Opinion

Wed
02
Dec

The Hard Truth About Daesh and How to Fight It

by Bilal El-Amine
December 1, 2015
CounterPunch

Beirut, Lebanon.

Many factors combined to produce the nightmare that is Daesh (ISIS): the US invasion of Iraq, Gulf Arab sponsorship and financing, as well as Turkish complicity on many levels. To this list could be added the growing power of Iran, the sectarian reign of Iraq’s former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, the barrel bombs of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Hizballah’s intervention into Syria (a list that is de rigueur for the Gulf and Western media complex).

The roots of Daesh, however, go much deeper and are much older. To uproot them would take a great deal of time. But that does not mean that Daesh—easily one of the greatest dangers this region has ever faced—cannot be defeated. The fact that the group has decided to stake out a territory, a first among radical Islamist groups, is the key to its destruction.

Utopia by the Sword

Tue
24
Nov

ISIS murders in Paris - The route to freedom lies through love and solidarity

AndrewNFlood
Anarchist Writers
November 16, 2015

The 129 people killed in the attacks in Paris last night were murdered by Daesh, the self proclaimed ‘Islamic State’. On June 25th this year a much larger ISIS suicide force of about 80 attacked the city of Kobane using a similar mix of suicide bombs, guns and the taking and murdering of hostages. Some 223 civilians were murdered, many when ISIS broke into homes killing everyone inside. Around 40 Kurdish militia were killed in the process of stopping the slaughter. (1 - Read more)

Tue
24
Nov

A Few Thoughts on Anarchism

by Anarcho
Anarchist Writers
November 14, 2015

This year, 2015, marks the 175th anniversary of the publication of Proudhon’s seminal What is Property?. While opponents had hurled the label “anarchist” at those more radical than themselves during both the English and French revolutions, Proudhon was the first to embrace the name and proclaim themselves an anarchist. Anarchism, like any significant theory, has evolved as society has evolved and a great many since Proudhon have proclaimed themselves – or been proclaimed by their enemies – an anarchist.  What, then, does anarchism mean at the start of the 21st century?

Sun
22
Nov

Masterminds vs. Smart Bombs: Men Waging War

Mickey Z.
November 22, 2015
World News Trust

Since the Paris attacks, I’ve noticed a predictable proliferation of the word “mastermind” in corporate media reports.

I say predictable because whenever the “good guys” take a hit, it’s essential to the narrative that their opponent be presented as some kind of evil genius who has dealt them a temporary setback that will only serve to bring out the best in them. In this case, of course, the masterminds are ISIS in general and was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, in particular. 

Sun
22
Nov

Anarchism and Multiculturalism

Uri Gordon

In L. Cordeiro-Rodrigues and M. Simendic, eds. 2015. Philosophies of Multiculturalism: Beyond liberalism, London: Routledge

Thu
19
Nov

Why it's right to resist the Government

by Joe Conlon - WSM

"The law is essentially the weapon of the privileged, it is made by them for the purpose of enshrining their power and the people need to dismantle it entirely if they want to be genuinely free" - Errico Malatesta

Does this mean anarchists are against laws? Anarchists are against laws that are created by the rich and the privileged liar of society that are used in their favour. These same laws are used to exploit and oppress the rest of society. These laws are designed to give as little as possible to people.

Mon
16
Nov

French anarchists on the Paris attacks

The solution will not come from those who have contributed to this situation by their militarist policies, imperialist, discriminatory, hateful. They use this to impose an increasingly police state and a national unity between exploiters and exploited, which we reject and denounce. "

Attacks in Paris : Against their wars, our solidarities

A wave of deadly attacks took place last night in Paris and Saint-Denis. The French government has been conducting wars in several countries (Libya, Mali, Syria ...) for years. These wars today have an impact on the French territory.

Sat
14
Nov

My people’s deaths in Beirut do not matter as much as my other people’s deaths in Paris

On Saturday the world woke up to tragedy. Carnage in Beirut and Paris. In what seems to have been the work of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in both cities, hundreds were killed, hundreds of others wounded, maimed and scarred. The world has condemned the attacks. But in typical fashion- the condemnation and outrage towards the attacks have been asymmetrical, unequal. Joey Ayoub writes from Beirut on how, like life, some deaths matter more than others.

I come from a privileged Francophone community in Lebanon. This has meant that I’ve always seen France as my second home. The streets of Paris are as familiar to me as the streets of Beirut. I was just in Paris a few days ago.

These have been two horrible nights. The first took the lives of over 40 in Beirut, the second took the lives of over 100 in Paris.

It also seems clear to me that to the world, my people’s deaths in Beirut do not matter as much as my other people’s deaths in Paris.

Fri
06
Nov

Anarchism Doesn’t Fit in Promoting Their Ballot Boxes

by Cindy Milstein

A bunch of years back, the “Don’t Just (Not) Vote” anarchist initiative emerged from a panel that I pulled together at the former (wonderful) National Conference on Organized Resistance — in conversations that a bunch of us had later that day. It’s premise was that it only takes a minute to fill out an electoral ballot, if you decide to go that route, but “What do you do the other 364 days, 23 hours, and 59 minutes of the years?” That’s what counts! The idea was to not spend hours, days, and months debating electoral politics, but instead use the space created by the sudden visibility of what passes for politics in the United States to illustrate other ways of self-determining, self-organizing, and self-governing.

At the time, and to this day, I think it was a leap forward in anarchist thinking and organizing, difficulties notwithstanding in the actual initiative.

Thu
05
Nov

Portugal: Why anarchists do not vote

At election time, inevitably show up two kinds of people with opposing viewpoints: those who abstain and those who vote. One sort with others have arguments for their positions. That voting does not state that voting is useless and unable to cause real change. The voting states that voting is a duty of every citizen and that is due to the abstention that there is no change. Within the group of those who do not vote are anarchists. ---- But why do anarchists do not vote at all? "Certainly it will be because the only desire of them is to cause chaos and disorder. They do not have political positions beyond that! "Says one. "They do not vote because they are selfish and want a society where it's every man for himself", say others. Both assumptions are far from the truth.

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