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mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war Sunday September 28, 2014 05:13 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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brazil/guyana/suriname/fguiana / a esquerda Saturday September 13, 2014 13:51 by Coordenação Anarquista Brasileira (CAB)
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Eleições: A saída à esquerda não é nas urnas, mas nas ruas!

Para nós Socialistas Libertários, a política dos de baixo não se faz nas urnas, mas no cotidiano do protagonismo de classe e da ação direta. Falar disso no atual momento não significa mais remeter a abstrações ou ao passado “dos anos dourados dos movimentos de massa”, mas remeter a algo que evoca no imaginário coletivo um real exercício do poder do povo.

Sem sermos ingênuos acreditando que só ir as ruas basta, sabemos que a falta de organização de base fragiliza os processos de mobilização e facilitam as tentativas de controle pelos dominantes. Deste modo, nossa aposta é nas Ruas como espaço privilegiado da ação política, mas também é a aposta na organização horizontal e de base que fortalece a ação direta, com uma agenda popular que delibera, encaminha e executa seu programa: um programa dos de baixo, que não delega poder a nenhum político de plantão. Ou se vota com os de cima, ou se organiza e se luta com os de baixo!

mashriq / arabia / iraq / community struggles Monday September 01, 2014 04:07 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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bolivia / peru / ecuador / chile / workplace struggles Thursday August 28, 2014 16:00 by Nahuel Valenzuela
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El Frente de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras Ernesto Miranda (FTEM), es un nuevo espacio organizativo de carácter político-social, asentado por ahora en la Región Metropolitana, en la cual convergen militantes del ámbito del trabajo: trabajadores y trabajadoras de base, dirigentes, delegados y compas vinculados a áreas técnicas o profesionales de apoyatura a la labor sindical.

Este núcleo militante rescata la tradición organizativa que dio origen a la CUT del ‘53, así como a la figura de Ernesto Miranda Rivas, dirigente anarquista del gremio del cuero y calzado, promotor de la unidad de la clase trabajadora en la lucha por su emancipación en torno a los principios como la independencia política, la democracia directa, la solidaridad, el internacionalismo y el anticapitalismo.

russia / ukraine / belarus / anarchist movement Saturday August 09, 2014 14:26 by Autonomous Action   text 2 comments (last - sunday august 17, 2014 17:47)
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The Revolutionary Confederation of Anarcho-Syndicalists - N. I. Makhno (Революционная конфедерация анархо-синдикалистов им. Н. И. Махно), established in Ukraine in 1994, was one of the most famous anarchist organizations which emerged from the former Soviet Union. Platformist in essence, the organization managed to assemble a cohort of vigorous activists who wanted to adopt a strategic and responsible approach to the question of achieving a libertarian society.

The RKAS survived many troubles, it was involved in the miners' strike and had several long-tem projects, but it was not without its internal squabbles and splits. Over the past year, however, the organization has been heard from less and less. To find out what had happened to the RKAS, and also hear their opinion on the current events in Ukraine, our Russia-based comrades of Autonomous Action interviewed a comrade from the RKAS, Samurai.



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rojava_1.png imageInternational Libertarian-Socialist Statement in Solidarity with the Kurdish Resistance Oct 19 05:36 by Anarchist Organisations and Militants 0 comments

For some years now the Kurdish movement has been moving in the direction of libertarian ideas. While not an anarchist movement, this move is a sign that anarchist ideas of freedom and equality through solidarity, our ideas of horizontality and radical direct democracy and our radical critique against the State are not only valid and strong, but are also necessary for movements in order to break away from the authoritarian legacy within the left. It is our duty to express our solidarity with Rojava and the Kurdish movement, because they represent hope in this region and because they are the oppressed fighting the oppressors. Real struggles are never perfect but they carry diverse degrees of potential to being about a free society. Expressing our solidarity with the revolutionary movement in Rojava means we understand our role is to continue developing the core tenets of our ideas in order to inspire revolutions and revolutionaries all over the world. - Anarkismo Editorial Group

textRojava: An Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspective Oct 19 05:30 by KB 0 comments

Anarcho-syndicalists should should hold no illusions about the Rojava Revolution. Since the turn of the millenium there have been reports of a libertarian municipalist turn in the Kurdish national liberation struggle inspired by Murray Bookchin. This change in politics has been lead by jailed founder and ideological leader Abdullah Öcalan of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) who discovered Bookchin while in prison. The PKK a former Maoist/Stalinist organization had turned to ethnic nationalism after the fall of the Soviet Union and discreditation of “really existing socialism” and so such a turn has been welcomed by many on the revolutionary left. However such processes of political transformation do not automatically translate to full adoption within a populace nevermind their official representation in leading parties.

