CIW: Help Us Abolish Sweatshops in Florida's Fields!

Over the next several weeks, we ask that you take this simple action to help end the human rights crisis in Florida’s fields: Drop a letter at your local McDonald’s calling on the fast-food giant to stop sidestepping the real issues and work with the CIW for real farm labor reform, and ask the manager to make your feelings known to corporate headquarters in Chicago.

L'Autre campagne se construit dans l'Etat d'Oaxaca

L'Autre Campagne se construit à Oaxaca, l'Etat du Mexique le plus peuplé par les Amérindiens, sur le point de recevoir le sous-commandant Marcos. Nous sommes la Brigade "Ricardo Flores Magón", ouvrant les premiers pas de

The Alternative Social Forum in Caracas: Voices from the Left

In Caracas, Venezuela between January 23-29, 2006, 10 local socio-political organizations offered an alternative forum and critique of national politics in response to the World Social Forum. The result was a smaller-scale event but self-directed and reflective of current self-organizing capacity. The alternative forum was independent, self-managed and borne out of years of experience of organizing in the Venezuelan context.

Palestinian Parliamentary Elections: The Hamas Victory

An Israeli anarchist communist briefly examines the results of the elections to the Palestinian parliament which saw the defeat of the previous majority party, Fatah, in favour of the fundamentalist Hamas, running under the name of "Change and Reform".

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On Organization and Oppressive Social Relationships: Building a Revolutionary Movement

A revolutionary movement is needed and must be built in order for us to free ourselves and we need to build solidarity with each other and oppressed people everywhere -- with that being said, we also need revolutionary organization.

Québec: The Strike of the General Assembly

In this interview Nicolas Phebus reflects on the Québec student movement and its most recent mobilization in the Spring of 2005 against cuts to education funding by the ruling Liberal Party under Jean Charest. The Liberals’ attempt to convert more than 100 million dollars in grants and bursaries into loans, thereby effectively doubling the indebtedness of poorer students, was met by an unprecedented student mobilization.

La démocratie en prison!

Deux activistes libertaires de Sherbrooke sont allés en prison, hier, durant les élections fédérales pour avoir exercé leur liberté d'expression...

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Why an Anarchist Organization is Needed... But Not a "Vanguard Party"

Right now only a few people are revolutionary anarchists. The big majority of people reject anarchism and any kind of radicalism (if they think about it at all). For those of us who are anarchists, a key question concerns the relationship between the revolutionary minority (us) and the moderate and (as-yet) nonrevolutionary majority. Shall the revolutionary minority wait for the laws of the Historical Process to cause the majority (at least of the working class) to become revolutionary, as some propose? In that case, the minority really does not have to do anything. Or does the minority of radicals have to organize itself in order to spread its liberatory ideas, in cooperation with the historical process? If so, should the revolutionary minority organize itself in a top-down, centralized, fashion, or can it organize itself as a radically democratic federation, consistent with its goal of freedom?

Mexico 2006: The Other Campaign

By David Van Deusen

San Cristobal, Mexico, January 1st 2006 -Deep in the Mountains and jungles of Chiapas, populated primarily with indigenous peasants, stirs a force which is seeking to up stage the high financed drama of the 2006 Mexican presidential election. The force grows out of rebel occupied territory held by the EZLN, commonly known as the Zapatistas. The Zapatistas control five regions in Chiapas. Each of these regions includes many small villages, containing a total population in the tens of thousands. Since an armed uprising launched on January 1st, 1994 (the day NAFTA went into effect) these communities have been administered autonomously, guided by humanitarian principles, and utilizing directly democratic decision-making structures at a local level. Their autonomy stems from a shaky cease-fire agreement with the Mexican government which has more or less been in effect since the mid-nineties, and is guarded by a standing rebel army estimated to be in the thousands. However, over the course of the last five years the EZLN, who have political aspirations far beyond Chiapas, has found itself more and more isolated from the larger, but fragmented, Mexican left. This isolation has greatly hampered Zapatista attempts to expand their practical influence beyond their few rural strongholds.

Resistencia Libertaria - l’opposition anarchiste à la dernière dictature argentine

Une vaste résistance populaire s’est confrontée aux dictatures militaires qui ont étranglé l’Amérique latine dans les années soixante-dix. Des militants de diverses tendances politiques ont lutté, de façon spontanée ou organisée, et leurs efforts ont indéniablement sauvé bien des vies et hâté l’effondrement de ces régimes brutaux. Bien que certaines de leurs contributions aient été célébrées dans des livres, articles ou films, d’importants pans de la résistance n’ont jamais été étudiés. En particulier, l’opposition anarchiste aux dictatures − qui a existé en Argentine, au Brésil, au Chili et en Uruguay − a été presque entièrement omise de l’analyse historique. L’interview qui suit répare cette omission. Elle retrace l’histoire de Resistencia Libertaria, une organisation anarchiste clandestine, fondée peu de temps avant la prise de pouvoir des militaires, en 1976.

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