Anarchism and the fight against Imperialism


Articles written on imperialism from an anarchist perspective, not including articles on imperialism and Ireland. Areas covered include the 1991 Gulf War, 2001 Afghan war and the UN interventions in Somalia and Yugoslavia.

This index does not, in general, list articles on capitalist globalisation, see Against capitalist globalisation for articles on this.

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April 6th - Protests against Israeli occupation in Dublin [with photos]
Some 1,500 to 2,500 people marched though Dublin on Saturday demanding an end to the Israeli occupation and freedom for Palestine. The demonstration was the culmination of a week of activity that included a six-day occupation of a tree in the car park of the Israeli embassy

Anarchist News 26 Against capitalist war and terror
The terrorist attacks on the USA of September 11th which killed over 6,000 people have rightly outraged not only the citizens of the US but also the vast majority of the rest of the people of the world

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Against capitalist war and terror

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The media and the war
Terry Clancy, of the Free Earth website, examines the 'free' press to find out why we shouldn't expect them to provide neutral or impartial coverage, especially during a war.

Dec 15th - Anti War message rings in ears of US Marines at Shannon airport [with photos]

Men, women and children have been bombed and gunned to death by US forces in Afghanistan and on Saturday 15th of December men women and children from the four corners of Ireland gathered at Shannon airport to protest at the use of that facility as a stop over and refuelling point for US death squads.

Nov 4th 2001 Anti-war march in Dublin [with pictures]

Saturday November 4th saw a large anti war demonstration march through Dublin city centre. This reflects growing opposition to the US war against Afghanistan following the bombing of Red Cross warehouses, a hospital and dozens of homes.

Sept 30th - Anti-war demonstration in Dublin [with pictures]

Between 800 and 1,000 people marched through the centre of Dublin yesterday as part of an anti-war protest called by Globalise Resistance. This was one of many protests internationally this weekend.

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Sept 26th - First major anti - war meeting in Dublin

An anti war rally in Dublin last night confirmed that opposition to Bush's war is growing as fast in Ireland as it is internationally.

Millionaires go to WAR! Expect world's workers to fight for them!!
What do Bin Laden and George Bush have in common?

Resistance to war
A look at the history of anarchist and other resistance to war and the impact it has had

WAR on Terrorism = WAR on the innocent
We need to build a world in which not only war but also social, political and economic inequality are abolished. Building that world requires a lot more than simply opposing this war but it does include building an anti-war movement.

International anti war protests
Although this massive mobilisation has taken place in almost spontaneous circumstances, its arrival should not surprise us. The US is clearly linked with an economic strategy ("neo-liberalism") that has brought misery and poverty to huge numbers.

Tough on War: Tough on the causes of war
Why anarchism is the only real alternative to war. Re-printed from the Against War and Terrorism pamphlet


Background theory

WSM position paper on Imperialism

Imperialism is not just a buzz word

What we are seeing is the re-division of the world. The cold war has ended the same way as the 1st and 2nd World Wars, with a furious scramble by the victors for the prizes. Within a decade it is likely that Japan will be threatening world peace, or at least that is what we will be told.

Globalisation: the end of the age of imperialism?

IT HAS BECOME increasingly fashionable to use the term globalisation as a description of the international economy and international political relations

Can we take on the multinationals?

How do we deal with powerful multinational firms who often have an international income greater than the Irish government? If we end up having to strike they can often pack their bags and move to another country; where they will receive another round of tax breaks, free workforce training and preferential treatment.

And the Wall came down?

Ten years ago, a series of popular rebellions brought the so-called 'Eastern Bloc' dictatorships to their knees. Even from today's vantage point, what was remarkable was the speed of the collapse

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Review of Case Studies in Hypocrisy and US Human Rights Policy
A short review of two spoken word CD's by Noam Chomsky on US foreign policy

Feb 2001 - What is it that is different about the Zapatistas?

In an article written for the Irish Mexico Group's magazine 'Chiapas Revealed' Andrew Flood takes a personal look at why the Zapatistas have attracted international support and why many activists see them as an example of a different way of organising

Red and Black Ireland

News of Anarchism in Ireland

The Ainriail mailing list carries the latest news from the WSM and the struggles anarchists are involved in. There are never more then 8 posts a week (and normally only 2-4). We post printed articles to it shortly after they are published.

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Chronological articles

New World Order : Same Old Slaughter [1992]

The imperialists' victory over Iraq was no surprise given their massive technical and military capacity. What is more interesting is the ready help given them by the "free press". This article focuses on how the media provided a "licence to kill" in the Gulf.

Anarchist News No. 9 opposes the visit of the US warship to Dublin and exposes its role as a killing machine during and after the Gulf War. [July 1996]

Imperialism is not just a buzz word [1992]

What we are seeing is the re-division of the world. The cold war has ended the same way as the 1st and 2nd World Wars, with a furious scramble by the victors for the prizes. Within a decade it is likely that Japan will be threatening world peace, or at least that is what we will be told.

