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mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Wednesday July 14, 2021 05:57 byMelbourne Anarchist Communist Group

The Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group’s solution to the oppression of the Palestinians is the same as for oppression everywhere. The problems of capitalism can only be solved by workers’ revolution.In Palestine, that means defeating Zionism and replacing it with the No State Solution, a society of libertarian communism that operates on the basis of consistent federalism.

The dust has settled on the latest Israeli attack on Gaza, but the fundamental position remains. Israel continues its slow process of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem and on the West Bank, while failing to demolish the military capacity of Hamas in Gaza. And yet, the situation is not stable.

Protests in Jerusalem and on the West Bank exploded on 6 May, when Israeli authorities moved to enforce evictions of Palestinians from the Sheik Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem. Israeli law allows Jews who fled during the war over the establishment of Israel to reclaim their property, but prevents Palestinians from doing the same. The double standard in Israeli law is deliberate. It’s what being a “Jewish State” is all about.

The #SaveSheikJarrah protests started in Jerusalem, but then swept the West Bank and into the territory of 1948 Israel.They grew in intensity and police and military violence against them increased.Fascist mobs chanting “Death to Arabs” rampaged through Palestinian areas of Israel’s cities. They were often protected by the police while they did their violent work.

As Palestinian resistance deepened, it became more organised, but stayed out of the control of both Fatah and Hamas, the two main capitalist parties of the occupied Palestinian territories. A strike wave developed. Israel was under massive pressure and its propaganda machine had no targets.

Hamas to the rescue

It was Hamas that came to Israel’s rescue.The developing mass Palestinian insurrection was threatening to render them irrelevant. Hamas sought to counter that by launching a rocket attack on Israel, starting on 10 May. This was an engraved invitation for Israel to send its air force on murderous bombing raids against Gaza. Transferring the struggle onto the military plane was part of the plan.(Readers should note we do not equate the terrorism of Hamas with Israeli State terror. Israel’s violence is systematic, institutionalised and on a far greater scale.)

Hamas and Israel succeeded in their objective.They undercut mass political action by the Palestinians and converted them into passive spectators of a military conflict from which they were excluded. Israel was once again flattening Gaza with its air force while Hamas fired rockets, whose inaccuracy rendered them almost random, into civilian targets and perhaps the occasional military one.By the time of the 21 May ceasefire, the steam was gone from the mass struggle. It subsided soon afterwards. The status quo had been re-established, for the time being.

Zionism

The oppression of the Palestinians is a product of the Zionist colonisation project that created Israel and continues to build settlements on the West Bank and force Palestinians out of East Jerusalem.Until World War II, it was a minority political philosophy amongst Jews and, of these, only a minority favoured the establishment of a Jewish State. The majority position of Zionists then was a binational State for both Jews and Arabs in Palestine.

After World War II, Zionism gained the support of a majority of Jews.The Nazi Holocaust had not only killed six million European Jews, but, for many survivors, destroyed faith that anti-Semitism could be eradicated.

Israel was created in 1948 and 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes in the atrocity that became known as Nakba.As a Jewish State, Israel is not the State of all its citizens. Rather, it is the moral and political equivalent of a White Australia or an Islamic Republic. Despite a veneer of equality, its Palestinian citizens are systematically discriminated against by a web of laws. Palestinians in the occupied territories are treated as unwelcome obstacles who are expelled when circumstances allow and their land is assimilated into Israel.

The Palestinian struggle

In the early days, the struggle of the Palestinians against Zionist colonisation was conducted under largely traditional leadership. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, leader of the Palestinians in the 1930s, was a bloodthirsty bigot who spent the majority of WWII collaborating with the Nazis in Germany. The Palestine Liberation Organisation, founded in 1964, initially adopted armed struggle, but shifted after a couple of years to a strategy of building support among capitalist States.

The First Intifada ran from 1987 to 1993 and marked the entry of the Palestinian masses into the field of struggle for the first time since the 1930s. It consisted of strikes and demonstrations which, until close to the end, adopted a deliberate strategy of avoiding lethal violence, despite the intense violence of Israel in trying to suppress it.The Intifada was marked by general support for the PLO political position, but a determination to maintain its organisational autonomy. It culminated in the Oslo Accords of 1993 and 1995.

Hamas was formed at the start of the Intifada, growing out of the Gaza branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.It gained popularity as Palestinians became disillusioned with the results of the Oslo Accords.It was the primary force behind the Second Intifada of 2000-05.Its signature tactic at the time was suicide bombing of Israeli civilians. This destroyed the peace camp in Israeli politics and led to a massive shift to the right in Israel. It was militarily ineffective and a political disaster.

Since then, there has been a strategic stalemate, with inconclusive Israeli attacks on Gaza in 2008 and 2014.Palestinians started to become disillusioned with Hamas while continuing to deepen their distrust of Fatah, who have degenerated into corrupt collaborators with Israel. This year’s conflict has restored the reputation of Hamas to some extent, but has not changed the underlying situation.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was launched in 2005 when the Second Intifada petered out without result.It was consciously set up by a wide range of civil society organisations as an alternative to armed struggle and outside of the control of both Hamas and Fatah. Its aim is the achievement of a democratic, secular State in Palestine, where Jews and Palestinians will live as equals.Taking its inspiration from South Africa, it proposes civil boycotts of Israel, disinvestment from Israeli companies and from companies doing business with Israel and the imposition of sanctions on Israel by other States.

This movement has been growing in strength ever since. Accordingly, the BDS movement has become the target of most of Israel’s propaganda abroad. Its key argument is that the return of the Palestinian refugees would lead to Jews being outvoted and Israel’s nature as a Jewish State being dismantled. According to Israel, this would be anti-Semitic, but the Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group disagrees. The return of refugees is a universal right and majorities achieved by ethnic cleansing are indefensible.People everywhere should live in freedom and equality, so the discriminatory basis of the Israeli State is also illegitimate.

We defend the BDS movement against Israel’s propaganda, while also criticising them. We do not oppose the boycott aspect of the movement, but BDS relies for its main strength on the prospect of getting capitalist governments and corporations to put pressure on Israel. This hands control to the capitalists over what sort of society will exist in Palestine. The outcomes would not be favourable to the Palestinians.

