Antifa Enternasyonal: Time to defend the revolution!

Nûçe Ciwan.

ROJAVA – Stating that an alternative to the capitalist system has emerged with the 21st century women’s revolution in Rojava, Firaz Dağ from the Antifa Enternasyonal organization stated that Turkey targeted this alternative with its attacks on Northern and Eastern Syria, and said, “It’s time to defend the revolution.” Against Turkey’s attacks on Northern and Eastern Syria and Southern Kurdistan, reactions from the international ground and the Kurds continue.

On behalf of the Antifa Enternasyonal (International Antifascist), Firaz Dağ from Rojava evaluated the bombing of the living quarters and cities of the Kurds fighting against ISIS to JINNEWS.

Airspace under Russian control

Stating that Turkey’s attacks on Kurdistan with the idea of ​​conquest never stopped, Firaz reminded that the airspaces are under the control of Damascus and Russia. Firaz said, “The fascist Turkish state once again attacked positions in Northern and Eastern Syria and Southern Kurdistan in order to create fear among the Kurdish people. The attacks and invasions against the Revolution never stopped, but as earlier this year, the Turkish state attacked several targets simultaneously in a coordinated operation. It is known that the airspace of Rojava and the whole of Syria is under the control of the Assad regime and the Russian state.”

‘Attacks with the support of Russia never stopped’

Noting that the air attacks on Rojava never stopped, Firaz said that the fascist states cooperated in destroying the revolution and said: “During the occupation of Afrin in 2018, the Russian state allowed dozens of warplanes to enter its airspace and bombard Afrin nonstop for 2 months. Drone attacks have never stopped in Rojava, and coordinated attacks like last night are nothing new. Cooperation between the existing nation-states in the region and their interests in overthrowing the revolution were once again clearly seen.”

‘Rojava has become a symbol of hope and strength’

Stating that Rojava has become a symbol for all the oppressed peoples of the world, Firaz said that the coalition against ISIS did not act without harming the interests of the guarantor countries, and said: “As long as they are not harmed, they are not very interested in attacks against the people of the region. While playing volleyball at a school located 2 kilometers from the coalition base in Hesekê in August, 5 girls were martyred and 10 girls were injured in the attack carried out by the Turkish state with an unmanned aerial vehicle. The answer was a statement condemning the attack, but without mentioning the perpetrator… Turkey being the second largest army and one of the founding members of NATO, It is wrong to understand and think that these constant illegal and immoral attacks are only a conflict of interest. These attacks in Rojava and the constant attacks in the mountains of Kurdistan are fully compatible with the interests of the hegemonic forces of capitalist modernity. The only reasonable and correct attitude to prevent such attacks on the revolution lies in ourselves. Rojava has long become a symbol of hope and strength for all the oppressed peoples of the world, demonstrating that it is possible to create a revolutionary alternative to the women’s revolution, the capitalist system and its inhuman practices in the 21st century. The only reasonable and correct attitude to prevent such attacks on the revolution lies in ourselves. Rojava has long become a symbol of hope and strength for all the oppressed peoples of the world, demonstrating that it is possible to create a revolutionary alternative to the women’s revolution, the capitalist system and its inhuman practices in the 21st century. The only reasonable and correct attitude to prevent such attacks on the revolution lies in ourselves. Rojava has long become a symbol of hope and strength for all the oppressed peoples of the world, demonstrating that it is possible to create a revolutionary alternative to the women’s revolution, the capitalist system and its inhuman practices in the 21st century.”

‘The attacks clearly reveal the mentality of the system’

Regarding the ongoing bombing, Firaz said, “The fact that the attacks target civilian infrastructure and civilian deaths clearly reveal the mentality of the system. Those who accuse the YPG/YPJ of being a terrorist organization are the same ones who financed the Islamic State and today finance the al-Qaeda Front Al Nusra and now former members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham State (HTS).”

