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north america / mexico / history Monday November 26, 2012 21:30 by Jerome Raza   text 3 comments (last - sunday october 06, 2013 21:20)
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In September 2012, shortly after the end of the largest unlimited general student strike in the history of Quebec, several class-struggle anarchist organisations in Canada along with a few local chapters of the IWW put together a cross-country tour to bring the history and experiences of the Quebec student movement to students and activists outside the province. Stopping in over a dozen cities from Toronto, Ontario to Victoria, BC, the tour brought a participant in the 2012 student strike to audiences in colleges and universities as well as union halls and various cooperatives. The article that follows is based on this conference. Special thanks to Jonathan from Zabalaza for editing help!

international / history Friday September 11, 2009 20:53 by Michael Schmidt
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Pinochet and Wojtłya

In June 2009, one of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s most renowned accusers, Judge Juan Salvador Guzmán Tapia, visited South Africa on a speaking tour. Dean of the Law School at the Universidad Central de Chile in Santiago, and also a lecturer in human rights at the School of Journalism at the Universidad de la República, Guzmán was originally a Pinochet supporter, but turned against him after being selected by judicial lottery in 1998 to hear the 186 criminal charges against the man who, until his death in 2006, cast such long shadows over Chilean political life.

For those Chileans who took to the streets of their poblaciones in the early 1970s and mid-1980s to demand the release from Robben Island of Nelson Mandela and for an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa, the rightward shift of the African National Congress (ANC) with its embrace of anti-working-class neoliberalism is likely to be confusing. How did the world’s most celebrated new democracy come to be marred by ongoing violent protests by the poor against “their” government, faced down by police as bloody-minded as before, by continued housing evictions and mass forced removals so evocative of the depths of apartheid (1)? This analysis shall attempt to explain the trajectory of South African “democracy” and the failure of the “South African Revolution” by comparison to the Chilean experience of the popular overwhelming of Pinochetist reaction – in which the Left found itself fundamentally defeated, even as it attained its cherished victory.

brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / história Thursday October 30, 2008 18:46 by Felipe Corrêa
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Emiliano Zapata e Ricardo Flores Magón

Ao contrário das tentativas de mudança que se dão por dentro do Estado, há aquelas alternativas que se dão fora do âmbito do Estado. É inevitável falarmos em disputa de poder, mas entendendo poder como espaço político, e não como o poder do Estado e como a dominação. Poder não necessariamente implica em dominação. Por isso, é claro que os movimentos sociais, apesar de se constituírem, geralmente, fora do Estado, disputam espaço político com o Estado e os representantes da democracia representativa. Os movimentos que têm ou tiveram na História o objetivo de proporcionar uma mudança do status-quo, e dar a ele um sentido mais libertário, certamente disputavam espaço político com a reação e com o Estado. Na grande maioria das vezes, reivindicavam algo, de maneira organizada, o que lhes fazia constituir um movimento.

A América Latina tem uma grande tradição de movimentos sociais e, para essa discussão, acredito ser relevante recorrer a duas delas, ambas do México no contexto da Revolução Mexicana do início do século XX, e que continuam a ter protagonismo na América Latina até os nossos dias: o magonismo e o zapatismo.


central asia / history Sunday September 14, 2008 22:32 by Andrew

A 60 minute recording of a talk and discussion on the Chinese revolution and the Chinese anarchist movement. It's available here as google video, mp4 and mp3 formats, the first two are preferred as the viewer will then be able to see the images referenced during the talk.

bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / historia Thursday September 13, 2007 15:30 by Popular y Libertario   text 2 comments (last - saturday september 15, 2007 22:44)
Presentamos a continuación un boletín de análisis histórico y político respecto al proceso de la Unidad Popular y todo el proceso de autogestión de clase que se da, en los hechos, por fuera de la institucionalidad burguesa que el reformismo no cuestionaba.

Estas conclusiones colectivas, aunque suscintas, reflejan el grado de maduración de la organización respecto a los tiempos que nos toca vivir. Es así como consideramos que la línea pivotal de construcción pasa hoy en día por la generación de un Movimiento Clasista y Libertario capaz de referenciarse en los sectores combativos de los trabajadores y el pueblo. Para el FeL, la politización del espacio estudiantil trae consigo la inclusión de un subjetividad libertaria capaz de tendenciar sus dinámicas de lucha y movilización hacia una perspectiva anárquica.

Invitamos a los compañeros a discutir este documento y hacer suyo los puntos de acuerdo que tengan con él.


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20080430phowww00251.jpg imageil y a trente ans Dec 31 04:25 by Commission internationale AL 0 comments

Le 20 novembre 1984, la ville de Thio sur la côte est de la Nouvelle-Calédonie est occupée par des militants et militantes kanak, qui bloquent les accès routiers et maritimes, en faisant une commune autonome. Le nouveau Front de libération national kanak et socialiste inaugure une nouvelle étape dans la lutte anticolonialiste, dont l’objectif proclamé est « l’indépendance kanak socialiste ».

fosatfoundingcongress.jpg imageOur History of Struggle: the 1980s “Workerist-Populist” Debate Revisited Dec 09 14:41 by Warren McGregor 0 comments

Today the terms “populism” and “workerism” are widely thrown about in South African political circles. Often, these terms and others (“syndicalism,” “ultra-left,” “counter-revolutionary,” “anti-majoritarian” …) have no meaning: they are just labels used to silence critics. SA Communist Party (SACP) leaders do this often. But in the 1980s, “populism” and “workerism” referred to two rival positions battling for the soul of the militant unions.

These debates, thirty years on, remain very relevant: let us revisit them, and learn. Today’s radical National Union of Metalworkers of SA (NUMSA) was part of the “workerist” camp, while its key rival, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was identified with “populism.” The early battles over the direction of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU) still echo today, although there is no longer a clear “workerist” camp.

Hector Pieterson (1964 – June 16, 1976). Killed at age 12 when the police opened fire on protesting students. 16 June stands as a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government. imageThe 1976 Struggle and the Emancipation of the Future Dec 06 22:58 by Bongani Maponyane 0 comments

The massacre of South African school children in 1976 – for protesting for instruction in their native languages and for a proper curriculum – continues to be remembered and to influence us today. It showed the brutality of the apartheid state and it left scars still felt by people today.

The challenges faced by youth today are different to that experienced in 1976. This does not mean everything has changed. We need to look to history to learn about and not to repeat mistakes made. But we also look to history to provide us with inspiration. We need to revisit the spirit of the youth of 1976 and copy their courage – to overcome these issues facing our young people today. We need to be the change that we want to see.

text볼셰비즘의 성격과 전략 Nov 27 03:50 by Daniel Cohn-Bendit 0 comments

볼세비키 정권의 반혁명적 성격과 그 결과를 러시아혁명의 상황에서 서술

Syndicalistes et libertaires, une histoire de l'UTCL (1974-1991) Théo Rival imageSyndicalistes et libertaires Nov 11 04:30 by Commission internationale AL 0 comments

L’année 1974 est marquée par des mouvements revendicatifs dans les secteurs des services. Successivement, dans les banques, aux PTT, plus modestement à la SNCF, ces grèves vont faire souffler une brise de créativité et d’auto-organisation directement liée à la force de projection de Mai 68. Mais c’est bien la grève des PTT, par sa capacité à bousculer la marche normale de la société, qui sera le pivot de cette année sociale.

300pxspartacus_fight.jpg imageUnited Working Class Action and the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923 Nov 07 20:40 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

A "revolutionary alternative from below" that was not quite to be but holds pertinent lessons for movements today. Our latest issue of Workers World News continues our educational series on "united fronts" with a focus on the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923. Part 1: NUMSA and the ‘United Front Against Neoliberalism’
Part 2: Anti-militarist United Fronts and Italy’s “Red week”, 1914
Part 3: The 1917 Russian Revolution and United Front

10153895_707207162702593_3220422623026631208_n.jpg imageThe 1917 Russian Revolution and United Front Oct 16 15:40 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

In the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik Party, together with other revolutionaries, overthrew the Provisional Government established in February and – together, initially, with left Social Revolutionaries – seized power. How did the Bolsheviks – a minority just eight months earlier, when the February Revolution overthrew the Tsar and established the Provisional Government – come to power so quickly? How did this small force emerge from relative obscurity to win large sections of the working class to its programme and take power? Herein lies the root and essence of United Front policy in a traditional Marxist sense. First published in issue 88 of Workers World News Part 1: NUMSA and the ‘United Front Against Neoliberalism’
Part 2: Anti-militarist United Fronts and Italy’s “Red week”, 1914
Part 4: United Working Class Action and the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923

umlem_mapuche.jpg imageKilapán y la lucha Mapuche durante el siglo XIX Oct 12 23:51 by Espartaco Gatti 0 comments

Publicado originalmente en la edición n°25 del periódico anarquista chileno Solidaridad.

frenchprotest.jpg imageLessons of the "60s" for Anarchists in the New Radicalization Oct 06 08:16 by Wayne Price 0 comments

