An Answer Regarding Cuba, Gaston Leval, June 1961 (Translated by Paul Sharkey)

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Nov 292016
 

In June 1961, in the wake of the abortive April invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, the French anarchist newspaper Le Monde libertaire published an article signed “Ariel” glorifying the Castro regime. It also criticised the French anarcho-syndicalist writer Gaston Leval for his lack of enthusiasm for the Castro revolution. This was his response.

Gaston Leval, (1895 – 1978)

Gaston Leval, (1895 – 1978)

“I have just read the article published by this paper’s contributor, Ariel, regarding the Cuban revolution, which has now turned into a totalitarian counter-revolution, as recently remarked upon by our comrade Fidel Miro in Solidaridad Obrera (Mexico), and reported in most Central and South American anarchist papers, and by our American comrades who are aware of the facts and are none too sparing in their criticism of what they term their homeland’s capitalist imperialists.

Ariel recommends to his readers the review Esprit which, as we know, is a progressive, pro-Moscow, Catholic publication, one with which Albert Camus had serious issues. He also urges us to read the relaunched  Bohemia magazine  published by the Castro-communist propaganda apparatus, a pale imitation of the original Bohemia whose managing editor — who fought against Batista and championed Castro at the time — has now been forced into exile. While quoting a travel writer, Ariel is careful not to compare that writer’s claims against those of our comrades or people better informed than him. Remember, thousands of travellers of that sort praised the wonders of Stalinist rule while writing us off as counter-revolutionaries, that is until Khrushchev took it upon himself to put them straight in 1956.

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A SHORT HISTORY OF ANARCHISM by MAX NETTLAU eBook £1.50/€2.00 (see eBookshelf)

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Sep 302016
 

nettlaucoversmallA SHORT HISTORY OF ANARCHISM by MAX NETTLAU eBook £1.50/€2.00 (see eBookshelf)  Also available from Kobo    Check out other Christiebooks titles HERE  

Max Nettlau, born in Austria in 1865 and died in 1944 in Amsterdam, was the most important chronicler and guide to anarchism prior to 1930. This 400-page introduction to the history of anarchist ideas and early movements, summarises the author’s monumental 9-volume history and several biographies. Its 18 chapters cover the precursors of anarchism, the history of ideas like individualist anarchism, Proudhonism and revolutionary syndicalism, and the history of the world anarchist movement up to 1930. The editor has added a guide to Nettlau’s work.

“Our brother Salvador” A personal memoir by the sisters of Salvador Puig Antich (Translated by Paul Sharkey)

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Mar 062016
 
Salvador

May 30, 1948 – March 2, 1974

Forty-two years ago this month — 2 March 1974 — anarchist Salvador Puig Antich was garroted in Barcelona’s Modelo Prison. The following is a personal account by his sisters of the events leading up to his judicial murder.

“In his cell, facing a warder, the impeccably uniformed soldier informed our brother, alvador Puig Antich, of the double death sentences passed on him. According to the witnesses, Salvador wept. He was the third born of a family of six brothers and sisters. From an early age he had shown a tendency to advocate on behalf of the poor. He was expelled mid-way through the school year from the Bonanova De La Salle College for defending a fellow pupil unfairly treated by a teacher. It was hard to find another college to take him, but he did go back to school, the Pompeya Capuchin College; a year later he entered the Salesian College in Mataró where he sat his baccalaureate. It was there that he met Father Manero, the priest who was to be his companion during his last night a few years later.

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DURRUTI — LETTER FROM PRISON (El Puerto de Santa María, Cadiz) 1933 Agustín Guillamón (Translated by Paul Sharkey)

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Dec 232015
 

durruti_ascaso_prison_cadixOn Sunday 2 April 1933, Durruti, Ascaso and ‘Combina’ were arrested leaving the Andalusian-Extremaduran Regional Congress in Seville charged with promulgating the ‘criminal’ ideas discussed during the closing session.” [1] This was blatant ‘thought crime’ and flew in face of the Second Republic’s much vaunted right to freedom of expression. On Sunday 9 April, the representative leaders from Estat Catalá and the ERC (Republican Left of Catalonia) gathered in Barcelona to pay tribute to the fascist Josep Dencás (the Minister of Health at the time); they believed the Seville arrests had decapitated the FAI and that that organisation could now be considered a spent force. Such declarations amounted to wishful thinking, commonplace among those directing the bourgeois machinery of repression when they set out to resolve complicated and deep-seated social issues and concomitant bitter and run-of-the-mill terrorist and public order implications by reducing the issues to a few individual leaders and scapegoats. Josep Dencás was one of the founders, prime movers – along with the Badía brothers – and sponsors of the fascistic, pro-independence escamots of the JEREC (Republican Left Youth-Estat Catalá).

