A-kontra...

…is a quarterly anarchist magazine in publication since 1991 (with two breaks between 1996 and 1998). It is the only anarchist magazine in the former Czechoslovakia being also distributed through the general network of newspaper and magazine vendors. However, it is not the only anarchist publication: there are several other, especially anarcha-feminist, anarcho-communist, radical antifascist and anarcho-punk magazines and fanzines that A-kontra supports.

The editorial collective of A-kontra is not connected to any group or organization and tries to be as open as possible. The magazine has in the past actively supported events such as the protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund summit in Prague in 2000 and demonstrations against the NATO summit in 2002.

A-kontra attempts to introduce ideas from various currents of anarchism, from anarcho-communism, anarcho-syndicalism and anarchist socialism to „anarchism without adjectives“, anarcho-individualism, green anarchism and anarcha-feminism. The magazine is also open to discussion of other related political views and opinions. Contributions by regular authors focus especially on local news, antifascism, culture and the main themes of individual issues. A-kontra has also published translations of interviews and articles by various authors and from diverse sources, e.g. Noam Chomsky, Murray Bookchin, Janet Biehl, Judi Bari, Larry Gambone, Colin Ward, Jeff Stein, Mumia Abu-Jamal, from the Anarchist Federation, John Holloway, subcomandante Marcos, Michel Chossudovsky, Immanuel Wallerstein, Loren Goldner, Ken Knabb, Wayne Price, Chuck Morse, Marina Sitrin, Voline, Cindy Milstein, George Caffentzis, Karen Goaman, Mo Dodson, Carlos Fedrnandéz, Lucien Van Der Walt, Michael Schmidt from the Abolishing Borders From Below editorial collective, SchNews, Do or Die and many others.

A substantial part of the magazine is dedicated to current issues and activities related to the anti-globalization and anti-war movement, more specifically to its anti-authoritarian wing, as well as antifascism. In addition to “big” political issues, the magazine also deals with questions of every-day life and culture. The main themes of volume 2004 were the 10th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising (1/04), football (2/04), drugs (3/04), freetekno culture (4/04) and the Christian and neo-liberal far right groups in the Czech Republic (5/04). The latest issues of our magazine have dealt with Islam (1/05), the situation of women in Islamic societies (2/05) and subcultures (3/05). The last issue of 2005 has been dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and questions connected to the use of nuclear energy. A-kontra has also published a special English issue focusing on the NATO summit in Prague in 2002.

Moreover, the magazine attempts to reflect and introduce the historical experience of the Czech anarchist movement, which took strong roots at the turn of the 19th and 20th century among intellectuals; youth and radical miners, and participated in anti-capitalist, anti-militarist and anticlerical activities with strong anti-state and liberal socialist and communist opinions. It gradually transformed itself into a peculiar anarchist “political party“ and identified itself with leftist nationalism and, after WWI, also with the new Czechoslovak state. Four former anarchists even became members of parliament and one ended up as a government minister. In 1921 Czech anarchists were among the founders of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, which later (between 1948 and 1989) became the main force of an oppressive dictatorship. The new anarchist movement emerged from the anti-authoritarian left, environmental, anti-militarist and punk opposition against this regime at the end of the 1980s.

A-kontra’s aim is to offer a wide range of alternative information to readers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and thus to contribute to a wider self-organization of the society and build solidarity between people and communities.