حکم زندان دوباره زندان سهیل عربی ***** سهيل عربي يحكم عليه بالسجن مرة أخرى ***** دووبارە سەپاندنەوەی سزای بەندکردن لە سەر سوهەیل عەرەبی ***** Soheil Arabi sentenced to prison again ***** Nouvelle condamnation pour Soheil Arabi ***** Soheil Arabi erneut zu einer Gefängnisstrafe verurteilt

حکم زندان دوباره زندان سهیل عربی

سهیل عربی یک فعال سیاسی آنارشیست است. او از ۷ نوامبر ۲۰۱۳ تا ۱۶ نوامبر ۲۰۲۱ زندانی سیاسی بود. دستگاه قضائی حکومت کنونی با استفاده از اتهاماتی همچون «توهین به مقدسات دینی، فعالیت تبلیغی علیه نظام و توهین به رهبری» وی را زندانی کرد . سهیل در طی سال‌های طولانی حبس نیز زیر فشار بود. نه فقط یک روز از مرخصی محروم ماند، بلکه برای «تنبیه» فزون‌تر او را از زندان تهران بزرگ به زندان رجایی‌شهر کرج بردند. این هم برای زندان‌بانان کافی نبود، بنابراین به سهیل زندان انفرادی را نیز تحمیل کردند. برای مثال او روز ۲۰ اکتبر ۲۰۲۰ به خانواده‌اش اطلاع داد که به مدت ۳۳ روز در زندان انفرادی بوده است.

هر چند سهیل دوران محکومیت خود را سپری کرده بود، اما بدون پیگیری وکیل نمی‌خواستند آزادش کنند. سرانجام او را آزاد کردند و گفتند که باید به مدت دو سال هزار کیلومتر دورتر از محل زندگی‌اش به تبعید برود. این چنین بود که او را به برازجان فرستادند.

سهیل عربی پرونده دیگری با اتهاماتی بس واهی با عناوینی چون «نشر اکاذیب به قصد تشویش اذهان عمومی به وسیله سامانه های مخابراتی» دارد. دادگاه تجدید نظر استان تهران روز ۱۶ دسامبر ۲۰۲۱ محکومیت‌های او را برای این پرونده تأیید کرد که عبارتند از: ۲ سال حبس تعزیری، پرداخت ۵ میلیون تومان جزای نقدی، لزوم کسب مجوز از مقام قضایی به منظور خروج از کشور به مدت ۲ سال و ۲ سال حضور فصلی در دفتر نظارت و پیگیری ضابطین.

روز ۷ آوریل ۲۰۲۲ برای سهیل عربی احضاریه‌ای فرستاده‌اند و از او خواسته‌اند که برای اجرای دو سال حبس ناعادلانه و بی‌دلیل خود را به مقامات قضائی معرفی کند. حکم زندان دوباره زندان سهیل و بقیه مجازات‌ها علیه او باید فوراً متوقف و لغو شوند. تعرض به حقوق ابتدائی سهیل عربی و همه فعالان سیاسی و اجتماعی بس است!

زیاتر بخوێنەرەوە “حکم زندان دوباره زندان سهیل عربی ***** سهيل عربي يحكم عليه بالسجن مرة أخرى ***** دووبارە سەپاندنەوەی سزای بەندکردن لە سەر سوهەیل عەرەبی ***** Soheil Arabi sentenced to prison again ***** Nouvelle condamnation pour Soheil Arabi ***** Soheil Arabi erneut zu einer Gefängnisstrafe verurteilt”


We stand against the military attacks of the Turkish state and call for the mass resistance ***** وێڕای ڕسواکردنی ھێرشەکانی دەوڵەتی تورکیە، بەرەنگاریی کۆمەڵایەتیی بانگەواز دەکەین ***** Gegen den Militärangriff des Türkischen Staates – Aufruf zum  Massenwiderstand ***** Forum des anarchistes de langue Kurde : Nous nous opposons aux attaques militaires de l’État turc au Kurdistan [irakien] et appelons à la résistance de masse


We stand against the military attacks of the Turkish state and call for the mass resistance

Once more, as with the last thirty years, the Turkish state’s military forces with the support of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the political parties that are within the regional government, launched a military attack against its opponents and radical social movements in the area. The military attacks have always been through land, also by fighter jets and recently by drones.

In the meantime throughout all this period the resistance of oppressed people and libertarians continued against these military attacks by the Turkish government. The resistance took different forms including people’s march for peace and against war, protests and attacks against the military basis of Turkish forces inside Kurdistan, campaigns of boycotting Turkish goods, blockade of production sites and attacks against Turkish companies wherever they are present.

The Turkish state is not only attacking the Iraqi Kurdistan and Rojava, in fact its political and military power has been extended to the Middles East, North Africa and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The Turkish state is doing all these as a second powerful member of NATO before the eyes of the so called “international community” under the justification of protecting the human rights and the values of Islam. It does that by crossing all the borders without any restrictions and have been supported by the US, UK and the EU.

Having saying that, we are not complaining against or blaming the KRG, the Iraqi government or the political parties that are in power, because we know that they are united by their class interests. In our eyes they all are a united enemy class that support the capitalist state in Turkey against working class and exploited people. In opposition to them, we call for our unity with the whole exploited people in the region and the world and ask their support and solidarity.

We Kurdish-speaking anarchists have always been and will always remain against all types of wars. Our positions and attitudes regarding this were very clear. In the meantime we were supported the will and the struggles of the grassroots movement and the libertarians in Kurdistan, Iraq and Middle East.

We have tried, in the line of historical background of the libertarian position, to not take part in any sides of the wars. We have never surrendered to the ideologies of fighting against fascists or defending the homeland as excuses for taking part in wars side by side with the national Bourgeoisie or by the side of nationalist parties. We do not make distinctions between states whether they are small or big, developed industrialized or under developed and not industrialized country, imperialist or colonized. We never supported state’s military or its militia as we are against all kinds of superiority, class domination and authoritarianism. We struggle against all ideologies, like, protecting “our” country, nationalism, religion, dictatorial or democratic country, and Neo-liberal.
Therefore, considering our extremely limited forces, our imbalanced social force against the armies, the armed action’s uselessness in this given situation, we have resisted and will resist all attempts that try to drag us into military conflicts, into sacrificing ourselves to the interest of one side and into defending the nation and the state. So, we appealed to our comrades and supporters to continue and develop a non militaristic social struggle.

For us the anarchist, the issue is not only that we must not be part of any sides of the war between states and infighting militias, but it’s most importantly about maintaining and developing the social revolutionary front of the oppressed against the capitalist system, all armies and militias, against wars and inter bourgeois conflicts whenever that will be.

In such circumstances, if we cannot fight directly against the war, but we can at least, direct our actions and prioritize our tasks to develop and reinforce the anarchist movement through our involvement within the social movements of resistance and struggles.

Our war is the Self organizing of our struggles and of our resistances, it’s the social revolution and this cannot be achieved through any other methods like armed struggle, regime changes, parliamentary system and the political parties’ power plots. The history and the experience of the past struggles shows us that the social resistance and the social revolution rely on the revolutionary conscientiousness that emerges from the daily struggle of oppressed people in the society. We see ourselves as part of the same class movement and we are taking part in it to achieve our historical dreams.
when we are not strong enough to the level of being able to resist the war as an autonomous force, we instead can form an attacking combative resistance against the state on other social struggles.

It’s clear that even an armed resistance without having a clear class conscientiousness behind it, it will eventually transform to another form of domination over people or at least it will be controlled under the influence of the state for its benefits.
The defending of a liberated place or territory although it might not be right, we believe without any hesitation that defending it by weapons is our duty.

In line of the above for the present time we believe the below steps are necessary as immediate actions:

– General strike wherever is possible that can paralyze the movement of economy and military and sabotage the war mechanism .

blockading transportation of oil and gas to Turkey as both are the reasons for many of the current wars.

– Boycotting all Turkish goods, products and its companies wherever they are. replacing those goods by supporting and relying on local goods and products and trying to set up cooperatives and communes.

– Boycotting the Turkish state media channels and its culture centers wherever they are.

– Boycotting traveling with the Turkish airlines and holidays to Turkey.

– Calling on police, solders and Peshamarga to take the mutiny actions and to put their weapons down, leaving there barricades and the war fronts.

Encouraging people to protest against the Turkish military bases and its companies in Kurdistan.

– Self-organizing and preparing for any potential situation that may happen in the future, whether it is resistance or anything else.

– Collecting the basic necessities and providing support to displaced people from their land and support them to flee from this war.

– Broadcasting and writing about the crimes that the Turkish military commit, including killing innocent people, lifestocks and destroying villages and environment.

– Calling for a mass uprising in Kurdistan against the current KRG power as they are our direct class enemy and our exploiters, to support people and take part however and whatever we can.

Kurdish-speaking Anarchist Forum

19th April 2022







زیاتر بخوێنەرەوە “We stand against the military attacks of the Turkish state and call for the mass resistance ***** وێڕای ڕسواکردنی ھێرشەکانی دەوڵەتی تورکیە، بەرەنگاریی کۆمەڵایەتیی بانگەواز دەکەین ***** Gegen den Militärangriff des Türkischen Staates – Aufruf zum  Massenwiderstand ***** Forum des anarchistes de langue Kurde : Nous nous opposons aux attaques militaires de l’État turc au Kurdistan [irakien] et appelons à la résistance de masse”

It is now or we have to wait for a long time

By: Zaher Baher


When Covid-19 came along, it was a time to organise ourselves to fight back against the state and the corporations while both sets of organisations were confused in dealing with Covid and were weak. It really did not matter whether the pandemic was “made up”, as some people believed, or was not, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many of us agree it was not made directly but certainly it was made indirectly. Secondly whether deliberate or not, states and corporations used it very well to achieve what they could not achieve in a time without Covid. The pandemic caused the death of millions of people, frustrated oppositional movements around the world and created opportunities for the sacking of thousands and thousands of workers and later rehiring some of them with new terrible contracts. They increased the price of everything and the cost of living has gone up dramatically. As a consequence, states have re-energised themselves, justifying their existence. We have heard so many lies whilst witnessing widespread corruption and scandals.

