Against the terror of the State and religion. Freedom for the people

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In Rojava, the west Kurdistan, in Syrian territory, the Islamic State (Isis) attacked the city of Kobane, close to borders of Turkey, and the population is now facing the brutality of this authoritarian / obscurantist force.

Kurdistan, and other regions, is affected by violence the Islamic State (ISIS). The resistance of the people is admirable. These are the real forces of progress. There is, indeed, nothing to expect from military games in the United States, the European Union and regional powers. The various States involved are using the area as a battleground for their own strategy and to sell their weapons.

The role of the religious government of Turkey is crucial in the region. It prevents with violence the flow of refugee families then it leaves the Islamist fighters to Syria. So it is clear that Turkish government is effectively in war with the Kurdish people.
In the Kurdish regions, despite the war, a proclaimed “democratic” revolution appears to be taken with a form of “democratic confederalism”. All this encourages us to continue our work and our support to the people of Kurdistan, and elsewhere, fighting against religious barbarism and against state oppression. From that position, we are against any military intervention by world or regional powers. We know that any statist intervention will act against social transformations.

Women are heavily invested in all aspects of society and resistance groups. This is a revolution of women against machismo and feudal society. This is probably one of the most important aspects of these events.

Anarchists in Turkey provide assistance to refugees and those who fight the advance of Islamic State. We call on all anarchist organizations to organize demonstrations in support outside embassies in the street, in every possible place ; to disseminate information and build direct support with anarchist organizations in Turkey, Kurdistan and elsewhere who are fighting against the religious barbarism and state oppression.

For the emancipation of the people.
International solidarity.

CRIFA – International of Anarchist federations. Roma, 4-5 October 2014

Contre la terreur de l’État et la religion. Liberté pour les peuples

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Contre la terreur de l’État et la religion. Liberté pour les peuples.
IFA2, l’État islamique (Isis) a attaqué la ville de Kobane, à proximité des frontières de la Turquie, et la population est aujourd’hui confrontée à la brutalité de cette force autoritaire / obscurantiste.

Le Kurdistan, ainsi que d’autres régions, est touché par la violence de l’État islamique (ISIS). La résistance du peuple est admirable. Ce sont les véritables forces de progrès. Il est, en effet, rien à attendre des jeux militaires des États-Unis, de l’Union européenne et des puissances régionales. Les différents États concernés utilisent la région comme un champ de bataille pour leur propre stratégie et de vendre leurs armes.

Le rôle du gouvernement religieux de la Turquie est crucial dans la région. Il empêche, par la violence, le flux des familles de réfugiés, alors qu’il laisse passer les combattants islamistes en Syrie. Il est donc clair que le gouvernement turc est en guerre contre le peuple kurde.

Dans les régions kurdes, en dépit de la guerre, a été proclamée une révolution « démocratique » avec une forme de « confédéralisme démocratique ». Tout cela nous encourage à poursuivre notre travail et notre soutien au peuple du Kurdistan, et d’ailleurs, en lutte contre la barbarie religieuse et contre l’oppression étatique. De cette position, nous sommes contre toute intervention militaire de puissances régionales ou mondiales. Nous savons que toute intervention étatique agira contre les transformations sociales en cours.

Les femmes sont fortement investies dans tous les aspects de la société et dans les groupes de résistance. C’est une révolution des femmes contre le machisme et la société féodale et c’est probablement l’un des aspects les plus importants de ces événements.

Les anarchistes en Turquie fournissent une assistance aux réfugiés et à celles et ceux qui combattent l’avancée de l’État islamique. Nous appelons toutes les organisations anarchistes à organiser des manifestations de soutien devant les ambassades, dans la rue, dans tous les endroits possibles ; à diffuser l’information et à construire un soutien direct avec les organisations anarchistes en Turquie, au Kurdistan et ailleurs, qui se battent contre la barbarie religieuse et l’oppression étatique.

