One more time, the French government – in collusion with the UK – has announced plans to evict the homes and shelters of many undocumented people living in Calais. People have until 20:00 on Tuesday 23rd February to leave the Southern half of the Jungle. According to the government, those resident in the eviction zone should move, disappear, be put behind walls, be locked up or deported. The only reason for this, their lack of regularized status. Eviction notices were served on Friday.
Activists in the French Alps are battling against the relentless onslaught of industrial capitalism.
“No THT” is the name of a full-on campaign against a plan to wreck the beauty of the mountain valley of Haute-Durance with two very high voltage power lines – numerous blockades and acts of sabotage have been taking place in recent months.
The environmentally-disastrous project is being jointly run by RTE (Réseau de Transport d’Electricité), which is part of EDF, and the French state.
After the Paris attacks in November, an announcement was made by some government/police officials, saying that they had bigger problems and so a theoretical January eviction of the ZAD was postponed to fight ISIS. They don't have enough police to do both, but they didn't choose to make that public.
A dialogue with members of the French news source Lundimatin comparing the aftermath of September 11, 2001 with the situation in France today. For more background on the situation in France, read our Letter from Paris; for our perspective on how this relates to the so-called migrant crisis, read The Borders Won’t Protect You, But They Might Get You Killed.
Thousands of protesters defied the state of emergency that was imposed in Paris in the aftermath of the recent terror attacks, gathering on Sunday to call for world leaders to take action to fight climate change during a summit in the French capital.
We received the following report from the group that produced the French version of To Change Everything, Pour Tout Changer. They describe the situation in Paris before and after the attacks of November 13: the intensification of xenophobic discourse, the repression of homeless refugees, the declaration of a “state of emergency” as a way to clamp down on dissent, the preparations for the COP 21 summit at which demonstrations are now banned, and what people are doing to counter all this. It offers an eyewitness account from the front lines of the struggle against the opportunists who hope to use the tragedy of November 13 to advance their agenda of racism and autocracy. With demonstrations forbidden and the COP 21 summit around the corner, what happens in Paris will set an important precedent for whether governments can use the specter of terrorism to suppress efforts to change the disastrous course on which they are steering us.
In Paris, on November 13, 129 people were killed in coordinated bombings and shootings for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility. Although this is only the latest in a series of such attacks, it has drawn a different sort of attention than the massacres in Suruç and Ankara that killed 135 people. The lives of young activists who support the Kurdish struggle against ISIS—so far the only on-the-ground effort that has blocked the expansion of the Islamic State—are weighed differently than the lives of Western Europeans.
Fierce muslim men made headlines around the world when they massacred around one hundred people in France this week. Messages of sympathy have poured in from as far afield as the official opposition party of Zimbabwe, who one would think are hardly in a position to pity anybody. French men made no headlines when they willingly participated in a coalition that massacred around one million people in Iraq between 2003 and 2006. Be that as it may, if I can sympathise with those who express passionate contempt for this civilisation, a despicable 'old bitch gone in the teeth' deserving nothing more than disgust, I must admit that the Moorish heathens of the moment want nothing more than another variant of the same thing. What we really need is to put old hag out of its misery altogether.
We translate and retransmit this brief declaration from Kedistan (Paris), a Paris-based counterinformation site focused on the struggle for Rojava.
We are expressing our sadness and condolences for the victims of the Paris attacks.
These abhorrent, premeditated killings, are revulsing us. Just as those of Ankara, in their case directed directed against an opposition protest in Turkey, or those of Suruç, in June, that has seen the death of youngsters on their way to Kobanê.