New York City, NY, USA

Wayne Price will be speaking at Bluestockings bookstore (172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington -  1 block south of Houston and 1st Avenue) on Oct. 29, Wed., 7pm:

enrages.jpg imageGli Enragés nella Rivoluzione francese Sep 20 14:59 by Marco Casalino 0 comments

Chi erano gli Enragés, chi faceva parte del movimento e quali obiettivi si proponevano di realizzare? Mio obiettivo è di fare una breve descrizione del loro pensiero politico lasciando volutamente senza risposta la domanda che da decenni gli storici si pongono: il movimento degli Enragés può essere considerato un predecessore della corrente anarchica?

erricomalatesta.jpg imageAnti-militarist United Fronts and Italy’s “Red week”, 1914 Sep 03 15:34 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

The United Front tactic – aimed at uniting masses of workers in action and winning Communist leadership for the working class – was adopted as policy by the Communist International (Comintern) in 1921 and will be discussed later in this series. However, there are important examples of working class unity in action which predate Comintern policy and bear relevance to the united fronts discussion. One often-cited example is the united front to defend the gains of the February Revolution from a military coup in Russia in 1917, which will be discussed in the next article in this series.

Before looking at this, however, there is another example of proletarian unity in action – that didn’t seek to win Communist leadership – which warrants attention; that of a revolutionary worker-peasant alliance. This conception of united front action found expression in Italy’s anti-militarist “red blocs” and it is to these that we now turn.

First published in issue 87 of Workers World News Part 1: NUMSA and the ‘United Front Against Neoliberalism’
Part 3: The 1917 Russian Revolution and United Front
Part 4: United Working Class Action and the Workers’ Council Movement in Germany, 1920-1923

textNon vogliamo discutere di fronte al nemico la loro morte Aug 24 15:13 by Gianni Sartori 5 comments

A 35 anni dalla morte di quattro compagni autonomi vicentini un ricordo di chi comunque ha lottato per un mondo senza servi né padroni...

Capa imageFilosofia da História - Mikhail Bakunin Aug 20 03:30 by Grupo de Estudos Anarquistas do piauí 0 comments

Coincidindo com a data aclamada como o "dia do Historiador" (19.08.), disponibilizamos a tradução de parte do livro "Escritos de filosofía politica - Vol I", uma compilação de textos de Mikhail Bakunin realizada por G. P. Maximoff. O Capítulo chama-se "Filosofia da História", e acreditamos que não servirá somente axs historiadorxs, mas para tod@s militantes anarquistas.

hahnwo8.jpg imageWorld War One and 100 Years of Counter-Revolution Aug 08 21:47 by Mark Kosman 0 comments

In 1871, Karl Marx wrote that governments use war as a fraud, a ‘humbug, intended to defer the struggle of the classes’. In 1914, that fraud was so effective that not only most workers but also most Marxists supported their respective nation’s rush to war. Ever since then, governments have used war to defer class struggle and prevent revolution. But this strategy cannot last forever.[1]

1914.jpg image15 giugno: 1914-2014 cento anni di Settimana Rossa - I moti rivoluzionari nella provincia ... Jun 15 16:19 by Alternativa libertaria 0 comments

Il 7 giugno 1914, ad Ancona si svolgono dei disordini tra lavoratori anconetani (principalmente portuari e ferrovieri appartenenti a sindacati autonomi di indirizzo socialista ed anarchico) e forze dell'ordine, schierate per difendere la parata militare celebrativa dello Statuto Albertino. Ancona è all'epoca una città che ha già avuto numerose esperienze di rivolte e sollevamenti popolari: dai moti del pane del 1898 agli scioperi del 1913. In quel periodo inoltre si assisteva alla creazione di un fronte comune di diversi movimenti e sindacati, uniti dall'antimilitarismo. L'opposizione alle politiche di guerra non era una lotta puramente ideologica.

10313824_300813076742200_1740153150031073765_n.jpg imageΤο εκρηκτικό 1936 στη... May 10 19:53 by Dmitri 0 comments

Να θυμόμαστε τον Μάη τιυ 1936 (και όχι μόνο)

textBeyond MayDay Celebrations: Towards a Viable Counter Movement in Nigeria May 01 19:46 by Warren McGregor 0 comments

The origin of May Day, International Workers Day, lies in the historic fight for decent working hours that culminated in the execution of four trade unionists in Chicago, the United States, in November 1887. This was a decisive moment in the struggle for a just society through militant trade unionism. In Nigeria, May Day was first declared in 1980 by the People’s Redemption Party (PRP)-led government of the late Abubakar Rimi in Kano State.

