DAF statement on the war in Syria and the refugee crisis.

The War in Syria is Growing

The long-awaited developments began to happen In Idlib where is the last point of the war and also the last point of the djihadist gangs supported by TAF were stucked. The troops of the TAF were attacked by aerial strike on the night of 27 February to 28 -shortly before the “ultimatum” that T.C gave to the Syrian Army to withdraw from the places it took in Idlip- According to official figures, 34 soldiers died as a result of this airstrike, It was carried out by Syria according to T.C sources.

In a statement made by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the fine message to Ankara stated that the TAF elements should not leave the observation points established in accordance with the Sochi Accord. The “striking” message in the statement made by the ministry was that “the Syrian air force is operating against the HTS (Hayʼat Taḥrīr al-Shām, Levant Liberation Committee ) targets and the TAF troops should not be in this particular region”. With these statements that Russia insistently emphasized the partnership of T.C with Al-Qaeda derivative HTS, which is accepted as the terrorist organization by the whole world.

The war is growing rapidly, the heroism speech used by the state has risen, and the speed of the media as it equips its war uniforms and the fact that almost all of the opposition quickly adapt to this situation. The last air strike is one of the historical turns of the war in Syria since 2011. We experienced one of these historical turns on May 13, 2013 after the bomb attack in Reyhanlı, which cost the lives of 53 people. Although it is not said who and why “TC was at war” in Syria, we felt other shocking reflections of this war in our geography very close at the massacres of Suruç, Ankara, Reina, İstanbul Yeşilköy Airport in the coming years.

State’s War Opportunism

The “usefulness” of the Syrian War, which caused such devastating outcomes for the peoples, on the other hand, in terms of regional and global states especially by T.C, is extremely obvious. T.C, instrumentalized the civil war in Syria for the increasing nationalism in domestic politics and the pression applications such as state of emergencyagainst the street opposition. Likewise, with its military and administrative presence in regions such as Afrin, Euphrates Shield and Serekaniye, it effectively filled the “Neo Ottomanist” promises towards its nationalist-conservative base.

We know that wars are the processes for the states to suppress opposition within their borders, to silence voices against power, to stop manifestations, and to accustom the society to “state of emergency” practices. The “democratic” practices of the state are put on the shelf with the war process,. Social pressure and passivation increase.

The ongoing war process will be used to further mobilize the increasing pressure mechanisms towards society. Violent words and actions against the current functioning will be punished, and state violence will become the most evident. On the one hand, the state will shape these processes as it wishes, while on the other hand it will use the war for its economic purposes.

War as a Solution to the Economic Crisis

The economic crisis is destroying the lives of the oppressed; the economic crisis is being hushed up by the war!
The minimum wage was announced in December: 2,324 TL! According to the statements of the unions, the monthly food expenditure (hunger threshold) required for a family of four to be healthy, balanced and adequate is 2 thousand 219,45 TL. Only 105 TL more than the hunger limit was deemed proper for the worker. Moreover, 43% of workers in Turkey are working for the minimum wage. In the same year, the budget spent by the T.C state for the TAF is 19 billion dollars. According to data of 2019 the wealth of 25 billionaire boss of Turkey’s is 43.1 billion $. The number of workers who committed suicide because of they could not maintain themselves and their family in the last 6 years is 351!

The worker who sets himself up fire as he cry out “I can’t survive” in front of the parliament while the bosses add their wealth, lathe worker who committed suicide because he could not buy pants for his son, young worker who burned himself in front of the mayor because he could not find a job, The industrial worker who eventually threw himself into a 1600 degree iron melting boiler because he could not bring the end of the month with the wage he received.

Some of them who works, the amount in the hand was not enough to make a living; some of them who are looking for a job and c’ant find so they become dependent to a bite of bread. While the economic crisis brought the oppressed to the point that they could take away their life, the wealthy added money to their money by turning the crisis into an opportunity and creating new wars, let alone lose anything from their wealth. New wars meant new tenders for them. It was the time of making war speeches on TVs and decorating, tearing and giving “martyred soldier” news and growing their shares from the cake with unquestionable auctions.

