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Like leftists and communists, anarchists and libertarians have been divided over Rojava. Some of them are very supportive and optimistic about the future of this experiment and the others are skeptic
mashriq / arabia / iraq / anarchist movement / opinion / analysis Thursday July 30, 2015 07:04 by Zaher Baher 2 comments (last - thursday august 06, 2015 22:31)
In my opinion the best attitude towards Rojava is “supportive and being critical” at the same time. Criticizing it alone and keeping distance from it does not benefit our current anarchist movement. This attitude again shows incapability of recognizing the reality of the movement, and would bring the blame of history over us. Meanwhile supporting it without criticizing its negative sides again shows that we do not see this movement realistically. Having this attitude, once the movement fails to meet our demands, we will be very disappointed and keep ourselves a far distance from any movement in the future. read full story / add a comment
Palestine-Israel, The activists participating in the joint struggle get old... but the struggle is still young and vigorous*
mashriq / arabia / iraq / community struggles / news report Tuesday July 28, 2015 16:10 by Ilan S. 1 image
It is hard for many activists when the real meaning of the struggle are not concrete achievable gains, but a global worldwide struggle. This week, the concrete and the global merged when the struggle against the destruction of Susiya village recruited international support and forced Israel to delay or even cancel the demolition of the village. Pressure from the imperial powers on Israel was joined by European warning about approaching sanctions against the Israeli banking system for its involvement in the settlers' projects in the occupied West Bank. It seems the erosion of Israeli immunity from paying for its war crimes is collecting momentum. The Israeli media is full of news about B.D.S. - the joint struggle in which thousands of international activists participate, contributing a lot. The heroic Bil'in, Ni'lin, Nabi Saleh, Qaddum, Ma'sara, and Sheikh Jarrah keep the weekly flame from extinguishing. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
Palestina-Israele, il mondo in subbuglio; il vecchio ordine mondiale non sarà più lo stesso; e la lotta unitaria contribuisce ai processi che fanno pendere la bilancia
L'1 gennaio del 1994 in Chiapas le masse innalzarono la bandiera della ribellione giusto dopo che il mondo capitalista aveva celebrato il suo trionfo sulle rivoluzioni del 20° secolo e si accingeva a lanciare la globalizzazione neoliberista a livello mondiale. Ma la lotta è proseguita con nuove modalità. I sorprendenti sviluppi nella Rojava, in cui le principali potenze imperialiste si trovano a dare sostegno aereo ai Curdi antiautoritari ed anticapitalisti di Siria, sono come uno stormo di passeri che segnano l'arrivo della primavera. In questo imminente cambiamento, si sviluppa il panico delle classi dirigenti sioniste israeliane di fronte alla veloce avanzata della campagna B.D.S.... Non possiamo misurare il contributo di ciascuna lotta al cambiamento, ma sembra che una quota importante spetti alle migliaia di attivisti internazionali che hanno condiviso con noi la lotta unitaria non-armata contro il muro della separazione, contro gli insediamenti e contro l'occupazione. [English] read full story / add a comment
Palestine-Israel, The world in turmoil; the old world order will never be the same again; and the joint struggle contributed to the processes that tip the scales*.
