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April 26, 2018

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Meet the Tor Summer of Privacy and Outreachy Interns

Meet the Tor Summer of Privacy and Outreachy Interns
t0mmy April 26, 2018
Photo by adrian on Unsplash
We have some contributors joining the Tor Project this month who come to us through two paid internship programs, Tor Summer of Privacy and Outreachy, an internship program for underrepresented groups in tech. Please join us in congratulating those who were selected and help us welcome them to the Tor community.
Meet the interns and find out a few of the things they’ll be working on:

Summer of Privacy

    •    Chefarov will update and enhance Ahmia, a search engine tool for onion services, mentored by Juha and George.
    •    Dmr will expand Stem’s support as a Tor client, mentored by Damian Johnson and Teor.
    •    Juga will add new features to (and open sourcing!) our bandwidth scanner, mentored by Pastly and Teor.

Tor’s Summer of Privacy is coordinated by Colin Childs (phoul).


    •    Cy63113 will be our user advocate, helping us understand where Tor users struggle to download, install, configure, and use Tor software,  mentored by Alison Macrina and Colin.
    •    Jaruga will update and maintain Tor documentation, mentored by Colin.

Tor’s Outreachy program is coordinated by Tommy Collison (t0mmy).

We’re believers in the power of paid internships to discover new talent, help new folks join the Tor community, and make our privacy-enhancing software even better. If you’re interested in seeing how the interns progress with their projects, you can join our tor-dev mailing list.

Congrats again to those who were selected, and thanks to our coordinators and mentors who provide guidance and encouragement.

by t0mmy at April 26, 2018 01:25 PM


Law on Land Procurement & Highway Construction is resulting in peasant houses and lands being forcefully grabbed: SPI, Indonesia

Jakarta: In Central Java, the Batang-Semarang highway construction has led to blatant and unjust grabbing of lands and houses onwed by 140 peasant families from the nine villages of Ngawensari, Galih, Sumbersari, Rejosar, Tunggulsari, Kertomulyo, Penjalin, Magelung and Nolokerto. The highway construction project, which is part of the ambitious infrastructure targets of Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla government in the region has brought misery to hundreds of peasant families who are also members of Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI), the Indonesian Pesants’ Union. SPI is a member of La Via Campesina.

On April 13th, 2018, SPI Kendal members received a intimation from the Kendal Court asking residents to clear the land and make way for the construction of Batang-Semarang Highway in Kendal District. The letter ordered the community to vacate the land and buildings voluntarily before the officers do it by force on April 23-26th, 2018. This is despite that fact that the process of measuring and valuing the plot of land and buildings, which is going to be built has not been completed and is still not in accordance with the will of the people.

Regardless of the objections of peasants and people, the Kendal Court insisted on the implementation of the order. On Monday, 23 April, peasants’ houses and lands in Sumbersari Village, Ngampel District, owned by Kasipan, Alfiah’s house in Kertomulyo Village, Brangsong Sub-district, Paidi’s house in Kertomulyo Village, Brangsong Sub-district and Suriati’s house in Tunggulsari Village, Brangsong sub-district – were grabbed by force. It repeated on Tuesday, 24 April, in Nolokerto Village, Kaliwungu Sub-district, Simun, Hasan and Surmi houses. Then in the village of Magelung, South Kaliwungu Sub-District, Maspiah, Supardi and Satrio houses.
Until the morning of 25 April, at least ten houses have been razed down. Currently residents who are victims of eviction have been sheltered by neighbors and relatives.


On Monday, land and houses owned by peasants belonging to SERIKAT PETANI INDONESIA (SPI), the Indonesian Peasants'…

Publiée par La Via Campesina sur mercredi 25 avril 2018

While responding to the matter, Chairperson of SPI Henry Saragih asserted, “Land grabbing for the highway construction is one of the consequences of the implementation of Law No. 2 of 2012 on Land Procurement for Development for Public Interest (Land procurement Law). The Land Procurement Law legalises land grabbing, although it was mentioned for development and public interest.”

“This law forces people to agree on the price offered by the capitalist. The position of the people of the landowners was weakened in the matter of compensation. There is no rule in the law that regulates the issue of price compensation through deliberation and consensus . The compensation is based on government interpretation and price benchmarks that are rigid and non-negotiable. If there is a dispute, it will be immediately taken to court, ” Henry said in Jakarta this morning.

SPI strongly condemned the land and house grabbing which is being carried out without any regard to the recommendations from KOMNASHAM (National Commission of Human Rights), ORI (ombudsman or even from KSP (the Office of President Staff).

“This shows the arrogance of highway project executives who give little regard to the rights of peasants and lacks humanity. We will take legal action and urge the government to crack down on the violations of the rights of peasants that is being committed.”, he said.

The outrage and sentiment was echoed by the Chairpeson of SPI in Kendal, Nurochim. He explained that the conflict arose when the task force met the communities to discuss land procurement one day and then soon after followed it up with an exercise to measure the land and buildings in the area. After the measurement, the task force issued the nominative data on houses and lands that will be affected by the construction of highway in the village. However, the size of the area they reported did not match the realities on the ground.

“The area of land that must be replaced according to us is 73,586,79 m2 but task force of BPN (National Land Agency) Kendal claimed only 69,201 m2 area. As a result, residents and peasants filed protests and objections. The village head took the complaints of the residents to the task force led by the National Land Agency (BPN) Kendal, but it was never addressed, “said Nurochim

When their protest letters were ignored, the peasant communities with help from SPI took the complaint to several related agencies in Jakarta and held hearings. A total of 20 people affected by Kendal highway also attended the hearings with the Ombudsman, Directorate General of Land Procurement Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial / National Land Agency (ATR / BPN), Executive Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU), Commission V of Parliament, National Commission of Human Rights (KOMNASHAM) of the Republic of Indonesia to the Office of the Presidential Staff (KSP) listening to them.

Nurochim added, “The Director General of Land Procurement of the Ministry of ATR / BPN said that the data used by task force is the data from the government in 2008-2012, thereby suppressing the actual and current price of the land. Appraisal should use the data of the current year.”

“The Office of the Presidential Staff (KSP) promised to visit the area to bring together the parties. We will resist this blatant violations of our rights as peasants and as the citizens of Indonesia,” he said.
Nurochim also added that the residents and peasants do not reject the construction of highway.

“We SPI Kendal peasants are not against the construction of the highway. But we demand that the assessment of our losses – in terms of the size of land, the plants, the business, the buildings – all of which we are giving up for the highway must be carried out fairly and compensated adequately. How shall we uphold food sovereignty, if the government does not relocate our farms, our homes, “he asked.

Henry Saragih asserted, “The problem of land procurement that is happening today is because Jokowi’s government, which is known to care about people and promises Agrarian Reform, using the Law on Land Procurement, which was originally formed by the previous government as a tool to evict the peasants’ houses and lands. President Jokowi should have issued a Substitute Regulation that prioritizes deliberation and implementation of the principles of food sovereignty ”

Henry Saragih also announced that SPI will conduct mass action nationally at the State Palace on Thursday. “Protest action will also be run simultaneously in all SPI Regions in Indonesia,” he warned.

For Media Enquiries, contact:

Henry Saragih – Chairperson of SPI: +62811 655 668
Nurochim – Chairperson of SPI Kendal: + 62852 2512 0832

Cover Image: From the protest that took place outside the President’s Palace earlier today (26 April). 

The post Law on Land Procurement & Highway Construction is resulting in peasant houses and lands being forcefully grabbed: SPI, Indonesia appeared first on Via Campesina English.

by abhilash at April 26, 2018 09:35 AM


ZAD: Day 18 Early Reports

08h57min : As the explosions of grenades assault our eardrums, and the teargas make us cry, and the armoured vehicles and the obedience-machines [cops] that accompany them are deployed in their hundreds along the roads of the ZAD, the media dare to speak of a “long truce granted to the ZAD “. A fine kind of truce in the localities of West-France !

08h42min : The police vehicles (one armoured car, accompanied by a hundred horribles in riot gear), are driving down the barricades on Route des Fosses / Mancelière from the north. They are now at the level of the garden of the Grée. Apparently these people are accompanied by a sub-prefect. Never believe what the cops tell you : they said they would not come in if we did not attack them. Which, on the part of people who arrive with an armored and 100 super armed horribles, is pretty cheeky. The armoured car is now heading back to the north. Meanwhile, the cops are disking the Lascars barricade. There are about 50 of them on the road, and we also find a good pack of these turds splattered around the forest of Rohanne. No more precise indication of their position at the moment.

They are pointless and noxious (well, not for everyone). I vomit them. Good day to you who are reading this.

08h27min : The cops are 5 meters from Lascars, on the road and in the forest of Rohanne. They are firing GLI F4 grenades. An armoured vehicle and foot cops are arriving from the Route des Fosses Noire, direction La Saulce.

08h21min : Excerpt from the interview of Edward Philippe, the Prime Sinister : “Some occupants have declared : 28 occupants have accepted the hand extended by the state They did it late because they did not believe we were determined.” “If those who wish to enter into legality, namely to register for the MSA and pay their taxes, like all other farmers, then they will be able to move in. The others are destined to leave the land.” “On the 14th of May, the Prefect convenes the commission which will study the files of those who want to enter common law. Those who do not wish to leave the place will then have to leave.” The journalist told him that the operation has so far cost more than 5 million euros. “It’s true that it’s expensive […] but we face people of a very large degree of violence.”


by sisulscz at April 26, 2018 09:13 AM

Barcelona: Update

CSO La Palmira has been permanently evicted.

Some of us opened a CSO (social center okupa) at the old hippy house Can Bee (facebook site)
and are actively supporting the squat network in Kollserola, the nature park north of Barcelona.

The collective works together to recycle food at the market and has monthly meetings, rotating between the squats Ca l’Avia, La Experimental, Matakrostas (if we resist eviction tomorrow!), La Folklorika, 7 Mansions, La Xesca, Kan Pasqual and Can Masdeu. We’re forming working groups for police repression, a radical library, and a comprehensive directory of abandoned houses in the area.

We are also promoting a local fair currency and a food co-op.

Please post this network so that people can visit and share skills.

by sisulscz at April 26, 2018 09:11 AM

April 25, 2018

Армения – бескровный переворот и угроза войны

Смена власти в Армении, о необходимости которой так долго говорили тамошние оппозиционеры, свершилась, что дальше? Есть мнение, что бескровный переворот не понравится Путину, не потому что ему так дорог Саргсян, а потому, что дурные примеры заразительны и теперь российские либералы будут говорить, что можно сменить власть, не пролив ни капли крови, тогда как в России старая власть уже многим надоела и единственное, что удерживает многих от попыток ее сменить, это именно боязнь крови. И что Путин попытается всех убедить в невозможности бескровного переворота.

April 25, 2018 02:44 PM

Boodaville permaculture, Matarranya, Spain

Wicking bed!!


We finished the wicking bed during our Living Permaculture course, here are the designs and photos of the process!!

Read more about wicking beds here : https://deepgreenpermaculture.com/diy-instructions/wicking-bed-construction/

#permaculture #wickingbed #mulch #ecologicalgarden #design #water #eco #course #permacultureeducation #soil #growing #organic #foodproduction #drought #livingpermaculture #education #nature



by boodaville at April 25, 2018 10:44 AM

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DSA-4180 drupal7

security update

April 25, 2018 12:00 AM

April 24, 2018


Exploring Penang Through its Uniquely Multicultural Food Scene

Best street foods to try in Penang
Penang is the most food-obsessed place we have ever been to! Folks eat out all the time. Food is ubiquitous, quick, convenient and affordable. Most of the meals served around Penang are prepared by street vendors in so-called “hawker stalls”. Like Ashray would say comparing street food with graffiti “these ... more »

by Zara at April 24, 2018 06:01 PM

Hambach Forest Occupation

RED CARD for RWE: Shareholders Meeting Thur. 4.26.2018 8:00-14:00

On this aniversary of Chernobyl Disaster RWE annual stockholders meeting will take place in the convention center in Essen.  To respond to RWE continuation of climate disasterism and its destruction of ecosystems and communities world-wide a Red Lines action will take place around the convention center at 8:00, where a coalition of groups, struggles and initiatives will converge to give RWE a Red Card for the following reasons: Red card… more…

by hambachforest at April 24, 2018 01:26 PM

Body data

@natacha wrote:

In late 2016, on a conference stage in Palm Springs, California, decision scientist Hannah Bayer made a bold declaration: “We’re going to measure everything we can possibly measure about 10,000 people over the course of the next 20 years or more. We’re going to sequence their genomes; track everywhere they go, everything they eat, everything they buy, everyone they interact with, every time they exercise.


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by @natacha at April 24, 2018 07:33 AM

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April 23, 2018

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Announcing Tor’s Next Executive Director: Isabela Bagueros

Announcing Tor’s Next Executive Director: Isabela Bagueros
steph April 23, 2018


Shari announced her retirement from the Tor Project at the end of February, and the search for our next Executive Director is already over. We're thrilled to announce our next ED, Isabela Bagueros.

Isa joined the Tor Project as Project Manager in 2015 and has led teams in collaborative strategy building and roadmapping unprecedented at the organization. She also leads Tor’s UX team in implementing critical usability improvements and is leading an overhaul of Tor’s website.

“Isa’s contributions to Tor are too many to name here,” said Shari Steele, Tor’s current Executive Director who was brought on in 2015 to make the organization more operationally sound. “She brings global experience and perspective to privacy and censorship issues, and I could not be more confident in her ability to lead the organization into its next phase of growth and sustainability.”

Thinking of the user first has always been a priority for Isa, and during her three years with the organization, the scope of her vision for Tor has expanded to include the health of the organization and network. “I think any person on the planet should have access to the Tor network and enjoy the privacy and security it provides,” said Isa. “That means we need a healthy and scalable network and a strong and diverse organization to support that. I’m looking forward to seeing Tor gain global recognition for the privacy protections and censorship circumvention it provides.”

Now in a transition phase, Isabela will officially begin her position as Executive Director after she hires her replacement Project Manager and gets up to speed on the requirements of the job. Shari will continue as Executive Director until Isabela transitions and then plans to move into a consulting role through the end of the year. Shari will join the Tor Project Board of Directors beginning January 2019.

Congratulations, Isa! :D

About Isabela Bagueros
Isabela Bagueros joined the Tor Project as Project Manager in 2015, after working as Product Manager for International and Growth at Twitter for four years. Isabela has been part of the free software community since the late 90s, and in 2007 she co-founded and worked as Latin America Project Manager for North by South, a startup from San Francisco focused on free software projects. Isabela was also part of Brazil’s Federal Government Free Software initiative, working in 2005 on the Ministry of Communications digital inclusion project and participating in 2006 on a project to migrate the IT of the Presidential Palace of Brazil to free software. Isa will give the keynote address at CryptoRave, May 4th in São Paulo, Brazil.

