Middle East

Tue
24
Nov

Kurds and Yazidis Recapture Sinjar from ISIS

Infoshop News
November 14, 2015

This week, Kurdish and Peshmerga fighters, aided by U.S. coalition air attacks, liberated the northern Iraq city of Sinjar. The city had been held by ISIL for 15 months.

Fri
23
Oct

Power to the people: a Syrian experiment in democracy

Perhaps the last place you would expect to find a thriving experiment in direct democracy is Syria. But something radical is happening, little noticed, in the eastern reaches of that fractured country, in the isolated region known to the Kurds as Rojava.

Just as remarkable, perhaps, is that the philosophy that inspired self-government here was originated by a little-known American political thinker and one-time “eco-activist” whose ideas found their way to Syria through a Kurdish leader imprisoned upon an island in the Sea of Marmara. It’s a story that bizarrely connects a war-torn Middle East with New York’s Lower East Side.

I visited Rojava last month while filming a documentary about the failings of the western model of democracy. The region covers a substantial “corner” of north-east Syria and has a population of approximately 3m, yet it is not easy to get to. The only passage is by small boat or a creaky pontoon bridge across the Tigris from Iraq.

Thu
22
Oct

From Germany to Bakur

CrimethInc
October 22, 2015

Sat
17
Oct

Mass murder in Ankara - the finger points at the Turkish state

by AndrewNFlood
Anarchist Writers
10/15/2015

Graffiti has appeared at the site of the bomb explosion in Ankara yesterday (10th October 2015) that reads "It was not terror that killed us, it was the state." This is reflecting the widespread belief that the true origins of the bombing that killed around 100 people at the pro Kurdish peace demonstration are to be found in Erdogan's AKP party desperate attempt to intensify conflict in the hope of polarizing the electorate ahead of Novembers elections. The same process in other words that those killed yesterday were demonstrating against.

Tue
06
Oct

About Putin’s move into Syria

mazenkamalmaz
For Anarchy , for freedom , against every authority or dogma

Mon
05
Oct

On the current protests in Lebanon: When spring comes late, would it achieve more?

by Mazen Kamalmaz

Sun
04
Oct

How US Colleges Have Become Ground Zero for Suppression of Palestine Solidarity

by Sarah Lazare
September 30, 2015
by Common Dreams

Crackdowns on the movement for Palestinian rights are becoming increasingly severe in college and university communities across the United States, where young campaigners and the scholars who educate them are systematically intimidated, harassed, and punished for exercising free speech that is critical of Israel, two new studies find.

These educational institutions are being targeted precisely because students are organizing dynamic and effective direct actions, protests, and boycotts to address Israel's human rights violations, charge the reports, whose summaries were obtained by Common Dreams ahead of their Wednesday release. The resulting suppression is doing untold harm to rigorous and open debate, campus communities, and social justice more broadly.

Sat
26
Sep

Understanding the Kurdish Resistance

A member of the PKK youth group at a border encampment on the second anniversary of the Rojava Revolution. Two hours later, hundreds of Kurdish youth stormed the border to join the YPG.

CrimethInc

Until recently, few in the Western world had heard of the Kurds, let alone their revolutionary history. Brought into the spotlight by their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), they have received a great deal of attention both from the mainstream mass media and from radicals and revolutionaries around the world.

Fri
04
Sep

The Women’s Revolution in Rojava

Written by Janet Biehl
Toward Freedom
27 August 2015

It is well known that the jihadists of ISIS, in Syria and Iraq, have developed a system to enslave and rape women on a wide scale. But even without that system, women in the Middle East have generally long-suffered from entrenched patriarchy. Many women can be forced to marry, even as girls, and even as babies their marriages can be arranged, while polygyny and domestic violence are common. If a woman is raped, often she and not the perpetrator is blamed for it, and for supposedly having damaged the family’s “honor,” she must pay with her life: her male relatives will murder her in an “honor killing” or force her to commit an “honor suicide.” Excluded from education, employment and public life, many Middle Eastern women had and still have little to look forward to besides bearing and raising children.

Fri
14
Aug

Turkish state launches massive assault on Kurds under cover of finally tackling ISIS

by AndrewNFlood
Anarchist Writers
July 30, 2015

The cartoon on the left is from a few months ago but expresses how Kurds saw the role of the Turkish state towards ISIS and the conflict in Syria. Considerable evidence of support for ISIS from the Turkish state has been published in the international media over the last months. An ISIS commander told the Washington Post on August 12, 2014, "We used to have some fighters -- even high-level members of the Islamic State -- getting treated in Turkish hospitals."

This Sunday the Observer revealed details of a US Special forces raid on an ISIS compound. “One senior western official familiar with the intelligence gathered at the slain leader’s compound said that direct dealings between Turkish officials and ranking ISIS members was now “undeniable”.” Oil smuggling was what that ISIS leader was co-ordinating with the Turkish officials and ISIS were getting an “estimated $1m-$4m per day in oil revenue”

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