‘The AKP-MHP government has been preparing for an operation for months’

Stating that preparations for an operation have been made for months to ‘protect’ his power due to the upcoming elections, Firaz continued: “The explosion in Istanbul was a pretext for attacks without any evidence of any connection with Rojava (except for what the Turkish state itself said). The fascist Turkish state has been preparing to launch a new ground operation in the region for months as it is in the election period and the AKP-MHP fascist coalition needs to gather more votes for re-election. However, the fact that they have not advanced significantly in the mountains so far makes a direct attack on Rojava impossible.”

‘Defend the Revolution!’

Finally, Firaz, who called on the whole world to defend and embrace the Rojava Revolution, said, “Therefore, it is in the hands of anyone who claims to defend democracy and socialism to rise up against the Turkish state wherever they are. Demonstrate your solidarity in a practical way by performing actions, occupations, direct actions, whatever. Time to answer! We demand that the fascists be held accountable and punished for their war crimes. Fight for Rojava. Defend the Revolution!” used the phrases.

The Guillotine, by Mal Content.

What is the Guillotine actually for?

Driven like many to outrage at the brazen depravity of the ruling class, I’ve been thinking about revenge lately.

Revenge is a visceral reaction therefore irrational and anarchists ought to eschew it, as anarchism is a rationalist philosophy. It only has propaganda value where the object is generally seen within our Class to be ‘guilty’, and when carried out by the underdog with cunning and daring. A prisoner on the Guillotine, however entitled, is by definition a helpless victim.

No doubt we’ve all fantasised about executing the bourgeoisie en masse, but that would only make martyrs of them. Think of the cult of the Romanovs, the epitome of idle, despotic wastes of space. It would grant them unwarranted importance as individual operators of an exploitative system. Better to give them a small allotment and leave them to fend for themselves.

Punishment is a kind of revenge that implies competence to judge. The oppressed must be the judges of the oppressor, victims the judges of the perpetrator. The state cannot take revenge as it doesn’t represent any people, only a mode of production. It simply flaunts its monopoly on violence and coercive force by ‘punishing’ breaches of that monopoly.

What then would be the benefit to the victors of a revolution punishing the losers? I imagine the upheaval that would accompany the rupture of capitalist power relations would provide enough emotional catharsis for those who need it. The Bolsheviks opposed capital punishment during the Russian revolution then ‘rediscovered’ it once they had taken over. Mostly it was not used against recalcitrant bourgeois but fellow revolutionaries who got in their way. Had they actually created their promised free society they would never have needed it.

The post-war Spanish action groups often came together with a pact not to seek personal retribution, since everyone had lost family and friends during the war, and their torturers, rapists and executioners were walking the same streets. Each had dozens of scores to settle and it would have consumed all their time and energy. Instead their aim was to kill Franco, to cut the head off the snake, not revenge but a practical solution to a practical problem.

Mal C x

Heat the Rich? Part three: Octopus Energy

Corporate Watch

Throughout October and November Corporate Watch will be taking a critical look at the top six UK energy suppliers, in solidarity with the millions of people who are struggling to keep warm now that energy bills have risen once again.

We ask: who is profiting from supplying our energy? How much are the bosses getting paid? and how have these companies been cosying up to government?

We hope that our research can be a useful resource for those organising towards a mass non-payment of energy bills.

We will be releasing our alternative company profiles of the Big Six energy suppliers in reverse order over the coming weeks. You can see our profiles on Scottish Power and EDF here. Next up?

No.4 Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy logoOctopus Energy Ltd is the fourth biggest energy supplier in the UK currently controlling around 11% of the energy supply market. It is the newest supplier in the big six, trendy enough to be reviewed by Vogue and posed as a ‘solution’ to “a broken, inefficient market”.

Originally launched in the UK in 2016, Octopus Energy Group Ltd now operates in 13 other countries with 23 million customer accounts. Its model is supposedly a “cheap green energy system” funded by “high sums of investment”.

But the Octopus name is not limited to the energy market. In 2018, it was listed as managing over £7 billion in assets with over 50,000 investors, Since then, it’s continued to grow, Octopus now operates eight distinct businesses: Octopus Energy, Octopus Investments, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Ventures, Octopus Real Estate, Octopus Moneycoach, Octopus Renewables, Seccl and Octopus Wealth.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg rules out local referendums on fracking and says shale gas companies could canvas door-door!