The road forward

For the Palestinians to achieve freedom, many things need to change. Firstly, a political movement needs to develop that can prevent Hamas derailing mass struggle as happened in May this year. Attacks on civilians, whether through rockets or suicide bombs, unite Israel, driving the working class into the arms of their exploiters.

Second, the labour wing of the BDS movement has to develop strongly, with a special focus on preventing the export of weapons and military equipment to Israel or their import from Israel. Port workers in Livorno in Italy refused to load a ship they believed was going to carry weapons to Israel. This was an excellent action and should serve as a model for workers worldwide.

Thirdly, and most importantly, workers need to rise and overthrow the sheikhs, the Ayatollahs and all the other tyrants that plague West Asia and North Africa. Egypt is the most important country in this process. Over twice as populous as any other Arab country, it shares a border with Israel and currently assists with enforcing the starvation blockade of Gaza. Egypt has a large working class which has engaged in repeated militant strike movements, most recently in 2011 during the Arab Spring. The workers’ movement must purge anti-Semitism from Egypt and other countries in the region.Anti- Semitism serves as a lightning rod for the tyrants. Not only is it ethically wrong, but it captures and safely dissipates class anger that should be directed at the tyrants themselves.

A workers’ revolution in Egypt would split Israel along class lines. It would place immense pressure on Israel by strategically boycotting trade with it and by relieving the blockade of Gaza. It would also create an example of a better society which would appeal to the class interests of workers in Israel – including Jewish workers currently committed to Zionism.And, without national unity, the Zionist project will unravel.

The Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group’s solution to the oppression of the Palestinians is the same as for oppression everywhere. The problems of capitalism can only be solved by workers’ revolution.In Palestine, that means defeating Zionism and replacing it with the No State Solution, a society of libertarian communism that operates on the basis of consistent federalism.

THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM RUNS THROUGH CAIRO

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group

*This article first published in ‘The Anvil” (Vol.10/No 3, May 2021 - June 2021) newsletter of the Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group.

mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war / press release Friday June 18, 2021 04:38 byInternational Delegation for Peace and Freedom

The UCL participated in the European delegation to observe the Turkish war crimes in Iraqi Kurdistan.
This delegation is taking place at a time when Erdogan is received at the NATO summit. His formal meeting with Macron does not hide his objective, which is obviously to legitimize his illegal invasion of Iraq, and to obtain from NATO a blank check to continue his military campaign.
His pretext: to eradicate the PKK, a "terrorist organization" according to the Council of Europe's blacklist.
His strategy: to intimidate European nations, to maintain bombings, military pressure and destruction of crops in Iraqi Kurdistan, to force Mahmoud Barzani's KDP to collaborate openly with him, against its brothers and sisters in Kurdistan.
At the time of publishing this information, the conference of the delegation has been prevented by the KDP, the hotel where it is held is surrounded by the military, and our comrades have been sent back to France after interrogation by the police of the KDP, traitor to the Kurdish cause.

We, as a delegation from all over Europe, have come to Kurdistan aiming for peace and freedom. Politicians, academics, human rights activists, syndicalists, journalists, feminists and ecologists from over ten countries wanted to get direct impressions of the situation and stand up to end the war and destruction. With 150 persons we wanted to establish a dialogue with the members of parliament of all parties and visit non-governmental organizations in order to contribute to a dialogue between the different Kurdish political actors.

The invasion of the Turkish military violating international laws is without doubt unacceptable. However, we are sadly witnessing that the international community of states remains inactive against this, and does not insist on the compliance with the international codes and human rights.

The Kurdish Regional Government prevented the delegation from establishing dialogues with most political actors in South Kurdistan. Organizations we wanted to visit were intimidated so that they would draw back from their already planned meetings. A huge part of the delegation couldn’t arrive in Kurdistan. 25 people have been deported so far, or are about to be deported. At least 27 people were held at Düsseldorf airport in Germany and banned for their departure.

We are outraged by the illegal deportations of our international friends, which were carried out by the Kurdish Regional Government, and the travel bans on the grounds that these people “appeared to be political” without a clear legal basis. Free media coverage and engagement of civil society are components of every vital democracy and has no reason for repression.

In order to support peace, we have spared no pains and been welcomed in South Kurdistan. We have been provided trips to see cultural, religious and historical places and invited to open a conversation with Baba Șeix, the highest religious representative of the Êzîdî community. In the Êzîdî refugee camp Șarya, which had to suffer from a big fire about a week ago, we spoke to the people that are especially affected by the war, displacement and destruction. The friendship and hospitality we experienced from people living here warm our hearts, and motivate us even more to hold on to our goal. We are here to be in solidarity with the Kurdish people and with all ethnic and religious groups of Kurdistan.

We’re internationalists, and don’t represent any Kurdish parties or specific political movements. We’re standing against the colonization of Kurdistan by the external states. We are not here to stand against any Kurdish parties. Quite the contrary, we want to support a dialogue between all different views. It is not about a Kurdish problem, but aggression coming from the Turkish state and Turkish military directed at the local people and nature of the Kurdish regions. Creating a problem, even an armed conflict, between Kurds out of this is a big trap as well as a danger for the peace and future of the whole Middle East. It’s our urgent wish to warn all Kurds on this, and call for establishing and continuing dialogues. A political solution must be found and it’s necessary to stand together against external threats. Therefore our demands are:

Everyone willing to join the delegation who was rejected, arrested or deported at one of the airports is to be set free and to be granted permission to join the rest of the delegation.
All Kurdish political actors should return to dialogue with each other.
We call for all international humanitarian organizations and political institutions to support a peaceful solution. The Turkish state military must immediately withdraw from the whole region.

The Kurds have the mountains, but today they also have friends. All friends of Kurds are being called on to rise, spread the message and contribute to peace process doing our own share.

International Delegation for Peace and Freedom in Kurdistan

Erbil, 12.06.2021

mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialism / war / press release Friday June 18, 2021 04:28 byInternational delegation for Kurdistan

We – nearly 150 politicians, human rights advocates, journalists, academics, members of parliaments, political activists, ecologists, and feminists from all over Europe – have been closely following the dangerous developments resulting from Turkey’s attacks on South Kurdistan (North Iraq) since the 23rd of April 2021. As a result, we have gathered in Erbil today and decided that we must speak out.