Pour l’émancipation des peuples.
Solidarité internationale.

CRIFA – Internationale des Fédérations Anarchistes. Rome 4-5 Octobre 2014

(en) Latest news about the Situation in Kobane and the involvement of anarchists

(en) Latest news about the Situation in Kobane and the involvement of anarchists

Date Sat, 04 Oct 2014 23:09:43 +0300


Since governance of Urfa has forbidden entrances to SuruÃ, our comrades met with other DAF members using other ways and joined the human shield group. At the same time, Turkish Armed Forces increased their attacks with gas bombs on people of Kobanà who wait at the MÃÅritpÄnar border gate. —- After pushing back ISIS from dominant hills 500 meter distance from the border, YPG fell back some more from the western front in the following days. This strategic fall back is an efficient action against ISISâ heavier weapons. Clashes increase in the night. —- A âstop the cityâ was called in Amed in solidarity with Kobanà resistance while many shops were closed and schools boycotted in Amed and rest of Kurdistan. —- The border watch is gaining importance as ISIS is receiving more supplies through Turkish border in the last days.

Comrades report that people of Kobane are persecuted in the Yumurtalik border gate. Number of ill and wounded is very high. Children are deprived of food and water. Many wounded people wait on the ground for hours without any treatment and transported to Suruc in the back of trucks.

Opportunist people try to sell vital supplies to people from Kobanà with very high prices. Border watchers from human shield group also interfere with these.
ISIS bombing now intensified on the villages 1-2 km east of Kobanà and continues on West of KobanÃ.

Turkish State Prepares for Assault

Harrasing fire by turkish army on October 3rd early morning is rather meaningful considering ground war planned allegedly to protect tomb of king SÃleyman and the military permit. Turkish state that let ISIS militants and supplies through borders for months is pursuing other strategic gains disguised as help.

Turkish military police threatened the human shield commune that our comrades are part of, and is increasing attacks to evacuate the village.

Turkish state that is preparing to interfere to avoid the ISIS danger, is at the same time neglecting the offensive made by ISIS supporters within its borders, showing its politics of hypocrisy.

Anarchist Women in Kobane

As revolutionary anarchists, in these days that we see Kobanà peopleâs struggle for freedom as our own struggle for freedom, we are raising AzadÃ/Freedom principle in every area. We will not allow states, capitalists or murderer gangs to give harm to Kobanà people. Our anarchist women comrades (DAF/Anarchist Women Organisation) are on the road to expand this revolutionary solidarity with saying “For destroying the borders and creating the freedom; to KobanÃ!”.

Long Live the Resistance of KobanÃ!

Long Live the Revolution of Rojava!
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A ‘Revolution’ under Attack – the Alternative in midst the War in Syria

A ‘Revolution’ under Attack – the Alternative in midst the War in Syria

category mashriq / arabia / iraq | imperialism / war | opinion / analysis author Saturday October 04, 2014 08:32author by Ulrike Flader – movements@manchester Report this post to the editors

The most recent pictures of thousands of refugees fleeing from heavy attacks of ISIS and making their way from Syria across the border to Turkey, come from the area of Kobani – one of three cantons of the self- proclaimed Autonomy Region Rojava in Northern Syria.

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This region – which consists of three geographically disconnected enclaves along the Turkish border – strategically used the deteriorating situation to declare self-rule in July 2012 and has since been celebrated as the “Rojava Revolution” within the Kurdish Movement associated around the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The population of Rojava, which has long been a stronghold of the PKK, is predominantly made up of Kurds – both Muslim and Yezidi[1] – as well as Arabs, Christian Assyrians, Armenians, Turkmen and Chechens. The desire for some form of self-determination especially among the Kurds was triggered through decades of denial of basic citizenship rights under the Assad-regime.