Details of War: Immigrants

It was reported that after the air attack on the TAF in the Idlib region of Syria, the state decided not to prevent migrants from passing to Europe by land or sea. AKP Spokesperson Ömer Çelik said “Our refugee policy is the same, but there is a situation, we are no longer in a position to hold refugees.” . Many immigrants in Izmir, Canakkale and Istanbul were directed to the beaches and Thrace. Europe was being threatened by the acceleration of the movement of migrants to the West from Turkey, for a long time in case of worsening of the situation in Idlib .

The state, which uses immigrants as a trump card at every opportunity, enthusiastically embraced his trump card after February 27. Those who cannot give their message openly to the EU and the West, seek supporters in Syria with threats over their lives. The state, which does not hesitate to use immigrants for its strategic position and serves it to the world through its media, tries to open space for itself and trying to be the “playing” state, instead of the state where “games are played”.

Strategic Position Between States

The state’s war strategy, which became public after the war, is not only focused on political and economic gains in the current region. The target is also to be one of the states which has “influence” in the inter-state political arena. The state, which aims to take a position in this arena through actions such as being a party to the wars that continue from Libya to Cyprus, from Egypt to Syria, to support one of the parties, and to be directly involved in the war, also trying to expand it’s “self-ordained” domestic politics beyond it’s borders. This self-ordainism has evolved to “conquest policies” with nationalist intentions, and support is provided in all circumstances from the nationalist conservative mindset within the borders. Legitimacy is tried to be achieved by drawing the image of the state who has influence in foreign policy and trying to achieve this status through aggressive policies.

For those who express their long-term goals (such as 2023, 2071) with epic rhetoric at every opportunity, neither the events experienced on February 27 nor the loss of lives any other time are important. While every megaloman project, which is kneaded in accordance with the statist discourses, is marketed with nationalist intentions and holiness, the account of the lives lost in the war is not questioned and melts in the ambiguity of the martyrdom of the state. Those who are regarded as “details” for the sake of the interests of the states will not be remembered the next week, month or year.

The ones with Power do not hesitate to plunder the lives of millions of people for the sake of their own interests, and, as in every war, it tries to crush those who are oppressed in this war. What we need to do as oppressed is not to be a pawn in the war of Power. What we have to do is to defend our lives that are trying to be plundered, to continue our fight against all war propaganda and to build a free world.

Revolutionary Anarchist Action

Turkish and French language versions

Commander Arian film screening, in Lewes 14th June.

There will be a screening of Commander Arian at the Depot Cinema in Lewes on June 14th at 6.15 pm. After the screening, director Alba Sotorra Clua will take questions from the audience with Elif Sarican and Dirk Campbell.

On the front line of the Syrian war, 30-year-old Commander Arian guides a female battalion towards the city of Kobane to release its people from the grip of ISIS in an empowering tale of emancipation and freedom. When the war in Syria broke, a group of women from the Kurdish resistance assembled the YPJ – Women Protection Units. Arian, who witnessed at a young age the nefarious treatment of sexual assault victims, leads the unit and dedicates her life to battling ISIS. As the YPJ inches closer to their target, she implores her comrades to discover the true meaning of their fight: freedom for the next generation of women. With unprecedented access to the commander and her troops, including delicate scenes of her recovering from multiple bullet wounds, Sotorra brilliantly crafts an enthralling portrait of a woman on a mission.

Anna Campbell from Lewes chose to support the Rojava revolution by going out and fighting alongside the brave women of the YPJ. She met and was interviewed by Alba Sotorra Clua. After the YPG/YPJ defeat of Daesh in the autumn of 2017, Anna went to defend civilians from the Turkish incursion into Afrin in January 2018 and was killed by a Turkish air strike on 15 March.

Proceeds will be donated to the charity Kurdish Red Moon

President Erdogan is as dangerous as President Trump. By Zaher Baher

From zaherbaher.com where you can also find it in Kurdish.