DRILL OR DROP?

 

The business secretary has rejected local referendums as a measure of public consent for fracking.

Jacob Rees-Mogg (right) at Conservative Party Conference Fringe event with Chris Hope Photo: Telegraph

Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested that shale gas companies could instead canvass door-to-door for support. Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative conference, he said: “I don’t think local referendums are necessarily the

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UKOG share placing raises another £3m for operations in Turkey.

DRILL OR DROP?

Weald-based UK Oil & Gas plc (UKOG) announced this morning it has raised £3m to spend in Turkey.

The funds were raised in a placing of more than 3 billion new shares. UKOG said in a statement the money would funds further seismic testing and a new appraisal well in the Resan licence in Turkey.

The funds were raised in a placing of more than 3 billion new shares. UKOG said in a statement the money would funds further seismic testing and a new appraisal well in the Resan licence in Turkey. The well was expected to produce oil in the first half of next year, UKOG said. This is the most recent of a series of placings to raise money for operations in Turkey. UKOG raised £1.5m in July 2022 and a further £5m in July 2021. The company said today:

“The placing has been undertaken to provide the Company with a source of general working capital and to help deliver the Company’s previously stated near term goals of completing the Phase 2 Turkey seismic programme and the subsequent drilling of a new appraisal well in the Basur oil discovery, anticipated to be able to add near-term oil production to the Company in H1 2023.”

The shares were issued at 0.0875p, a 20% discount on the previous closing price. UKOG’s share price at the time of writing was down more than 18% at 0.09p. Following the placing, total voting rights in UKOG now stand at more than 21 billion (21,096,376,104).

New finance officer

UKOG also announced it appointed a new chief finance officer. Guzyal Mukhametzhanova replaces Matt Gormley, who is leaving the company. Ms Mukhametzhanova has worked for KPMG’s energy and natural resources practice and JKX Oil and Gas Limited, where she was group financial controller and finance director. Her role at UKOG is a non-board position, the company said.

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IWA History Conference, 1st – 2nd October, 28 Pułku Strzelców, Łódź, Poland

Updated Schedule Information:
Times: Saturday Oct. 1 – Sunday Oct. 2 11AM – 16:30PM UTC+2 (Central Europe) Transmission Live on You Tube, Recording Will be Available After
Times for some other countries:
10AM – 15:30 UTC + 1 (UK, Ireland)
12:00 – 17:30 UTC+3 (Western Russia, Ukraine)
14:00 – 19:30 UTC+5 (Pakistan, Parts of India and Russia)
16:00 – 21:30 UTC+7 (Indonesia)
17:00 – 22:30 UTC + 8 (Western Australia)
19:00 – 00:30 UTC+10 (Eastern Australia)
6:00 – 11:30 UTC-3 (Chile, Brazil, Argentina)
5:00 – 10:30 UTC-4 (Eastern US)
4:00 – 9:30 UTC-5 (Mexico, Peru)
Schedule October 1
10:30 – Welcome. Introduction
11:00 Towards Anarchosyndicalist Principles: the Genesis and Founding Congress of the IWA, December 25, 1922- January 2 1923 – Piotr Nowak, ZSP
12:00 The Development of the IWA – Laure Akai, ZSP. A history of the impact of repression and war, of divisive issues in the International and attempts to revive international anarchosyndicalism over the last 50 years.
13:30 Break
14:00 The Development of Anarchosyndicalism in the Balkans – Ratibor Trivunac, ASI
15:00 The History of Anarchosyndicalism in Austria – WAS
Oct. 2
Sessions with Online Presentations:
11:00 Approaches to Technological Progress and Industrialism in the IWA in the 1920s-1930s – Vadim Damier, KRAS (Russian with English Translation)
12:30 Russian Anarcho-Syndicaliism and the IWA, 1920-1930s – Dmitry Rublev, KRAS (Russian with English Translation)
14:00 Break
15:00 100 years of the IWA in Latin America. A revolutionary syndicalism with an ideological definition and finalist proposal. – Pedro Peumo, Solidaridad Obrera, Chile (Spanish with English Translation)

Campaigners warn of “huge backlash” if government rewrites rules on fracking

DRILL OR DROP?