On 1st of January 1994 in Chiapas the masses held high the flag of rebellion just after the world capitalist celebrated their triumph on the revolutions of the 20th century and promoted their neo-liberal globalization of the world. But the struggle continued in entirely new mode. The amazing development in Rojava in which the main imperial powers find themselves giving aerial support to the anti authoritarian anti capitalists Kurds of Syria is like a flock of sparrows that mark that the spring is already hear. As part of the imminent change is the panic of the Israeli Zionist ruling elite from the faster advance of the B.D.S.... We cannot measure the contribution of each act of struggle to the change, but it seems that the many thousands of international activists who participated with us in the non armed joint struggle against the separation fence, the settlers, and occupation have a significant share. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
Palestina/Israele: La campagna B.D.S. ha successo e la classe dirigente israeliana ne teme gli sviluppi futuri
I danni della campagna BDS sull'economia israeliana sembrano essere ancora marginali... ma questi margini si stanno allargando velocemente. Già alcune imprese sottoposte a pressione perché operanti nelle aree degli insediamenti dell'occupazione del 1967, si stanno ritirando nei territori israeliani del 1948, pur rinunciando così agli aiuti governativi e ad una manodopera a minor costo. I media israeliani si riempiono di avvertimenti e dei timori dei commercianti. Ormai è evidente la connessione tra la lotta unitaria nelle manifestazioni e la campagna BDS con lo sviluppo dei boicottaggio. [English] read full story / add a comment
Palestine-Israel, The B.D.S. collect momentum and the fear of its future development frighten the Israeli elite*
The damage to the Israeli economy seems to be yet only marginal... but the margin expand now faster. Some of the firm already yield to the pressure targeted at areas in the settlements of the 1967 occupation and regroup back to the Israeli areas of 1948, in spite of the loss in government bribes and cheaper work force. The Israeli media is full with warning and even beginning of fear mongering. The connection between the joint struggle in the demos and the B.D.S. and the development of the boycott is acknowledged. Mean time the efforts to transfer of the Palestinians from key areas - the Bedouins in the south of the 1948 areas and in area C of the 1967 occupation intensify, as if they know that the opportunities to do it will end soon. Mean time, the non armed Friday demos are suppressed inconsistently with special treatment to Qadum. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
Μέση Ανατολή / Αραβία / Ιράκ / Λαϊκοί Αγώνες / Ανακοίνωση Τύπου Monday June 08, 2015 22:51 by Ουλαλούμ 1 image
Κείμενο για την »Καμπάνια Αλληλεγγύης – Οικονομικής Ενίσχυσης Συλλογικοτήτων από την Τουρκία – Ελλάδα και από το Κομπάνι για να Χτίσουμε το Δημοκρατικό – Ελευθεριακό Σχολείο για τα Παιδιά του Κομπάνι» που έκανε εκδήλωση την Πέμπτη 21 Μαΐου στο Εργατικό Κέντρο της Χαλκίδας. read full story / add a comment
Palestina-Israele, sulla lotta unitaria che sostiene la campagna B.D.S. si sta abbattendo recentemente una repressione sempre più dura
Le azioni unitarie non-violente - principalmente alcune manifestazioni del venerdì - non sono così impegnative per le forze armate israeliane. Tuttavia, l'attenzione dei media su queste lotte ed ancor di più la partecipazione ad esse di attivisti internazionali che poi rilanciano nei loro paesi la lotta internazionale, sono un fattore reale di preoccupazione per Israele. I controlli ai confini, che riuscivano ad impedire l'ingresso degli attivisti, non sono più tanto efficaci. La classe dirigente israeliana non è ancora nel panico, ma di recente appare molto preoccupata. [English] read full story / add a comment
We should not let Kobane and the rest of Rojava to be defeated by the big corporations and the international financial institutions
mashriq / arabia / iraq / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Friday June 05, 2015 21:07 by Zaher Baher 1 image
First of all, I should mention a couple of issues in Kurdistan of Turkey (Bakur) that are strongly connected to the subject. Between 08/05 and 22/05/15 I visited a number of big towns in Bakur, including: Amed (Diyarbakir), Van, Colemerge (Hakari) and Gavar. Later I returned to Suruc and was hoping to cross the border to Kobane.
My main purpose for visiting there were three important points: first: understanding the similarity and differences between the Democratic Self Administration (DSA) in Bakur and Rojava. Second: Reconstruction of Kobane, and third the type of economy that Rojava can have in the future. Although the friends in Peoples ‘ Democratic Party (HDP) , other organisation and the Working Committees of Rojava in Amed and Suruc tried hard to arrange my trip to Kobane but it did not happen.
