social movements

Occupy Rome 15 October 2011

A summary of yesterday’s events would be useless, as I’m pretty sure by now you’ve all read the big headlines about riots and clashes with the police at the “Occupy Rome” demonstration. If you haven’t, a good starting point is this video (in Italian). For some info in English, check Al Jazeera’s reports. (Neither reports are completely unbiased, don’t ask too much…).

"Occupy Wall Street": Why the struggle must go beyond occupation

A friendly critique of the "Occupy" movements which urges the protesters to question their assumptions.

Italy: An introduction to the NO TAV movement

A short summary of the NO TAV (No to the High Speed Train) movement, which is based in the Susa Valley in Piedmont and which opposes the creation of the new high speed railway line between Turin and Lyon in France. This line is part of a EU project which plans to connect Lyon to Budapest and then onto Ukraine.

Italy: civil war in Valsusa – Repression against NO TAV movement

After a crowded torchlight march on the night between June 26th and 27th, the Free Republic of the Maddalena in Piedmont was brutally assaulted by a full-scale military operation performed by around 2000 forces that turned the place into a battle site: teargas thrown at eye level, bulldozers and heavy vehicles used to evict the camp, water jets against protesters, beatings, tents and equipment smashed up. In the nearby town of Venaria, a riot police vehicle on its way to the site ran over and killed “by mistake” an elderly woman.

Casa Pound and the new radical right in Italy

Blocco Studentesco during scuffles in Piazza Navona, Rome, 2008.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that a group of zine-publishing techie squatters into rock music, baiting the state and defending the working class were part of the anarchist left. But, writes the Moyote Project, Italy's Casa Pound movement is symptomatic of the radical right's growing ability to assimilate progressive agendas into a toxic and populist political brew.

World War I and the demise of British feminism - Susan Kingsley Kent

How war stifled British feminism. Up until 1914, the suffrage campaign became a mass movement involving thousands. In 1918, Parliament granted the vote to women over the age of thirty but, although half of the potential female electorate remained disenfranchised, organized feminism never regained its prewar status.

What happens if the USA defaults on its debts??????????

Given the US debt, and the global crisis unfolding, the question above should be seriously considered. My knowledge of economics is pretty poor, but I refuse to accept that experts are the only ones who have something to say, so....

(btw, this is something carried over from the Greek thread: out of the labyrinth.)

Working-class history: Anarcho-syndicalism on Merseyside

Extracts from the book Building the Union: Studies on the growth of the workers’ movement: Merseyside, 1756-1967 by Bob Holton about anarcho-syndicalism in the area in the early part of the 20th century.

Anarchists and radicals in 1890s Patras

Brief chronology of revolutionary groups, movements, events and individuals in the Greek town of Patras.

The Federacion Anarquista Uruguaya: Crisis, armed struggle and dictatorship, 1967-85

PDF pamphlet of a history of the Federacion Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU). Founded in 1956 it was one on the strongest anarchist movements in Latin America. In the 1960s, it faced a rising tide of repression which would culminate in the military dictatorship of 1973-85. The FAU is still active today.