While heading in to Winnipeg to visit a friend a historical date and place kept popping into my head. Was it Winnipeg 1919 or Winnipeg 1913 and why was this historical coupling of date and place stuck in my head? Of course it became apparent when I walked into this mural celebrating the strike just around the corner from a workers ran cafe called the Mondragon on Albert St.
The mural mounted on a large canvas is far from permanent, a rather telling summary of the lack of any public memory at an official level around the strike. There are no statues. No mention in the museums and little in the library, or so the people running the Mondragon cafe at the autonomous Azone told us.
Sporadic reports are coming in of student strikes through out Quebec with Montreal being a particular flash point.
Much to his own disappointment Tariq Ali's Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties is now a staple on bookstore over stock piles after its recent re-publication two years ago.
It's one of those works that confirms history is easier to digest if people can hinge events on individual characters, Germany had Dutschke, Paris Cohn-Bendit so here Ali consciously stands himself in as that token foreigner who through a few waves of a well educated Oxford finger summoned a mass movement into being against imperialism abroad.
Whatever about those that hoot for the progress of history as if some grand design were at work, the working class of the nineteenth century were more than aware of what had been lost with the onset of the industrial revolution. As someone who had lived through some of the rougher years of hunger in 1840's Manchester - albeit removed from discomfort - Mary Gaskell produced her novel Mary Barton as a reaction, capturing a world with direct memories of the "pleasant mysteries" of a romanticised rural life abandoned for the urban where, as Engel's had it "the rapid extension of manufacture demanded hands."
You won't get any Starbucks coffee at Exile Info- shop, Ottawa's first anarchist bookstore. And don't try to pay with your capitalist credit cards, either.
Chapters, this is not.
The new Ottawa bookstore opened this week to "provide access to alternative media and resources."
The Irish based Workers' Solidarity Movement has just published the 13 edition of their theoretical journal Red and Black Revolution.
Common Cause comrades might be able to pass on copies to those interested.
The first article to be published online is on Prospects for the left in Turkey
Turkey has been under the spotlight this year, due to the threats of the Army against the possibility of an Islamist party taking the presidency. This move came to pose a number of questions to the European establishment, as Turkey has been negotiating its entry to the EU. The apparently uneasy two alternatives of government in Turkey are political Islam or the old fashioned authoritarian Kemalist secularism, which has the army as its vigilante sector of the ruling block.
Interesting to see that Wayne Price of NEFAC NYC has a new Book coming out called The Abolition of the State: Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives.
Many might be familiar with Wayne's writings from his monthly columns at Anarkismo and according to promotional material floating around the net his new book covers