Download Issue #2 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

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Editorial

Welcome to the second issue of Tokologo, produced by the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective.

Why do we publish this? We publish it because our country is crying out for an alternative. And that alternative is anarchism, which stands for a free and democratic society, run from the grassroots, in communities and workplaces, and based on equality and freedom. In such a society, wealth like land and factories would be collectively owned; production would be directed to meeting basic needs and ensuring environmental sustainability. In such a society, everyone would have a say in all matters that affect them; poverty and deprivation would be abolished; hatred and competition would be replaced by cooperation and mutual aid by all peoples.

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Anarchists in Egypt, will the real Black Bloc please stand up?

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image1382603544-18912-PlaceID-0_s660x390Core members of Egypt’s Black Bloc hardly ever give interviews, adding to the mystery and confusion that surrounds the group. Your Middle East’s Goos Hofstee was able to get one such rare talk.

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Eskom’s tariff hikes cannot be avoided

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By Nthabiseng Motahane
(Tokologo African Anarchist Collective)

eskom-stranglesWe, the people of South Africa, are suffering from the tariffs of Eskom. Electricity prices  are increasing every three years. This process is called a “multiple year pricing determination.” Eskom started borrowing money from the World Bank and others as a loan. We, the poor and working class, are the ones who are going to pay the interest through the rising prices. In 1994  we thought that we had access to everything in South Africa – housing, electricity, service delivery, health care – but that was wishful thinking.

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Nationalist politics does not work for the working class

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By Lawrence Zitha
(Tokologo African Anarchist Collective)

nationalismWhat is a  nation or a nationality?  A nation or nationality is the a group of people with the a common culture, history and background.

What is nationalism? This is the idea that your nation is more important than your class. You have more in common with other members of the nation, regardless of their class position and therefore must unite as a nation. This nation should represent itself through its own national state. The state is seen as representing the will of the nation. (Nationalism is not the same as nationalization, which is when the state takes over industries).

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Greetings to the Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro (FARJ) on its 10th Anniversary

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Dear comrades of the FARJ,

It is with great honour that we send greetings to you on your tenth anniversary (30th August 2013) and in commemorating ten years of militant commitment to the arduous task of building a counter-power that can advance towards libertarian socialism, to anarchy.

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Syria: The life and work of anarchist Omar Aziz, and his impact on self-organization in the Syrian revolution

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By Leila Shrooms for Tahrir-ICN

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Omar Aziz (fondly known by friends as Abu Kamal) was born in Damascus. He returned to Syria from exile in Saudi Arabia and the United States in the early days of the Syrian revolution. An intellectual, economist, anarchist, husband and father, at the age of 63, he committed himself to the revolutionary struggle. He worked together with local activists to collect humanitarian aid and distribute it to suburbs of Damascus that were under attack by the regime. Through his writing and activity he promoted local self-governance, horizontal organization, cooperation, solidarity and mutual aid as the means by which people could emancipate themselves from the tyranny of the state. Together with comrades, Aziz founded the first local committee in Barzeh, Damascus.The example spread across Syria and with it some of the most promising and lasting examples of non-hierarchical self organization to have emerged from the countries of the Arab Spring.

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Tahrir-ICN statement on events in Egypt

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The events of the past couple of days are the latest step in a sequence of events by which the military can consolidate its hold on power, aim towards the death of the revolution and a return to a military/police state.

The authoritarian regime of the Muslim Brotherhood had to go. But what has replaced it is the true face of the military in Egypt – no less authoritarian, no less fascist and for sure more difficult to depose.

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