This quiet revolution is, however, not a question of independence. It is not the founding of yet another nation-state. Deliberately declaring itself an autonomy region instead of a state, derived from the critique of existing nation-states with their homogenising and exclusionary principals of citizenship, centralism of government and non-democratic structures under which the Kurds in Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria have suffered on the one hand and the strategies of classic national liberation movements on the other. This critique along with an alternative model of “democratic autonomy” was brought forward by the imprisoned leader of the PKK, Abdullah Öcalan, and replaced the earlier struggle for independence. The concept of democratic autonomy is envisaged along the lines of libertarian thinker Murray Bookchin as a decentralised, radical democracy within or despite the given nation-states which abides by principals of equality between genders, religious- and ethnic affiliations as well as ecology[2]. In this sense, the PKK and its affiliated organisation PYD (Democratic Union Party) in Syria are promoting this model, whose fundamental principal is to achieve a unity of all different faiths and ethnic groups without assimilating them, for the whole of the Middle East.

Within the past one and a half years the outnumbered Syrian military has been expelled from most parts of the region; police, secret service, and the civil service of the old regime have been dismantled, and the legal and education system transformed. Additionally, despite the detrimental security situation, central institutions for the most radical changes have been established in three main areas: the introduction of direct self-government through communes, assurance of equal participation in all areas of decision-making for all faith and ethnic groups and the strengthening of the position of women.

Aiming at decentralizing decision-making and realizing self-rule, village- or street communes consisting of 30-150 households have been organised. These communes decide on questions regarding administration, electricity, provision of nutrition, as well as discussing and solving other social problems. They have commissions for the organisation of defence, justice, infrastructure, ecology, youth, as well as economy. Some have erected communal cooperatives, e.g. bakeries, sewing workshops or agricultural initiatives[3]. They also organise the support of the poorest of the community with basic nutrition and fuel. Delegates of the communes form together a council for 7-10 villages or a city-district, and every city has yet another city council. The city council is made up of representatives of the communes, all political parties, the organisation of the fallen fighters, the women’s organisation, and the youth organisation. All councils as well as the communes have a 40% quota for women. The decisions are to be made on basis of consensus and equal speaking-time is enforced. Besides this, a co-chairperson system has been implemented for all organisations, which means that all councils have both a female and male chairperson. All members are suggested and elected by the population. However, according to the co-president of the PYD, Salih Muslim, this radical change from dictatorship to this form of self-rule is not an easy process: “The people are learning how to govern themselves”[4].

This change in decision-making has also brought about a radical change in the legal system: the establishment of “peace and consensus committees”[5]. These committees, which originally developed as leftist Kurdish underground institutions in the cities of the Kurdish region of Syria in the 1990 and were severely repressed in the 2000s, have resumed their importance with the uprising, and have transformed into the basic structure and fundamental principal of the new legal system. The aim of these committees, which attend to all general legal questions and disputes apart from severe crimes such as murder, is to achieve a consensus between the conflicting parties and in doing so a lasting settlement. In a general assembly of all residents every commune elects the 5-9 members of its local peace and consensus committee (40% of which have to be women) according to their ability to facilitate such a consensus in discussion among between the parties. It is emphasized that these members should not be co-opted by traditional authorities, but democratically elected and in accordance with the gender-equality principal. These peace and consensus committees also exist on the district level, whose members are elected by the popular councils on that level respectively. Parallel women-only committees have been established which specifically attend cases of crimes against women, such as domestic violence, forced-marriages and multiple marriages. Cases which cannot be solved in this consensus-finding way are forwarded on to higher institutions which exist on city, regional and canton level. Courts of appeals have been established in every region and a constitutional court is concerned with the further development of the constitution which has however been framed as a “social contract”[6].

