History

The occupation of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, 1979 - Steven Johns

A short account of a sit in at the Swedish health board by LGBT activists in 1979 which successfully pressured the government to remove the designation of homosexuality as a mental illness. It also sparked myths of a widespread "phoning in gay" protest.

Gay in the gulag

Historical information about the repression of gay men in the Soviet Union in the wake of the government's re-criminalisation of homosexuality in 1933, after its decriminalisation in 1922. Trigger warning for sexual violence.

The No Gun Ri massacre, 1950

A short history of one of the biggest mass killings of civilians by US ground troops, the No Gun Ri massacre, which took place during the Korean war on 26 July, 1950.

Humans lived as anarchist-communist hunter-gatherers for 100,000 years. But how did this 'primitive' communism work?

It would be absurd to try to return to the social relations of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. But these social relations lasted for 100,000 years in the most successful anarchist-communism experiment in history. So there must be something to learn from hunter-gatherers.

The pygmies of Central Africa traditionally live in ways that come closest to the ways prehistoric hunter-gathers may have lived. This article is one of the most recent studies of the way African pygmies make anarchist-communism work by maintaining egalitarian social relations.

Shays' rebellion, 1786

Soldiers opened fire on rebels

A short history of the "Shays' rebellion" in Massachusetts in the wake of the American Revolution, in which many poor farmers and war veterans attempt to shut down the state's courts in protest at the debt burden on veterans and high taxes on farmers.

The Northwood and Pinner hospital occupation, 1983

The Northwood and Pinner hospital, occupied

A very short history of the occupation of the small Northwood and Pinner hospital in London, which successfully prevented its proposed closure.

The Hayes Cottage hospital occupation, 1983

Hayes Cottage hospital, occupied by the workers

Historical information about and images from the occupation of Hayes Cottage hospital by its workers, who took over the establishment and ran it collectively when it was faced with closure in 1983.

Lesser Known Wobblies series

Lesser Known Wobblies series

A series of short biographies of members of the IWW who aren't as remembered as some of the more famous names.

Remembering Spain : Italian anarchist volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (second edition)

Marzocchi supplied arms to Spanish anarchists at the start of the Spanish Revolution and fought on the Aragon front from October 1936 until 1937. This is his account , covering the counter-revolution of May 1937 in Barcelona and the Communists’ murder of Camillo Berneri. Expanded with a timeline of Marzocchi’s life from "Umanita Nova".

The anarchists in the Spanish civil war - Robert Alexander

A significant, two-volume work by Robert Alexander, re-examining the role of the anarchists in the Spanish civil war and revolution, from their participation in the military to the management of substantial segments of the Spanish economy.