Articles

Cizre freedom march

The Siege of Cizre

18.09.2015
As the conflict in Turkey spirals out of control the aggressions against the Kurdish population gets increasingly violent. The latest in a row of belligerent attacks is the siege of Cizre, leaving parts of the town demolished and over twenty civilians dead.

- We Have a Lot to Learn

17.09.2015
We have a lot to learn from the PKK’s self-analysis of what they got wrong, states David Graeber. He has written the preface the latest book by Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned PKK leader. Here Graeber talks about the importance of the five volumes to be published by New Compass Press.

Beyond Ideology

09.09.2015
Ideology castrates ideas, turning them into sterile, mummified dogmas that cannot exist beyond their initial form. If we are going to challenge the existing order, we need to move beyond ideology. This does not mean abdicating from our ideas and principles, but their constant re-evaluation and development.

Imagining a World Beyond Corporate Control

06.09.2015
The commons is a source of hope for those willing to imagine a world beyond capitalism. It represents a space between the private market and the political state in which humanity can control and democratically root our common wealth.
Yazidi resistance, photo by Dilar Dirik

After the Genocide: Yazidi Women Fight Back

22.08.2015
Having suffered a traumatic genocide, Yazidi women on Mount Sinjar mobilize their autonomous armed and political resistance with the PKK’s philosophy. The atmosphere of Rojava now animates Shengal, where new councils, protests, meetings, and resistance constitutes a bold social revolution.
Marco Rossi candidate for mayor Olympia for All

My Hope is to Win

14.08.2015
“The legacy of electoral absenteeism within the left, particularly within anarchism, is a complete dead end,” says New Compass contributor Marco Rossaire Rossi. In this interview he tells why he run as candidate for mayor in Olympia, Washington (USA), and what his group hopes to achieve.

Olympia for All

12.08.2015
New Compass contributor Marco Rossaire Rossi is one of three candidates running for local council in Olympia, Washington (USA) on a platform for a more just, inclusive, ecological and participatory city. Read their full platform here.

Football As A Commons

06.08.2015
Football has been turned from a commons shared by everybody who loves and practices it, to big business put in service of profit. In this article, Yavor Tarinski describes alternative practices in which the sport has been run by players and fans through direct democratic self-management.

The Return of Capitalism's Contradictions

24.07.2015
20th century social ecology rested on a belief that capitalism had tamed its dangerous contradictions. But the 2008 crash and subsequent turbulence shows their resurgence. To move forward, we need to adapt to a changed social and economic landscape.

Sitting with the Public

14.07.2015
- We refused to swear allegiance to King and Constitution, swearing it to the people of Lousame instead, says Iolanda Mato Creo, councilor of the Partido da Terra in Lousame (Spain). The libertarian municipalist party doesn't sit with the other representatives, but on the benches of the public instead.
protest stand in Istanbul

Resistance Against Istanbul's Megaprojects

01.07.2015
In 2013, popular resistance succeeded in stopping the demolition of Gezi Park, one of the last public green spaces in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. Yet urban transformation and development projects have continued throughout the city at a dizzying pace.

The strange comfort of symptoms

21.06.2015
In mental health, as in other areas of life, we are trapped by pseudo-explanations that try to alleviate symptoms rather than deal with the true origins of the problems that surround us. We should not shy away from a subversive and overly political approach to symptoms of mental distress.

Direct Democracy: Beyond Hierarchy

20.06.2015
Through citizen activity, political consciousness can be created and show that direct democracy is a tool for finding and solving problems here and now. This article presents a proposal of direct democracy as a project that goes beyond hierarchy, representation and exploitation.

Social Ecology Gathering in Greece

11.06.2015
Are you working on something you wish to present to other fellow social ecologists? For the last two years, the Transnational Institute for Social Ecology has been holding gatherings in Greece. They are now calling for papers for their third conference. The deadline is June 15.

Towards A New Municipal Agenda in Spain?

05.06.2015
A new film documents how Spain's new municipalist candidacies won the elections: through their roots in prominent local struggles and willingness to spearhead radical democratic participation. Their program and praxis chime with Bookchin's libertarian municipalism.

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