The decision to agree on a social contract instead of a constitution is the manifestation of the centrality of the multi-faith/ethnicity principal behind the concept of the democratic autonomy in Rojava. This contract, which developed out of meetings among representatives of different ethnic and belief groups, has the aim to secure safety and self-rule to all groups. All groups are to be equally present and active in decision-making on political as well as economic and social questions and their right to self-determination is to be ensured not only through self-rule on village-level, but also through the right to organise themselves autonomously on other levels. According to the report of a delegation which visited the region in May this year, the participation of Arabs an Assyrians is steadily increasing in all areas[7]. All groups are also supported in participating in the armed wing YPG or founding their own self-defence groups, as the Assyrians have done most recently.

Similarly, the empowerment of women is not only to be achieved through the presence of women in all parts of decision-making processes through the 40% quota, the co-chairperson system, woman’s legal committees, but also through the establishment of their own military wing YPJ (Women’s Defence Unit)[8]. In an interview, co-president of PYD, Asya Abdullah, argues that the movement in Syria has learned from other revolutions that the women’s question cannot be left until after the revolution. Instead, women in Rojava are playing a leading role in politics, diplomacy, social questions, in the building of a new democratic family structure as well as in self-defence[9]. According to her the self-government structures as well as the self-organisation of women are just as important as the existing independent education institutions and seminars, and the projects to enhance women’s economic independence.

This attempt for a peaceful democratic transformation in co-existence to the state, but on the premises of grassroots self-determination, pluralism and gender-equality is, unfortunately, not welcomed by all in the region. The most recent heavy attacks on the canton of Kobani by ISIS fighters indicate a greater interest in annihilating this autonomy region, which is identified with an increasing strength of the PKK in the region. The Turkish government has reacted sharply to claims made by New York Times and other media that it is, in one way or another, supporting ISIS fighters[10]. Yet the PKK sees these accusations as grounded. Such cooperation raises strong doubts on the sincerity of the government towards the peace talks which it has been holding with Öcalan over the past year. The PKK has warned that it could put an end to the ceasefire it had declared to facilitate a possible peace process[11]. For those who have made their way from all parts of Turkey to the Syrian border to protest and are organising marches and rallies in many cities across Europe, Rojava is not only the test-ground for an alternative democracy in the region, but also a bastion against ISIS.


[1] The majority of Yezidi Kurds live in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The attack of ISIS on the city of Sinjar and the massacre on its inhabitants triggered strong international attention and the decision for intervention in the US. Since then, many Yezidi Kurds were helped to flee into Rojava by the Syrian wing of PKK-guerrilla fighters (YPG).

[2]Gunes, Cengiz (2012) The Kurdish National Movement in Turkey. From Protest to Resistance. New York: Routledge; also see Biehl, Janet (2012) “Bookchin, Öcalan, and the Dialectics of Democracy”, New Compass, http://new-compass.net/articles/bookchin-%C3%B6calan-an…cracy, accessed 20.02.2012

[3] Knapp, Micheal (2014) „Die Demokratische Autonomie in Rojava. Ziel ist eine demokratische Lösung für den gesamten Mittleren Osten“, Kurdistan Report 174, http://www.kurdistan-report.de/index.php/archiv/2014/17…osten, accessed 25.09.2014

[4] Interview with Co-president of PYD, Salih Muslim, “Die Menschen lernen, sich selbst zu bestimmen“, Kurdistan Report 175, http://www.kurdistan-report.de/index.php/archiv/2014/17…immen, accessed 25.09.2014.

[5] Ayboğa, Ercan (2014) “Das neue Rechtssystem in Rojava. Der Konsens ist Entscheidend“, Kurdistan Report 175, http://www.kurdistan-report.de/index.php/archiv/2014/17…idend, accessed 25.09.2014.

[6] See “Charter of the Social Contract” of Rojava under http://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/resources/rojava/ch…ract/, accessed 26.09.2014

[7] Knapp 2014.

