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Celebrating an anniversary: The 100 years of the anarchist newspaper A Batalha

We share below, in translation, a text that appears on the portuguese website, Portal Anarquista, marking the one hundredth anniversary of the anarchist newspaper, A Batalha.  We do so for the newspaper’s historical significance, as a testimony to a tradition in anarchism of publishing as an intrinsic part … Continue reading

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Tourism: The spectacle of travel

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust A celebration of the Left Hand Rotation’s documentary film, “Fascínio”. Tourism is the highest form of alienation in our time. The modern traveler is divorced from all relations to place and … Continue reading

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A call for solidarity: The libertarian cultural centre of Almada

Anarchist social centres constitute fragile points of passage for anti-capitalist archipelagos of resistance.  Their fragility is born of the (ever increasing) restrictions of private property and State opposition.  Yet they are often the only link to rebellious pasts and radical … Continue reading

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Voices from an okupation: The assembleia de occupação de Lisboa

Ongoing reflections on an okupation in Lisbon (continuing a discussion) … The essay below, which we share in translation, is by Tiago F. Duarte, a member of the Assembleia de occupação de Lisboa, a collective responsible for the recent occupation … Continue reading

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The city belongs to those who occupy it: Okupying Lisbon

Reflections after an assembly of a new okupation in Lisbon … Any new occupation is invariably accompanied by uncertainty, an uncertainty only intensified by a lack of clarity over means and goals, organisation and methods of functioning, and the physical … Continue reading

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Voices of a revolution: Portugal, 25 of April 1974, Música de intervenção

A people without song are perhaps not a “people”, or at least, they are not more than temporary aggregates of consumers of music.  But consumers do not make up a people and if it is in times of intense and … Continue reading

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On the death of a portuguese “revolutionary”: Mario Soares and the inseparability of ideology and reality

For every image of the past that is not recognised by the present as one of its own concerns threatens to disappear irretrievably. Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History It is a mistake to understand ideology as something … Continue reading

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The plunder of tourism: Lisbon

There are eyes everywhere. No blind spot left. What shall we dream of when everything becomes visible? We’ll dream of being blind. Paul Virilio Mass urban tourism condemns a city to branding, a product to be consumed, a spectacle to … Continue reading

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The rebellion of a generation in dire straights: The 12th of march movement 2011 portugal

The 12th of May of 2011 in portugal marked the beginning of the largest protest movement in the country since the 25th of April 1974 revolution.  What came to be known as M12M began as a call on the social … Continue reading

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Es.Col.A da Fontinha: Recalling an okupation

Okupation is a political act, questioning as it does the very pillars of Capital and the State: rejection of private property, the economy of commodities, the State’s prerogative to enforce and defend regimes of wealth and poverty, and the enforcement … Continue reading

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