A blurred picture emerges from local vote in Italy


While European social-democratic forces celebrate the victory of the socialist Hollande in the French Presidential race, the administrative and mayoral elections held in Italy seem to provide a more blurred and nuanced picture.

Clashes during International Workers’ Day in Turin

The annual celebration of International Workers’ Day in Turin has become an occasion for activists to organise protests against local Mayor Fassino (PD, Centre-Left):

Armed joy - Alfredo Bonanno

Italian insurrectionary anarchist Alfredo Bonanno's most notorious text, 1977's Armed Joy is a call to militant, playful action. It was ordered to be destroyed in Italy following its publication. We do not agree with the text fundamentally but reproduce it for reference.

Italian government doesn’t obey to Italian laws

Marisa Meyer (photo) is 67 years old, to walk she needs the help of a crutch, her hands tremble, but on 11 April she succeeded in fooling about 400 policeman who were patrolling the yet-to-come-building-site for the Torino-Lyon TAV.

Accusations against housing movements in Rome demolished by Tribunal

In September 2009, hundreds of Carabinieri stormed a school in the Magliana area of Rome and arrested dozens of people who were occupying it. The charges made against them were super harsh: organised crime, extortion, possession of weapons, theft, assaulting police officers, and more.

Migrant stories from Fortress Italy

It’s spring, and while most of us are already organising our summer holidays, some people have very different journeys in mind. In Northern Africa, migrants from all over the continent try to reach the Sicilian coast by any means.

The Third Generation: the Young Socialists in Italy, 1907-1915 - Canadian Journal of History, 1996

The youthful Bordiga

This is a wonderfully informative text about the political milieu that produced Bordiga, Gramsci and, of course, Mussolini... It describes the increasing radicalisation of the youth wing of the italian Socialists from 1910 onwards, leading to increasing adoption of anti-militarist, anti-nationalist and antiparliamentary policies by its most active members.

It's available online elsewhere in various various fragmented and badly proofread versions, so here's a cleaned up version.

Comparing Fordist cities: urban crisis and union response in Detroit 1915-45 and Turin 1950-75

Detroit's Hudson Motor Car Company off Jefferson Ave.

Essay by Ted Perlmutter comparing the industrial cities of Detroit and Turin, their economies, demographics and the struggles that took place. While we have some criticisms of the article, we reproduce it here for reference as it contains some very interesting information.

Italy: NO TAV against fascism!

Last Friday 9th March, a small number of militants from the neofascist group Forza Nuova (“New Force”) protested outside the offices of the newspaper Il Giornale in Milan.

NO TAV women's day: reclaim dissent!

Responding to a call out made by women within the movement a few days ago, today around 100 NO TAV women met up in Susa to “have a chat” with the local Mayor (a woman herself).