Imágenes de la manifestación del Primero de Mayo de 1914 en Bogotá. Fotografía del Periódico El Gráfico, Número 182 Mayo 2 de 1914. imageEl Primero de Mayo de 1914 en Colombia May 01 16:56 by Renán Vega Cantor 0 comments

¿Y qué es la fiesta del trabajo? Sencillo es comprenderlo: así como los santos y los acontecimientos celebres tienen su fiesta, el trabajo también tiene la suya. Y después de los domingos, que son días de descanso, ésta será la única fiesta que los obreros debemos guardar y respetar”.

Manuel Antonio Reyes, dirigente de la Unión Obrera, durante la celebración del Primero de Mayo de 1914, El Domingo, mayo 7 de 1914 [i].

prwtomagiametaapoidryshseke.jpg imageH Eργατική Πρωτομα&#... May 01 07:31 by Dmitri 0 comments

H Eργατική Πρωτομαγιά στη δεκεατία του1930


*Αποσπάσματα από τις σελίδες του "Ούτε Θεός-Ούτε Αφέντης" στο

papers.jpg imageΗ θεωρητικοποίησ... Feb 09 17:29 by Agustin Guillamon 0 comments

Η ιστορία είναι ένα ακόμη πεδίο μάχης μεταξύ των πολλών που υπάρχουν στον ταξικό πόλεμο. Δεν πρόκειται απλώς για ένα ζήτημα ανάκτησης της μνήμης των ταξικών αγώνων του παρελθόντος αλλά και μια μάχη για την ιστορία από επαναστατική σκοπιά, δηλαδή από την σκοπιά της υπεράσπισης των ιστορικών συμφερόντων του προλεταριάτου, η οποία δεν μπορεί να είναι άλλη από την θεωρητικοποίηση των ιστορικών εμπειριών του διεθνούς εργατικού κινήματος.

text1970-1973: Dialéctica del poder popular chileno Sep 18 19:52 by Jan Malewski 0 comments

Franck Gaudichaud es profesor universitario, colaborador de Le Monde Diplomatique y miembro de los colectivos editoriales de las revistas ContreTemps, Dissidences y del portal Hace ya varios años que investiga sobre la historia y actualidad de Chile y en particular del movimiento obrero durante la Unidad popular (1). A 40 años del golpe de Estado del 11 de septiembre de 1973, acaba de publicar en Francia dos libros importantes sobre el tema. El primero, Chili: mille jours qui ébranlèrent le monde, Le gouvernement Allende vu par en bas (1970-1973) – Chile, mil días que estremecieron al mundo. El gobierno Allende desde abajo (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Rennes 2013), nacido de una tesis de doctorado realizada bajo la dirección de Michael Löwy, analiza la discordancia de tiempos entre las luchas sociales y el tiempo institucional del Gobierno de Allende, así como el nacimiento de los “cordones industriales” y la dinámica colectiva del proyecto de la “vía chilena al socialismo”. El segundo, Venceremos (Syllepse, Paris 2013), presenta, en francés, varios documentos históricos del poder popular chileno de los años 1970-1973.

a40aos.jpg image40 years after the coup, we go on struggling for socialism and freedom Sep 12 17:15 by Organizaciones libertarias de Santiago 0 comments

40 years after the military coup, we libertarians keep our memories fresh for the present and the future. We do not look to the past as a gesture of defeat - rather we looking for confirmation that today's fight is the same one that the popular classes have been carrying on in Chile forever. [Castellano]

a40aos.jpg imageA 40 años del golpe, seguimos luchando por socialismo y libertad Sep 11 23:27 by Organizaciones libertarias de Santiago 0 comments

A 40 años del golpe militar, las y los libertarios hacemos un ejercicio de memoria para el presente y el futuro. No miramos al pasado con un gesto de derrota, sino buscando una confirmación de que la pelea que damos hoy es la misma que hemos dado las clases populares de Chile desde siempre. La clase dominante ha asumido distintas estrategias para someter al pueblo: ayer fue una dictadura militar que impuso a punta de fusil y de privatizaciones el modelo capitalista neoliberal, hoy es la democracia restringida y tutelada que impone su consenso precarizando el trabajo, asesinando al mapuche, reprimiendo a las y los estudiantes que luchan, entregando una salud indigna y una vivienda miserable, privando a las mujeres de la decisión sobre su cuerpo, entregando nuestros recursos naturales al mejor postor. [English]

mural40delgolpesocialismo.jpg imageA 40 años del Golpe: reivindicamos la experiencia del Poder Popular y el Socialismo desde... Sep 11 22:51 by Espartaco Gatti 0 comments

