Tag Archives: Syria

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

Posted in Internationalism | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Bit more thinky, Debate, Internationalism, The left | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

“Autonomous, democratic, stateless” public order policing in Rojava

According to reports on Syria Direct, over the last week or so, the Asayish, the cops who maintain order in the self-managed cantons of Rojava, have launched a wave of arrests against people associated with the Kurdish National Council, which … Continue reading

Posted in Debate, Repression | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Mid-May round-up: notes on housing, Syria, the courts and more…

A quick round-up of news across a few various different fronts: In housing news, the Hackney renters’ group DIGS has been taking the fight to letting agents who refuse to lease to tenants on housing benefit. So far, their “YesDSS” … Continue reading

Posted in Housing, Protests, Repression, Strikes, Students, Unemployment/claimants and welfare, Unions, Work | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rojava: revolution or realpolitik?

It’s not easy to keep up with what’s happening in Rojava, or indeed in Syria more generally. People who do have confident analyses of the situation seem to be able to keep up with a bewildering alphabet soup of militias … Continue reading

Posted in Debate, Internationalism, The left | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A year in the shadow of bullets and ballots: looking back at 2015

Saying you prefer bullets to ballots is often used as a shorthand for wanting revolutionary change rather than working within the system. But in fact, the politics of armed struggle and electoralism can have a surprising amount in common – … Continue reading

Posted in Anarchists, Bit more thinky, Housing, Internationalism, Labour, Occupations, Protests, Racism, Repression, Riots, Strikes, Stuff that I think is pretty awesome, The left, The media, The right, Tories, Unemployment/claimants and welfare, Unions, Work | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

On Syria: against thinking like a state

The carnage in Syria continues. As long as the instability continues, the US and UK are going to be tempted to intervene in some way – as far as I can tell, the latest news is that Hague’s promising to … Continue reading

Posted in Internationalism, Stuff that I don't think is very useful, The left | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments