If you download and read one short .pdf-format pamphlet today, this should be it:
The Anomalous Wave So Far: The Education Rebellion in Italy (October-November 2008)
Produced by folks at London’s 56a Infoshop Social Centre, this little piece of enlightenment gives readers a brief history of the wave of student protests and mobilizations that has rocked Italy since November. The authors also ponder the prospects of the Anomalous Movement as new nationwide actions are right around the corner in Italy, and they analyze the movement’s tactics and dynamic, its relation to established political movements, and its stance on Italian neofascism.
The following article was originally published (in Russian) on the website of the Forward Socialist Movement. The translator has slightly altered the original text to reflect certain developments that have taken place since the text was written.
The (New) Street University, which was founded this year in Petersburg, is one of today’s most interesting and encouraging phenomena in the educational sphere. We asked Pavel Arseniev, one of the participants of the initiative, to tell us about it.
Despite the fact that the current state of education in Russia has provoked bewilderment among many people, until recently students have not organized to defend their rights. The situation at the Moscow State sociology department and the widely covered protest actions by the OD Group have apparently led to nothing, although the protestors took their case to the Public Chamber, where a special commission of experts affirmed the justice of their accusations. Afterwards, it once again became clear that it was both necessary to struggle and that it was impossible to change the situation from top down. The closing of the European University also provoked the ire of students from other universities. The fire inspectors managed to arouse Petersburg’s student population, which until then had mostly been silent and totally amorphous. After hitting the streets with parodic protest actions like the laying of a firehose at the foot of the Lomonosov monument or the folk burlesque play about the closing of “European Aniversity,” the students finally arrived at their natural vocation—education, which, given the fact that the university was closed, also necessarily took to the streets and became a genuinely collective enterprise. Continue reading