Italy

Renzi’s EU election victory fuels wave of evictions and arrests

A wave of evictions and arrests of militants from radical and housing rights movements began just a few days after the notable victory of Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party in the European elections.

NATO's secret armies - Daniele Ganser

This fascinating book shows how the CIA and the British secret service, in collaboration with the military alliance NATO and European military secret services, set up a network of clandestine anti-communist armies in Western Europe after World War II.

Student protest in Italy - TEFL lesson

TEFL lesson from the British Council for intermediate students around the topic of student protests in Italy. A reading or listening task is followed by a matching exercise.

Workers of self-managed factories meet in Marseille for the “Workers' Economy” international meeting

This first European edition of the “Workers' Economy” gathering brought together workers of self-managed occupied factories from around Europe with academics, activists, trade unions, and organizations that promote and study self-management.

A Dalla Costa archive has opened in Padua, Italy

A new archive of militant materials has just become available in the city library of Padua, Italy.

A brief history of the Italian section of the Situationist International - Miguel Amorós

A short account of the second Italian Section of the Situationist International (members: Gianfranco Sanguinetti, Paolo Salvadori, Claudio Pavan and Eduardo Rothe) from its origins in the youth culture protests of the mid-1960s to its collapse during the state terror campaign of the 1970s, including discussions of the precursor journal, S, the influence of the French situationists and May ‘68, the role played by the “organizational question”, the various publications of the Italian Section, its isolation from the other radical currents in Italy and the sordid personality conflicts that plagued the Section and finally led to its dissolution in 1971.

On elder care work and the limits of Marxism - Silvia Federici

Text by Silvia Federici on elder care and its relationship with capitalism, feminism, and the left.

Portrait of Italian May Day 2014

Turin, May Day 2014.

On May Day, as in many other places around the world, thousands of people gathered in squares and streets all over Italy to celebrate International Workers’ Day. The celebrations took different forms, from concerts to direct action such as disputes with shops which had stayed open.

Federico Aldrovandi’s killers receive standing ovation from police union

Applause for police murderers.

Federico Aldrovandi’s parents and friends have become used to the noisy actions of the Coisp police union in defending the killers of the 18 year old boy, murdered in 2005 in Ferrara by four police officers. But on April 29 the ultimate provocation came from another union, SAP, during its conference in Rimini.

Selections from the prison notebooks - Antonio Gramsci

Almost five hundred pages of Gramsci's writings on history, culture, politics, and philosophy. From the study of philosophy to problems of Marx, Marxism, and Machiavelli, to the state and civil society. We have huge disagreements with Gramsci's (essentially Stalinist) politics, but reproduce this text for reference.