Translation by Tahrir-ICN
By Leila Shrooms
The brutality of any regime can be judged by the way it treats its prisoners. Under a highly authoritarian regime such as Syria’s the prison, and with it the entire security apparatus, acts as the primary means of social control through both the perpetuation of fear and the delivery of punishment for acts of transgression. It is the apex of the repressive apparatus of the State; the means by which to crush dissent and debilitate and dehumanize those who dare to challenge the center of power. The imprisonment and brutalization of political opponents, a key strategy of the dictatorship of Hafez Al Assad, continued under his son Bashar. This has only intensified since the uprising began in 2011 to levels of inhumanity and sadism unparalleled in our time. The Syrian regime has proved itself devoid of any morality. It’s only interest being self-preservation, continuation of power, and the domination and subjugation of the Syrian people. Read the rest of this entry
بقلم ياسر عبد القوي
ميخائيل هو شيوعي-اناركي روسي على إتصال قوي بالحركات الاناركيه والثوريه في اوكرانيا، في هذا الحوار يوضح كثير من النقاط حول الثوره الاوكرانيه والتدخل الروسي ويصحح كثير من المفاهيم المغلوطه الرائجه إعلاميا.
بداية ما هي حركة (ميدان) وما رأيك فيما يشاع أنها حركة يسيطر عليها اليمن القومي الفاشي كل ما تسعى إليه هو انضمام اوكرانيا للإتحاد الاوروبي؟
- يجب ان نبدأ بأستعراض الخلفيه السياسيه والاقتصاديه للثوره الاوكرانيه، اوكرانيا ككل تعاني من انهيار وانكماش اقتصادي منذ استقلالها عن الاتحاد السوفيتي في 1991، وثورة 2004 البرتقاليه لم تؤدي ﻷي تحسن ملموس لا اقتصاديا ولا سياسيا، أما الرئيس الاوكراني الذي اسقطته الثوره (فيكتور يانوكوفيتش) فقد أوصل الحالة لمستوى جديد من السوء فللرجل تاريخ إجرامي قديم،وقد سجن في عهد الاتحاد السوفيتي مرتين ﻷسباب جنائيه، وهو ينحدر من عائلة متورطة بعمق في الجريمة المنظمه متحالفة مع عائلات اخرى للجريمه المنظمه، الامر يشبه تحالف عائلات المافيا في فيلم (الأب الروحي) هذا التحالف المافيوزي سيطر تماما على اوكرانيا خلال عهد يانوكوفيتش حيث بلغ الفساد مستويات مخيفه، وسيطرت تلك العائلات على كل شىء في البلاد خاصة جهاز الشرطه، حتى رجال الاعمال لم يفلتوا من بطشهم وفسادهم، كان تلفيق القضايا وسجن الناس للأستيلاء على أعمالهم ومشاريعهم سلوكا شبه اعتياديا تحت حكم يانوكوفيتش، إذا هو الفساد السياسي، الانهيار الاقتصادي هو ما دفع الشعب للثورة على يانكوفيتش. Read the rest of this entry
It came as no huge shock to us the police operation against four comrades – three males and one female – who were arrested on the 9th of December 2013, charged with the allegation of attacking the TAV [Treno ad Alta Velocità, High-Speed Railway] work site in Chiomonte, Valsusa, on the night of may 13th 2013. Read the rest of this entry
Dead End: About the Coup in Egypt
(translated from: wildcat, winter 2013/14: www.wildcat-www.de)
For two years, Tahrir Square was the symbol of a radical departure from social ossification and crisis. The military coup in the summer of 2013 ended this phase. The various illusions and hopes were buried with the hundreds that died. Essential parts of the liberal milieus have accepted state-led massacres and mass arrests in the name of ‘defending democracy’. The hope of a state solution to social misery is also lost; the last heirs of Nasserism and trade union movement-hopefuls now sit at the military (side) table. Their vague promises of reform are drowned out by their appeals to peace, order and willingness to work.
