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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Bob McGlynn Dies at 60

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Fifth Estate # 397, Winter, 2017

Bob McGlynn, a longtime fighter, organizer and visionary in New York City’s anarchist scene, who became known internationally for his solidarity work with activists in the East Bloc, died of a heart attack Aug. 23 at his home in Yonkers. …

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How the American Left Abets Genocide in Syria

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Fifth Estate # 397, Winter, 2017

Today, many American leftists are accepting and even promoting the propaganda of the dictatorial regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. They overwhelmingly stand on the side of fascism and genocide in that ravaged country. // Share this on…

Clinton Threatened Nukes in Gulf

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Fifth Estate # 351, Summer 1998

Amid all the media saturation about oral sex in the Oval Office, it went almost unnoticed that Bill Clinton considered use of nuclear weapons against Iraq to take out Saddam Hussein’s underground complexes, or to retaliate for an Iraqi chemical …

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Syria’s Kurdish Revolution

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Fifth Estate # 393, Spring 2015

The north Syrian town of Kobani has been under siege since mid-September by forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, popularly known as ISIS. Early in the siege, world leaders spoke as if they expected it to fall. // Share this …

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