Words from Alfredo Cospito

from Malacoda

The following text is the speech of the imprisoned anarchist Alfredo Cospito at the debate on the struggle against nuclear energy held during the initiative “Voi gli date vent’anni, noi gli diamo la parola” (“You give him twenty years, we give him the word”), at Circolaccio Anarchico, in Spoleto, on March 20, 2021.

Burn Baby Burn!

“Burn Baby Burn!”

The chant goes up into the air as the flames of the cop van rise higher and higher, burning away a pressure that has been building for far too long.

The cop station’s windows are kicked in to the roaring joy of the crowd, its raining rocks from above on the riot cops from youths who’ve occupied part of its roof. Repeated attacks on the cop lines are visibly putting the fear into them. Bottles rain down on the cop dog unit’s failed attempt to assault the mob from behind. Riot shields and batons liberated from the cops are used to fight back, a piece of their own medicine. Others are caring for people sprayed with mace, while sound systems ring out. Another cop car is burning round the corner, this is like nothing we have seen before…

What actually Happened in Bristol – and How a Narrative is Built

from Anarchist Federation UK

It’s easy to get a sense of deja-vu when you get home and start reading press reports and twitter accounts from a demonstration. For that reason, whilst I’ll be writing about the events in Bristol this Sunday, I’m also writing about dozens of other demonstrations over the years. I hope you’ll join me on a ramble about how a protest went down, and how press, police, politicians, and their cheerleaders, constructed a narrative around it.

Reflections on the “Luigi Caiafa” story

from Campania Libertaria

We decided to write down our thoughts on something that took place few weeks ago, the removal of a mural in Forcella, a district in the Naples old town, dedicated to seventeen-year-old Luigi Caiafa who was killed during an attempted robbery in the night of 4th October 2020 by a policeman who was at the scene. As anarchists and free persons we think that this kind of thing is extremely important and should be faced and discussed, especially in the Neapolitan territory and the Campania region generally.

Molotov Attack on Cop Cars in Patras, Greece

from Athens Indymedia via AMW

“The state terrifies, muddies, mocks, disembarks, pretends. Their omnipotence is a myth. Our wrath strengthens us, its alienation does not touch us, we break the windows of power with stones, the chains of the submission, with the flame of rebellion that burns in each heart of the oppressed.

TOTW: Embarrassments of the anarchist milieu

boooo hissssss

Topic of the Week - Years ago, Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed (AJODA) used to have a column called “Embarrassments to the anarchist milieu” where they would choose a specific text or event and share the story, perhaps even write a little about why it’s a total embarrassment. The column provided many lighthearted laughs and a ripe source of drama in the days before the anarchist Internet really got a foothold on the topic. This week we’re chatting about your favorite embarrassments to the anarchist space and the larger ideas surrounding it all.

Anarchist Federation Joins the Resist G7 Coalition | Statements

resist 5g and all the G's!

From Organise! Magazine

Between 11-13th June 2021 the coastal town of Carbis Bay in Cornwall will play host to the 46th G7 summit. The world’s industrialised powerhouses will be coming together again to discuss how to maintain the nightmare of global capitalism and how a small but powerful fraternity can profiteer from the labour and deaths of the working class.

Book Review: Emma Goldman, ‘Mother Earth’ and the Anarchist Awakening

Book Review: Emma Goldman, ‘Mother Earth’ and the Anarchist Awakening

From Freedom News UK

It is hard not to feel some sympathy for Emma Goldman after her treatment at the hands of some historians and writers. All too often they have filleted her ideas to “prove” their pre-conceived thesis or simply failed to acknowledge the complexity of the “Light and Shadows” in her life that Candace Falk writes about in Volume Three of the Emma Goldman Papers.(“Light and Shadows, 1910-1916”. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012) There is however some evidence that this situation is gradually being remedied beyond the work of The Emma Goldman Papers. Kathy Ferguson’s “Emma Goldman: Political Thinking In The Streets” (London: Rowan and Littlefield, 2011) accepts the underlying principles of the anarchism that drove Goldman and her comrades and discusses how Goldman attempted to make these ideas and principles a reality. Now this important and essential volume by Rachel Hsu goes back to the primary sources in an attempt to allow the ideas and actions of Goldman to speak for themselves. It is a timely reminder that Goldman is her own person with all that entails and not just an inspiring quote on facebook, usually taken out of context.

Canenero on Immediatism podcast

Caneneroooooooooooooooooooooooo

"Canenero was a weekly anarchist publication that came out in Italy between the end of 1994 and the beginning of 1997 with one break, when the Marini investigation against anarchists began to bear its rotten fruit in the state's attempt to imprison dozens of anarchists on charges of 'subversive association' or membership in an 'armed gang.' One of the ideas behind Canenero was to provide a means for ongoing communication and discussion in the face of this repressive operation of the state. A substantial portion of the material in the paper dealt with the situation and the various anarchist responses to it." ~from the cover

Extinguish the Old, on Immediatism podcast

Extinguish the Olds.... ageism!

These three podcast episodes contain "just a few of the surviving literary fragments and insurrectio nary ephemera produced by the Russian individualist anarchists A.L and V.L. Gordin, before and during the Russian Revolution. In 1917, the Gordin brouthers founded a society of Anarchist-Communists which they called the Union of the Oppressed Five, the 'Oppressed Five referred to those categories of humanity which endured the greatest hardships under the yoke of Western civilization: 'worker-vagabond,' national minority, woman, youth, and individual personality. The organizationalists adn dry rationalists of the Russian anarchist movement considered the Gordin's wild-eyed philosophers run amuck, annihilators of all accepted verities and traditions who were satanically bent upon the destruction of all institutionalized discipline and (party) authority. In the context of the Russian Revolution, the Gordin Brothers fashioned Molotov cocktails out of these ideas and bolstered their impactive power with their own colorful and explosive language." ~from the cover

Claudio Lavazza transferred to Nanclares de la Oca prison

from Malacoda

Claudio Lavazza was transferred to the prison of Nanclares de la Oca (Basque Country) a few days ago. For now, according to the usual anti-Covid prescriptions, he is in post-transfer isolation, so it is not yet known which section he will be assigned to.

Buy books to support Belarusian anarchists

from ABC Belarus

On October 22, 2020 the building of State Committee of Forensic Examination was attacked and cars were set on fire at the parking of prosecutor’s office in the town of Soligorsk. On the night of October 28, the building of traffic police department of Mozyr district was set on fire. Soon anarchists Ihar Alinevich, Dzmitry Dubovsky, Dzmitry Rezanovich and Sergey Romanov were detained near the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. The activists are accused of terrorist activity and illegal trafficking in weapons and explosives. At present, everyone is in the KGB jail in Minsk.

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