So, it is with one united voice of moral clarity, that we wish to unequivocally condemn the Turkish Military’s ongoing occupation of South Kurdistan and stand in solidarity with the people of South Kurdistan and Kurdish resistance forces in the protection of their homeland.

In April, the Turkish state initiated a new, wide-ranging military campaign in South Kurdistan in the regions of Matina, Zap and Avashin. Heavy battles continue in these regions, with the Kurdish guerrilla forces fiercely resisting this illegal invasion. These large-scale attacks target not only the Kurdish guerrilla forces, but also the achievements of the Kurdish people, with the aim of occupying South Kurdistan. To date, the response to these attacks on the international level has unfortunately been muted. Seizing on this silence, the Turkish regime has put in place their plan to occupy all of Rojava (the region of North and East Syria) alongside South Kurdistan. In so doing, Turkey is determined to ethnically cleanse this vast area – 1400 km long – from North-West Syria to the Iraqi-Iranian border. At the same time, Turkey is waging a drone war against the Maxmur refugee camp, a gross violation of international law. Connected to this policy of ethnic cleansing, the Turkish military also hopes to depopulate the Sinjar region, home of the Yazidis—and thereby achieve what ISIS could not.

Since the summer of 2012, the Kurds of Rojava and North East Syria have been working hand in hand with local communities of Arabs, Assyrians, Turkmens, and Armenians, having led a revolution together that established an Autonomous Administration that is democratic and empowers women. In response, Turkey has used jihadist militants to directly attack these areas of Rojava including Afrin, Azaz, Jarablus, Sere Kaniye and Gire Spi (Tal Abyad), in the hopes of occupying and destroying the achievements of this women’s-led Administration. During these ongoing occupations, Turkey has engineered demographic change, systematic rape, and enslavement of women, causing mass displacement of the large Kurdish and other civilian populations, as part of their strategy to Turkify and eventually annex these lands.

And the issues are not only abroad. In fact, the latest example of Erdoğan’s unrelenting hostility towards Kurdish political and social gains derives from within Turkey itself, and his attempt to shut down the People’s Democratic Party (HDP). This is the latest step in a years-long campaign against the HDP – a progressive alliance of Kurdish, Turkish and many other democratic parties, organizations, and individuals – which has led to the imprisonment of over ten thousand HDP members.

Unfortunately, the Kurdistan Region (KRG) and the Iraqi government have done little to stop Turkey’s occupation attempt. In particular, it has been disappointing for us to see how Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) officials have even tried to legitimize the Turkish occupation. Whatever Ankara’s economic pressure might be, the KDP must not allow itself to be turned into a Turkish proxy, as the consequences of this war can be grave for all of Kurdistan and the region.

The world must also recognize that Turkey is attempting to carry out a genocide against the Kurdish people. And it is only the Kurdish resistance movement which is preventing the full occupation of Kurdistan and annihilation of the Kurd’s political rights. The current armed resistance in Zap, Avashin and Metina has turned Kurdistan into a stronghold of defiance, not just for the Kurds, but for all the people in the wider region threatened by Turkish neo-Ottoman expansionism. To this end, Turkish President Erdoğan has made no secret of his ambition to restore the lost glory of the Ottoman Empire by reconquering its former territory.

As such, parallel to Turkish military campaigns against the Kurds in Syria, Turkey, and Iraq, Erdoğan has meddled in various conflict areas, including Libya, Artsakh/Azerbaijan, Yemen, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Somalia, and Lebanon. Connected to this, are his threats against many nations, such Greece, Cyprus, Armenia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and France.

We must also recognize that Erdoğan’s regime has a long track record of funding, arming, and supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) and various other similar violent jihadist groups, using them officially and unofficially as proxy forces to augment the Turkish state’s reach abroad. During the recent conflict in Artsakh involving Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, Erdoğan sent hundreds of jihadist proxy fighters from Syria to support Azerbaijan and has also sent these fighters to Libya to participate in the country’s protracted conflict. Through these actions, Turkey is violating the sovereignty of other countries, and spreading its mercenary terrorism throughout the globe.

Erdoğan is well aware of Turkey’s unique geopolitical position and exploits it to his advantage. He knows that his military, the second largest in NATO, is a formidable force and bulwark for the ‘West’. So, the Turkish state, under his rule, continues to openly and systematically defy international law and violate human rights conventions. Turkey continuously violates sovereignty of many countries. Meanwhile, NATO, the United Nations, the European Union, and the Council of Europe all respond with deafening silence. But the international community must be driven by morality not geo-strategy. And their failure to challenge Erdoğan’s authoritarianism and war crimes, effectively gives him permission to continue his military aggression. In turn, it also makes them a partly responsible conspirator in his ongoing destruction.

We therefore proclaim an international initiative DEFEND KURDISTAN Against Turkish Occupation!

In order to achieve an immediate stop of the Turkish attacks on South Kurdistan and a withdrawal of all Turkish troops and Islamist mercenaries we demand the following:

★ Stop the Turkish occupation, demographic change, instability, and ethnic cleansing campaign in South Kurdistan.

★ Stop the destruction and exploitation of Kurdistan’s nature.

★ No complicity of international and regional powers in the Kurdish genocide.

★ Support of all Kurdish parties, institutions, and people for the guerrilla’s resistance and their united stance against the Turkish occupation.

★ No to Erdoğan’s neo-Ottoman expansionist project throughout the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean.
mashriq / arabia / iraq / imperialismo / guerra / opinión / análisis Thursday June 17, 2021 05:56 byAlgunas miembras de la la delegación Kurdistan

Unxs activistas de la UCL formaron parte de la delegación de observadores en Erbil. Apena bajaron del avión, fueron interrogados y devueltos a París, al igual que las decenas de funcionarios, cargos electos, activistas y periodistas de más de 10 países, que también fueron rechazadxs nada más al llegar. Además, se impidió la salida de Alemania a 25 delegadxs que estaban preparadxs para abandonar Düsseldorf. La sombra de Erdogan se extiende hasta Berlín, París, Bruselas…

Narración y análisis de la situación por miembras de la UCL que fueron parte de la delegación de observadores en Erbil.