Fracking opponents have warned of a “huge backlash” if the government agrees to industry demands for new rules to make shale gas production quicker and easier.

Demonstration outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, 20 October 2018. Photo: RodHarbinson.com

Frack Free Lancashire, which opposed Cuadrilla’s operations in the county, said this evening the industry could not operate within the current regulations and now needed to “rewrite the rules”.

It also accused shale gas companies of “disrespecting” local communities and “disregarding” the environment.

The government announced last Thursday that it was lifting the moratorium on fracking in England, that has been in place since 2019.

Now the industry is repeating previous calls for ministers to go further and relax the regulations controlling fracking-induced earthquakes and change the planning system for shale gas.

Charles McAllister,

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Russia: The Anarcho-Communist Combat Organization

Crimethinc
An Interview with a Clandestine Anarchist Group

When the Russian military invaded Ukraine at the end of February 2022, anarchists and other anti-war demonstrators defied draconian anti-protest measures to take the streets to express opposition. Over the months since those protests were crushed, resistance to the invasion has assumed new forms. Clandestine attacks across Russia have targeted railroads, military recruiting centers, vehicles belonging to pro-war zealots, and Russian state propaganda messaging in favor of the war.

One of the groups promoting these attacks is known as the Anarcho-Communist Combat Organization. In the following interview, they speak about how they see their predecessors in the reregional history of anarchist movements, how the political situation in Russia deteriorated to such an extent that it was possible to suppress social movements and invade Ukraine, and what kind of organizing is possible under the prevailing conditions. We also asked them to go into detail about some of their operational protocol, in case this is ever useful for anarchists elsewhere who may be compelled to adopt similar strategies as state repression intensifies around the world.

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National construction wildcat on the way as strike wave spreads

libcom

A picture showing construction workers picketing an Amazon site during a previous wildcat in June 2021.

Construction and engineering employers have begun warning their workforce against taking part in a wildcat strike over pay on Wednesday 10th August, as strike action has spread from unionised workplaces into new areas such as Amazon warehouses.

Recent weeks have seen industrial action across the UK, as official strikes called by unions such as the RMT, Unite and CWU have been joined by unofficial wildcat actions. The wave of wildcat actions started with a strike at Cranswick Continental Foods in Pilsworth, and has now spread to Amazon warehouses, with workers at sites in Tilbury, Rugeley, Coventry, Bristol, Dartford and Coalville walking off the job or staging unofficial slowdowns over pay, and reports of the action spreading to Belvedere, Hemel Hempstead and Chesterfield.

Wednesday 10th August could see an even more dramatic escalation, as rumours are spreading of a national wildcat strike among engineering and construction workers planned for that day. Nothing seems to have appeared in the national media yet, but the Teesside Gazette has warned of the disruption that could be caused by roads being blocked near site entrances, and STV has mentioned that the Grangemouth oil refinery in Falkirk is likely to see hundreds of maintenance workers walking off the job.

 

Flickers of a Resurgent Labor Movement: Our Report from Labor Notes ’22

Black Rose / Rosa Negra

By Black Rose / Rosa Negra Labor Committee

Over the weekend of June 17-19, some 4,000 union members and affiliates congregated in Chicago for the 2022 Labor Notes Conference. Owing both to the fact that the biennial conference had been postponed in 2020 and to a modest (but nonetheless exciting) uptick in new union activity in recent months, most notably at Amazon and Starbucks, this year’s event set a new record for attendance.

Labor Notes began its life in 1979 as a monthly newsletter intending to challenge the sedate business and service models of AFL-CIO affiliated unions. The newsletter focused on spotlighting and linking together rank-and-file reform caucuses within these unions. Today, Labor Notes the periodical lives on, while Labor Notes the organization has dramatically expanded in scope to support year round “troublemaker” training schools and a publishing wing, in addition to its growing conference.

Labor Notes the organization acts on the social-political, or intermediate level, within the US (and Canadian)

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