We in Haringey Solidarity Group (HSG), based in north London, felt we needed to do something positive to stop attacks from the UK state and corporations. Some of us got together and contacted many anarchist groups, individuals and anti-authoritarian radical groups in the UK to come together to discuss the situation.  While we managed to have three meetings, unfortunately it was not very fruitful. In the meantime, hundreds of new, local mutual aid groups were established, whilst many left-wing and trade unionist tried to support workers’ health and safety concerns and other demands. Additionally, there was the massive Black Lives Matter movement.

On reflection, we could have done much more but the majority of us were just happy with what we did and listened to state misinformation and propaganda broadcast by mainstream media. We were told that to stay at home and the state will look after us. The current attacks, including the cost of living crisis, will damage us more than Covid-19 did. We are facing a terrible situation which, in some ways, have not been seen in fifty years in addition to the damage, vulnerability and injury caused by Covid.

Before Covid erupted, prices were already rising as a result of the UK leaving the EU. Similarly, imports of many products increased with further shortages likely as a result of the war in Ukraine and 500,000 job vacancies, as of August 2021, resulting from the combined impacts of Covid and Brexit  The huge labour shortages in the food industry have led to unharvested crops being left to rot in fields with food and farming businesses particularly badly hit by a lack of workers. Many overseas workers went home during the pandemic, and Brexit has limited the number of EU temporary workers who can travel to the UK on the seasonal worker visa scheme. The government kept the number of seasonal worker permits – for those who come to the UK to pick crops – at 30,000 in 2021.

The prices of fuel and energy, even before the war in Ukraine, were increased by fossil fuel companies. The price of gas has surged and, as of April 1st the household energy price cap has increased by 54%, rising from £1,277 to £1,971 per year and is predicted to soar much higher when the price cap is reset in October. While the price of everything else depends is, in part, determined by fuel and energy costs, then essentials including food, drink, clothes and rent will increase. As the war continues, with Russia and Ukraine being the main exporters of wheat, the price of bread, pastries, cereal and cooking oil will increase. Vegetable oil now costs £1.30 a litre at the supermarket, up 22%, compared to one year ago. Sunflower oil – of which Ukraine and Russia are major producers – is up sharply too, by 17p to £1.34 a litre, according to NielsenIQ Scantrack data.

The report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) published in early April, said that British households were set to be £900 worse off this year in a “historic fall” in living standards. The lowest earners face a £1,300 drop in income, which could get even worse if the Russian invasion of Ukraine drags on.

In short, life will be harder and people will struggle for very basic survival. Increased poverty, unemployment, eviction, homelessness, mental illness, suicide and crime are all inevitable outcomes.


So what needs to be done?

The war impacts on everybody whether they be worker, unemployed, pensioner, student, or benefit claimant; it is unavoidable. It will hit hard, without recognising borders including those of class. The worst thing is this cannot be solved this alone. It cannot be survived for any length of time with only the help of the community, relatives, other people or food banks.  Price increases are the killer; they will never come back down. We know that from the past experience. As a comrade from HSG recently said, “It is discrimination; people are discriminated against by depriving them of their basic needs”.

When Covid came along, we were restricted in acting collectively but now that restrictions have been lifted, it is easier for people to get together, to meet, protest and demonstrate. In other words, resisting collectively to reverse this situation is much easier than during Covid.

We have only one choice which is to organise ourselves in resisting the price war imposed on us by the state and corporations. This is not a revolution and does not require an uprising as it is certainly far away from that. Unfortunately, in the UK, they are not on the horizon due to the absence of a revolutionary culture which is important as important as class consciousness.

However, while we all feel the pain of the rising cost of living, we can do a lot of things.  We can start from talking to people around us, to workers, small shop owners, people in community centres, groups in local area anybody who is really concerned about the issue. We can set up workshops, call for urgent meetings to discuss the matter and make decisions collectively to run a campaign in the neighbourhood and in the community, locally.  We can contact other local groups wherever they are and make our campaign bigger and nationwide. We can win the price war. Nowadays, organising ourselves and creating campaigns are much easier than thirty years ago during the poll tax era. New technology and social media platforms have given us more opportunities to call and contact people, whilst providing more and better skills to plan and organise.

It is time now. This time we are not starting from scratch, we are starting with experience: If not now, we wait for a long time. So do not wait.








Against the war, for global solidarity – Contra la guerra, por la solidaridad mundial – Contro la guerra, per la solidarietà globale – Contre la guerre, pour une solidarité mondiale – Contra a guerra, pela solidariedade mundial – Срещу войната, за глобална солидарност – دژ بە جەنگ، لەپێناو هاوپشتی جیهانیی Dij be ceng, lepênaw hawpiştî cîhanîy.


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دژ بە جەنگ، لەپێناو هاوپشتی جیهانیی

کۆمیتەی پەیوەندییەکانی فێدراسیۆنی نێونەتەوەیی ئەنارکیست (کریفا) ڕۆژانی 19 و 20 مارچی 2022 لە مارسێل کۆبووەوە و لەبارەی گرفتەکانی جەنگی ئۆکرانیا گفتوگۆی کرد. وێڕای هەبوونی بۆچوونی جیاواز لەسەر هەندێک خاڵ لەنێوان ئەندامانی فێدراسیۆنەکان، پابەند دەبین بە بەردەوامبوون لە ئاڵوگۆڕکردنی بۆچوونەکان و هەرئاوا مشتومڕی بنیاتنەرانە، خاڵە هاوبەشە گرنگەکان لە ئەنجامی ئەو گفتوگۆیە بەرجەستە بوون.

ئێمە هاوکات تاوانی دوژمنکارانەی حکومەتی ڕووسیە بۆ سەر ئۆکرانیا و گشت لەشکرکێشییەکان سەرکۆنە دەکەین و لە کەسانی ستەمکراوی هەر دوو بەری سنوور پشتیوانی دەکەین، چالاکییەکانی خۆمان وەک هاوپشتی بۆ قوربانییەکانی بەیەکادانەکان و پەنابەران و هەڵهاتوانی جەنگ و زیندانییەکانی هەر دوو لای جەنگەکە و دەرهاویشتە تەشەنەکردووەکانی، پەرەپێدەدەین. لە چوارچێوەی ئەوەی کە ئێمە لەنێو کامە فێدراسیۆنە جیاوازەکان هەڵمەتدەکەین ، پێویستە کە ئێمە لەسەر ڕۆڵی ناتۆ و دەوڵەتی ئەمەریکا و دەوڵەتانی یەکێتی ئەورپا دژ بین و لە دەستی ئەوان لە لەبارکردنی زەمینەسازیی پێشینە بۆ هێرشی دەوڵەتی ڕووسیە بە هاوپشتی دراوسێ دەسکەلاکەی [بێلاڕووس] بۆ سەر دراوسێیەکی لاوازی، پەردە هەڵماڵین. ئێمە هەڵکشانی دەسەڵاتگەرایی ئەم ساڵانەی دوایی لە سەرتاسەری جیهان سەرکۆنە دەکەین، کە لە پەرەسەندنی ڕۆڵی سوپا لەنێو ڕامیارییە گشتییەکان دەبیندرێت. لە بارودۆخی ئێستا ئێمە بەتاییبەتیی لەسەر ئەوە جەخت دەکەین و پەردەهەڵدەماڵین، کە چۆن هەڵکشانی میلیتاریزم[عەسکەرتارییی] لەنێو کۆمەڵ لە چوارچێوەی زیاترکردنی لەشکرگەریی لە سەرانسەری یەکێتی ئەوروپا لەنێوان بانگەشە گشتییەکان بۆ بوونی سوپای ئەوروپیی لەسەر خەرجە کۆمەڵایەتییەکان ڕوودەدات.

هەمیسە بەشی کەسانی هەژار و سەرکوتکراوی جیهان لەنێو جەنگەکان دۆڕان بووە و دەبێت. ئەوان وەکو سووتەمەنی و وزەی تۆپەکانیان لێهاتووە، وەک بەرەنجامی ئەو جەنگە لە شوێنی خۆیان هەڵکەنراون و تووشی برسییەتی و نەخۆشی بوون. هاوکات بوەرچەرخێنەرانی جیهان لە کۆنترۆڵکردنی داهات و دەرامەتەکانی جیهان بەردەوام هەن. ئێمە لە دژی سەرمایەداری جیهانیی و نەتەوەگەرایی ڕادەوەستین، کە هۆکاری جەنگ بوون و هەن. ئێمە لە بەرانبەر ئەو جەنگە و دژ بە پیشەسازیی جەنگ و خەرجە گشتییەکانی جەنگ دەبێت جەنگی چینایەتی بەرپابکەین، هەرئاوا دژ بە سەراپای لۆجیکی جەنگ و بۆ هەڵخڕاندنی فراوانترین بزووتنی ئاسۆیانەی کرێکاران و کۆمەڵەکانیان ڕابین.

هەرئاواش لەسەر مەترسی هەڵەکردن لە بەرگریکردن لە نەتەوەی ئێمەیان وڵاتی ئێمە، پێداگریی دەکەینەوە و لەسەر هەڵوێستی دژە–نەتەوەیی و بەجێهێشتنی بەرەی جەنگ جەخت دەکەینەوە، کە دوژمنی ئێمە وڵاتی «ئێمە و دەوڵەتی نەتەوەیی ئێمەو بورجوازی نەتەوەیییە. لەجیاتی ئەوانە ئامانجی ئێمە پێکهێنان و هەڵخراندنی هاوپشتییە لەنێوان هەموو پڕۆلیتارەکان، هەرئاوا ئاشکراکردنی کاراکتەری جیهانیی دەوڵەتە سەرمایەدارەکانە.

بەهای مێژوویی نێونەتەوەیی و هاوپشتیی و نزیکایەتیی جیهانیی خۆمان لە دەرەوەی هەموو سنوورەکان پشتڕاست دەکەینەوە. ئێمە دووبارەی دژایەتی خۆمان بەرانبەر هەموو تاوانەکان و کوشتارەکانی سەرمایەداری و
دەوڵەت ڕادەگەیێنینەوە، هەر لە جێنۆسایدکردنی ڕەشپێستەکان و دانیشتووانە بوومییەکان، ئەوەی هەر ئێستا لە بەرازیل و ئەمەریکای لاتین و سەرتاسەری باشووری جیهان بەردەوامە، تاکو بە وێرانکردنی ژینگە دەگات، کە بە هۆی لۆجیکی دەوڵەتەکان و قازانج و بازاڕەکان، سەراپای ژیان لەسەر ئەستێرەکەی ئێمە [گۆی زەوی] ڕووبەڕووی لەنێوچوون دەکاتەوە.

