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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A Fascist by Any Other Name

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Fifth Estate # 398, Summer, 2017

In the streets of Washington DC on Inauguration Day, Black Bloc protesters notoriously smashed windows and set a limousine on fire. Fortunately, I wound up on the other side of the police lines when the cops sealed off the area …

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