Tag Archives: Syria

Soft answers to hard questions: more on imperialism, solidarity, Crimethinc and Rojava

Crimethinc’s recent feature, Why the Turkish Invasion Matters: Addressing the Hard Questions about Imperialism and Solidarity, is a welcome one. In the past, I’ve been very critical of the ways that some anarchists, including Crimethinc, have tended to skip over … Continue reading

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On the Turkish invasion of Syria: some recommendations

A few different perspectives and statements against the new war which I thought said something worthwhile. Most if not all of these were written before the latest Assad-PYD deal, more analysis of that would be very welcome. Syria’s Kurds abandoned … Continue reading

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Against the grayzone: the article Max Blumenthal doesn’t want you to read

The following article was originally published by the Southern Poverty Law Centre. Max Blumenthal, one of the figures discussed in it, apparently objected to the contents of the article, and rather than writing a reply pointing out where he thought … Continue reading

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They point their fingers at America: a reply on US strategy and false regionalisms

(For context: this is part of an ongoing discussion about leftist “anti-imperialist”/anti-American narratives. This is a response to an article called “False Regionalisms”, which is in turn partly a response to an earlier piece I’d written, and so on.) Introducing … Continue reading

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Cleansed of your bases and your trivial TV, we’ll be everything we used to be: a reply on anti-imperialism

Patrick Higgins, whose work I’ve examined before as a case study of a particularly distorted US-centric perspective, is now running a new series of articles intended at least in part as a response to my criticisms*. Since they are at … Continue reading

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Syria seen from the Viewpoint of imperial purity: the crushing narcissism of empire

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they … 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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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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Anti-war statement from Syrian and Iranian socialists

Without knowing a great deal about the backgrounds of the people involved, this statement from Syrian and Iranian socialists on the latest developments in the Syrian war seems like a good, strong statement on the basic principles we should be … Continue reading

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