|A - I n f o s|
A-infos has been active terrestrially for several years now. This list is intended to give it another dimension.
A-infos was originally set up by anarchist ** groups and individuals (members of an organisation or not) who would produce summaries of information in their locality - in brief, translatable form - for circulation to other groups so as to help make contacts easier and spread information better.
This information was meant for publication in anarchist papers, magazines...
History of A-InfosIn February 1990 German anarchists invited to a European conference on the requirements and perspectives of international co-operation in the Netherland town of Venlo. During the meeting it was ascertained that there had been no continues co-operation between the anarchist movements of the various countries during the past years. Everyone involved agreed that one of the main causes for this striking lack of international co-operation and mutual help between anarchists was the desolate state of the single movements.
This was further amplified by the fact that most anarchists had to mainly rely on media under private or state control as a source of international information. This often resulted in an enormous informational deficit and a distorted view of the cultural, economical, political and social conditions in other countries.
It was also agreed that in the face of common problems and threats such as strengthening nationalism and the internationalisation of capital power is more important than ever. Therefore the present groups agreed on a lose but reliable co-operation for the future to help establish and support anarchist contacts and co-operation internationally and help improve the flow of information between the different anarchist movements - the A-Infos Network.
While this network was originally a co-operation of European groups, positive international responses quickly helped expand it to a network of anarchist individuals and groups world-wide, whose members meet every year to discuss the development of their work and make decisions that concern the whole network. Meanwhile groups and individuals from Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Spain and Uruguay participate in the A-Infos network. Members of the network are glad for any groups or individuals wanting to join the network and support it with donations, translations, by distributing information or publishing bulletins from their country. In the end, we want to stretch the web of information widely and at the same time improve access to it!
The A-Infos BulletinsOne of the first tasks the participating groups decided to realise, was to regularly publish information-Bulletins. These A-Infos -Bulletins are meant to contain factual and unfalsified news items on current events in order to present an authentic picture of cultural, economic, political and social conditions in each country. Interested people should have the possibility to inform themselves about world-wide events independent from state or media censorship and manipulation. A-Infos Bulletins are usually published in the language of the country they originate from as well as in English issues and can be obtained directly from the groups that publish them.
A-Infos goes InternetIn September 1995 the efforts to support contacts, co-operation and information between anarchists of different countries made another leap forward as people in Canada and England decided to enhance the A-Infos concept by the dimension of electronic communication. Two lists were installed - one for discussion on the A-Infos Network and single events or subjects and one in which news on current events as well as bulletins summarising information from different regions and countries can be published (at the moment, not all A-Infos Bulletins are being published on this list). Both lists can be subscribed via E-Mail. Furthermore an A-Infos page was installed on the Internets WorldWideWeb in which all mails are regularly archived and sorted by language and subject. There are also plans to open A-Infos newsgroups on the Usenet in the near future.
Meanwhile, the Spanish A-Infos group has set up its own site on the Internet containing an archive of their bulletins. A growing number of A-Infos groups can also be reached via E-Mail.
About the German A-InfosAs one of the founding groups of the A-Infos Network we have been trying to regularly inform about events in Germany through our German and English bulletins and to continuously improve the graphic and journalistic quality of these bulletins since 1990. Our concept is based on the principles of free and factual information. Free information meaning a free, easily accessible flow of information in which everyone can participate as consumer and producer. Therefore we see our editorial task not so much in producing a magazine for a particular readership but in summarising and publishing all informations on important events in Germany. Free information also means, that information should be available to everyone free of charge. That is why we publish and mail our bulletins without charge - however, we do expect that those who can afford it will make donations to cover our costs.
Since August 1995 we have also begun publishing A-Infos Extras in German and English irregularly in order to improve the topicality of printed news from Germany, and make people more aware of the need and advantages of international co-operation. Those A-Infos Extras which are aimed at an international audience, contain news from Germany while those distributed mainly within the German anarchist spectre contain important news mainly from the anarchist movements world-wide.
Certainly this concept can not yet be realised ideally. We had hoped that the donations of those who can afford it would cover the costs of those who subscribe A-Infos Bulletins free of charge. Sadly we rarely receive donations and regularly have to come up for the production and mailing costs ourselves. Also our coverage is still very much orientated on publications in the established and alternative press. We are often asked to include more reports on the leftist and anarchist spectre in Germany.