There are two important issues to talk about. These are:
First: The 07th June general election in Turkey: read full story / add a comment
Palestina-Israele, mentre le divergenze all'interno della già sofferente classe dirigente minacciano il suo controllo sui media, Netanyahu ha scommesso sulle elezioni - ed ha fallito
La vittoria elettorale che doveva essere la risposta di Netanyahu alla rivolta in seno alla classe dirigente - gravida di minacce di ridimensionamento verso il suo giornale - si è rivelata una sconfitta parziale. Netanyahu dipende ora dall'appoggio del partito del centro-destra e dai partiti ortodossi e sta cercando disperatamente di riconquistare il controllo della situazione. La montante pressione su Israele minaccia di accelerare rapidamente. Ve ne sono le avvisaglie nella minaccia di espellere Israele dalla FIFA e nell'intervento della Corte dell'Aja. E' prossima l'iniziativa della Francia all'interno del consiglio di sicurezza dell'ONU. [English] read full story / add a comment
Palestine-Israel, the joint struggle which enhance the B.D.S. suffer lately more punishments then ever*.
The non armed joint actions - mainly few Friday demos, do not cause the Israeli armed forces much load. However, the focusing of the media on these, and more so the international activist participating in them who enhance the international struggle when they return home, really worry the Israeli authorities. Their borders screening which succeed to prevent the entry of activists is not much effective. The Israeli ruling elite is not in panic yet, but lately they worry a lot. The president of Israel warn that the development of the B.D.S. must cause a real concern. The threat of the expulsion from the FIFA cause Israel to make concession to prevent the voting and even agreed to a special monitoring comity. The subject of the B.D.S. is more and more in the media and many of the speaker admit their fear from its intensifying. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
Palestina-Israele, la lotta unitaria favorisce la campagna B.D.S. intensificando la pressione internazionale che divide la classe dirigente israeliana
La crescente pressione operata dalla campagna B.D.S. non solo preoccupa la classe dirigente israeliana, ma ne ha già provocato una spaccatura. Che si era manifestata nelle dimissioni del governo di Netaniahu e nell'indizione di nuove elezioni. L'esito è stato persino peggiore per lui. Ha perso la maggioranza all'interno della destra. Il suo 61% (contro il 59%) è stato ottenuto solo coalizzandosi con il centro-destra di Kakhlon che aveva già bloccato le mosse della destra tradizionale e di alcune tendenze di neoliberismo radicale. Un nuovo equilibrio di potere all'interno della classe dirigente israeliana potrebbe portare nel futuro immediato ad una coalizione con il partito di pseudo-sinistra della lista sionista o addirittura ad una diversa coalizione senza Netaniahu o persino senza il partito Licud. In questo contesto proseguono gli sgomberi di palestinesi - sia in Israele che in Cisgiordania. [English] read full story / add a comment
Palestine-Israel, As the split in the elite, a part of which is already suffering, threatens Prime minister Netanyahu's hold on the media he gambled on an election - and failed*.
