electricity too cheap to be metered'. It never happened.
The industry is in steep decline. Their latest PR stunt is to say
nuclear is carbon free, that it can solve global warming. However, nuclear
technology is extremely dangerous, relies on dwindling supplies and is
so expensive that it needs massive government subsidies. It's vulnerable
to terrorism and to nuclear weapons proliferation. It produces volumes
of toxic waste with no safe storage solution.

Governments, including Britain, are set on nuclear programmes to be
less reliant on increasingly expensive oil from volatile areas such as the
Middle East. They also like it because it is highly centralised, giving
them greater control and making more uranium for their weapons of mass
destruction. Last but not least, it's a way of throwing technology at
a problem, which avoids tackling the causes: over-consumption of oil
based transport and industry, pollution and waste.


Carbon free?

The nuclear process uses energy intensive industries which depend on
huge amounts of oil and coal-uranium mining, enrichment and transport
across the world, construction and decommissioning of nuclear facilities,
transporting and storing radioactive waste.


Nuclear produces almost twice as much carbon dioxide as wind power
production. Power stations themselves release chloro- and hydro-
fluorocarbons as well as sulphur hexafluoride. Electricity production
globally only contributes 16% of greenhouse emissions. The vast majority is
produced by transport, mining and manufacturing, which are heavily dependent

on fossil fuels. If all fossil fuel power stations were replaced by
nuclear and exploitable reserves of uranium, it would run out in 3-4 years
(as it is now they will last only 30-40 years).

Subsidies

Between 1953 and 2002 the Canadian government gave the nuclear industry
$14.5 billion; between 1948 and 1998 the US government gave the
industry $67 billion. The European Union spends 61% of its research and
development budget on nuclear, although the industry only supplies 13%
of EU energy.


Alternatives

The real alternative is to generate power from renewable sources:

solar, tidal, hydro, wind, geothermal etc. This would mainly be small scale,
locally produced for local consumption, to avoid the waste and
surrender of control of the national Grid.


Renewable energy should also be under genuine community control, rather
than government or private hands. Large scale insulation of homes and
workplaces is essential to minimise energy waste. The current oil
powered traffic system should be replaced by free public transport, with
cities and towns designed for people rather than cars.
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AND THE WAR DRAGS ON...



The Blair regime has now been responsible for at least 100 dead British

soldiers and it is sending a large number of British troops to

Afghanistan, to a particularly dangerous area in the South. The number of

British casualties will surely mount. This is not to mention the
numbers of

injured and maimed who are carefully hidden from view.



Alongside all of this have been the recent video revelations of British

Army brutality Basra and the appearance of more photos of the American

prison at Abu Ghraib showing more scenes of humiliation, torture and

death.



These images cock a snook at the much vaunted claim of the American and

British governments that they were bringing freedom and peace to Iraq.

Let's not be under any illusion that these scenes are the work of a

minority. The military machine-the armed forces – is a killing machine.

Its function is to kill and intimidate. The face of the murderer might

have a thick layer of cosmetics from the House of "Peacekeeping" but it's

the face of a murderer just the same.



The British and Americans are now bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan

and the war will drag on, with the possibility of hostilities against

Iran now in the picture. As with the war in Vietnam, this opens the way

to growing disaffection in the armed forces and increasing unrest at

home as the casualty figures mount. Show piece demonstrations are not the

answer. As the American anti-war activist Mario Savio said at the time

of the Vietnam war in 1964: "There is a time, when the operation of the

machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't

take part; and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the

wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus and you've got to make

it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the

people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented

from working at all."



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IAF DAY OF ACTION



As in previous years IAF, the International of Anarchist Federations,

has called a day of action for the 18th of March. On this date,

thousands of anarchists around the world will show their refusal of
the state

of permanent war into which we have been led. The tension that has been

created by politicans and the State is a means to create consensus in

societies that feel under threat. Then internal dissidence can be easily

smashed.



In London the Anarchist Federation will be holding two events (see

right). There will also be a book stall during the demonstration on

Saturday morning (see back page).



LONDON ANARCHIST FEDERATION

*Wed 15th march - Jose Couso: State murder. Plus anti-war films. 7pm at

The Square, 21 Russell Square, London.

*Thursday, 16th of March - Hostage cities: London and Madrid. 7pm at

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1.

*CANCELLED: Friday, 17th of March - Inside Iraq today (Civil Society,

Occupation and War). 7pm at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1.



