A Big Part of the Human Whole is Still Treated as Property: Femicides in Greece

by Nikos Vrantsis According to the European Institute for Gender Equality, femicide is recognized as ”the murder of women and girls because of their gender.” Gender based violence and murders are not new, but they remain undisclosed. Greece is no exception to that. According to Greek Police data, 69 women were murdered in the years […]

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October 29, 2021

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Time, Leisure, Work: De-bureaucratizing Everyday Life

By Yavor Tarinski We have become a civilization based on work – not even “productive work” but work as an end and meaning in itself. ~David Graeber (Bullshit Jobs, 2018, pXXIV) Free time has been, for some time now, undergoing a steady reduction. With the increasing “uberisation” of economies worldwide, people find less and less […]

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October 27, 2021

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Rethinking Ecofeminist Politics: Creating a New Political Realm

Written by Janet Biehl. Excerpt from Rethinking Ecofeminist Politics (Boston: South End Press, 1991), pp150-157. Social ecology distinguishes between statecraft, as a system of dealing with the public realm by means of professionalized administrators and their legal monopoly on violence, on the one hand, and politics, as the management of the community on a grassroots […]

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Rights Begin in the Small Places Closest to Home: A Story from Constitution Street

Written by Jemma Neville I live on Constitution Street in the Leith area of Edinburgh, northeast Scotland, United Kingdom. Maybe you know the street, maybe you don’t. That doesn’t particularly matter for the purpose of the story I want to share with you. For certain, you will know another street well. Maybe it’s the street […]

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Squatting as Claiming the Right to the City

Written by Diana Bogado, Noel Manzano and Marta Solanas Introduction The phenomena of squatting and occupying currently constitute global methods of resisting the “neoliberal” dynamic of the global metropolis. We use the term occupy to refer to housing occupations that seek to guarantee shelter for populations without resources, and the term squat to allude to […]

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They may block delegations, but they will not stop the spring

An interview with Federico Venturini, one of the members of the International Delegation for Peace and Freedom blocked in Iraqi Kurdistan on Saturday 12 of June, conducted by Selva Varengo for INTERSEZIONALE The following is an interview with Federico Venturini, researcher at the University of Udine and member of the International Peace Delegation in İmrali, […]

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Re-Embedding Citizenship in Revolutionary Politics

Written by Yavor Tarinski To take no part in the running of the community’s affairs is to be either a beast or a god! ~Aristotle[1] When exploring social change, one has to examine all aspects of it. Developing strategies and institutions that will help facilitate the coming into being and functioning of a democratic and […]

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The Present is Pregnant with a New Future

Written by Olli Tammilehto A key focus in social ecology has been the bringing about of profound societal change. This has been thought to mean a period of groundwork after which there would be a rapid revolutionary transition. Social movements, especially in cities, are seen as agents of change to a decisively more democratic and […]

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May 8, 2021

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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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Healing Common Spaces: Psychodrama in Gavdos

Written by Nikolaos-Ioannis Kanavaris, architect, MSc “design, space, culture” NTUA Psychodrama in Gavdos is a workshop that takes place almost 15 years in which over 100 people participate. The target of this seminar, as it is expressed by the coordinator Mr A. Liodakis, is to create a therapeutic com­munity based on solidarity and empathy. This […]

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March 21, 2021

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