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Pajaud, Séraphine (1858- after 1934)

Pajaud with St Junien anarchists

A short biography of Séraphine Pajaud, French anarchist and champion of atheism, anti-militarism and women's liberation

“You cannot tell me you've never heard of Séraphine Pajaud! ... Séraphine Pajaud …. Is an anarchist who holds meetings against the Army, against religion and for the emancipation of women. Last year, four hundred and fifty people, of whom two hundred were women, listened to her speaking at La Roche Sur Yon on the inexistence of God.

The Voltairine de Cleyre Reader

The Voltairine de Cleyre Reader, edited by Professor A.J. Brigati, is a collection of the work of the American female anarchist.

The book’s preface by Barry Pateman provides an overview of de Cleyre’s life (1866-1912), her contribution to anarchism, and notes that while de Cleyre “preferred not to label her expressions of anarchism,” her essays “reveal her tendencies as an individualist anarchist.” The preface explains that de Cleyre was born into poverty and then shipped off for a convent education.

Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV witchhunt: a must-watch documentary

Summary and trailer of a documentary about how in May last year Greek authorities conducted a sweep where they forced women deemed to be sex workers to undergo HIV tests and then imprisoned those who tested positive on prostitution charges.

RUINS: Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt comes out in September (see below for the trailer).

Ideology without revolution: Jewish women in Israel - Dina Hecht and Nira Yuval-Davis

In-depth article on the historic role of women in the zionist movement and the development of feminism in Israel.

Ideology without revolution: Jewish women in Israel - Dina Hecht and Nira Yuval-Davis

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'In the State of Israel almost every woman is a working woman.
  • 1. The authors acknowledge fruitful discussions with A. Ehrlich and are grateful to him for allowing them to make use of material contained in an article by him which he intends to publish in a forthcoming issue of Khamsin.

Franca Rame’s rape: Fascists, carabinieri and ‘a higher wish’ - Girolamo De Michele

Article on Italian state and police involvement in the rape and torture of a radical activist by fascists, translated by Struggles in Italy. Trigger warning for discussion of sexual violence.

On the 9th of March 1973 Franca Rame was abducted by five men and forced to get in a van where she was tortured and raped. Famously, Franca managed to talk about this aggression in a monologue called ‘Lo Stupro’ (‘The Rape’), which she included in the show ‘Tutta casa, letto e chiesa’.

Death of Franca Rame, actor and political activist

The funeral of actor, communist and feminist activist Franca Rame was held in Milan on the morning of Friday 31st May 2013. She died aged 84.

TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

The heretic's guide to the Bible

The worst of the Bible: over 100 passages revealing the Bible to be a contradiction-ridden exercise in hate, misogyny, domination and submission and sadistic power fantasies, edited by Chaz Bufe.

One had better put on gloves before reading the New Testament. Bhe presence of so much filth makes it very advisable.
- Frederick Nietzsche, The Anti-Christ

Primitive communism and women's role in its emergence

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How did human evolution give rise to a species whose very survival is based on mutual confidence and solidarity? More particularly, what was woman’s role in this process?

This is a review of Christophe Darmangeat's recent book, 'Primitive Communism is Not What it Was'.

Woman's Role in the Emergence of Human Culture (part 1)

Rethinking class: from recomposition to counterpower - Paul Bowman

In this article Paul Bowman draws a line between revolutionary class analysis and universalist utopianism and goes on to explore the history of different ideas of class and the elusive revolutionary subject. After exploring the intersecting lines of class and identity, he poses the challenge that we as libertarian communists face as we strive to create “cultural and organisational forms of class power [that] do not unconsciously recreate the... hierarchies of identity and exclusion” that are the hallmark of the present society.

Against universalism, against utopianism

The term class divides people into two camps. One which seems to uphold its validity with an almost cult-like intensity, and a much larger camp that is at best undecided, but mostly turned off entirely by it – and especially so by the apparently religious fervour of the small minority in the first camp.

Pope embraces the No Choice March in Rome

Pro-life supporters march in Rome on Mother's Day (March 12); meanwhile a hundred of left-wing activist also rallied to remember Giorgiana Masi, the 18-year old who was killed in 1977 during a rally celebrating the anniversary of the victory of the divorce referendum.

Straight into the arms of Francis I, the new Pope: the pro-life march held in Rome on May 12 (Mother’s Day) couldn’t have asked for a better ending.