Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Resistance, Autonomy, Liberation

Section Four: News and Analysis Sites, Archives, and Other Multimedia Resources

News and Analysis Sites:

  • Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics: An open access journal for “research, publishing, and study that encourage us to make the impossible possible, to seek transformation well beyond policy changes and toward revolutionary abolitionism.”
  • Abolition Media Worldwide: An online news source that focuses on anarchist, abolitionist, and otherwise revolutionary grassroots movements around the world.
  • Africa Is a Country: A blog dedicated to left criticism and analysis concerning the African continent.
  • ANTICONQUISTA: An anti-imperialist media collective that produces content by and from the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora.
  • Black Agenda Report: “News, commentary, and analysis from the Black Left.”
  • Climate & Capitalism: An ecosocialist journal that aims to help build movements and campaigns against the capitalist destruction of the environment.
  • Common Dreams: A non-profit independent media center showcasing issues of concern to progressives in the United States and around the world.
  • Commune Magazine: “A popular magazine for a new era of revolution,” covering global anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian struggles.
  • Contra Info: An international multi-language counter-information network and translation node, maintained by anarchists, anti-authoritarians, and left libertarians around the world.
  • Countercurrents: An India-based news and commentary site dedicated to spreading awareness about the resource depletion and climate change precipitated by global capitalism and imperialism.
  • CounterPunch: A left-leaning news and analysis site, providing “global, genuine, unfiltered reporting with teeth.”
  • CrimethInc Ex-workers Collective: A decentralized anarchist media collective producing news, analysis, books, journals, posters, videos, podcasts, and other resources.
  • The Electronic Intifada: “An independent online news publication and educational resource focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture and place in the world.”
  • Globetrotter – Independent Media Institute: A platform for “journalists who are themselves megaphones for those who are struggling in the continents of Africa, Asia, and Latin America to make a world free of suffering.”
  • The International Marxist Humanist Journal: An organization that aims to “develop and project a viable vision of an alternative to capitalism—a new, human society— that can give direction to today’s freedom struggles.”
  • It’s Going Down: “A digital community center for anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements across so-called North America.”
  • Leftword Books Blog: The blog of a New Delhi-based publishing house that seeks to reflect the views of the left in India and South Asia.
  • Libcom.org: A libertarian communist news and analysis archive of workers’ struggles, discussions, and a constantly growing archive of over 20,000 articles, ranging from history and biographies to theoretical texts, complete books and pamphlets.
  • Love and Rage: A New York-based activist-led collective providing both original news and analysis and articles from other sources covering a variety of social and global justice issues.
  • Middle East Eye: An independently funded independent online news organization that aims to be the primary portal of Middle East News, catering to “communities living in and around the region that care deeply about its fate.”
  • MintPress News: “Independent watchdog journalism exposing the detrimental effects of imperialism, corporatocracy, and the fading away of our civil liberties.”
  • Mondoweiss: “An independent website devoted to informing readers about developments in Israel/Palestine and related US foreign policy.”
  • New Internationalist: A multi-stakeholder cooperative dedicated to socially conscious journalism and publishing on global human rights, politics, and social and environmental justice issues.
  • No Borders Media (Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud links): An autonomous left news site, sharing and creating content in support of the struggles of oppressed peoples, and in opposition to capitalism and colonialism.
  • openDemocracy: “An independent global media platform covering world affairs, ideas and culture which seeks to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world.”
  • Pambazuka News: An open-access pan-African newsletter that provides a platform to social justice movements across the African continent.
  • Peoples Dispatch: An India-based international media organization that aims to amplify the voices of people’s movements and organizations around the world.
  • Revolutionary Left Radio: A podcast discussing communist philosophy, proletarian history, and leftist revolutionary politics.
  • ROAR Magazine: “An online magazine of the radical imagination, providing grassroots perspectives from the front-lines of the global struggle for real democracy.”
  • Sanhati: “A platform for evolving news, analyses, and debates pertaining to the political economy of India and the world, with a special emphasis on West Bengal.”
  • teleSUR: “A Latin American multimedia platform oriented to lead and promote the unification of the peoples of the South.”
  • This is Hell!: A weekly longform political interview program featuring “journalists, authors and activists working to make this world a slightly less hellish place.”
  • Toward Freedom: A news and analysis publication offering a progressive perspective on global politics, protest movements, government and corporate abuses of power, human rights, and other pressing topics.
  • Unsettling America: “A decentralized network of autonomous groups and individuals dedicated to mental and territorial decolonization throughout Turtle Island and the “Americas.””
  • Upside Down World: A news and analysis outlet that addresses the imbalance of political and economic power in the Western hemisphere, highlights voices from Latin American social movements, traces the impact of US imperialism, and takes a critical and investigative look at the region’s political landscape.

