Ensalut Aliĝi al IOPS

Propaganda en activisme

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English version below   De afgelopen demonstratie tegen de Israelische bezetting van Palestijnse gebieden en de onderdrukken van Palestijnen in het land waar zij leven liet weer eens goed zien hoe de algemene media opereert ten gunste van specifieke politiek.  We kunnen denken wat we willen over de vergelijking van Israel en Duitsland onder het Naziregime (zelf snap ik waar dat standpunt vandaan komt maar ik vindt het een slap argument), het feit blijft dat er twee personen (van de vijfduizend)…

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JULY 20th LIVE TALK Creative exploration of the application of plans and proposals and ideas put forward by members

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This LIVE TALK JULY 20th, (2pm New York)(6pm UTC)(8pm Rome) brought to you by revolution everywhere. We have had wonderful success so far bringing in many of the great minds in IOPS. This talk will creatively explore how we, IOPS members might apply the ideas and proposals for cooperative action, of one sort or another, that have been put forward by IOPS members so far. From small project proposals to comprehensive strategic shifts, to data gathering and reassessment…

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Mass Surveillance, Internet organizing, and IOPS after Snowden

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I strongly support a more thoughtful and realistic response from IOPS to the current reality of mass government surveillance. I think a lack of understanding and tools around this reality has been a real difficulty for activists in the global south to get more involved with IOPS. It has also been an under-theorized weakness of using a web based platform for organizing a global revolutionary organization. One concrete reason people have expressed to me about why web recruitment is harder then some…

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IOPS for You?

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This is an article written for teleSUR English, which will launch on July 24, also appearing on ZNet, and likely Telssur Spanish as well. Over two years back, a poll about features that a new revolutionary international organization might have was posted on the web site ZNet and garnered considerable positive interest. Queries to many folks seconded the interest, so a project to create a new international organization with features that the poll takers ratified was begun. An international…

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What About IOPS in India?

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These days whenever I am coming to IOPS,I have been noticing two things - Lack of female members and lack of concern in the third world countries.We will come back to the first point later.Talking of the second,my question is why could this be happening?The ideology of IOPS is well known by all of us,its members.Now,in countries like India a mere 65 is a very insignificant number.We would surely need to focus on more members,or how to get more members join us.For this,why don't we consult bloggers/other…

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Thoughts on the "Poll on IOPS Future" & The "Interim" Phase

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When we joined IOPS, we didn't join an established organization like Greenpeace or the IWW; we joined a work group engaged in building an organization.  And the organization that we said we would build  -- from the ground up, beginning with chapters -- is unique because:  (a) at all levels, it would "prefigure" the participatory society we seek to establish, and (b) the initial (or "interim") phase of construction would continue until we achieved the degree of diversity and participation…

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If Revolution through IOPS,why not songs that incite the revolution within?

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If you have gone through the contexts of revolution in any part of the world at any time; there is this one thing common - cultural bonds.(Since I have been going through European history for a few days,this post clicked my mind.)This includes music,dance,drama,literature which in turn inspires a sense of collective belonging within the people.Now that we all dream,urge and work for a revolution within society,the birth of a participatory society,why not music,why not songs?Today I am posting this…

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A Modest Proposal*

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*with apologies to Jonathan Swift. As we keep reading of Israeli air strikes on Gaza day after day and night after night, it occurred to me that the Israeli objectives could be attained by much more modest means.The proposal is, simply, that the Israeli Air Force drop one well-aimed powerful bomb on an orphanage in Gaza City. This will serve the goal of punishing the people in the Gaza strip equally well, as I am convinced the anguish will be at least as large. The stated official Israeli goal of…

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Saturday and Sunday July 12th and 13th LIVE TALKs Using our Collective Creativity

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LIVE TALK (JULY 12th & 13th) Using our Collective Creativity, You are invited to  "use our collective creativity to address this issue of the use of collective creativity"               is a quote from Lambert Meertens, in the comments of Daniël de Klerk's blog "A proposed model for Participatory Decision Making within IOPS".  We, an organization of wonderful members, have brought…

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