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Direct action #47 (Summer 2009)

  • editorial: Why Anarcho-Syndicalism Remains Relevant Today
  • A Contradiction at the Heart of Chaos - regulation of global financial markets to solve boom and bust is a non-starter
  • Occupy and Defy - the Visteon workers’ struggle and their union
  • Lewisham Occupation - a community fighting to save its primary school
  • Fujitsu Attack on Pensions
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - immigrant cleaners’: the “hard-to-organise” are self-organising
  • Breaking Isolation - domestic abuse and workplace support
  • The Big Green Con - seeing through the sham of “green” capitalism
  • our history: The Great Dock Strike of 1889 - for the anarchist movement, a significant event that turned abstract talk into what ultimately became anarcho-syndicalism
  • No Platform for Fascism - the BNP, despite “ordinary people” voting for it, is a fascist party and must continue to be confronted as such
  • have your say: Anarchism & Crime/ Crime / the Miami Five / Left Luggage/ English National Resistance
  • A Rebellious Tradition - is there cause for optimism amid greed, corruption & inequality?
  • international: the CNT vs. Ryanair/ General Strike for the Amazon/ Killing for Profit
  • reviews: Paul Mason - Live Working or Die Fighting and Meltdown/ Kate Sharpley Library - A Grand Cause; The Federación Anarquista Uruguaya and Salvador Puig Antich & the MIL
  • closer look: Seeing Sense in the Age of Stupid - alienation, power and the case for social transformation
  • DA resources: Solidarity Federation booklets, contacts, information and friends & neighbours
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Direct Action #46 (Spring 2009)

Inside this issue:

  • Editorial: The Green Shoots of Class Consciousness?
  • Beyond the Usual Union Structures
  • PFI: The Economics of the Madhouse
  • The Dead End of Nationalisation - how state ownership does not, never has, and never will serve our class
  • Breeding like Rats - the professional middle classes under new labour
  • The Crisis Factory - the roots of the global ecological crisis
  • A Killer at Work / Have your Say - single status / g20 / sapphire
  • 1976 and all that
  • Looking back at the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike
  • If Voting could Change the System... - the libertarian case for direct democracy
  • The Union or the Party
  • International - argentina / spain / germany / guadeloupe
  • Reviews - flat earth news / the dirty thirty / liberal fascism / the matthew herbert big band / the common place
  • Anarchism and Crime
  • Contacts Directory
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Direct Action #43 (Summer 2008)

Inside this issue:

4: Have your Say - religion / climate / Yarl’s Wood
6: Public Sector Strikes Coming your Way
7: Unison Witch Hunt
8: Pensions under Attack
9: Reclaim Higher Education
10: No Such Thing as Class? - classless society / class in Crewe / low pay trap
13: Hostel Residents Fight Back / Academy Site Occupied
14: A Housing Timebomb? - gentrification, class & social policy
16: Food for Thought - food prices, starvation, obesity and the global disease
18: The Workers’ Friend - Rudolf Rocker & the Arbeter Fraint Jewish anarchist group
21: From Protest to Resistance - opposing globalisation
25: International - Starbucks / Mayday 2008
28: Reviews - past tense / the shock doctrine / under two dictators
30: Workers’ Solidarity, not Immigration Control - a closer look at the immigration ‘debate’ & organising immigrant workers
35: Contacts Directory

Direct Action #42 (Spring 2008)

3: Editorial: Them & Us - the class war and economic slowdown
5: Letters - respect / football fans bite back
6: With Friends like these - what we can do about unions failing to protect us
7: S. London SF Act against Underpaying Restaurant
8: London Coalition Against Poverty
10: Tenant Privacy Breached / Education Workers
11: No Such Thing as Class? - poverty / education / health
14: War is Murder for Profit - Iraq, Afghanistan & the War on Terror
16: The First Casualty of War - Harry, the Media & Afghanistan
17: International - Colombia / Poland
18: The ‘May Days’ - a turning point in the Spanish Revolution
22: International - Mexico / Iran
23: Unione Sindacale Italiana - interview with Italian anarcho-syndicalist
26: Reviews - beyond bullets / making a killing / the anarchist past / my revolutionary life / red mutiny
31: Anarchism, Sex & Freedom - a closer look at the fight against capitalism, patriarchy & repressive religious morality
35: Contacts Directory