About Shari Steele
Shari Steele has been the Executive Director of the Tor Project since December 2015, coming to Tor after serving as Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for 15 years. Prior to the ED role, Shari was EFF’s legal director from 1992 to 2000, where she spoke widely about civil liberties law in newly emerging technologies. A graduate of Widener University School of Law, Shari later served as a teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned an LL.M. degree in Advocacy. Shari has been on EFF’s Board of Directors since 2000 and will join the Tor Project Board of Directors in January 2019.

About the Tor Project
The Tor Project, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Seattle with paid staff and contractors of around 35 engineers and operational support people, plus many volunteers all over the world. Tor develops free and open source software for privacy and freedom online, protecting people from tracking, surveillance, and censorship. The Tor Project’s mission is to advance human rights and freedoms by creating and deploying free and open source anonymity and privacy technologies, support their unrestricted availability and use, and further their scientific and popular understanding.

For more information, contact Steph Whited at steph at torproject.org.


by steph at April 23, 2018 04:06 PM

Hambach Forest Occupation

Pont Valley Eviction Lasts 2 days.

On Thursday and Friday, April 19 to 20th one of the longest, 36 hour eviction took place of Protect Pont Valley Camp which has been blocking the new Banks Group open cast mine. This mine has been blocked and rejected over 3 times over last 30 years by community resistance. Being approved now as UK is claiming to be phasing out of Coal. Coalition of Climate-Justice and anti-Coal activists many… more…

by hambachforest at April 23, 2018 02:36 PM

Dataviz Nathalie Magnan women free software

@natacha wrote:

A great dataviz made by @Ewen , building on the network around Nathalie Magnan. I think its an amazing point to continue fronm to visualize women and free software networks. @donna you might like this.


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by @natacha at April 23, 2018 01:55 PM

April 22, 2018


Utrecht: Water tower squatters sentenced

Unfortunately the six squatters who occupied a water tower in Utrecht last October to mark 7 years since squatting was criminalised have received sentences this week. Instead of getting some valuable anarchist points for getting off their arses and doing something, they received fines of 500 euros each and one person was given a week of free accommodation courtesy of the king. No news on the person who was arrested at the eviction for insulting the police.

The person writing this thinks it is important to help these people with crowdfunding the fines or to write to the person in jail. Sadly, there is nothing anywhere about support, so if you know something please put something on indymedia.nl or email squat.net. Much better to organise a benefit fundraiser than to be gossiping about the Appelscha fiasco! Also big up the Amsterdam antifa for evicting the Nazis this weekend 🙂

by sisulscz at April 22, 2018 10:27 PM

Amsterdam: Antifa activists forced Generation Identity fascists to leave “squat”

Generation Identity fascists claimed to have squatted an apartment next to the “We Are Here” refugee squats in Amsterdam. Squatted or not, the fascists had to leave after antifa activists attacked the fascists in their “squat”.

The Generation Identity claimed that they had squatted a house in the Rudolf Dieselstraat in Amsterdam, Netherlands. But the city council of Ymere in Amsterdam’s Watergraafsmeer district, denied that the house was squatted. The fascists were invited by somebody who has a temporary rent contract to avoid a squatting action.

Todays action was a typical provocation of Generation Identity fascists. They dropped a banner “Illegal is criminal” and were waving with a Generation Identity flag, knowing that there are more than 20 “We Are Here” squatted apartments in the Rudolf Dieselstraat.

Antifa activists reacted fast. On the video below (at 0:30) you can here the sound of breaking glass. The fascists had their windows smashed and were attacked with stones and fire crackers.

Op deze beelden is te horen hoe de ramen worden ingegooid in de Rudolf Dieselstraat, ook wordt er vuurwerk afgestoken https://t.co/NK3UwNntkZ pic.twitter.com/xfB7CUpw2Y

— AT5 (@AT5) 21. April 2018

After that the fascists had to leave the building for medical care. Although the fascists claimed that they would return after that, that might not happen. The temporary rent contract was terminated by the owner after their fascist provocation.

According to a Tweet (below) of @AFA_Nederland well known fascists like Paul Peters, Willem van Dijk, Tom van der Hoek and Michael Jansen were inside the building until antifa activists forced them to leave.

Wie zijn de fascisten die in het pand in de #RudolfDieselstraat zitten? O.a. Paul Peters, Willem van Dijk, Tom van der Hoek en Michael Jansen. pic.twitter.com/mOfrJI3BEo

— AFA Nederland (@AFA_Nederland) 21. April 2018


by sisulscz at April 22, 2018 10:13 PM

Hambach Forest Occupation

Hambi Prisoners Test Subjects of Run-away Repression

Progressing climate, social and ecological breakdown is pulling the rest of society and western civilization down into a downward spiral of militarized “creeping fascism” disaster-capitalism. This dynamic is seen nowhere better than on the front-line of green resistance against extractionism here in Hambacher Forest. It is reflected by the treatment of our comrades who have been automatically imprisoned for blockading RWE deforestation and for choosing to stay anonymous. Instead of… more…

by hambachforest at April 22, 2018 06:03 PM


Snowmobile adventure with Mountaineers of Iceland

Snowmobile tour with Mountaineers of Iceland
Growing up in India, I didn’t get to see a lot of snow. While snowfall is common high up in the mountains during winter, you still need to take a trip for several hours to get above the snow line. I remember the first time I saw snow in Shimla, ... more »

by Ashray at April 22, 2018 04:14 PM

Кем был Шамиль Басаев?

«Ваша великорусская мечта - сидя по горло в дерьме, затащить туда и остальных.

Это и есть Русизм»

«Это национально-освободительная война.

Мы боремся за свое освобождение от колониальной зависимости.»

Шамиль Салманович Басаев

April 22, 2018 12:38 PM

April 21, 2018

Why is the topic I want to reply to already closed?

@how wrote:

Continuing the discussion from Questionable theories in Yasha Levine's Surveillance Valley:

Indeed, that might be an issue. Should I extend the auto-close topic delay to one month? The idea is to be able to introduce new topics and see if the conversation picks up. But of course there are many topics coming up and not everyone is coming as often as I do. I thought one week would be a good compromise, but I can understand that one month is much fairer for most of us.

Does it make sense?

And would you like to merge the above topic with the original one that was closed, @lynx?

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by @how hellekin at April 21, 2018 04:55 PM


Amsterdam: Communique from We Are Here Rudolf Dieselstraat

Today, an extreme right-wing organization called Identitair Verzet has taken possession of a house in Rudolf Dieselstraat, simply to provoke. They have announced their intent to do so a few days ago on their website. We are very startled by this and find it completely unacceptable. After all, we are looking for housing and a way to survive, while this group is clearly looking for conflict.

Two weeks ago our banner on the church at the James Wattstraat was set on fire by Peter van Vliet, a member of Identitair Verzet. The next morning Van Vliet came to the Rudolf Dieselstraat to try to burn a banner here again. We called the police to deal with the situation, but they chose not to arrest Van Vliet. Despite evidence that he set the banner on fire, and also while the police caught him on the roof of our office, they wanted to “not let the situation escalate,” and let the arsonist walk away.

Subsequently, a week later, Identitair Verzet returned to the James Wattstraat with a group of people. They climbed on the roof of the church and shouted racist and hateful slogans. Here too the police came down, and here too they did not take any action. They were escorted from the roof and then sent away.

That same weekend, two other extreme right-wing gangs visited the neighborhood. Voorpost, who say they “did a pre-survey”, and Pegida. The latter was allowed to walk through the neighborhood under police escort and was in turn also left alone by the police.

Finally, this morning a house was squatted by people who claim that squatting is illegal. We were alert tonight and did not hear any sound. Therefore, the suspicion is strong that Identitair Verzet obtained a key through their “sympathizer at the municipality” or through Ymere. They have planned and implemented this squatting action under the watchful eye of both the municipality and Ymere.

We want to emphasize that this neighborhood should not be a political war-arena and that it has become so because of the media and politics. We find the lack of decisiveness of the police and municipality to be shocking. We hereby repeat that we did not come to the Netherlands, to Amsterdam, or to the Rudolf Dieselstraat to cause problems. It may be clear by now why we are here. But these extreme (-ly dangerous) right wing groups are indeed out to cause problems. Against us and against the local residents who are absolutely not waiting for the arrival of these new Nazis.

We Are Here

by fawda at April 21, 2018 08:09 AM

Amsterdam: A neonazi-group in a building near the We Are Here village

Identitair Verzet (Generation Identity), a neonazi-group has ‘squatted’ a building near We Are Here village. They say they have two demands:
– Every undocumented person should be locked up in jail until they will be deported;
– Everyone who supports undocumented people should be locked up in jail for complicity in criminal activities.

The best way to response is to show solidarity with We Are Here. Mobilize your friends and family for the demo next week Saturday 28 April (Solidarity with Refugees: We Are Here!) to make our message clear: refugees are welcome, nazi’s are not!

Also feel free to drop by today and show your support with the people from We Are Here in the Rudolf Dieselstraat.

More info about Identitair Verzet here: https://kafka.nl/organisatie/identitair-verzet-iv/

We Are Here

by fawda at April 21, 2018 08:00 AM

Notre Dame des Landes: Quick summary of the repression in Nantes and the ZAD since April 9

This article replaces the previous one (published 18/04/18).

Attention this crosses the information that has reached the Legal, so it surely lacks information.
If you go out, or have friends coming out of custody do not forget to call back!
Detailed reports of the hearings will follow in the coming days.
The Legal Team always has the same number 0033 06 75 30 95 45

ARRESTS ON THE ZAD FROM 9/04/18 TO 17/04/18

60 arrests among which:
– 9 are reported road checks for which we have not heard from the people since
– 6 beatings (4 of which we have no news)
– 7 in custody where people are released without consequences
– 3 people summoned to court in the coming months
– 6 immediate trials (already passed)
– 14 people picked up by the military police with no news


26 arrests among which:
– 2 in custody where people were released without consequences
– 6 people summoned to court in the coming months
– 7 immediate trials (16/04 and 17/04)
– 2 minors passed before the juvenile judge on 16/04
– 8 people who were picked up by military police but of whom we have no news


President: LORENTZ
Prosecutor: LECAT

F. passed for destruction of property by fire and refusal of alcohol test following the protest of 9 April in Nantes. He refused the immediate trial.
He is under judicial control (duty of care and checkup at police station once a week) until May 9 (day of his trial)


President: LEHORS Rémi
Ass: ROUILLON Véro and BAUFRETON Catherine
Prosecutor: LECAT Pierre

Case 1:
J. arrested April 13 in Vigneux for violence with a weapon in a gang on cops that got “temporary incapacity for work” which is not exceeding 8 days, refusal of giving DNA and fingerprints
Lawyer Vallée
Victim: SELLALI Icham
REFUSES IMMEDIATE APPEARANCE in court: continued detention until trial May 18

Case 2:
L. arrested on the 14th at the protest in Nantes for violence against persons in charge of public authority (O day of temporary incapacity for work) and concealed face.
Victim: VITRY Karl
REFUSES IMMEDIATE APPEARANCE in court: placed under judicial control (ban from the city Nantes) until his trial on May 23

Case 3:
E. arrested on the 14th at the protest in Nantes for violence against persons holding public authority.
Victim: MOROY Fred
RENDERED: GUILTY: 6 months of prison with suspended sentence + “Criminal record B2” + has to pay 150 € + 500 € damage and interest to the cop (article 475-1)

Case 4:
P. arrested on the 14th at the protest in Nantes for violence against persons in charge of the public authority (0 days of temporary incapacity for work).
Victim: ROBBE François
RENDERED: GUILTY: 5 months of prison with suspended sentence + banned from the district Loire Atlantique for 6 months + 2×150 € + 500 € damages (for the cop article 475-1)

Case 5:
L. arrested on the 14th at the protest in Nantes for violence against persons holding public authority. The facts are requalified in throwing projectiles.
Victim: ROY Patrick
RENDERED: GUILTY: 5 months of prison with suspended sentence + 127 € court fees

Case 6:
Y. arrested on the 14th at the protest in Nantes for violence against persons holding public authority, throwing projectile.
Lawyer: Huriet
REFUSES IMMEDIATE APPEARANCE in court: placed under judicial control (banned from the district Loire Atlantique) until his trial on May 24th.

Case 7:
A. Arrested on the 14th at the protest in Nantes for rebellion and violence against persons in charge of public authority, throwing projectile and concealed face.
Lawyer: Huriet
Victims: BOUTILLIER Nico + DEBRUGE Emmanuel
REFUSED IMMEDIATE APPEARANCE in court: placed under judicial control (banned from the district Loire Atlantique) until his trial on May 22nd. The court grants the request for additional information (video)


President: DUPIRE Pierre
Assesseurs: SAINT RAMON Hélène and FERALI Dominique
Solicitor: CANOVAS LAGARDE Sylvie

Case 1: E. Arrested on April 13 for aggravated violence by 3 circumstances inflecting temporary incapacity for work of less than 3 days to the cops
Civil parties: CAMUS Sylvain, PATTYNE Maxime
GUILTY: 4 months of prison with suspended sentence + 140h of TIG (slavery) within the next 18 months + 500 € for the cops for damages (or 1000 €) + 800 € (damages and interest under Article 475-1) + banned from the district Loire Atlantic + Obligation of re-education

Case 2: L. arrested on April 15 for aggravated violence by 3 circumstances inflecting temporary incapacity for work of less than 3 days and violence against persons holding public authority
Civil Parties: BRILLAND Anthony, FONTEIX William, GRAND René, LEPAUX Sébastien, LESUEUR Yoan
REFUSES THE IMMEDIATE APPEARANCE in court: Placed under judicial control until his trial on May 24. in “Bois Guillaume”. banned from the district Loire Atlantique except for his studies. Imposed daily visits to the police station.

Case 3:
L. arrested on April 15 for aggravated violence by 3 circumstances with inflecting temporary incapacity of less than 3 days and violence against persons holding public authority and refusal of DNA and fingerprints
O. arrested on April 15 for violence aggravated by 3 circumstances with inflecting temporary incapacity of less than 3 days and violence on persons depositaries of the public authority and transport of dangerous substance and incendiary product
N. arrested on April 15 for violence aggravated by 3 circumstances with inflecting temporary incapacity of less than 3 days and violence on persons depositaries of the public authority and having a knife on him.
All 3 Victims (same sentence for all): 8 months of prison with suspended sentence + banned from the district Loire Atlantique for 18 months.
The question of damages is returned to the “civil interest” as of June 28, 2018.


