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Rojava: An Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspective

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 17:30
Anarcho-syndicalists should should hold no illusions about the Rojava Revolution. Since the turn of the millenium there have been reports of a libertarian municipalist turn in the Kurdish national liberation struggle inspired by Murray Bookchin. This change in politics has been lead by jailed founder and ideological leader Abdullah Öcalan of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) who discovered Bookchin while in prison. The PKK a former Maoist/Stalinist organization had turned to ethnic nationalism after the fall of the Soviet Union and discreditation of “really existing socialism” and so such a turn has been welcomed by many on the revolutionary left. However such processes of political transformation do not automatically translate to full adoption within a populace nevermind their official representation in leading parties.

Please note that a reply to this article has been published by the Anarkismo.net Editorial Group: http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27540

The Constitution of the Rojava Cantons

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:40
The Social Contract of Rojava Cantons in West Kurdistan (Syria). [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27524]

Fighting The Water Charge – Non-payment the only way to win

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:14

Saturday last, 11th October, saw tens of thousands take to the streets of Dublin in a powerful, colourful and vibrant display of opposition to the Irish government’s attempts to impose water charges.

The numbers who turned out were so large and took everybody by surprise to such an extent that nobody – media, gardai or organisers – could give an accurate estimate of actual numbers.  Estimates varied from 30,000 to 100,000, but whatever the exact figure was it was clear that this was the start of something huge.  

It was an energising and invigorating protest to be part of.  From well before the start time, people were arriving in their droves at Parnell Square.  To see groups of people arriving in by bus from all over the city and from around the country was inspiring and should have a huge impact on the political confidence of all those who took part.

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Brief report from the WSM conference in Ireland

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:04
The Workers Solidarity Movement had out conference last weekend at which many of the conclusions from the collections education and discussion process we have had over the last 2-3 years were formalised as policies.

The 1917 Russian Revolution and United Front

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:40
Part 3 in a series of articles on the concept and history of the United Front
In the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik Party, together with other revolutionaries, overthrew the Provisional Government established in February and – together, initially, with left Social Revolutionaries – seized power. How did the Bolsheviks – a minority just eight months earlier, when the February Revolution overthrew the Tsar and established the Provisional Government – come to power so quickly? How did this small force emerge from relative obscurity to win large sections of the working class to its programme and take power? Herein lies the root and essence of United Front policy in a traditional Marxist sense.


First published in issue 88 of Workers World News


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WSM International Secretariat on the defence of Kobane

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:13

The WSM considers the struggle for Kobane and the autonomous zones of Rojava to be crucial for the development of a political alternative for the region. We view Daesh as the toxic excrescence of the results of global and regional imperialist intervention in Syria and Iraq.

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Insurrections at the intersections: feminism, intersectionality and anarchism

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:12

A critique of liberal conceptions of 'intersectionality' and an outline of an anarchist, class struggle approach. 

We need to understand the body not as bound to the private or to the self—the western idea of the autonomous individual—but as being linked integrally to material expressions of community and public space. In this sense there is no neat divide between the corporeal and the social; there is instead what has been called a “social flesh.” - Wendy Harcourt and Arturo Escobar1

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Solidarity with the Kurdish women's and popular resistance

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:18
The civil war in Syria has brought new elements to the situation of the Kurdish region. Inspired by various popular traditions of resistance, a significant sector of Kurds participate in an experience that should be looked at carefully by all revolutionary sectors.
[http://anarkismo.net/article/27490]

Projects of Death in Mexico’s Sierra Norte - Community and Environment Under Attack

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:03

OLINTLA is a small village in the Sierra Norte, a remote, mountainous region to the east of Mexico City. The landscape there is dramatic, green and beautiful, mostly sunlit jungle, rivers and wildlife. The hillsides are occasionally populated by farming towns and villages, mainly indigenous communities whose way of life is constantly threatened. In recent years, the Mexican state has accelerated plans for the development of a vast hydroelectric power plant in the area, directly impacting the people in Olintla and about a dozen or so neighbouring communities. What appears on the surface to be a ‘green energy’ project is in fact closely bound up with community displacement and the aggressive extraction of local oil and gas reserves, primarily to the detriment of the region’s water resources and wider capacity to sustain life. Unfortunately, Olintla is far from an atypical case but represents how indigenous communities in Mexico, as in Latin America more generally, tend to bear the brunt of the state’s creation of opportunities for private capital accumulation, called ‘development’ by those in power and ‘projects of death’ by the communities affected.[1]

 

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Role of the Anarchist Organisation

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:03

1. To popularise the idea that an anarchist society is desirable and that it is reachable if enough people organise for it.

2. To encourage the use of anarchist methodologies in day to day organising efforts.

3. To expose the class nature of capitalist society and to argue that class organisation is fundamental to overthrowing capitalism and creating a new society.

4. To demonstrate the links between the issues that people struggle around and how these struggles often do not stand in isolation from each other.

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Anarchism, Oppression & Exploitation - WSM position paper

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:25

1. The WSM Constitution’s core point of unity number 7 states:

“We actively oppose all manifestations of prejudice within the workers' movement and society in general and we work alongside those struggling against racism, sexism, [religious] sectarianism and homophobia as a priority. We see the success of a revolution and the successful elimination of these oppressions after the revolution being determined by the building of such struggles in the pre-revolutionary period. The methods of struggle that we promote are a preparation for the running of society along anarchist and communist lines after the revolution.”

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WSM membership & Engagement

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 09:17

This position paper outlines WSM membership and how we engage with spheres of people interested in the WSM

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Cosatu used to pump millions of Rands to support the ANC’s election campaigns

Anarkismo (en) - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 03:33
At the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) media briefing on Thursday 21 November 2013, its president Sdumo Dlamini told a journalist that the federation is “yet to decide” whether or not to contribute financially toward the ANC’s 2014 election campaign. The briefing followed a Cosatu central executive committee (CEC) meeting.

Palestine Israel, The joint struggle already eleven years old and continue*

Anarkismo (en) - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 17:15
Arkib, Dahamsh (1948 borders), and Bil'in, Ma'asara, Nabi Saleh, Ni'ilin, Qaddum, Sheikh Jarah (East Jerusalem)
A physical confrontation between between the Israeli armed forces (and settlers) and a joint crowd of Israeli Jews and Palestinian activists in the 1967 occupied territories is so common that people do not sense its unique nature. In addition to PR disaster for the Zionist transfer project it also forced Israel to mostly exclude shooting with life ammunition fire to kill non armed Palestinian demonstrators whenever Israelis might participate. In addition to the usual locations of joint struggles, addition places Palestinians start protests we learn of from the media. The Israeli media to which the agreement with the Hamas about the end of the rocketing was not revealed, come again and again with facts and generals opinions which can only be explained as rationalization to changes forced on Israel in the agreement.

Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria?

Anarkismo (en) - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 15:56
Amid the Syrian warzone a democratic experiment is being stamped into the ground by ISIS. That the wider world is unaware is a scandal. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27465] [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27468] [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27503]

Organize your Rage! Popular Outrage shakes Mexico at Student Disappearances in Guerrero

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:59

Protests took place in cities across Mexico yesterday following the disappearance of 43 student teachers in the southern state of Guerrero almost two weeks ago, with many of those having gone missing after the police arrested them.  Thousands of people blocked streets and roads, chanting “They took them alive; we want them back alive"!

The students, who studied at Ayotzinapa, a radical teacher training college in Guerrero, went missing on the night of 26 September. Iguala’s municipal police fired on the students’ buses and, an hour later, unidentified gunmen fired upon them again. The attacks left three students and three others dead in the city, as well as at least 17 wounded. 43 students remain unaccounted for, a significant number of whom were seen being driven away in police vehicles after the first attack. A mass grave has since been found in a nearby location, but the charred remains have yet to be identified.

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Tell Us Lies About Kobanê -unpicking the demand for Turkish & western intervention

Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:12

The notion that the fall of Kobanê could be prevented by the intervention of the Turkish army is a smokescreen that covers the truth that they are already intervening - on the side of ISIS. The Turkish state's selective blockade of the border, which allows arms and volunteers to cross for ISIS, but strangles them for the YPG defenders of Kobanê is the decisive intervention that is giving ISIS the upper hand.

This fundamental truth has been put forward by some minority voices in the mainstream media. Chiefly those intrepid reporters on the ground trying to cover the story. Honourable mention should be made of the BBC's Paul Adams amongst others. But these marginalised voices have been drowned out by the official media line issuing from the central editorial offices downwards, that the Kurds of Kobanê and Turkish Kurdistan are protesting "against Turkey's inactivity" or "failure to intervene". This is the world turned upside down. And Orwellian newspeak where the exact opposite of the truth is reported as accepted fact. The banners the protesters are holding say "Turkey Stop Supporting ISIS".

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Revolution will win in Kobanê!

Anarkismo (en) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 03:41
Our Comrades in Boydê Village Reports:
It’s the 24th day of ISIS attacks on Kobanê. While people’s defending forces in all border villages are on human shield sentry for Kobanê against attacks, everyone, everywhere in the region we live, rised up not to let Kobanê fall. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27483] [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27501]

Crisis in Rojava: A call to our sisters and women comrades

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 01:16
Statement on the crisis in Rojava from feminists and LGBTs in Turkey
We may pretend that nothing is happening, but it is. One of the unique experiences of women’s history is under threat of being shattered. It is not a matter that is important only for Kurdish people, it is a matter for all of us. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27502]

Balochistan on the brink

Anarkismo (en) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:55
The military occupation of Balochistan
“Come here, listen to this”, Ali slowly leafed through the pages of the local newspaper, “look, you see this small paragraph? This is an account from a fighter in the villages.” I asked him if he could translate. “Today we lost several fighters but we killed three Pakistani soldiers and shot down their helicopter”. I asked him whether he had visited the fighters in the Bolan Pass. “Yes, I’ve been there in my role as a government official but also as a Baloch, I negotiated with them on the release of a hostage, but I respect their fight”...
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