Cities beyond bureaucracy: Exploring commons-based strategies

Urban researcher Nikos Vrantsis interviews Yavor Tarinski, author of Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology [co-authored with Alexandros Schismenos] (Black Rose Books, 2021), on the current bureaucratic state of cities and the democratic perspectives offered by autonomous urban movements.  Nikos Vrantsis: Day by day, state oppression turns into the new normal. Governmemts invested in […]

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All Power to the Neighborhoods: Greece Rises Against Police Barbarity

Written by Yavor Tarinski With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. ~Italo Calvino[1] In early March a group of motorized policemen reaches a public square in the Athenian neighborhood of Nea Smyrni. […]

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The Democratization of Cities in North Kurdistan

Written by Ercan Ayboga The History of Cities in North Kurdistan After the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, the cities in North (Turkish-occupied) Kurdistan became progressively poorer relative to those in the Turkish state. This led to comparatively weak municipalities ruled by so-called system parties, which were hierarchical, corrupt, and extremely alienated from the […]

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Activity Report of the Citizens’ Committee of Milton Parc (2019-20)

Below we reproduce the annual report for 2019-2020 of the Citizens’ Committee of Milton Parc (CCMP). The CCMP is a municipalist initiative that strives to encourage and help create grassroots democracy and collective autonomy. It was born in the fight of Milton Parc‘s inhabitants to save their neighborhood from capitalist speculation. The result of this […]

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November 29, 2020

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Thinking Ecologically, Acting Globally – An Interview with Federico Venturini

This interview has been sponsored and published by the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Connor Hayes speaks with Dr Federico Venturini, associate researcher at the University of Udine, about a recently published book he has co-edited entitled “Social Ecology and the Right to the City: Towards Ecological and Democratic Cities,” published by Black Rose Books. Topics […]

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Reconceptualising the Right to the City and Spatial Justice Through Social Ecology

  Written by Federico Venturini   Introduction: Critically Exploring the Right to the City The aim of this work is to discuss the right to the city, spatial justice and social ecology in order to create new tools and understandings at the service of urban social movements aiming towards ecological and democratic cities.1 This work […]

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