Case 1:
Q. was arrested on 15/04 on the Zad, for violence against anyone holding public authority (without temporary incapacity for work). He accepts the immediate appearance.
RENDERED: GUILTY: 8 firm months and 5 years ban in the Loire Atlantique. Without a deposit warrant. The sentence will be applied in Belgium.

Case 2:
J. was arrested on 14/04 at the demonstration in Nantes, around 19h by the Bac. He is judged for contempt, rebellion, violence against anyone with public authority and apology for terrorism. He accepts the immediate appearance.
RENDERED: GUILTY: 12 months in prison including 6 suspended sentence (EMS). The probation includes obligations of care, work and home. He leaves with a deposit warrant.


Case 1:
A. was arrested on 16/04 on the ZAD, around noon on the chemin de Suez. He goes to court for violence against a person who has the public authority and refuses to file.
He refuses an immediate trial. And is placed in detention until his trial on May 9, 2018.

Case 2:
F. was arrested on 16/04 on the ZAD. He is judged for violence against a person in charge of the public authority (3 days of temporary incapacity for work), insults, rebellion and carrying of category D weapon. He recognizes the carrying of weapon and accepts the immidiate trial.
RENDERED: GUILTY: 8 months of prison (without a deposit warrant), 5 years of bannishments of the district of Loire Atlantique, 700 € + 600 € damages for the cop (art 575-1)


Upcoming trials :
– April 24th 2 reminders to the law after the protest of April 3rd in Nantes
– 9th May 14h in Nantes: referral of 2 refusals for immediate trial (18/04/18: A. and F)
– 17 May 14h in Nantes: referral of a refusal for immediate trial (17/04/18: J)
– May 18 at 14h in Saint Nazaire: referral of a refusal for immediate trial (17/04/18: J)
– 22 May at 14h in Nantes: referral of a refusal for immediate trial (16/04/18: A)
– 23 May at 14h in Nantes: referral of a refusal for immediate trial (16/04/18: L)
– May 24 14h in Nantes: referral of 3 refusals for immediate trial (16/04/18: A and Y and A 17/04/18)
– June 29 at 2 pm in Saint Nazaire: a person summoned to court
– July 3 at 14h in Saint Nazaire: a person summoned to court for violence and refusal of filing fingerprints and picture (arrested on April 11 on the ZAD)
– July 6 at 14h in Nantes (children’s court): a person summoned for attempted burglary and refusal of filing fingerprints and picture and DNA (arrest at the protest of 14/04 in Nantes)
– September 18 at 14h in Nantes: 2 or 3 people summoned to court for the protest of 14/04 in Nantes
– September 24 at 14h in Nantes: 1 person summoned to court for the demonstration of 14/04 in Nantes
That is 2 reminders to the law, 9 referalled from refuse of immidiate trials, 5 or 6 summons and 1 trial for a minor.


Preventive confinement: 32 days + 1 month + 21 days or 83 days total
Prison sentenced: 8 months + 6 months (deposit mandate) + 8 months or 22 months total
prison with suspended sentence: 4 months + 8 months + 8 months + 8 months + 6 months + 5 months + 5 months + 6 months or 50 months total
So 4 people are currently in prison

In suspended sentence: 200 €
Damages and interests: 1800 € + 500 € + 1500 € + 700 € + 600 € or 4100 € total
Legal costs: 150 €

Judicial Control: 37 days + 37 days or 74 days total
TIG (forced work aka slavery): 140h
Banned from the territory: 2 years + 37 days + 18 months +18 months + 18 months + 37 days + 6 months + 5 years + 5 years or 17 years 2 months and 13 days total
obligation of re-education: 1
… and relaxes: 1

We have some messages and remarks in bulk to send you

– When you say that you are there by chance and that you just saw the protest pass by: no prohibition of territory
– The judge is the president of the court and he is known to be severe
– The persons who had sufficient guarantees of representation (see specific article) and refuse the immediate trials are not sent in detention before their lawsuit for and to say that one lives on the ZAD and one is domiciled by an association does not work to avoid the preventive confinement.
– The Prosecutor speaks about the National Police with a WE. He makes big speeches on the sacking of Nantes. Spread over the political context, he names many unrelated and very old facts (Labor Law, …)
– 8 CRS (police officers) came into the room to hear about the reports and sentencing
– REMINDER: Immediate trial can be refused when one is in court before the judges, at the beginning of the hearing, at the time the court will decide on the release or preventive detention (hence the interest of having papers which proves to him that one is a good and nice person)
– In court, we have the right to remain silent, to answer questions or to make statements.
– It seems that since the beginning of the events of “the labor law” they play the penalty “fixed package” and this time it is 8 months of jail …
– The courts have instructions for the judges and procecutor, even if they find inconsistencies in the cases, they condemn to fixed prison sentences.
– A cop pretends to be 2 different people as a civil party!
– The temporary incapacity for work that the cops state do not correspond to the alleged facts (like the injury is not where the hit by projectile was taken) but the person is still found guilty.
– There are many inconsistencies on the material evidence (clothes, objects, heads, …)
– To justify a passage for immediate trial the motive of the custody of a person was changed thanks to a phone call between the Chief officer and the Procecutor.
– The keufs are reluctant to report to the court their own videocontent to pass videos as proof.
– In the courtrooms there are really a lot of cops from different sections (Bac (criminal brigades), RG (infiltrators, intelligence agency), CRS (riot police), …)
– The military police can see through the clouds of teargasses!
– The prosecutor on a immidiate trial reused a lot the remarks held in custody and in particular the political remarks.

Call-out: to people who take pictures *. If you have images of arrests and the context before, can you contact us on legalteamzad [at] riseup [dot] net because the cops make a lot of false statements and it can help for the lawsuits. Mention the date, time and places for which you have images.

In particular, we are looking for images of the following two moments:
– behind the barricade of lascar (ZAD) for an arrest on Friday, April 13 at 6:40,
– in front of the Barricade de Lascar on Sunday 15/04 at 19h20-19h50.

– The first week of the evictions on the ZAD the military police were mostly in “advance demolitions” mode, this week they were much more focused on making arrests, pay attention to yourself and your compas.

– The military police often makes the strategy of generating a riot at one place to occupy the defenders and do something else further without being bothered. This is what happens when they kept us bussy at the barricade of Lascar without really doing anything.

– On the twitter account of the national military police one can find press releases and information on the state of the situation at la ZAD and the arrests made.

– At Nantes on saturday for the protest there were 40 cops from the criminal brigade of Rennes as reinforcement and cops were seen wandering before the protest with trombinoscopes (folder with pictures of faces of people).

– Really try to have guarantees of representation (see article on zad.nadir) or tell your friends where they are.

– If you can come to the area with the copies and not the originals of your permits, ID cards, … because the cops play at stealing our bags.

film the cops especially and try not to make incriminating images of the compas.


by sisulscz at April 21, 2018 12:04 AM

Notre Dame des Landes: And what if Macron would finally shut his mouth?

Call for reinforcements from saturday, April 21st on the #ZAD at #NDDL

Monday, 9th april, the evictions of la zad at Notre-Dame-des-Landes in fRance, began. We received a lot of support from everywhere and even beyond the French borders. A new deadline before total eviction of la ZAD was imposed for the 23rd of April. Namely, the squaters must leave a territory that they have liberated and defended with their hearts and their deepest convictions.

Call for a meeting to put a beating to the state as it should, here or elsewhere, make our voices heard, it’s a good spring to make barricades bloom. Put on your helmet, your gas mask, your gloves and join us.

They are trying to scare us, but do not back down, let us continue together to build a future of solidarity.

We did not choose to be born, but we can become who we want. The zad must not return to the state. She must remain a space for us all.

Let’s be there this weekend, the party may be great.


by sisulscz at April 21, 2018 12:02 AM

April 20, 2018

Tor Browser

Tor Browser 8.0a6 is released

Tor Browser 8.0a6 is released boklm April 20, 2018

Tor Browser 8.0a6 is now available from the Tor Browser Project page and also from our distribution directory.

This release includes newer versions of Tor (, OpenSSL (1.0.2o), HTTPS Everywhere (2018.4.11) and NoScript ( Among other things we fixed the issue with secure cookies which were not working on http .onion pages, we made it possible to run Tor Browser without a /proc filesystem and we updated the GCC we use for building the Windows and Linux versions to 6.4.0.

The full changelog since Tor Browser 8.0a5 is:

  • All platforms
    • Update Tor to
    • Update OpenSSL to 1.0.2o
    • Update Torbutton to
      • Bug 25126: Make about:tor layout responsive
      • Translations update
    • Update HTTPS Everywhere to 2018.4.11
    • Update NoScript to
    • Bug 21537: Mark .onion cookies as secure
    • Bug 21850: Update about:tbupdate handling for e10s
    • Bug 25721: Backport patches from Mozilla's bug 1448771
  • Linux
    • Bug 20283: Tor Browser should run without a `/proc` filesystem.
  • Windows
    • Bug 13893: Make EMET compatible with Tor Browser
  • Build System

by boklm at April 20, 2018 11:06 PM



On 420 Clifton Nicholas of Kanehsatà:ke openened the first indigenous owned medical cannabis dispensary in so called “Quebec”

by Stimulator at April 20, 2018 09:23 PM

FRN discussions

Art Bell, W6OBB, a silent key! (5 replies)

Wow!!!! As if the news of Syria wasn't bad enough, about 3:15AM EST I got word about Art Bell, W6OBB, passing away suddenly!


No real details, yet. And, mainstream media hasn't picked up on it either, yet.

by ThaDood at April 20, 2018 06:01 PM


TFN #7: In ZAD We Trust

In this week's TFN, France's off-brand Napoleon, Emmanuel Macron, meets his Battle of Waterloo in La ZAD, or Zone to Defend, in Notre Dames Des Landes. Meanwhile, in Hamilton so-called “Ontario”, the pigs launch a SWAT raid against a local anarchist collective house in an attempt to save face after last month's “Locke Street Riot”.

by Stimulator at April 20, 2018 04:14 PM


Keep agriculture out of Free Trade! Statement from the International Forum on Free Trade and Agriculture

Seoul, April 19, 2018:  Since World Trade Organization was established and the Agreement on Agriculture from the Uruguay Round came into effect, free trade of agricultural products has expanded globally. Since WTO’s negotiation around Doha Development Agenda stopped, numerous free trade agreements have been signed, spreading further free trade of agricultural products all over the world.

After the Uruguay Round (“UR”) negotiations, wherein the participating countries agreed on the principle of “tariff only” or “tariffication without exception” for agricultural products, the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture has abolished every border barrier between countries. It is clear that by forcing countries to abolish tariffs, free trade agreements undermine national autonomy and independence in food and agricultural policy, while strengthening the global food system led by transnational capital including major grain traders.

As confirmed by examples from various countries of the world, expansion of free trade in agriculture has caused the downfall of agriculture, peasants and rural communities. The downfall of agriculture in turn has resulted in the loss of food sovereignty. It has brought rural communities that were based on farming to collapse in unsustainable manners.

Free trade in agriculture also drives out small and medium-size farmers from the agricultural industry both in the export and import of agricultural produce. Due to free trade in agriculture, large scale farming is dominating agricultural production, while small-medium size farmers become unable to sustain their own agricultural production and consequently get pushed out of their work. As agricultural production becomes more and more concentrated into large scale farming throughout the world, the impoverishment of small farmers and agricultural workers are rapidly proliferating. The livelihoods of small and medium-size farmers are greatly threatened and local communities depending on agriculture are falling into unsustainable mire.

Supported by free trade in agriculture, the major grain traders and transnational food-agricultural capital globalizes the global food system and reinforces their control over food and agricultural industry, gaining enormous profit. The major grain traders openly state that they will seek to make even more profit by increasing their control “from seed to the table”. In the meantime, farmers are losing their right to land, water and seeds. The peasants and the people are demoted to slaves of genetically modified, instant and fast food.

We speak clearly. At the core of small and medium-size farmers’ suffering lies the greed of the major grain traders and transnational food-agricultural capital. Globalization of the global food system based on free trade in agriculture is bringing small-medium size farmers to ruin all over the world.

The International Coordination Committee of LVC and South Korean peasants oppose free trade in agriculture, the global food system, the major grain traders and transnational food-agricultural capital. We stand in solidarity with peasants across the world and we will struggle together to protect agriculture from free trade.

And we declare our demands clearly as follows;

First, exclude agriculture and farm produce from the application of free trade. Guarantee food sovereignty so that each nation can decide on its food and agricultural policy and agricultural trade policy for itself.

Second, control the power that the major grain traders and transnational food-agricultural capital have on markets. Guarantee the rights of peasants and agricultural workers as presented in United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.

Third, to guarantee the peoples’s rights to food and health by defining a binding framework for the major grain traders and transnational capital that dominate the international food system

April 19th 2018
The International Coordination Committee of La Via Campesina and South Korean peasants

The post Keep agriculture out of Free Trade! Statement from the International Forum on Free Trade and Agriculture appeared first on Via Campesina English.

by abhilash at April 20, 2018 10:28 AM


Amsterdam: April 28th, Demonstration Solidarity with Refugees, We Are Here!

Saturday April 28th 2018 at 14:00, James Wattstraat 56.

We Are Here, the refugee collective based in Amsterdam, has been campaigning for years against the inhuman Dutch asylum policy. The refugee asylum policy is not conclusive, which leads to the denial of basic rights of refugees in the Netherlands. Many of them are unable to return to their home country, leaving them in limbo and without a proper roof over their heads or the care they need.

We Are Here is squatting to show the inhumane situation in which they live and to ask for attention for the situation of refugees whose asylum requests have been denied but who can’t be deported. Time and time again We Are Here is being evicted, putting them out on the streets and back into uncertainty again, without any prospect of permanent shelter.

These refugees are not the only people in Amsterdam looking for shelter: there is a crucial situation where many Amsterdam based or born people are unable to find a place to live. Social housing, which is the only affordable option for low to middle income people, is being torn apart as real estate is sold to parties eager to capitalize on gentrification. Meanwhile, the waiting list for houses continues to grow for those who have been in need of housing for a long time.

Neighborhoods collapse and are demolished, only to be replaced by high-rise buildings with expensive housing units that often are only accessible for higher-middle and upper class incomes. Due to deliberate choices from, mostly national political figures, Amsterdam is losing its unique character as it turns into a city for the rich.