El Kurdistán iraquí está ahora rodeado.

Está rodeada tanto por su viejo enemigo, la Turquía de Erdogan en el norte, como por los que deberían ser sus amigos, el PDK de Mahmud Barzani, en el sur.

Este último, en una estrategia obviamente dictada por Ankara, acaba de prohibir la entrada al país de una delegación europea que venía a observar las pruebas de los crímenes de guerra turcos -bombardeos con fósforo blanco, cosechas destruidas, bosques destrozados, vías fluviales desviadas, activación de células yihadistas pilotadas por Erdogan y encargadas de mantener una presión constante sobre las poblaciones y las fuerzas de autodefensa kurdas del PKK, YPG, YPJ.

Como si no fuera suficiente prohibir la entrada de observadores europeos en su territorio, el PDK de Barzani multiplica las falsas acusaciones sobre esta delegación desde el jueves 11 de junio, afirmando que está a sueldo del PKK y que es culpable de querer desestabilizar la región.

Entre los yihadistas de Erdogan, las llamadas "fuerzas especiales" de Barzani, falsos peshmergas pero verdaderos mercenarios, y finalmente, el ejército turco que ha entrado 50 km dentro de las fronteras iraquíes, parece evidente que Erdogan quiere el fin del experimento revolucionario en el norte del Kurdistán iraquí, tanto como el de Rojava. Su delirio de la Gran Turquía implica la destrucción total de la resistencia kurda.

Unxs activistas de la UCL formaron parte de la delegación de observadores en Erbil. Apena bajaron del avión, fueron interrogados y devueltos a París, al igual que las decenas de funcionarios, cargos electos, activistas y periodistas de más de 10 países, que también fueron rechazadxs nada más al llegar. Además, se impidió la salida de Alemania a 25 delegadxs que estaban preparadxs para abandonar Düsseldorf. La sombra de Erdogan se extiende hasta Berlín, París, Bruselas…

Mientras tanto, apenas el 20% de la población del Kurdistán iraquí apoya realmente a Barzani. La corrupción, la colaboración insolente con Turquía, los funcionarios que no cobran desde hace meses, la agitación y las manifestaciones en Erbil, Souleymaniye... el PDK empieza a ser fuertemente debilitado. Más al sur, Bagdad denuncia la entrada totalmente ilegal de Turquía en su territorio, asimilándola francamente a una invasión.

El intento de ahogar la solidaridad internacional queda obviamente iluminado bajo una luz diferente viendo la colaboración del PDK con el invasor turco.

Es por ello que la forma en que se percibe la posición del PKK, el YPJ y el YPG a nivel internacional debe ser revisada por completo, volver a ser caracterizada como lo que realmente es: la única pared contra el resurgimiento de Daech en toda la región, y contra el brutal imperialismo de Erdogan. Lejos de ser la organización terrorista que el occidente se empeña en mantener en las listas del Consejo Europeo, el PKK es la única entidad política, cultural y militar que se atreve a plantar cara al ogro turco, tanto dentro de Turquía aue en Siria y en Irak.

Los europeos han olvidado rápidamente que ha sido la resistencia kurda en Kobanê, Raqqa, Ifrân... y su victoria final sobre el califato islamista lo que ha impedido que una explosión de atentados ensangrentara más a Europa. Ya es hora de que muestren su gratitud:

• Exigiendo que el PKK sea eliminado de la lista de organizaciones terroristas
• Apoyando la resistencia kurda en el norte de Irak y en Rojava por todos los medios
• Denunciando la ilegalidad de las pretensiones turcas sobre la región, la colaboración del PDK, la connivencia de los países de la UE
• Presionando para que lxs observadores puedan verificar el alcance de los crímenes de guerra turcos y se remitan a las autoridades jurídicas internacionales sobre la ilegalidad de la presencia turca en Iraq

Por nuestra parte, militantes de la UCL, apoyamos plenamente la resistencia kurda en Siria, Irak y Turquía, contra Erdogan y sus auxiliares yihadistas, y contra la colaboración de Barzani con el invasor turco.

Revolución social y libertaria, solidaridad internacionalista

machrek / arabie / irak / impérialisme / guerre / article de fond Wednesday June 16, 2021 21:52 byMembres UCL de la délégation internationale Kurdistan
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"Des militantEs de l’UCL faisaient partie de la délégation d’observateurs à Erbil. A peine sortiEs de l’avion, Iels ont été interrogéEs, puis renvoyéEs vers Paris, tout comme les dizaines d’officiels, élus, militants, journalistes de plus de 10 pays, également refoulés dès leur arrivée. Il faut ajouter à ce nombre, 25 délégués prêts à partir de Düsseldorf, empêchés même de quitter l’Allemagne. L’ombre d’Erdogan s’étend jusqu’à Berlin, Paris, Bruxelles…"

Récit et analyse de la situation par des camarades de l'UCL qui ont participé à la délégation, le 13 juin 2021

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000_96c9nu.jpeg imageThe struggle for Palestine Jul 14 05:57 by Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group 0 comments

The Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group’s solution to the oppression of the Palestinians is the same as for oppression everywhere. The problems of capitalism can only be solved by workers’ revolution.In Palestine, that means defeating Zionism and replacing it with the No State Solution, a society of libertarian communism that operates on the basis of consistent federalism.

kurdistan1_3.png imageDefend Kurdistan : statement for the international delegation Jun 18 04:38 by International Delegation for Peace and Freedom 0 comments

The UCL participated in the European delegation to observe the Turkish war crimes in Iraqi Kurdistan.
This delegation is taking place at a time when Erdogan is received at the NATO summit. His formal meeting with Macron does not hide his objective, which is obviously to legitimize his illegal invasion of Iraq, and to obtain from NATO a blank check to continue his military campaign.
His pretext: to eradicate the PKK, a "terrorist organization" according to the Council of Europe's blacklist.
His strategy: to intimidate European nations, to maintain bombings, military pressure and destruction of crops in Iraqi Kurdistan, to force Mahmoud Barzani's KDP to collaborate openly with him, against its brothers and sisters in Kurdistan.
At the time of publishing this information, the conference of the delegation has been prevented by the KDP, the hotel where it is held is surrounded by the military, and our comrades have been sent back to France after interrogation by the police of the KDP, traitor to the Kurdish cause.

