New Internationalist Antifascist Battalion Formed in Rojava-Northern Syria

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

21/12/2016

A new internationalist Antifascist battalion (AIT) has been formed in Rojava-Northern Syria Federation to fight the Islamic State group.

The battalion, formed by foreign volunteers from around the globe was declared on 19 December 2016 with a press statement.

The statement by the group, which was released online read:

“Today a group of fellow anti-fascists, internationalists, anarchists, communists, socialists and libertarians are appealing for support to the revolution of Rojava and so joining struggle of the oppressed. We come from the shadow of the western capitalist world, to fight and to learn from our fellow comrades in Rojava how to claim freedom and the right to exist. With their courage we hope to create a life without oppression and persecution, a world without fascism and obscurantism. We set sail towards this goal pushed by the winds of liberty, equality, and respect for the Earth. This is the way of those exceptional…

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A Christmas Tale of Autistic lives. And Cygnet’s £12,500 a week NHS bonanza.

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matthew%20olay%20op%2016-03-02%20rh_0302t054627-mov-00_00_00_00-still001“The most vulnerable people in our society are being abused by the system. They’re children.”

“It doesn’t seem real. Like it shouldn’t be possible.”

Isabelle Garnet, Mathew’s mother.

The fates of Mathew Garnet at 15 and Will Perks at 14, are typical of many autistic teenagers.

‘Experts’ tell us, that autistics develop ‘mental’ disorders, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, as Mathew and Will had done, but these are  diagnosed from reactions to society, care and education.

The most worrying and increasing label is psychosis.

Why and how this is diagnosed is unclear, experts merely stating,

‘the link between autism and mental health is complex’.

Such labels, particularly psychosis, justify powerful medication, despite parents remarking, it ’often made matters worse’, and huge pay outs for ‘education’, ‘assessment and treatment’ and ‘care’.

But despite the money spent, if parents can’t cope, with predictability violent reactions to incidents/ inadequate/ change of education the only thing they can do is call the police.

As…

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Re-visiting Multiculturalism & identity politics – a preamble

Try this: https://zabalazabooks.net/2013/05/21/the-politics-of-voices-notes-on-gender-race-and-class/

Danish woman who fought against Isis faces jail sentence

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

Joanna Palani fought with Kurdish peshmerga and YPG in Syria but is now in custody in Copenhagen

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Joanna Palani has been outspoken in her support for the Kurdish groups with whom she has fought.

A Danish woman who fought for the Kurds in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State has been taken into custody in Copenhagen, prompting accusations of hypocrisy over her treatment compared with returning Isis fighters.

Joanna Palani, 23, who fought with both the Kurdish peshmerga in Iraq and the YPG militia in Syria, faces a potential jail sentence.

A 12-month travel ban was imposed on her to prevent her from travelling back to the conflict in September 2015, but in a closed court hearing last week she admitted travelling as far as Doha, Qatar, on 6 June this year and was taken into custody. She has another hearing on…

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Anti-fascist play coming to The Lighthouse, Poole 1st Feb 2017

Dare Devil Rides To Jarama: For more info, reviews, full tour schedule etc, see Townsend Productions
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“An amazing story of Wall of Death motorcycle rider Clem “Dare Devil” Beckett and Marxist writer and poet Christopher Caudwell, at first sight two unlikely friends and comrades, who were thrown together by their shared determination to defend the Spanish republic against Franco’s rising fascist tide.

Marking the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, Dare Devil Rides To Jarama is a world premiere based on the experiences of The International Brigades during The Spanish Civil War. Looking at the powerful political and economic forces that engulfed 1930s Europe, Dare Devil Rides to Jarama follows the life of why so many ordinary people made the extraordinary choice to leave family and livelihoods and fight in a brutal war so far from home.

When Spaniards rose up to resist General Franco’s military rebellion in 1936, it was an inspiration to millions of people worldwide. Their heroic struggle alerted the rest of the world to the threat of fascism. Dare Devil Rides To Jarama commemorates and celebrates the contribution and sacrifice of the Volunteer International Brigades, including two and a half thousand from Britain and Ireland. Compelling and humorous, Dare Devil Rides To Jarama focuses on the contrasting lives of Clem Beckett, born in Oldham and famous star of the speedway track around Manchester and the North, and Christopher Caudwell, a renowned writer, poet and philosopher. Both men were killed together at Jarama in February 1937, having become friends as members of the British Battalion’s machine-gun company.

Through stirring song, poetry and compelling movement and dance, Dare Devil Rides To Jarama captures the raw passions and emotions of the time. Musical direction is from acclaimed folk singer and squeeze box player John Kirkpatrick. The play has a particular resonance in our current climate as it examines how the economic pressures in the 1930s contributed to the rise of xenophobic tendencies throughout Europe and the failure of a unified left to join together to successfully challenge these forces. Dare Devil Rides To Jarama aims to bring the full story of the compelling dispute to life in this powerful and thought-provoking new play. This production follows Townsend Productions’ critically acclaimed United We Stand, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and We Will Be Free.

Director Louise Townsend comments, This project is a tremendous opportunity to tell this very intricate and extraordinary story of exceptional people. The challenge is twofold – to do justice to their achievements and to reflect the dense, turbulent political and historical times.

Writer Neil Gore comments, The play is an exciting and evocative piece about the incredible contribution made by the volunteers that made up the International Brigades to fight the forces of fascism and to uphold the power of democracy. It is also an important examination of the fascinating and brilliant life of Clem Beckett who achieved so much in such a short time as a top speedway rider and a rider in the Wall of Death around Europe.”

Louise Townsend

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