Posts Tagged ‘Insurrection’
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Every time I start to talk I ask myself, ‘And if I didn’t want to say anything for example?’
The title of this debate is ‘Towards insurrection’. I said to myself, what does this ‘towards insurrection’ mean? That is, towards insurrection can mean writing, or talking anyway, or indicating a direction, something moving towards insurrection. I don’t know what it is that moves towards insurrection.
I know that’s what I’ve lived, and what I’ve seen, events that might seem like an insurrection in act. I later realised that it wasn’t an insurrection, it was a simple riot. Now we are talking about something that can push us towards a riot, something that happens just like that, all of a sudden, for a reason that one can’t foresee, in the street, in the squares, with a hundred thousand people coming out into the streets, is that what we’re talking about tonight?
I don’t think so. For me, that’s not an insurrection. A hundred thousand people coming out into the streets, destroying the town, smashing the shops, dancing their war dance on commodities, — because we are against commodities we anarchists – is that insurrection? No.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Words. Mere Words. The pages that follow are in part transcriptions of the spoken word—‘the wonder worker that is no more’, as Emma Goldman wrote wistfully over one hundred years ago when referring to the inadequacy of the spoken word to awaken thought and shake people out of their lethargy. Here in the twenty-first century anarchists no longer talk about spoken propaganda to awaken the masses, bemoaning the absence of orators such as Johann Most or Luigi Galleani. In rare encounters organized by comrades today ‘the masses’ are noticeably absent, they don’t even enter the equation. Organized meetings or ‘talks’ as they are dully referred to are well-attended if there are 50–100 comrades. But there is no need for panic. Now all but the most disconnected fossilized anarchists have moved beyond aims of a quantitative growth in a hypothetical anarchist movement—where discourses addressed ‘to the masses’ have degenerated into an insulting populism—to the elaboration of ideas and methods addressed towards immediate action and attack on power in all its forms. Numbers have ceased to be important for anarchists as a prerequisite for attack. The illusion of ‘Le Grand Soir’ was a wonderful dream, it kept the flame flickering and thousands of militants waiting in the wings.
No, lack of numbers is no cause for alarm. They are there, the exploited, all around us—are also ‘us’—and could take us by surprise again at any moment (as could we ourselves). In the realm of the quantitative our task is to experiment and spread an insurrectional method for the self-organization of the necessary destruction of power and subjugation. Small groups with intermediate destructive aims based on affinity that can multiply, spread horizontally and coordinate, without limit. The apparent rift between anarchist theory and practice thus disappears along with the false conflict between individual and mass, and not least the conviction that the tenets of anarchism must be espoused by the exploited before they can fight for their own freedom along with that of others. An informal practice of attack leads to freedom revealing itself qualitatively, in leaps and bounds, far from the straight line of quantity, education, progress and waiting. (more…)
Tags: Alfredo M. Bonanno, Analysis, August 2011 Revolt: Anarchy in the UK, Elephant Editions, Greece, Gustavo Rodriguez, Insurrection, Interview, Jean Weir, Korydallos Prison, Kostas Gournas, London, Mexico, Pola Roupa, Revolutionary Struggle, Riots, Social Insurrection, Tame Words from a Wild Heart, UK, Zine
Posted in Library
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
When words mingle with the passion to deepen our understanding of reality they become indispensable weapons for the self-organisation of the struggle against all that oppresses us. They don’t remain on paper – or the screen – but penetrate rebel hearts and spirits, giving courage and decision – for if many of us don’t act against what offends our dignity it is often not courage that is lacking, but that we simply don’t know where to start.
We need to liberate reality from the fictitious dimension created by the media into one that is tangible and exposed to attack. In order to carry this out we require knowledge of the enemy in all its forms, including those that lie concealed within us, crouching, waiting to pounce to push us back into the fold of consensus or manageable dissent. Reading certain texts becomes an encounter, tensions we feel burning inside us become clearer, making it easier to assimilate them in order to act. (more…)
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM
NEWS DESK – ANF
Political genocide operations conducted by security forces across Turkey and North Kurdistan in order to eliminate the Kurdish struggle are continuing increasingly as part of the war policies recently put into practice by the AKP government.
Dozens of people are being detained and arrested in many cities and towns across North Kurdistan and Turkey on a daily basis.
A large number of people in Seyhan district of Adana took to the streets last night in protest at the brutal state violence and killings in Kurdistan cities. Police attacked the youths who started a march in Gülbahçe neighbourhood in protest at the massacres in Kurdistan. (more…)
Tags: Adana, Amed, Antalya, Haftanin, HPG (People's Defence Force), Insurrection, Kozluk, Kurdistan, Mardin, PKK (Kurdish People's Party), Repression, Siirt, Şirvan, Turkey, War
Posted in Social Control
War against ISIS/Daesh: 'From Tuzluçayır to Kobane' – Interview With An Anarchist Warrior (Kurdistan)
Monday, July 6th, 2015
The following article is an interview with an environmentalist, vegetarian anarchist from Turkey who is a member of Sosyal Isyan (Social Insurrection) fighting as part of Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri (United Freedom Forces) alongside the YPG / YPJ in Kobane, Rojava. The interview was conducted by H. Burak Öz and originally appeared on the jiyan.org website. We would like to thank the comrade Ece for translating the interview into English for us.