لەنێو جەنگی بەردەوامی سەرکوتکەران دژ بە سەرکوتکراوان، ئێمە خراپتربوونی بار و دۆخەکانی ژیانی کەسانی هەژار لە چوارلای جیهان دەبینین، کە بەهۆی پەتاکان و ئافاتەکان و جەنگە ناوچەییەکان لەم ساڵانەی دوایی ڕوویانداوە، هەرئاوا وەک بەرەنجامی هەڵکشانی تێچووی کاڵا و پێداویستییە سەرەتاییەکان و لەوەش زیاتر خەرجکردنی زیاتر بۆ چەک و تەقەمەنی به هۆی ئابووریی جەنگ. ئێمە بەتایبەتی لەسەر تراجیدیای کۆچەران و پەراوێزخراوان و کەسانی قوربانیی نەژادپەرستی، کە لە زۆربەی مافە سەرەتاییەکان بێبەشکراون ڕادەوەستین و شان بە شانی ئەو کەسانەی فەرامۆش کراون و لەتەک ئەوان جیاوازیی کراوە، دژ بە دەوڵەت و سەرمایەداری و فاشیسزم و نەژادپەرستی و باوکسالاریی و چەوساندنەوە دەوەستینەوە.

کۆمیتەی پەیوەندییەکانی فێدراسیۆنی نێونەتەوەیی ئەنارکیست (کریفا)

ڕۆژانی 19 و 20 مارچی 2022

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Dij be ceng, lepênaw hawpiştî cîhanîy

Komîtey peywendîyekanî fêdrasyonî nêwneteweyî enarkîst (krîfa) rojanî 19 û 20 marçî 2022 le marsêl kobuwewe û lebarey griftekanî cengî okranya giftugoy kird. Wêrray hebûnî boçûnî cyawaz leser hendêk xall lenêwan endamanî fêdrasyonekan, pabend debîn be berdewambûn le allugorrkirdnî boçûnekan û herawa miştumrrî binyatnerane, xalle hawbeşe gringekan le encamî ew giftugoye berceste bûn.

Ême hawkat tawanî dujminkaraney hkumetî rûsye bo ser okranya û gişt leşkirkêşîyekan serkone dekeyn û le kesanî stemkrawî her dû berî snûr piştîwanî dekeyn, çalakîyekanî xoman wek hawpiştî bo qurbanîyekanî beyekadanekan û penaberan û hellhatwanî ceng û zîndanîyekanî her dû lay cengeke û derhawîşte teşenekirduwekanî, perepêdedeyn. Le çwarçêwey ewey ke ême lenêw kame fêdrasyone cyawazekan hellmetdekeyn , pêwîste ke ême leser rollî nato û dewlletî emerîka û dewlletanî yekêtî ewirpa dij bîn û le destî ewan le lebarkirdnî zemînesazîy pêşîne bo hêrşî dewlletî rûsye be hawpiştî drawsê deskelakey [bêlarrûs] bo ser drawsêyekî lawazî, perde hellmallîn. Ême hellkişanî desellatgerayî em sallaney dwayî le sertaserî cîhan serkone dekeyn, ke le peresendinî rollî supa lenêw ramyarîye giştîyekan debîndirêt. Le barudoxî êsta ême betayîbetîy leser ewe cext dekeyn û perdehelldemallîn, ke çon hellkişanî mîlîtarîzm[‘eskertarîyî] lenêw komell le çwarçêwey zyatirkirdnî leşkirgerîy le seranserî yekêtî ewrupa lenêwan bangeşe giştîyekan bo bûnî supay ewrupîy leser xerce komellayetîyekan rûdedat.

Hemîse beşî kesanî hejar û serkutkrawî cîhan lenêw cengekan dorran buwe û debêt. Ewan weku sûtemenî û wzey topekanyan lêhatuwe, wek berencamî ew cenge le şwênî xoyan hellkenrawn û tûşî birsîyetî û nexoşî bûn. Hawkat bwerçerxêneranî cîhan le kontrollkirdnî dahat û derametekanî cîhan berdewam hen. Ême le djî sermayedarî cîhanîy û netewegerayî radewestîn, ke hokarî ceng bûn û hen. Ême le beranber ew cenge û dij be pîşesazîy ceng û xerce giştîyekanî ceng debêt cengî çînayetî berpabkeyn, herawa dij be serapay locîkî ceng û bo hellxirrandinî frawantirîn bzûtnî asoyaney krêkaran û komellekanyan rabîn.

Herawaş leser metrisî hellekirdin le bergirîkirdin le netewey “ême” yan wllatî “ême”, pêdagrîy dekeynewe û leser hellwêstî dje–neteweyî û becêhêştinî berey ceng cext dekeynewe, ke dujminî ême wllatî “ême û dewlletî neteweyî “ême” û burcwazî neteweyîye. Lecyatî ewane amancî ême pêkhênan û hellixrandinî hawpiştîye lenêwan hemû prrolîtarekan, herawa aşkrakirdnî karakterî cîhanîy dewllete sermayedarekane.

Behay mêjûîy nêwneteweyî û hawpiştîy û nzîkayetîy cîhanîy xoman le derewey hemû snûrekan piştrrast dekeynewe. Ême dûbarey djayetî xoman beranber hemû tawanekan û kuştarekanî sermayedarî û

Dewllet radegeyênînewe, her le cênosaydkirdnî reşpêstekan û danîştuwane bûmîyekan, ewey her êsta le berazîl û emerîkay latîn û sertaserî başûrî cîhan berdewame, taku be wêrankirdnî jînge degat, ke be hoy locîkî dewlletekan û qazanc û bazarrekan, serapay jyan leser estêrekey ême [goy zewî] rûberrûy lenêwçûn dekatewe.

Lenêw cengî berdewamî serkutkeran dij be serkutkrawan, ême xraptirbûnî bar û doxekanî jyanî kesanî hejar le çwarlay cîhan debînîn, ke behoy petakan û afatekan û cenge nawçeyyekan lem sallaney dwayî rûyandawe, herawa wek berencamî hellkişanî têçûy kalla û pêdawîstîye seretayyekan û leweş zyatir xerckirdnî zyatir bo çek û teqemenî be hoy abûrîy ceng. Ême betaybetî leser tracîdyay koçeran û perawêzixrawan û kesanî qurbanîy nejadpersitî, ke le zorbey mafe seretayyekan bêbeşkrawn radewestîn û şan be şanî ew kesaney feramoş krawn û letek ewan cyawazîy krawe, dij be dewllet û sermayedarî û faşîszim û nejadpersitî û bawksalarîy û çewsandnewe dewestînewe.

Komîtey Peywendîyekanî Fêdrasyonî Nêwneteweyî Enarkîst (CRIFA)

Rojanî 19 û 20 Marçî 2022

le Marsêl


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Against the war, for global solidarity

The Committee of Relations of the International of Anarchist Federations (CRIFA) met in Marseille on 19-20 March 2022, and discussed matters on the ongoing war in Ukraine. Although there are different views on some points among member Federations, on which we commit to continue exchange and constructive discussion, important common points emerged from the discussion.

We condemn the criminal aggression to Ukraine promoted by the Russian government, alongside all militarisms, and we stand in solidarity with oppressed people from both sides of the border, promoting active support to the victims of the conflict, to refugees, deserters and prisoners from all sides of this war and of its potential expansion. In the contexts in which our different federations operate, we must expose and oppose the role of NATO, the US and the EU in also creating the preconditions for allowing the Russian state to attack its weaker neighbour with the complicity of its puppet, Belarus. We denounce the rise of authoritarianism across the world in recent years, which has seen the growing role of armies in public policies. With the current situation, we especially stress the growing militarization of society in the context of increasing rearmament across the EU, amidst generalized calls for a European Army, to the detriment of social expenditure.

The poor and oppressed people of the world are always the losers in wars. They have become cannon fodder and have been uprooted from their homes, and face poverty and sickness as a result of this war. At the same time, the global bosses continue to work to control the world’s resources. We stand against global capitalism and nationalism that are the causes of war. Instead we have to fight the class war, countering the war industry and public spending on war, and the whole logic of war, and to promote wider horizontal mobilizations of workers and collectivities.

We likewise stress the danger of making the mistake of defending “our” nation or “our” country, highlighting our anti-nationalist and defeatist/refusal positions, as our enemy is in “our” country and it’s “our” national state or national bourgeoisie. Instead we aim to build solidarity amongst all proletarians, and stress the global character of capitalist states.

Confirming our historical values of internationalism, solidarity and global kinship across borders, we confirm our opposition to all crimes and massacres perpetrated by the capital and the state, from the genocide of Black and indigenous peoples that continues today in Brazil, Latin America and all across the Global South, to the destruction of the environments perpetrated by the logic of states, profit and markets which is threatening the very life of our planet.

In the perennial war of the oppressors against the oppressed, we see the worsening of the living conditions of poor people around the world due to the pandemic and regional wars that began in recent years, as a consequence of the growing cost of basic commodities and further spending on armaments due to war economy. We especially stress the tragedy of migrants, marginalized and racialized people who are denied the most basic rights, and we stand alongside the last, the forgotten, the discriminated, against states, capitalism, fascism, racism, patriarchy and exploitation.


Contra la guerra, por la solidaridad mundial

El Comité de Relaciones de la Internacional de Federaciones Anarquistas (CRIFA), reunido en Marsella los días 19 y 20 de marzo de 2022, ha debatido asuntos sobre la guerra en curso en Ucrania. Aunque hay diferentes puntos de vista entre las Federaciones miembros, sobre los que nos comprometemos a continuar el intercambio y el debate constructivo, importantes puntos comunes han surgido del debate.

Condenamos la criminal agresión a Ucrania promovida por el gobierno ruso, junto a todos los militarismos, y nos solidarizamos con los pueblos oprimidos de ambos lados de la frontera, promoviendo el apoyo activo a las víctimas del conflicto, a lxs refugiadxs, desertorxs y prisionerxs de todos los bandos de esta guerra y de su potencial expansión.