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Direct Action #45 (Winter 2009)

Inside this issue:

  • 4: Dreaming in the Downturn - will state intervention herald a new dawn for social democrats?
  • 6: Japanese Lesson
  • 7: Shameful Scenes as BNP Gather in Liverpool
  • 10: Self-Organising in Mental Health
  • 14: Have your Say - anti-capitalist feminist conference / reforming parliament? / address unknown
  • 15: DIY Politics - solidarity between community, workplace and social movements
  • 16: Anarcha-Feminism or Death! - the relevance of anarchism and feminism today
  • 18: Recessive Tendencies - a tale of boom, bust and that old devil called capitalism
  • 20: Workers Control, not Controlled Workers - the case for libertarian socialism and workers control
  • 23: International - italy / greece / colombia
  • 25: 50 Years of Fidelismo - global focus on cuba
  • 30: Reviews - realizing hope / a century of writing on the iww / demanding the impossible / chris wood
  • 32: The Curse of Oil - a closer look at oil dependence
  • 35: Contacts Directory
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Direct Action #44 (Autumn 2008)

  • Direct Action; Inside this issue;
  • The Aims of the Solidarity Federation
  • Editorial - Privatising Profits, Socialising Losses
  • Have your say:
    • The Shock Doctrine
    • The Shape of Things to Come
    • Financial Crisis: What Happened? What Next?
    • Union Busters
  • Credit Crunches and Capitalist Calamities
  • Our Health, our Care, our Say? You must be Joking - reports and comment from the health and social care frontline:
    • Putting Profits First
    • Migrant Care Workers Abused
    • Battle to Save GP Surgeries
    • Comment
    • Housing Associations & Housing Benefit
  • No such thing as class?:
    • Health and Wealth
    • Tax Credits favour the middle class
    • Domestic Fuel: The Facts
  • Work, Buy, Consume, Die!: why capitalism needs the consumer dream and we don’t
  • Work is Slavery: unsavoury truths of the global capitalist production line
  • Anarchism, Fascism & the State
  • The Social General Strike
  • International:
    • (Canada) Farmed and Dangerous: the human and environmental impact of salmon farming;
    • (Poland) Lionbridge: International Solidarity;
    • (Serbia) A New Wave of State Repression;
    • (Argentina) IWA Day of Action;
    • (Greece) One Way Round the Recession;
    • (Argentina) Interview with Jacinto Cerdá F.O.R.A. General Secretary;
    • (Argentina) La Pérgola Dispute
  • Review - kate sharpley library:
    • Rebellious Spirit: Maria Occhipinti & the Ragusa Anti-Draft Revolt of 1945 (eds. P. Sharkey & A. Key)
  • Reviews - AK Press:
    • Free Comrades: Anarchism & Homosexuality in the United States 1895-1917 (by Terence Kissack);
    • An Anarchist FAQ;
    • Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists and Vacant-Lot Gardeners Are Inventing the Future Today (by Chris Carlsson);
    • Address Unknown (by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor Simon & Schuster)
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin’ - the roots of violence: economic and political relationships between war and gangsterism
  • Solfed/IWA contacts; locals; other local contacts; other contacts & information; friends & neighbours

About Direct Action

Direct Action is the magazine published by the Solidarity Federation. DA is edited & laid out by the DA Collective & printed by Clydeside Press ( Views stated in these pages are not necessarily those of the Direct Action Collective or the Solidarity Federation. We do not publish contributors’ names. Please contact us if you want to know more.

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