Environmentalist, vegetarian, anarchist combatants who fight in Kobane.
We are sitting at the headquarters of United Freedom Forces (Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri) in Kobane. I ask for a cigarette from a fighter aiming to meet and talk with him. While he offers one, I’m asking how many group form the United Freedom Forces. He says that, this force consist of salvationists (Kurtuluşçular), MLSPB, TDP and anarchists and indicates that he is an anarchist too.
What is the aim of fighting here for the anarchists?
I’m one of the founders of Social Insurrection and also their spokesperson. When the attack of ISIS started in Kobane, in the name of international solidarity, not considering it too much, we idealized to raise the defense as International Brigades much like in the Spanish Civil War.
United Freedom Forces was formed by different socialist factions from Turkey. Being an anarchist, how did you become involved with this structure?
United Freedom Forces was founded when we arrived. We made a call to anarchists and ecologists. (more…)
Tags: Alfredo M. Bonanno, Insurrection, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kubani, Kurdistan, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Sosyal Isyan (Social Rebellion), Syria, Turkey, United Liberation Forces - Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Interviews
War against ISIS/Daesh: Lions of Rojava change web-address again – New site – Volunteer against Islamic State (Kurdistan, Syria, Iraq)
Sunday, June 28th, 2015
Dear friends and supporters of The Lions of Rojava.
We would kindly ask you to like our new Facebook Page and follow our achievements against ISIS under the link below
Messages will be only answered on the new Site.
Thank you and please share this information so that everybody gets aware of it.
The Lions of Rojava
Other groups for foreign volunteers:
We are a group of westerners who have joined the Peshmerga as volunteers. We come from the UK & USA & we are here to help drive ISIS out of Kurdistan.
We are a well established group which allows western fighters and medics to join the Peshmerga (PUK) we will guide you through the process.
Tags: Insurrection, Iraq, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kubani, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Peshmerga, Rojava, Syria, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Autonomy
War against ISIS/Daesh: Terrorist attack against Kobane is "utterly repelled" by YPG – Turkish PM Erdogan declares that he will never allow a Kurdish state on the border (Turkey, Kurdistan)
Sunday, June 28th, 2015
June 27: Daesh’s Attack on Kobane Utterly Repelled, Remaining Terrorists Driven Out of the City
Immediate Release for the Media and Public Opinion
KOBANE, Rojava (June 27, 2015) – A military operation by members of the People’s/Women’s Defense Units alongside Security Forces continues to encounter terrorist attacks started on Thursday which brutally targeted and killed a large number of unarmed civilian population in Kobane.
Military actions continued last night against a large group of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorists who had infiltrated inside the city; the group was surrounded in 4 distinct locations. In the dead of the night, our troops effectively cleared 3 of those positions from all terrorist activities; moreover this morning our Units were able to fully secure the Mishtenur hospital as the last point controlled by the attackers, and hold initiative over the hiding place.
During the stated securing process, in total 60 terrorist elements who had surreptitiously penetrated into the city were confirmed killed; our forces also could capture a member of the enemy forces in action.
Tags: al-Raqqa, Girê Spî, Insurrection, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kubani, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Syria, Turkey, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Autonomy
Saturday, June 6th, 2015
NEWS CENTER – Girê Spi Civil Society Forum stated that around 600 Kurdish civilians who fled Girê Spî due to an ISIS massacre threat and arrived at the border to northern Kurdistan have suffered a tear-gas attack by Turkish soldiers. According to a report by ANHA (Hawar News Agency), Girê Spî Civil Society Forum said in a statement on the subject that Rojava Kurds remained stuck at the border to Bakurê (North) Kurdistan amid attacks by ISIS gangs and Turkish soldiers.
The Civil Society Forum remarked that Turkish soldiers attacked the Kurdish civilians and did not allow them to move further in an attempt to keep them away from the border. The statement underlined that hundreds of people, including women and children, who were given 5-days of time by ISIS to leave their villages, remain stuck on the border with North Kurdistan where they were hindered by Turkish soldiers. (more…)
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
New page for Lions of Rojava (the last one was shut down):
Note: The YPG recruits volunteers through attraction to the cause and does not in any shape of form attempt to indoctrinate or “groom” people to travel to Rojava to join our cause. We are not like Daesh [ISIS]. The Lions of Rojava clearly explains to each individual the reality of the conflict in Rojava, the risks of travelling to the region and the expectations of the YPG. The safety of all volunteers is paramount. We always encourage the thousands of young westerners who have approached us to consider other ways to help the Kurdish and Ezidi people in the struggle against Daesh such as donating to charity or volunteering with humanitarian groups.
