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Fearing Jewish attacks, 100 Arab bus drivers in Jerusalem quit their jobs

Forty-seven years after the unification of Jerusalem, there are very few islands of Jewish-Arab coexistence in the city. Of these, one of the most noteworthy was the Egged bus cooperative. About half its drivers were East Jerusalem Palestinians, who say they received fair treatment, good wages and benefits – things few other East Jerusalem Palestinians enjoy.

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In Rojava: People’s War is not Class War

Middle East

“In Rojava: People’s War is not Class War”, which you can read below, represents a contribution of “Internationalist Communist Tendency” (ICT) to a debate that has been taking place in certain circles claiming “anti-capitalist struggle” since several weeks. The central points of this discussion are current events in Western Kurdistan, Rojava.

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Kobane: “No. This is a Genuine Revolution”

Middle East

Well, if anyone had any doubt in their minds about whether this was really a revolution, or just some kind of window-dressing, I’d say the visit put that permanently to rest. There are still people talking like that: This is just a PKK (The Kurdistan Workers’ Party) front, they’re really a Stalinist authoritarian organization that’s just pretending to have adopted radical democracy. No. They’re totally for real. This is a genuine revolution.

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What We Can Learn From ISIL

Middle East

The Institute for the Study of Insurgent Warfare has released The Seemingly Quixotic, but Remarkably Effective, Journey of a Small Band of Extreme Islamists And Why It Seems As If They Are Winning, When They May Not Be, a report on the history and strategy of ISIL and its relevance to anarchist insurgents. Since the report was written ISIL have suffered major setbacks, and no longer seem as if they're winning, but these defeats support the analysis presented in the report. Keep checking our blog for updates on the situation.

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Some Comments on the 'Rojava Revolution'

Middle East

Perhaps this modest revolution is better than nothing. But it is hard to see how such a revolution could ever inspire the new Arab Spring that is needed to overthrow both ISIS and their Saudi, Gulf and Turkish backers. The Rojava revolution, with its ‘radical Kurdish identity’ and its bizarre semi-religious cult around Ocalan, will always have limited appeal to Arabs. Only a revolution that clearly offers the prospect of communising ALL the private and state capital of the Arab world (i.e. the vast oil wealth) could begin to compete with the appeal of Islam.

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Palestine-Israel: Latest Update From Anarchists Against the Wall

Middle EastThe approaching victory in the struggle to block the advance of the Zionist settler colonialist project and even to force it to retreat a bit do not make the real good people to like the enrolling of history. The approaching defeat make the Israeli elite take desperate steps and do its atrocities in the open. The efforts to transfer the Bedouins within 1948 borders and villagers in 1967 occupied territories escalate. The diminishing support of Israel by the imperial power due to changes in the dynamics of the region, world public opinions and economic losses it cause gradually change the power balance within the Israeli capitalist elite that may be expressed in the coming elections. On the ground, the joint struggle in Bil'in, Ni'ilin, Ma'asara, Nebi Saleh, Sheikh Jarah, Kadum, and South Of Hebron Hills, is gradually expanding to other locations even without the "shield" of Israeli activists.
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Kurdistan: “No. This is a Genuine Revolution”

Middle East

Well, if anyone had any doubt in their minds about whether this was really a revolution, or just some kind of window-dressing, I’d say the visit put that permanently to rest. There are still people talking like that: This is just a PKK (The Kurdistan Workers’ Party) front, they’re really a Stalinist authoritarian organization that’s just pretending to have adopted radical democracy. No. They’re totally for real. This is a genuine revolution.

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Palestine-Israel: Update on the Joint Struggle

Middle EastEnded the old world order in which US interests in the region East of the Mediterranean let Israel - a bastion of US, continue with its Zionist settler colonialist in the 1967 occupied Palestine. Europe started to advance its own interests which are not in accord with the Israeli bastion. The independent steps of Europe are enhanced by its public opinions against Israeli colonialism to which the joint struggle in the West Bank contribute a lot. It was the approaching of the imminent crisis that forced the Israeli Prime minister to call for election to save him from the timely election when the crisis will be the main agenda. The murder of the Palestinian minister of the popular struggles focused the light on the ferment and the rising of the popular non armed struggles Israel contemplate enhancing the suppression of with systematic use of live ammunition.
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Palestine-Israel: The joint struggle threatens Israel's domination

Middle EastIsrael was built mainly by the national socialists who owned 75% of the economy at 1949. Due to the dependence on imperial powers the so called socialist elite invested a lot in building the Zionist-capitalist elite to which it lost the power in 1977. The interest conflicts within the Zionist-capitalist elite started to change balance between the small tycoons section that supported the Zionist wish to transfer the Palestinians out and the capitalist section that integrated in the neo-liberal globalization who wish to exploit the Palestinians and the workers of neighboring countries. The restructuring of power relations in the global capitalism after the last crisis had its Israeli expression in the near bankruptcy of the Tycoon elite and the present collapse of the government coalition. The economic damage already resulted from the B.D.S. which is enhanced by the joint struggle seems to hasten the shift in the balance of powers.

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Resources on the Rojava revolution in West Kurdistan (Syria)

Middle East

The heroic defence of Kobane against Isis brought the attention of many of us to the experiment in Democratic Autonomy said to be running in the region and in a North Kurdistan (Turkey).  It's a controversal topic not least because its ideological roots are in the change in strategy Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the PKK, started to promote from his Turkish prison cell leading to significant changes in from the mid 2000s as new structures were created (and a wave of state repression directed at those structures which have seen over 8000 imprisoned).  The goal was to be the development of "democratic, ecological, gender liberated society" in the shell of the existing society through co-operation between a political party taking power in elections (the BDP) and a parallel system of neighboorhood councils which would be really making the decisions.  All this as part of an overall body called the Democratic Society Congress bringing together political parties, councils and civil society.

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