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INTERNATIONAL NEWS



Sofia, Bulgaria

The Federation of Bulgarian Anarchists staged a protest in Sofia on

Saturday 11th February, handing out circulars with anti-EU and anti-IMF

messages. According to the protesters, the European Union and the

International Monetary Fund were "thieves," applying restrictions on
Bulgaria

regardless of people's needs. The message also slammed the Bulgarian

government for allowing a recent increase in the prices of many products

and services, including energy, heating, transportation, food, alcohol

and cigarettes. The anarchists marched through downtown Sofia and

called on people to "stop the social genocide."



Barcelona, Spain

Three anarchists were arrested in Barcelona, Spain on the 9th February.

The arrests started at 8 in the morning when one anarchist was coming

out of work, he was arrested by balaclava wearing Mossos d'esquadra (a

police force belonging to the the local government of Catalonia). He was

taken to his home where the police arrested his housemate and began to

search the house. Later on as another anarchist was leaving his home in

the center of the city he was also arrested. In the afternoon one of

the anarchists was released without charges. For the moment the other two

are being charged with arson and public disorder. Apparently the

charges are related to attacks on the company CIRE, a public
enterprise whose

business it is to make a profit from prison labour in the Catalonian

prison system. So far in Barcelona there has been one demonstration with

about 150 people that took place in the city centre. These arrests are

part of a continuing attack on the anarchist movement in

Barcelona, it's the same repression that has imprisoned since September

2003 four other anarchists without trial. International solidarity is

needed now more that ever.



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ON THE FRONTLINE



Resistance reports on the industrial disputes and struggles of the UK

and the world.



The notoriously arrogant and bullying Royal Mail Management goons have

faced trouble almost everywhere they've looked these past few months.

200 Post office workers in Belfast decided that they'd had enough of the

constant harassment and intimidation and staged a wildcat walkout on

January 31 - the union immediately repudiated the action and the bosses

thought they'd together managed to put out the flames, but 18 days later

the unofficial strike is still going strong and stopping deliveries to

most of the city as well as all mail being sent to Britain.



Well done to those who've stayed out and sent a clear message to the

bosses that they'll not be intimidated away from their livelihood - which

is what many people put the arrogance of the RM bosses all over the UK

down to, deliberate management provocation in order to avoid redundancy

payments come full privatisation.



Whilst this was going on in Belfast, London PO workers staged over

forty 24 hour strikes in various London PO's in protest at plans to shut

down yet more local offices in restructuring plans designed to cut wages

- managers were forced to fill in as ineptly as they could on these

days. Meanwhile, up in Dundee PO depot staff also staged two 48 hour

strikes in response to proposals to switch all full time jobs to part time

positions - management have again been drafted in to some proper work

for once.



The low paid and highly exploited cleaners at Parliament have won all

their strike demands after staging a number of 24 hours strikes - for

the fist time they now have the right to both 28 days paid holiday a year

and sick pay - they also won the wage raise they were demanding, they

now will earn £6.70 ph compared to an M.P's £60 000.



The government and the fire-fighters may once more be heading for a

national showdown with plans to raise the retirement age for full pension

rights from 50 to 60. A strike ballot has been postponed for 4 weeks

until a mid-march conference to discuss a tiny concession by the

government, but all indication suggest that the fire-fighters are in
an angry

mood and fed up the last 5 years disputes dragging on and want a clear

and quick victory that can't be grabbed back afterwards on this one.

Some horrible news from the long running lock out at the tea picking

colony at Roopacherra, India - workers there with nowhere to go and no

money to feed themselves have started dying of hunger. First to die was a

three year old girl, this was followed by two adults shortly after -

five dependents have since also died. The stranded workers are being

force to scavenge and eat roots and tubers of wild plants, many of them

potentially poisonous. Further research into the owners of this estate

will follow.



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WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT?



Tough times for the Respect bunch, indeed! Last time I saw someone

wearing the badge I couldn't stop myself. I know it was cruel, but I
had to

ask. So, how's George Galloway in the house? And I didn't mean the

House of Commons, but the Big Brother one. A sigh and lengthy explanations

followed: well, you know, he's not the party, etc.



But I'm sorry, actually he is. That's the problem of following a

leader. That's the problem when a bunch of people rally behind
someone, and

send him to parliament. The bloke is the cause. All Respect's efforts in

the last months were to get him to parliament. They succeeded. But how

did they benefit from it? Or better still, how did any one in his

constituency benefit from having him in Westminster?. Not a bit.



It doesn't really matter who is your leader, who you follow. When you

give someone the power to decide for you, you're done for. Granted,

Galloway is an extreme example, but there are countless others in which

politicians mock their voters, once they've got the seat. So the moral is

clear. Make away with leaders of any kind.

All that said, it would be a nice idea to gather all politicians and

put them in a BB type of house and make them do some proper work.

Scaffolding or whatever. See how many nervous breakdowns we can see in
a week.



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NOT A NUMBER - TIME TO REFUSE ID



As predicted, most of the Lords amendments to the ID cards bill have

been ignored. Labour has now voted itself the power to give anyone

applying for a passport (or any other 'designated document') an ID
card and

at the same time build a vast database of personal and biometric

information, starting in 2008/9.



Four out of five of us already have passports and just one more act of

parliament will be needed to force ID cards on everyone.

So what if compulsory ID wasn't in the Labour manifesto as some

opponents have complained. Why should anyone want us to have faith in

authority-obsessed warmongers? Politicians who voted to impose war in
Iraq have

now voted to invade our lives, for our own protection!



Forget the media sound bites about identity theft and terrorism, which

are designed make us fearful of other people, and make us feel like we

need a State to protect us. What will hurt most in the long term is the

State's use of the National Identity Register and other database

schemes like 'Government Connect' to control access to public
services, and

give the majority of us the day-to-day hassle of having to produce

evidence of 'entitlement'. Labour is intent on taking away any privacy we

have left, tracking every part of our lives, and selling our details to

private companies.



How long will it be before we start getting billed for healthcare if we

don't appear on the register for any reason?



How long before we are stopped in the street (more than now) and get

asked to produce our cards, or perhaps worse still, have our private

information read invisibly from a distance, just to show we are
entitled to

exist.



The real work must now begin to make this scheme completely unworkable.

This world should not belong to the ruling class who, if you look back

through history, have always used force and laws to take land,

resources and make people do what they wanted. It's time to take back
our lives

- we should not have to prove who we are to these State and corporate

identity thieves.



Defending Anonymity is the AF's anti-ID pamphlet. Send SAE for a free

copy or read online at http://www.libcom.org/hosted/af/ace/anon.html

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NEWS FROM SE LONDON



Right now, anarchists in south east London are coming together to form

a libertarian revolutionary group and are interested in making contact

with people in the area who would like to get involved.

Anarchist Federation members are among those looking to organise an

anarchist presence in the Lewisham and Camberwell areas of the city.

If you would like to get involved or are from these areas and would be

interested in joining the AF then please contact London AF, BM ANARFED,

London, WC1N 3XX or email selondon@afed.cjb.net



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TIME BOMB



....Continued from last issues article on the Portuguese revolution in

1974.



Housing struggles

After April 25th people began occupying empty property, unwilling to

wait for governmental action. The government, afraid of people's anger,

decreed a rent freeze and allocated money and tax exemptions to

builders. The increase in homes built was inadequate and more and more
people

occupied empty buildings. 260 families from a shantytown in Lisbon moved

into an empty apartment block near the city. The military ordered them

out but were forced to back down when the families refused.



In response to the housing crisis people began to organise

collectively. In older working class and lower middle class areas
Autonomous

Revolutionary Neighbourhood Committees were set up. The committees were

elected from general assemblies of local residents. They arranged

occupations of property for use as free crèches, workers' centres and
for other

community services.



In Lisbon one local Neighbourhood Committee organised for some 400

empty houses to be taken over. A "social rent" was paid that went towards

improvements. Another organisation set up was the Federation of Shanty

Town Committees. It was independent of political parties and came to

represent 150,000 shantytown dwellers. It called for new housing estates

to be built in place of the shantytowns, for expropriation of land and

for rent controls.



Land occupations

When the rural workers saw their opportunity for change they seized it

whole-heartedly and began taking the land. There was co-operation

between agricultural and industrial workers. In Cabanas an abandoned farm

was occupied with the help of a local neighbourhood committee. Machines

were taken from a nearby factory to help clear the land. In Santarem a

meeting of 354 farm workers declared that a massive amount of land was

to be occupied. Other workers, armed with pickaxes, arrived in trucks to

aid the agricultural labourers and at the end of it over ten major

farms were collectivised.



