Anarchy ~versus~ RSA


According to Randall Amster (Homeland Insecurity: Why “No-Fly” Just Doesn’t Fly, t r u t h o u t, February 3, 2010), Gabriel Kuhn:

…has recently been informed that he is persona non grata in the US, having found himself on the No-Fly List without explanation or meaningful opportunity for rebuttal. Because of this, he has had to cancel a speaking tour here, in which he was to visit universities and community centers around the country, discussing his three new books as well as topics including social movements and political theory. It means that he won’t be able to visit with friends and colleagues or to forge new connections here around his life’s work. It also places a potentially permanent constraint on his travel to the US, and an official taint on his character as well.

Gabriel blogs @ PM Press, where you can read his account of his recent tour Down Under (November/December 2009), as well as his rejection by the US repressive state apparatus. His three new books are:

Forthcoming titles include:

    Erich Mühsam: Liberating Society from the State and Other Writings (editor/translator, 2011) and;
    Soccer vs. The State: Tackling Football And Radical Politics (2011).

See also : Alpine Anarchist Productions.

Gabriel’s case contains faint echoes of several other, more recent exclusions — from Australia — of US citizens: Scott Parkin (2005) and Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin (1997).

On a more positive note, authorities in Colorado have apparently dropped charges against Ojore Nuru Lutalo. P. Solomon Banda writes (No charges planned in Colorado train threat, AP/Washington Post, February 3, 2010): “Prosecutors in southeastern Colorado said they won’t pursue charges against an ex-convict accused of making a threat against an Amtrak train because further investigation revealed the man displayed no bizarre behavior or even made a threat.”

In Serbia, meanwhile, The Belgrade Six continue to languish in prison. Arrested in August 2009, the six have been charged with the crime of “international terrorism”, and their trial is expected to commence in two weeks or so; presumably, further protests in support of the Six will also be taking place at this time.

Trial date set for six anarchists
January 27, 2010

BELGRADE — The trial of six persons charged with international terrorism should start on February 17 at the Higher Court in Belgrade.

Court spokeswoman Dušica Ristić confirmed this on Tuesday in Belgrade.

The suspects were arrested on August 31, 2009, for throwing two Molotov cocktails at the Greek embassy building in Belgrade on August 24, and have remained in custody since then, she said.

Charges against Ratibor Trivunac, Tadej Kurepa, Ivan Vulović, Sanja Đokić, Ivan Savić and Nikola Mitrovicem were filed on November 3.

A group of members and sympathizers of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative said they had resorted to the act in solidarity with Theodoros Iliopoulos who was arrested in December 2008 in Greece during a riot and who went on hunger strike while in prison, Tanjug reports.

Note that the Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative has not, in fact, said the Six had resorted to the act in solidarity with Theodoros Iliopoulos; rather, the Six continue to protest their innocence and the ASI continues to support them. The report has confused the fact that a communique in the name of a previously unheard-of group was issued claiming credit for the molotov cocktail party and justifying the action by reference to Theodoros Iliopoulos.

See also : Free the Belgrade anarchists! | Tales of Ordinary Fatuousness (December 30, 2009).

How sad for the state that you can’t imprison an idea.

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2024 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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