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The Craziest Walk Ever : The View from in Front of the Burning Pentagon on September 11, 2001

Now that the United States has withdrawn from Afghanistan after a ruinous 20-year occupation, we can see the attacks of September 11, 2001 in a different light. Islamist jihadists were baiting the empire into a disastrous “war on terror” that they knew would polarize more people into their own c…

As Greece Burns, the State Consolidates Power

In Greece, while the worst wildfires in decades raged out of control this summer, COVID-19 cases have spiked, driven by an economy reliant on tourism and an anti-vaccine movement similar to the one in the United States. Meanwhile, in its position as one of Europe’s immigration gatekeepers, the Gre…

The Government Didn’t Remove the Statues—We Did : A Chronology of Statue Topplings during the George Floyd Revolt

Today, after years of protest, the authorities in Richmond, Virginia are finally removing a 12-ton statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, the largest remaining Confederate monument in the United States. This is an opportunity for Democratic politicians to promote the narrative that they are th…

Louisiana: Disasters on the Horizon : The Colonial Roots of Climate Crises—and a Path toward Resilience

Drawing on interviews with local anarchists, we explore the colonial roots of the ongoing catastrophes Hurricane Ida has exacerbated in Louisiana and discuss how communities can create truly resilient infrastructure for all. It has been four days since Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on New Orleans and…

The View from New Orleans : An Anarchist Nurse on What the Hurricane Means for All of Us

Days after Hurricane Ida struck southeast Louisiana as a powerful category 4 storm, hundreds of thousands are still without electrical power. The relief efforts in New Orleans and surrounding areas are just beginning, with areas outside the city’s vaunted new flood protection system faring conside…

Afghanistan: The Taliban Victory in a Global Context : An Anti-Imperial Perspective from a Veteran of the US Occupation

The speed with which the Taliban have recaptured Afghanistan ahead of the United States pullout illustrates how fragile the hegemony of the US empire is: how much force it takes to maintain it and how quickly everything can change when that force is withdrawn. It offers a glimpse into a possible pos…

We Carry a New World in Our Riots : On the Looting and Unrest of July 2021 in South Africa

Beginning on July 9, 2021, when the Pietermaritzburg High Court upheld the conviction and sentencing of former South African president Jacob Zuma, looting and unrest broke out in two provinces in South Africa for nine days. The unrest has been attributed to a power struggle between factions of the r…

Brazil: Only Revolt Can Bring Down Bolsonaro

Ahead of the 2022 elections, Brazil is now reprising the same dramatic showdown that the United States faced in 2020. As the pandemic intensifies alongside corruption scandals and the unrestrained plundering of Indigenous lands, Jair Bolsonaro’s government faces pressure from the streets and the l…

No Gods, No Masters Degrees : A Memoir of Struggle from Outside and Inside the Institutions of Learning

Continuing our back-to-school theme this week, we offer a memoir about how university students can engage in class mutiny, weaponizing their access to resources in order to contribute to broader struggles against capitalism. This narrative charts the trajectory of one rebel from the confrontational…

Deschooling: Unlearning to Learn : From Education to Liberation

As students prepare to return to an increasingly dystopian learning environment, it’s a good time to revisit our assumptions about education itself. What is the purpose of our educational institutions? How deeply do the premises of those institutions shape the ways that we approach learning, even…

Cuban Anarchists on the Protests of July 11

To explore the causes and implications of the wave of protests that broke out in Cuba on July 11, we present two interviews with Cuban anarchists and a statement from an anarchist initiative in Cuba. We have heard a wide range of explanations for last week’s protests in Cuba. Right-wing proponents…

Genoa 2001: Memories from the Front Lines : Taking on the G8 at the Climax of a Movement

Twenty years ago today, at the peak of a movement against capitalist globalization, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Genoa, Italy to oppose the summit of the eight most powerful governments in the world—the G8. The demonstrations in Genoa represented the high-water mark of an era of glo…

Remembering Luisa Toledo SepĂșlveda: The Mother of Combative Youth : A Eulogy and Report from Chile

