Spain

Some reflections from the Red and Black Coordination meeting in Madrid

Some short interviews with participants of a Red and Black Coordination meeting in Spain during 2014.

The revolutionary message of the Friends of Durruti.

George Fontenis' analysis of the Friends of Durruti from a pamphlet translated by the Workers' Solidarity Movement.

The two anarchisms - legalism and illegalism in the libertarian movement in late nineteenth century Spain - Miguel Amorós

A review of the vicissitudes of Spanish anarchism between 1873 and 1897, with special emphasis on the anti-organizational, terrorist (“propaganda of the deed”), and individualist currents within the libertarian movement, and their disastrous consequences for the development of anarchism in Spain.

Catalan manifesto for the social history of town and country - Miguel Amorós and Joan Carles Gelabertó

A succinct “Manifesto” for the purpose of rectifying public opinion concerning the libertarian history of separatist and independence movements in Northeastern Spain since the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire, illuminating the democratic and communal roots of uprisings by peasants and town workers, and casting a different light on nationalism and separatism in the context of the history of the Iberian Peninsula, intended as an antidote to the virulent reactionary separatism that exclusively serves the interests of flag waving local oligarchies eager to sell out their countrymen to international capital and lay waste to the land of their fathers.

What's behind Operation Pandora? - Revista Argelaga

A short article featuring observations and analysis of the government crackdown on and arrests of anarchists in Barcelona and Madrid in December 2014, written by the editors of the Barcelona journal, Argelaga.

Spain: Pandora’s box

Meetings attended by thousands of people have been held in several cities of Spain in the wake of arrests of anarchists by police on the morning of December 16. In the course of a special operation code-named “Pandora”, the police tracked down activists whom they intended to accuse of organizing terrorist acts. As a result, 14 people were arrested; three were later released.

Review of Ready for Revolution, by Jorge Valadas.

Cover of Ready for Revolution: a black rifle against a red background

A really sharp review of Agustin Guillamon’s Ready for Revolution: The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933-1938 was just published on H-net. Links to the original below.

Mortgaged Lives

Written by two of the founders of the PAH, Mortgaged Lives explains the causes of and points towards those responsible for the Spanish mortgage crisis and the broader situation. Ada Colau and Adrià Alemany analyze the role of the public administration, reveal the fights carried out by the PAH through first-person accounts and offer advice and useful resources for defending the right to housing and avoiding abuses of power by banks and financial institutions.

2006: Interview with a CNT striker at Mercadona

A 2006 interview with a CNT member on strike in Barcelona.

Peirats J. Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution

Written by a lifelong member of the CNT, this is the most comprehensive, critical history of the Spanish Civil War and the role played in it by the CNT-FAI, the anarcho-syndicalists and anarchists. Beginning with an overview of the Spanish working class movement stretching back to the 19th Century and ending with the defeat of the revolution this should be required reading.