[8] Interview with Îlham Ehmed, Representative of the Kurdish Women’s Movement in Rojava and Member of the Kurdish Highest Council: Civaka Azad (2014) “Perspektiven der Frauenbewegung in Rojava”, http://civaka-azad.org/perspektiven-der-frauenbewegung-…java/, accessed 25.09.2014

[9] Interview with Asya Abdullah Co-President of PYD: Öğünç, Pınar (2014) “Kadın özgür değilse demokrasi olmaz”, Radikal, 22.08.2013, http://www.radikal.com.tr/yazarlar/pinar_ogunc/kadin_oz…47222, accessed 25.09.2014

[10] Official summary of President Erdoğan’s speech at Assembly of the Confederation of Turkish Crafts- and Tradesmen (TESK): TCCB (2014) “We do not accept and have never accepted the notion of Islamic terrorism”, http://www.tccb.gov.tr/news/397/91043/we-do-not-accept-….html, accessed 25.09.2014; The speech refers to this article published in the New York Times on the 15.09.2014: Yeginsu, Ceylan (2014) “ISIS Draws a Steady Stream of Recruits from Turkey”, New York Times, 15.09.2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/16/world/europe/turkey-i….html, accessed 25.09.2014.

[11] Declaration of Cemil Bayık, Co-President of the Executive Council of the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK) see Firatnews (2014) “Bayık: We may end the cease-fire”, firatnews, 27.09.2014, http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/bayik-we-may-end-the…e.htm, accessed 27.09.2014

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گزارش کوتاه و عکس از مقاومت در کوبانی و «عمل مستقیم» آنارشیست ها

گزارش کوتاه و عکس از مقاومت در کوبانی و «عمل مستقیم» آنارشیست ها

کوبانی کوچک ترین بخش از مناطق سه گانه ی کردستان سوریه است. جنگجویان دولت اسلامی (داعش) از روز ١۵ سپتامبر ٢٠١۴ یورش خود را علیه آن آغاز نمودند. علیرغم ائتلافی از چندین کشور به رهبری آمریکا علیه دولت اسلامی، مردم کُرد منطقه به تنهایی و با سلاح های سبک از کوبانی دفاع می کنند. این در حالی ست که نیروهای داعش دارای سلاح های سنگین ساخت آمریکا، روسیه، آلمان و فرانسه هستند. چند عضو واحدهای دفاع از مردم (YPG) در هفته ی پایانی سپتامبر ٢٠١۴ موشک انداز میلان، ساخت مشترک آلمان و فرانسه را از نیروهای داعش به غنیمت گرفتند و به یک نماینده ی پارلمان آلمان به نام یان فان اکن نشان دادند. واحدهای دفاع از مردم وابسته به پ. کا. کا. است و در آن فقط نیروهای کرد حضور ندارند، عرب ها، ترکیه ای ها، مسلمانان، ایزدیان، مسیحیان و خداناباوران نیز در این واحدها عضو هستند.  DAF_in_Kobane-1

کردهای سوریه با یاری نیروهای پ. کا. کا. توانسته اند مقاومتی تحسین برانگیز را علیه دولت اسلامی سازمان دهند. این مقاومت در منطقه ی کوچکی صورت می گیرد که ترکیه یگانه راه ورودی اش است. نباید فراموش کرد که این مقاومت جانانه در کوبانی در حالی برضد وحوش دولت اسلامی صورت می گیرد که آنان موفق شدند در عرض یک هفته در ماه ژوئن ٢٠١۴ منطقه ی بزرگی از عراق و شهر موصل آن را تسخیر نمایند. نقش زنان مسلح کرد در برابر نیروهای داعش چنان است که مقاومت بی آنان دیگر تصورپذیر نیست.