10696316_525133070956380_7931529301277717834_n.jpg imageAλληλεγγύη στους ... Oct 19 04:47 by Σύμπραξη για τον Αναρχικό Κομμουνισμό 0 comments

Εδώ και ένα μήνα, στην πόλη Κομπανί, κοντά στα σύνορα της Συρίας με την Τουρκία, κουρδικές ένοπλες αντάρτικες ομάδες δίνουν έναν αγώνα ενάντια στους φονταμενταλιστές και επεκτατιστές του ISIS. Η επίθεση ξεκίνησε στις 15/9 όταν χιλιάδες μαχητές του ISIS, υποστηριζόμενοι από δεκάδες άρματα μάχης και βαρύ πυροβολικό επιτέθηκαν στην πόλη σε τρία μέτωπα. Μέχρι αυτή την στιγμή, 2000 κούρδοι πολιτοφύλακες δίνουν ηρωικές μάχες ενάντια στους 10000 μαχητές του ισλαμικού κράτους και έχουν καταφέρει να ανακτήσουν εδάφη μέσα και έξω από την πόλη. Οι απώλειες για τον εχθρό είναι μεγάλες τόσο σε έμψυχο δυναμικό αλλά και όσον αφορά βαρύ οπλισμό και οχήματα που πέφτουν στα χέρια των ανταρτών.

serprofesorynoluchar....jpg imagePor un día donde realmente se valoren los profesores Oct 17 22:49 by Ángel 0 comments

Hoy 16 de Octubre se celebra a nivel nacional “el día del profesor”, celebración que nace en 1943 y que hasta hace unas décadas se celebraba el día 11 de septiembre; para el año 1974 el día se cambió por el 10 de diciembre, hasta que en 1977 se estableció la actual fecha que va de la mano con la creación del colegio de profesores durante la dictadura.

10496017_1558551564379531_3839427405373818498_o.jpg imageΑλληλεγγύη στον ^... Oct 17 18:57 by Ελευθεριακή Πρωτοβουλία Θεσσαλονίκης 0 comments

Η κρίση κι ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία άνοιξε μια ακόμη πληγή στην πολύπαθη Μ. Ανατολή που δοκιμάζεται εδώ και δεκαετίες από τις ενδοκαπιταλιστικές συγκρούσεις, τις ιμπεριαλιστικές επεμβάσεις αλλά και τα αυταρχικά και διεφθαρμένα καθεστώτα που υπάρχουν στην περιοχή. Με το πρόσχημα της ανατροπή του Άσαντ οι ΗΠΑ χρηματοδότησαν, εξόπλισαν και εκπαίδευσαν τμήματα της συριακής αντιπολίτευσης, ανάμεσα σε αυτούς και τοπικές ομάδες της Αλ Κάιντα (που υποτίθεται πολεμούν τα τελευταία 15 χρόνια) και ομάδες που συγκρότησαν μετέπειτα το Ισλαμικό Κράτος (IS).

rojava.png imagePerché il mondo ignora i Curdi rivoluzionari in Siria? Oct 17 16:28 by David Graeber 0 comments

Nel bel mezzo della zona di guerra siriana, un esperimento democratico sta venendo seriamente minacciato dall’ISIS. Che il mondo intero ne sia all’oscuro è uno scandalo! [English]

10389494_10204353816778598_870517678142141480_n.jpg imageLa crisi nella Rojava: appello alle nostre sorelle e compagne Oct 17 16:10 by Feminists and LGBTs in Turkey 0 comments

Possiamo fingere che non stia succedendo niente, eppure succede. Una delle uniche esperienze della storia delle donne è sotto minaccia di essere spazzata via. Non è una questione importante solo per il popolo curdo, ma lo è per tutte noi. [English]

daf_in_koban_10.jpg imageLa rivoluzione vincerà a Kobanê! Oct 17 15:58 by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet - DAF 0 comments

Siamo giunti al 24° giorno di attacchi dell'ISIS su Kobanê. Mentre le forze di difesa popolare in tutti i villaggi di confine fanno da scudo umano e da sentinelle per gli attacchi contro Kobanê, tutti ed ovunque nella regione in cui ci troviamo sono insorti per evitare la caduta di Kobanê. [English]

textIl futuro dell'Iraq, della Siria, della Giordania e prove di un Kurdistan indipendente Oct 17 15:38 by Sinan Çiftyürek 0 comments

