yaspora wrote

I've alluded to this before, but I think what you're observing is mostly a result of a long stretch of white anarchist disinterest in engaging the non-European world rather than language barriers (though of course language does complicate things). I say "long stretch" because in some times & places—mostly but not entirely before the 1930s, from what I've seen—they've done better.


yaspora wrote

Couple of in-the-weeds questions:

  1. What happened last October & November for the jump in arrests then? An attempt at mass protests beyond the initial ones?
  2. Surprised there's no count of current anti-war prisoners (unless I missed it).

That said, it's useful work & we should have similar reviews for NATO countries. There's also someone doing this informally for Israeli citizens in the current war, but to my knowledge no organization like there is for Palestinians without citizenship.


yaspora OP wrote

Yeah, same. The author points out they literally worked for the State Department in the 1990s, so it makes sense that they're all for that. I mostly was glad to find a detailed explanation of something I'd noticed & disliked for a while, the use of "ethnic cleansing" to describe things that are clearly genocidal, by giving details & context I wasn't aware of.


yaspora OP wrote (edited )

I just found this autobiographical essay by Azmera Hammouri-Davis, a Black Palestinian who grew up in U.S.-occupied Hawaiʻi. Malik Farrad Muhammad, a political prisoner from the 2020 uprising in the U.S., is a Black Palestinian I had heard of but somehow neglected to mention in my OP. I'm not sure how either of their names are written in Arabic but if I find out I'll come back & add them.


yaspora wrote

I think that the popularization of the term in the last few years has expanded beyond "authoritarian regimes that claim to be socialist", because many of the governments prominently opposed by people who use "tankie", like Iran & Russia, don't even claim socialism as an official ideology. I think the main thing is that they're supported by many self-identified Marxist-Leninists & other professed anti-imperialists as opponents of U.S. global hegemony.

If we were to go back to the 1960s & 1970s, however, many self-identified MLs were active opponents of the USSR & other states aligned with what they called "Soviet imperialism". It's really remarkable that ML as an identity is now, as I see it, mostly owned by people who support forces that opposed the USSR from the right (I'll again name the current Russian & Iranian ruling circles) rather than the left.


yaspora wrote

I think this is a good enough starting point but it would be better to hear at more length from anarchists who've actually taken part in insurrections or events approaching them about their experiences related to this. Some recent contexts I'd be interested in that I know anarchists have participated in:

  • Sudan: ongoing revolutionary process since 2019.
  • France: anti-police uprisings after Nahel was killed this year.
  • Palestine: more like this.
  • Chile: 2019/2020 uprising.
  • Wallmapu: would really like to hear from Mapuche anarchists.
  • Greece: basically the movement since the mid-2000s. To clarify, there's plenty of stuff translated from Greek anarchists, but not much about how they approach this debate, or how it's changed since Gelderloos wrote this. Or at least I don't know where to find it.
  • Italy: I think there's been a serious attempt to address these questions from the insurrectionary side in the last decade or so, & I don't feel like enough attention is being paid to Italian anarchists' assessments of the experience beyond updates about the intense repression.