In the acute social situation there is currently no room for participation. The movement will have to provide new questions about social revolution and organisation and will have to find new answers. To this end, migrants play an important role. Read the rest of this entry
SYRIA/PALESTINE: Statement in solidarity with Zapatistas and to condemn the suppression by Mexican government /بيان للتوقيع تضامنا مع الزاباتيين وتنديدا بقمع الحكومة المكسيكية
شباط (فبراير)/ 2014:
إلى أنصار الإعلان السادس لجيش التحرير الزاباتي في غابات لاكاندون.
إلى جيش التحرير الوطني الزاباتي.
إلى مجالس الحكومة الجيدة.
إلى قواعد دعم الزاباتيين
إلى جميع المناضلين والمناضلات من أجل عالم يتسع للجميع.
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Civil war began in Ukraine yesterday. A less than peaceful demonstration clashed with state defense forces and divisions formed by the adherents of the current government near the Vekhovna Rada (Parliament). On February 18, police, together with the paramilitaries, arranged a bloodbath in the governmental quarters during which numerous demonstrators were killed. Butchers from the special divisions finished off arrestees. Deputies of the ruling Party of Regions and their bourgeois lackeys from the “Communist” Party of Ukraine fled from the Parliament through an underground tunnel. The vote for constitutional amendments, intended to limit presidential power, did not take place after all. After their defeat in the governmental quarters, demonstrators retreated to the Maidan. At 6 P.M., the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Internal Security Bureau (SBU) declared an ultimatum to the protesters, demanding their dispersal. At 8:00 P.M., special police forces and paramilitaries, equipped with water cannons and armored vehicles, began their raid on the barricades. Police, the special divisions of SBU, as well as pro-governmental troopers made use of their firearms. However, the protesters managed to burn down one of the armored police vehicles, and it turned out that governmental forces were not the only ones in possession of guns. According to the data released by the police (on February, 19, 4 p.m.), 24 people were killed: 14 protesters and 10 policemen. Thirty-one policemen received gunshot wounds. Even if their estimate of losses on the side of the police is accurate, the number of victims among the protesters was definitely diminished. Maidan’s medics cite at least 30 killed. Read the rest of this entry
29.01.2014 translation Tahrir ICN
Why the leftist forces in Ukraine do not show their presence on the Maidan.
- People say that in this tent anarchists stay. They’ve been sitting there for several days, do not go out, they are afraid .
- What? Don’t they go out at all?
- Well, no. They go out but very rarely. People say, they were allowed to stand their tent after they built a barricade – activists on the Kiev streets share local gossips.
ANARCHISTS AND COMMUNISTS ARE SOCIAL FIGHTERS
STATES AND CAPITALISTS ARE TERRORISTS AND THIEVES
The current state of -permanent- exception, that constitutes an attempt to pave the way to yet another developmental invasion by the capital, unleashes an onslaught against almost all working people, confirming that class war is not only raging but is also becoming more extreme. States have always been instruments of class rule; the state is a system of social organisation that aims to reconcile the historically irreconcilable contradictions between exploiters and the exploited.
The unpopular government policy, perfectly aligned with their bosses’ (EU, IMF) orders, aims at the unconditional surrender of the contemporary working class and its decommissioning of each conquest of the past in order to make it even more exploitable, even more profitable for capital. More than any other period, the political system is acting on behalf of the transnational economic elite serving its interests. It’s acting on behalf of bank colossus, loan-shark states, serving, and facilitating, the economy of the markets and global capital. Read the rest of this entry
CREA is a collective and Autonomous Social Centre based in Toulouse, south of France. It has been at the forefront of the struggle for housing through the occupation of empty buildings in the city and establishment of collective self-managed spaces, particularly working with immigrants. In November CREA extended an open invitation to ‘NOTHING TO LOSE’ an event organized to share experiences and knowledge around the struggles for affordable and adequate housing and to reclaim the city, which we joined. Comrades attended from all over France as well as from as far a field as Chile. During the days of action more than 200 people marched through Toulouse to say no to evictions and also squatted a house owned by the City Council to provide a home for evicted families. Workshops were held in their new Social Centre, an occupied building which was the former Moroccan Consulate, on different topics to share information and experience of struggle. What follows is an interview with a comrade from CREA. Read the rest of this entry