Luisa Toledo SepulvĂ©da was a lifelong fighter and the mother of three children who were killed fighting against the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. She passed away this week after many decades of activity, having inspired thousands to participate in the efforts that ultimately brought down the di…

Belarus: “When We Rise” : A Critical Analysis of the 2020 Revolt against the Dictatorship

In August 2020, a revolt broke out in Belarus, nearly toppling Alexander Lukashenko, the dictator who has ruled the country since 1994. In the following analysis, anarchists who participated in the revolt discuss the ways that it succeeded and how both the regime and its liberal opposition were able…

Hot Summer in Greece : The Lockdown Abates—the Struggle Continues

In this update, our correspondents in Greece describe the state of the anarchist movement following the easing of the lockdown and review the court cases that remain from the last year of struggle. The transition out of the lockdown is surreal. Are we refreshed, relieved, or simply desensitized? We…

The Culture of Vehicular Attacks : On the Murder of Deona Marie Erickson

On June 13, a driver attacked a demonstration in Minneapolis, killing Deona Marie Erickson. This is the result of years of right-wing efforts to normalize—and even legalize—vehicular attacks. Now the corporate media has ceased to prioritize covering them, paving the way for more killings. In dia…

Every Flag Is Black in a Fire : Featuring Louise Michel, André Breton, and Jean Genet

In the following selections, a range of authors and artists from across a century and a half reflect on the meaning of the black flag, the anarchist standard of rebellion and negation. Tina Modotti, “Woman with Flag”—a photograph of a woman walking “with the black flag of the Anarcho-Syndica…

George Floyd Square Autonomous Zone Survives an Eviction Attempt

On June 3, public officials in Minneapolis attempted to arrange the eviction of George Floyd Square, the autonomous zone at the place where Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd in May 2020. In hope of dividing the coalition that has maintained the Square from its support base, they worked with a…

The Revolt in Haifa: An Eyewitness Report

The following is an anonymous submission from Occupied Palestine, documenting and discussing the events of the past month in Haifa, Jerusalem, and the surrounding area. For some background on anarchism in the region, you could consult our earlier interview on the subject. During the last month, a po…

Chile: The Hot Potato Changes Hands : But What Does Victory for the Left Mean for Autonomous Movements?

On the weekend of May 15-16, 2021, voters across Chile delegates to the convention that will compose a new constitution for the country. The right wing was soundly defeated in these elections, but no institutional left party gained a majority, either. The corporate media are heralding this as a vict…

“Instead, We Became Millions” : Inside Colombia’s Ongoing General Strike

Despite brutal state repression, Colombia’s general strike has continued strong now for 23 days. The revolt has largely been leaderless and solidarity has expanded to include an impressively wide array of Colombian society: Indigenous and Afro-Colombian movements, queer and trans people, workers…

We Are Now: The Story of an Armed No-Cop Zone in Atlanta : A Documentary Film

On the night of June 12, 2020, Atlanta police officers murdered Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, at a [Wendy’s] in south Atlanta, Georgia. This took place immediately following the high point of the countrywide uprising in which people responded to the murders of George Floyd in Minneapol…

Colombia Has Lost Its Fear : A Nationwide Uprising Continues in the Face of State Violence

After decades of armed conflict and paramilitary violence, Colombia has seen protest movements return in strength over the past year and a half. The forceful demonstrations of the past week exceed even the high points of the nationwide uprising of November and December 2019. In response, the most he…

Report from the Shop Floor: How the Unions Lost Their Teeth : A Narrative from a Labor Union Intern

Anarchists have observed May Day as a holiday celebrating revolutionary labor movements since 1886. Last year, anarchists around the world honored May Day despite the combined challenges of the pandemic and state-enforced lockdowns. Ahead of tomorrow’s May Day, we are publishing an analysis of wha…

Life Is Ecstatic Intercourse between Destruction and Creation : A Poster in Homage to the Previous Generation

We’ve prepared a poster combining imagery and text from our forebears, crystalizing how earlier generations of anarchists saw the relationship between resisting the existing order and building alternatives to it. Below, we trace the history of each element of the poster. “Let us therefore trust…


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