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دولت ترکیه که اکنون مدعی مبارزه علیه داعش در چهارچوب ائتلاف بین المللی ست و قصد دارد وارد سوریه بشود، بنابر اظهارات شاهدان و عکس های گرفته شده، به نیروهای داعش حتا تانک هم داده است تا بتوانند کوبانی را بگیرند. شهر کوبانی که در مرز ترکیه قرار دارد در محاصره قرار گرفته است. اما صبری اوک از پ. کا. کا. می گوید که حمله ی استراتژیک جهادیان داعش علیه کوبانی درهم پیچیده خواهد شد. اندوک از واحدهای دفاع از مردم (YPG) که در جبهه ی جنوبی کوبانی ست هم گفته که نیروهای داعش تاکنون نتوانسته اند مبارزان کرد را شکست دهند. حمله ی داعش به کوبانی بدین جهت استراتژیک ارزیابی می شود که اگر این شهر سقوط کند، تمام کردستان سوریه در معرض تعرض جهادیان دولت اسلامی قرار می گیرد، کوباتی دروازه ی کردستان سوریه است.

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یادآوری این نکته خالی از لطف نیست که کوبانی منطقه ایست که انقلاب کردهای سوریه برای خودگردانی یا کنفدرالیسم دمکراتیک برای خاورمیانه در ژوئیه ٢٠١٢ مطرح شد، انقلابی که اهدافی همچون دفاع از اقلیت های قومی، مذهبی و برابری زن و مرد را می خواهد. در حال حاضر بیش از صدهزار تن از مردم منطقه ی کوبانی به ترکیه پناه برده اند.

همانگونه که دولت اسلامی (داعش) هزاران تن جهادی را از چندین کشور جهان به عراق و سوریه آورده است، اکنون هزاران تن از نیروهای مختلف سوسیالیست، سندیکالیست، انقلابی زن و مرد و آنارشیست از ترکیه برای یاری به مقاومت به کوبانی می روند. این در حالی است که تلاش های ارتش ترکیه برای جلوگیری از آنان متوقف نمی گردد. در میان گروه هایی که برای دفاع از کوبانی به مرز ترکیه و سوریه می روند نیروهای گروهی از آنارشیست های ترکیه وجود دارند که نامشان عمل انقلابی آنارشیست (DAF) است. بیش تر این آنارشیست ها از استانبول به کوبانی رفته اند. این نیروها در چهارچوب عمل مستقیم آنارشیستی به کمک رسانی به مردم منطقه و دفاع از مقاومت علیه جهادیان دولت اسلامی (داعش) اقدام می کنند.

در زیر چند عکس از حضور آنارشیست ها در کوبانی قرار گرفته است:

 تهیه و تنظیم گزارش : نادر تیف – مهر ١۳٩۳ ، اکتبر ٢٠١۴

Syrian Anarchists: An article in greek and english about anarchism in Syria and Lebanon

Syrian Anarchists: An article in greek and english about anarchism in Syria and Lebanon

Date Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:11:48 +0300


Thanks for our greek comrades for Solidarity; http://kokkinizoni.blogspot.gr/2014/09/e.html —-Comrades, —- The Arab uprisings and Occupy Wall Street and the rest of global uprisings since 2011 have opened more doors for us to communicate and realize more than ever how our struggles against the state and dominant power structures are interconnected and the same. Our fight against the beast is one; we are informed and inspired by your past and current struggles, as well as we know that you are informed and inspired by our struggles, yet we still have a long way to go to understand one another and scale up our common fight. —- Our collective is a small group of radicals, deep ecologists, anarchists, and feminists, and we have not done much compared with the great sacrifices of many of our comrades elsewhere. Yet we know we Also Speak the Mind of many of our Comrades in the Arab World from Morocco to Syria, Who Encountered the Same dilemmas while communicating with Their Western counterparts.

That We know there are A Lot of good Actions Carried out, and honest efforts in all directions, and lives being put on the line, but we also realize that the radical non-authoritarian scene in the West, and especially in North America, is dominated by the strict boundaries of a single “politically correct” ideology. It’s fine if the ideological and tactical parameters you chose work for you, but it does not work for everyone, and it definitely does not work for us. So IT’s unfortunate That During many exchanges with North American anarchists (and to A less Extent European anarchists), some of our Comrades were Always trying to Impose Their politically Correct Ideology on US.

