The international anarchist movement

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Articles on the anarchist movement and anarchist organisations all over the world

These articles are mostly taken from the pages of Workers Solidarity and Red and Black Revolution. They provide a crude snapshot of the international anarchist movement. The WSM is not part of any formal anarchist international for reasons outlined in our position paper on international organisation. However we are part of an informal grouping of platformist/specificist anarchists groups who agree with the Anarchist Platform statement. We also endorse the statement issued by the gathering of libertarian groups who met in Madrid during LibWeek 2001 and have joined International Libertarian Solidarity (S.I.L.). See our globalisation index for anarchist statements we have signed for the international protests and reports on some of these protests,


Syndicalism : Its strengths & weaknesses
The main organisational form in libertarian politics today is syndicalism. Alan MacSimon, a delegate to Dublin Council of Trade Unions who has also attended a European gathering of revolutionary unions looks at the potential, and limits, of syndicalism.

Interview: International organisation
The I.W.A.was formed at the 1922 Berlin Congress of Revolutionary Unionist organisations. This congress had been convoked by the CNT and USI in response to the formation of the Red Trade Union International

Bashing the Black Bloc?
In the wake of the G8 protests in Genoa, Ray Cunningham, who took part in the demonstrations there, looks at the future for the Black Bloc and the 'anti-globalisation' movement.

Platformism in action
The Workers Solidarity Movement was formed in 1984. Prior to this the late 1970s and early 1980s had seen the first episodes of public anarchist activity with the emergence of local anarchist groups, many of them short-lived, in Belfast, Dublin, Dundalk and Limerick.

International Libertarian Solidarity (SIL)

International Libertarian Solidarity (S.I.L.)
At the last Workers Solidarity Movement conference we took the decision to join a new international anarchist network, International Libertarian Solidarity

Anarchist organisations meet in Madrid [2001]
Report on the LibWeek 2001 meeting hosted by the CGT in Madrid and a review of the declaration it issued

International Conference reports

Rebels at Ruesta
In August 1995 an international gathering of libertarian communists took place in Ruesta, Spain. A week of discussions took place and at the end a declaration was drawn up. We present here extracts from the WSM delegates' report on the week and the agreed declaration.


The international
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Czech Republic

From the Czech Republic: Why we organise against the IMF
The Czech anarchist organisation Solidarita/Organisation of Revolutionary Anarchists is working as part of INPEG, the Czech alliance organising the protests in Prague this September. Vadim Barek, Solidarita's international secretary explains what the IMF means to workers in the Czech republic and why they are organising against the summit.

Anarchism with a future - The Czech Republic
Kevin Doyle talks to Vadim Barák of the Solidarita organisation in the Czech Republic about the problems and possibilities facing anarchists in the process of rebuilding a revolutionary movement.

Irish eyewitness report on S26 demonstration in Prague
I had chosen to march with the anarchist block that headed up (and indeed comprised the majority of) the blue march. The front of this was taken up by Czech anarchists followed by anarchist from the other Eastern European countries numbering perhaps a thousand in all. Holding the banners down one side of the march and taking position behind the eastern Europeans were anarchists from all the western European countries and a large number of automnen from Germany. This anarchist block probably numbered at least 3,000

Czech Anarchists battle Fascists


Russian Anarchism: After the fall
Although many classical anarchist theorists and figures came from Russia, the advent of the Soviet State effectively crushed the movement. Now anarchism is reborn in Russia. Laure Akai and Mikhail Tsovma write from Moscow to tell us a little about the trials and tribulations of the new Russian anarchist movement.

Coup in Russia; Anarchists banned
As we go to press the 'coup' in Moscow has just ended, although the question of whose coup it was still seems open. In any case it was no more than an argument between two equally undemocratic wings of the ruling class.

