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Czech Republic. Opportunity for change ?

Czechoslovak Anarchist Federation (CSAF) has transformed itself into Anarchist Federation (AF). We consider the change of our name as an opportunity for some positive changes in anarchist movement as well as possible new wave of interest in anarchist self-organizing. Members of CSAF decided to change the name of the organization during the regular congress held back in spring 2014.

The purpose of that change was to deprive of a national attribute in the name of our federation, which some members perceived negatively. Our organization will continue being a part of family of anarchist federations. Specifically, the federation which unites especially Czech and Slovak speaking anarchists. Furthermore, the leaving of national attribute relieves us from an uncomfortable position, when the original name was suggesting assumed existence of our organization in Slovakia, which is not true at the present time. Nevertheless, the new name leaves the opportunity for organizing in Slovakia of course still open.

In connection with the change of our name, we launched a new website www.afed.cz on January 1.

We are also trying to initiate discussion within the anarchist movement about its needs, goals and limits, on the occasion of our transformation.

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Kurdistan. The possibility of breaking up Iraq

A few weeks ago, in one of our bulletins, we (the Kurdistan Anarchists Forum) expressed our opinions and attitudes regarding the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), its attacks on Iraq, and the religious and political struggle between the Shia and Sunni for domination. Here in this statement, we put forward our views about the political situation, the possibility of a divided Iraq, and the current war.

We believe, from 1991 until the present, Iraq has never been a unified country- or indeed, a unified land. This is the case following the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime and the invasion of Iraq by the United States and its allies in 2003- since that period, it  has been divided into three regions: Kurdistan, where the Kurdish people, since the uprising of 1991, have had their own regional government; the Sunni region, where people have been continuously in dispute with the central Iraqi government due to being isolated, neglected, marginalised and deprived of government services;  The third part, the Shia regions in the south and in the middle of the country, have seen its Shia factions ruling Iraq since 2003.

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Venezuela. Express summary of Venezuela’s situation for curious people and/or the poorly informed

February 21st, 2014

Rafael Uzcategui

On February 4th, 2014, students from the Universidad Nacional Experimental del Tachira (Experimental University of Táchira), located on an inland state of the country, protested due to the sexual assault of a fellow female classmate in lieu of the current insecurity situation of the city. The protest was repressed, and several students were detained.

The next day, other universities around the country had their own protests requesting the release of these detainees, being at the same time repressed and some of them incarcerated.

The wave of indignation had the context of the economic crisis, the shortage of first necessity items and the crisis of basics public services, as well as the beginning of the enforcement of an economic plan on behalf of the President Nicolas Maduro.

Two opposing politicians, Leopoldo Lopez, and Maria Corina Machado, tried to capitalize on the wave of discontent rallying for new protests under the slogan "The Way Out" and try to pressure for the resignation of president Maduro. Their message also reflected the rupture and divisions on the inside of opposing politicians and the desire to replace Henrique Capriles' leadership, who publicly rejected the protests. The Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (Democratic Unity Table) coalition, didn't support them either.

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