Anarchist Federation

1997: The Albanian insurrection

Demonstrators in 1997

A little-known uprising in Albania, triggered by International Monetary Fund measures after which the state lost complete control.

The uprising that took Albania to the brink of revolution in 1997 was not supposed to happen – the Albanians, we were told, had shaken off their Stalinist masters and were now enjoying their new found capitalist freedom.

1977: The Bologna uprising

Students and workers fight together on the streets of Bologna

A very brief outline of the seizure of Bologna by workers and students in 1977, and the run-up to it following the shooting of a demonstrator.

Autonomia!

Italy 1977 saw a spontaneous and creative outbreaks of rebellion demonstrating that the potential for revolution still exists in the working class of the industrialised west - no matter what the lefty cynics say.

Mohamed, Sail, 1894-1953

Sail Mohamed, seated front row, centre.

A biography of Algerian anarchist, Spanish Civil War fighter and mechanic Sail Mohamed Ameriane ben Amerzaine.

Sail Mohamed
Full name Sail Mohamed Ameriane ben Amerzaine, born 14 October 1894 - Kabylie, Algeria, died April 1953

Sail Mohamed Ameriane ben Amerzaine (pictured above sitting front row centre) was born on 14 October 1894 at Tarbeit-Beni-Ouglis in the Berber region of Kabylie, Algeria.

Ortega, Margarita, ?-1914

Contemporary cartoon depicting PLM members, Diaz and others

A short biography of Mexican anarchist school teacher and sharpshooter Margarita Ortega, who was executed in 1914.

Margarita Ortega
Born date and location unknown, died 1914 - Mexicali, Mexico

Peron, Eva "Evita", 1919-1952

Eva Peron

A critical look at the life and political actions of Eva "Evita" Peron, widely regarded as a hero of the poor and downtrodden.

Turned into a Latin American saint, worshipped by thousands of Argentinians, the subject of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and more recently a film starring Madonna, "Evita" has been the subject of much attention over the years.

Pissarro, Camille, 1830-1903

Haymakers Resting, 1891 (210 Kb); Oil on canvas, 65.4 x 81.3 cm (25 3/4 x 32 in); McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, TX

A short biography of French Impressionist artist and anarchist Camille Pisarro.

Camille Pisarro
Born 10 July 1830 – St. Thomas, Caribbean, died 13 November 1903 - Paris, France

At the end of the nineteenth century, anarchist ideas had a notable influence not just among workers but also in literary and artistic circles in France.

1935-1980s: The reign of Haile Selassie in Ethiopia

A critical look at the rule of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, regarded by many as progressive, and by some as God incarnate!

Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia (full title "His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings and Elect of God") has almost universally been remembered as a kindly benefactor, yet the evidence suggesting otherwise is overwhelming.

Signac, Paul, 1863-1935

Signac's Port of La Rochelle

A short biography of Paul Signac a French neo-impressionist painter and anarchist who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the pointillist style.

Paul Signac
Born 11 November 1863 - Paris, France, died 15 August 1935 - Paris, France

Téllez Solà, Antonio, 1921-2005

Antonio Téllez Solà.

A biography of an anti-Franco guerrilla who became the leading historian of the Spanish Resistance, Antonio Téllez Solà.

Antonio Téllez Solà
Born January 18 1921 - Tarragona, Spain, died March 27 2005 - Perpignan, France.

The Herodotus of the anti-Franco maquis

1919-1946: Gandhi and the national liberation of India

Gandhi - non-violent freedom fighter?

A critical examination of the 'saint' of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi, and his role in the 'liberation' of India.

Mahatma Gandhi is often cited by pacifists as the shining example of how non-violent civil disobedience works successfully. Unfortunately, these paeans of praise leave out a close study of Gandhi’s role in the Indian struggle for ‘independence’, and just as importantly, who were his class allies in that struggle.