Nella spirale caotica che avvolge il Medio Oriente dai tempi dell'invasione dell'Iraq, potenze locali e globali hanno dovuto ricorrere ad una serie di organismi, come l'ISIS, per sostenere le proprie richieste. Tutti sanno che all'interno degli attuali confini la situazione non è più sostenibile, ma nessuno è in grado offrire delle opzioni alternative. E' all'interno di questo schema che le potenze regionali e quelle globali avevano bisogno dell'ISIS come una sorta di balsamo per chiudere le fratture nella situazione attuale ed anche come grilletto per spingere verso la formazione di nuovi confini e nuovi stati, ed ancor di più come opportunistico strumento per gestire la crisi nella regione. [English]

anarchist_womendafkobane.jpg image4 ottobre: Ultime da Kobane Oct 17 15:26 by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet - DAF 0 comments

Lo Stato turco che si sta preparando ad intervenire per evitare il pericolo ISIS è al tempo stesso infingardo verso l'offensiva portata dai sostenitori di ISIS attraverso i confini turchi, dimostrando così l'ipocrisia della politica di Istanbul. [English]

roj.jpg imageThe Constitution of the Rojava Cantons Oct 17 08:40 by Rojava 0 comments

The Social Contract of Rojava Cantons in West Kurdistan (Syria)

textBrief report from the WSM conference in Ireland Oct 16 22:04 by Andrew 0 comments

The Workers Solidarity Movement had out conference last weekend at which many of the conclusions from the collections education and discussion process we have had over the last 2-3 years were formalised as policies.

10153895_707207162702593_3220422623026631208_n.jpg imageThe 1917 Russian Revolution and United Front Oct 16 16:40 by Jonathan Payn 0 comments

In the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik Party, together with other revolutionaries, overthrew the Provisional Government established in February and – together, initially, with left Social Revolutionaries – seized power. How did the Bolsheviks – a minority just eight months earlier, when the February Revolution overthrew the Tsar and established the Provisional Government – come to power so quickly? How did this small force emerge from relative obscurity to win large sections of the working class to its programme and take power? Herein lies the root and essence of United Front policy in a traditional Marxist sense. First published in issue 88 of Workers World News Part 1: NUMSA and the ‘United Front Against Neoliberalism’
Part 2: Anti-militarist United Fronts and Italy’s “Red week”, 1914

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_curdistao_1.jpg imageΑλληλεγγύη με τι`... Oct 16 13:13 by FARJ 0 comments

Ο εμφύλιος πόλεμος στη Συρία έχει φέρει νέα στοιχεία στην όλη κατάσταση που επικρατεί στις κουρδικές περιοχές. Παίρνοντας έμπνευση από διάφορες λαϊκές παραδόσεις της αντίστασης, μια σημαντική περιοχή των Κούρδων συμμετέχει σε μια εμπειρία που πρέπει να τύχει μεγάλης προσοχής από κάθε επαναστατικό κίνημα.

blog_logocopycopy.png imageΥποστήριξη "Μαύρ_... Oct 16 11:52 by Συλλογικότητα για τον Κοινωνικό Αναρχισμό
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Η Βιομηχανική Μεταλλευτική πριν από περίπου 3 χρόνια εγκαταλείφθηκε στη μοίρα της από τη διοίκηση Φιλίππου που έβαλε λουκέτο στο εργοστάσιο αφήνοντας τους εργαζόμενους σ' επίσχεση, εκατομμύρια ευρώ σε χρέη προς τους εργαζόμενους, την επιχείρηση και το δημόσιο. Οι εργαζόμενοι σε πείσμα των καιρών και της διοίκησης αποφάσισαν να πάρουν τη διαχείριση του εργοστασίου στα χέρια τους.

curdistao_1.jpg imageSolidarity with the Kurdish women's and popular resistance Oct 15 18:18 by Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro 0 comments

The civil war in Syria has brought new elements to the situation of the Kurdish region. Inspired by various popular traditions of resistance, a significant sector of Kurds participate in an experience that should be looked at carefully by all revolutionary sectors.