El debate estratégico entre los revolucionarios en torno al tema del poder, el rol central que ocupa la clase trabajadora en la construcción del socialismo y la espinosa discusión en torno a los límites de la institucionalidad burguesa para avanzar en nuestras luchas, son debates a los cuales hay que darle respuesta y que emergen a propósito del periodo que cerró el Golpe.

afiche_11_b__copia_2.jpg image[Chile] Comunicado | 'A 40 años del Golpe Militar contra nuestro Pueblo Trabajador' Sep 11 22:02 by Praxis Libertaria 0 comments

Los sucesos ocurridos el 11 de septiembre de 1973 marcarían un antes y un después para la clase trabajadora y el conjunto del pueblo del territorio de Chile. El terror y represión sufridos, sobre todo por los sectores militantes más comprometidos con las transformaciones estructurales, tras el Golpe de Estado y en los 17 años de Dictadura dejarían profundas e imborrables cicatrices. Las/os ejecutados, las/os detenidos desaparecidos, las/os torturados, las/os exiliados, las/os exonerados y las/os presos políticos materializan las miles de vidas exterminadas y quebrantadas; el costo político que tuvo que pagar nuestro pueblo y clase trabajadora por atreverse a tomar el control de sus vidas, a practicar y construir experiencias de autogestión a nivel económico y a nivel social...

b4584d05ecb29ed63ec658b8f64c98d8.jpg imageSindicatos no Brasil Aug 31 03:37 by Marcus Vinicius de Marchi Faria 0 comments

No final da década de 1970, mas especificamente no ano de 1978, após 10 anos de estagnação política do movimento operário que tem como um último grande momento as mobilizações da categoria no ano de 1968, causado especialmente pela repressão da ditadura civil-militar e pelo atrelamento cada vez mais dos sindicatos a um plano oficial de supercontrole do governo, o sindicalismo brasileiro passa a ter novamente o seu papel de protagonista entre as formas de contestação do sistema político, social, econômico, cultural e, principalmente, organizacional do ponto de vista enfrentamento capital versus trabalho. Esse artigo pretende retomar aspectos básicos do sindicalismo no Brasil, a partir da criação da Confederação Operária Brasileira e, apontar como os momentos de maior radicalização do movimento sindical no Brasil foram os que, em certa medida, tiveram uma ampla participação de base e sem controle centralizado de ideologias autoritárias tantos de esquerda como de direita e, ou, corporativistas.

coverlndvbt.jpg imageArditi del Popolo Aug 22 18:23 by Dmitri (republishing) 0 comments

Arditi del Popolo, ο πρώτος ένοπλος αγώνας ενάντια στο φασισμό 1921-1922
Κυκλοφόρησε το δεύτερο βιβλίο από την Ευτοπία, με τίτλο Arditi del Popolo, ο πρώτος ένοπλος αγώνας ενάντια στο φασισμό 1921-1922 του ιταλού αναρχικού Andrea Staid.

Η κηδεία των Θεμιστοκλή Καρανικόλα και Βασιλική&#9 imageΑγρίνιο, 1926: Ο αιματ ... Aug 15 04:43 by Dmitri (republishing) 0 comments

Από τις σελίδες του έντυπου δρόμου "Παροξυσμός"

textHiroshima, 68 anni fa: per non dimenticare Aug 07 17:43 by Lucio Garofalo 0 comments

In queste giornate afose rischiano di cadere in silenzio due date che rievocano un’immane tragedia per l’umanità. Mi riferisco al 6 e al 9 agosto 1945, quando gli americani sganciarono le bombe atomiche su Hiroshima e Nagasaki. Solo nei mesi immediatamente successivi alla deflagrazione i morti furono oltre 200 mila. Secondo stime attendibili, fino ad oggi le vittime accertate sarebbero oltre 350 mila, in seguito soprattutto alle affezioni tumorali provocate dalle micidiali radiazioni termonucleari.

textSiamo uomini o caporali? Aug 02 17:31 by Lucio Garofalo 0 comments

Come è noto, l’esperienza dei Soviet degli operai e dei contadini è finita male, ma Lenin ha fatto il suo “dovere” nelle condizioni storiche oggettive in cui era costretto ad agire, sebbene abbia commesso qualche errore politico, più o meno grave. La degenerazione in senso burocratico ed oppressivo dello stato sovietico ebbe inizio, seppure in minima parte, già con Lenin, ma si realizzò pienamente sotto Stalin, che fece strage di comunisti, anarchici e rivoluzionari vari, attuando una vera e propria controrivoluzione.

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