The same right-wing parties who are responsible for these destructive policies have quickly turned to use refugees as a scapegoat, hoping to deflect and obscure as they shrug off any and all blame. While racist and repressive rhetoric is on the rise in both politics and society, a climate has been created where fascist groups started openly intimidating refugees.

That’s why we take to the streets on Saturday 28 April at 14:00, meeting point at the James Wattstraat 78: we are showing our solidarity with We Are Here. The gentrification of our beloved city of Amsterdam, but particularly the hatred towards refugees must be stopped. Everyone in Amsterdam is entitled to housing, health care, education and work, even if people do not have the right documentation!

We Are Here

Indymedia https://www.indymedia.nl/node/43315

by fawda at April 20, 2018 10:00 AM

Debian security

April 19, 2018

Коса и камень или новый сценарий

Похоже, что Навальному придется потесниться. Российские чиновники усиленно создают нового лидера борьбы с системой. Причем, создают его не потому, что хотят создать, а потому, что они болваны. Сама система делает их такими, сама система копает себе могилу.

April 19, 2018 08:29 PM

April 18, 2018

В Москве состоится лекция к 50-летию протестов 1968 года

В воскресенье, 22 апреля в Сахаровском центре историк и анархист Петр Рябов расскажет о протестах 1968 года – во Франции, США и в других странах. На очередном лектории «Автонома» мы обсудим, чего добились, а чего не смогли достичь антиавторитарные молодежные движения по всему миру. Приглашаются все желающие.

Также будет дискуссия о формате проведения мероприятий первого мая в Москве

  • Время: 18.00

  • Адрес: Москва, ул. Земляной Вал, 57, стр. 6

April 18, 2018 10:49 PM

Cob Cottage

Latest News:

Laughing House at Cob Cottage Company

Volunteers Answering your Calls:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday - 10am to 2pm
541-396-1825 ~ cob@cobcottage.com
PO BOX 942, Coquille, OR 97423

NEXT TOUR DATE:   Our next tour date will be May 12th at 3pm.  Please Join us for a free tour and potluck to follow.  Meet the staff, see what we have been up to.  See over a dozen cob demonstration buildings and garden walls, huge sustainable garden and Boots the cat!  Call 541-396-1825 to RSVP for a free scheduled tour.  Or if those dates do not work for you, call and ask if you can schedule a private tour for a $100 donation.  And if you want a longer stay - come camp and join in the next workparty just call.  Can't make this tour, maybe join us for our next tours and potlucks: June 9th - 3pm, July 8th - 3pm, August no tour, September 9th - 3pm, October 7th -2 pm, November 10th- 2 pm, or December 8th- 2 pm.
WORKSHOPS ARE FILLING FAST!!!  Don't wait - call or email to reserve your space in our 2018 schedule.....  Check out our workshop happenings on the Workshop Calendar!  Cob Cottage Company has some great events planned both ONSITE and OFFSITE again this year, so check out both events.  We also have some great alumni building this year, so be sure to check out the Affiliate Workshops as well, as someone might be building close to you!  Hope to see you soon playing in the mud!
BE A COB STAR......STILL TIME FOR TEXAS!!!  Join the Off the Grid TV Crew and our amazing alumni builders and instructors at the upcoming NE Texas cob workshop May 10-19th!!!  There are a few spaces left in this fun bi-lingual cob workshop!  Don't miss the opportunity to learn in the Piney Woods this year!  Its going to be a blast and the build will be featured on the new DIY Network TV show (our second Alumni to participate in this new series!).  Contact CAT at 817-812-4909 to sign up or visit https://www.cobcottage.com/complete-cob-texas for more information

Ten Ways Natural Building can Address Climate Change

In 2009 Ianto was a featured speaker at the Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen.  180 nations were present for a week, discussing ways to slow down global warming.  Here’s the paper Ianto read, with minor updates. 

Amid the distraction of everyday life, the urgent banality of pandemic advertising and the media’s creation of daily “crises” it’s hard to remember that climate change is by far the most urgent agenda for all of us.  And it’s sometimes a surprise to realize that Natural Building is one of the few easy solutions.  Natural Building won’t stop global warming, but it stands a good chance of slowing it down.

In the United States, it’s estimated that half of all energy use goes into buildings, the majority of them houses.  In housing, natural construction can probably save 50-80% of this energy, so in terms of low-hanging fruit, these apples are right there at basket level. 

Natural Building offers a number of strategies and principles that, when applied on a large scale, will drastically reduce the amount of carbon emissions associated with construction, heating, cooling and maintaining houses.  Here are some of them in brief:

1. Use of local materials, minimally processed

The local foods movement is in full tilt.  We’re understanding the implication of buying corporate apples from Chile versus pruning our own apple trees.  As for building materials, what’s the sense in hauling away your local trees to a distant sawmill, then buying back inferior standardized products at half the strength and ten times the price?  Do you really need to bring bricks from giant factories hundreds of miles away when we have earth to build with right here in the backyard?

2. Earth, the main material, is abundant world-wide, long lasting, reusable indefinitely

We know how to use earth to make beautiful strong walls, floors and plasters.  Cob houses in England are still lived in after 800 years.  In the Middle East, there are earthen buildings 3,000 years old.  Most of China’s Great Wall is earthen constructions and is doing well after millennia.

3. With durable construction, no need for early replacement

Wood-frame houses with fiberglass insulation and sheetrock walls typically fall apart in a few decades, then there’s the cost, both budgetary and environmental, of rebuilding or replacing.  Earthen buildings can stand for centuries with hardly any repairs.  If the average wood framed house is in good shape for even 50 years and the cob equivalent for 500, over time the ecological cost of sustainable buildings in only one tenth of the alternative, even assuming no other savings.

4. Build gloves, not boxes.  Smaller buildings have less heat loss, less maintenance, less everything

We don’t clothe ourselves in boxes, why try to live in one?  Wrap the buildings around the use, as knitted socks fit your feet.  A tight fitting building can be much smaller, and a curved (not circular) space feels roughly twice the size of one with square corners and straight walls.  If we could do only one thing to cut global warming it would be to live in smaller homes that fit us better.

5. Observation of nature tells us what will work well

Building that accommodate natural principles will last longer, need less maintenance, create less pollution, and use less energy.  Nature has 10 billion years of slow experimentation to arrive at what works well.  We can learn from her.  For instance, she never repeats anything; if every daisy in the field looks identical, we’re not looking closely enough.  She makes almost nothing square or straight.  Could it be that humans discovered a geometry of frailty?  Also, geological materials outlast biological ones. 

6. As a movement it can model non-consumer satisfaction, by making not buying

Building your own shelter effects a paradigm shift for almost anyone.  The awareness and self-confidence it creates overflows into other parts of our lives such as what food we eat how we spend our time.  We’ll now enjoy other home-based activities – playing games with the family, making clothes instead of buying them, perhaps even starting a home business.  No more commuting means one less car.

7. Management by personal skills and observation, not by automation

Living in a natural house implies being engaged in its management, deciding when to open the curtains, let in fresh air, or make more heat by burning wood we cut, split and stacked ourselves.  We get basic satisfaction from these primary atavisms, involving us daily in Nature’s cycles.  Re-focusing our attention at home has many side-benefits, from strengthening family relationships to decreased consumption.

8. Natural Building builds a network of resistance to compulsory consumption

As corporations gain more control of our lives, restrictive laws force us to consume more, over our own reluctance.  Building regulations ensure that legal construction is overbuilt and very expensive.  Well-intentioned consumers get trapped in a maze of insurance, taxes and fear of prosecution.  Almost by definition, consumers are isolated.  Yet because Natural Building is a social activity, it quickly creates networks of like-minded independents who gain self-confidence by being part of the movement.  By sharing stories and strategies, we understand our rights and options better.  Together we can stand up to societal manipulation. 

9. Older industrial societies model the advantages of traditional building

China just gained the distinction of being the world’s biggest polluter, as a fifth of the world’s people fight to own a personal car, to eat meat daily and to buy plastic throw-away junk.  Most of the world now aspires to a big concrete house with a giant TV.  Who taught them?  For decades, though media and international “aid” Americans have projected the American Dream as the only worthwhile goal.  Even if some of them hate us, many of the world’s people still look to the US for models of how to house themselves.  But 8 billion people living in US-sized houses will commit us all to starvation.  It’s time to model high-profile ecological buildings that work better and cost less than the industrial throwaways.  We already have their attention so now let’s project a sustainable, joyful model for the rest of the world to emulate.

10. Natural Building attracts attention because it is a public performance

This field has been shown to grow exponentially, autonomously and democratically.  Almost anybody building with earth attracts helpers.  People just passing by join in because it looks like fun.  From small beginnings only 20 years ago, it has now become a worldwide movement.  Reasons for its success?  The techniques are simple; in a couple of weeks you can learn to build your own home.  Then you can teach that to other people and they can teach others.  Also, natural builders are manifestly having fun.  They’re inspired partly by the cooperative, friendly, humorous approach.  The most unlikely people become aficionados at their first exposure, bubbling with excitement.  But who ever feel in love with concrete blocks?

By 2009, the industrial building industry was at a standstill.  Stories abound of unemployment, bankruptcies and withered hopes.  By contrast, natural builders have been fully employed, the whole time.  There’s a backlog of work for skilled natural builders.  Here’s a window of hope: the construction industry is desperately looking for ways to stay in business.  Maybe we have a key.  Is it time to let the secret out?

by cobcottage at April 18, 2018 08:36 PM

Tor Browser

Call for Talks: HotPETs 2018

Call for Talks: HotPETs 2018
steph April 18, 2018
Photo by Dayne Topkin
The Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs) fosters new ideas and spirited debates on privacy. Held in conjunction with the 18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), the 11th HotPETs will be held July 27, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
HotPETS is calling for engaging and informative 10-15 minute talks on hot topics in privacy enhancing technologies (PETs), with each talk to be followed by a 5-10 minute question period. The nature of HotPETs' discussion-oriented format is especially suited to works in progress and new ideas that have not yet been fully formed.
Last year there was an interesting discussion about whether a separate Tor network should be set up for safer research and another discussion around I2P. What idea, experience, lessons, or theories would you like to talk through?  
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • PET use or deployment with at-risk users 
  • Anonymous communications and publishing systems
  • Censorship resistance
  • Location privacy
  • Online surveillance
  • Privacy and identity management
  • Privacy-enhanced access control and authentication
  • Privacy in social networks
  • Public policy regulating the use and development of PETs
  • Usability of PETs

Who should submit

Submissions are open and welcome from activists, artists, developers, journalists, lawyers, public servants, researchers, scholars, and any others who can give a compelling, novel talk about privacy and privacy-enhancing technologies. You don't have to be someone who writes full research papers. PETS and HotPETS attract world-renowned experts on the research, development, and practice of PETs. If you are excited to give a talk to such a group, and you think they would be excited to hear it, then you should submit.


Submission Deadline: May 10, 2018 
Submission Notification: May 18, 2018 

by steph at April 18, 2018 02:31 PM


Notre Dame des Landes: List of the destruction of compas cabans since the beginning of 2018 at ZAD

It is impossible to count the number of living beings (insects, mushrooms, plants, reptiles, amphibians, birds, small mammals, …) killed in these destructions, or whose habitat and places of life have also been destroyed.

Destructions by the henchmen of the state and its collaborators

Early January (anonymous fire) :

– Bison futé / La Rainette

Mid January during the “surrendering” of the chicane route (D281) :

– Le Sabot
– Lama Fâché

and between 9 and 15 April 2018 :

– La masacrée
– La Sècherie
– Youpi Youpi
– Chez E.
– La Noue non plus
– L’ Acaterelle
– Les 100 noms
– Les Planchettes
– La Chèvrerie
– Les Planchouettes
– La plateforme
– Les cent chènes
– Ouchnock
– Le No Name
– Le Far West
– Le Port
– La tour d’A.
– La Boite Noire
– La Saulce
– La Dalle
– L’isolette
– La Gaité
– L’enface
– Kerdistan
– Cabane entre Lama/Planchettes
– La lycanthropie
– Gourbi
– Le Sabot (cabane du jardin)
– Jessie James
– Pimkie
– La Friche
– Le Four


by sisulscz at April 18, 2018 01:19 PM


Five unexpected signs you may be an anarchist

“Anarchy doesn’t mean out of control; it means out of their control.” –Jim Dodge


Anarchy’s success as a form of egalitarian governance is undermined by all forms of hierarchical government. Anarchy is uncomfortable, but anarchy is natural. The only thing worse than the egalitarian governance of anarchy, is hierarchical government. This is because anarchy tends to prevent power from becoming centralized by an individual (king, plutocrat) or group (oligarchs, bankers, monopolizing corporations), whereas power inevitably becomes centralized by an individual or group within a hierarchical government.

In short: anarchy may be uncomfortable, but at least it prevents power from corrupting absolutely; and living in a hierarchical government may be comfortable, but such comfort is not worth power corrupting in the hands of a select few while the majority suffer from being powerless. Basically it comes down to this: uncomfortable freedom trumps comfortable slavery.

Governing the precept that egalitarian anarchy has carried us through millions of years of human evolution, it stands to reason that such painstaking trial and error should be taken into greater consideration. The majority of us can agree that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, but then the majority of us get hung up on anarchy (probably due to years of negative government propaganda) being the only method that we know of to prevent power from corrupting.

It’s a tricky flavor of cognitive dissonance that most people aren’t even aware of. And the powers-that-be definitely don’t want us to become aware of it, because they want to stay in power, which requires us to remain powerless. They could care less if it corrupts absolutely, as long as it is absolutely theirs. Anarchy flips the tables on power, and that is precisely why the powers-that-be are scared of it. Here are five signs that you may be waking up to these facts, and may already be an anarchist.


You consider freedom to be the highest virtue

“The only way to deal with an un-free world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” –Albert Camus

You prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. You are not nihilistic or chaotic like the propagandized media with their bipartisan claptrap claim anarchists to be. You are simply free, and refuse to be controlled or ruled over. You are okay with rules, but not rulers. Rules surround us everywhere within the realm of cosmic law, after all. Your self-control is paramount so you can grow and thrive within the interconnected realm of cosmic law.

You realize that the state’s lack of self-control is precisely the reason that it wants to control you. It rules you out of fear. The strength it takes for you to be free is precisely what the state despises and fears. You piss on their contempt. You laugh in the face of their fear. You are free dammit! And no one, whether they are a single authority or the so-called authority of the state, is going to change that. After all, it’s better to be an unsatisfied freeman than a satisfied slave.

