social movements

The slow burning fuse: the lost history of the British anarchists - John Quail

Partial text of John Quail's excellent history of the anarchist movement in the UK from its origins until the 20th century.

Surrealism in the Arab World

Artilce printed in the journal Arsenal: Surrealist Subversion no.3, 1976. Includes The Manifesto of the Arab Surrealist Movement, 1975.

Where there's smoke... anarchism after the RNC

A critical review of anarchist organization in relation to the 2008 US Republican National Convention.

Zengakuren: Japan's revolutionary students


This is an excellent historical introduction to the period of Japanese student radicalism that began after the war in the wake of the increasingly ineffective strategies of the Japanese Communist Party and which culminated in massive social unrest and change around the Japanese school system and society in general.

Resisting degradations and divisions: an interview with S'bu Zikode

S’bu Zikode is the elected president of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a radical and radically democratic shackdwellers’ movement in South Africa that has committed itself to waging its struggles independently from party-political and NGO control.[1] This is an excerpt from a longer interview.

Anarchist groups in Poland - Lódź 1905 - 1939

membership “Internacjonał” (“The Internationalist”)

Social and political situation in Lodz at the beginning of XX century:
At the beginning of XX century Lodz was a dynamically developing centre of the cotton and woollen industry. The favourable location of the city and its developing industrial infrastructure caused a rapid migration of the workers in search of the employment in its factories. At the same time, very low salaries and the lack of social security institutions caused the numerous unrests, until the year of 1906 and the general strike with so called “Lodz’s lockout” that follow.

Recapturing the spirit of 2006; reflections on the second statewide APPO conference - Claudio Albertani

A report on the February 2009 APPO conference in Mexico. The report illustrates the internal struggle between the social movement and the political forces who want to reduce the social movement to their own obedient political constituency.

Sekwanele! Social movement struggles for land and housing in post-apartheid South Africa

This article, published in the current issue of Left Turn magazine in the USA, gives a useful overview of the militant grassroots movements in South Africa.

The APPO two years on: Where now for Oaxaca's social movement?

"They will only see us on our knees when in front of the graves of our dead we can tell them...'We won.'"

Two years later what is left now in Oaxaca? Has the APPO been reduced to a memorial mechanism to commemorate its fallen? Is it accurate, as URO keeps insisting with epileptic vigor, that, "nothing is happening" here? Or are we seeing a movement in chrysalis, reconsolidating only to reemerge just as vibrant, but even smarter, than before?

Civil society, citizenship and the politics of the (im)possible: rethinking militancy in Africa today

A major and widely influential new theoretical statement on the rising tide of anti-state politics by a major radical African intellectual.