Session 01 10:00 – 12.00
Chaired by Godofredo Pereira
Costas Douzinas “Space, time and forms of resistance in Athens”
Aristide Antonas “Archipelago of Protocols”
Response: Yannis Stavrakakis
Session 02 12:30 – 14.30
Chaired by Charles Rice
Yannis Aesopos “Athens: Public Space and Crisis”
Orsalia Dimitriou “Whose commons?
Dilemmas of self-organization practices in public spaces and urban commons”
Platon Issaias “Τwo buildings and a movie: alienation, conflict and architectural form”
Response: Penelope Haralambidou
Session 03 16.00 – 17.30
Chaired by Lorenzo Pezzani
Maurizio Lazzarato “Debt and immaterial Labour”
Pier Vittorio Aureli “Less is Just Enough: Notes on Architecture and Asceticism”
Response: Ross Exo Adams
17.30 – 19.00
By Jerome Roos On May 7, 2013 http://www.roarmag.org
Christine Lagarde, the former French Finance Minister and current Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, was treated to an Occupy-style mic-check at the University of Amsterdam on Tuesday. During a lecture at the university’s economics department, a group of students rose up to interrupt (or rather start) the discussion, confronting the Fund’s chief with a number of inconvenient questions.
Attendees had been asked to send in questions before the “debate”, but the protesters were angry that their critical notes appeared to have been ignored. By standing up and submitting the IMF chief to a mic-check, they tried to get their concerns across anyway: “why is technocracy better than democracy?” one activist asked. Another asked Lagarde why the IMF submits developing countries to Western imperialism, to which the upper-class moderator tellingly responded that “we will not do that question”. Read the rest of this entry »
Across southern Europe resistance is taking on a new urgency. In Spain people are speaking of the start of ‘the real struggle’, while in Greece the term ‘civil war’ permeates the political climate. In both countries a frightening re-emergence of a dictatorship past seems to characterize the current historical moment as fascist ideologies become more acceptable and police tactics become more pre-emptive and militarized. These two trends emerging together, the rise of far right ideologies and pre-emptive militarized policing, indicate a shift in the discourses of legitimacy used by the state.
The tone has changed on the streets of southern Europe. People are growing increasingly impatient with the failure of their governments in the face of an ongoing economic crisis. For more than a month people have been organizing massive street protests outside the National Congress in Madrid. The “rodeo el congresso” actions began on 25th September 2012 and were quickly met with police brutality and a police force that clearly felt entitled to act some ways which were shocking even the veterans of the struggle against Franco’s dictatorship (for example, entering a public train station in full riot gear and beating random passengers – see video). The images of police violence went viral with millions of hits in just a few days. Instantly, plans were hatched for a strong response and the following day tens of thousands of people flooded the streets in front of congress and across Spain. A call went out for a national day of action on 29th September. The national day of action quickly turned into an international day of action as people all across Europe took to the streets. Read the rest of this entry »
Case file against Golden Dawn MP to be submitted to parliament
The public prosecutor’s office is to forward to parliament a case file against Golden Dawn MP Yiorgos Yermenis following an attempted assault on Athens Mayor Yiorgos Kaminis. The Golden Dawn MP’s parliamentary immunity must be lifted before he can be charged with verbal assault and attempted bodily harm. Yermenis – also known as Kaiadas – on Thursday attempted to assaulted Kaminis inside a municipal stall, after the mayor successfully stopped a Greeks-only food handout on Syntagma square by the extreme-right party.
Kaminis’ bodyguards intervened to block the punch but a 12-year-old girl was injured in the stall, which was located around 100 metres from the Golden Dawn headquarters. Yermenis also reached for a gun in the incident.
The first news comes from Eurobarometer: in November 2012 the percentage of those who tend “not to trust” Europe is 56% in France, 59% in Germany, 69% in the UK, 53% in Italy – almost doubled compared to 2007, and three times higher in Spain where it reaches 72%.
The second news come from the IMF: in 2013 the euro area will be in recession: minus 0,3%, after a fall that in 2012 was twice as much. While all eyes are on the difficult making of the new Italian government, the third news comes from Berlin: in the next elections in September 2013 a new political force will appear, Alternative für Deutschland, populist and anti-Europe, demanding a return to national currencies. It may not pass the 5% threshold for representation in Parliament, but it will take votes away from the ruling coalition; chancellor Angela Merkel is now likely to lose more from a continuation of the austerity orthodoxy – now hitting the German economy too – rather than from easing up on spending cuts. Read the rest of this entry »
as a response to the open letter from women from Halkidiki, who are struggling against destructive gold mining in Halkidiki, Greece (I attach the open letter)
Please sign and share!
SYRIZA Cambridge is organising its second event on the issue of Workers’ Control with the support of the Cambridge and District Trades Union Council. The event will start with a short documentary screening about the case of the Greek factory of VIOME and the struggle of the workers to re-open the factory under workers’ control since its owners abandoned it, leaving the workers unpaid for 6 months.
After the screening there will be a discussion on the issue of Workers’ Control with contributions by two local Trade Union representatives and SYRIZA Cambridge. We’re aiming in having an interactive discussion amongst the attendees and we’ll invite you all to express opinions, raise questions and make contributions.
The discussion will be followed by a food and wine social and fundraiser in order to financially support the struggle of VIOME workers.