As such, you are here to set free as many unfree people as possible. You are here to unshackle the shackled, and unfetter the fettered by being so absolutely free that the state trembles when you walk over it toward a new and rising sun. Through malicious doublespeak the state claims that you are free, but you are onto their lies. You understand that when they say, “You are free as long as we’re in charge and protecting you” that they are just pathetically clinging to their own power, that they want nothing more than to keep you powerless and dependent upon them. But as Simone De Beauvoir said, “A freedom that is interested only in denying freedom must be denied.”



You practice genuine compassion

“Love does not imply pacifism.” – Derrick Jensen

Your love of freedom does not end with you. It extends to all the people, and to all the nations of world. You will challenge any person or nation that is interested in denying freedom, because all people should be free, because you understand that everything is connected. Another person’s freedom is your freedom. The more people who are free, the less likely you will end up as a slave.

The more people who are not free, the more likely you’ll end up as a slave. It really is that simple. You disclose the world with the purpose of freedom and further disclosure, and by the same action try to free others from enclosure into disclosure. Deep within, you find the exigency which is common to all men and women: the will to freedom, the will to power, and the will to conquer both so as to make compassionate action manifest.

Thus are you compassionate. Thus are you set to kill the infantile codependence that people have with the state, and to dismantle the false world hanging over them, the canopy built by parochial generations past. Thus are you ready to kick the inert off their too-comfortable couch. Thus your empathy expands to subsume the world. You are the world and the world is you, after all. It can be no other way, lest slave owners rule, lest guilt drown our consciousness and our conscience into suppressed unconsciousness. Like it says in the Bhagavadgita…

“Better to live on beggar’s bread
with those who love alive.
Than taste their blood in rich feasts spread
and guiltily survive.”


Your lifestyle is courage-based as opposed to fear-based

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.” –John Adams

You understand that we are conditioned to live fear-based lifestyles, which makes it easier for the powers-that-be to maintain their power and keep the powerless out of power. In short: it keeps people controlled and easily ruled. The resigned slave lives in an infantile world of ready-made values. But his submission is not enough to justify the tyranny which is imposed upon him.

Thus your genuine compassion compels you to be a courageous example so that others may see the injustice that surrounds them, and perhaps even give them the courage to do something about it. Your courage-based lifestyle is a fiery beacon of hope in a fear-based world. It shines like gold in dark times, and has the potential to be a powerful domino in a world-changing domino effect.

You courage-based lifestyle is founded upon a nature-based perspective of interdependence. You realize that the only way to break the fearful spell the state has over people is to mend the severed link between nature and the human soul. You understand the need to rediscover the self-renewing vitality of nature-based living without reverting to primitive ignorance and savage anxiety. We are creatures married to our technologies, without which we would perish. From shoes to computers, our technology is an aspect of who we are as a whole being attempting to live in accord with a challenging cosmos.

Technology is a knife that cuts, but it also heals. As it stands we need technology to reintroduce ourselves to nature. We need the power of science and philosophy, both of which are human technologies, to build bridges that lead us back to an eco-centric moderation and balance with the greater cosmos. The knife (technology) can continue its cutting until we bleed out as a species and finally die. Or the knife can also become a mechanism for healing that can bring us back into healthy accord with nature. The choice is ours.

You pressure boundaries into becoming horizons

“I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

You are determined to create a new society within the shell of the old. Within the dying carcass of the state you are strategically planting seeds of unruly anarchy with the hopes that they will one day grow into an egalitarian oasis that cannot be ignored, a healthy garden that will transform the unsustainable old into the sustainable new. But you understand that we first must begin with the state of things as they are now. We must accept the decaying culture as decay, in order to eventually use it as compost for a new way. Like David McRaney wrote, “You can’t improve the things you love if you never allow them to be imperfect.”

So it is you are empowering yourself and others by creatively pushing boundaries, stretching comfort zones, breaking mental paradigms and flattening the boxes people so desperately try to think outside of. You’re shaking things up, and art is your medium. Your creative soul cannot be denied. It radiates like a rising sun in a dark dawn.

Like Anais Nin said, “Creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into creating. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.” You and your artistic anarchy are here to balance things out.


You are proactive and working diligently to undermine the powers-that-be

“You don’t become completely free by just avoiding being a slave; you also need to avoid becoming a master.” -Naseem Nicholas Taleb

You’re not creating anarchy, you’re creating art. Anarchy is simply a side-effect of your art. You’re not creating revolution, you’re creating love. Revolution is simply a side-effect of your love. Within the perpetual smoke and mirrors of the state, you strategically seek to preserve the Golden Mean while undermining the greed of state politics. You understand –balls to bones, ovaries to marrow– that “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And so you are determined to cut down high horses into kindling.

You are determined to melt down pedestals into puddles. As H.L. Mencken wrote, “I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.” In order not to become a tyrant you even take yourself down a notch when necessary, and in order not to become a slave you are determined not to yield up your liberty nor persuade others to yield up their own.

It has been said, “Give a man a gun and he’ll rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he’ll rob the world.” Well, give a man some courage and he will track down those greedy-ass bankers and hold them accountable. You are resolute with such courage. In fact, it is precisely this type of courage that makes you an anarchist of the first order. You have set the unsustainable human world on alert, anarchy is coming, and it’s going to hurt.

Like Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” Indeed, the wisdom gained from anarchy is precisely the ability to distinguish between sacrifice that is transformative and healthy from mere suffering caused by the state that we’ve allowed because we were too cowardly or too unimaginative to think of a healthier way to live.

“They hang the man and flog the woman
who steals the goose from off the common,
but leave the greater villain loose
who steals the common from under the goose.”

by Прамень at April 18, 2018 12:59 PM


Agroecology is our best hope for sustainable development

First published by Farming Matters

The Sustainable Development Goals present an impressive commitment to eradicating poverty, ending hunger, achieving food security, promoting nutrition and sustainable agriculture and ensuring that no one is left behind. Agroecology is based on traditional and indigenous farming knowledge, and when carried out by peasants has shown to be much more productive per hectare than industrial, agribusiness monoculture. It therefore has great potential for contributing to the SDGs.

But agroecology cannot expand as long as land continues to be concentrated in the hands of a few wealthy and foreign investors. Urgent and deep structural transformations are needed, including true agrarian reform, and defending, protecting and keeping territories under the control of small scale and peasant farmers, pastoralists, indigenous women, mountaineers and fisherfolk. 

Agroecology cannot expand as long as land continues to be concentrated in the hands of a few wealthy and foreign investors.

A different kind of society based on democratic ownership of resources and on full participation in economic activities is imperative. I have experienced such a process in Zimbabwe where land reform made the land more productive and sustainable, boosted food production for the local and national economy, and offered a life of dignity for the rural poor.

Most African governments’ policies are biased towards promoting prescriptive, unidirectional top-down industrial agriculture. The consequences have been dismal. What is needed is building resilience based on diversity. Food diversity based on crop diversity, grown by the small scale farmer (the first consumer) is an effective way to fight malnutrition. This is found in agroecology, because peasants work with biodiversity to experiment and exchange knowledge. Shashe Agroecology School run by the Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers’ Forum is one example where farmers learn from peer farmers. This methodology is effective, as we know farmers tend to trust the things they learn from other farmers. As part of its process to support agroecology, the FAO should leverage its institutional muscle to influence national policies to support such spaces for learning.

This must be supported by an institutional and policy framework which provides the building blocks for agroecology: access to land, water, credit and critical functional biodiversity, underpinned by a vibrant peasant seed saving systems to provide adequate and appropriate nutrition in the face of a changing climate. Agricultural finance should support peasants, especially women, and family farmers, instead of being biased toward agribusiness, and burdening peasants and their families with unpayable debts.

As part of its process to support agroecology, the FAO should leverage its institutional muscle to influence national policies to support spaces for farmer-to-farmer learning.

Let it be clear that Green Revolution and conventional agriculture have not been sustainable, and only served to increase inequality. Agroecology offers our best hope of truly reaching the SDGs, particularly addressing hunger and poverty. It provides a different model of agriculture that ensures just economic wellbeing for small scale farmers and their communities while producing enough healthy food that is accessible to everyone. My own experience in Zimbabwe is testament to the fact that agroecology underpinned by agrarian reform can be a fundamental pillar of sustainable development.

Elizabeth Mpofu (eliz.mpofu@gmail.com) is the General Coordinator of La Vía Campesina, the world’s largest peasant network.

This opinion column was published in Farming Matters on the occasion of FAO’s II International Symposium on Agroecology in April 2018.

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by nyoni at April 18, 2018 12:06 PM


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April 17, 2018


When organic agriculture meets corporate interests

Solutions to the problems facing agriculture today need to go beyond organic. They need to be oriented toward food sovereignty.

*Article previously published in French by Ricochet Media

A recent investigative report by Radio-Canada’s La Semaine Verte revealed just how blatantly global corporate interests are appropriating organic agriculture. It seems that just a few years ago the cultural practices associated with ecological farming were the isolated domain of a relative few (“a bunch of hippies,” to paraphrase the report). But faced with this current developments, it seems clear that the industrialization of organic agriculture, now being taken up by capitalist enterprise, will only continue to drive the food system toward the precipice of unsustainability.

The relatively sudden infatuation with organic products has created a niche market that is ready to cater to the desires of consumers willing to pay top dollar for foods that haven’t been subjected to chemical sprays and other inputs. This ‘niche’ in fact, has proven itself to be the source of considerable profits, contributing to a lucrative market that has been valued at more than $90 billion USD. As such, the giants of agri-business have fully jumped on the bandwagon, applying the industrial agricultural model to organic farming. Perhaps not coincidentally, in Quebec, the government’s new agri-food policy is aiming to double the production of organics by 2025.

Industrial organics: A shining example of sustainable development?

From an environmental standpoint, it certainly seems preferable to have agricultural practices that are increasingly geared toward organic production principles, given that this will see more crops grown without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, while simultaneously reducing the use of fossil fuels. And, sure, if the sustainability of a system were to be solely defined by its environmental aspects, then why not celebrate the fact that industry is getting its hands into this kind of agriculture? Well, as far as we within Union Paysanne are concerned, the catch is that this trend, in very real terms, is leading to the concentration of agri-business in yet another link of the food chain, only deepening people’s dependence on the capitalist food system.

To elaborate, it’s important to note that industrial agriculture is very much centred on economies of scale—Which means seeking out the largest production areas and volumes so as to reduce costs and increase profits. The results of this focus on economies of scale are perfectly illustrated by monocultures: systems completely lacking in diversity and other ecological benefits (and which are already evident in the world of organic agriculture). In this quest for profit, agri-business doesn’t hesitate to produce wherever production costs are cheapest, and this typically means wherever cheap labour can be found. As a result, spaces of production tend to be increasingly centralized geographically. However, not only does this dynamic lead to the exploitation of farm workers; it also makes consumers dependent on food imports and the consequences of the free-market policies that are seeing commodities shipped around the world while we burn fossil fuels without second thought. Under these conditions, the purchasing of organic foods—which was once inherently tied to local consumption—can in fact have nothing to do with supporting nearby markets. And it is these local markets that Union Paysanne wants to see multiplied exponentially.

The report by La Semaine Verte also did an excellent job of illustrating the fact that agricultural lands are being rapidly snatched up by an ever-dwindling number of farms. This trend, which is showing no signs of slowing, is seeing small-scale farmers disappear, having been forced to compete with well-resourced businesses and ultimately surrender their farms to corporate interests. Those who were once able to make a decent living from small-scale agriculture are now compelled to either sell their labour to agri-business or join the steady stream of migrants to cities—further eroding rural communities and adding to urban population pressures. These issues come into stark relief when one considers that since the middle of the 20th century the number of farms in Quebec dropped by 80 percent.

In search of an alternative

As strong as the Semaine Verte report was in exposing the problems associated with the industrialization of the organic sector, it left little room for a discussion of solutions. Nevertheless, even though these circumstances can generally make one feel cynical and unable to affect change as an individual, global movements like La Vía Campesina have been demonstrating for years that there is an alternative.

Fundamentally, the main problem with the industrialization of organic agriculture has to do with the underlying notion that, under the neoliberal order, the flow of agricultural products is the purview of a global economic elite, with effective distribution relying on the free circulation of international trade (which is why it is essential to eliminate any barriers, such as trade tariffs, that would impede the flow of commodities entering into foreign markets). In other words, this assumption is in direct confrontation with the concept of food sovereignty, for which La Vía Campesina has been advocating since 1996:

Food Sovereignty offers itself as a process of building social movements and empowering peoples to organize their societies in ways that transcend the neoliberal vision of a world of commodities, markets and [self-interested] economic actors. (European Coordination, Vía Campesina)

This is a movement that aims to achieve localized food systems that are organized based on the needs of communities.

Agroecology: an engine of social transformation

Faced with the industrialization of organics, the well-being of both people and the environment are at risk. With this being the case, Union Paysanne is advocating for food sovereignty as a key response to the predatory aspects of globalization that we are seeing worldwide. Furthermore, we are arguing that food sovereignty will only be achieved through peasant-based agroecology, which is to say by ecological farming practices that are derived from traditional and Indigenous knowledge, and by the kind of political education that will allow communities to defend themselves against agribusiness.

Thus, the practice of agroecology is supported by horizontal knowledge-sharing between peasants (or farmers), and it is applied based on the given realities of what is taking place on a given farm. A fully functioning agroecological system (whether it is cultivated or not) is based on biological diversity, integrating plants, trees and animals in the same place—In short, a polyculture. In the long term, agroecology aims to reduce people’s dependence on external inputs, contributing to the autonomy of families and communities producing food. At the same time, the goal is to reduce communities’ dependence on imported products by fostering localized distribution networks. And, even more ambitiously, agroecology is proposed as a way through which farmers and non-farmers will become linked in a way that they are not today—through the collective creation of food systems that are just and environmentally sustainable. Agroecology is the tool that will bring about food sovereignty.

What’s more, agroecology simply cannot co-exist alongside industrial agriculture. It cannot be seen as a marginal trend running in parallel with the dominant model. In fact, it is the only real, or even desirable, alternative. However, agroecology is not going to come into being without the support of a broader movement that is rising up for social, political and economic justice. In a sense then, it calls for the intersecting of a wide diversity of struggles.

But where is the next generation of farmers?

We also want to draw attention to the glaring problem, both within Quebec and elsewhere, concerning the serious shortage of people wanting to farm. The challenge is not just to replace conventional producers with others—to figure out who is going to take over this conventional soy crop or that massive field of corn. No, the next generation of farmers should not simply be reproducing the system we already have and perpetuating the problems of industrial agriculture for future generations. These farmers must have a place within a newly emerging model of production—the agroecological model. These farmers will be those who believe that truly sustainable agricultural methods are possible. And, accordingly, these farmers will demand a radically different social context, featuring policy incentives that align with society’s aspirations for a more just world.