textDEFEND KURDISTAN Against Turkish Occupation Jun 18 04:28 by International delegation for Kurdistan 0 comments

We – nearly 150 politicians, human rights advocates, journalists, academics, members of parliaments, political activists, ecologists, and feminists from all over Europe – have been closely following the dangerous developments resulting from Turkey’s attacks on South Kurdistan (North Iraq) since the 23rd of April 2021. As a result, we have gathered in Erbil today and decided that we must speak out.

kurdistan1_2.png imageContra la guerra en el Kurdistán iraquí, contra la traición del PDK Jun 17 05:56 by Algunas miembras de la la delegación Kurdistan 0 comments

Unxs activistas de la UCL formaron parte de la delegación de observadores en Erbil. Apena bajaron del avión, fueron interrogados y devueltos a París, al igual que las decenas de funcionarios, cargos electos, activistas y periodistas de más de 10 países, que también fueron rechazadxs nada más al llegar. Además, se impidió la salida de Alemania a 25 delegadxs que estaban preparadxs para abandonar Düsseldorf. La sombra de Erdogan se extiende hasta Berlín, París, Bruselas…

Narración y análisis de la situación por miembras de la UCL que fueron parte de la delegación de observadores en Erbil.

kurdistan1_1.png imageContre la guerre au Kurdistan irakien, contre la traîtrise du PDK Jun 16 21:52 by Membres UCL de la délégation internationale Kurdistan 0 comments

"Des militantEs de l’UCL faisaient partie de la délégation d’observateurs à Erbil. A peine sortiEs de l’avion, Iels ont été interrogéEs, puis renvoyéEs vers Paris, tout comme les dizaines d’officiels, élus, militants, journalistes de plus de 10 pays, également refoulés dès leur arrivée. Il faut ajouter à ce nombre, 25 délégués prêts à partir de Düsseldorf, empêchés même de quitter l’Allemagne. L’ombre d’Erdogan s’étend jusqu’à Berlin, Paris, Bruxelles…"

Récit et analyse de la situation par des camarades de l'UCL qui ont participé à la délégation, le 13 juin 2021

kurdistan1.png imageDéclaration de la Délégation internationale pour la paix et la liberté au Kurdistan Jun 16 21:43 by Délégation internationale Kurdistan 0 comments

L’UCL a participé à la délégation européenne d’observation des crimes de guerre turcs au Kurdistan irakien.
Cette délégation prend place au moment où Erdogan est reçu au sommet de l’OTAN. Sa rencontre formelle avec Macron, ne dissimule pas son objectif qui est évidemment de légitimer son invasion illégale de l’Irak, et d’obtenir de l’OTAN un blanc-seing pour poursuivre sa campagne militaire.
Son prétexte : éradiquer le PKK, « organisation terroriste », selon la liste noire du Conseil de l’Europe.
Sa stratégie : intimider les nations européennes, maintenir bombardements, pression militaire et destruction de moissons au Kurdistan irakien, obliger le PDK de Mahmoud Barzani à collaborer ouvertement avec lui, contre ses frères et sœurs au Kurdistan.
A l’heure où nous publions ces informations, la conférence de la délégation a été empêchée par le PDK, l’hôtel où elle se tient est encerclé par les militaires, et nos camarades ont été renvoyé-e-s en France après interrogatoire par la police du PDK, traître à la cause kurde.

freedom_for_palestine_1.jpg imageΛευτεριά στην Πα_... May 14 21:34 by Αναρχικοί-Κομμουνιστές Ωκεανίας 0 comments

Μόνο η αλληλεγγύη μεταξύ των καταπιεσμένων λαών της Παλαιστίνης και των εργατικών τάξεων του κόσμου μπορεί να τερματίσει την κατοχή. Καλούμε το διεθνές αναρχικό κίνημα και όλους τους επαναστάτες της εργατικής τάξης να συμμετάσχουν στην καταγγελία της ισραηλινής κατοχής στην Παλαιστίνη και την υποστήριξη της αντίστασης σε αυτό.

freedom_for_palestine.jpg imageFreedom for Palestine! May 14 20:02 by Anarchist-Communist Groups in Oceania 0 comments

Only solidarity between the oppressed people of Palestine and the working classes of the world can end the occupation. We call on the international anarchist movement and all working-class rebels to join us in denouncing the Israeli occupation of Palestine and supporting resistance to it.

illu_palestine_1.png imagePour une Palestine libre et démocratique May 14 04:50 by Union Communiste Libertaire 0 comments

Le conflit israélo-palestinien est une guerre coloniale, opposant un État impérialiste à un peuple spolié. Croire que, d’un côté comme de l’autre, les motivations religieuses ou les intérêts économiques y sont essentielles serait se leurrer. Orientation fédérale adoptée par l’Union Communiste Libertaire en juin 2020.

illu_palestine.png imageUn bref compte-rendu des événements récents en Palestine May 14 02:19 by Ilan Shalif 0 comments

La nuit dernière, nous avons vu le résultat de l’accumulation de la colère des jeunes, qui sont les principales victimes de la pandémie et de la crise du COVID-19. La grande montée du chômage a entraîné une montée également de la pression subie par les Palestiniens à Jérusalem et dans les villes multiethniques de l’État d’Israël. L’intensité de la violence policière a augmenté de même lors de la répression des rassemblements et autres mobilisations.

image_ucl_palestine.png imageNon au massacre, non à l’apartheid, liberté pour la Palestine ! May 14 02:11 by Union Communiste Libertaire 0 comments

Depuis le 6 mai, l’État israélien a lancé une offensive militaire pour faire taire la colère à Jérusalem-Est et à Gaza. Il s’agit bien plus que d’une énième répétition d’hostilités asymétriques (roquettes artisanales contre frappes aériennes) : c’est un soulèvement populaire, incluant les Palestiniennes et Palestiniens ayant la nationalité israélienne, qui conteste l’apartheid et la domination coloniale.