Anarchists in Russia's far east

World anarchisT News
Anarchist East-West Co-operation


Italian Anarchism...Get back to where you once belonged
Italy is one of the historical strongholds of the anarchist movement. Donato Romito, the international secretary of the Italian Federation of Anarchist Communists (Fd.C.A), provides an overview of the anarchist movement in Italy today, the organisations and publications that comprise it and the direction it should take in the future.

Interview with Italian anarchist
Italy seems all bad news these days with the new government coalition's that is a mix of the neo-fascist party National Alliance, the separatist Lega Nord and Forza Italia the party of the media tycoon, Berlusconi. A member of the Florence affiliate of the Italian Anarchist Federation tells us of some of the problems facing progressives in Italy.

The Italian Job
Florence has to be one of the most beautiful cites in Italy. Thanks to the hospitality of some friends in the Anarchist Movement of Florence (MAF) three members of the Workers Solidarity Movement were recently able to visit this city. During the week we spent there we were able to be tourists by day and meet with anarchists by night.


Interview with the SAC
Kevin Doyle of the Workers Solidarity Movement interview's Lars Hammarberg, an organiser with the Swedish syndicalist union the Central Organisation of Swedish Workers (SAC)

This is not SIPTU
The Central Organisation of Swedish Workers (SAC) is a union which describes itself as syndicalist and libertarian socialist.

Swedish trade union stays Libertarian
A recent discussion in the SAC saw the union reaffirm its libertarian politics

Swedish libertarian socialist murdered by fascists
SWEDISH FASCISTS murdered a long time trade unionist last October. Björn Söderberg was an activist of the 'libertarian socialist' Swedish Workers Central Organisation (SAC) union


Anarchism in the Land of the Rising Sun (and falling Yen)
In Japan anarchist ideas were first popularised by Kotoku Shusui and the movement grew despite severe repression into the 1920's.


Spanish Anarcho-syndicalists demonstrate in Madrid
A figure of twenty to twenty-five thousand demonstrated on December 2nd in what is the largest so far of a series of mainly 'black-and-red' demonstrations carried out in Madrid and other Spanish towns over the last few years.

Review: The Spanish CNT and the struggle in Puerto Real
This pamphlet is based on a talk by Pepe Gomez of the CNT's Puerto Real/Cadiz section given in London in October 1993. It is based on the long running battle between the CNT and the shipyard bosses.

General strike in Spain
Spain was closed down by a general strike in January. An Irish worker in Barcelona, and activist in the anarchist National Confederation of Labour (CNT-AIT) union, sent us this report.

Middle East

Statement by Israeli anarchists on the occupation

Pogroms in Palestine
An Israeli anarchist on Jewish resistance to the Israeli state

News from the land of the Cedars
An article by a Lebanese anarchist on the struggle in Lebanon

"Anarchism" in Russian and Arabic
Daniel Guerin's book "Anarchism" has been translated in Russian and Arabic for the first time.

Anarchism in Arabic
Daniel Guerins book Anarchism has been published in Arabic but your help is needed with its distribution.

South America

Workers Without Bosses - Workers' Self-Management in Argentina
The original battle cry of Argentinean people "Que se vayan todos" - We want all of them out - that expressed the will to break with the corrupt bureaucracies, with the political class, turned out with all of them staying in the end. These experiences also highlight many of the problems anarchists elsewhere face in the wake of popular risings and they show us that the building of a libertarian society is not a matter of repeating clichés and slogans.

The anarchist struggle in South America [In French]
Anarchists are once again on the march, their voices are being heard in mass social movements after many years of silence, and their message of self-organisation against capitalism is being listened to by an ever growing number of workers.

Review: Cuban Anarchism - The History of a Movement
Frank Fernández first gives a detailed and well documented account of how libertarian ideas first took hold in Cuba.

Mexican Anarchism
A report on a recent anarchist conference in Mexico

Feb 2001 - What is it that is different about the Zapatistas?
In an article written for the Irish Mexico Group's magazine 'Chiapas Revealed' Andrew Flood takes a personal look at why the Zapatistas have attracted international support and why many activists see them as an example of a different way of organising

North America

May 2002 - An Irish Anarchist in the Northeast - Reflections on the North American Anarchist Movement
In May Chekov Feeney of the WSM went on a speaking tour of the NE US and SE Canada for the North East Federation of Anarchist Communists (NEFAC). These are his reflections on the tour as published in their magazine.