1492 - 1992 Christopher Columbus slaver and thief [1992]

THIS YEAR sees the celebrations of the 'discovery' of America in 1492 by Columbus. The celebrations have generated some debate about the rights and wrongs of the events which followed the discovery. In Spain itself, Seville has seen riots as marches protesting at the celebration have been broken up by the police.

Vote No to Maastricht [1992]

"Fortress Europe" seeks to unite the European bosses and workers against the peoples of the rest of the world. Integration means a tightening of immigration controls. The Maastricht treaty in particular covers two other things besides monetary union. It is these that determine how we will vote. These are the questions of European defence and the Protocol.

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Review : Terrorizing the Neighbourhood [1992]

Terrorizing the Neighbourhood is based around a speech Chomsky made in January of 1990, shortly after the US invasion of Panama. It seeks to map out what US foreign policy meant in the Cold War and what its probable direction will be in future

Earth summit [1992]

The earth Summit took place in Rio last June. In spite of the enormous cost ($123 million) and publicity (8,749 media people.) the final results were two weak treaties and the agreement of some "principles" on the environment

Famine in Somalia [1992]

THE FAMINE in Somalia has once again focussed attention on the problems of the less developed countries. Much of the response to the crisis is a short term one in the form of food aid. However in order to understand the causes of this and other famines in Africa it is necessary to race back the roots of the problem to colonisation and imperialism.

Somalia [1993]

"Liberal Interventionism" is the new buzzword for 1993. In every newspaper they are baying for blood. "US intervene in Bosnia", "America sort out Somalia" scream the headlines. People who might have questioned American intervention in Nicaragua, Panama or the Middle East are raging that the marines didn't go into Somalia sooner.

Yugoslavia: Whose bloody war? [1993]

The war in what was Yugoslavia continues to drag on, with an ever increasing toll of people terrorized from their homes, killed or imprisoned. Most ordinary people are disgusted at the failure of the EC to do anything about it. Yet is EC or UN involvement any sort of answer or would it just make the situation worse.

...and bloodsuckers in the bank [1993]

In a leaked World Bank memo he explained how the economic logic of dumping toxic waste in the less developed countries was impeccable.

Cuba..socialist paradise or Castro's fiefdom? [1993]

Cuba, about 90 miles off the coast of North America, is the largest of the Caribbean islands. The social services are in a far better condition than they are in other Latin American countries. Virtually every Cuban under the age of 30 can read and write. But the cost of these benefits is high for the working class who have never been in the saddle of power in Cuba.

Very profitable slaughter [1993]

The United States remained the biggest arms supplier to the third world in 1992, increasing its share of the market to 57% from 49% in 1991, according to the US Congressional study.

Bosnia, Rwanda and UN intervention [1994]

Socialists should not support any intervention by the UN anywhere. What is currently happening in Bosnia and Rwanda demonstrates the reasons why we should not call on the UN to intervene.

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letter from Serbia [1994]

The EZLN [1994]

On New Years Day of '94 people awoke to the news that four towns in the south-eastern state of Chiapas had been taken over by a group calling itself the Zapatista National Liberation Army. Dermot Sreenan, who recently presented a talk on the EZLN and organised a picket of the Mexican embassy in January '94, looks at the politics and history of the EZLN.

Review: Voices of Fire [1995]

"Voice of Fire" is important, it contains everything that is known about the EZLN. It has all their press interviews, letters, communiqués, and it has responses to the Mexican Government's propaganda

Irish delegation returns from Mexico [1996]

As an Irish delegation visits Mexico to better its knowledge of the struggle there and to express solidarity with the Zapatista EZLN rebels

For Humanity and against neoliberalism [1996]

In August of 1996 3,000 people from all over the world gathered in jungle camps as guests of the EZLN to discuss building a global fight against neo-liberal capitalism

Thousands of rebels from all over the world meet in Spain [1997]

Interview with a WSM member who attended the 2nd encounter for Humanity and against neoliberalism in Spain this summer

What is the EZLN

The reason we are so concerned with the politics of the EZLN is not academic. Rather it is because we understand that real and permanent liberation can only be achieved by an international anarchist revolution. There have been many revolts by guerrilla movements in third world countries, some more successful than others but none have led to a fundamental change in the way society operates.

The Korean anarchist Movement

In the 2,000 years of Korean history there arose movements fighting for peasants rights and for national independence. Within these movements there were tendencies that may be seen as forerunners of modern anarchism, in the same way as we might view the Diggers in the English revolution The Korean Anarchist Federation in China was formed in April 1924. and published the "Korean Revolution Manifesto".

