As they have driven ISIS back in northern Syria / Rojava the Kurdish YPG and their allies in the SDF have won increasing visibility in western media. While such reports often mention the key role in this fight played by women in the YPJ, there is otherwise little examination of the revolution happening behind the front lines in Rojava. That revolution is why they stood and fought ISIS rather than fleeing. This can be true of a lot of alternative media coverage. In part this is due to the limited amount of information on what this revolution involves. but it’s also in part because photographs of women with guns are judged to be more striking than women workers in a co-operative bakery or a community assembly.
We’ve tried to address this imbalance somewhat, both in our coverage and through bringing a number of Kurdish and other speakers over to talk at the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair. They spoke about what is happening behind the front lines. What is it that is being constructed that so many have judged is worth going to the front lines to defend against ISIS? Our speakers this year included Erjan Ayboga author of ‘Revolution in Rojava’ and US academic Janet Biehl who has visited the region twice since the revolution to investigate what is happening on the ground.
Why elections fail to bring about real change - the 10 filters that make them ineffective for the radical left
Why can’t the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in their interest and not that of the 1%
At a simple level parliamentary elections sound like the ideal way for the mass of the ‘have nots’ to use their numbers to overcome the power and influences of the tiny number of have’s. Occupy talked about this division in the language of the 1% and 99%; a crude approximation that does reflect a reality where the number of wealthy decision makers is actually very tiny, indeed less than 1%. So, why can’t the 99% simply vote in a government that acts in their interest and not that of the 1%? [Listen to this article]
Η αντιφασιστική της 10 Δεκέμβρη, Πάτρα
Next week sees an exciting speaking tour around Ireland when author Ercan Ayboga who spoke at the Dublin anarchist bookfair will be launching “Revolution in Rojava.” Dublin WSM has been running a reading group* on this book over the last month and we highly recommend it as an account of the nuts & bolts of the Rojava revolution essential to anyone who wants to transform the world.
Cork: O’Rahilly Building (ORB 132), UCC, 12th December, 6pm
Dublin: Connolly Book (43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2), 13th December, 6pm
Cavan: Bridge Street Centre, Bridge Street, 14th December, 6,30pm
Dungannon: Éalú Centre, Shamble Lane, 15th December @ 6:30pm
Belfast: Just Books (22 Berry Street, Belfast, BT1 1FJ), 19th December @ 6:30pm
On the morning of December 9th, the autonomous social centre Kulturhuset, Jönköping was targeted with some kind of explosion, though with limited damage. The attack took place only weeks following an explosive attack against the Gothenburg libertarian infoshop Syndikalistiskt Forum.- It's hard to understand why someone would want to attack such an important meeting spot for local people, and at the same time attempting to burn to the ground an important part of Swedish industrial heritage Sebastian Dahlander
First of May Anarchist Alliance interviewed Erik D., Secretary of Twin Cities IWW-General Defense Committee (GDC) Local 14. The GDC which has grown to approximately 100 members in Minnesota has become an important pole of struggle for pro-working-class revolutionaries on a number of different fronts, most significantly the year-long struggle against police killings and brutality.We were a largely disciplined group that could reliably be counted on to do what we promised. Equally important is that we were consistent in pushing in person for more radical and militant approaches. Erik D., Secretary, Twin Cities IWW General Defense Committee
These are the videos and audios I recorded at this years Dublin anarchist bookfair
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Ακόμα δύο νεκροί ήρθαν να προστεθούν στους χιλιάδες που έχουν χάσει τη ζωή τους στην προσπάθεια να διασχίσουν τα ευρωπαϊκά σύνορα. Αυτή τη φορά οι θάνατοι σημειώθηκαν μέσα στο κέντρο κράτησης της Μόριας. Μία γυναίκα 60 χρονών και ο εγγονός της 4 χρόνων σκοτώθηκαν μετά από έκρηξη στο γκαζάκι που είχε ανάψει στην προσπάθεια της να μαγειρέψει. Από την έκρηξη και τη φωτιά που ακολούθησε, σοβαρά τραυματίστηκαν επίσης ακόμα 2 συγγενείς της οικογένειας οι οποίοι και έχουν μεταφερθεί σε νοσοκομεία της Αθήνας χωρίς να έχει γίνει γνωστή η πορεία της υγείας τους.