Viva a resistência curda!!! imageSolidariedade à resistência popular e feminina Curda Oct 15 13:46 by Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro (FARJ) 0 comments

A guerra civil na Síria trouxe novos elementos para a conjuntura da região curda. Inspirados em diversas tradições populares de resistência, um setor significativo dos curdos participa de uma experiência que deve ser olhada com atenção por todos os setores revolucionários.

textLa Violencia Estructural Oligárquica, Freno para la Paz en Colombia Oct 15 03:01 by Juan Carlos Cuéllar 1 comments

La historia contemporánea de Colombia nos muestra una presencia constante de la violencia y la guerra permeando las relaciones políticas e influyendo en la dinámica económica y social del país. Durante casi dos siglos, la lucha por el poder político se hizo por la vía de la violencia armada: el oponente era, ante todo, un enemigo al que derrotar y, de ser posible, destruir y desaparecer físicamente. El momento actual es clave como posibilidad de romper con el hilo histórico de violencia que ha impuesto el modelo oligárquico como opción para la acción política.

Piquet de grève métro imageA Lyon et dans sa banlieue, l'exploitation ordinaire et les luttes des travailleurs du net... Oct 14 21:03 by Fabien D 0 comments

Face à la dégradation généralisée des conditions des travail, notamment parmi les plus précaires et les plus exploités, la question de la possibilité d’organiser des mobilisations victorieuses, de mener des ripostes sociales émancipatrices, constituent des enjeux fondamentaux, incontournables pour le syndicalisme de lutte. Le sujet qu’aborde cet article, constitué à base d’entretiens, est non seulement la description d’un secteur d’activité, le nettoyage, où règne généralement une exploitation intensive assez souvent hors-la-loi, mais aussi le problème de l’organisation défensive et offensive des travailleurs dans ces conditions de forte précarité.

Autre Futur a déjà abordé le thème du secteur du nettoyage, notamment en partant de la question plus spécifique des femmes, à partir de témoignages recueillis en région parisienne. Cette fois, c’est dans la banlieue lyonnaise que nous avons rencontré Mourad Chikhi, Zaidi Rabah, agents de nettoyage dans le métro, Lydie Molle, femme de ménage, Chantal L., responsable de chantier récemment licenciée, tous adhérents du syndicat du nettoyage lyonnais CNT-Solidarité Ouvrière, ainsi que Didier Goncalves, défenseur syndical, et leur avocate, Me Lucie Davy, inscrite au barreau de Lyon, par ailleurs membre du Syndicat des Avocats de France, en particulier de sa commission sociale qui a pour mission d’œuvrer à l’amélioration des droits des salariés et des demandeurs d’emploi.

Il s’agit donc ici, en premier lieu, d’attirer l’attention sur des situations concrètes parfois méconnues, en proposant une présentation détaillée de la situation des salariés du secteur. Mais il importera aussi de retranscrire des expériences de lutte, en en soulignant les réussites encourageantes, à partir d’un exemple de développement syndical significatif, sans en masquer les difficultés et les limites. L’objectif est ainsi d’inviter et de contribuer à une réflexion plus globale en terme de stratégie syndicale et de mobilisation, en lien avec la spécificité d’un secteur mais aussi avec des enjeux plus généraux inhérents à toute perspective émancipatrice inscrite dans le monde du travail. En ce sens, c’est aussi à l’échange et à des contributions sur la thématique du syndicalisme de lutte aujourd’hui tout comme sur le problème de l’organisation des classes populaires que l’on voudrait inciter, au-delà des clivages partisans ou des querelles d’appartenance syndicale.

Kobane resiste! imageEntrevista com a Comandante do YPJ em Kobane: Kobane não cairá Oct 14 13:31 by Sedut Sur e Özgür Gündem 1 comments

O Trecho a seguir é a tradução de uma nova entrevista com Meysa Ebdo, uma comandante da YPG/YPJ em Kobane, no qual ela aborda o curso da batalha e seu amplo significado para as relações entre os curdos e a Turquia. A entrevista foi conduzida por Sedut Sur para a ANF e realizada por Özgür Gündem.

La primera vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales en Brasil trajo algunos problemas de continuidad para el gobierno de coalición. imageBrasil y la Carrera Electoral en la segunda vuelta – 1 Oct 14 10:52 by BrunoL 0 comments

Bruno Lima Rocha*

El país líder de América Latina, de Mercosur y de los acuerdos diplomáticos latinoamericanos se ve hoy en una encrucijada. Existe un consenso desde el medio hacia abajo de la pirámide social brasileña. Nuestro votante medio admite de hecho un retroceso en términos de políticas públicas, no tolerando un discurso que implica la reducción del papel del Estado en la economía y en el logro de los avances en las condiciones materiales de la vida. Marina Silva, exministra del PT para el Medio Ambiente (en el primer gobierno y hasta la mitad del segundo gobierno de Lula) no pudo explicar cómo propone una "nueva política" y tuvo la participación de economistas neoliberales en su equipo formulador del programa de gobierno. El postulado por el PSDB, el senador Aécio Neves y su partido han tenido –y tienen– para explicar (y hacer creer) que en ningún caso irán a desmantelar el aparato de las políticas sociales del lulismo.