En los contextos en los que operan nuestras diferentes federaciones, debemos denunciar y oponernos al papel de la OTAN, de los EEUU y de la UE en la creación, también, de las condiciones previas para permitir que el Estado ruso ataque a su vecino más débil con la complicidad de su títere, Bielorrusia. Denunciamos el aumento del autoritarismo en todo el mundo en los últimos años, que ha visto el creciente papel de los ejércitos en las políticas públicas. Con la situación actual, destacamos especialmente la creciente militarización de la sociedad en el contexto del creciente rearme en toda la UE, en medio de los llamamientos generalizados a favor de un Ejército Europeo, en detrimento del gasto social.

Lxs pobres y oprimidxs del mundo son siempre lxs perdedorxs en las guerras. Se han convertido en carne de cañón y han sido desarraigadxs de sus hogares, y se enfrentan a la pobreza y la enfermedad como resultado de esta guerra. Al mismo tiempo, lxs patronxs globales siguen trabajando para controlar los recursos del planeta. Nos oponemos al capitalismo global y al nacionalismo que son las causas de la guerra. Por el contrario, tenemos que luchar en la guerra de clases, contrarrestando la industria bélica y el gasto público en la guerra, y toda la lógica de la guerra, y promover movilizaciones horizontales más amplias de lxs trabajadorxs y las colectividades.

Asimismo, insistimos en el peligro de cometer el error de defender a “nuestra” nación o “nuestro” país, resaltando nuestras posiciones anti-nacionalistas y de negación/rechazo, ya que nuestro enemigo está en “nuestro” país y es “nuestro” estado nacional o burguesía nacional. Por el contrario, pretendemos construir la solidaridad entre todxs lxs proletarixs y subrayar el carácter global de los estados capitalistas.

Reafirmando nuestros valores históricos de internacionalismo, solidaridad y parentesco global más allá de las fronteras, confirmamos nuestra oposición a todos los crímenes y masacres perpetrados por el capital y el Estado, desde el genocidio de los pueblos negros e indígenas que continúa hoy en Brasil, América Latina y en todo el Sur Global, hasta la destrucción del medio ambiente perpetrada por la lógica de los Estados, la ganancia y los mercados que está amenazando la vida misma de nuestro planeta.

En la guerra perenne de lxs opresorxs contra lxs oprimidxs, vemos el empeoramiento de las condiciones de vida de lxs pobrxs en todo el mundo debido a la pandemia y a las guerras regionales iniciadas en los últimos años, como consecuencia del aumento del coste de los productos básicos y del mayor gasto en armamento debido a la economía de guerra. Insistimos especialmente en el drama de lxs migrantes, de lxs individuxs marginadxs y racializadxs a lxs que se les niegan los derechos más básicos, y nos ponemos al lado de lxs últimxs, de lxs olvidadxs, de lxs discriminadxs, contra los estados, el capitalismo, el fascismo, el racismo, el patriarcado y la explotación.


Contro la guerra, per la solidarietà globale

La Commissione di Relazioni dell’Internazionale di Federazioni Anarchiche (CRIFA) si è riunita a Marsiglia dal 19 al 20 marzo 2022 e ha discusso sulla guerra in corso in Ucraina. Benché tra le Federazioni che compongono l’Internazionale ci siano delle visioni diverse su alcuni punti, sui quali ci impegniamo a continuare un confronto e una discussione costruttiva, dal dibattito sono emersi importanti punti comuni.

Condanniamo l’aggressione criminale all’Ucraina promossa dal governo russo, così come condanniamo tutti i militarismi, solidali con oppress* e sfruttat* su entrambi i lati del confine, promuoviamo un sostegno attivo alle vittime del conflitto, alle persone in fuga, rifugiate, prigioniere e a chi diserta da ogni lato di questa guerra e della sua possibile espansione. Nei contesti territoriali in cui le nostre diverse federazioni sono presenti, denunciamo e contrastiamo il ruolo che NATO, Stati Uniti e UE hanno giocato, anche nel creare le precondizioni che hanno permesso allo Stato russo di attaccare il suo vicino più debole con la complicità del suo burattino la Bielorussia. Denunciamo la crescita dell’autoritarismo nel mondo negli ultimi anni, che ha visto rafforzarsi il ruolo degli eserciti nelle politiche pubbliche. Nella situazione attuale sottolineiamo in particolare la crescente militarizzazione della società, la corsa al riarmo in tutta l’UE e le richieste generalizzate di un esercito europeo che andranno ancora una volta a tagliare la spesa sociale.

Le classi oppresse e povere del mondo sono sempre perdenti nelle guerre. Sono carne da cannone, sradicate dalle proprie case, costrette ad affrontare povertà e malattie a causa della guerra. Allo stesso tempo, i padroni del mondo continuano a fare affari per controllare le risorse mondiali. Ci opponiamo al capitalismo globale e al nazionalismo, cause della guerra. Quella che dobbiamo invece combattere è la guerra di classe, contrastando l’industria bellica, le spese militari e l’intera logica della guerra, e promuovere lotte orizzontali più ampie di lavoratori e di lavoratrici e collettività.

Evidenziamo allo stesso modo quanto sia pericoloso l’errore di difendere la “nostra” nazione o il “nostro” paese, e rivendichiamo le nostre posizioni antinazionaliste, disfattiste e per la diserzione, poiché il nemico è nel “nostro” paese ed è il “nostro” stato, la “nostra” borghesia nazionale. Invece invitiamo a creare solidarietà tra tutte le proletar*, e a denunciare il carattere globale del capitalismo e dello stato.

Confermando i nostri valori storici di internazionalismo, solidarietà e fratellanza globale oltre ogni confine, confermiamo la nostra opposizione a tutti i crimini e i massacri perpetrati dal capitale e dallo stato, a partire dal genocidio delle popolazioni nere e indigene che continua tutt’oggi in Brasile, in America Latina e in tutto il “Sud” del mondo, alla devastazione ambientale perpetrata dalla logica del profitto, dei mercati e degli Stati, che minaccia la vita stessa del nostro pianeta.

Nella perenne guerra degli oppressori contro le oppress*, assistiamo al peggioramento delle condizioni di vita dei poveri nel mondo a causa della pandemia e delle guerre regionali iniziate negli ultimi anni, che assieme alle spese per armamenti causate dell’economia di guerra hanno contribuito a determinare il costo crescente dei beni di prima necessità. Sottolineiamo in particolare la tragedia dei migranti, delle persone emarginate e razializzate a cui vengono negati i diritti più elementari, e siamo al fianco degli ultimi, dei dimenticati, dei discriminati, contro gli stati, il capitalismo, il fascismo, il razzismo, il patriarcato e lo sfruttamento.

Commissione di Relazioni dell’Internazionale di Federazioni Anarchiche (CRIFA)
Marsiglia, 19 e 20 marzo 2022



Contre la guerre, pour une solidarité mondiale

Le Comité des relations de l’Internationale des fédérations anarchistes (CRIFA) s’est réuni à Marseille les 19 et 20 mars 2022, et a discuté des questions relatives à la guerre en cours en Ukraine. Bien qu’il y ait des points de vue différents sur certains points entre les Fédérations membres, sur lesquels nous nous engageons à poursuivre un échange et une discussion constructive, d’importants points communs sont ressortis de la discussion.

Nous condamnons l’agression criminelle contre l’Ukraine promue par le gouvernement russe, ainsi que tous les militarismes, et nous sommes solidaires des personnes opprimées des deux côtés de la frontière, en promouvant un soutien actif aux victimes du conflit, aux réfugiés, aux déserteurs et aux prisonniers de tous les côtés de cette guerre et de son expansion potentielle. Dans les contextes dans lesquels nos différentes fédérations opèrent, nous devons dénoncer et nous opposer au rôle de l’OTAN, des États-Unis et de l’UE qui créent également les conditions préalables permettant à l’État russe d’attaquer son voisin plus faible avec la complicité de sa marionnette, la Biélorussie. Nous dénonçons la montée de l’autoritarisme dans le monde ces dernières années, qui a vu le rôle croissant des armées dans les politiques publiques. Dans la situation actuelle, nous soulignons particulièrement la militarisation croissante de la société dans le contexte d’un réarmement croissant dans l’UE, au milieu d’appels généralisés à une armée européenne, au détriment des dépenses sociales.

Les populations pauvres et opprimées du monde sont toujours les perdants des guerres. Ils sont devenus de la chair à canon, ont été déracinés de leurs foyers et sont confrontés à la pauvreté et à la maladie à cause de cette guerre. Dans le même temps, les patrons du monde continuent à travailler pour contrôler les ressources du monde. Nous nous opposons au capitalisme mondial et au nationalisme qui sont les causes de la guerre. Au lieu de cela, nous devons mener la guerre de classe, en contrant l’industrie de guerre et les dépenses publiques pour la guerre, ainsi que toute la logique de la guerre, et promouvoir des mobilisations horizontales plus larges des travailleurs et des collectivités.

De même, nous soulignons le danger de commettre l’erreur de défendre “notre” nation ou “notre” pays, en mettant en avant nos positions anti-nationalistes et défaitistes/de refus, car notre ennemi se trouve dans “notre” pays et c’est “notre” État national ou notre bourgeoisie nationale. Au lieu de cela, nous visons à construire la solidarité entre tous les prolétaires, et à souligner le caractère mondial des États capitalistes.

Confirmant nos valeurs historiques d’internationalisme, de solidarité et de parenté mondiale au-delà des frontières, nous confirmons notre opposition à tous les crimes et massacres perpétrés par le capital et l’État, du génocide des peuples noirs et indigènes qui se poursuit aujourd’hui au Brésil, en Amérique latine et dans tout le Sud, à la destruction de l’environnement perpétrée par la logique des États, du profit et des marchés qui menace la vie même de notre planète.

Dans la guerre perpétuelle des oppresseurs contre les opprimés, nous constatons l’aggravation des conditions de vie des pauvres dans le monde en raison des pandémies et des guerres régionales qui ont commencé ces dernières années, en raison de l’augmentation du coût des produits de base et des dépenses supplémentaires en armement dues à l’économie de guerre. Nous soulignons tout particulièrement la tragédie des migrants, des personnes marginalisées et racisées qui se voient refuser les droits les plus élémentaires, et nous sommes aux côtés des derniers, des oubliés, des discriminés, contre les États, le capitalisme, le fascisme, le racisme, le patriarcat et l’exploitation.

