Tag Archives: Rojava

Quick updates on Picturehouse, McDonald’s, the far right and the arms trade

A few updates on things that’ll be happening in early September: At Picturehouse Cinemas, more than 90% of staff at the Ritzy, Crouch End, Hackney, Central, East Dulwich and Dukes locations have voted to continue strike action. There’s meant to … Continue reading

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Democratic confederalism and state counter-revolution: the example of Sheikh Maqsoud

An article recently appeared in Reuters examining Sheikh Maqsoud, the YPG-controlled district inside Aleppo. While the article itself is certainly not concerned with any kind of radical critique, I think it’s still worth circulating and discussing, just as a reminder … Continue reading

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Anarchism or vanguardism? A critique of the IRPGF and guerrilla ideology

Guerrilla ideology reduces all revolutionary questions to quantitative problems of military force. Nothing could be more disastrous. – James Carr, Bad Power does not come any more from the barrel of a gun than it comes from a ballot box. … Continue reading

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Socialism in three cantons? A view from Washington

In the ongoing discussions of the social experiment taking place in Rojava, the economic aspect often tends to get neglected. You can read a lot about the military aspect, the war against ISIS, co-operation with US forces and so on, … Continue reading

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Don’t mention the war! On the continuing blindspots in anarchist “critical discussion” of Rojava

As time goes by, the involvement of various sections of the international libertarian left with the social experiment in Rojava seems to be deepening. The recent announcement of a new anarchist guerrilla group in the area, the International Revolutionary People’s … Continue reading

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Some contradictions are bigger than others: a reply on Rojava

  The recent interview with Peter Loo is well worth reading for a fairly detailed look at what’s happening in Rojava. As a first-hand account from the region, it’s a useful source of information; but the polemical aspects of the … Continue reading

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The centre cannot hold: 2016 in review

So, this was a pretty brutal year in a lot of ways. It wasn’t all grim all the time, but there was certainly more than enough pain and misery to go around. This is an attempt to try and trace … Continue reading

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