Gradually the political parties destroyed the gains of the working

class. But the Portuguese Revolution had been a great experiment in how to

start organising for a future society.



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INSIDE INFORMATION



Support Tomasz Wilkoszewski!

Tomasz Wilkoszewski was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing a

nazi in self defence. He has now served almost 10 years of his sentence,

which means he is now eligible for parole. Tomasz has a hearing coming

up soon to decide if he will be released early or not. Please support

him by sending the letter below (Polish translation at

http://www.brightonabc.org.uk) to the Polish authorities responsible
for his case:



Post to: SAD OKREGOWY

III WYDZIAL PENITENCJARNY I NADZORU

NAD WYKONANIEM ORZECZEN KARNYCH

UL. AL. ZWYCIESTWA 1

98-200 SIERADZ, POLAND



"We would like to add this appeal to the files of Tomasz Wilkoszewski's

case. We, the undersigned would like to express our support for the

attempt by Tomasz Wilkoszewski to obtain early, conditional release from

his 15 year sentence. Tomasz Wilkoszewski has been in prison since March

1996 (10 years) which means he can now try to obtain earliest,

conditional release. We think that he has spent enough time in jail,
he didn't

cause any problems there and now its time for him to start living like

a free man again. Further imprisonment will only destroy his chances to

come back to the society.

We request that you look into this case closely and consider his

attempts and our appeal."

Tomasz would also love to get more letters. He can understand some

English, but finds it difficult to write, so don't necessarily expect a

reply.

Tomasz Wilkoszewski, Zaklad Karny, ul. Orzechowa 5, 98-200 Sieradz,

Poland



Italian anarchist extradited and jailed

Francesco Gioia, c.c. Rebibbia, via R. Majetti, 165, 00156 Roma, Italy



Francesco Gioia has been extradited to Italy. He was arrested last May

in Barcelona after he had run away from his house arrest. Francesco was

one of the libertarians in Pisa being accused of `subversive

association' under the infamous article 270 BIS. They're being charged
of making

up a group called Cells for Offensive Revolution.



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SUBVERT!



March:

2nd - Worthing Alliance meeting with updates on local campaigns. All

welcome. Upstairs at The Rest, Bath Place, Worthing. 8pm



8th - Dave Morris will give a talk on the history of the Tottenham

Claimants Union since 1983. Organised by Radical History Network of North

East London. Takes place in the evening at Wood Green Labour Club,

Stirling Crescent, London N22 (opposite Civic Centre on High Road).
Nearest

tube: Wood Green.



10-12th - Radio 4A On Air Around Brighton on 101.4 (ish) FM.

http://www.radio4a.org.uk



11th - Peak Oil and the Capitalist system. London Anarchist Forum talk

with Adrian Williams. At Freedom Press, 84b Whitechapel High Street,

London, E1 at 2.30pm.



17th - Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, 5th anniversary.

BENEFIT EVENT with MARK THOMAS - Comedian, SOFIA BUCHUCK - Peruvian

musician, DOUBLE NEGATIVE - Rappers, NAWROZ ORAMAR - Kurdish singer

ODYSSEY - International songs, KURDISH DANCE GROUP. KURDISH COMMUNITY
CENTRE,

11 Portland Gardens, N4. Ten minutes from Manor House tube. Near

Haringey-Green Lanes rail station (Gospel Oak-to-Barking line)

7.30pm. £8, £5 concs 07811 253600 http://www.campacc.org.uk



18th - Control Your arms. Amnesty and The Anchor Project, a youth club

for young asylum seekers, join forces for a special event against the

arms trade and the marginalisation of asylum seekers. Photo exhibition,

stunts, bands and djs. One not to miss. All cash raised goes to

charity. 6pm till 2am, Truman's Brewery, off Brick Lane, London. £2.

controlyourarms@hotmail.co.uk http://www.anchorproject.org



18th - International day of action against the Iraqi occupation

Assemble 12 noon, Parliament Square, London. Nearest tube: Westminster.



18th - Punkpurim - a night of radical jewish counterculture from

jewdas.org and heeb magazine. Reviving the jewish anarchist tradition
in the

east end there will be live klezmer hip hop, punk visuals, films,

radical torah and much much more. 9pm rampART, 15-17 Rampart Street E1 2LA

jewdas@gmail.com http://www.jewdas.org http://www.rampart.co.nr



Anarchist Federation,

BM Anarfed, London,

WC1N 3XX

Email: info@afed.org.uk

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