Research Organizations:

  • Hampton Institute: A proletarian think tank that aims to provide commentary, analysis, and theory on a wide range of social, political, and economic issues from a working-class perspective.
  • Institute for Anarchist Studies: A non-profit organization that aims to financially assist anarchist writers and develop the theoretical aspects of the anarchist movement.
  • Sam Moyo Institute for Agrarian Studies: An independent research organization whose goal is to promote informed and relevant debate around land and agrarian policy issues in Africa by providing relevant and rigorous analysis, backed by solid empirical research into the different dimensions of the issues at stake. The Sam Moyo Institute is also one of the Resistance, Autonomy, and Liberation Cluster’s Official Global South / East Partners.
  • The Third World Network: A Malaysia-based independent non-profit international research and advocacy organisation involved in issues relating to development, developing countries and North-South affairs.
  • Tricontinental Institute for Social Research: “An international, movement-driven institution focused on stimulating intellectual debate that serves people’s aspirations.”

Theoretical, Historical, and Political Archives:

  • The Anarchist Library: An archive focusing on anarchism, anarchist texts, and texts of interest for anarchists.
  • Enlace Zapatista: An online archive of all major communiqués issued by the Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico as well as news from Zapatista rebel communities.
  • The Freedom Archives: “A non-profit educational archive located in San Francisco dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of historical audio, video, and print materials documenting progressive movements and culture from the 1960s to the 1990s.”
  • Marxists Internet Archive: An all-volunteer, non-profit online library showcasing the writings of around 850 authors representing a complete spectrum of political, philosophical, and scientific Marxist thought over the past 200 years.
  • Oral History Narmada: “This website shares people’s histories of the mass resistance against the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP), a mega dam-based project on the Narmada River in Western India.”
  • People’s Archive of Rural India: “A journalism website reporting the stories of 833 million rural Indians. An archive of the living past, a journal of the present, a textbook of the future.”
  • We Are Everywhere: A digitized version of the book of the same name, featuring “stories written by activists from the front lines of resistance against capitalism and economic globalization.”
  • We Are Many: An archive of speeches, discussions, and debates from the annual Socialism conferences.

Documentary, Film, and Video Archives:

  • acTVism Munich: A German independent media outlet dedicated to citizen journalism.
  • The Empire Files: A documentary and interview series hosted by Abby Martin, reporting on war and inequality from the heart of the Empire.
  • Films for Action: A community-powered digital library with over 5,000 documentaries, short films, and videos that broadly promote “a more beautiful, just, sustainable, and democratic society.”
  • sub.Media: A video production ensemble aiming to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles by disseminating radical films and videos.

Mapping and Visualization Tools:

  • Forensic Architecture: A research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London that undertakes advanced spatial and media investigations into global human rights violations.
  • Native Land Digital: An Indigenous-led Canadian not-for-profit organization that maps Indigenous communities and their territories across the world.
  • The Decolonial Atlas: “A growing collection of maps to help us to challenge our relationships with the land, people, and state.”
  • The Global Atlas of Environmental Justice: An interactive online atlas that collects stories of communities struggling for environmental justice from around the world.
  • This Is Not an Atlas: A collection of counter-cartographies compiled by a network of critical geographers, friends and activists who deal with questions regarding space, power and re­sistance.
  • Visualizing Palestine: A collection of data-driven tools to advance a factual, rights-based narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli issue.

