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Vandaag verscheen in de NRC Next eindelijk een weerwoord op alle negatieve berichtgeving over Griekenland. Na de verhalen over luie Grieken, listige knoflooketers en corrupte olijventelers nu eindelijk een verhaal die de schuld legt waar die ligt: Bij het IMF, de Eu en de Europese Centrale Bank die het land dwingen om steeds weer verder te bezuinigen en de bevolking verder in de armoede te drukken. Een artikel dat zegt dat het ‘reddingsplan’ alleen tijd geeft aan de schuldeisers om hun belangen veilig te stellen, en dat van Griekenland een sociaal experiment maakt voor het neoliberale fundamentalisme.

Vicky Skourabi, Michel Surya en Dimitris Vergetis doen een oproep aan Europese intellectuelen;
“Wanneer er een wereldwijde steunbeweging opkomt en het internet gonst van solidariteitsinitiatieen, kunnen intellectuelen het zich dan veroorloven de laatsten te zijn die hun stem verheffen voor Griekenland? We moeten nu handelen: met artikelen, mediaoptredens, debatten, petities, demonstraties. Elk initiatief is welkom; elk initatief is nodig”.

Hetzelfde stuk verscheen afgelopen week al in verschillende Europese kranten en is ondertussen al in 15 talen vertaald. Het volledige artikel (pdf) is hier te lezen:

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The political and financial spectacle has now lost its confidence. Its acts are entirely convulsive. The government of “emergency” that has taken over the maintenance of social cohesion is failing in conserving the labour, and at the same time the consumption power of the population. The new measures, with which the state aims to secure the survival of the greek nation in the international financial world, lead to a complete suspension of payments in the world of work. The lowering of the minimum wage, now also in paper, comes in harmony with the full suspension of every form of direct or social wage. (meer…)

A Conference on Struggles Within and Beyond the Neoliberal University
April 27-29, 2012
Toronto, Ontario

Read the call in English | Français | Español | Italiano


The university belongs to us, those who teach, learn, research, council, clean, and create community. Together we can and do make the university work.

But today this university is in crisis. The neoliberal restructuring of post-secondary education seeks to further embed market logic and corporate-style management into the academy, killing consultation, autonomy and collective decision-making… (meer…)

The occupation of the recently opened Starbucks on campus is on its 14th day with more students, professors and supporters joining each day.

The arrival of Starbucks in place of the last relatively cheap student canteen on campus was the final step of the ongoing process of gentrification and commercialization of Bogazici university. Students protested against this change through open meetings and demonstrations, demanding cheap and healthy food for all. Not being recognized by the rectorate, they decided to occupy Starbucks, the place that’s supposed to belong to them. Since the first day of occupation, the number of the occupiers have multipled. They are organising workshops, open lectures with the support of academicians, open debates and movie nights on a variety of subjects ranging from gentrification, LGBTT, ecology, current student detentions and conscientious objection. Each day different groups from outside visit the occupation to show solidarity and share their experiences.

They are keeping an online blog (mostly in Turkish) with photos and videos: http://starbuckssenligi.blogspot.com/ And streaming their meetings and activities live: http://www.livestream.com/revoltistanbul/

Resistance is as global as capital!

Police at the student protest over university tuition fees in London on 9 NovemberStudents are planning a wave of campus occupations and protests in the run-up to nationwide strikes next week, the Guardian has learned.

Occupations called by the student group National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) ahead of the trade union day of action on 30 November have already happened at Birmingham and Cambridge universities. (meer…)

democracynow.orgAmong the many Occupy protests throughout New York City yesterday was a rally that attracted more than a thousand students to Union Square, a public park with a long-history of political demonstrations.

During a march out of the park, hundreds of people thronged into the street and attempted to occupy a New School building . Democracy Now! speaks with a New York University student participating in the march and a New School professor who has incorporated the Occupy movement into his curriculum “as a prism through which to view a lot of broader social issues this semester.” We also talk to The Nation correspondent John Nichols who says, “I don’t think that a year ago anybody would have predicted that on a cold rainy day in November 2011 you would have thousands and thousands of young people out on the streets in New York City and in cities across the country. Something has changed.”

Na de rellen in Engeland een aantal maanden geleden heeft de Britse overheid een plan bedacht om de jeugd beter onder controle te houden. Door voormalige militairen om te scholen tot leraren willen ze scholieren wel even bijbrengen wat discipline nu echt is. Ook de mogelijkheden voor fysieke straffen worden uitgebreid meldt de nieuwszender Russia Today. Een nieuwe generatie zal opgevoed worden met de ijzere discipline van het leger in de hoop dat ze geen kritische vragen meer durven stellen en zich keurig aan de wet zullen houden.

Affan Burki, voormalig legerkapitein en binnenkort schoolhoofd, zegt dat het niet slecht is als jongeren weten waar ze staan. Zolang ze zich aan de wet houden is er niks aan de hand, maar overtreders worden hard gestraft.

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