International of Anarchist Federations
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|International of Anarchist Federations|
Logo of the IAF
Regions where IAF member federations exist
|Purpose/focus||Agitation, propaganda and international cooperation|
|Official languages||Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Esperanto|
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The International of Anarchist Federations (IAF/IFA) (French: L'international des Federations Anarchistes) was founded during an international Anarchist conference in Carrara in 1968 by the three existing European federations of France, Italy and Spain as well as the Bulgarian federation in French exile. Other groups were also present in the formation of the IAF, such as the now defunct London Federation of Anarchists who took part in the preparation for the conference in 1968. According to Time magazine, before the first IAF conference in Carrara could begin, firemen were called to check the venue for bombs. The Carrara congress was a response to a congress held in London from June to August 1958 which "recreated a certain dynamism and wish towards the organisational aspiration of international anarchism"..
To counter the internationalisation of state and capitalist powers that are developing their influences ever rapidly on a global scale, the IAF has since aimed to build and improve strong and active international anarchist structures. The federations associated with IAF believe that such an organisation is necessary to co-ordinate their international work and efficiently co-operate towards their mutual aims.
In order to further improve the quality of exchange and co-operation, IAF also keeps close contact with other anarchist organisations, such as the International Workers Association (IWA), an international association of Anarcho-Syndicalist organisations and unions. The IAF contains a large number of Anarchist-Communist federations and individuals.
The IAF is committed to Direct Action, Anti-Parliamentarism and an opposition to Reformism, both on a theoretical and a "practical point of view".
To improve co-ordination and communication within IAF, as well as to provide an open contact address for the public and other anarchist groups and organisations, an International Secretariat (Commission of Relations of the International of Anarchist Federations - referred to commonly as C.R.I.F.A.) was set up, CRIFA irregularly rotates among the IAF federations. It is currently based with the Federacin Anarquista Ibrica (Spain). Often, the different member Federations will work with one another on certain agreed issues and campaigns in order to be able to mount a joint worldwide effort to raise awareness and help combat that certain issue.
The different member Federations also produce their own publications, such as Le Monde libertaire in France and Belgium, and El Libertario in Argentina, however there was also an IAF magazine, Anarkiista Debato which produced an issue, however, due to lack of funds were unable to continue.
A number of reports have been written for the IAF, particularly on single issues such as the struggle between the village of Rossport, the Corrib gas field and Shell in 2007. Members of the IAF often congregate at meetings of world leaders, such as Gleneagles in 2005.
Note: Please keep in mind that the member Federations do not correspond to countries, as the first publication of Anarkiista Debato (the IAF's magazine) explains:
|Argentina–Ž||Argentine Libertarian Federation (Federacion Libertaria Argentina)||FLA||El Libertario||Website|
|Belarus–Ž||Anarchist Federation of Belarus (ññññññ ññññññž raquo;ññññ)||/ FAB||---||Website|
|Bulgaria||Federation of Anarchists in Bulgaria(ñññ ñññññ ñŠraquo;ññ)||/ FAB||---||Website|
|Czech Republic, Slovakia||Czech-Slovak Anarchist Federation (Ceskoslovenskfiexcl; Anarchistickfiexcl; Federfiexcl;cia)||CSAF||A-kontra||Website|
|France, Belgium||Anarchist Federation (Fdration Anarchiste)||FA / FAF||Le Monde libertaire||Website|
|Germany, German-speaking Switzerland||Federation of German speaking Anarchists (Fderation Deutschsprachiger AnarchistInnen)||FdA||---||Website|
|–Ž Italy||Italian Anarchist Federation (Federazione Anarchica Italiana)||FAI||Umanit Nova||Website|
|Spain,–Ž *Portugal||Iberian Anarchist Federation (Federacin Anarquista Ibrica)||FAI||Tierra y Libertad||Website|
|Britain, Ireland||Anarchist Federation||AF / AFed||Organise! and Resistance||Website|
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