It’s Also unfortunate That many of our Comrades in the West Have digested the patronizing tone of their imperial governments, and use it unconsciously with their comrades from the third world. TOO many times, we found our Comrades dictating with Whom Should we Ally ourselves with, or How Should we Deal with our own like Causes Political Islam, the Syrian Revolution, Anti-Government Tactics, and radical Feminist and Environmental Organizations.
We appreciate the feedback and the exchange, and we think it’s desired and needed, but we feel that there are a lot of subtle expectations that we should become another version of you. And we do not want to. Being on the other end of the equation, the one that has been getting drone missiles, uranium depleted shells, and imperialism for decades, we can honestly tell you that whatever you tried, it did not work well for us, and it seems it did not work for you as Well.

Living Under authoritarian regimes for decades, A Lot of US are radical Anti-authoritarians by Instinct? students and factory workers and artists and fathers and mothers and young and old. Almost all of us had to personally experience and survive state repression in the past couple of years, yet most of us do not identify as anarchists, especially that anarchism is still for many of us a closed white euro-centric ideology with a post-modernist Core.
Communicate The more we we Discover That A Lot of words dear to our Hearts are Confined in Narrow definitions, and Subject to Endless Wars semantic Among you. And we’re not interested in semantics or winning the war over words, we’re interested in dismantling the real physical conditions of oppression and injustice, and we want to experiment beyond the boundaries of classical politics and classical “isms” that dominated both Western and Eastern radical Scenes for decades.

When we learn of your Struggles there are A Lot of Things That INSPIRE US, and there are A Lot of Things That we do not Want to replicate. Even while observing from another continent, it’s clear for us that the radical movement in North America (and to a lesser extent in Europe) is highly sectarian, divided, distracted by identity politics and in-fighting, and in a state of constant horizontal hostility with Itself and Other Movements.

Recurrent We See A Process That Constantly breaks up your Leaders, Isolate your Movements, Leaving you with pseudo-limbed Leaders and collectives, Then we Read you complaining about the Absence of Vision and direction in the Movement. We see hostility toward all forms of organization, a nearly religious reverence for structurelessness and a dogmatic belief in one form of decision making (consensus). See we Rampant identity Politics and Great Energies squandered over Theoretical arguments That No one gives A Damn about, and we do not Understand Honestly IT as the smokes from the burned Body of the World obscures our Sight.

We See A Lot of misogyny, Drug abuse, violent, abusive, and horrible Behaviors, Going unchallenged and unattended in many of your spaces.

We See an aversion Against Strategy, Leading Communities to radical Smash the Same window year after year without Long-term Tactics. We see a lot of energy spent fighting non-essential elements in the system like Fast Food chains and sports shoes corporations leaving aside the three basic structures that keep the system alive, and we mean the structures that ensure the flow of money, information, and energy to those in power. If you’re lacking ideas, there’s A Drone Testing facility somewhere in the desert of Arizona IF you Want to Pay Them A visit.

All That is not to dismiss your efforts or undermine your work, but to Just CAUTION Against the Tendency Among we See our Western counterparts of flattening radical movements under one politically correct ideology, greatly diminishing the vitality of the radical movement. The plurality of opinions, approaches and tactics is needed and desired, and no matter which label we use, or which tactic we prefer, as the world burns, those of us who dream of a livable planet and a just humanity are together in the same Fight, Against the Same Enemy.

Love & Rage
Radical Beirut’s Team
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Isyan! Devrim! Anarsi! – Aufruhr! Revolution! Anarchie! —- ?

Isyan! Devrim! Anarsi! – Aufruhr! Revolution! Anarchie! —- ?

Rojava ist ein autonom verwaltetes Gebiet (ehemals zu Syrien
gehörend), welches durch kurdische Freiheitskämpfer_innen im November
2013 befreit wurde. Die Bevölkerung besteht aus 2.5 Millionen Menschen. Die Verwaltung aller Alltagsstrukturen (z.B. Schulen, Bäckereien,  Kliniken, Tankstellen) findet auf basisdemokratischer Ebene statt. Eine zentralistische Regierung gibt es nicht.