The YPG is not a militant militia, we are a Peoples Protection Unit that is organized under democratic, secular, gender equal and ecological principles that has formed in the absence of a functional government in Syria and the presence of a barbaric extremist Islamist threat. Our goal is to liberate all people from the tyranny and evil of Daesh and to construct a free and stable and democratic country.
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
ROJAVA, Cizîrê – A military campaign – Operation Commander Rubar Qamishlo – that was initiated by members of the People’s/Women’s Defense Units on 6th May with the objective of entirely liberating the rural district of Canton Cizîrê, Rojava from terrorist threats, endures successfully on the 21st continuous day.
Completing Phase One of this campaign on May 21, our forces so far have been able to liberate terrorist-occupied Kezwan Heights, Alya triangular and Assyrian villages near Khabur River in Cizîrê region – and they are now continuing to conduct their operations as part of Phase Two of the mentioned campaign to the southwest of Serêkaniyê town.
Defense Units yesterday, May 26, could impose a full-scale siege on Mabroukah after rescuing Shara and Til Qilea villages earlier on May 25; initiating a finishing assault operation on the small town in southwest Serêkaniyê. (more…)
Tags: Insurrection, Iraq, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kurdistan, Operation Commander Rubar Qamishlo, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Syria, Turkey, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Autonomy
About the slander by the Syrian Coalition – Statement of the General Command of the People’s Defense Units (Kurdistan)
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
To the Media and Public Opinion – 30 May 2015
National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces are pursuing a speech disgraced the honor of the Syrian Revolution and derails it from its real track
Every victory for the People’s Defense Units (YPG) at the expense of the terrorist organization of Daesh (ISIS) in Syria, with the air support by the International Coalition Forces, Syrian Coalition emerges statements (most recently on 30 May 2015) of trumped-up charges and baseless slanders. Also to discredit the achievements of the YPG, and mislead public opinion from horrific massacres committed by ISIS against the Syrian people in all their diversity – all serve the terrorist organization of ISIS.
The irresponsible actions of the Syrian Coalition intentionally distort the facts to cover up defeats and ISIS terrorism, and try to blow into the fire to stimulate hatred among the Syrian people. Syrian Coalition is pursuing a speech disgraced the honor of the Syrian Revolution and derails it from its real track and their aim to spread the spirit of sectarianism, ethnic and sectarian strife in Syria which is multi-ethnic and doctrines, to serve foreign agendas who do not want good and peace for Syrian people. (more…)
Statement of Revolutionary Struggle member Nikos Maziotis about the U.S. State Department list of international “terrorists” (Greece)
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
In 2009, the anarchist urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas) was designated a “foreign terrorist organization” by the U.S. Department of State, in the aftermath of a rocket propelled grenade attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens in January 2007.
On April 21, 2015, the State Department issued “terrorist designation” against one of the members of Revolutionary Struggle, anarchist prisoner Nikos Maziotis. The next day, the comrade issued the following statement in response:
“Whoever is not with us is against us”
– from a speech of U.S. President George W. Bush after September 11, 2001
“We are not with you, we are against you”
– from a statement of Nikos Maziotis to the special court in Koridallos prisons on June 11, 2012 regarding the Revolutionary Struggle attack on the U.S. Embassy
The State Department admittedly did me great honor by including me in the list of international “terrorists”. This is the second time that the planetary killers honor me as a Revolutionary Struggle member, since they had placed a one-million-dollar bounty on me along with other members of the organization after the Revolutionary Struggle attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens in January 2007. (more…)
Monday, April 20th, 2015
This is a translation of a brochure written by 2 anti-authoritarian communist groups, Vida (Rivet) and Proletconnect about the anti-fascist struggle in Ukraine after the Maidan events. Events unfold on very high speed and although this brochure discusses the Ukrainian reality until June 2014, to the opinion of the translator it offers insight on the background of the conflict and the international geopolitical significance of these events. It offers a different interpretation compared to western media and even parts of the western left.
In USSR times…
“…Its (Kiev’s) buildings are famous all over Russia. It was a center of religion. And now it is a semi-ruin. Here the Germans showed what they could do. Every public building, every library, every theater, even the permanent circus, destroyed, not with gunfire, not through fighting, but with fire and dynamite. Its university is burned and tumbled, its schools in ruins. This was not fighting, this was the crazy destruction of every cultural facility the city had, and nearly every beautiful building that had been put up during a thousand years. Here German civilization did its work, and one of the few justices in the world is that German prisoners are helping clean up the mess that they made.
Monday, March 30th, 2015
Solidarity to the fighters – Long live Rojava – Death to ISIS/Daesh
Tags: Insurrection, Iraq, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kurdistan, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Syria, Til Hemis, Turkey, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Interviews