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mashriq / arabia / iraq / community struggles Friday February 27, 2015 12:34 by Ilan Shalif
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The weekly Friday demonstration in Bil'in

The villagers of the Palestinian vilage of Bil'in have been struggling now for 10 years against the construction of the separation barrier and consequent expropriation of their lands. This struggle has been a non-violent one, carried out together with Jewish activists from Israel and international activists and has inspired dozens of other similar struggles in villages throughout the West Bank. Here, Israeli anarchist Ilan Shalif explains the significance of Bil'in and recounts his experiences there.

The struggle in Bil'in is only one part of the fabric of struggle of more than 120 years between the indigenous people of Palestine and the Zionist settler colonialist and transfer project. The struggle in Bil'in is also the culmination of the joint popular struggle of Palestinians and young Jewish community members who "betray" their local Jewish community, which is harnessed to the Zionist project of settlement building and transfer. As partners second in importance only to the local activists, between us we have forged an unusual alliance, one that has hardly ever been seen during the half millennium of struggle between European colonialism and the other inhabitants of the world.

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mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war Saturday November 01, 2014 20:37 by Anarkismo Editors Group
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REVOLUTIONARY SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLES' STRUGGLE

This text is a response to the article Rojava: An Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspective by K. B., recently published on the Ideas and Action website of the North America-based Workers Solidarity Alliance (WSA). In the article, there is an attack on the Rojava revolution in the Middle East, an event in which the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has played a key role.

This response is not published in bad faith or with ill intentions towards the writer or their organisation but, rather, in order to clarify and share our thinking regards the question of anarchist support both for national liberation movements and what is, for us, a very important and inspiring struggle playing out in the Middle East. The aim is to have a frank, and comradely, debate that takes us all forward.

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Rojava: An Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspective, K.B.

mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war Sunday September 28, 2014 04:13 by Shawn Hattingh
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The mainstream news is filled with stories about the horrors committed by the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and how the US ruling class and their state want to stop this for humanitarian reasons. But what has not been widely covered in the corporate media is why the IS came to exist; the real reasons for the US state’s new round of intervention in the Middle East; and how the US wants to isolate and likely destroy the only two forces that have been effective in fighting the IS: the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

This article highlights how the US state created the conditions in the Middle East in which a right-wing reactionary force like the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) could emerge. Along with this – and central to the article – it discusses how the US state is refusing to back the only two effective forces that are fighting the Islamic State: the Kurdish Workers’ Party and the People’s Protection Units. Indeed, this article is also written to express solidarity with the People’s Protection Units that are currently fighting a key battle against the Islamic State to hold onto the city of Kobani in Syria.

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mashriq / arabia / iraq / community struggles Monday September 01, 2014 03:07 by Zaher Baher
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Public Tev-Dem meeting in Qamishli to discuss attacks by al-Nusra

What you read below is the experience of my visit, for a couple of weeks in May this year, 2014, to North East of Syria or Syrian Kurdistan (West of Kurdistan) with a close friend of mine. Throughout the visit we had the total freedom and opportunity to see and speak to whoever we wanted to. This includes women, men, youth, and the political parties.

There are over 20 parties from Kurdish to Christian, of which some are in the Democratic Self Administration (DSA) or Democratic Self Management (DSM) of the region of Al Jazera. Al Jazera is one of three regions, (cantons) of West Kurdistan. We also met the Kurdish and Christian political parties who are not in the DSA or DSM. In addition, we met the top people from the Democratic Self Administration (DSM), members of the different committees, local groups and communes as well as businesspeople, shopkeepers, workers, people in the market and people who were just walking in the street.

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mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war Tuesday July 22, 2014 16:28 by Ilan Shalif
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Operation "Protective Edge". Its Hebrew name translates as "Mighty Cliff"

The main confrontation between the Israeli ruling capitalist elite and the Palestinian working people which have continued forcefully over the last few weeks forms part of ongoing efforts by Israel to transfer them out of Palestine, or at least pressure them into voluntary transfer.

The reason for the eruption of the intense confrontation of recent weeks is the recent intensification of international pressure exerted on Israel to withdraw from the territories occupied in the 1967 war. Most of its efforts are to relieve this pressure, and to overcome the contribution of the recent agreement between the West Bank (partly) ruling elite and the Hamas ruling elite of the Gaza Strip.