Alle in der Region lebenden Menschen, unabhängig von Ethnie, Religion oder Sprache, sind im Volksrat vertreten. Entscheidungen  werden hierdurch selbstbestimmt und von unten gefällt. Es besteht eine  Frauenquote von 40% in allen Verwaltungen. Das ist nicht nur im Nahen  Osten einzigartig. Zusätzlich organisieren sich Frauen in autonomen Strukturen. Es gibt Frauenzentren, in denen Selbstorganisierung und Empowerment stattfindet. Die Strukturen orientieren sich deutlich an anarchistischen Ideen, so flossen in der konkreten Umsetzung des Projektes Ideen von Bakunin, Kropotkin, aber auch Zerzan ein.

Rojava ist eine sichere Insel für alle Ethnien oder Minderheiten, die  in der Region unterdrückt oder verfolgt werden – Araber, Sunniten, Armenier,  Assyrer, Aleviten, Yeziden,  darunter z.B. auch christliche Minderheiten. Ebenfalls setzt sich die  Region gegen die  Diskriminierung von Homo- und Transsexuellen ein. Erklärtes Ziel ist  der Aufbau einer  rätedemokratischen, ökologischen und geschlechterbefreiten  Gesellschaft. Das Projekt ist  als solches einzigartig auf der Welt und die Region gilt als eines der  sichersten Gebiete  in Syrien – auch, weil sie bewaffnet gegen aussen verteidigt wird.

Angriff von allen Seiten

In der aktuellen Situation ist Rojava von allen Seiten bedroht.  Einerseits von der ISIS,  welcher Rojava ein Dorn im Auge ist. Andererseits vom Assad-Regime und der türkischen  Regierung, welche das autonome Rojava angreifen. Unter diesen  Bedingungen zu bestehen, ist  nicht leicht.

Umgebende Regierungen kontrollieren die Grenzen und verhindern Import  wie Export. Es fehlt an Lebensmitteln, Medikamenten, medizinischer Versorgung, Unterkünften. Die Stromversorgung wurde durch die ISIS gekappt, damit ist auch die Wasserversorgung  zusammengebrochen. Grenzdörfer von Rojava werden durch die ISIS angegriffen, so erfolgte  letzte Woche der Angriff auf Kobane, wobei 300 Kämpfer_innen, welche das Gebiet verteidigen, ums Leben kamen. Rojava ist als autonomes, basisdemokratisches Projekt akut bedroht und damit alle Menschen, die hier Zuflucht und Hoffnung gefunden habe. Die Menschen leiden Hunger, sind obdachlos oder sterben durch Krankheit und bewaffnete Angriffe.

Wie können wir Rojava unterstützen?

Am wichtigsten ist es, über das Projekt zu berichten, die Informationen zu streuen, denn  in europäischen Medien ist kaum etwas zum Thema zu lesen. Berichtet über Rojava in eurem Umfeld, auf euren Websiten und Blogs. Macht Aktionen oder Kampagnen. Regelmässige Infos auf Englisch findet ihr in der Online-Zeitung ,,Firatnews” –

http://en.firatajans.com
(oder indem ihr uns kontaktiert). Ganz konkret fehlt es auch an Geld  für Lebensmittel, Kleidung, Unterkunft, Medikamente. Beiträge an folgendes Konto  gelangen direkt an die Bevölkerung:

Heyva Sor A Kurdistane Schweiz,
Zürich Kontonummer: 80-017192-8
Zahlungsweg: Stop Isis

Zeigen wir der Bevölkerung von Rojava, dass sie nicht alleine ist und sorgen wir dafür,  dass dieses einzigartige Gebiet weiter bestehen kann!

Karakök Autonome