NoBorderCamp 2013

August 2 – 10 Rotterdam
Week of action, discussion and workshops

“The Dutch No Border Network organizes a No Border Camp in Rotterdam August 2 – 10.
The organization of a militant week of action, discussion and workshops connects with the tireless actions of migrants in the Netherlands during the past one and a half year.

As many people know, a lot of migrants in the Netherlands have been involved in protest actions in a way that has never been done before in the Netherlands. People from different nationalities and backgrounds are resisting the current migration policy openly.
Undocumented people that are not allowed to stay in the Netherlands because of that, do no longer accept the fact that their struggle for a human existence remains unseen. Meanwhile the migrants and supporting activists have raised several tent camps, have demonstrated many times, and a lot of migrants are at this moment staying in the Vluchtkerk in Amsterdam and the Vluchthuis in The Hague.

Given this situation, to the No Border Network organizing a NoBorderCamp is a matter of course. This way we, No Border activists, want to connect to the need of migrants to make their problem widely known.
Recently, it has at many times become obvious that the government is only interested in political games. The trading of a halfhearted childrens’ pardon for the introduction of the penalization of illegality shows perfectly what the Dutch politicians want. Political power is a lot more important than the fate of people without the ‘right’ papers, who have been kicked out on the street!

The NoBorderCamp 2013 has several goals. First of all during this week of workshops and actions we hope to connect to the need of migrants to make their protest be heard both visually and loudly so that Dutch society can no longer pretend they never knew: kicking people out on the street without money, food and shelter. We support the rebellion of the migrants against the current migration policy.

At the same time we want to focus attention on capitalism. It is the main cause of among others war, for example for oil or resources, and climate change, that in their turn set migration going. No man flees voluntarily. In our society, pregnant with greed and selfishness, there is no room for people that are desperately seeking a better future!

We the No Border-activists stand for freedom of movement and the abolition of borders and states. Through workshops and discussion during the NoBorderCamp we want to win people over for this aspiration. We want the camp to have an enthusing effect on people to actively resist the narrow-minded migration policy of both the right-wing and the left-wing established order. Active resistance will also be initiated from the camp, with direct and public actions at several locations in the region.

An extra goal in organizing a camp in August 2013 is the Lovis boat project “Voices from the borders”, that will leave from Rotterdam in the first weekend, and that will draw attention to the problems of migrants in different harbors and wants to create more unity in groups and individuals that resist migration policy.

The Dutch No Border Network works together with similar groups in other (European) countries, among others through regular meetings and joint actions. The English title ‘Camp’ is therefore chosen on purpose because internationally there is a lot of interest in meetings of No Border-activists.
The NoBorderCamp-concept exists since 1999 and from that year on at distinctive locations in Europe (border- and harbor areas) similar camps have been organized. Last year there were camps in Stockholm and Cologne.

In the next months we will have to do our very best to organize the No Border Camp. The preparation group has already contact with groups of migrants and supporting activists. For more information, and if you want to help out, you can contact us through info@no-border.nl. Of course we need money to organize things well, you can donate to the account of Ithaka 4253090 in Utrecht, subject No Border Camp 2013.”

http://nobordercamp.nl/spanish/

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http://nobordercamp.nl/english/

http://nobordercamp.nl/france/

http://nobordercamp.nl/deutsch/

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“The workers at the Vio.Me. Factory in Thessaloniki, Greece have quickly grown into a symbol of self-management internationally. After going on strike and occupying their factory, on February 12, 2013 they re-opened the factory and started production under worker’s control. For many, the factory represents a new potential way forward for unemployed workers in Greece – seizing the means of production, running factories without bosses, producing only goods that are needed, and distributing them through solidarity networks.

“Every extra profit we make will be given out to people who need it. Our plan is to offer help to unemployed people or others who are in great need,” says Dimitrios Koumasiouras, a worker from Vio.Me.

This film tells the story of how the worker’s re-opened the factory under self-management and looks to where the factory is headed now.”

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Open Economics

Daniel Little has a post about Karl Polanyi and his view of economic and social behavior. Read the whole thing. In case you won’t, I’ll quote the key points (but not the Polanyi itself, so again, go read it):

Polanyi maintains that the concept of economic rationality is a very specific historical construct that applies chiefly to the forms of market society that emerged in Western Europe in the early modern period…

Thus Polanyi maintains that it is socially motivated behavior — behavior motivated toward the interests of one’s family, clan, or village” — rather than self-interested behavior that is “natural” for human beings; rational self-interest is rather a feature of a highly specific society: market society…

In place of economic rationality and the market mechanism providing the basis for organization of the premarket economy, Polanyi argues that communitarian patterns of organization are to be found in a range…

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She comes from Cote d’Ivoire, she lives in Marseille she is part of the Diaspora of the world and she resides in culture, which she breaths and which she lives in her art. On top of that she sings about deforestation.

Met an old friend last week who is very deep into Diaspora experiences. Being a performer and a member of the Diaspora himself he is deeply involved into the development of understanding of diaspora identities. He deeply believes that diasporadic communities can open up a new mode of diplomacy or interactions in a globalized world

Remember Genoa!