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Why 1,000,000 died [1995]

The Irish Famine was not just a result of British Government incompetence or the greed of a few landlords. But of what happens when you have a system that puts profits for the few above all else.

Can we take on the multinationals? [1995]

How do we deal with powerful multinational firms who often have an international income greater than the Irish government? If we end up having to strike they can often pack their bags and move to another country; where they will receive another round of tax breaks, free workforce training and preferential treatment.

Uncle Sams Torture Trade [1996]

From September 1991-December 1993, the U.S. Commerce Department approved over 350 export licenses, worth more than $27 million, for torture and police equipment

Feed the World don't Arm the World [1996]

This year alone the British Government will spend £6.3 billion on the procurement of new weaponry. Meanwhile, the US government is set to spend nearly £40 billion in a similar drive.

The World Bank [1996]

The world bank is the mechanism by which the bosses force whole country to tow, the line. How is this done?

Mary Robinson and the UN [1996]

Current Irish president Mary Robinson fancies herself as UN president and has recently been talking about the role of the UN. We look at what the UN is really used for.

358 own half the world! [1997]

The UN revealed that the world's 358 wealthiest people have assets equal to the combined income of 2.3 billion people

250 Million children forced to work [1997]

Nearly twice as many children are working full time in developing countries as previously thought, according to the International Labour Organization.

What a wonderful world we live in!! [1998]

The latest figures from the United Nations Human Development Report about world poverty and poverty in Ireland.

Review: African Anarchism: The history of a movement [1998]

This book is written by two members of the Awareness League, a 1000-strong anarcho-syndicalist organisation in Nigeria

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Sick joke of the year [1998]

Al Gore in Vietnam

Iraq : This is Terrorism [Spring 1999]

The US has waged war for the last ten years against the ordinary people of Iraq, not against Saddam Hussein.

Hurricane Mitch [Spring 1999]

The natural disaster of Hurricane Mitch was followed almost immediately by another disaster, this time man-made. Chiquita and Dole announced the lay-off of almost their entire workforces

Stop the bombing: Stop the Ethnic cleansing [Summer 1999]

The NATO bombing of Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo sees another force brought into play against the people of the Balkans. The bombs do not damage the rotten Serbian regime (nor any of the other rotten Balkan warlords). They are targeted at the Balkan people, of whatever ethnicity. Throughout the bombing anarchists from ex-Yugoslavia have been posting reports to the internet.

The news that isn't on TV [Summer 1999]

A review of Hidden Agendas by John Pilger

East Timor: Anarchism or barbarism [Autumn 1999]

What was supposed to be a safe referendum carried out under the auspices of the United Nations has led to thousands of East Timor people being gunned down in cold blood

The SDLP, the arms manufacturer and East Timor [Autumn 1999]

John Hume, leader of the SDLP, welcomed plans for Raytheon, a major arms manufacturer whose clients include the Indonesian government to set up a plant in Derry.

Globalisation: the end of the age of imperialism? [Autumn 1999]

IT HAS BECOME increasingly fashionable to use the term globalisation as a description of the international economy and international political relations

Pogroms in Palestine [2000]

An Israeli anarchist on Jewish resistance to the Israeli state

Jan 2001 - An Irish anarchist in Africa

The previous international secretary of the WSM, Chekov Feeney, spent 2000 travelling over land through Africa. His personal diary accounts of each country and now online

Africa, anarchism & neo-liberalism [2001]

Many African countries are chronically broke. They must regularly borrow money to finance the public sector and to service their existing debt. The IMF is willing to provide loans as long as the government will carry out a neo-liberal reform package, known as a Structural Adjustment Program (SAP).

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It didn't start in Seattle, it won't end in Genoa [2001]

Over the last two years a movement has been growing all over the world that seeks to end the rule of the banks. It didn't start in Seattle when the World Trade Organisation congress was b

Sweatshops, unions and Fortress Europe [2001]

The EU is continuing the exploitation of the people of North Africa through creating a special trade zone of some of the North African countries similar to the free trades zones North America has created in Mexico.

The anarchist struggle in South America [In French] [2001]

Anarchists are once again on the march, their voices are being heard in mass social movements after many years of silence, and their message of self-organisation against capitalism is being listened to by an ever growing number of workers.


Talks

The development of capitalism in Japan

In 1869 feudalism was abolished and the clans surrendered their fiefs to the government. All classes were declared equal before the law and barriers on local movement and internal trade removed. Individuals were allowed acquire land and all the professions and trades were thrown open.

Greece: War and Civil War

This talk is based around the Solidarity pamphlet 'The Greek Tragedy', subtitled 'the failure of the left' published in 1968 as a response to the coup in Greece the previous year. It states the left put up little resistance to the coup and places the reason for this in the lack of a tradition of self-activity in the working class. In particular the response of the Spanish workers to Franco's coup of 1936 is contrasted with what happened in Greece.