Mosul: What a Waste. A Materialist Analysis of ISIS
The Islamic State is just another product of the capitalist barbarism which always provides fertile ground for religious violence—and therefore cannot be fought merely by military means. Continue reading
Nowhere Is Safe
A brief, though rich, glance into a Yezidi refugee camp near Diyarbakir in early 2016. Continue reading
Die Fallen vermeiden, die uns gestellt werden
Die Manipulation der Propaganda funktioniert bereits. Assad kann täglich wie in Paris massakrieren und dabei den schönen Anschein wahren. Continue reading
(Terror) Warning: Angry Teenagers
Does understanding ISIS as a dynamic vanguard attractive to rebellious, thrill-seeking youth make it more, or less, scary? Continue reading
Rojava Caught Between Fronts
It is conceivable that any movement towards Russia would sharply reduce sympathy in the West for Rojava, without anything about its political and social project having changed. Continue reading
Not everything is perfect, and problems exist. It’s tough to get people thinking for themselves. This revolution’s main aim is a cultural transformation. Continue reading
Suruç: The AKP and the Turkish “Deep State” Are Also Guilty
“Both reactionary forces–Daesh and Turkish fascism–have to be combated in order to hope for a radical change in Turkey.” Continue reading
Still a Revolution: Solidarity Among Syrians
I haven’t met any Syrians who think that we should break up the country. We’re wary of further reinforcing divisions among us. Continue reading
Remember “Making the World Safe for Democracy”?
The Arab Spring presented an enormous opportunity to put forward some of the ideals that we hold to be true, like democracy as a universal principle. Where were we in supporting that in Egypt when there was a military coup? Continue reading
Look Toward Kobanê
I see how alive the revolution in Rojava is, and also the discrepancies that come with it. Under a dictatorship, everyone is supposed to think alike. Here there are varied perspectives, communicated freely and openly. Continue reading
Revolution within the revolution
Originally posted on Leila's blog: From: Syrian Anarchists أناركيون سوريون Facebook page Those that have bought into regime narratives that it is engaged in an existential battle against Al Qaeda terrorists must be feeling a little confused this week. Revolutionary activists have long been protesting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS),… Continue reading
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