Le Comité des relations de l’Internationale des fédérations anarchistes


Contra a guerra, pela solidariedade mundial

O Comité de Relações da Internacional de Federações Anarquistas (CRIFA), reunido em Marselha nos dias 19 e 20 de Março, aprovou o comunicado que se segue:

Condenamos a criminosa agressão à Ucrânia promovida pelo governo russo, em conjunto com todos os militarismos, e solidarizamo-nos com os povos oprimidos de ambos os lados da fronteira, promovendo o apoio ativo às vitimas do conflito, aos refugiadxs, desertorxs e prisioneirxs dos dois bandos desta guerra e da sua potencial expansão. Nos contextos em que agem as nossas diferentes federações, devemos denunciar e opormo-nos ao papel da NATO, dos Estados Unidos e da UE na criação, também, das condições prévias que permitiram ao Estado russo atacar o seu vizinho mais débil com a cumplicidade da sua marionete, a Bielorússia. Denunciamos o crescimento do autoritarismo em todo o mundo nos últimos anos, em que se viu o papel crescente dos exércitos nas políticas públicas. Com a situação atual, destacamos especialmente a crescente militarização da sociedade, no contexto do aumento do rearmamento em toda a UE, entre apelos generalizados para a criação de um Exército Europeu em detrimento das despesas sociais.

Xs pobres e xs oprimidxs do mundo são sempre xs perdedorxs em todas as guerras. Convertem-se em carne para canhão e são tiradxs à força das suas casas, e deparam-se com a pobreza e a doença em consequência desta guerra. Ao mesmo tempo, os patrões globais continuam a movimentar-se para controlarem os recursos do planeta. Nós opomo-nos ao capitalismo global e ao nacionalismo que são as causas da guerra. Ao contrário, temos que promover a guerra de classes, contrariando a indústria bélica e a despesa pública na guerra, e toda a lógica da guerra, desenvolvendo mobilizações horizontais mais amplas por parte dxs trabalhadores e das coletividades.

Deste modo, insistimos no perigo de se cometer o erro de defendermos a “nossa” nação ou o “nosso” país, fazendo ressaltar as nossas posições anti-nacionalistas e de negação/recusa, já que o nosso inimigo está no “nosso” país e o estado nacional ou a burguesia nacional são “nossos”. Pelo contrário, pretendemos construir a solidariedade entre todxs xs proletarixs e destacar o carácter global dos estados capitalistas.

Confirmando os nossos valores históricos de internacionalismo, solidariedade e parentesco global, para além das fronteiras, reafirmamos a nossa oposição a todos os crimes e massacres perpetrados pelo capital e pelo Estado, desde o genocídio dos povos negros e indígenas que hoje continua no Brasil, na América Latina e em todo o Sul Global, até à destruição do meio-ambiente provocada pela lógica dos Estados, a ganância e os mercados que ameaçam a própria existência de vida no nosso planeta.

Comité de Relações da Internacional de Federações Anarquistas (CRIFA)

Marselha, 20 de Março de 2022



Срещу войната, за глобална солидарност

Комисията за връзки към Интернационала на анархистките федерациии (IAF-IFA) се срещна в Марсилия на 19-20 март 2022 г. и обсъди въпроси относно продължаващата война в Украйна. Въпреки че има различни възгледи по някои точки между федерациите-членки, по които се ангажираме да продължим обмена и конструктивната дискусия, от дискусията се появиха важни общи точки.

Ние осъждаме престъпната агресия срещу Украйна, насърчавана от руското правителство, наред с всички милитаризми, и сме солидарни с потиснатите хора от двете страни на границата, насърчавайки активна подкрепа за жертвите на конфликта, за бежанците, дезертьорите и затворниците от всички страни на тази война и нейното потенциално разширяване. В контекста, в който действат нашите различни федерации, ние също така трябва да разобличим и да се противопоставим на ролята на НАТО, САЩ и ЕС в създаването на предпоставките, позволяващи на руската държава да атакува по-слабия си съсед със съучастието на своята марионетка Беларус. Ние осъждаме възхода на авторитаризма по света през последните години, ставайки свидетели на нарастващата роля на армиите в публичните политики. С настоящата ситуация особено силно подчертаваме нарастващата милитаризация на обществото в контекста на нарастващото превъоръжаване в целия ЕС, на фона на общи призиви за европейска армия, в ущърб на социалните разходи.

Бедните и потиснати хора по света винаги са губещи във войните. Те се превръщат в пушечно месо, изкоренени от домовете си и изправени пред бедност и болести в резултат на тази война. В същото време глобалните шефове продължават да работят за контрол на световните ресурси. Ние се изправяме срещу глобалния капитализъм и национализма, които са причините за войната. Вместо това трябва да водим класова борба, противопоставяйки се на военната индустрия и публичните разходи за война и цялата логика на войната, и да насърчаваме по-широка хоризонтална мобилизация на работниците и колективите.

Ние също така подчертаваме опасността от това да не правим грешката да защитаваме „нашата“ нация или „нашата“ държава, като подчертаваме антинационалистическите и пораженчески/отказни си позиции, тъй като нашият враг е в „нашата“ страна и това е „нашата“ национална държава или национална буржоазия. Вместо това ние се стремим да изградим солидарност между всички работници и да подчертаем глобалния характер на капиталистическите държави.

Потвърждавайки историческите си ценности на интернационализъм, солидарност и глобално родство отвъд границите, ние потвърждаваме опозиция си срещу всички престъпления и кланета, извършени от капитала и държавата, от геноцида на чернокожите и коренното население, който продължава днес в Бразилия, Латинска Америка и навсякъде в Глобалния юг, до унищожаването на природата, извършено от логиката на държавите, печалбата и пазарите, което застрашава самия живот на нашата планета.

В постоянната война на потисниците срещу потиснатите виждаме влошаването на условията за живот на бедните хора по света поради пандемията и регионалните войни, които започнаха през последните години, като следствие от нарастващите цени на основните стоки и по-нататъшните разходи за въоръжение поради военната икономика. Специално подчертаваме трагедията на мигрантите, маргинализираните и расиализирани хора, които са лишени от най-основните права, и заставаме редом с последните, забравените, дискриминираните, срещу държавите, капитализма, фашизма, расизма, патриархата и експлоатацията.

Източник: https://i-f-a.org/2022/04/04/against-the-war-for-global-solidarity/


Sanctions against Russia: The impact is greater to Europe

Zaher Baher


Before entering the subject, I would like to start with three points:

Firstly, sanctions have no impact at all in the beginning. It is a long process and sometimes they create anger and resentment amongst the people in the countries where sanctions are imposed against the countries who are imposing the sanctions.  It is also a given that as soon as the first shot is launched in war, the warmongers and the merchants of the war inflate the price of almost everything.

Secondly, the impact of sanctions used against industrialised countries is different to those imposed on non-industrialised countries.

Thirdly, no matter who uses sanctions, the main losers are the working class, poor and exploited people in the country, and they are the ones who pay. The best examples are Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Libya.

In this article I go through the trade between United States and European countries with Russia and vice versa to see the impacts on each other.  It is important to recognise that sanctions against Russia are not the same as sanctions used against the countries listed above.  Russia is much more economically advanced and also has good relations with many countries. So the impact of sanctions here depends on the level of their advanced industry in each country and the level of trade between them.

To go into detail, let’s refer to the most recent data. The Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS) has released data that shows that for the first ten months of 2021, Russia’s total exports reached $388.4 billion. Some of Russia’s top trade partners are five countries which were responsible for 86.9% of all trade between January-October last year; China ($112.4bn), Germany ($46.1bn), Netherlands ($37bn), US ($28.8bn) ($25.7bn).

Russia mainly supplies these countries with fuel and energy, metals, and chemical products. About 13% of exports go to CIS countries*. More than half of Russia’s exports (53.8%) are fuel and energy products.

Apart from fuel and energy, Russia exports wheat and maize, sunflower oil, poultry meat, milk and cream, cheese and curd, fresh and frozen pork, electrical equipment, mechanical equipment, optical instruments and devices, and timber and pulp-and-paper production.

The Trades of United States and Europe with Russia:

United States’ trading of goods and services with Russia totalled an estimated $34.9bn in 2019. Exports were $10.9bn; imports were $24bn. The US’ goods and services trade deficit with Russia was $13.1bn in 2019. Russia is currently the US’s 26th largest goods trading partner, with $28bn in total goods trade during 2019. Russia was the United States’ 40th largest goods export market in 2019, and was the United States’ 20th largest supplier of goods imports in the same year. In relation to oil and energy, the US imports 5% of its requirement from Russia.

New York-based BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset management firm with more than $10tn in assets under management, has recorded $17bn in losses on Russian securities. It manages more than $18bn in Russian assets on behalf of clients – which were frozen on 28 February. The impact of western sanctions on markets, including the two-week shutdown of the Moscow stock exchange, has rendered the vast majority of those assets unsaleable.

With regards to Europe’s trade with Russia in 2021, the total trade in goods between the EU and Russia amounted to €257.5bn. The EU’s imports were worth €158.5bn and were dominated by fuel and mining products – especially mineral fuels (€98.9bn, 62%), wood (€3.16bn, 2.0%), iron and steel (€7.4bn, 4.7%), fertilisers (1.78bn, 1.1%). In 2021, Russia was the fifth largest partner for EU exports of goods (4.1%) and the third largest partner for EU imports of goods (7.5%). The EU’s exports in that year almost totalled €99bn. They were led by machinery and equipment (€19.5bn, 19.7%), motor vehicles (€8.95bn, 9%), pharmaceuticals (€8.1bn, 8.1%), electrical equipment and machinery (€7.57bn, 7.6%), as well as plastics (€4.38bn, 4.3%).

As for the United Kingdom (UK), it has imposed sanctions on more than 370 Russian individuals, including more than 50 oligarchs and their families, who have a combined net worth of £100bn. More than 1,000 individuals and entities have now been targeted with sanctions since the invasion of Ukraine. The government also blocked exports of luxury goods worth hundreds of millions of pounds. Last year, UK firms sold a total of £2.6bn worth of goods to Russia, the biggest slice of which was cars, at around £400m. Russia is relatively small market for UK car plants  it is thought that the UK exported fewer than 10,000 cars to Russia out of an annual production of 860,000 in 2021. The collapse of the rouble would also make it difficult for companies to price expensive cars at a high enough cost.