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Vision of Another Dawn

June 15, 2013

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If we are ever to set direction for a post capitalist society our consious needs to be carefully nourished with input of different kinds.

Three different kinds of inputs are:
– oppressed histories that make us aware of what world has been pushed into oblivion in order to naturalize the current order
– analysis of current structures of hegemony to allow us to see the world in its right proportions á la the Red Pill
– Visions of Another Dawn. Stories of how the world can be different again from what we have today. Stories of strategies that can sustain themselves beyond the coming collapse. Stories that inspire us to reshape our choices and our relationships to actively create this other world that we wish to be part of.

This book seems like it could be a part of such a vision of another future.

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prismfromCrimethinc.

Perhaps you’ve read about the recently revealed Prism program, through which the US National Security Agency has been harvesting data from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, and other major internet corporations.

Remember, this is the tip of the iceberg. We can’t know how many similar projects are buried deeper in the apparatus of the surveillance state, unrevealed by daring whistleblowers. We do know that the NSA intercepts billions of emails, phone calls, and other forms of communication every day. What they can monitor they can also censor, à la China or Mubarak.

Many have championed the internet as an opportunity to create new commons, resources that can be shared rather than privately owned. But faced with the increasing state and corporate power over the structures through which we interact online, we have to consider the dystopian possibility that the internet represents a new enclosure of the commons:…

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Guerrilla fighters from ELN in Colombia.

by Jorge Barrera / APTN National News

A Colombia guerilla group is trying to draw Ottawa into its battle with a Toronto-based mining company which is quietly trying to secure the release of one of its executives who has been held hostage since January.

The Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (ELN) kidnapped Gernot Wober, 47, on Jan. 18, during an attack on the Snow Mine camp in Bolivar state, which sits in the northern part of the country. The guerilla group kidnapped five other people, including three Colombians and two Peruvians, who have all since been released.

The guerilla group says that Wober, the vice-president of Toronto-based Braeval Mining Corp, won’t be released until the company gives up gold mining concessions in the San Lucas mountain range which the ELN claims were initially given to local miners who live in the area.

