Internationalist Anti-War Conference in Prague

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  • #252339
    ZJW
    Participant

    This post concerns the Internationalist Anti-War Conference in Prague (‘AW2024’) held the last week of May.

    1) Interview with the organising committee:https://actionweek.noblogs.org/interview-with-the-organising-committee-of-the-action-week/

    2) List of groups participating at AW2024:https://actionweek.noblogs.org/list-of-participants-at-aw2024

    3) (Confusing) site homepage:https://actionweek.noblogs.org/

    4) From the following on the CWO site, the CWO was not invited but apparently attended nonetheless on an individual basis.

    ‘Some organisations who are in NWBCW [the No War but the Class War Initiative] like members of the AnarCom Network (ACN) and the Anarchist Communist Group (ACG), have been specifically invited to Prague. Others have not, including the Internationalist Communist Tendency (ICT), yet we shall be present alongside the other comrades as we accept all eight points of the invitation. It is in this spirit that we attend the Prague Week of Action which we hope will be a success and open out to other internationalist initiatives in an attempt to draw us all closer together.’

    See the CWO’s whole article ‘To the Internationalists Attending the Prague Week of Action’:https://www.leftcom.org/en/articles/2024-05-01/to-the-internationalists-attending-the-prague-week-of-action

    (Some WSMers may want to skip, or just very quickly scan, the first three or four paragraphs of that, and begin from ‘We thus welcome the Prague Week of Action […] .

    • This topic was modified 2 weeks ago by ZJW.
    #252475
    ZJW
    Participant

    Following the pre-congress CWO article whose url is given above, there has now appeared a post-congress comment. Its first paragraph is about the organisational/venue chaos. The second two paragraphs are of political content:

    ‘From a political point of view, the real divide that emerged was between the activists who were looking for immediate solutions on how to stop the war, and those with a class struggle orientation who had a more long term perspective and understood wars, as a product of the capitalist system, can only be ended by the mass struggle of workers.

    However, it wasn’t all a waste of time. Over the week, many good conversations were had (particularly in smaller groups, in pubs, cafes, etc.). Experiences were shared and links were made between organisations and individuals from many different countries. Above all, seeing internationalists of various tendencies join forces to basically improvise their own congress was heartening. We all tried to make the best of a bad situation and it drew us closer together. In that sense, we are glad we went.’

    #252523
    ZJW
    Participant

    And here is the verdict of the ICC. (Not the court!) Aside from blowing its own trumpet (and banging others over the head with it) just a bit, it provides useful information.

    https://en.internationalism.org/content/17524/activism-barrier-political-clarification

    #252534
    ALB
    Keymaster

    This part of that report was revealing:

    “On the weekend of the “Action Week” there was also an Anarchist Bookfair organised by the Czech Anarchist Federation, which openly defends the Ukrainian war effort and supports the formation of anarchist units in the Ukrainian army. The Bookfair issued a statement distancing itself from the Action Week and the Czech AF put out a leaflet denouncing its participants as “anarcho-Putinists”.”

    An anarchist unit in the Ukrainian army ! What next? Why not one in every army?

    #252535
    ALB
    Keymaster
    #252536
    robbo203
    Participant

    “An anarchist unit in the Ukrainian army ! What next?”

    So they are pro-capitalist statists – not actual anarchists – defending the existence of a particular capitalist nation-state in the form of “Ukraine”. They are no better than the deluded nationalists who support Russian nationalism and the capitalist, Putin.

    #252578
    ZJW
    Participant

    The civil war in anarchism over Ukraine is not in the least new news. From February of 2022–

    ‘British Anarchism Succumbs to War Fever’:
    https://libcom.org/article/british-anarchism-succumbs-war-fever

    And here is the most recent installment from just three days ago. In it, the term ‘Natopolitan anarchist’ is liberally applied.

    ‘War on Anarchism — A response to two articles by Wayne Price in the anarchist journal Black Flag.’:
    https://libcom.org/article/war-anarchism-bill-beech

    #252600
    ALB
    Keymaster

    The Russian army may be capturing Gulyapole soon and its museum to Nestor Makhno. That will send these “anarchists” into a real spin.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huliaipole

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