A woman who is amongst the revolutionary forces occupying Tehran University, holds up her hand a day after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Tehran, 12th February 1979 -
Last night I watched Ben Wheatley’s 2011 movie Kill List. Starts as a grimey kitchen sink hitman movie and becomes something much, much darker. Wheatley has done some other great movies including A Field in England as well as some of the Innonecent Smoothies adds (oddly at the same time as he was filming this total mind-fuck).
Don’t watch it alone!
Nara Todai-ji temple , Japan. August 23, 2014, by photographer Eiji Murakami on Flickr . Copyright Eiji Murakami
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1) My social media feeds continue to be full of support (to varying degrees) for the PKK (Kurdish Workers Party) currently to be found smashing actual existing barbarism in the form of ISIS. This VICE article explains the current situation, whilst this highlights the changes the PKK has undergone from a traditional ML organisation to one with eco-anarchist politics.
"Öcalan embarked, in his prison writings, on a thorough re-examination and self-criticism of the terrible violence, dogmatism, personality cult and authoritarianism he had fostered: “It has become clear that our theory, programme and praxis of the 1970s produced nothing but futile separatism and violence and, even worse, that the nationalism we should have opposed infested all of us. Even though we opposed it in principle and rhetoric, we nonetheless accepted it as inevitable.” Once the unquestioned leader, Öcalan now reasoned that “dogmatism is nurtured by abstract truths which become habitual ways of thinking. As soon as you put such general truths into words you feel like a high priest in the service of his god. That was the mistake I made”.”
Finally, this speech by Janet Biehl discusses the links between the philosophies of Bookchin and Ocalan (PKK leader) in some more depth. Only skimmed it but it looks good.
If you want to do something to help delist the PKK as an international terrorist organisation you can sign this online petition or (in the UK only I think) get postcards to sign and send to the government.
2) Some of these situationist (inspired) comics are really great.
3) New Robert Hood mix. Enough said about that.
4) FInally, have this lined up to read from the comrades in Bologna working on Commonware. An interview about Ferguson and US race issues.