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A profile of Txema Bofill (1953-2015), aka ‘Sabata’. From Grupos Autónomos: una crónica armada de la transición democrática by Joni D. (El Lokal, Barcelona, 2014) pp. 60-69 — Translated by Paul Sharkey

 Anarchism in Spain, News  Comments Off on A profile of Txema Bofill (1953-2015), aka ‘Sabata’. From Grupos Autónomos: una crónica armada de la transición democrática by Joni D. (El Lokal, Barcelona, 2014) pp. 60-69 — Translated by Paul Sharkey
Dec 212015
 
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Txema Bofill (1953-2015), aka ‘Sabata’

Sabata (from sabata, the Catalan word for shoe) decided as a child he was intended for the priesthood and was entered into a seminary, which he later left, unable to live up to the vow of celibacy. Born in 1953, this restless child of a bourgeois Catalan Catholic family from La Bisbal was captivated by the charismatic personality of a local priest and decided to follow in his footsteps, despite his father’s misgivings, who believed that at the age of nine he did not know enough to make such a monumental decision. The village priest, a dynamic character, impressed Sabata, as did Catalanism and the sense of brotherhood. He also discovered repression at first hand at this time: camping near the border they were surrounded one night by Civil Guard troops; on another occasion, during a night-time crossing, a cheeky retort to a challenge from two police officers earned him a slap in the face. His ‘radicalisation began in the seminary, as he graduated from child to adolescent in the company of worker priests, followers of Liberation Theology and reading banned books from France. Most people in the border area had relatives in France and the proximity of the frontier made contact that much easier.

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Compensation, Not Justice A discussion paper on asbestos abuse read to the Scottish Parliament by James Kelman.

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Oct 202015
 

'I never sit down with an idea' … James Kelman in GlasgowA little on the wider struggle against asbestos abuse: my experience of the industry itself began fifty years ago at the age of 19. I worked as a mixer for Turner & Co., Manchester, producing asbestos by-products. Every hour I emptied barrels of raw asbestos fibre into a mixing machine, added cement and water. After each mix I scooped out the residue by hand. A young guy. Who cares about breathing masks and gloves, and over a period of months millions of raw fibre were in the air I breathed.

No Pleural Plaques show on my lungs as far as I know. We discover their existence when our lungs are x-rayed. Mine have not been x-rayed for years. In themselves Pleural Plaques do not damage our capacity to breathe, as far as we know, and are not a precursor to asbestos-related diseases, as far as we know. But psychologically, and to that extent physically, their existence does produce an effect in us. Their existence confirms not only that we were exposed to the risk of asbestos poisoning, but that our bodies have been invaded. The poisonous fibres are within us. This makes us more liable to develop an asbestos related disease than those who dont have any Pleural Plaques. This is borne out by insurance companies offering to pay out a sum of money in advance of any asbestos related disease being contracted.

PleuralPlaques

Calcified pleural plaques of a 73-year old Caucasian male

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El Movimiento Libertario Español Pasado, presente y futuro (Suplemento a Cuedernos de Ruedo iberico. 1974) José Martínez y José Martin-Artajo (Redactores). eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

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Jun 292015
 

MLECover1El Movimiento Libertario Español. Pasado, presente y futuro (Suplemento a Cuedernos de Ruedo iberico, 1974) redactado por José Martínez y José Ignacio Martin-Artajo. eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)  Also available from Kobo    Check out other Christiebooks titles HERE 


El primer imperativo que nos impusimos fue el de evitar que nuestro conjunto tuviera un carácter arqueológico. Caer en la tentación arqueológica era fácil. Abordar la historia reciente del anarquismo español, tratar de la práctica actual de sus organizaciones, ceñir aunque sólo sea flojamente los problemas que tiene planteados es tarea ardua que nos ha procurado muchos sinsabores. El segundo imperativo era evitar el monolitismo, no incurrir en el pecado de aplicar una línea estricta al fascículo. Esto exigía no caer en «el fetichismo de las siglas», no centrarnos en el estudio de las organizaciones libertarias actuales y de las posiciones oficiales de éstas, sino intentar partir de una realidad más profunda, de la «corriente libertaria» a que aluden algunos de los colaboradores del suplemento, soporte no sólo de aquellas organizaciones y portadora de sus doctrinas «oficiales» sino fenómeno subyacente productor de una mayor riqueza de formas orgánicas, de valores ideológicos y de prácticas concretas. imponía alinear a lo largo de sus páginas trabajos críticos construidos a partir de ideologías no libertarias y colaboraciones de miembros de las diversas tendencias libertarias.

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Chevron and the Bolivarian government El Libertario editorial collective

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May 212014
 

ChevronVenIntroduction: Why a report about Chevron in Venezuela?

May 21st is the day various social movements from around the world have chosen to stage a planetary day of action against Chevron. The objective is to demand that the United States- based oil company modifies its practices and admits responsibility for the serious crimes it has committed all over the planet during its history.

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55 YEARS OF CASTRO’S “REVOLUTION” — and what did it produce? Long Live Socialist Capitalism! CUBA LIBERTARIA 28. Grupos de apoyo a los libertarios y sindicalistas independientes de Cuba

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Feb 272014
 
AntonioCastro

Antonio Castro (Fidel’s son): international golf champion, Habanero mover and shaker, and champion of the Castroite Cuban ‘buro-bourgeoisie’ and bon-viveurs…

CL28    Mais où sont les neiges d’antan?  After rejecting calls for a ‘more rapid move toward the implementation of Socialism’, Raúl Castro announced (in January) the inauguration of the Mariel ‘Special Development Zone’, a commercial/industrial business zone in which the now mature Cuban ruling class (men such as Castro’s son Antonio Castro) can invite foreign entrepreneurs, rentier capitalists and bankers to invest in Cuba. Presumably with the aim of building capitalism in one country …

 

Two Bulletins (PDFs): Humanidad Libre (Galicia) and Buenaventura (Islas Canarias)

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Jan 062014
 
Humanidad

Humanidad Libre (Galicia) issue 46, December 2013 (pdf)

Buenaventura

Buenaventura (Islas Canarias): issue 41, January 2014 (pdf)