Leila Al Shami
“Just stay in your country and die.”
Whether in Syria or in the diaspora, a big part of the problem is that Syrian voices are just not listened to. They know best what’s happening in their country. We could learn from their experience and support them. Continue reading
Struggles for Justice in Syria and Lebanon
Something changed in 2011, and despite the massive repression that protest movements have faced, something has changed within people. That’s going to have a massive impact on the future. There’s going to be a lot of change happening in the region, and we’re only at the start of that process. Continue reading
Syria, Refugees, and Solidarity
If the relatively small number of refugees can be used today as an excuse for restricting freedom of movement, building walls and impenetrable borders, increasing the powers of the security state, and fomenting divisions based on race, religion, or national origin, what will tomorrow bring when the effects of climate change and ecological collapse cause… Continue reading
The Syrian Quagmire
For many Syrians there can be no stability, much less peace, while those responsible for the country’s destruction remain in power. Continue reading
The Syrian Revolution, at Street Level
“A lot of the people who picked up weapons knew it was a mistake. Violence alienates certain key constituencies who the revolution needs to win over. It scares the West, and makes them more likely to stick with Assad—which is why he provoked it.” Continue reading
Einige Gedanken zu Syrien
Ich möchte AnarchistInnen dazu ermutigen sich mit den SyrierInnen zu beschäftigen und jene zu unterstützen, die immer noch in Komitees und Räten arbeiten. Des Weiteren, humanitäre Bemühungen innerhalb Syriens und in den Flüchtlingslagern zu unterstützen, und sich mit Flüchtlingen in ihren Staaten in Europa und anderswo zu solidarisieren. Continue reading
Four Years Out: Thoughts on the Syrian Revolution
By Leila Al Shami (visit her excellent blog) I was asked for an overview on Syria for a meeting of anarchists in Tunis which unfortunately I couldn’t attend. This is a slightly edited version. In 2011, the Syrian people, as part of a transnational uprising sweeping the region, rose up in huge numbers to demand… Continue reading
Supporting Grassroots Movements in Syria
by Leila Shrooms The following is based on a skype presentation I gave at a panel ‘the Syrian Revolution: Grassroots Movements and Media Coverage’ organized by the MENA Solidarity Network-US and The Global Campaign for Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution, at the Left Forum in New York. Much of the debate on Syria by people… Continue reading
Egypt Cracking Down on Dissent
Originally posted on Tahrir-ICN: Egyptian woman mourns following verdict sentencing 683 alleged supporters of Muslim Brotherhood to death (Photo: AP) By Leila Shrooms for Tahrir-ICN Since the July coup the fascist military regime in Egypt has continued to persecute political opponents. Those who have faced the worst repression of the State have been Muslim Brotherhood… Continue reading
Life and Work of Anarchist Omar Aziz
Omar Aziz (fondly known by friends as Abu Kamel) was born in Damascus. He returned to Syria from exile in Saudi Arabia and the United States in the early days of the Syrian revolution. An intellectual, economist, anarchist, husband and father, at the age of 63, he committed himself to the revolutionary struggle. He worked… 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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We believe that a strong collective immune system is built through knowledge and understanding and that the struggle against division and repression requires building a new culture of discussion that goes beyond flat definitions, brittle ideologies, stubborn dogmas, idle preconceptions, and petty rivalries.
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“… in the midst of putative peace, you could, like me, be unfortunate enough to stumble on a silent war. The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.” – Arundhati Roy
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