Middle East


Syria's Kurdish Revolution:

by Bill Weinberg, Fifth Estate

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.

The defenders and aggressors at Kobani are a study in extreme contrasts. ISIS is charged with committing massive war crimes and crimes against humanity in areas under its control—most notoriously, the massacres and enslavement of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq. Rights for women have been utterly repealed, and a trade in sexual slavery (hideously called "marriage") established.


Anonymous is hitting ISIS harder than any government could

The hacking collective Anonymous is on the offensive yet again, striking the Islamic State’s many proactive social media users who use sites such as Twitter and Facebook to recruit for jihad terrorism.

In a series of posts on the website Pastebin over the weekend, purported members of Anonymous vow to continue “Operation Ice ISIS,” taking down websites and social media accounts of groups who assist in terrorist activities.

This new round of online attacks is meant to target individuals who are directly involved with planning and recruiting for attacks against civilians in Iraq and Syria.

“We will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails, and expose you,” said the group in a YouTube video released over the weekend. “From now on, no safe place for you online…you will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure.” The post goes on to list hundreds of links to social media accounts in Arabic, classifying them by their “priority” status.


Palestine-Israel: 10 years of the joint struggle in Bil'in against the settlers, the separation fence/wall, and occupation

The joint struggle of the villages local popular comities and the Israeli "anarchists against the wall" initiative started about 12 years ago in the Maskha camp. Joint struggles were developed in various villages with various successes but only the struggle of Bil'in persisted for year after year holding high the flag of popular unarmed struggle and became the focus of attention and inspirations for Palestinians of the whole west bank, many thousands of international activists who joined us for short periods (and some for long ones)... spreading the news and the struggle after returning home. Even the few thousand of the Israeli wide spectrum of the radical left been in Bil'in at least once and helped us to prevent the marginalization of the popular Palestinian resistance.


Update Regarding The Newly Formed United Liberation Forces Of Kobane

Recently a group of anarcho-environmentalists in Turkey and another in Spain, as well as anarcho-environmentalists from around the world together were added to the United Liberation Forces (BOG) "Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri" of Kobane (Rojava), forming an internationalist front of anarchist and communist combatants.

They made a call not only for anarchists of various trends from around the world, but also for libertarians, environmentalists and anti-capitalists to join the fight and support this social revolution. Each with its language and color, through self-organization and solidarity, mobilizing in rebellion.

The anarchist guerrilla pledged to continue supporting the defense of Kobane and Rojava as a whole, as well as help in the reconstruction of communal life in the newly liberated areas.


Resources on the Rojava revolution in West Kurdistan (Syria)

Anarchist Writers

The Rojava revolution is taking place in three catons of northern Syria that are part of the area known as Kurdistan stretching through Turkey, Iran and Iraq.  In 2012 a revolution occurred in the Syrian cantoons, an area of 18,300 square km.  The population of Rojava was estimated in 2014 as 4.6 million, obviously the ongoing war in the region makes precise estimates difficult in particular as refugees move into and out of the region as the fighting ebbs and flows.


Turkish Anarchists on the Fight for Kobanê


In summer 2013, we interviewed the Turkish group Revolutionary Anarchist Action (Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet, or DAF) about the uprising that began in Gezi Park. At the end of summer 2014, we learned that DAF was supporting the fierce resistance that residents of the town of Kobanê in northern Syria were putting up to the incursion of the fundamentalist Islamic State.


How to Get Serious About Ending the ISIS War

By Sarah Lazare
Foreign Policy in Focus
February 4, 2015

The expanding U.S.-led war on the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, has largely fallen off the radar of U.S. social movements.

Many (but not all) who were active in anti-war organizing over the past decade have turned away from this conflict. The dearth of public debate is conspicuous, even as the U.S. government sinks the country deeper into yet another open-ended and ill-defined military operation. The refrain “it will take years” has become such a common utterance by the Obama administration that it slips by barely noticed.


The Arab Spring? Could it turn into the Arab Summer?

Organise #83
Anarchist Federation (Britain)

The great expectations un leashed by the events in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East seem to have turned into an Arab Winter, with the apparent ending or at least hibernation of the movements that emerged there, with, in Egypt, the military back in the saddle.

But three years after the Arab Spring, the situation remains as explosive as ever. The uprising against the Assad regime in Syria has resulted in a civil war in which many thousands have been killed, injured and made homeless. In the region the regimes supported by Russia-Syria, Iran and the Hezbollah in Lebanon, are in bloody conflict with the petrol autocracies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc and with the Turkish state which are supported by the Western powers.


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