A Certain Discomfort: Of Anarchist Solidarity and Syria

  • Posted on: 22 September 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

Even as Rojava captures the imaginations of anarchists, with many groups and individuals around the world engaged in active support of the Kurdish-lead libertarian experiment, there remains a profound ambivalence among anarchists towards the struggles in the rest of the country formerly known as Syria. On the one hand, some radicals seek to identify and support grassroots initiatives, popular armed formations, or resistance movements in exile that have a liberatory character; on the other, some see the Syrian Revolution as nothing more than yet another imperialist coup being lead by armed religious fascists with nothing worth supporting. Between those two poles, the huge majority of anarchists (and others who care about international revolutions) consider the conflict too complex and murky to come to any conclusions.

Negri, Graeber, Holloway, the cult of Abdullah Ocalan and the Rojava Revolution

  • Posted on: 3 May 2015
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)
Rojavan fighters in front of a picture of Abdullah Ocalan

In April 2015, a conference was held in Hamburg ‘to introduce the thoughts of the Kurdish leader, Abdullah Ocalan, to the international community.’ Silvia Federici was supposed to send a ‘message of greeting’ – just as Toni Negri and Immanuel Wallerstein had at a similar previous conference.† Federici then dropped out. However David Harvey, David Graeber and John Holloway did attend and all three spoke on a stage with a large portrait of Ocalan in the background.

Anarchists vs. ISIS: The Revolution in Syria Nobody’s Talking About

  • Posted on: 6 February 2015
  • By: worker

From Cult Nation - by Gareth Watkins (photos: Erin Trieb)

The Middle East today is the last place anyone in mainstream western thought would think to look for progressive political thought, and even less to see those thoughts translated into action. Our image of the region is one of dictatorships, military juntas and theocracies built on the ruins of the former Ottoman Empire, or hollow states like Afghanistan, and increasingly Pakistan, where anything outside the capitol is like Mad Max.

Turkish Anarchists on the Fight for Kobane

  • Posted on: 3 February 2015
  • By: worker

In summer 2013, we interviewed the Turkish group Revolutionary Anarchist Action (Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet, or DAF) about the uprising that began in Gezi Park. At the end of summer 2014, we learned that DAF was supporting the fierce resistance that residents of the town of Kobanê in northern Syria were putting up to the incursion of the fundamentalist Islamic State.

“No. This is a Genuine Revolution”

  • Posted on: 28 December 2014
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

From Z Comm - by David Graeber and Pinar Öğünç

Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, activist, anarchist David Graeber had written an article for the Guardian in October, in the first weeks of the ISIS attacks to Kobane (North Syria), and asked why the world was ignoring the revolutionary Syrian Kurds.

A response to the article "Rojava: An anarcho-syndicalist perspective" from DAF

  • Posted on: 5 November 2014
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

"This article was emailed to me (boomerang) by the author, Hüseyin Civan, a member of the DAF (Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet), an anarchist group in Turkey. He'd previously requested that I share it on Libcom.

Rojava: An Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspective

  • Posted on: 3 November 2014
  • By: worker

By K.B.

“The principal problem of national liberation struggle for the anti-statist anarcho-syndicalist form of organisation is that it is inherently statist. Advocating a more local form of state, the national liberation movement bows to the idea that the state is a desirable institution – just not in the current form. As such, it has the fundamental flaw that, if successful, it will generate a new state – which may or may not be ‘worse’ than the current oppressor, but it will nevertheless be an oppressive mechanism.” – Solidarity Federation