July 19, 2015 at 8:31 am #110329alanjjohnstoneParticipant
An update report on the implementation of "democratic confederalism" in Rojava http://www.countercurrents.org/omrani190715.htmJuly 25, 2015 at 12:35 am #110330alanjjohnstoneParticipant
Plenty of coverage of Turkish bombing of ISIS. Less so that Turkish warplanes have bombed military positions of Turkey's Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq.http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/turkey-extends-bombing-campaign-pkk-targets-iraq-isil-150724212302167.htmlJuly 25, 2015 at 7:39 pm #110331
The Middle East seems to becoming like a fight in an Irish pub. Anyone with bombers can join in.August 12, 2015 at 12:03 pm #110332jondwhiteParticipant
Jim Atherton is the latest to join and he has joined a Christian militia.November 3, 2015 at 10:28 am #110333Quote:Although these debates will continue for a long time yet I want to start by making this clear. If all that happens is that state lands are redistributed and the large estates of the great landowners are left untouched then these large landowners will swallow up the new small holdings in short order. Establish as many regulatory safeguards as you want and the result will still be the same. Indeed land reform does not only mean the redistribution of land. Land redistribution, when carried to its full extent, means also democratization and at the very least the collective processing and distribution of agricultural products; the unity of these three elements will mean the socialization of the land and the destruction of consolidated power.November 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm #110334Quote:To lay out something telling, Turkey has set up armed observations posts on their border overlooking the Kurdish position near ISIS territory. The Kurds have made clear their intent to cut across the remaining expanse near Turkey and completely cut away ISIS from the Turkey/Syria border and sever ISIS’ supply lines. In response, Turkey has made a reflexive policy of shelling the Kurds whenever they get too close. If ISIS were in fact some terrifying threat, you think Turkey would be overjoyed the Kurds want to push them from the Turkish border. Except, in effect, Turkey is now defending ISIS from the Kurds. Chew on that one for a bit. It says far, far too much on multiple levels.
and,Quote:I’ll reemphasize what I’ve laid out before – ISIS represents a menace to civilians, but they do not represent a genuine threat to nation-states and standing confederations. They are, in a rather marked sense, tightly bound by sectarian and national lines. They are a minor-league entrant in a proxy war that involves a rogue’s gallery of local players (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bashar Al-Assad, Iraq’s Shia Government, Iran) and foreign powers jostling to assert some kind of foothold (America and its allies, Russia). But as is the perennial tragedy of war, the true victims of any conflict are not the combatants, but the civilians. ISIS has relentlessly brutalized noncombatants within its holdings, a region that has little to no political or economic capital. The stretch of terrain they control constitutes the Sunni tribal badlands in Iraq and Syria, a territory that has been rendered effectively ungovernable.
IS is in fact just another warband, a phenomena we have seen so many tinmes, and, atrocity aside (and in fact, they ain't even got much on that front, compared, say, with the Mexcian drug cartels)November 9, 2015 at 2:15 pm #110335
Have the Mexican bandits done this yet:http://www.syriahr.com/en/2015/11/during-sohr-follow-up-for-islamic-state-trading-in-sabaya-distributing-sabaya-to-the-disabled-militants-nude-marketing-on-social-media/They still think they are in the 7th or 8th century, the sick bastards.November 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm #110336
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_San_Fernando_massacreWell, that wasn't what I was looking for, but it will do…November 9, 2015 at 3:05 pm #110337
I don't believe this one from today's Daily Mirror website:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/isis-savages-gun-down-200-6798484It sounds too much like German troops bayoneting babies in WW1 and don't think even the koran would authorise such a mass killing of children. They are savages, though.November 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm #110338
yes, as the article I linked notes:Quote:There's nothing unusual or exceptional about the Iraqi insurgency. The rise of ISIS was logical and predictable, almost boring in its replication of old paradigms. ISIS are warlords and brigands who burst into a power vacuum of severe political and military fragility and exploited the apparent weakness for momentary gain. It's a pattern as old as warfare itself. ISIS will die slowly suffocated and picked apart by more powerful elements around it, a fate shared by an ignominious catalogue of shortsighted plunderers long relegated to the crematorium of history.
IS are murdering 'informants' all over the place, their hold on their territory and their troops is shaky…November 11, 2015 at 10:55 am #110339
Just come across this:http://helpkobane.com/blog/2015/10/29/agricultural-report/A fascinating breakdown of the agricultural resourcesof the Kobane canton.Quote:Before the 2011 war and the subsequent attack by Daesh a total of 1,639, 400 hectares of collective agricultural land was in use. 60, 000 people worked in farming and agricultural industry, totaling 40% of the total labourers in the district. 70% of the economy of the canton was directly reliant on agriculture, while 30% included trade and industry. As a result of the agricultural industry in and around Kobane alone, around 40% of Aleppo’s wheat supply came from Kobane alone. The disruption of the agricultural industry has had a detrimental impact not just on Kobane but other surrounding cities reliant on this industry for their own food supply.
(back fo a fag packet maths suggests this agriculture was enough to sustain 16 million people.Now, while people are getting excited by democracy, clearly, so long as they are scratching around trying to remove mines and restore that agriculture to it's previous levels, socialism is out.November 11, 2015 at 1:46 pm #110340
It is not just in areas controlled by the Kurdish Nationalists that councils have been formed to run local services. It's also in some other areas that are no longer controlled by the central government (or the ISIS barbarians) and this despite the presence of marauding armed gangs:http://www.voanews.com/content/with-authorities-gone-local-councils-take-charge-in-syria/3052990.htmlhttp://syriadirect.org/news/after-%E2%80%98marginalizing%E2%80%99-the-east-daraa%E2%80%99s-new-electoral-system-aims-for-equity/This is what you would expect — people are not going to let things fall apart completely. This is what the "soviets" (merely Russian word for "council") must have been like. Nothing particularly special about them and certainly not an instrument to carry out the socialist revolution where stable democratically-elected structures already exist.November 12, 2015 at 9:26 am #110341
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34795506Now, this is the Iraqi Kurds, so that's the Peshmergas and the KDP, but from a few twitter feeds, it looks like the PKK is joining in…Cutting the line between Raqqa and Mosul would cause problems for ISNovember 13, 2015 at 4:58 pm #110342ALB wrote:I don't believe this one from today's Daily Mirror website:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/isis-savages-gun-down-200-6798484It sounds too much like German troops bayoneting babies in WW1 and don't think even the koran would authorise such a mass killing of children.
This has since been debunked. Another example of bad journalism (or good journalism from the point of view of war propaganda):http://observers.france24.com/en/20151113-daily-mirror-massacre-200-children-islamic-stateIt was still a film of a massacre but of captured prisoners of war not children. Still savagery of course.November 28, 2015 at 3:50 pm #110343
Interesting development, if true: Russia helping the Kurdish Nationalists to fight here not just against ISIS but also against the so-called non-ISIS "moderates" the West wants to benefit from "regime change" in Syria:http://ekurd.net/kurdish-forces-advance-in-syria-2015-11-28
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