Political Organizations and Organizing Resources:

  • The Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists: An alliance of Middle Eastern socialists opposed to imperialism, authoritarianism, and militarism within the region.
  • Beautiful Rising: A database of stories, tactics, and methodologies from activists involved with popular struggles throughout the Global South / East.
  • Big Door Brigade: “A group of people based in and near Seattle, Washington offering mutual aid resources for organizers and activists.”
  • The Black Rose / Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation: “An organization of revolutionaries who share common visions of a new world–a world where people collectively control their own workplaces, communities and land and where all basic needs are met.”
  • Citizens for Justice and Peace: The website of an Indian human rights organization dedicated to defending the freedom and constitutional rights of all Indians.
  • Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt: An international network of individuals and local committees fighting against the imposition of debt by international financial institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
  • Grassroots Global Justice Alliance:  An alliance of over 60 US-based grassroots organizing (GRO) groups comprised of working and poor people and communities of color agitating for climate justice, gender justice, an end to war, and a just transition to the next economy.
  • Idle No More: A North American network of urban and rural First Nations and Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous allies fighting for Indigenous rights and “the protection of land, water, and sky.”
  • International League of Peoples Struggle: A independent organizational forum that “strives to realize the unity, cooperation and coordination of anti-imperialist and democratic struggles throughout the world.”
  • Komun Academy: “An online platform of the revolutionary Kurdish freedom movement to share its theory, history, and praxis with internationalists around the world.”
  • Lausan Collective: “A collective of decolonial/anti-capitalist/self-determination advocate writers, researchers, activists, and artists from Hong Kong and its diasporas.”
  • Project South: A movement anchor organization for social justice work in the US South that produces popular education tools, curriculum, and workshops to support grassroots organizers, educators, and activists.
  • The Ruckus Society: “A multi-racial network of trainers dedicated to providing the necessary tools, preparation, and support to build direct action capacity for ecological justice and social change movements.”
  • Schools for Chiapas: “An organization of grassroots activists and communities working to support the autonomous, Indigenous Zapatista communities of Chiapas, Mexico.”
  • Sprout Distro: An anarchist zine distributor and publisher that primarily shares resources on tactics and skill-building.
  • Stand with Kashmir: A Kashmiri diaspora-driven global citizen action group committed to ending the unjust Indian military occupation in Kashmir.
  • Unist’ot’en Camp Website: An indigenous re-occupation of Wet’suwet’en First Nation land in northern British Columbia in so-called Canada.
  • Zabalaza: The website of the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front, which seeks to spread anarchist principles within South Africa and beyond through study and theoretical development, anarchist agitation and propaganda, and participation within the class struggle.

Educational and Pedagogical Tools:

Center for Political Education: A center dedicated to building strong movements and a strong left through education, analysis, theory, dialogue, and activism.

Institute for Social Ecology: A Vermont-based educational and activist organization that promotes social ecology, a theoretical and practical framework that envisions “a moral economy that moves beyond scarcity and hierarchy, toward a world that reharmonizes human communities with the natural world.”

Teaching Central America: A database of free downloadable lessons, bios, and poetry and prose from Central American writers covering the region’s most pressing issues.

Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey: An archive of lectures and discussions given by British Marxist geographer David Harvey that explain and contextualize the most important ideas conveyed by Karl Marx’s monumental analysis of the capitalist mode of production.

Working Class History: A public history project dedicated to the diverse working class actors who have been the true agents of history.

Zinn Education Project: Based on the approach to history highlighted by Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States, the Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the USA, offering free downloadable lessons and articles that foreground working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements.

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