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Monthly Archives: December, 2009

Goodbye Noughties

Time for us to take a retrospective look at the decade. In December 1999 things were looking up for libertarian politics. The upsurge of protests from the campaign against the Criminal Justice Act in 1994 had intertwined with more traditional anarchist strands to forge a genuine alternative to the perceived triumph of liberal democracy. The [...]

From The Editors: Looking Back, Looking Forward

How we got to here A front page article in Freedom a few months back stated that we are living through a unique set of social conditions. Add to that strange and turbulent times and it gives a fair indication of the last six months as editors of Freedom newspaper. Both of us were literally [...]

IWA Support Campaign To Stifle Serbian Dissent

International anarchist union the IWA has vowed to throw funds behind a campaign to clear the names of six Serbian members who are facing decades in prison on charges of international terrorism. The decision came just days after an open letter from Serbian intellectuals was published denouncing the court case as a politically motivated attempt [...]

Many Thousands March In Italy

Far right drive to privatise galvanises public sector Hundreds of thousands of workers across Italy went on strike and marched on 11th December against reforms designed to set up huge swathes of the public sector for cuts and sell-offs. Despite opposition against demonstrations from several major unions, protests were held in Rome, Milan and Naples [...]

Copenhagen Crackdown

Protest groups have expressed shock at police tactics in Denmark which saw thousands of people ‘pre-emptively’ arrested for the crime of joining protests to pressure world leaders on climate change on 12th December. The Climate Justice Action group has issued a condemnation of the unprovoked police actions while other groups are planning on launching an [...]

Action Is The Life Blood

Over a year ago a handful of us disillusioned with the inward looking sectarianism of anarchist politics in London decided to start something new and launched a local anarchist group in the area we gravitated and lived, Whitechapel. After handing out a thousand free sheets on Brick lane and the Anarchist Bookfair inviting people to [...]

A London Conference?

If we are going to have another anarchist movement conference in 2010, then we need to start thinking about it and planning it fairly soon. With this in mind a couple of us in London, who were involved in the planning of the 2009 conference, have been discussing the options. At the same time we [...]

Planet Fucked- Official

In a unanimous statement issued on Friday 18th December the Governments of the world gave the go-ahead to runaway climate change. That’s about it from Copenhagen. There was no target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, no limit to the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, nothing more than a pious wish that average global [...]

How we got to here

A turbulent year in politics Editorial A front page article in Freedom a few months back stated that we are living through a unique set of social conditions. Add to that strange and turbulent times and it gives a fair indication of the last six months as editors of Freedom newspaper. Both of us were [...]

Return of Terrace Politics

Steelworkers protest applauded by fans at Middlesbrough As Gordon Brown declares class war on David Cameron from the hallowed turf of the House of Commons members bar via his middle-class PR machine, football stadiums are becoming the new battleground for expressing genuine class anger and dissent. Workers from the giant Corus steelworks factory on Teesside, [...]