Cuba: Anarchist open ABRA , a social center and an anarchist library in Havana

In the year 2016 the Federation of german speaking anarchists (FdA), participated in a fundrising campaign aimed at getting money to buy a building in Cuba. The Federation finally made a signifacant contribution to this.

This 5th May begins a new stage in the process of emancipation for a group of Cubans with the opening of ABRA: “Centro Social y Biblioteca Libertaria” (Social Centre and Libertarian Library).

With this project the group “Taller Libertario Alfredo López” (a 2012 established, anarchist, antiauthoritarian and anticapitalist initiative, member of the Anarchist Federation of Central America and the Carribean, FACC), in vital cooperation with collectives like the “Observatorio Crítico Cubano”, “Guardabosques” and other individuals, wants to establish an autonomous and sustainable space in present Cuba.

A space to support experiences and practices which are independent of any kind of government (national or international) and any kind of institutions which represent governments. A space which is based on what its participants contribute to it. With ABRA we want to focus on a practice which tries to anticipate the society we dream of with prefigurative means. At the same time we want a practice which is in accord with nature. Specifically this means a minimum of consumption with a maximum of own, environmentally friendly solutions.

This new project is oriented anticapitalist, because capitalism supports relations within people which are based on the ideas of utility, domination, competition and profit, all which does not lead to the kind of society we strive for. All these negative phenomenons are supporese ted by states, businesses and companies which dominate and plunder our land. Therefore the Social Centre understands itself in opposition to all the aforementioned. Continue reading “Cuba: Anarchist open ABRA , a social center and an anarchist library in Havana”

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Kuba: Anarchist/innen eröffnen ABRA (Soziales Zentrum & Anarchistische Bibliothek) in Havanna

Im Jahr 2016 hat sich die Föderation deutschsprachiger Anarchist/innen (FdA) an einer Spendenkampagne beteiligt, die zum Ziel hatte, Geld für den Kauf eines Gebäudes in Kuba zusammenzubekommen. Die Föderation leistete schließlich einen bedeutenden Beitrag dazu.

Nachdem den Genoss/innen in Kuba der Kauf eines Objekts in der Hauptstadt Havanna gelang, ist es am Samstag, 5.5.2018 endlich soweit gewesen: Das Zentrum ABRA (Soziales Zentrum und Libertäre Bibliothek) öffnet feierlich seine Tore.

Im Folgenden der Text zur Eröffnung (Übersetzung de.indymedia.org):

Diesen 5. Mai 2018 beginnt mit der Eröffnung des ABRA, des “Centro Social y Biblioteca Libertaria” (Soziales Zentrum und Libertäre Bibliothek), für eine Gruppe von Kubaner/innen eine neue Etappe im Prozess der eigenen Emanzipierung.

Mit diesem Projekt möchte das Kollektiv “Taller Libertario Alfredo López” (eine 2012 entstandene, anarchistische, antiautoritäre und antikapitalistische Initiative, die Mitglied der Anarchistischen Föderation in Mittelamerika und der Karibik, FACC, ist) in enger und lebhafter Kooperation mit befreundeten Kollektiven, wie dem “Observatorio Crítico Cubano”, “Guardabosques” sowie einigen anderen Individuen, einen dauerhaften und autonomen Raum im heutigen Kuba zu schaffen. Continue reading “Kuba: Anarchist/innen eröffnen ABRA (Soziales Zentrum & Anarchistische Bibliothek) in Havanna”

Happy Birthday, Karl!

Karl Marx (*Trier 5.5.1818 – † London 14.3.1883) – Most have heard of Karl Marx, but probably not many have read his books. Today is the anniversary of his 200 birthday. Marx is one of the most influential thinkers and is certainly the most interesting observer of capitalism. The alienation of the workers in capitalism, the exploitation of man and nature, the war as an extended arm of the economy are only some of the topics with which Marx has profoundly dealt with and for which he offers extremely important and original analyses. But Marx is above all a philosopher of freedom. He, who was constantly suffering from deprivation and was therefore on the run and had to live in exile. Despite some erroneous conclusions Marx now lives more than ever. His work is a key to understanding today’s world.
One of the best Marx biographies written in recent years: Jürgen Neffe, Marx. Der Unvollendete, Bertelsmann, 2017. I hope that there will soon be an English translation.