A problem often overlooked

When we talk about ‘responsible’ or ‘ethical’ consumption, we are increasingly referring to local or fair trade products. This ‘solution,’ which calls on our good faith, is troubling, as it is incredibly limited: Only people who have the means can help solve the problems being targeted. Thus, when it comes to ecologically grown foods, while it may seem like anyone could choose this route of responsible consumption, the reality is that these foods are only economically or physically accessible to certain people. As a result, in a world where we can supposedly ‘vote with our dollars’ or ‘vote with our forks,’ those who are socio-economically disadvantaged simply do not get a ballot. They can neither access the foods that are better for their health, nor can they adopt consumption habits that will contribute to the well-being of both farmers and the environment. In this light, a food system driven by industrial agriculture, and the development of new market niches based on consumers’ spending habits, is simply discriminatory. And, while these observations can be made about all goods produced under capitalism, it seems particularly offensive that this logic is applied to something as fundamental as food.

If the only way for this impasse to be resolved will be to wait for competition between multinational businesses to drive down food prices, this will seem to be a serious win to some, but it will be to the detriment of small-scale farmers and peasants that have been weakened, strangled by corporate interests. This is because all of the other problems associated with industrial agriculture would only be exacerbated in this race to produce cheap but ‘sustainable’ food.

Food is an inalienable right. It’s clear that governments need to put in place policies that will allow for the proliferation of localized markets that offer ecologically produced foods at an affordable price for everyone. The best way to do this seems to be through the introduction of universal basic income guarantee, which would support both consumers and farmers. And this leap toward food sovereignty will only be attained through the advancement of agroecology, a model for the transformation of society itself.

By Gabriel Leblanc, coordinator of Union Paysanne’s international committee, with contributions from members of the committee. Translation from French by Bryan Dale.

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by nyoni at April 17, 2018 05:16 PM

Right To Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign: April 17 Statement

Food Sovereignty Campaign (FSC) Press Statement
Today, 17 April, our movement, the Right To Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign, or in short, The Food Sovereignty Campaign (FSC) , a member of the international peasant’s movement, La Via Campesina (LVC) will commemorate the International Day of Peasants’ Struggles. The FSC is a movement of small-scale farmers, farm workers/dwellers, landless people, forestry dwellers, farmers with insecure land tenure, rural women, rural youth and rural dwellers in parts of the Western and Northern Cape Provinces.

On this day twenty two year ago 19 landless peasants were murdered by agribusiness (#AgroMata) in Brazil. We denounce Free Trade Agreements (FTA), linked with the land struggle (to commercialize our common wealth/ naturals goods) and the criminalisation of our social and land struggles. We call on our member organisations, allies, friends and organised peoples to coordinate actions of resistance in all forms for land and sea in South Africa, against Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and the criminalisation of social struggles.

We celebrate this important day of international mobilisations for the defence of social demands against government forces and large multinational companies. These companies usurp natural resources and smother the defence of millions of peasant and indigenous families in their legitimate fight for land, water and territory.

In this context, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) serve as instruments propelled by corporations and States to establish the rules by which our natural resources are sold; they commercialise humanity’s shared resources, such as land and water, and use them to generate profit. Today, FTAs represent the expression of an anti-democratic wave on a global level, which attempts to impose the economic interests of the few over the well-being and quality of life of the many.

Multinational corporations and antidemocratic states promote unfair practices to boost extractivism, the looting of the land, large-scale monocultures for export, and the use of lands primarily for large-scale monocultures for agribusiness. Land and water are becoming increasingly important, and are the focus of strong economic interest, as much for national elites as for foreign ones. For this reason, there exist today alarming persecutions, criminalisation, evictions and even deaths amongst small scale farmers, farm workers/dwellers, as well as local rural people in the defence of their lands and against the exploitation of common resources. In South Africa we are reminded of the Marikana Massacre of 2012 and the farmworker killings during 2012/13, as well as the assassination of community leaders who defied extractivism in Xolobeni in the Eastern Cape.

We condemn the advance of capital over peoples and territories. Capitalism, racism and patriarchy form an intertwined model of multiple domination with the monopolisation of land, the looting of common property, labour exploitation and the control of bodies and misogyny. We live faced with the massive violation of human rights, where crimes past and present go unpunished, popular movements are criminalised, and where leaders disappear or are murdered.

Faced with international capital and Free Trade Agreements, we unite to defend and achieve agrarian reform in the sense of the people’s right to land, territory, water and indigenous seeds: the fundamental basis of Food Sovereignty.

This 17th April the FSC will have placard demonstrations at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the Department of Human Settlements and the South African Heritage Resources Agency in Cape Town where we will highlight the importance of our rights to food sovereignty and agrarian transformation. Our small scale farmers, farm workers, landless people, rural women and youth will demonstrate how their land rights have been violated by free trade agreements and the complicity of the state to enforce the nations commitment to land reform, and reforms to bring about EQUITABLE ACCESS TO ALL SOUTH AFRICA’S natural resources and to create conditions for South African to gain access to land on an equitable basis. On 18 April the FSC will have a public forum in Khayalitsha on the land question in South Africa. Despite having a program of land reform since the inception of the democratic government, less than 9 percent of white agricultural land has been redistributed to black people in the country. In addition, the ANC-led government has done nothing to address agrarian transformation and land reform in urban areas. We ask you to join us.

We feed our people and build a movement to change the world!
Against the looting of resources and imperialism; supporting the land and sovereignty of our people!
Join local struggles
Join the FSC

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by nyoni at April 17, 2018 12:52 PM

Social Media Inciting Learning Experiences

@how wrote:

Time to SMILE!

Over the past few months we have been working on an EU proposal that we presented at FOSDEM 2018. The Public Universal Base: Libre Infrastructure Consortium (PUBLIC) successfully submitted the Social Media Inciting Learning Experiences (SMILE) proposal for H2020 ICT-28 “Future Hyper-connected Sociality”.

The SMILE consortium comprises 12 partners from 8 countries:

  1. The Open University, London
  2. The Center for the Cultivation of Technology, Berlin
  3. Service Civil International, Antwerp
  4. NetHood, Zurich
  5. Gandi SAS, Paris
  6. Petites Singularités ASBL, Brussels
  7. Olimex Ltd, Plovdiv
  8. The p≡p foundation, Zurich
  9. DATACTIVE, Amsterdam
  10. Article 12, Hove
  11. TecKids e.V., Bonn
  12. SHARE Labs, Novi Sad

Together we propose to support new social media initiatives in Europe, especially the ActivityPub federation, using a combination of open hardware and free software packaged for communities with adapted training.

SMILE explores the many dimensions that form the foundations of future hyper-connected sociality and studies decentralized social media to address complex questions of harnessing collective intelligence for emancipation and transformative action. Most notable decentralized Internet software projects today are based in Europe: recognizing and supporting these new social media initiatives can help envision a public digital infrastructure that serves the people.

SMILE envisions social media which provide citizens with a life-long learning experience promoting cooperation and inclusion, upholding European values. SMILE pursues five objectives to:

  1. create the missing EU-level interlocutor interfacing grass-roots decentralized Internet stakeholders with the European institutions and businesses;
  2. envision a decentralized European marketplace that will enable participation of smaller actors in fair and balanced conditions, and unlock new business models;
  3. produce digital literacy instruments and tools that can be applied in a variety of contexts, using concrete methodologies, and widely supported, affordable tools based on open collaboration, ethical design, free software, open hardware, popular education and the commons;
  4. design better user interfaces for decentralized social media that enable users to learn-by-doing, therefore facilitating digital literacy, and user confidence;
  5. support an online work platform fostering participation, engagement, and cooperation across all sectors to coordinate understanding in addressing these issues.

SMILE will empower a large network of volunteers to tackle the digital divide. SMILE will accelerate development and adoption of decentralized social media projects that respect privacy and fundamental rights. SMILE is carried by PUBLIC, a multidisciplinary and cross-sectorial consortium including technologists & data scientists, artists & designers, activists & sociologists.

Although the results of this application for funding will be known later this year in Autumn, interested parties can already join the PUBLIC Observers Group to follow up with the proposal and the PUBLIC. We want a transparent and welcoming community to inform our work and participate in the alliance for free technologies and free culture in Europe and abroad.

Over the past year we’ve assembled what we think is the best possible grassroots consortium to tackle SMILE objectives and further the advancement of free technologies in Europe. We’re thankful to our partners and to the people who have been supporting us. I am grateful to the many people who have participated in this proposal and made it happen, and would like to thank our initial Advisory Board members for taking the risk to accompany our vision (in alphabetical order): Amelia Andersdotter, Vesna Malijnovic, Prof. Jay Mistry, Erich Moechel, Laurent Peuch, Eugen Rochko and Christopher Lemmer Webber.

Whether this proposal is accepted or not, we’re committed to uphold the vision of an open collaborative environment for grassroot activism and an alliance for free technologies and free culture beyond technique, fostering inclusiveness and strong ethics for freedom and supporting life. Never before an EU proposal was made by a consortium like ours dedicated to software freedom and open collaboration. We hope it opens the way for other grassroots initiatives to redistribute EU funding to our peers.


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by @how hellekin at April 17, 2018 11:06 AM


Osman Evcan is on hunger strike again

After getting food poisoning in October 2017, Evcan stopped to eat prison food and started to eat the meals that he could cook with the tea-urn in his solitary prison cell. Having started to eat the prison food again in late February 2018, Evcan had severe stomach aches.

Osman Evcan has stated that the primary request of him, who got poisoned by the vegan food brought to him in October 2017 and in February 2018 is that an investigation be launched into this poisoning incident.

Despite the oppressions like exile, naked body search, cameras in cells, banning of letters and visitors, POİSONİNG, Osman Evcan didn’t took a step back and he has started his indefinite hunger strike starting from the 26 March, 2018

Because fear, submission and consenting, crushes the bodies under the heaviness of power of the state. State’s efforts to depersonalize political individuals with systematic pressures, should be smashed under Osman’s resistance. There is no middle way with the state who is establishing the policy of eliminating the prisoners on price-punishment order. Osman Evcan’s struggle is towards the authority. Only way to prove that he does not obey the authority, he does not accept the authority, is to setting forth his body. They can only destroy and divide political identities with murder, not with prison practices.

We summon everyone to share Osman Evcan’s struggle, who is fighting against state, surveillance and control, whether outside or inside.

Source: https://abcistanbul.org/2018/04/06/osman-evcan-is-on-hunger-strike/

by Прамень at April 17, 2018 09:22 AM


This April 17th we demand that the Peasants rights are guaranteed. Enough of FTAs, enough impunity for Corporations!

(Harare, April 17th 2018) After two decades of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), being advanced in an attempt to recolonize and 22 years after the de Eldorado dos Carajás massacre in Brazil, La Via Campesina denounces the impunity with which these actions are carried out. The global peasant movement issues a call to resist, in an organized way, these treaties that try to take over of our natural resources and local markets, for the benefit of the transnational capital and agribusinesses, with the States playing a mute spectator or an accomplice.

This 17th April, on the occasion of the International Day of Peasant´s Struggle, the member organisations and allies of La Via Campesina are organizing scores of unified and decentralized actions in a global scale, for the right to land and water, against the Free Trade Agreement and against the criminalization of the social struggle saying: Enough FTA, enough impunity!

The FTAs are more than just commerce. These are agreements that enforce structural reforms, which in turn strengthen the transnational corporations (International legally binding instrument on transnational corporations (TNCs), the economic interests of the national elites and the governments. Free Trade Agreements have the global objective to commercialise water, land, seeds and taking over life itself.  Bilateral and Regional free trade agreements that are done between two or more governments, even though may remain outside the World Trade Organisation, and are also tools to advance the neo-liberal agenda.

Just as the mistrust of FTAs are growing, so are the acts of resistances and mobilisations. Today, and in the coming weeks, our organizations all around the world are organising several actions to denounce the adverse impact FTAs have had on peasant families and food sovereignty.

The European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) is mobilising in the region and demanding from the European Union to free the peasants from Free Trade Agreements!

Protesting the MERCOSUR, CETA, JEFTA free trade agreements, ECVC states “these treaties are a fatal blow to us, small and medium farmers already in a situation of crisis. These agreements facilitates dumping and the expansion of agroindustry at the expense of peasant communities”.

CLOC, the Latin American Coordination of Via Campesina calls upon the people to resist the impunity of Corporations that carry out human rights violations. It insists on building new alternatives in the territories and demand the implementation of popular agrarian reform that guarantees food sovereignty to the people.

The International Coordination Committee (ICC) of La Via Campesina is also meeting in South Korea in the week, starting April 17. To commemorate the struggle against FTAs, the ICC will also take part in the International Forum on Free Trade and Agriculture in Seoul on April 19.

“Even though World Trade Organisation (WTO) has failed in their multi-lateral agreements, it still functions as the world’s police enforcing the neoliberal Free Trade Agreements. And with the FTAs the corporations and States are carrying out an assault against the peasantry. Institutions such as the WTO, World Bank, International Monetary Fund never work for the peasants and for this reason, as peasants, we think that they should just disappear” says Kim Jeong Yeol from the Korean Women Peasant Association and an ICC member.

La Via Campesina this day also denounces the systematic violations of the peasants fundamental rights that could be alarming, in countries like Brazil, Paraguay, Honduras, Colombia among others thousands of peasants are murdered with total impunity. In Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, The Philippines and Pakistan, thousands of peasants are murdered with total impunity and many violations of peasants’ rights also occur. These incidents tend to aggravate because of the FTAs that are exclusively to the service of the corporations and the capital. This is why in this context we demand a “UN Declaration recognising the Rights of Peasants and Other People working in Rural Areas”.

Free Trade Agreements promote land and water grabbing, destroy local markets and put food sovereignty at risk all together. And the effects are far wider and promote the privatisation of public services as well – like health services, medicine, telecommunications, energy, the water supply provisions, – among others- opening vast areas to foreign investment. In many cases the signatory governments are forced to reform their laws, and carry out irreversible compromises. The protection of the investments forbids agrarian reform, as Governments prioritises investor interests over national democratic decisions. Through such agreements, the Corporations strengthen their power to influence policies and regulations in these signatory countries.


This April 17th join the different mobilizations united to struggle for a systematic change, defending the land, territories and food sovereignty for the people, saying: No to FTAs and global capitalism! No FTA benefits the working class, we must eradicate them not reform them”!