The impact of the war and sanctions are extremely hard. By February, the cost of food was 20% higher than a year earlier. Think-tanks warned that the cost of living for the UK’s poorest could be 10% higher by autumn and prices are likely to continue to be driven higher, pushing inflation to a “second peak” above 8% in the autumn. The New Economics Foundation (NEF), suggests that by April almost half of all children will be living in households that are unable to meet the cost of some basic necessities. NEF also said that 23.4 million people would have to cut back on some basics, such as food or heating, as their income falls short of what they would need.

The withdrawal of British Petroleum (BP) from the Russian market means losing money, and residents of the UK have to make up that loss.

Deficit is another problem in the UK’s budget. In 2000 it was £40bn, and by 2010 it had reached £98bn. Last year it went up to £140bn.  In contrast, Russia has relatively low debts and its financial system is less integrated with the rest of the world.

 When he was governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney said: “The UK relied on the kindness of strangers to finance its trade deficit.” He may have been right, and that the deficit will go up much further during sanctions. In the meantime, in answer to all the problems UK citizens are facing, the government has vowed “to do everything we can to protect consumers and the public”.


According to the statistics and figures shown above, oil and energy are the main resources that Russia exports to Europe and other countries, exporting 7% to the UK, 5% to the US and 31% to Germany. At the moment the price of oil is too high and benefits Russia. At present, the EU and the UK do not have any other alternative to replace Russia’s oil, so the bills for residents and businesses will go up and up. The same thing will happen when banning Russian fertiliser exports. This will have a direct impact on farmers in the UK and consequently the public.

How will the public in the UK and Europe react in such difficult situations? How will their rulers deal with the situation, especially if the war continues for longer, and consequences of the sanctions become more severe?

It is, in fact, very difficult for the UK and Europe to find a replacement for Russia’s oil and energy, while Russia has a great influence on some OPEC members like Iran, Libya and Venezuela. Supposing they agree to Europe and the UK’s demands, how much more oil can they put in the market? Even lifting sanctions on Iran are unlikely to help greatly.  This has become a small possibility after releasing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliff in return for £400m as well as Iran attempting to persuade the UK to take the Iranian Revolution Guards off the terror list, which is yet to be confirmed.  Does this really work to resolve problems and provide a balanced alternative to importing Russia oil and energy?

A very recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) underlined just how limited the options are for any economy seeking to replace Russian crude oil and other oil products. It says “global oil demand is projected to be nearly 10m barrels per day (bpd) this year”. With regards to Iran, the LAE says: “The IEA reckons Iran has about 1.2m bpd of spare capacity in theory but there are some serious caveats. Even then the LAE says, it is likely to take another six months at least before 1m bpd from Iran could be factored in.”

As for importing wheat from Russia and Ukraine, the two countries produce nearly 30% of the world’s wheat exports, 15% of the maize (corn) and 75% of the sunflower oil. Altogether, they generate about 12% of the calories traded internationally. Many countries still rely on importing wheat from them, and the Middle East and North Africa are highly reliant on Ukrainian and Russian grains. Almost 40% of Yemen’s wheat is grown in Russia and Ukraine. Already, millions there are close to starvation. Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, relies on the warring countries for roughly 70% of its imports.

There are a few questions here. Do Europe, the UK and the US let the above countries break sanctions so that they can survive? Or do they make an offer to compensate and to help them to pay the current price in the market? Or simply let thousands and thousands of people in these countries die in poverty? Also, how long can global firms like Apple, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Starbucks, Nestle, MasterCard and BlackRock wait and lose more and more money? BlackRock has already lost $17bn in a very short time.

In addition to the above, Russia plans to seize the assets of western companies that pull out. It is now proposing to do that and nationalise closed western factories and other western activities, free of charge. Speaking in a video link with members of his government a few days ago, Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin could find legally viable ways to seize international firms. The government would push to “introduce external management and then transfer these enterprises to those who actually want to work,” Putin said. He continued: “There are enough legal and market instruments for this.”  Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian president, said it was using a “symmetrical response” to the sanctions imposed by the west, “including the seizure of foreign assets and their possible nationalisation”. He argued: “Whatever the reasons for the exodus, foreign companies must understand that it will not be easy to return to our market.”

In view of the above, I believe that Europe is more vulnerable and more dependent on Russia. Whether you agree or not is not important, but we should realise that we are the ones paying the price. That is why it is essential to organise ourselves outside of political parties in non-hierarchical organisations everywhere: at work, on the streets, in factories, universities, neighbourhoods, farms and shops.  We need our structures and communities so that they are resilient to the wars waged against us, and so that we are not reliant on whether there is peace between states.  Their peace and war more or less are the same but in different forms.

Enough is enough. The longer we stay and do nothing the more useless we get.  It is time to fight back, it is time to realise that right now here are a couple of wars going on against us: the current military war, and the sanctions that are imposed that will be more severe on us later. Wherever you live it will be unavoidable; whether you want it or not, you will still face both wars.  We need to turn this to a war against ruling states, their classes, and their system.


* The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was created in December 1991 by eleven countries from the ex-USSR: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Moldavia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine. Georgia joined it in 1993.

The Metropolitan Police is beyond redemption” – Skynews interview with Kate Wilson on her court victory against the police.


“The Metropolitan Police is beyond redemption” – Skynews interview with Kate Wilson, of Police Spies Out of Lives, on her court victory against the police


Environmental activist Kate Wilson tells Sky’s Sarah-Jane Mee about winning a landmark tribunal against the Metropolitan Police for human rights breaches, after she was deceived into a relationship with an undercover officer. Ms Wilson was involved with a man she knew as ‘Mark Stone’ for almost two years, but years later found out that he was actually a married police officer called Mark Kennedy, who’d been sent to spy on environmental activists. She says the Metropolitan Police are ‘beyond redemption’ after a series of investigations into the force found it was institutionally racist and corrupt and there needs to be a rethinking of its powers


“شرطة العاصمة لا يمكن تعويضها” – مقابلة Skynews مع كيت ويلسون ، من الجواسيس الشرطيون خارج الحياة ، حول انتصار المحكمة ضد الشرطة.

الناشطة البيئية كيت ويلسون تخبر سارة-جين مي من سكاي عن فوزها بمحكمة تاريخية ضد شرطة العاصمة لانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان ، بعد أن تم خداعها في علاقة مع ضابط سري. كانت ويلسون متورطة مع رجل كانت تعرفه باسم “مارك ستون” لمدة عامين تقريبًا ، ولكن بعد سنوات اكتشفت أنه متزوج بالفعل  قام ضابط شرطة باستدعاء مارك كينيدي ، والذي تم إرساله للتجسس على نشطاء البيئة. وتقول إن شرطة العاصمة “لا يمكن تعويضها” بعد أن وجدت سلسلة من التحقيقات في القوة أنها عنصرية مؤسسية وفاسدة وأن هناك حاجة إلى إعادة التفكير في سلطاتها.

Is President Donald Trump a threat and danger?

Is President Donald Trump a threat and danger?

By: Zaher Baher

June 2020

Certainly he is, but who is he a threat to? Before answering this question, I believe that history has so far taught us a few things about the revolution that we cannot ignore.

Firstly, it has shown that political parties, such as-lefties and authoritarian socialists, cannot fundamentally change the current system. In fact, they create so many obstacles by maintaining and prolonging the system.

Secondly, revolution cannot happen through a military coup or a political plot.

Thirdly, we have a very long history of a parliamentary system that has failed to bring about real changes.

Fourthly, poverty alone is not a foundation that revolution can emerge from. History has shown that poverty has made people more dependent on the state and charities instead of relying on themselves to struggle for change.

In the UK, the history of the struggling working class shows that the number of demos, protests and strikes decreased dramatically while the Labour party was in power*. This is the case even though there is barely any difference in the conditions of the working class when the Conservative Party is in power.

I recognise that some of the reforms that are usually carried out by leftists and social democrats when they are in power can slightly improve the lives of the working class, but this only benefits them for a short time. In the long-term, it gives them false hope and makes them more dependent on the political parties to make change. In other words, it damages them, makes them lose their confidence in doing things for themselves, and also brainwashes them by giving them a false meaning of democracy. It gives people an impression that there is a different kind of power and, a different kind of government. It tells people, one state is a democracy and the other is a dictatorship. However, in reality having a democracy or a dictatorship is the same. Whatever name the state has for its political system, it is to control and subdue the people, by using the tool of democracy and dictatorship accordingly to suppress them. In other words, democracy or dictatorship are the same to whoever governs us.

When dictators and right wing political parties are in power, it is true that there is very little freedom, or no freedom at all. But in fact, the social relationship between the people is very strong, solidarity is there, and cooperation and support exist. The line is clearly drawn between the supporters of the government/state and those against it. There is unity and trust between the people, and almost everybody rejects the propaganda of the state and its media. I have experienced this under Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and other comrades share the same feeling in other countries.

Let’s look at the United States (US) under President Trump, as leader of the most powerful country in the world. I do not need to go through his record of the last three years as he has been very frank in what he believes in and what he says. In fact, he implements most of his domestic and foreign policies.

He has introduced us to the realities of the capitalist system. He is clear about his dislike for climate change science, and he is open about his love of rich people and his support for big corporations. He does not hide his hate of the poor, unions, leftists, socialists and anarchists. He is frank to tell us that his administration’s involvement in Syria and Iraq is for exploiting oil. He denounces human rights and equality. His position towards Israel, the Kings and Princes in the gulf countries, President Jair Bolsonaro, and the Philippines’ president is very obvious to all. He is not diplomatic like UK politicians and those of other European countries, who tell us one thing and do something else. He is against the hypocritical attitudes of Congress. He shows us that the state and its entire administrations are reflected and embedded within businesses. He tells us that business and politics cannot be separated; one serves the other. The list could go on and on.

So, the questions here are: Who is actually showing us the capitalist system, truly? Trump, or the leaders and the politicians of the UK and other western countries? Who is actually as honest as him, telling us that this system is not for us and does not benefit us, and only serves him and the others I mentioned above? Who is really a long-term threat to capitalism, serving the working class movement by pushing people to carry out strikes, protests, and even rise up against the system? Him, or the other leaders who always try to portray the system as a democracy, or keep people happy with reforms?

