The Anger of the Brazilian Elite and the Lack of Ruling Class National Identification

(by: Dijair Brilhantes and Bruno Lima Rocha)

The FIFA World Cup is considered one of the biggest events in the world. It should come as no surprise then that the commands of the institution that is run by Seth Blatter should continue to make hundreds of demands against the country that is to welcome the games. In practice, this means that fundamental rights are to be suspended, especially in a country with a “leftist” government. Just another day in the tropical country.

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Confronting Expulsion from the City: Organizing in San Francisco

Source: Chris Martin, wikimedia

Source: Chris Martin, wikimedia

(by: Nick García and Daniel Gutiérrez)

Earlier this month, San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority began holding hearings to restrict the use of Google and other companies from using public transit stops for their employee shuttles, and by August will begin charging 1$ per Google bus stop to create revenue for public transportation. This was a result of public outcry and organizing around this symbol of the growing economic inequality and gentrification of San Francisco.

From Smart car tipping to Google bus blocking, San Francisco has become synonymous to gentrification.

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Follow-up on #Ohlauer: Refugess back to the border – Kreuzberg under Law and Order

(By: Roger Buer, text and photos)

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Those who are squatting a school at the Ohlauer Straße in Kreuzberg, Berlin are still willing to stay on the rooftop of the building – and are still prepared to kill themselves in case of a police raid. Continue reading

State Exerts Power Over Refugee Squat

(By: conjuncture magazine; special thanks to neukoellnbild, photographer)

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Tuesday morning the police moved to evict a former school that is being squatted by refugees. The Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule on Ohlauer Straße, in the neighbourhood of Kreuzberg, Berlin, has been squatted for the last year and a half. It became a central spot for the refugee strike, a movement fighting for equal rights for refugees in Europe during the last two years. Continue reading

Thank you, Maggie — I mean — Dilma! The Workers’ Party of Brazil Has Gone Full Thatcher!

Credit: Agencia Brasil

Credit: Agencia Brasil

(by: Daniel Gutiérrez)

The past week in Brazil has fully revealed the face of the country’s Worker’s Party (PT). If there’s any wonder as to which side of the fence the PT is on, it surely isn’t on the side of the workers. Continue reading

“No King, No Master, Long Live Anarchism!” The Spanish anti-monarchy protests

(By: Nicholas García)

Political scandal, embezzlement, extravagant safari trips, and the legacy of the Franco dictatorship. The current Spanish royal family, restored by Francisco Franco in the hopes of continuing his dictatorship, has seen its lowest public approval rating since Juan Carlos was installed in the 1970s. His abdication on June 2nd amidst this scandal and his old age was the cue for organizers all around Spain and Europe to call for an end of the monarchy, a more democratic society, and a rekindling of a Third Spanish Republic. Continue reading

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly — EU Elections Reveal Growing Polarization in Europe

(By: conjuncture magazine)

In France the radical right-wing party “Front National” (FN) under Marine Le Pen won in the European elections in “la Grande Nation” with a program under the title “French people first” and the demand to reinsert the death penalty. In Germany a new right-wing party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) was capable of uniting the conservative right upper-middle class with some radical right-wing people who can be described as “Internet trolls”. They made their jump into the European parliament with a mix of demands such as homophobic family-politics, leaving the Euro, and closing the borders for the majority of migrants. In Great Britain the UK Independence Party won the elections with positions against Europa, green energy, migrants, and political correctness. And in Denmark the Danish Peoples Party (Dansk Folkeparti – DF) doubled its seats in the European parliament with demand to close the borders and homophobic positions on family policies. Continue reading

Creating Control: Mexico and the US Move Towards Information Monopolies

(By: Daniel Gutiérrez)

In the past weeks, great strides have been made in both the United States and Mexico towards controlling access to the Internet. The fact that they occur while Trans-Pacific Partnership meetings has stalled shows that international agreements are hardly necessary to enact authoritarian measures. However, a new horizon, particularly those imagined by Internet advocacy groups, may point towards more lasting protections and expansions of human rights. Continue reading

Reform in Chile: Between Popular Power and the Political Elite

(By: Nicholas García)

Earlier this month Michelle Bachelet, newly re-elected President of Chile, launched a campaign towards long awaited political reforms; implementing a new progressive tax policy, setting a plan for “free and universal higher education”, and finally the dismantling the “binominal” electoral system, left over from the Pinochet dictatorship, which under represents and disenfranchises minority political parties. Continue reading