We feed our people and build movement to change world!

The report of VII Conference is now available on line here

Press contacts:

Nury Martínez – Fensuagro Colombia – La Vía Campesina South America – Spanish: +573107720098
Federico Pacheco – SOC España – La Vía Campesina Europe – French: +34690651046
Kim Jeong-Yeol – Korean Women Peasant Association– La Vía Campesina Asia – English: +821048117996

See Map of event :

Afficher en plein ecran →

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by solenne at April 17, 2018 08:49 AM

Debian security

April 16, 2018

Questionable theories in Yasha Levine's Surveillance Valley

@lynx wrote:

Hm, how practical is it when threads are closed merely because some people come to read two weeks later? Continuing the discussion from Review of Yasha Levine's Surveillance Valley, with a strong criticism of Google as well as the Tor project:

Interesting that the idea of doing a decentralized network was immediately connected to the idea of doing bulk surveillance and control… but it doesn’t really add up. The early Internet didn’t have central websites… DNS and IP4 assignment coordination didn’t empower anyone to really control what happens with net technology, as opposed to the way IBM’s BITNET operated for example. Also, in the 60’s it wasn’t exactly predictable that the US would remain leading provider of router technology and operating systems, and that forty years later it would become feasible to break into routers, set up deep packet inspection and ex-filtrate traffic this way. So the only thing that I know can be said about the early Internet not always being on the side of its users was the way IP spoofing was not impeded.

Time warp to the creation of Google, I presume that part is based on “How the CIA made Google” which is indeed an impressive read. Next, Tor. Tor was designed to achieve a lot, but not to be resistant against a global passive attacker. Until Snowden, there was no knowledge that a global passive attacker exists. It is a tool designed to – most of all – access websites, so its low latency is its greatest weakness — but this weakness is intrinsic to the kind of protocols it is forced to work with, the web. Still, not everyone immediately conceived of the kind of de-anonymization attacks you can run if your target is running a long-term hidden service website or if your target is consistently accessing web sites you are in control of. In other words, yes, the US is certainly in a position to de-anonymize a lot of Tor activity, both by being a global active attacker (FOXACID and HACIENDA are clearly beyond being passive) and having PRISM access to G-Mail and Facebook. But neither is viable for regional governments… so it is, to my knowledge, technically inaccurate to say that it is irresponsible for dissidents to use Tor. The only thing dissidents need to figure out is how to not get caught using Tor. Massive amounts of Chinese activity in the “darknet” seem to indicate that they know how to do that. And for the rest of us, it is still better to make it annoyingly difficult for the US to mass de-anonymize us than to use the Internet naked. The massive amounts of undetected crime going on within Tor also indicates that it isn’t as broken as some claim it to be, that’s why I suggest we should regulate Bitcoin harder…

The “stick it to the Man” philosophy in the hacker community probably goes back to those 90’s crypto punks who won the first crypto war for liberation of PGP. A spirit carried on into the “Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace.” That text reads wonderfully but makes dramatic ideological wrong assumptions which have backfired ever since. I’ve been trying to promote regulation pro-actively weeks after the Snowden scandals but found it quite hard to get any hackers involved as their indoctrination of refusing the State is so profound, they effectively enable the Man in the first place by spending all their lives producing wooden toy guns, as you put it, rather than having a say in politics. Plus working for the Man to make a living, probably. The whole tragedy of Silicon Valley counter-culture follows. By the way, here’s a copy of that Richard Stallman article without all the surveillance on it.

I still have to understand how it is ethically worse of Google to enable military drones when it is actually enabling the disposal of worldwide democracy and therefore a building block for worldwide dystopian conditions. I find the revolt by Google employees superficial, heavily in denial of the implications of Google’s business model.

Regarding Appelbaum, USgov is a multi-headed hydra… just because some parts of it may have a strategic interest in Tor not getting used by large chunks of the population, others want it to be used by dissidents in ideologically opposed countries. So they dared to finance a guy that would heavily promote the use of Tor also among those people that produce cover traffic and make it harder for NSA to weed out relevant Tor traffic. Also, it makes it harder to do mass surveillance. If we want to be accurate rather than making wild guesses, the questions to ask in regards to the credibility of Tor are, who is running the directory servers? Are exit nodes being tolerated that try man-in-the-middle attacks on Tor users?

Jens in the comments has a point in that regard:

It would be very surprising to me if anyone could pinpoint any single person or entity in the US that drives policy decisions based on a consistent set of goals. Even more so over decades.

In the comments you say…

given the nature of ARPA’s activities, I don’t think it’s wrong to speak about it as a “surveillance and control mechanism”.

That’s inaccurate. Just because ARPA needed a system that would work if parts of it are nuked doesn’t mean that it is suitably designed for surveillance and control, which it clearly isn’t. The fact that it is digital is what made it suitable for surveillance and control in the long run, any any centralized architecture would’ve been there much earlier.

I find it delicate to post such opinionated and fact-lacking theories in the name of FSFE.

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by @lynx at April 16, 2018 09:21 PM


Stop Deportations

Around 50 people arrived at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre shortly after 3am on Friday morning. Armed with banners, balloons, flowers, music, and love, they chained the gates and barred the exits, hoping to prevent Lucy’s deportation.

by eighty6 at April 16, 2018 08:20 PM

Group members visible to general public

@lynx wrote:

Hello everyone… a lot of familiar faces here! It’s good to be among @how’s friends! One thing about discourse, I noticed that the listings in https://ps.zoethical.com/groups/ cannot be configured not to be listable by bots and strangers. I’m afraid that, should any legislation limit the damages caused by the Facebook database, more energy will go into reaping public information from open source tools such as this one… can we figure out a way to hide who has joined which group? Can we avoid showing any user information to not-logged-in-entities entirely? Bisoux from Berlin.

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by @lynx at April 16, 2018 06:12 PM

Информатизация и девальвация мнений

В годы стремительной информатизации слово, а в особенности печатное слово, немыслимо обесценивается. Слов стало слишком много - склеенные из них фразы, утверждения, мнения и заявления, многократно умноженные СМИ, безгранично раздули информационное пространство. В Новое время, предшествовавшее индустриальному веку, я уже не говорю о Средневековье, слово, сказанное публично, а уж тем более напечатанное, имело вес. За его приходилось нести ответственность.

April 16, 2018 05:33 PM


Notre Dame des Landes: Monday Early

We invite you to read the story of yesterday’s crazy day at: https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article5554 [on S!N here ]

Thanks to all of you who braved the police operation to affirm your support for the future of the ZAD!

For those who do not know it yet, at around 9.00pm the cops left the area, removing their forces entirely. At that same time our enthusiasm gave us the strength to move mountains … and to move the frame of the new collective building that we had said that we wanted to install at Gourbi. More than a hundred people helped to lift the structure, and carried it along the roads of the ZAD, step by step, in an amazing outpouring of energy and euphoria.

At the stroke of midnight the structure finally arrives at its final place. Of course everyone knows that the cops will probably come tomorrow, Monday, to destroy it, just as they are trying to destroy everything beautiful that we build on the ZAD. [ They are indeed destroying, see first foto 🙁 ]

Come and join us and help to defend this symbol of our collective determination!

Source with pix added from twitter

by sisulscz at April 16, 2018 11:02 AM

Notre Dame des Landes: Map of military occupation on ZAD

Small map quickly updated to give an image of the military occupation on the area to defend. We will try to improve it according to the situations. Do not hesitate to recommend us which could be interesting to add using contact page anonymously or send us your ideas by mail

(The map is a proximity of the real situation, some things we probably did not indicate, small areas of destruction was also forgotten: noah bernard, the wasteland)

A map of reduced size here below. For an even larger map (17MB) download here: ZADResist map of the military repression.

A map for logistics and different points of arrival (reception, sleeping, rest place, kitchens, medics, tourism, meetings, …) on zone is on OpenStreetMap


by sisulscz at April 16, 2018 10:58 AM

Notre Dame des Landes: Sunday ZAD report


Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, whatever the cost, in reaching different points of the ZAD this Sunday. This afternoon new groups are arriving all the time. Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this huge surge of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; police checkpoint policeman at the exit lanes of the motorways, asking drivers not to to try to go to the solidarity gathering. This is the first time that the state has tried to prevent a big demonstration of this kind on the ZAD, and to wind up the tension. But here the collective spirit has not allowed itself to be intimidated by any such thing: the ZAD’s supporters know the country paths, and the fields, and they have been moving in groups in order to get round the police blockades. The movement that succeeded in forcing the abandonment of the airport project is here again today, in all its strength and diversity, to defend the ZAD.

At 2.00pm there was a solemn moment at the Bellevue Farm. The thousands of sticks and clubs (batons) planted on the 8th of October 2016 were dug up from the ground. We had made a solemn promise to come and collect them if ever the ZAD came under renewed attack. That time has now come!

People of all ages have set off along Le Chemin de Suez, escorting a large wooden framethat is being carried by a convoy of tractors. This beautiful construction has been created this week with timber from the ZAD, under the Hangar de l’Avenir [the ’Barn of the Future’] by dozens of carpenters. For the moment it is mounted on the field of the Wardine, with a view to moving it later. Hundreds of people are carry pieces of wooden constructions by hand. It was on this same field in 2012, at the time of the Demonstration of Re-occupation, that human chains had carried masses of materials to build a village at La Chataigne [the ’Chestnut Tree’].

Today, hundreds of sticks and clubs were immediately planted around construction site to protect this new building, a market hall and meeting space which was initially planned to be brought directly to the Gourbi to replaced the communal area that was destroyed [by the police] last Thursday. Meanwhile other large groups of demonstrators, with batons in hand, have spilled over from all sides of the police operation on the D81 road, and have crossed the road to pass to the east, into the forbidden zone, which has been occupied since this morning by columns of gendarmes. A mobile construction has been carried across the fields. Meanwhile more than a hundred people have been kettled since since this morning at the La Grée farm. Supporters are trying to reach them. We are informed that the Prefect [local representative of the state] has arrived at the Saulce crossroads. After yesterday’s solid demonstration of more than 10,000 people in Nantes, involving trade unionists, students and supporters of the ZAD, she will once again be able to see with her own eyes that nobody can crush our collective desire by the use of terror and destruction!

Especially because this weekend solidarity actions are continuing in many cities in France and around the world.

The ZAD has been wounded, but it is always magical!

We shall shortly send an update on the events of this afternoon

For further information, see the regular updates at the ZAD website: Zone à defendre – http://zad.nadir.org/

Source – https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article5562

by sisulscz at April 16, 2018 10:39 AM

Communique from the Squat!Net tech team

(French, Spanish, German, and Dutch versions below)

Dear comrades,

As you probably already noticed, the Squat!Net server has not been
functioning very well for a while now. There are a number of reasons for
this: the hardware is old and nearing the end of its life, the collective
doesn’t have much energy to maintain the service and the software we use
to run the server is pretty outdated. Last week, one of the mailaccounts
was abused to send tons of spam into the world. This resulted in the
mailserver crippling under the amount of mail being sent, our server
address ending up on blacklists of known spammers, and lots of your
valid e-mails being delayed, sometimes for days, or not delivered at all.
These problems have by now been resolved and mail is flowing as usual

Fixing this spam issue, however, did not solve the more structural
problems we face as a collective, nor the technical state of the server
resembling that of a rotten old punk with barely any teeth left. To
address this, we are in the process of resuming the nomadic squat life
and abandoning our old house. A large part of the websites have already
been moved away from the old server and found a new roof under machines
of allied collectives. We are planning to do the same for the rest of
the websites, as well as the mail and mailinglists. In time, you will
receive more details about the move, but for now we are still busy with

For now, we do have an important question for you: would you like to
keep your @squat.net e-mail address?
We have a lot of abandoned mailboxes on the server, and it would be nice
to know which we should move and which can be deleted.

We will make sure to keep all mailboxes that have been used at least
once in the last year, but we will not keep older ones. If you know
somebody or a collective who has an account, and you think they don’t
check it regularly, please tell them about it.

Apart from this, we appreciate any input on which services you value or
would like to see on squat!net. For instance, we ourselves feel like
Radar[1], the online calendar, is doing very well, we are happy with the
newssites[2] still being kept up to date in several languages, but we
feel the websites for specific squats and our e-mail service are in a
miserable state. Do you think it’s important to have e-mail and
webhosting for squats on squat!net? Should we rather focus on radar and
news? Do you miss specific services that would benefit the squat
movement? Let us know!

With revolutionary regards,

The Squat!Net tech team

[1]: https://radar.squat.net
[2]: https://planet.squat.net


Chèr·e·s camarades,

Comme vous l’avez peut-être déjà remarqué, depuis quelques temps le
serveur de Squat!Net n’est pas en grande forme. Il y a de nombreuses
raisons à ça : le matériel est vieux et approche de la fin de sa vie, le
collectif n’a pas énormément d’énergie pour maintenir les services, et
les logiciels que nous utilisons commencent à être vieillots. La semaine
dernière, l’un des comptes email a été détourné pour envoyer des miliers
de spams, affaiblissant le serveur et inscrivant son adresse IP dans les
listes de spammers connus. De nombreux emails ont été retardés, parfois
de plusieurs jours, voire carrément non délivrés. Ces problèmes sont
désormais réglés et les emails sont aujourd’hui délivrés de manière

Cependant, régler cette histoire de spam n’a en rien résolu le problème
structurel que nous rencontrons en tant que collectif, ni l’état
matériel du serveur, qui ressemble actuellement à un vieux punk
pourrissant ayant perdu toutes ses dents… Pour avancer sur ce sujet,
nous retournons à la vie nomade et quittons notre vieille maison. La
plupart des sites web ont déjà été déplacés du serveur et ont trouvé
refuge dans des machines de collectifs alliés. Nous avons prévu de faire
de même pour le reste des sites web, ainsi que pour les comptes email et
les mailing-lists. Vous recevrez plus d’infos à ce propos le moment
venu, actuellement nous sommes déjà bien occupé·e·s à préparer tout ça.

En tous cas, nous avons une question importante pour vous :
souhaitez-vous conserver votre adresse @squat.net ?
Nous avons un grand nombre de comptes email abandonnés, et ça serait
super de savoir lesquels nous devons garder et lesquels nous pouvons

Nous allons de toutes façons garder les les comptes emails ayant été
utilisés dans les 12 dernièrs mois, mais nous ne garderons pas les
autres. Si vous connaissez des personnes ou des collectifs ayant un
compte email rarement utilisé, merci de leur transmettre le message !