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Issue #4 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

Issue #4 of the Newsletter of the Tokologo African Anarchist Collective

Mashriq / Arabia / Iraq

Wed 04 Mar, 22:18

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textKobane’s Second Phase: Resistance and Necessities Mar 04 02:44 by KAF 0 comments

A confrontation between a villager and a soldier. Photo from Bil'ins Struggles 2013 imageבילעין - עשר שני&#... Mar 02 15:16 by Ilan Shalif 0 comments

The regular Friday demonstration in Bil'in. Photo from Bil'ins Struggles 2013 imageBil'in - 10 years of persistent joint struggle Feb 27 12:34 by Ilan Shalif 0 comments

a4_web_def.jpg imageEsperienze di libertà Feb 21 12:55 by Alternativa LIbertaria/FdCA 0 comments

textPalestina-Israele, 10 anni di lotta unitaria a Bil'in contro i coloni, contro il muro/reci... Feb 21 00:21 by Ilan S. 0 comments

textPalestine-Israel, 10 years of the joint struggle in Bil'in against the settlers, the separ... Feb 15 20:49 by Ilan S. 0 comments

textPalestina-Israele, il 20 febbraio compie 10 anni la lotta di Bil'in che ha ispirato la lot... Feb 08 23:59 by Ilan S. 0 comments

textPalestine-Israel, February 20th - Ten years of struggle in Bil'in - inspiration to organiz... Feb 02 17:54 by Ilan S. 0 comments

b8tr1udiaaanghv.jpg imageLas fuerzas kurdas liberan la ciudad de Kobane: celebraciones en la frontera siria Jan 27 21:29 by Sandra Segall 0 comments

textPalestina-Israele: Neanche 10 anni di lotta unitaria ed i frutti sono già maturi Jan 18 17:05 by Ilan S. 0 comments

textPalestine-Israel: Not even 10 years of joint struggle and the fruits are already ripe* Jan 14 05:24 by Ilan S. 0 comments

textPalestina-Israele, la lotta unitaria e gli attivisti dei comitati popolari continuano a da... Jan 02 16:35 by Ilan S. 0 comments

rojava2.jpg imageEl movimiento de liberación kurdo: de la Guerra Santa al Confederalismo Democrático Jan 01 00:07 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D. 0 comments

textPalestine-Israel, The joint struggle and the activists of the popular committees continue ... Dec 29 17:00 by Ilan S. 0 comments

Bil'in, 12.12.14. Foto: Hamza Burnat imagePalestina-Israele, la lotta unitaria nel contesto della fine del mondo dello "status quo" ... Dec 24 00:44 by Ilan S. 0 comments

daf_in_kobane_3.jpg image6 σημεία για το Κομ&... Dec 18 10:39 by No man 0 comments

Bil'in, 12.12.14. Photo: Hamza Burnat imagePalestine-Israel, The joint struggle to the backdrop of the end-of-the-world "status quo" ... Dec 15 16:47 by Ilan S. 0 comments

Bil'in. Foto: Mohammed Yasin imagePalestina-Israele - la lotta unitaria contribuisce allo spostamento degli equilibri di pot... Dec 14 16:15 by Ilan S. 0 comments

La regione del Kurdistan occidentale il cui nome in lingua curda è Rojava rappresenta una speranza di nuovi rapporti sociali per le società a maggioranza islamica ed un catalizzatore per la solidarietà globale. imageIl Kurdistan è la speranza del Medio Oriente e dell'Asia Centrale Dec 08 14:07 by BrunoL 0 comments

Bil'in. Photo: Mohammed Yasin imagePalestine-Israel - The joint struggle contributes to the shift in domination within the Is... Nov 30 15:50 by Ilan S. 0 comments

rojava_2.png imageUne réponse anarchiste-communiste à « Rojava : une perspective anarcho-syndicaliste » Nov 25 10:59 by Anarkismo Editors Group 2 comments

textRojava : 2 textes sur un débat toujours en cours. Nov 25 10:58 by CATS 0 comments

textThe social revolution will sweep Turkey Kurdistan sooner or later Nov 16 06:39 by Zaher Baher 1 comments

textPalestina-Israele - la lotta unitaria in tempi turbolenti Nov 14 15:41 by Ilan S. 0 comments

textÉgypte Nov 11 04:18 by Commission internationale AL 0 comments

textPalestine-Israel - the joint struggle in turbulent times.* Nov 11 02:03 by Ilan S. 0 comments

textRojava: Fantasie e realtà Nov 08 16:56 by Zafer Onat 0 comments

daf_in_kobane_3.jpg imageRojava: Fantasies and Realities Nov 08 15:33 by Zafer Onat 1 comments

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textPalestina-Israele, la lotta unitaria mette a nudo la vera natura di Israele Nov 07 17:22 by Ilan S. 0 comments

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