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why we feel so driven to help each other through the coronavirus crisis

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This anarchist thinker helps explain why we feel so driven to help each other through the coronavirus crisis

Empty supermarket shelves and panicked government briefings have become the defining images of the coronavirus crisis. But the community response, however, may well be a more enduring feature. The virus and the enforcement of social isolation have sparked uncertainty and anxiety. But a range of local volunteer-run mutual aid networks have also emerged.

Rubicon Donates Tons of Necessities to Athens Nursing Home

From Greek Reporter

News websites in Greece have been known for years for reporting incidents of vandalism involving the controversial Greek anarchists’ group ”Rubicon.”
However, the coronavirus pandemic has brought nearly an endless array of changes in such a short period of time, one of which is a work of charity carried out by members of the Rubicon on Monday in Athens.

'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' a true-life poke at authority

'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' a true-life poke at authority

From The Press Democrat, California

Written almost half a century ago by Italian playwright Dario Fo, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” deals with a straightforward question: Just how did a suspected insurgent, while in police custody, fall out a fourth-floor window to his death?

Leftist Anarchist Banned From Yehudah and Shomron for 15 Days

from hamodia.com by Dov Benovadia

YERUSHALAYIM -

Yonatan Pollak is banned from Yehudah and Shomron for the next 15 days, as police released the far-left radical activist Tuesday after arresting him two weeks ago. Pollak was arrested after right-wing group Ad Kan filed several complaints about him with police, saying they had footage showing him inciting Arabs to riot and attack Israeli civilians, police, and soldiers in no fewer than 18 incidents.

The Attack on Exarchia, an Anarchist Refuge in Athens

The Attack on Exarchia, an Anarchist Refuge in Athens

From The New Yorker by Molly Crabapple

Before dawn on August 25th, Rafi jolted awake to the sounds of police outside Spirou Trikoupi, a building where he was squatting, in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia. A muscular twenty-eight-year-old from Kabul, Rafi had been an interpreter for the U.S. military. In 2015, he made the punishing journey across Iran, Turkey, and the Aegean Sea, until he found himself in Exarchia, where anarchists and refugees were transforming abandoned buildings into self-organized sanctuaries. For two and a half years, Rafi had lived alongside ninety Eritreans, Iranians, Afghans, and Kurds, at Spirou Trikoupi, “like a family,” he said.

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Far-Left Anarchist to Remain in Custody Until Next Week

Far-Left Anarchist to Remain in Custody Until Next Week

From Hamodia, YERUSHALAYIM, Thursday, January 9, 2020

Far-left radical anarchist Yonatan Pollak will remain in custody until next Wednesday – at his own request, Ha’aretz reported Thursday. According to the report, the court had been prepared to release him, but telling the court that he did not recognize the authority of the court to jail him, he requested that he be held indefinitely in custody, as a “political prisoner.” He has also refused to post a NIS 500,000 bond the court set to release him. The court agreed to keep him in jail until next Wednesday, the report said.

2019 in Review: A Year of Repression – and Resistance

2019 in Review: A Year of Repression – and Resistance

From Anarchist Agency

Just when you thought it was over, they were back: France’s gillets jaunes, the direct-action protest movement that arose in opposition to the Macron government’s pro-capitalist, anti-worker policies, was supposed to be all done in 2019, neutralized by police repression and the government’s token gestures at public “consultations.” Then, in December, the yellow vests appeared again as Macron moved to “reform”—i.e. slash—French old-age pension provisions. Once again, thousands of working people were back in the streets, saying enough is enough to the global elite’s efforts to impose neoliberal policies on an increasingly angry populace.

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