Elephant in the Room – Perspektives on womens prison #08

According to the Federal Statistical Office 2996 women were in German prisons on 30 November. Who are these women? What are they being punished for? How many of them even identify themselves as women? Prison fulfils a structural function, for example in the administration of poverty. But what role do women*prisons fulfil? How do they help to maintain a patriarchal gender-biased system?

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Elephant in the room – repressions against anarchists in Russia and cooperation of liberals and nazis in Thuringen Germany #07

Network case in Penza, Russia shocked a lot of people by sentences that can compete with those given to political opponents during Gulag times. We are talking to Tanya one of the people behind solidarity campaign with prosecuted anarchists and antifascists in Russia about the sentencing and the role repressions and tortures played in anarchist movement in the country.

In the second part of the show we talk with an anarchist from Thuringen, Germany on recent support of liberal party by extreme right AfD which helped liberals to get their candidate elected as minister president of the federal state. What are the anarchist perspective on this development in Germany and what anarchists should or should not do in this situation.

Music – Порнофильмы – https://pornofilmy.bandcamp.com/

20 years anniversary of Indymedia – Elephant in the Room #06

The resistance is global… a trans-pacific collaboration has brought this web site into existence. Thats how The first entry on an Indymedia website began on November 24, 1999. Indymedia went online a few days before the protests against the WTO (world-trade-organisation) meeting in Seattle, and it was to be the alternative platform for reports on these protests. A group of activist-journalists set up a newsroom in a donated storefront. They called it the Seattle Independent Media Center (IMC). The Seattle IMC was stocked with donated computers for uploading and editing video and for writing articles. This content would then be posted to a website, indymedia.org. The Indymedia website clocked in 1.5 million unique visitors in its first week of operation, surpassing traffic to CNN’s website during the Seattle protests.

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Podcast Elephant in the room – Interview with Anarchist Union of Afghanistan & Iran #04

In this edition of Elephant in the room we spoke to translator of Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran about the recent protests that were happening in Iran, repressions against population and possible development in upcoming months.

On top of that we read a mail from one of the labor activists from Iran who was sentenced to 5,5 years in jail for participation in protests in Mai this year.

Music:
Godspeed you black emperor
A silver mountain zion

Podcast Elephant in the Room – Conversation with activist Leila Al-Shami about Syria and Revolution #03

In this edition of Elephant in the Room we are talking to activist and author Leila Al-Shami on current economical, social and political situation in Syria with details of horrors perpetrated by regime today.

In second part of interview we look into history of revolution and examples of anti-authoritarian struggle during the first years of uprising.