In fact, President Trump has created the best grounds for uprising in the US by implementing all of the policies which favour the rich. Under his leadership there has been more police brutality, more inequality, more injustice, more poverty and more hate towards Muslims and the LGBTQI+ community.

We have this existing climate in the US and people have had enough.  The killing of George Floyd, unfortunately, was only a trigger point.

President Trump might not create a revolution, but he has certainly created a movement, not only in the US, but in many European countries, especially here in the UK. The name of George Floyd is only a symbol of uprising. ‘Black Lives Matter’ is not just a movement of black people and for black people. It is a movement of millions of people around the world. It is a movement of everybody who has been suffering for so long at the hands of state brutality, austerity, inequality, social injustice, unemployment, wars, displacement, homelessness and much more.

This movement certainly cannot resolve everything, but can surely change many aspects of life. By using direct action, it can quickly achieve what lobbying, petitions, complaints, traditional protests and parliament debates couldn’t achieve in a few decades. It has changed the nature of protests, smashed the lockdown, has had no permission from the police and has not listened to politicians. It has taken matters into its own hands and has revived the movements which existed around the world prior to Covid-19.

In the UK, the protests look capable of changing more things: taking away the statues of racists and slave traders in public places is just a start. In addition, activists are forcing the state and media to begin to acknowledge the true reflection of a multicultural British society. Campaigners are calling for a change to school syllabuses and university curriculum, to include studies of the role of black history.  And finally, campaigners are calling for museums to document the UK’s role in the slave trade.

However, if people want to fundamentally change their own lives staying on the streets and fighting with the police is not enough.  We need to use this kind of tactic less often and put our weight, experience, knowledge and efforts into organising ourselves in the neighbourhood, on our own streets, in the universities, in the factories, in the offices, in the farms and in other places of work. We need to do this in non-hierarchical groups and organisations to prepare ourselves for the final push against state power, in order to manage our lives by ourselves and make the real changes. The first step is to struggle and fight to achieve a libertarian municipality at local level to replace the existing bureaucratic councils or local authorities.



The State and the Power of Business

By Zaher Baher
March 2021

Recently I was involved in a long discussion with a close friend of mine who is not an anarchist. He believes that the destination of human beings is a kind of socialism but not necessarily the one that anarchists want.
My friend thinks the needs of the state gradually decrease, to the point where it will no longer be necessary to run society by any separate authority, as its members will be fully aware, conscientious and responsible so that all care for each other and society too. Finally, he concluded by saying, “Since society would be run by its members, law makers will become unnecessary”.
Of course, anarchists talk about socialism but in a wider form as it will be a classless and non-hierarchical society. Anarchists do not design the map for future society and how it should be managed. We think and work to create a society that would be controlled by all, where there would be no one in charge to dominate and exploit us; no bosses, no landlords and no government from above. We do not elaborate on how it will be in the future. That would be the task of those who live in that society, how they would organise it and how they would manage themselves.
There are fundamental questions arising here. Will the role of the state diminish when capitalism gets stronger? Will the state disappear gradually or dismantle itself? Has neoliberal theory failed to reduce some or all functions of the state? If so, why do we see the state stronger than ever? There are many more questions to be asked on this subject.
To begin with, I must, very briefly, look at the recent history of the state, liberalism, and neoliberal theories. Many of us know that the state is very old, dating back some 10,000 years, maybe longer it developed through various stages and functioned differently in accordance with the society that the state had emerged from.
However, it took a long time for the modern state to emerge and reach its mature stage.
Whatever stage the state went through, historically or as it is now, there was always a vital struggle between the business sector and the state. Although neither could live without the other, each wanted to subdue the other for its own benefit.
At present the state looks to have completed its functions, its essence once embraced the liberal economy and then the neoliberal theories. While the state was not completely compatible with the business sector in general and with the big corporations in particular, the corporations always tried to find ways to reform the state for their benefit in meeting their aims.
One of the major attempts to reform the economic system, in the last century was neoliberalism. A group of liberals who helped to shape the social market economy put forward a program at a meeting in Paris in 1938. Among the delegates were two men who came to define the ideology, Ludwig von Mises, and Friedrich Hayek. They believed in the opportunity of individualism. They found government a major barrier as it prevented individualism. The neoliberal embraces individualism and is opposed to “the collective society,” as Margaret Thatcher put it. In 1944 Hayek, in The Road to Serfdom argued that, “Government planning, by crushing individualism, would lead inexorably to totalitarian control”
In 1947, Hayek founded the first organisation that would spread the doctrine of neoliberalism and it was supported financially by millionaires and their foundations.
Neoliberalism’s doctrine is very exclusive in aiming to liberate the major sections of the state and privatising them. In short, Hayek’s view is that governments should regulate competition to prevent monopolies. The ideology of neoliberalism brought financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the slow collapse of public health and education. Clearly it was waging a war on every front against society; it not only created economic crises, but also caused political crises.
On the other hand, there is Keynesian economic policy, which was developed by the British economist John Maynard Keynes during the 1930s. His theories were a response to the Great Depression and he was highly critical of previous economic theories, which he referred to as “classical economics”. He stated that intervention is necessary to moderate the booms and busts in economic activity.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Keynes’s influence was at its peak, as the developed and emerging capitalist economies enjoyed an exceptionally high rate of growth and low unemployment. Later this was echoed by the then U.S. President Richard Nixon, “We are all Keynesians now”
Keynesian policies did not last long. By the end of the 1960s there was a big change and، the balance began to shift towards the power of private interests. According to the journalists Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson, “1968 was the pivotal year when power shifted in favour of private agents such as currency speculators”. Keynesian economic policies were officially abandoned by the British Government in 1979. So, gradually, Keynesian policies began to crumble, and economic crises deepened. At that time Milton Friedman remarked, “When the time came that you had to change … there was an alternative ready there to be picked up”.
Once Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan took power, the rest of the package soon followed: massive tax cuts for the rich, the crushing of trade unions, deregulation, privatisation, outsourcing and competition in public services were all supported or promoted by multilateral bodies and treaties, like the IMF, the World Bank, the Maastricht treaty and the World Trade Organisation, neoliberal policies were imposed – often without democratic consent. Remarkably these policies were adopted among parties that once belonged to the left, including the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats. This was expected. As John Major, when he was elected Prime Minister in 1992, famously said “1992 killed socialism in Britain.… Our win meant that between 1992 and 1997 Labour had to change.”
The Chicago School, also known as Chicago boys designed packages for several countries including Egypt and others in South America, particularly Chile. On a visit to Pinochet’s Chile – one of the first nations in which the programme was comprehensively applied, Hayek told a Chilean newspaper that it was possible for a “…dictator to govern in a liberal way…” and that he preferred a “…liberal dictator to a democratic government lacking liberalism. My personal preference leans toward a liberal dictatorship rather than toward a democratic government devoid of liberalism”.
We should not be shocked when Friedman and Hayek happily embraced neoliberal policies as documented by Naomi Klein in ‘The Shock Doctrine’. “Neoliberal theorists advocated the use of crises to impose unpopular policies while people were distracted: for example, in the aftermath of Pinochet’s coup, the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina, which Friedman described as “an opportunity to radically reform the educational system”
After almost forty years, the 2008 financial crash and the Great Recession derailed neoliberalism which lost its force and fell apart. Some governments and economists wanted to go back to Keynesian solutions to tackle the crises of the 21st century. They could not or did not want to understand or simply ignored the reality that last century’s solutions cannot resolve a crisis of the present century. The reason for this is quite clear; it is fundamental to the nature of capitalism itself that, whatever name or shape it takes, it will not work anymore.
Neoliberalism has gone too far and, wherever it was implemented, it brought total disaster. One of these countries was the US where data shows that, “During the neoliberal era, the racial wealth gap did not fare much better. In 1979, the average hourly wage for a black man in the U.S. was 22 percent lower than for a white man. By 2015, the wage gap had grown to 31 percent. For black women, the wage gap in 1979 was only 6 percent; by 2015, it had jumped to 19 percent. Homeownership is one of the central ways that families build wealth over time, yet homeownership rates among African Americans in 2017 were as low as they were before the civil rights revolution, when racial discrimination was legal”. The situation was so bad that leading political scientists declared that, “…the U.S. is no longer best characterized as a democracy or a republic but as an oligarchy—a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich”.
Some economists, including Paul Krugman, also argued that economic conditions are like those that existed during the earlier part of the 20th century.
In light of the above, we can see that government and business institutions in any country, in many ways, are interrelated and interdependent. Their unity is much stronger than their division, their conflicts are nothing more than efforts to unite against society. They are inseparable. Corporate executives, political leaders and government officials are all of the same social class.
The state is the main pillar of the system and its economy. It works to facilitate the function of business and increased profits. It is government which shapes business activities, providing a suitable and workable environment for business. The aim of business is to make profit, while government’s goal is to ensure economic stability and growth. Business has a big influence on government when investing heavily in large-scale projects.
Government, directly and indirectly, implements rules and regulations which dictate what business organisations can and cannot do and tries to influence those organisations’ policies with taxation measures.
The main goal of business is to make a profit and the government provides everything for them. Government is even helping to establish companies’ production facilities by offering them tax incentives in less developed regions in the country.
As government and politicians want to return to power in coming elections, they need support from business. They want to satisfy corporations and corporations want to play a role in government and have a great influence.
Corporations and the rest of business know very well that the establishment that can protect and maintain them is the government, the state. They know that the police, the laws, the courts, the army, the spy networks, and the education system are all under the control of the state. They know that once they face bankruptcy, the state can bail them out or when they face threats by their own workforces, the state will protect them by whatever means.
They need one another desperately. In today’s global economy, businessmen and entrepreneurs are the driving forces of the economy states have long been the most powerful force in the economy.
Therefore, anarchists insist that the struggle against the system, the ownership of the economy, and the elites, to bring about a classless and non-hierarchical society cannot happen without a struggle against power, authority and the state.


Clarification of a group of Kurdish speaking anarchists to the announcement of the Anarchism Era Federation

To the worldwide Anarchist comrades. With greetings.