Chaîne humaine au village de Boydê imageUn message des anarchistes sur place : « La révolution l’emportera à Kobanê ! » Oct 14 04:36 by DAF - Action anarchiste révolutionnaire 0 comments

Des camarades de l’Action anarchiste révolutionnaire (DAF) se sont portés au secours de la ville de Kobanê, assiégée par l’État islamique (Daech). Une partie a pénétré dans la ville. D’autres sont restés dans un village sur le territoire turc, Boydê. Ils et elles nous envoient ce message. [English]

text"La agricultura campesina es central para la paz de Colombia" Oct 14 00:11 by Lina Britto, Forrest Hylton 0 comments

Experto en conflictos internos de larga duración, el politólogo Nazih Richani habló sobre el conflicto colombiano y los de otros países, los desafíos de su terminación y las obstáculos para una paz duradera.

daf_in_kobane_3.jpg imageAnarchici turchi in Siria a sostegno del popolo curdo Oct 13 15:56 by Workers Solidarity Movement 0 comments

Anarchici di Istanbul insieme ad altri attivisti di sinistra, femministe e "gente del Gezi Park" sono riusciti ad attraversare il confine con la Siria ed a raggiungere la città di Kobani attualmente minacciata dall'ISIS. [English]

knowyourrightsprotectwhistleblowers.jpg imageWhat are your rights? Oct 13 15:37 by Nobuhle Dube 0 comments

Although the Constitution protects the rights of whistle-blowers, and we have laws that are meant to promote their rights (such as the Protected Disclosures Act), in reality there is not much protection for whistle-blowers and such people face huge challenges.

cosatuusedtopumpmillionsofrandstosupporttheanc.jpg imageCosatu used to pump millions of Rands to support the ANC’s election campaigns Oct 13 15:33 by Mzee 0 comments

At the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) media briefing on Thursday 21 November 2013, its president Sdumo Dlamini told a journalist that the federation is “yet to decide” whether or not to contribute financially toward the ANC’s 2014 election campaign. The briefing followed a Cosatu central executive committee (CEC) meeting.

textPalestine Israel, The joint struggle already eleven years old and continue* Oct 13 05:15 by Ilan S. 0 comments

A physical confrontation between between the Israeli armed forces (and settlers) and a joint crowd of Israeli Jews and Palestinian activists in the 1967 occupied territories is so common that people do not sense its unique nature. In addition to PR disaster for the Zionist transfer project it also forced Israel to mostly exclude shooting with life ammunition fire to kill non armed Palestinian demonstrators whenever Israelis might participate. In addition to the usual locations of joint struggles, addition places Palestinians start protests we learn of from the media. The Israeli media to which the agreement with the Hamas about the end of the rocketing was not revealed, come again and again with facts and generals opinions which can only be explained as rationalization to changes forced on Israel in the agreement.

textReforma a la ley 160: Baldíos para los ricos Oct 13 04:39 by Hernán Camacho 0 comments

Una nueva ley de titulación de tierras baldías desdibuja la naturaleza y la destinación de esas tierras. La agroindustria y los negocios de algunas poderosas familias colombianas están detrás de la nueva reglamentación.

umlem_mapuche.jpg imageKilapán y la lucha Mapuche durante el siglo XIX Oct 13 00:51 by Espartaco Gatti 0 comments

Publicado originalmente en la edición n°25 del periódico anarquista chileno Solidaridad.

goldmanatdemonstration.jpg imageΗ Κοινωνική Σημα`... Oct 12 19:07 by Έμμα Γκόλντμαν 0 comments

Τι είναι λοιπόν το σχολείο του σήμερα, ασχέτως αν είναι δημόσιο, ιδιωτικό ή θρησκευτικό; Είναι για το παιδί ό,τι είναι η φυλακή για τον κατάδικο και οι στρατώνες για τον φαντάρο – ένα μέρος όπου το κάθε τι χρησιμοποιείται για να κάμψει την θέληση του παιδιού, και ύστερα να την συντρίψει, να την αναπλάσει και να την διαμορφώσει σε ένα πλάσμα ξένο ως προς τον εαυτό του.

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