israelexplosioningaza.jpg imageAn account on the current events in Palestine May 12 19:50 by Ilan Shalif 1 comments

Last night have shown the result of the accumulation of anger of the youth who are the main victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis. There is a much increase of unemployment which brought the increase of pressure on Palestinians in Jerusalem and the multiethnic cities within Israel, as well as the intensity of police brutality in order to suppress the rallies and other mobilisations.

img_20200719_195015_723.jpg imageSolidaridad internacionalista con el pueblo kurdo Jul 20 20:03 by Vários organizaciones anarquistas 0 comments

Defenderemos la revolución social en Rojavá con todas nuestras fuerzas.Las sanguinarias intervenciones imperialistas solo se pueden frenar con la acción internacionalista coordinada de las clases oprimidas. Desde julio de 2012, se desarrolla un proceso revolucionario en Rojavá (Kurdistán Occidental), y que se ha hecho extensivo a toda el área del norte y este de Siria. Este proceso revolucionario lucha contra el capitalismo, el imperialismo, el fascismo y el patriarcado. El esfuerzo social liberador del confederalismo democrático consiste en la convivencia pacífica de los pueblos en términos de democracia directa. Al mismo tiempo, se centra en la ecología social y el feminismo, cuestionando el rol del Estado como herramienta de dominación, mientras demuestra de manera tangible que los capitalistas en el fondo carecen de fuerza, y cuya autoridad tarde o temprano será derrocada por las/os trabajadoras/os y campesinos/as revolucionarias/os. Ese es el deber histórico de las clases oprimidas.

textWe condemn the Turkish state attack and invasion of the Iraqi Kurdistan Jun 26 07:12 by Azadixwazan 0 comments

At the time when the Covid-19 is spread around the world and is a huge threat to people’s lives, a few days ago (16/06) the Turkish state launched an aggressive attack on Iraqi Kurdistan and invaded many villages and small towns. In its intensive attack, both from the sky and on the land, it so far killed many innocent people, livestock, and destroyed anything they had: their houses their villages and lands. Their justification for this massive attack is defending their borders and fighting against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, PKK.

2644.jpg imageWe condemn the Turkish state attack and invasion of the Iraqi Kurdistan Jun 25 22:46 by Kurdish-speaking Libertarians 0 comments

The support and solidarity with innocent people can be done in different ways. It can be through launching complaints, expressing anger and frustration, protests, and demonstrations. The best kind of support and solidarity is boycotting all the goods that are made in Turkey and by Turkish companies wherever they are. Boycotting its media, universities, language colleges and stopping holiday bookings to Turkey. While Turkey has got so many interests in Iraqi Kurdistan the boycott is very effective. Turkey has hundreds of companies plus colleges, shops, factories there, and it is the main country for Kurdish holiday makers. In short Iraqi Kurdistan is one of the main market for the Turkish capitalists and the others. Boycotting Turkey and the Turkish goods can also put pressure on the Kurdistan Reginal Government, KRG, Iraq and the foreign companies to meet people’s demand.

textThe Mass Psychopathy of Shamelessness: From Israel to the UN Jun 13 06:28 by Judith Deutsch 0 comments

Why write about sadism and shamelessness now? Because it’s worse, it’s complex and its causes and effects need to be better understood. Its physical and psychological manifestations are day-to-day, uninhibited, and public: daily extra-judicial police killings like George Floyd in Minneapolis, the police killing of 32-year-old Iyad el-Hallak in Jerusalem, Muslims in India.

whatsapp_image_20200417_at_18.15.jpeg imageكل التضامن مع ر... Apr 24 03:20 by Various anarchist organizations 0 comments

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photo5819049480962552925.jpg imageSolidarity with Rojava facing war and a global pandemic! Apr 18 01:27 by Various anarchist organizations 0 comments

COVID-19, which has quarantined an innumerable number of cities and has paralyzed entire economic sectors, has not yet stopped the continuous dirty war by Turkey and its ally Daesh against the people of the northern region of Syria, who have had to continue to defend themselves without any truce.

photo5823155053085700616.jpg imageΔιακήρυξη αλληλε... Apr 16 19:37 by Αναρχοκομμουνιστικές οργανώσεις 0 comments

Αντιμετωπίζοντας την κυνική και υποκριτική σιωπή του Κράτους και της αστικής τάξης, εμείς, αναρχικοί του κόσμου, επαναλαμβάνουμε για άλλη μια φορά τον διεθνισμό μας και την από τα κάτω αλληλεγγύη μας προς την επανάσταση στη Rojava, έτσι ώστε να θριαμβεύσει σε βάρος της παγκόσμιας πανδημίας του κοροναϊού και της πανδημίας του πολέμου. Στην πραγματικότητα, όσοι συνεχίζουν να πολεμούν εναντίον ανθρώπων, ενώ τα συστήματα υγειονομικής περίθαλψης καταρρέουν λόγω του COVID-19, είναι δύο φορές εγκληματίες.

ptbr.jpg imageSolidariedade Com Rojava Diante Da Guerra E Da Pandemia! Apr 16 09:05 by vários 0 comments

O Covid-19, que colocou inúmeras cidades em quarentena e paralisou setores econômicos inteiros, não deteve a contínua guerra suja do Estado turco e seu aliado Daesh contra as populações do norte da Síria, que precisam seguir se defendendo sem nenhuma trégua, assim como é visível o assédio latente do Estado sírio, promovido pelo projeto de hegemonia regional da Rússia, usando a zona como cenário de enfrentamento ao imperialismo estadunidense.

Agora as populações no norte da Síria também têm que lutar contra a propagação contínua do vírus em sua região. A Administração Autônoma de Rojava está enfrentando esse outro perigo em uma frágil situação pela dificuldade de manter seu sistema sanitário em meio ao conflito bélico. Neste momento, todas as organizações populares deveriam agir dentro de suas possibilidades para contrapor a guerra e proporcionar ajuda aos povos curdo, árabe e assírio, respeitando suas autonomias e o direito à autodeterminação de seus territórios. Diante do silêncio cínico e hipócrita dos Estados e das burguesias, nós, anarquistas do mundo, reiteramos mais uma vez toda a nossa solidariedade internacionalista e a partir de baixo com a Revolução de Rojava, para que ela triunfe sobre a pandemia do vírus e da guerra.