Au delà de ça, nous prenons tous les retours concernants quels services
vous appréciez ou souhaitez trouver sur squat!net. En l’occurence, nous
trouvons que Radar[1], l’agenda en ligne, se porte très bien, et nous
apprécions que les sites de news[2] soient mis à jour régulièrement,
dans de nombreuses langues. Mais nous trouvons que les sites web de
squats et notre service d’email sont dans un état pitoyable. Vous
semble-t-il important que squat!net héberge les sites des squats ? et
les comptes email ? Devrions-nous nous concentrer sur Radar et les
sites de news ? Pensez-vous à des services que nous pourrions mettre en
place et qui seraient bénéfiques pour le mouvement squat ? Let us know !

Avec nos considérations révolutionnaires,

L’équipe technique de Squat!Net

[1]: https://radar.squat.net
[2]: https://planet.squat.net


Queridos camaradas,

Como probablemente ya te has dado cuenta, el servidor de Squat!Net no
funciona muy bien desde hace un tiempo. Esto sucede por varias razones:
el hardware es viejo y está ya al final de su carrera, el colectivo no
tiene mucha energía para mantener los servicios, y el software que
usamos para administrar el servidor está bastante desactualizado. La
semana pasada una de las cuentas de correo se usó para enviar miles de
emails de spam al resto del mundo. Esto resultó en que el servidor de
correo estaba sobrecargado bajo el peso de tanto correo, nuestra
dirección de correo terminó en listas negras de spammers conocidos, y
muchos de nuestros correos se demoraron, a veces por días, o ni siquiera
llegaron nunca. Estos problemas han sido resueltos y el correo ahora
funciona como siempre.

Sin embargo arreglar este problema de spam no resolvió los problemas
estructurales más graves que enfrentamos como colectivo, ni el estado
técnico del servidor que parece un viejo punk desastroso casi sin
dientes. Para solucionar esto, estamos en el proceso de volver a la vida
nómada okupa y abandonar nuestra casa. Una gran parte de las páginas web
ya han sido movidas fuera del antiguo servidor y están bajo techo en
máquinas de otros colectivos aliados. Vamos a hacer lo mismo con el
resto de las webs, correos y listas de correo. A su tiempo recibiréis
más detalles sobre la mudanza, pero todavía estamos planeando.

Por ahora tenemos una importante pregunta para ti: ¿te interesa
realmente mantener tu dirección de @squat.net?

Tenemos muchísimas casillas de correo abandonadas en el servidor y
estaría bien saber cuales tenemos que llevar en la mudanza, y cuales
podemos borrar.

Nos aseguraremos de mantener todas las casillas de correo que han sido
usadas al menos una vez el último año, pero no mantendremos las demás.
Si conoces a alguien o algún colectivo que tenga una cuenta y crees que
no la chequean regularmente, por favor avísales.

Además de esto, nos gustaría saber tu opinión sobre los servicios que
más valoras, o que te gustaría ver en squat!net. Por ejemplo, nosotros
creemos que Radar[1], la agenda online, está funcionando bastante bien y
estamos contentos con las páginas de noticias que siguen estando al día
en varios idiomas, pero nos parece que las webs para casas concretas y
nuestro servicio de email están en muy mal estado. ¿Crees que es
importante tener correo electrónico y alojamiento de webs para casas
okupadas en squat!net? ¿O deberíamos concentrarnos más en radar y las
noticias? Crees que hacen falta otros servicios específicos que podrían
beneficiar al movimiento okupa? Dinos cuáles son!

Saludos revolucionarios,

El equipo técnico de Squat!Net

[1]: https://radar.squat.net
[2]: https://planet.squat.net


Hallo MitkämpferInnen und GenossInnen!

Wie euch sicher schon aufgefallen ist, macht der squat!net Server seit
geraumer Zeit Probleme. Die Hardware erreicht das Ende ihrer Lebenszeit,
die eingesetzte Software ist überholt und wir, als Kollektiv, sind kaum
in der Lage die Dienste am laufen zu halten.
Letzte Woche wurde eines der Mailpostfächer benutzt um große Mengen an
Spam zu versenden und die entstandene Last auf dem Server sowie Einträge
auf Spam-Blacklisten haben dazu geführt, dass Mails nur sehr langsam
oder gar nicht zugestellt wurden.
Das Problem haben wir inzwischen behoben, allerdings ist der Zustand
weiterhin der eines stinkenden, alten Punks ohne Zähne.

Um diese Aufgabe anzugehen, verlassen wir unser altes Zuhause und setzen
nomadisch unseren Weg als Squatter fort. Grosse Teile der Webseite haben
bereits ein neues Dach bei befreundeten Kollektiven und wir planen
dasselbe für Postfächer und Mailinglisten zu tun.
Wir halten euch dazu auf dem Laufenden, haben aber auch einige Fragen an

Viele der Postfächer auf dem Server werden nicht mehr benutzt und um zu
entscheiden welche wir löschen können wäre es wichtig für uns zu
wissen, ob ihr eure @squat.net Adresse noch braucht. Postfächer, die im
letzten Jahr nicht benutzt worden sind, werden wir löschen. Falls ihr
noch Personen oder Kollektive mit @squat.net Adresse kennt, die
möglicherweise betroffen sein könnten, sagt ihnen bitte Bescheid.

Außerdem freuen wir uns über jeden Hinweis von euch, welche Dienste auf
squat!net euch wichtig sind und was fehlt. Unserer Ansicht nach ist z.B.
der online Kalender Radar[1] in einem sehr guten Zustand und wir mögen
die aktuellen Nachrichten in mehreren Sprachen auf unseren Blogs[2]. Den
Webseiten für Squats sowie dem Maildienst geht es hingegen erbärmlich.

Ist euch das squat!net Mail und Webhosting für Squats wichtig, oder
sollten wir uns lieber auf Nachrichten und Kalender konzentrieren? Und
gibt es andere Dienste, die ihr wichtig für die Bewegung haltet? Lasst
es uns wissen!

Mit revolutionären Grüßen,

Squat!Net Tech Team

[1]: https://radar.squat.net
[2]: https://planet.squat.net


Beste kameraden,

Zoals jullie waarschijnlijk wel gemerkt hebben draait de Squat!Net
server al geruime tijd niet al te stabiel. Hier zijn een aantal redenen
voor: de hardware is verouderd en nadert het einde van zijn
levenstermijn, het ontbreekt het kollektief aan energie om de diensten
goed te beheren en de software die we gebruiken is aardig verouderd.
Afgelopen week is een van de e-mail accounts op de server misbruikt
voor het versturen van enorme hoeveelheden spam. Dit heeft er toe
geleid dat de mailserver door de hoeven is gezakt en op verschillende
zwarte lijsten met beruchte spammers terecht is gekomen, waardoor jullie
e-mail pas dagen later en in sommige gevallen helemaal niet is bezorgd.
Deze problemen hebben we een aantal dagen geleden kunnen verhelpen en
inmiddels wordt de e-mail weer als vanouds bezorgd.

Het oplossen van het spam probleem was echter nog geen oplossing voor de
meer structurele problemen waar we als kollektief mee kampen, noch voor
de technische staat van de server, die nog het meest lijkt op een
verotte oude punk zonder tanden. Om hier iets aan te doen zijn we bezig
het nomadische kraakleven weer op te pakken en ons oude virtuele huis te
verlaten. Een aanzienlijk deel van de websites zijn al wegverhuisd van
de oude server en hebben een nieuw onderkomen gevonden bij machines van
bevriende kollektieven. We zijn van plan dit ook te doen voor de rest
van de websites, alsmede de e-mail en mailinglijsten. Wanneer het zover
is, sturen we jullie meer details, maar vooralsnog zijn we nog bezig met
de voorbereidingen.

Ondertussen hebben we wel een belangrijke vraag voor jullie: willen
jullie je @squat.net e-mail adres behouden?
Er staan nog een heel arsenaal verlaten e-mail accounts op de server en
het zou voor ons fijn zijn om te weten welke accounts bewaard moeten
blijven en welke kunnen worden verwijderd.

We zullen ons best doen om alle e-mail accounts die gedurende het
afgelopen jaar nog zijn gebruikt te behouden, maar accounts die al
langer dan een jaar niet zijn aangeraakt zullen worden verwijderd. Mocht
je een persoon of kollektief met een squat.net e-mail adres kennen
waarvan je vermoedt dat ze er niet of nauwelijks nog naar kijken, willen
we je vragen om hun op dit voornemen te attenderen.

Verder stellen we input en feedback van jullie over de diensten op
Squat!Net erg op prijs. Zelf zijn we bijvoorbeeld erg tevreden over de
manier waarop de evenementenkalender Radar [1] functioneert en zijn we
blij met de nieuwssites [2] die nog altijd in diverse talen allerhande
kraaknieuws publiceren. We hebben echter het idee dat de websites en
e-mail die we draaien voor verschillende kraakpanden en -initiatieven in
een erbarmelijke staat zijn beland. Denken jullie dat er vanuit de
beweging nog behoefte is aan e-mail en webhosting voor kraakpanden op
Squat!Net? Kunnen we ons beter richten op radar en nieuws? Of zijn er
juist andere diensten die je graag op Squat!Net zou zien die de beweging
ten goede kunnen komen? Laat het ons weten!

Met revolutionaire groet,

Het Squat!Net tech team

[1]: https://radar.squat.net
[2]: https://planet.squat.net

by sisulscz at April 16, 2018 10:18 AM


Joint Statement by LVC and CSOs: 5th OEIWG session | UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

La Via Campesina, The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF), World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), Federation of Rural Adult Catholic Movement (FIMARC), International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), Association Centre Europe-Tiers Monde (CETIM), FIAN International, International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), Bread for All, and other organisations that we will add afterwards in annex list

To the fifth session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group (OEIWG) on a United Nations Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XX / 9-13 April 2018

We peasants, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, fisher folk and rural workers, including rural women from around the globe, from La Via Campesina, IUF, WFFP, FIMARC, IITC along with CETIM, FIAN International and other organizations, represent all together billions of rural people. We have been constructively engaging in this process of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, from the field, our workplaces around the world and here in Geneva for many years. We strongly welcome the level of constructive support from regions, from Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe. We especially welcome the warm and effective leadership of the Chair-rapporteur and the Bolivian mission in this negotiation. It is worth taking note that delegates of UN member states have extended their very strong contributions to the process. It appears clear that, aside little exceptions that we all know, nobody denies the need of adopting such Declaration. This process is a demonstration of the effort to continue advancing in the pluriculturality of the human rights system. 

As we have been saying from the very beginning, we, representatives of peasants, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, fishers and rural workers, including rural women, are legitimate parties in international cooperation and international solidarity in relation to human rights, food and rural development, since we constitute the sector of the population mostly affected by hunger and malnutrition despite strongly contributing to feeding the world. We, more than 2 billion peasants and other people working in rural areas have great knowledge and experience. We understand the current challenges facing the world’s food systems, and we have ideas for solutions and therefore we are able to contribute to solve those challenges in a valuable manner.

After seventeen years of work, effort and dedication, throughout the world, this process has made our movement and struggle stronger than ever. We are always ready to take our roles in terms of fighting for our human rights. The legal gaps with regard to the protection of peasants’ and other people working in rural areas rights at the international human rights level, need to be filled without further delay.

This is our Declaration, elaborated from the grassroots, we have been and we will keep defending it before this Council and before our national governments until its conclusion in this year 2018. All peasants and other people working in rural areas around the world strongly identify themselves with the content of this Declaration, which will be an instrument to restore and dignify our status in society, to recognize and protect our rights, and to guarantee conflict resolution with dialogue and in peaceful manner. We are confident to see the willingness of States to recognize the crucial rights of their respective rural populations. This is not only valuable for us individually and collectively – but also for all humanity, and it is in the interests of public authorities as well. In fact, the Declaration is going to be useful for governments because it can contribute to reduce social conflicts, food crisis, problems related to drug trafficking, poverty, migration towards cities; fighting environmental destruction and climate crisis; to improve the quality of our food; and to attract and keep more and more young people in farming and in rural areas.

Finally, Mr. Chair, it is worth underlining that what were perceived as new rights by certain countries, are now favorably reconsidered. Thanks to the inputs by peasants, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, fisher folk and rural workers, including rural women and other people working in rural areas from all over the world, and also legal grounds put forward by the experts, these rights are gaining more support in the Declaration, as they are specifically referred to in international agreements and a growing number of national legislation. Our grassroots testimonies reinforce the state of emergency for recognizing these rights in the Declaration without any further delay.

As we all stand here, in full knowledge that human rights prevail over profit and economic interests, as well as the alarming violations of the rights of peasants that occur systematically throughout the world, we call on States to unite in order to recognize and further guarantee the realization of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. States can no longer postpone the Declaration. The time is ripe for the recognition and protection of our rights. Let us work to finalize this process and adopt this Declaration this year.

Thank you very much.

Geneva 13 April 2018

Photo: #boliviaonugva

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by nyoni at April 16, 2018 08:02 AM


Philadelphia (USA): Attack on construction vehicle in solidarity with the ZAD and Camp White Pine

Received on April 14th, 2018

Dear international anarchist thugs, illegalists, casseurs, and defenders of wildness,

we are reporting live from Philadelphia. An attack has just been made, throwing a wrench in the cogs of the machinery of progress… well more literally some wires were cut and windows smashed on one of their bullshit bulldozers.

We have word that this attack was done in solidarity with the ZAD and Camp White Pine (hi!) both of which are facing their own local bullshit bulldozers. The attackers have also sent rebel greetings to area anarchists who’ve been keeping it live (and especially those who share the specifics of their attacks to allow others to reproduce them).

Fuck work
Fuck progress

Signing off for now,
Team Illegal

(Contra Info note: Sunoco workers cut down trees used by Camp White Pine in their ongoing resistance to construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline (Pennsylvania, USA).)

A bulldozer is only wanted after it has been destroyed…

[Contra Info – April 15th, 2018.]

by xxx at April 16, 2018 06:00 AM

Hambach Forest Occupation

Another Forest Walk Show of Support – Another Police Action this week?

This Sunday walk was another symbolic show of support of general public to Hambacher Forest Occupation, to Coal Exit and another chance to see, unfortunately one of the last, the forest in full bloom, coming alive after the winter.  Over 200 people showed up with the oldest being 76 and the most distant visitor coming from South Africa(country also intensely cursed by coal extractionism and the enviromenta and social breakdown… more…

by hambachforest at April 16, 2018 05:25 AM

Debian security

DSA-4173 r-cran-readxl

security update

April 16, 2018 12:00 AM