Two Faces of Fascism

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Fifth Estate # 407, Fall, 2020

Around Lower Manhattan, storefronts have been boarded up since the looting in June. The plywood has been covered with murals and graffiti art on the theme of Black Lives Matter. Throughout June, angry protests were a daily affair, as in …

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Museum Chronicles Fightback & Victories Against Gentrification

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Fifth Estate # 405, Winter, 2020

Above the front door to C-Squat, on Ave. C on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a weather-worn sign hangs from the fire escape reading “THIS LAND IS OURS, NOT FOR SALE,” with the squatter symbol of a circle bisected by a …

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Rome Squatters Face Clampdown

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Fifth Estate # 403, Spring 2019

It was a multicultural crowd that gathered in Rome’s Plaza San Silvestro to oppose the draconian Security Decree then pending in the Italian parliament. Popularly called the Salvini Law after Italy’s far-right Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, the Decree was aimed …

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Cuba Turns ‘Green Scare’ Fugitive Over to US

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Fifth Estate # 402, Winter 2019

Joseph Mahmoud Dibee, a fugitive animal-rights activist, was intercepted by Cuban authorities in early August and turned over to the FBI. // Share this on…

True Stories

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Fifth Estate # 401, Summer 2018

a review of True Stories: Tales from the Generation of a New World Culture by Garrick Beck. iUniverse, 2017 // Share this on…

Impossible Revolution

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Fifth Estate # 401, Summer 2018

a review of Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy by Yassin al-Haj Saleh. Haymarket Books 2017 // Share this on…

Red-Brown Politics

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Fifth Estate # 401, Summer 2018

Fascists are seeking to exploit and co-opt anti-war forces in the US, and build support for war criminals like Assad and Putin. Anarchists have a responsibility to reject such overtures and offer solidarity to those resisting in Syria. // Share …

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Positively Quilca Street

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Fifth Estate # 400, Spring, 2018

When Lutxo Rodríguez recalls the local punks and social outcasts of the downtown Lima, Peru district he habituates “dressing in black in the ’80s,” I smile wryly, remembering the Lower East Side of my own youth. But the urban decay …

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In Defense of Tactical Voting

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Fifth Estate # 400, Spring, 2018

My attitude about voting has been like the old Jewish joke about chicken soup when you’ve got a cold—it may not help very much, but it can’t hurt. The more ideological argue that voting legitimizes the system, and they’ve got …

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The Anarchist Alternative in Cuba

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Fifth Estate # 399, Fall, 2017

A former community center that hosted a youth rock scene is now being occupied by activists, seemingly ignored by the authorities. A few blocks away, urban farms are bright patches of green in the landscape, producing vegetables and fruits for …

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