De fato, quem continua uma guerra enquanto, ao mesmo tempo, os serviços de saúde do mundo estão saturados por culpa da epidemia de Covid-19, são duplamente criminosos.

Abaixo todas as guerras!
PELA VIDA E A LIBERDADE! VIVA ROJAVA!

ita.jpg imageDichiarazione di solidarietà con il Rojava di fronte alla guerra e alla pandemia globale! Apr 16 04:45 by vários 0 comments

COVID-19, che ha messo in quarantena un numero innumerevole di città e ha paralizzato interi settori economici, non ha ancora fermato la continua guerra sporca della Turchia e del suo alleato Daesh contro la popolazione della regione settentrionale della Siria, che ha dovuto continuare a difendersi senza alcuna tregua. In questo momento, l'assedio dormiente della Siria, promosso dalla Russia nel suo tentativo di essere egemone nella regione, è stato evidente, perché sta utilizzando questi territori come scenario di confronto contro l'imperialismo americano.

Attualmente, queste persone devono ora lottare contro la propagazione del nuovo coronavirus nei loro territori. L'amministrazione autonoma del Rojava affronta questo pericolo in uno stato di debolezza a causa della difficoltà di mantenere il suo sistema sanitario funzionante nonostante la guerra.

In questo momento tutte le organizzazioni popolari dovrebbero agire insieme per sfidare la guerra e aiutare il più possibile i popoli curdi, arabi e assiri, affinché la loro autonomia e il loro diritto all'autodeterminazione nei loro territori siano giustamente rispettati. Di fronte al silenzio cinico e ipocrita dello Stato e della borghesia, noi, anarchici del mondo, ribadiamo ancora una volta la nostra solidarietà internazionalista e dal basso con la rivoluzione del Rojava, così che essa trionfi sulla pandemia globale del coronavirus e sulla pandemia della guerra.
Di fatto, coloro che continuano a fare la guerra alle persone mentre i sistemi sanitari stanno crollando a causa di COVID-19 sono due volte più criminali.

Basta a tutte le guerre!

PER LA VITA E LA LIBERTÀ! LUNGA VITA AL ROJAVA!

es.jpg imageSolidaridad con Rojava ante la guerra y la pandemia! Apr 16 04:42 by vários 0 comments

El COVID-19, que ha puesto innumerables ciudades en cuarentena y ha paralizado sectores económicos enteros, no ha detenido la continua guerra sucia del Estado turco y su aliado Daesh contra las poblaciones del norte de Siria, que deben seguir defendiéndose sin tregua alguna, así como también es visible el asedio latente del Estado sirio, promovido por el proyecto de hegemonía regional de Rusia, disponiendo la zona como escenario de enfrentamiento al imperialismo norteamericano.
Ahora las poblaciones en el norte de Siria tambien tienen que luchar contra la propagacion continuada del virus en su region. La Administración Autónoma de Rojava se enfrenta a este otro peligro en una frágil situación por la dificultad de mantener su sistema sanitario en medio del conflicto bélico.

En este momento todas las organizaciones populares deberían actuar para contraponer la guerra y proporcionar ayuda al pueblo kurdo, árabe y asirio dentro de sus posibilidades respetando su autonomía y derecho a la autodeterminación en sus territorios. Frente al silencio cínico e hipócrita de los Estados y de las burguesías, nosotros y nosotras, anarquistas del mundo, reiteramos una vez más toda nuestra solidaridad internacionalista y desde abajo con la Revolución de Rojava para que triunfe sobre la pandemia del virus y de la guerra.

De hecho, los que continúan las guerras mientras que, al mismo tiempo, los servicios de salud del mundo están saturados por culpa de la epidemia de covid19, son doblemente criminales.

¡Abajo todas las guerras!

¡POR LA VIDA Y LA LIBERTAD! ¡VIVA ROJAVA!

catalan.jpg imageSolidaritat amb Rojava davant la guerra i la pandèmia! Apr 16 04:42 by vários 0 comments

La COVID-19, que ha posat innombrables ciutats en quarantena i ha paralitzat sectors econòmics sencers, no ha detingut la contínua guerra bruta de l’Estat turc i el seu aliat, Daesh, contra les poblacions del nord de Síria, que han de continuar defensant-se sense cap treva, així com també és visible el setge latent de l’Estat sirià, promogut pel projecte d’hegemonia regional de Rússia, disposant la zona com a escenari d’enfrontament a l’imperialisme nord-americà.

Ara, les poblacions del nord de Síria també han de lluitar contra la propagació continuada del virus a la seva regió. L’Administració Autònoma de Rojava s’enfronta a aquest altre perill en una fràgil situació per la dificultat de mantenir el seu sistema sanitari enmig del conflicte bèl·lic.

En aquest moment, totes les organitzacions populars haurien d’actuar per a contraposar la guerra i proporcionar ajuda al poble kurd, àrab i assiri dins les seves possibilitats, respectant la seva autonomia i dret a l’autodeterminació als seus territoris. Enfront del silenci cínic i hipòcrita dels Estats i de les burgesies, nosaltres, anarquistes del món, reiterem una vegada més tota la nostra solidaritat internacionalista i des de baix amb la Revolució de Rojava perquè triomfi sobre la pandèmia del virus i de la guerra.

De fet, els que continuen les guerres mentre que, al mateix temps, els serveis de salut del món estan saturats per culpa de l’epidèmia de COVID19, són doblement criminals.

Abaix totes les guerres!

PER LA VIDA I LA LLIBERTAT! VISCA ROJAVA!

de.jpg imageSolidarität mit Rojava im Angesicht des Krieges und der Pandemie! Apr 16 04:41 by vários 0 comments


Das Virus Covid-19, das unzählige Städte in Quarantäne versetzt und ganze Bereiche der Wirtschaft lahmgelegt hat, hat nichts daran geändert, dass der schmutzige Krieg des türkischen Staates und seines Verbündeten Daesh gegen die Menschen in Nordsyrien, die sich ohne Waffenruhe verteidigen müssen, weitergeht.