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PLEASE READ AND SHARE THIS FOR FOREIGN MEDIA AGENCIES. THIS IS THE FULL SPEECH OF OUR PM LAST NIGHT. THIS IS HIS RESPONSE TO WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY FOR THE LAST 10 DAYS. Full translation of Turkish PM Erdogan’s speech today. Up to you to decide if this is “acceptable”, “peaceful” or full of hate speech… and discrimination: This is the rough translation of the speech given by the prime minister Tayyip Erdoğan upon his arrival to the airport (as he was gone away to a North African trip during the Gezi protests). There was a big crowd at the airport to greet him. Although the government said there wasn’t going to be any ceremony for his arrival, numerous text messages showing AKP inviting people to the airport was circulated over the social media. The public transport that normally doesn’t run after 12:00 AM was set to run until 4:00 AM only for today. The same public transport that was shut down when people wanted to go to Gezi Park. So here is the speech, there might be some parts missing, some part not translated very well because he talks in idioms and uses poetry a lot. It is long and tiring but I did highlight the striking bits of it. Read it at your own risk. And governors, please do not try this at home. RTE: Dear brothers, people of Istanbul, friends, citizens attaching us from their TVs. I salute you with all my heart. I thank you for giving us this Istanbul night filled with amazing joy and excitement. Tonight I don’t only salute you but I also salute every one of my brothers in every village, every city of Turkey. Crowd: Ya Allah, Bismillah, Allah Akbar… RTE: I salute my grandmothers, my sisters. I salute my worker brothers, farmers, laborers, villagers who work hard is to put bread on the table. I salute my young brothers who are as grand, as dignified and as poised as Turkey is. Crowd: Istanbul is right here, where are the chapulcus? RTE: I salute my brothers who are here in Istanbul, in Istanbul’s brother city Sarajevo, Baku, Beirut, Skopje, Damascus, Gaza, Mecca, Medina. I salute Istanbul again and again with all my heart, every Istanbul neighborhood, every street, every district. Crowd: Istanbul is right here, where are the drums! RTE: I bring greetings from far away lands. I bring you my Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian brothers greetings. May Allah make our brotherhood last forever. May Allah make our unity and solidarity last forever. Our brothers and governors there all said that this shall pass. They said they believe in us. My dear brothers, Yunus (poet) said: “I don’t come to fight, my job is for love. The friend’s home is in hearts, I come to build hearts.” We never want to break hearts, we always want to win hearts. We stood straight but we never steepened. Fight is not for us. Collisions are not for us. We don’t vandalize, break, fight, destroy. Crowd: May the hands who harm the police be broken! RTE: Brothers, we know how to build and we came until today by building, producing, making Turkey bigger. I want to underline: We came until this point in spite of the interest lobby. Now, this interest lobby thinks they can threaten us. They should know this very well: We won’t allow them to feed on our nation’s hard work. If a bank’s general manager goes ahead and claims that he sides with these vandals, he will find us against him. We came until today by making Turkey’s economy bigger and bigger. The ones that came to us and told us they got 5 times richer during our time, now change sides. Today the world is talking about Turkey and its people. Where did all this come from? We came until today with patience, knowing that patience would lead to victory. Everybody must know this: We came until today by building Turkey on the basis of brotherhood, by making Turkey bigger, by honoring brotherhood. Brothers, some people say that the Prime Minister is the prime minister of the 50 percent only. How can that be true? We always said until today that we were the servant of 76 million. We brought service from east to west. Who would have believed 10 years ago that one day there would be an airport in Hakkari, in Iğdır? When we came there were only 26 airports, we made that number 50. Those who are against us didn’t ask why this service was given but they asked who gave this service. AKP did all this. AKP is doing all this. And they tried to do what they couldn’t do in the elections, outside the elections. Nobody’s ethnicity, origin, ideology is pushed aside in our eyes. Because we are not the masters of this nation, of the 76 million. We are their servants. United, we are Turkey. We are together, we are one. This is how we see the events in Turkey. We read, analyze and step forward. AKP’s success is not in colliding. But they must now this: We are the generations of Akif (poet). This might not work for some. “I can’t applaud cruelty, I can’t love the cruel. I can’t curse the past to please the one who comes. I can’t be some low-born’s dog. And most of all, I can’t worship injustice. I am in love with independence since I was born. The golden tulip can never be my collar. If I see a bleeding heart, my heart breaks and I would be whipped or kicked to mend it. I can’t say “don’t care and walk away.” I care. I step and I get stepped upon but I make the unjust just. I am the enemy of the wrong-doer but I love the wronged.” (poem) Dear brothers, as we respect the democracy, the elections and the national will, we ask for respect towards us. As we started this path, we said one thing: The goal is forward democracy and we we will achieve it. Brothers, the nation gives the responsibility. And it can only be the nation who takes it back. Nobody other than the people can lay hands on this. Nobody can take it outside the voting ballots. We placed this responsibility as sacred since 10,5 years. We protected it with our lives and we will continue to do so. Crowd: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan! Recep Tayyip Erdoğan! RTE: There seems to be a problem there, what’s going on? Let’s call the security for help. Let’s take our brother out. Let him breathe. (To someone in the crowd who seems to be fainting) We won’t let anyone break the law, threaten the democracy, vandalize, destroy and harm public property or people. Now at Gezi Park… (Crowd boos) those protest for not even 15 trees took three lives. Two youngster died and a police man was killed in action. Crowd: May the hands who harm the police be broken! RTE: Now, I am saying one thing from here. As much as the death of these young people are important, the death of my police is also important. Whose police is this? Crowd: Ours! RTE: The police works to protect our lives, our safety. He stands against terrorism, anarchy and vandalism. And what do they say? Pull the police back! What now? This is not some random place, this is the Turkish republic. And our police has done his work to protect the public places, public equipment, civilians and their belongings from those who attack them. Yes, they might have used some excessive force. My deputy prime minister has expressed our apologies. My Minister of Internal Affairs is looking into that. He is following up on the subject. But nobody has the right to attack us based on these. Our police man’s unborn baby is left an orphan. Many shops are plundered, the store owners are harmed. And these shameless people took the Turkish flag in their hands and did all that. Crowd: Let us go and we’ll crash Taksim! RTE: They said they were journalists, artists, politicians and they acted irresponsibly by provoking this discrimination, this lawless behavior. These actions that turned into vandalism and lawlessness must stop immediately. Our citizens that became the tools of terrorist organizations must refrain from these anti-democratic, lawless actions. My innocent citizens! Whatever we will do we will do with law. We will see every other way lawless and stand against them. Crowd: Let us go and we’ll crash Taksim! RTE: You acted with dignity and common sense these past 10 days. We won’t give up on those. You don’t have pots and pans in your hands do you? Crowd: No! RTE: Now, that’s important. We don’t want you to become one of those with pots and pans, you will be our youngsters with computers in their hands. The grand youngsters of the grand Turkey, you will continue walking forward. You are the hope of the wronged. You are the examples to the Middle East, to Africa, to the Balcans. You will take big steps and reach big places. You won’t betray or betrayed. Crowd: Ya Allah, Bismillah, Allah Akbar… Young people, I thank each and every one of you. I open my arms to all the young people of Turkey through you. I salute all my friends and brothers in Anotolia, in Thrace and in the whole world. Dear people of Istanbul, rest assured: Nobody can stand in the way of Turkey’s progress other than Allah. Crowd: Ya Allah, Bismillah, Allah Akbar… RTE: I give my condolences to our martyr police and our two young people. “Be glad Mehmet (a common name for a soldier), our head is held high. Be glad whether we die or come back home. Don’t think this wheel will stay on this bump. Tomorrow is ours. The sun has risen, the sun has set, infinity is ours.” (poem) May Allah be with us on the way. May our path and luck be open. May Allah be with you.
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