Anarchist ex-Black Panther to speak in Ireland
Lorenzo Komboa Ervin speaking tour, US political prisoner and ex-Black Panther was speaking in Ireland in May of 1997. This article explains who he is.

Anarchists raided in Canada
The Canadian state has raided anarchists in Quebec in response to growing social unrest.


Africa, anarchism & neo-liberalism
Many African countries are chronically broke. They must regularly borrow money to finance the public sector and to service their existing debt. The IMF is willing to provide loans as long as the government will carry out a neo-liberal reform package, known as a Structural Adjustment Program (SAP)

.Review: African Anarchism: The history of a movement
This book is written by two members of the Awareness League, a 1000-strong anarcho-syndicalist organisation in Nigeria

Jan 2001 - An Irish anarchist in Africa
The previous international secretary of the WSM, Chekov Feeney, spent 2000 travelling over land through Africa. His personal diary accounts of each country and now online

South Africa

South African Anarchists Organise
In 1989 one of the first anarchist organisations in modern African history came into existence. This was the Awareness League of Nigeria.Now a further organisation has begun to work for the objective of anarchism in Africa - this is the Workers Solidarity Federation (WSF) of South Africa.

After Apartheid: Anarchism and the 'new' South Africa
Just three years after the famous elections that ended apartheid in April 1994, South Africa's reforms are in crisis and dissatisfaction is rising. In a wide ranging interview we ask the Workers Solidarity Federation for their views on what has happened since the end of apartheid. Interview by Kevin Doyle.


Internet Review
Urban75 is a great example of how the net has facilitated the creation of new communities of interest and culture

Bengali workers fight 7-day week
The National Garment Workers Federation which has links with anarcho-syndicalists unions is fighting against a 7 day week.

Revolutionary Veteran speaks at Bulgarian anarchist conference
Report on the 8th Congress of the Bulgarian anarchist federation

World anarchist news
CGT Doubles vote in Union Elections - Australian Anarchism

If the cops don't like you
Class War meeting banned in Dublin

Class war is over: Long live the Class War
The British Class War Federation has dissolved itself and published a final issue of its paper. We look at why they took this decision.

The fight against fascism...yesterday and tomorrow
On February 15th, the 'Plume Noire' anarchist bookstore was plastered with fascist stickers. At around 5am the bookshop was completely destroyed in an obviously well orchestrated incendiary attack.

World anarchist news
Four short pieces from Germany, Spain, Belorussia and Poland about anarchist activities in those countries.

513 Anarchists arrested in Greece
On November 18th this year after an overnight battle with police and fascist gangs on one side and Greek anarchists on the other riot police stormed Athens Polytechnic and arrested 513 of the 2000 mostly anarchist occupiers.

Anarchist students win in Australian NUS elections

World Anarchist News
Anarchism in France

International shorts
- Nigeria: Raids on anarchist meetings - Asian unions check out anarchism - Moldova: Anarchists allowed to leave

New history of anarchist organisation
Review of Alexandre Skirdas: Facing the Enemy: A History of Anarchist Organisation from Proudhon to May 1968.

Red and Black Ireland

News of Anarchism in Ireland

The Ainriail mailing list carries the latest news from the WSM and the struggles anarchists are involved in. There are never more then 8 posts a week (and normally only 2-4). We post printed articles to it shortly after they are published.

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Whatever happened to the AWG
Our welcoming of the AWG was mainly based on a number of reasons. Their experience within DAM had led them to reject Syndicalism They also accepted the basis of the Platform of the Libertarian Communists, On Ireland they took a firm anti-imperialist line, and actually took place in activity around this. Now just over two years later the AWG no longer exists.

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