Category Archives: Commentary

For Edward Bond (1934-2024)

SAGA I asked the man at the crossroads why are you waitingHe said I have no shoes on my feetMy stomach is emptyMy dwelling is repossessedA man In a nice suit with heraldic cufflinks stole my walletAnd my coat is … Continue reading

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Yazan Alloujami: Gaza-on-the-Rhine, a history lesson

From lundimatin, #418, 04/03/2024 … To articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it ‘the way it really was’ (Ranke). It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up at a moment of danger. Historical … Continue reading

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The anarchy of dance/the dance of anarchism

A little wisdom is no doubt possible; but I have found this happy certainty in all things: that they prefer—to dance on the feet of chance. Friedrich Nietzsche, This Spoke Zarathustra [Contact improvisation] came out of Grand Union. We were in … Continue reading

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For Steve Paxton (1939-2024)

Five years ago, we wrote a short piece lauding Steve Paxton’s work as a dancer and his vision of dance, which we entitled: “Anarchic movement: Ambulations in thought after Steve Paxton”. This week (21/02/2024), we learned of his death. In … Continue reading

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The Maidan Diary of Dmitry Petrov

From the CrimethInc. collective (20/02/2024) … An Eyewitness Account of the Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 An unflinching and critical account from within the demonstrations that toppled the Ukrainian government in 2014. In November 2013, protests broke out in Kyiv against … Continue reading

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The battle for Britain: the 1984-85 coal miners’ strike

In a way it is even humiliating to watch coal-miners working. It raises in you a momentary doubt about your own status as an ’intellectual’ and a superior person generally. For it isbrought home to you, at least while you … Continue reading

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Palestine: The attempt to erase a people’s arts

We want to thank +972 Magazine for the generous permission to publish an article on the Israeli authority’s assault against Jenin’s (West Bank) Freedom Theatre and the broader Israeli war on Palestinian artistic expression. +972 Magazine is unquestionably one of the most … Continue reading

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Jean-Marc Royer: Political philosophy of nuclear power

One day, [Noah] clothed himself in sackcloth and covered his head with ashes. Only a man who was mourning [the death of] a beloved child or his wife was allowed to do this. Clothed in the garb of truth, bearer … Continue reading

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Human Rights Discourse Has Failed to Stop the Genocide in Gaza

In December, Hudia, a refugee in Rafah, kept a diary of the horrors Israel has been visiting upon Gaza since October. This is testimonial 18 of the Palestine Uncensored series published on the Verso Books Blog. Hudia, 13 February 2024 December 6, 2023 Gaza City and … Continue reading

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Anarchists should not be spreading Putinist propaganda

From Antti Rautiainen … Last September, some Italian anarchists published a collective letter criticising Ukrainian anarchists for defending themselves and their movement against Russian imperialist aggression. The argument is based on both ethical and factual points. I will start by commenting on … Continue reading

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