Anarchist News


Syria’s Kurdish Revolution: The Anarchist Element & the Challenge of Solidarity

by Bill Weinberg
Fifth Estate # 393, Spring 2015

The north Syrian town of Kobani has been under siege since mid-September by forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, popularly known as ISIS. Early in the siege, world leaders spoke as if they expected it to fall.

The US took its bombing campaign against ISIS to Syria, but targeted the jihadists’ de facto capital, Raqqa, not the ISIS forces closing the ring on Kobani. But the vastly outgunned and outnumbered Kurdish militia defending Kobani began to turn the tide, while issuing desperate appeals for aid from the outside world.


WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?

Christian Piatt

It's a rainy, graciously lazy Saturday in Portland -- a perfect time to dive into the Gospel of Mark and to cultivate my inner anarchist for the betterment of God's Kingdom.

This week, I got a list of possible tasks to take on during this month of My Jesus Project, in which I'm exploring "Jesus the Radical." My mentor this month, self-confessed Christian Anarchist Mark Van Steenwyk, has mercifully offered me opportunities to live out a more radical experience with varying degrees of challenge and discomfort.


Anarchists vs. ISIS: The Revolution in Syria Nobody’s Talking About

by Gareth Watkins
CVLT Nation
February 6, 2015

The Middle East today is the last place anyone in mainstream western thought would think to look for progressive political thought, and even less to see those thoughts translated into action. Our image of the region is one of dictatorships, military juntas and theocracies built on the ruins of the former Ottoman Empire, or hollow states like Afghanistan, and increasingly Pakistan, where anything outside the capitol is like Mad Max. The idea of part of the region being not just free, but well on its way to utopian, isn't one that you're going to find on mainstream media.

But you're not on the mainstream media right now, are you?


Howard Ehrlich, editor Social Anarchism journal

One of our favorite longtime anarchists has passed away.

Howard Ehrlich, of Baltimore, Maryland, was an American sociologist and anarchist activist. Formerly a professor at University of Iowa, he was co-founder of Research Group One that conducted research on behalf of activist organizations in the US. Subsequently, he co-founded a collective that produced a successful syndicated radio program called the Great Atlantic Radio Conspiracy, a free school, and in 1980 he co-founded a peer-reviewed journal called Social Anarchism, of which he was Editor-in-Chief until his passing.

After years of teaching in higher education, he became the Director of the Prejudice Institute, a sociological research organization that studied ethnoviolence. In his later years, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and Dementia.

He died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center on February 2, 2015.


W.E.B. Du Bois and the Fight over His U.S. Memorial

by Wayne Price
January 30, 2015


Neither East Nor West

by Bob McGlynn, Fifth Estate

With the war in Ukraine and renewed US-Russian rivalry, the need has emerged for a "neither-nor" position of the kind some anarchists and anti-authoritarians took in the Cold War—building solidarity with anti-war and left-libertarian forces on either side of the East-West divide. In this context, the US anarchist journal Fifth Estate last year ran the following look back at the ground-breaking group Neither East Nor West, which took on such work at the height of the Reagan Cold War. Neither East Nor West co-founder Bob McGlynn recounts the little-known role of this and related efforts in a period whose history has suddenly become frighteningly relevant.—World War 4 Report


The Institute for Anarchist Studies: Help Us Fund Radical Writers and Support Independent Publishing!

In 1996 the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) was founded to financially assist radical writers. We saw a need to assist the further development of anarchist and antiauthoritarian revolutionary thought. We sought to do this by providing grants to writers, so they could do things like take time off work and hire child care. The IAS supports people involved in social movements to reflect on their work, and to share their insights and ideas, in part by publishing their essays in our journal Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, as one of our Anarchist Interventions book titles, or by directing and assisting them to other publishers.


Rojava Solidarity New York City

The people of Rojava are engaged in one of the most liberatory social projects of our time.

What began as an experiment in the wake of Assad’s state forces has become a stateless aggregation of autonomous councils and collectives.

What began as a struggle for national liberation has resulted in strong militias and defense forces, the members of which fully participate in the unique social and political life of their region.

What started as a fight for Kurdish people has resulted in a regional home for a Kurds, Arabs, Syrians, Arameans, Turks, Armenians, Yazidis, Chechens and other groups.

What began as the hierarchical Marxist-Leninist political party, the PKK, has evolved into what its leader Abdullah Öcalan calls "Democratic Confederalism", a “system of a people without a State”, inspired by the work of Murray Bookchin.

What we see in Rojava today is anarchism in practice.


Anarchists Against the Wall: Anarchism Confronting Apartheid In Israel

by David Finkel

Fifth Estate # 391, Spring/Summer 2014

A review of Anarchists Against the Wall: Direct Action and Solidarity with the Palestinian Popular Struggle, Edited by Uri Gordon and Ohal Grietzer, AK Press, 2013 139 pages, $12.

“Two States for Two Peoples–Two States Too Many,” has to be one of my favorite slogans coming from the against-all-odds struggle for a human future in Palestine and Israel.

It appeared on a leaflet distributed at a demonstration in Tel Aviv on May 15, 2004 (Israeli Independence Day) by members of the short-lived Anarchist-Communist Initiative (which) was formed by a small group of Israeli anarchists, some of whom were imprisoned for refusing to serve in the army.


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