Every nation-state is imperialist by nature - Tom Wetzel

Many leftists see so-called "national liberation" movements as the strategy for opposing American imperialism. Tom Wetzel asks if this is the case.

The idea is that creating independent state-run economies can cut down the power of the dominant centers of capital and chart an independent course that gives expression to "national self-determination." National liberation only enhances the power of the local boss class.

Third World Nationalism

Ireland, nationalism and imperialism, the myths exploded, 1972-1992 - Subversion

Written before the Good Friday Agreement at a time when the 'armed struggle' was still part of daily life in Northern Ireland this article, though inevitably somewhat dated, this remains a cogent analysis of the recent history of Ireland.


'... the fate of the province [Northern Ireland] is still, as it has been for so long, poised on a knife- edge between a slow climb back to some form of ordered existence, or a swift plunge into unimaginable anarchy and civil war.'

Race, class and organisation - Workers Solidarity Federation

An interesting analysis of race, anarchism and class from South African organisation the Workers Solidarity Federation from 1998.


We recently observed a very fruitful discussion on race and class on the internet, particularly around "black" anarchism, special oppressions and the desirability of separate organisation.

Ben Bella on "national liberation"

Ben Bella, a leading figure in the Algerian Front Liberation Nationale during the struggle against French colonialism, speaks of his disillusionment following their success. Ben Bella became President of newly independent Algeria in 1962.

Ben Bella on "national liberation"

Q: What are the main lessons you've learned from your experience?

Hegel on acid - A response to 'Marxists and the so-called problem of imperialism'

A reply to a Wildcat (UK) discussion document of the late 1980s. This article makes some interesting observations on the subject, and avoids both a simple leftist anti-imperialist view or an ultra-leftist dismissal of the significance of imperialism.




Armed gunmen attack Palestine Workers' Radio

Al-Aqsa militant with child

Armed gunmen from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades attacked the offices of the Palestine Workers' Radio for inciting "internal conflicts" in Palestine.

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights strongly condemns an attack launched on offices of Palestinian Workers Radio, which falls under the scope of repeated attacks on media intuitions by armed Palestinian groups. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice.

Budapest: protests grow as politicians manoeuvre

Budapest has seen the largest anti-government demonstrations yet with up to 40,000 demonstrating peacefully outside parliament demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany.

Gyurcsany was caught on tape admitting he “lied morning, noon and night” to get elected, but now claims he didn’t mean he actually lied, but was just exaggerating.

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.

1894-1931: Anarchism in Korea

Tram in Pyongyang, Korea under the Japanese rule, 1930s

A short history of anarchism and the anarchist movement in North and South Korea.

In the 2,000 years of Korean history there arose movements fighting for peasants rights and for national independence. Within these movements there were tendencies that may be seen as forerunners of modern anarchism, in the same way as we might view the Diggers in the English revolution.

1988: The Halabja Massacre

5,000 dead - Halabja

The history of the Saddam Hussein's poison gas attack, with the complicity of the West, in the working class stronghold of Halabja.

Eyewitness in Halabja