Welcome! Newsletter 17.
New review: “The Sports-Industrial Complex”, about Craig Calcaterra’s Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own Game.
I’m glad I got this one in ’cause there wasn’t much other sports writing this month. Very busy with the German translation of Torkil Lauesen’s The Global Perspective. I’m glad I got to meet Torkil, though, for a talk about radical theory and academia (based on a Counterpunch article we co-authored), hosted by Copenhagen’s Institut for Marxistisk Analyse; there’s a summary and voice recording online (in Danish/Swedish).
I also got to speak about resistance in Sápmi and the disastrous decision by the Swedish government to proceed with the iron-ore mining project at Gállok – I was joined by Kerstin Andersson from Amnesty Sápmi for a “Climate Sunday” event at Stockholm’s legendary Kafé 44.
In May, I’ll be in Austria for four events: speaking about Soccer vs the State at the fifth anniversary party of Vienna’s “Wilde Liga”; presenting Die Linke in Schweden at Vienna’s Anarchist Library and at Radio Helsinki in Graz; and partaking in a discussion about alternative visions for the future of soccer at Vienna’s City Library, where I’ll serve as a sidekick to Alina Schwermer, author of the brilliant, newly-released Futopia: Ideen für eine bessere Fußballwelt, which I had the honor to be interviewed for. Very much looking forward to it all. Oh, the post-Covid world!
Do I have any other publications to show for in the month of April? Yes, a long-delayed Sápmi feature in neues deutschland. Well, actually not that much to show for here, as the feature is not online and I don’t have a suitable PDF, but it’s in the April 9/10 weekend edition, I promise! (Unfortunately, with a poor choice of images and headers. Always a risk.) Available online is the junge Welt article I wrote on the protests against the Quran burnings of Danish-Swedish right-winger Rasmus Paludan.
Considering the poor publication record this month, I’m glad that some of my writing has been featured in other texts, for example in a long, and very interesting (okay, I guess I have to say that), editorial by Strange Matters, titled “Socialism with an Anarchist Squint”. I am also glad that I can at least offer another audio recording. Graham Culbertson invited me to talk about pirates on his Everyday Anarchism podcast.
I opted for a one-off revival of Alpine Anarchist in order to post a text about the upcoming elections in the Philippines authored by a group of local anarchists. These are longstanding connections that I treasure. See also Pangayaw and Decolonizing Resistance: Anarchism in the Philippines.
More next month. Stay safe!