Daily Archives: 24/02/2011

( Today, Wednesday the 23rd of February, Greece was paralyzed by a nationwide general strike as hundreds of thousands of workers, shop keepers and civil servants walked off the job in a 24-hour protest over the so-called ‘Socialist’ government’s ongoing ‘austerity’ program.  Sound familiar?  Wisconsin is considering a general strike as well, now that Governor Walker seems unwilling to stop his union busting for the corporate class under the same guise of ‘austerity’. Read More

(Squat Birth Journal) I never knew there were Mormon anarchist housewives in the world until Kristina emailed SQUAT a few months ago to tell us about her upcoming zine. I was pretty surprised at her openness in identifying as a Mormon anarchist housewife as I know many anarchists would balk at that mixture of beliefs. I think I even labeled the email ‘Holy Shit’ (yes, this is a label that we use occasionally for exceptionally noteworthy emails – no pun intended) and made a note to remember Kristen, because she is doing something really powerful by saying who she is and sticking to it. No doubt she’ll receive some criticism, but I hope she gets the support she deserves.

Kristina describes herself in her zine as “…a mom to a two and a half year old boy named, August, and a five month old baby girl named Hazel. I am a friend, lover, and partner to a man who does juggle mormonism and anarchism with absolute grace; maybe you know him? We live in the Virginia suburbs (which we lovingly call “Babylon”) outside of DC. I make my money as a doula, a childbirth educator, and a yoga teacher.

I was raised in a queer family and in the DC punk community in which I got to play in a couple of bands. I don’t eat animals. I am anti-war but I do not identify with “pacifism”. I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a feminist. I am an Anarchist. Hello, my name is kristina and it’s nice to meet you. Now, let’s get on with it.”

On top of being bold enough to spell out her beliefs as plainly as she does, she is also a fantastic writer and I’m really looking forward to what she puts out in the future. She has a lot of potential to make waves in both the birth community and anarchist community (and I’ll venture to guess the Mormon community too) simply by being who she is, which is what she states her motivation behind the zine is: a place to be herself.

Her new zine The Life of a Mormon Anarchist Housewife Issue 1: It’s a Girl! is available for downloading via her website and it features her birth story, definitions of both Anarchism and Mormonism, a vegan muffin recipe, an essay on homophobia and religion and Outlaw Midwives: a Manifesta by Mai’a. It is a great read and worth having in every zine library.

by Meghan Guthrie


( CAIRO (IPS) – The brutal response by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi against pro-democracy protestors in the country indicates his determination not to leave office without a bloody battle, but his moves follow the path that eventually led to ouster of two neighboring dictators.

In a televised address Tuesday from his residential compound that was bombed by US planes in 1986, a highly animated and yelling Gaddafi repeatedly called the protestors “rats” and warned them that they will be crushed and sentenced to the “capital punishment” for going against his rule.

But it was that realization that they face death and heavy reprisals that actually made demonstrators two weeks ago in Cairo’s Tahrir Square more entrenched in their positions. Read More

( Ali Abduleman human rights defender and founder of has been released and reunited with his family. Ali Abduleman was one of a group of 11 human rights defenders arrested and held in pre-trial detention on charges of participation in a terrorist conspiracy. During their period in detention there were regular and credible allegations of torture of the detainees. Front Line has repeatedly called for the release of Ali Abduleman on the basis that there was no evivence to link him to the alleged crime and that the charges were politically motivated.


(Global Development Blog) Lots of speculation about which long-time autocrat might be toppled next and why [Zimbabwe, Cameroon, etc.] is not like [Egypt, Tunisia, etc.].  Our colleagueNic van de Walle has a terrific suggestion that 12 years is a sensible term limit for any leader.  In Africa, even with Ben Ali and Mubarak gone, there are still plenty who have been in power more than 20 years.  Here’s the list of who’s still standing (at least as of this morning):

The list wouldn’t really be complete without these family dynasties:

Did I miss anyone?

By Todd Moss