Brazil: A letter to anarchists in the wake of the general strike

In this analysis of recent Brazilian protests, which culminated in a general strike and a riot which shook Rio, Vantiê Clínio Carvalho de Oliveira calls for anarchists to remember — this isn’t about left vs right.

Falling into this false dichotomy “left” vs “right” is a big mistake, historical and current, which anarchists can commit and, strange as it may seem, this is a trend to play the game now:… Continue reading

Scotland: Action Against Austerity kicks off new campaign to protect welfare

Dozens of posters have appeared on Edinburgh’s Leith Walk insisting the Scottish government must stop the reassessment process being used against Disability Living Allowance claimants.

The posters are part of a buildup towards a Week of Action which has been called by libertarian socialist-backed coalition Action Against Austerity from June 12th-17th June to demand Holyrood act to protect disability benefits.

Recent figures show 45% of claimants are losing benefits… Continue reading

Leo Baxendale: An anarchic inspiration

Leo Baxendale, the comic illustrator and creator of Minnie The Minx, The Bash Street Kids and loads of other comic strips and characters, died on Sunday April 23rd aged 86.

Leo, himself a near anarchist, contributed an article,”The Beano and ‘the national consciousness” to The Raven 34 (Freedom Press, Spring 1997). This was in response to a heavily illustrated article by Gavin Burrows, “The slipper and the rebel, The Beano… Continue reading

Zero-hours Tate staff amazed as they’re asked to stump up for boss’s new boat

What do you get the man who has everything when you’re working on an outsourced, casualised contract he implemented?

Workers at institutional arts giant Tate were offered a jaw-dropping answer yesterday via a note left in their staffroom and a staff-wide email which urged them, seemingly without irony, to donate towards buying outgoing CEO Nicholas Serota a sailing boat as a going away present. The note … Continue reading

History biography: Helen Blackburn

Pauline Murphy writes on the pioneering Suffragette author who helped found the Women’s Employment Defence League.

Helen Blackburn was born into an Anglo-Irish family on May 25th 1842 at Knights Town on  Valentia island County Kerry. She was the only daughter of Isabelle Lamb from Durham and Bewicke Blackburn, she had one other sibling, a brother.

Helen’s father Bewicke was a noted civil engineer who patented early automobiles such… Continue reading

Why I shut down Britain’s biggest opencast coal mine

Reclaim The Power and Earth First! activist Andrea Brock explains why, on the first day since the industrial revolution in which none of Britain’s energy was generated from coal, she was part of shutting down Ffos-y-fran, the UK’s biggest opencast coal mine.

I decided that we have to take action because governments are not responding to the impact of climate change and air pollution. We need to… Continue reading

Anarchist Haringey: Brief radical history of a London borough

I guess Tottenham is most known for its riots in 1985 and 2011. These were in no way organised or led by anarchists, and we were a very small part of them. But, they definitely showed the anger sections of the local community had toward the killing of members of their community by the police. This anger was also evident on the streets of Haringey when Joy Gardner and Roger… Continue reading

Brighton land occupation evicted – so activists squat £100m development

A homeless camp set up in Brighton on April 5th to protest against a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which has been imposed on the city’s parks and seafront was evicted on Wednesday — and activists have responded by taking over a building linked to a £100m development project.

The Circus Street DIY Squatted Social Centre has been set up at the city’s old university building and… Continue reading

Argentina: Hotel Bauen eviction called off at last minute

Famed worker-occupied building Hotel Bauen got a stay of execution last night after the National Chamber of Appeals in Buenos Aires allowed an injunction against its eviction, just hours before the site was due to be forced out.

In its comments the court overturned an order by María Paula Hualde that Bauen’s 140 workers had no right to appeal their eviction. It said she had “erred” in rushing… Continue reading

As Yemen starves, Britain is arming Saudi bombing runs

Campaigners are challenging British complicity in the Yemen carnage, writes Campaign Against Arms Trade spokesperson Andrew Smith.

March 26th marked two years since the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen began. Since then, 10,000 people have been killed and millions have been left without access to vital infrastructure, clean water or electricity. An estimated 17 million people are food-insecure and require urgent humanitarian assistance

For decades now, Saudi Arabia has… Continue reading