The election which was a response to rebellion in the elite - threatening to restrict his daily newspaper - resulted in a partial defeat. He is dependant now on the support of the center-right party and the orthodox parties,and now he is trying desperately to regain control. The mounting pressure on Israel threatens to take a fast escalation. It is already expressed in the threat to expel Israel from FIFA and of intervention of the Hague Court. The French initiative in the UN security council is approaching. The escalation in transfer actions - both within Israel and the West Bank is an effort to recruit at least the support of orthodox parties and the extreme right. In spite of harsher efforts to repress the Palestinian struggle - both in occupied east Jerusalem and the popular non-armed struggle the struggle continues. The very optimistic activists already feel the approaching victory. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / gender / link to video Thursday May 14, 2015 00:07 by Paul - edited by Andrew
This sessions at the 2015 Dublin anarchist bookfair examined the reasons why gender liberation is central to the Rojava revolution in northern Syria and looks in particular at the importance of the struggle against tribal feudalism. read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / the left / opinion / analysis Wednesday May 13, 2015 23:14 by andrew 1 image
Revolutions are seldom made in favourable circumstances. Russia 1917 emerged from the mass slaughter of WWI and the disintegration of an economy under the pressure of the supply demands of that war. Spain 1936 emerged from a well planned and executed fascist coup amongst a powerful military backed and armed by international fascism. Schemas for revolution that depend on quiet times and plenty may well be doomed from the start. read full story / add a comment
Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle enhance the B.D.S. which intensify the international pressure which already split the Israeli elite *
The B.D.S. which intensify the pressure not only worry the Israeli elite - it already caused a split in it. The split expressed in the initiation of law against the Netaniahu daily caused him to dismantle his coalition and call for election. The result was even worse for him. He lost the majority of the hard core right. The 61 (versus 59) coalition was achieved only with Kakhlon center-right that already blocked the main rightist moves and some of the extreme neoliberal tendency. A new power balance in the Israeli elite may result with a near future coalition with the pseudo left party Zionist List or even entirely different coalition without Netaniahu or even without the Licud party. With this back ground, transfer of Palestinians intensify - both citizens of Israel and in the occupy west bank... And the repression and struggle continue in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Nebi Saleh, Qadoom, Ma'asarah, Sheikh Jarrah, South Hebron Hills and sporadicly in other places. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
Il movimento femminile curdo vuole ovviamente distruggere il patriarcato e riferirsi alle esperienze del movimento femminista, ma si sforza anche di costruire una teoria originale adatta al contesto del Kurdistan.
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Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle continues with fresh conviction that it is a fulcrum of the international lever
mashriq / arabia / iraq / community struggles / news report Saturday April 18, 2015 19:56 by Ilan S.
With the conviction that our main contribution is not so much in changes on the ground but in the spirit of the struggle of the participants and the fulcrum we provide to the international lever. The gradual increase in international pressure which the Israeli high court verdict is that is a criminal act for Israeli to promote causing already much of damages in the economy of occupation and concern of the Zionist-colonialist Israeli ruling Elite. We see here again how small number of activists can initiate a turn in the course of history when it is applied in the ripe cross-road. It started in a small joint camp in Masha 2003 for struggle against the separation fence, after the idea raised half a year earlier in the European People Global Action conference in Leiden - in which activists from the East of the Mediterranean region participated too. The camp initiated struggles in various villages that riped at 2005 in the Bil'in struggle... which expanded and expanded... read full story / add a comment
mashriq / arabia / iraq / economía / opinión / análisis Thursday April 09, 2015 06:18 by Janet Biehl 1 image
A medida que continúa la revolución de Rojava, la naturaleza de su economía ha sido muy discutida. Como he escrito anteriormente, Rojava aspira a una economía social basada en el sistema de cooperativas. En las últimas semanas, varias personas me han preguntado por las ideas de Murray Bookchin sobre la economía: ¿cuáles son los aspectos económicos del municipalismo libertario? He creado un resumen de su pensamiento, sobre la base de los recursos enumerados al final de este artículo. -Janet Biehl read full story / add a comment
Palestine-Israel, The collapse of the deterrent ability of Israel in the last Gaza war is expressed every where*
mashriq / arabia / iraq / community struggles / news report Wednesday April 08, 2015 05:37 by Ilan S.
The frustrated Israeli state force who do not dare to prevent the weekly non armed popular demonstrations - Joined and purely of Palestinians, resort to shooting on demonstrators with frequent use of live fire by snippers. In the annexed regions of Jerusalem they no more pretend it is not an occupied area and apply there the occupation procedures - both in treatment of detaining children and houses demolition. The "hot" areas of the popular non armed struggle gradually expand but still far away from a general uprising. The international popular struggle worry the Israeli elite but the damages to the Israeli economy is still in the margins. It seems the Zionist settler colonialist elite which bribed the tycoons section of the capitalist elite with extreme neo liberal measures cannot do it any more as other sections of the capitalist elite (backers of Cakhlon) rebelled. read full story / add a comment