Some time ago the Anarchism Era Website published an announcement, in which the news of the formation of the Anarchism Era Federation was revealed. According to the title and the content of that announcement, this formation is necessary to enable all individual anarchists across the globe, regardless of race and place of birth, to join the federation.

As a group of Kurdish speaking Anarchists and Libertarians from Inside Iraq and abroad, we are always pleased to hear the news of revolutionary initiatives and activities across the globe. We are also happy to hear of the existence of any anti-state, anti-capitalism actions and we do not see ourselves as separated or outside any world movements or activities that are against the authority, against hierarchy, against the capitalist system and society. However, the announcement of the so-called Anarchism Era Federation, supposed to become an International Federation, raises more questions than provide answers.

Our purpose in this clarification is not to evaluate the announcement in detail or to highlight and develop all the points of our critics and disagreements. Here, we only indicate a few important and obvious points:

No revolutionary body of the class struggle would ever announce its existence before its actual birth in practice, especially a body that grants itself with a status as big as an International Federation. Regrettably, the announcement does not mention at all the process of its founding and does not provide any concrete information about all the fractions that are supposedly integral parts within that Federation.

The only thing that can be noticed in this announcement is the existence of previous preliminary versions attempts, as allusion for the announcement. Those previous versions look like the initial intention towards the final proclamation and indicate that the decision can be the act of one or several individuals.

The announcement does not clarify, in any aspects, its position about the International of Anarchist Federations, which was established in 1968 and incorporates most world-wide anarchist federations and it is still alive, active, and growing. We think that the reason for not mentioning IFA is either related to having different positions or to differentiate themselves, either to their ignorance of IFA’s existence, or to their rejection by IFA and other Federations of International Anarchist movements.

The decision of announcing an International Federation, through a bureaucratical, sectarist and unilateral mechanism indicating the adoption of militantism and voluntarist rules. This is completely in contradiction with the grounds of the historical approach of Anarchism that is based on total acknowledgement to the practical, spontaneous emergence of real actions and active elements within the social struggle, not on the principles of ideological wills and intentions. This position is clearer when this announcement does not at all make any reference to the inhuman, anti-life and anti-nature roots of the class domination, hierarchical structure of the capitalist system. It only briefly and vaguely mentions “the overthrowing of capitalist and religious governments!”, as though, the human need for emancipation is about a political revolution, not a social and global revolution.

In the previous versions of this announcement, there is a mention of army struggle, but it is removed in the final version, without any explanation or the reasons for its omission. Furthermore, the announcement’s lack of clarification about the rejection of “pacifism” tendency, as a common practice among militantist groups and currents, which, can be used as against “violence” and as conciliator “peacemaker”, sings of advocating the extremist ideology, far from a global class understanding of the fundamental basis and needs of the emancipatory revolution of the exploited class. Consequently, we must ask the authors of the announcement: by which measures, could the anarchists who stand against Violence, be called “Pacifists”?

It is worth mentioning that in the announcement, by putting accent on the armed struggle and armed uprising method, to claim their adherence to the practice of Makhnovist insurrectionary movement. This itself is a misunderstanding of the nature of the Makhnovist movement, which was essentially a social uprising of workers and peasants through co-operative communes. It is a lack of understanding, the fact was the grounds that forced that movement was self-defence which led to armed organisation against German, Austrian, White and Red Armies and their militias. This was not due to the will of transforming of the social contests to armed actions or military militantist groups.

There is a discriminatory issue of a unilateralist, generalising, centralist, and authoritarian practice that can be noted in their decision taking approach, as matters were decided without consulting and contacting other existing Anarchist individuals and groups. The authors of the announcement, plainly, by using the term of “ anarchists in Lebanon, Chili, Spain, Iraq and Kurdistan Region”, and as the geographical words mean, show that they talk and decide in the name of all and for all the anarchists who live in those countries. Here, all the anarchists who live in the countries that are mentioned in the announcement, face an answer to the question: Do all the anarchists of the countries mentioned agree and share the same positions that are expressed by the federation and the announcement?

We leave the answer to that question to the comrades who live in those countries. Considering the “Iraq and Kurdistan Region”, after a thorough examination, we do not know the existence of any individual who has a practical and socially active role, agree with that announcement. Therefore, we as anarchists and libertarians who Kurdish speakers, either as within the Forum of Kurdish-speaking anarchists and as well as the local Sulaymaniyah/Iraq Forum of anarchists, do not fall with any centralised, hierarchical, political, and armed actions. We believe in the social and autonomous organisation of social struggle, revolution, and self- running society.

For the reasons mentioned above, we as a group of Kurdish speaking anarchists and libertarians, either in the area of “Iraq and Kurdistan Region”, either outside, do not support that announcement and we are unaware of the process of declaring and the formation of that federation. As a result, without going into details and touch on our fundamental differences with them, we consider this type of initiatives as sectarist and in conflict with what is so far known as anarchist movement from an historical basis.

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Anarchist Forum in Sulaymaniyah/Iraq


Kurdish-speaking Anarchists Forum


28th of November 2020


the link : announcement of Anarchism Era website


Interviewing a comrade from the DAF (Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet | Revolutionary Anarchist Action) / 1

Interview conducted by the KAF (Kurdish-speaking Anarchists Forum )

Please see the translation of the interview in French, Spanish and Esperanto in the attachment.
Translated by CNT-AIT France

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Translated in spanish by ( Alasbarricadas )

the Interview is regarding the state of Turkey’s invasion of Rojava, the reaction of the people in Turkey, the impact of the campaign of boycotting Turkish companies products, its markets and also the attitude of people in Turkey.

first part:

How is the situation in the cities of Turkey, especially Istanbul and Ankara during this war on Rojava? Are things carrying on as normal or are they living under the shadow of war?

There is (still) huge amount of nationalist propaganda. The war that the state in, is a beneficial tool of the government. They have changed the political structure of the state according to their wish by claiming to be in war. So, as you have mentioned everything is happening in the shadow of war. This shadow is fearful for normal people and the ones who got the political, economical and social power is using this to keep their position.

What was the reaction of people?

It is hard to say that there is a reaction. In every step of war politics, the state is banning to protest, demonstrate, criticise or even talk about the war in bad meaning. If anything appear (even a comment in social media), it is good reason for government to put people into jail. Many people have been sent to prison just criticise the war on Rojava.

In fact, the other half of the people are convinced this nationalist propaganda. The parties seemed like opposition they act together with AKP. If the issue is Kurdish issue, the liberals, kemalist even some socialist act in the same fascist line.

Are still able to go about your life as normal? If not how has your life changed?

As anarchists or libertarian people; the things are not going well. As I mentioned they have changed the structure of the state and the laws. So any law can be changed according to the wish of the “president”. The armed forces of the state act more courageously. You become open target not just by state but also civil fascists. If you write something on the issue in a newspaper, it is easy to put you in jail.

When the state starts a war, the war starts also inside the country. Big operations to revolutionary people, banning to newspapers and channels… Even while you are walking, you have been stopped by police for anykind of reeason and been taken undercostody as their wish.

Is there any resistant against the war on Rojava in form of protests or demonstration? Has people shown any solidarity to Rojava?

It is not just Rojava war, the social opposition in here cannot do anything because of “state of emergency” since 2015. So they said they finished the process of “state of emergency” but in reality it is not. Moreover, some parts of the opposition have their kemalist reflections in the “Kurdish issue”.

You may aware that there is a campaign of boycotting Turkish products, media and Tourism. We are a part of that campaign Have you noticed any effects as a result of this campaign to ordinary people in Turkey?

It is really hard to hear or be aware of such campaings. Because there is a policy of government in media, they do not allow anykind of information to be spread. But if you check the alternative media, it is the only option that you can be aware of. By the help of comrades of KAF informed us, we have been aware and tried to keep people aware about the campaign.

The economy in here is not going well for a while. Because of the economical programs, political process, malpractices of government etc. Probably these kind of campaigns have an affect on economy. But need to be analysed well.. So economy is bad for a while for everyone (of course not talking about the rich elites), that’s the only thing that everyone is sure. Even this reality is still ignored by state.

How is the situation inside the prisons? Have any comrades from your organisation or other anarchist groups been attacked, arrested by the state like it had happened in the past?

As I mentioned state of emergency in the answer before, since 2015 the conditions of the political prisoners are not going well. The situation for them is “state of emergency of state of emergency”.. The administration of the prisons have right to act according to their wish. And sometimes these wished are even against basic human rights. By the helps of a comrade who is in jail, we got the information of “inside”… They put 10-15 people to cells for 3-4 people. The conditions are agains anykind of moral or right. They even do not let political prisoners to see their lawyers which is a human right violation.

We got punishments like money or paroles luckily during this process. But we are living in such a land that anything can be good reason to be in prison.

Has the anarchist movement able to become a mass or social movement? Has it involved in the people’s daily struggles?

Anarchist movement in here has a short history. Modern anarchist movement had appeared at the end of 1980’s. Untill 2000s, the movement did not aim to socialize, more it has been seen as an intellectual effort. Today, the movement is becoming to be a social movement. You see anarchism more organised and social. From peoples liberation movement to ecology, from workers struggles to women liberation struggle there are anarchists.

In what areas the anarchist groups are active? For example: culture in general [theatre, literature, art, music] social movement, anti-militarism, children rights, education especially in bringing up the children, trade and cooperatives?

Actually, all topics we aim to have experiences. Now as a part of Revolutionary Anarchist Action; we have a 10-yeared-collective economy experience as 26A Cafe. Trying to expand the experience, we have 26A Workshop for 4 years (having presentations about anarchism to geography, archeology etc.). For 4 years we are running Young Workers Association which aims to organise young workers in different sectors. It is over 10 years, our women comrades are organising the Anarchist Women organisation to struggle the patriarchy. Again, it’s over 10 years, there is an anarchist tradition in highschools in the name of Highschool Anarchist Action. For 6 years, young comrades are organising the universities against fascists in the name of Anarchist Youth. Meydan Newspaper has 51 issue and working for the 52nd issue, it is the longest anarchist periodical publishing for this geography. Again it is over 10 years, we are in anti-militarist movement having the association of Consciensious Objection Association which is the anarchist solution to the war in Kurdistan. The organisation is calling people to be CO’s against war.

Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF)






Kurdish-speaking Anarchists Forum (KAF)