Auch die latente Belagerung des syrischen Staates, gefördert durch das regionale Hegemonieprojekt Russlands, die die Region auf ihre Rolle als Schauplatz einer Auseinandersetzung mit dem nordamerikanischen Imperialismus vorbereitet, ist sichtbar.

Die Menschen in Nordsyrien müssen nun auch gegen die fortschreitende Ausbreitung des Coronavirus kämpfen. Aufgrund der Schwierigkeit, sein Gesundheitssystem mitten in einem kriegerischen Konflikt aufrechtzuerhalten, befindet sich Rojava angesichts dieser anderen Gefahr in einer bedrohlichen Lage.

Jetzt müssen alle Organisationen von unten handeln, um sich dem Krieg entgegenzustellen und der kurdischen, arabischen und assyrischen Bevölkerung im Rahmen ihrer Möglichkeiten Hilfe zukommen zu lassen, in Achtung ihrer Autonomie und ihres Rechts auf Selbstbestimmung innerhalb ihrer Gebiete. Angesichts des zynischen und heuchlerischen Schweigens der Nationalstaaten und der Bourgeosien erklären wir, Anarchist*innen dieser Welt, einmal mehr unsere internationalistische Solidarität von unten mit der Revolution in Rojava, damit sie über die Pandemie des Virus und des Krieges triumphiert.
Tatsächlich machen sich die, die weiterhin Kriege führen, während zur gleichen Zeit die Gesundheitssysteme der Welt aufgrund von Covid-19 an ihre Grenzen stoßen, gleich in doppelter Hinsicht eines Verbrechens schuldig.

Nieder mit allen Kriegen!

FÜR DAS LEBEN UND DIE FREIHEIT! ES LEBE ROJAVA!

fr.jpg imageSolidarité avec le Rojava face à la guerre et à la pandémie! Apr 16 04:37 by vários 0 comments

Le Covid 19 qui a poussé à la quarantaine un nombre incalculable de villes et bloqué des pans entier des secteurs économiques, n’a pas arrêté la sale guerre de l’État Turque et de son allié Daesh contre les populations du Nord de la Syrie qui doivent continuer à se défendre sans aucune sorte de trêve. Comme il est possible de le voir, il n'a pas non plus arrêté le siège latent de l'État syrien, soutenu par le projet d'hégémonie régionale de la Russie, faisant de cette zone le théâtre d'affrontement direct avec l'impérialisme nord américain. Désormais ces populations doivent en plus lutter contre la propagation de ce virus dans leur région. L’administration autonome du Rojava se voit face à un nouveau danger, le tout dans une déjà fragile situation en raison de la difficulté à maintenir son système sanitaire en plein conflit armé.

En ce moment toute les organisations populaires devraient agir pour s'opposer à la guerre et fournir de l’aide aux peuples kurde, arabe et assyrien dans le mesure de leurs moyens, tout en respectant leur autonomie et le droit à l’autodétermination de leurs territoires. Face au silence cynique et hypocrite de tous les pays et de la bourgeoisie, nous anarchistes du monde entier, réitérons une fois de plus notre solidarité internationaliste, depuis en bas, à la Révolution du du Rojava, pour qu’elle triomphe face à la pandémie du virus et face à la pandémie de la guerre.

De fait, ceux qui continuent à mener les guerres, alors qu'en même temps les services de santé du monde entier sont saturés à cause de l'épidémie de covid19, sont doublement criminels.

A bas toutes les guerres !
Vive le Rojava ! Pour la vie et pour la liberté !

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_whatsappimage20200229at16.jpg imageSuriye’deki Savaş Büyüyor Mar 05 04:17 by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet 0 comments

Suriye’de savaşın ve TSK desteğindeki cihatçı çetelerin sıkıştığı son nokta olan İdlip’te uzun zamandır beklenenler olmaya başladı. Şubat’ın 27’sini 28’e bağlayan gece -TC’nin Suriye Ordusu’na İdlip’te aldığı yerlerden çekilmesi konusunda verdiği “ültimatomun” dolmasına az bir süre kala- TSK’ye bağlı birlikler hava saldırısına uğradı. Bu hava saldırısı sonucu resmi rakamlara göre 34 asker öldü. Saldırı, TC kaynaklarına göre Suriye tarafından gerçekleştirildi.

whatsappimage20200229at16.33.jpeg imageDAF's statement on Syria War and Refugee Crisis of the State Mar 03 17:22 by DAF 0 comments

The long-awaited developments began to happen In Idlib where is the last point of the war and also the last point of the djihadist gangs supported by TAF were stucked. The troops of the TAF were attacked by aerial strike on the night of 27 February to 28 -shortly before the “ultimatum” that T.C gave to the Syrian Army to withdraw from the places it took in Idlip- According to official figures, 34 soldiers died as a result of this airstrike, It was carried out by Syria according to T.C sources.

textUS refusal to withdraw troops from Iraq is a breach of international law Feb 08 22:27 by Andrew G Jones 0 comments

A US strike which killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in January, and the counter-strike by the Iranian military on US targets in Iraq, raised serious questions about the legitimate use of force. When military force was used against targets within its territory, Iraq’s sovereignty was breached.

textUS Announces Three New Bases in Iraq After Iraqis Demand Full Withdrawal Feb 03 20:22 by Alan Macleod 0 comments

The three sites chosen for the news bases, Erbin, Sulimania and Halabja are all extremely close to Iran, with Halabja just eight miles from its border.

friedman_nytimeas_soleimani.jpg imageThomas Friedman e a desinformação da “burrice” Jan 16 20:34 by BrunoL 0 comments

No dia 03 de janeiro de 2020 ainda antes da resposta iraniana ao ato terrorista autorizado pelo presidente do Império Donald Trump, o célebre articulista e ex-editor do New York Times, Thomas Friedman, produziu um artigo de opinião que correu o mundo ocidentalizado. O título em inglês é “Trump kills Iran’s most overrated warrior”. E a linha de apoio afirma. “Soleimani pushed his country to build na empire, but drove it into the ground instead”. (neste link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/opinion/iran-general-soleimani.html)

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