Therefore we would like to ask you to help us by sending in short reports on actions and events, announcements etc. that the national press covers only distortedly or even excludes. We are also glad about any friends and comrades who have time to sight and maybe translate material from other languages or regularly correspond with anarchists from other countries. Stamp- material- and financial donations are of course always welcome!
A-Infos Addresses:To obtain a single issue of or subscribe to A-Infos bulletins of one country, contact the group publishing that specific bulletin. If you want to join the network and publish bulletins from your country, let the other groups know.
- A-Infos Canada: c/o TAO, 320 1 / 2 Bloor St. W, Toronto Ont. M5S 1W5, Canada E-Mail: email@example.com Do not publish their own bulletin at the moment (active in organising the A-Infos Internet Project)
- A-Infos England: c/o Freedom Press, 84B, WHITECHAPEL HIGH ST LONDON E1 7QX UK E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Do not publish their own bulletin at the moment (active in organizing the A-Infos Internet Project)
- A-Infos France: The french group is currently reorganising Do not publish their own bulletin at the moment
- A-Infos Germany: c/o Barrikade, Bismarckstr 41a, 47443 Moers, Germany, Fax.: 49-2151-951806 E-Mail: email@example.com Publish bulletins in german and english
- A-Infos Greece: c/o pob. 11251, 54110 Thessaloniki,Greece Publish bulletins in english
- A-Infos Italy: c/o Int. Sec. FAI, Via le monza 255, 20216 Milano, Italy Publish bulletins in italian
- A-Infos Netherlands: c/o pb 61523, 2506 AM Den Haag, Netherlands Publish bulletins in english
- A-Infos Portugal: c/o Maldicao, Apdo. 21447, 1134 Lisboa, Portugal Publish bulletins in portugese
- A-Infos Spain: Ateneo Libertario de Zaragoza, Apdo. 3141, 50080 Zaragoza, Spain E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WWW: Click here Publish bulletins in spanish and english
- A-Infos Sweden: Box 15015, 10465 Stockholm, Sweden Publish bulletins in english
- A-Infos Uruguay: cp. 6730, Montevideo, Uruguay Publish bulletins in spanish
The A-INFOS mailing list wishes to develop this idea further but also now using an electronic dimension for communication.
We welcome news, reports, analysis on any subject of interest to individuals and movements active in the struggle for human liberation.
Anything sent to the list should be considered to be in the public domain - free for other subscribers to use in any way they wish - a kind of international anarchist news service. How it will be developped can be discussed on the parallel list (see below).
Apart from English language postings we welcome, and encourage you to send, information in langauges other than English. For this reason please observe the following conventions in your subject line:
. Indicate the language/s your message is written in by a prefix eg (en), (fr), (ca), (it), etc.
. Indicate if further translations are to be posted/available with a suffix eg (Fr) Message title (Eng) (NB This means the message is in French with an English translation available/to be posted)
This list is a 'mailing' list as opposed to a 'discussion' list. That is to say should you wish to discuss the content of a message you should contact the mailer directly. [Now you can also send a post to email@example.com]
Another list has also been set up to discuss the organisation of this list: A-infos-D@lglobal.com [Now it changed to firstname.lastname@example.org] [In the past]
To subscribe to A-infos send a message to email@example.com with the following in the body: subscribe a-infos To unsubscribe to A-infos send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following in the body: unsubscribe a-infos.
[Now, send the post to email@example.com - or click on to subscribe to one of a-infos lists]
The Quick A-Infos FAQ:Q. When I reply to a message on a-infos my reply never comes back. Why?
A. replies goto the relevant a-infos editor and you will probably get a reply. Q. When I post to a-infos my message seems to come back from a-infos-xx Why? A. the mysteries of the universe and the imperialism of mailman... Q. Can I get the information you are producing in just one language? A. look into http://ainfos.ca/options.html Q. I have trouble unsubscribing. What should I do? A. send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying so Q. How can I read past messages? A. http://www.ainfos.ca Q. Can I forward the articles on a-infos elsewhere? A. yes, but please keep the footer attached. Q. When's the revolution? A. today