Elephant in the room – Bringing down the dictatorship. Interview on protests in Belarus

Since Sunday streets in Belarus are filled with rage of protesters trying to bring down the dictatorship. People from all parts of the society have been clashing in the night of August 9 in 33 different cities around the country. They are fighting against president Lukashenko who is ruling the country for the last 26 years.

We got together with one of comrades from Belarus who is living in emigration and clarified some things that are happening in Belarus right now.

Music:
Lyapis Trubetskoy
Zdrada Pałki

Elephant in the room – authoritarian politics, anarchists and refugees in time of Coronavirus in Greece

In this edition of Elephant in the Room we spoke to our friend Michalis – anti-authoritarian activist from north of the country.

Coronavirus seems to provoke even bigger economical crisis than the one that started in 2009. The right wing government that came recently to power is pushing further the politics of Syriza on privatization and antisocial reforms. Meanwhile anarchists became the enemy number one for the greek state and right wing politicians.

We spoke to Michalis as well about situation or refugees in the country that are held in small isolated areas named by anarchists as „concentration camps“.

Music:
Taburo Bota
Villagers of ioannina city

Elephant in The Room – Interview with Yossi Bartal on being a leftist from Israel in Berlin

In this episode of Elephant in The Room we talk with Yossi Bartal about politics in Israel and Germany and how those are interconnected. We dive into details about how german left exclude anarchists and leftists from Israel who live in Berlin. We also talk about obsession of german left with BDS topic and how attacks on the small pro-palenstinian groups comes both from mainstream politics and anti-authoritarian groups.

Yossi Bartal is an activist and journalist who is living in Berlin since 2004. He contributed to many leftists magazines. One of his essays was included in collection „Anarchist against the wall“. He is also a member of „Jewish Voices for the Pece in the Middle East“.

Music:
Daniel Kahn
Poliana Frank / פוליאנה פרנק

Elephant in the room – conversation with anarchist from Belarus on politics in the country during coronavirus

In this edition of Elephant in the Room we are talking to a friend and comrade from Belarus, country that some call last dictatorship in Europe. Belarus is one of the few countries in the world that didn’t take quarantine measures against coronavirus. At the same time government was trying to prevent any information spread on COVID-19 in the country. With growth of the virus in society people started organizing by themselves to save community from virus and it’s aftermath.

Music: Iknow – https://iknow.bandcamp.com/

Elephant in the Room – Coronavirus in France

France is one of the leading countries in the world with amount of cases of COVID-19. The governmental response to the epidemic seems quite chaotic as in many other countries while the virus strikes hardest poorest communities in the country. We’ve invited a friend from Paris who came for couple of weeks to Dresden to talk about the current situation in the country and response to the crisis from different parts of population.

Music:
Collectif Mary Read – II