The system is always able to create dangerous people but the real danger is the system itself. The system also makes the people powerless, helpless and slaves too through its dark forces of which the Media is one.

Media is a part of this system, portraying heads of state, powerful people and celebrities as either good or bad. In this way Media does a great job in protecting and preserving the system. It does this by diverting people’s attention from real problems. It is always better for the state, the United Kingdom (UK) that its people do not take important issues they are facing seriously. Health services, education, housing and homelessness, immigration, racism, the railways and Brexit are just a few of them.

Since Trump came to power, Media almost everywhere tries to discredit him and dismiss him as the most dangerous man in the world and call him any name. There is no doubt that most of what the Media says about Trump is right but no doubt the system from time to time needs people like him.

Is president Trump dangerous and a real threat to the world?

Many of President Trump’s polices from beginning to the present are wrong and inhuman from cutting health care, racist and inhuman immigration policy, continuing the global “war on terror”, withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, abortion restrictions, cutting taxes on the rich and corporations, withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement, to moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in recognition of Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its capital.

He is an extremist, sexist, bigoted, prejudiced, anti-Islamic and can be fascistic too. He is the most powerful person in the world and the head of the most powerful state as well.

Many of us because of the above reasons think he is the most dangerous person and is a major threat to the world and peace. Certainly he can be. But the words ‘can be’ are very much different from ‘is’ and also we should know that he is very fragile and weak although he became powerful through the election process. And his support can be limited by the wealth of corporations and only extends to a certain degree. At most, his power may be extended to six more years while there is the possibility of having only two more years as it is doubtful that he will be elected again even that is what he wants. Whatever he wants he still cannot reshape the fate of the Middle East as a whole let alone of the world.

How about President Erdogan? Is he less dangerous or less of a threat to the world or at least to the Middle East?

Let me remind the readers about him and his polices and the actions of his political party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), then I leave it for the readers to make their own judgement.

President Erdogan from the very beginning was an extremist and fanatical as he came from an Islamic background and described himself as a conservative democratic. He was the Mayor of Istanbul form 1994 to 1998. He was stripped of his position, banned from political office, and imprisoned for four months, for reciting a poem that promoted a religious point of view of the government during a speech in 1998.

He founded the AKP in 2001 and won three general elections in 2002, 2007 and 2011. He was the Prime Minster from 2003 to 2014 and then became the President of Turkey.

Like Trump he is a sexist, bigoted, prejudiced, extremist and racist. He is fanatically religious, nationalist and certainly a vicious dictator and fascist. He and his National Intelligence Organisation, (MIT) is the creator of Islamic State with the help of Qatar and the US.

He tried to expand his Kalifate beyond Turkey and dreamt of bringing back the times of the Ottoman Empire. He intervened viscously in Syria and Iraq and tries to play a major role in the whole region to consolidate his power. He abused his power to restart war not just with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) but with all Kurdish people in Turkish Kurdistan (Bakur) after two policemen were killed in June 2015 which the PKK always denied. He banned active members and supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and the PKK. Thousands of activists and politicians including many HDP MPs and both heads of the HDP are in prison. Since July 2015 so many Kurdish civilians have been killed or injured, over 400,000 people displaced from their own homes and so many towns and villages destroyed.

He justified the military coup of July 2016 in order to imprison many thousands from the military, politicians and civilians including judges, prosecutors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, academics and journalists and dismissed many more thousands from their jobs. On 16th April 2017 he held a constitutional referendum to approve 18 proposed amendments to the Turkish constitution in order to create an executive presidency and presidential system. This would allow him to stay in power as head of the state until 2029. On January 20th, of this year he ordered an attack on Afrin, one of the Kurdish Cantons in the North of Syria, a most peaceful place, commonly known as Rojava. It was invaded after 58 bloody days of fighting, on 18th of March. Recently he brought the Turkish general election forward from Nov 2019 to 24th of June fearful of losing power.

While he still supports terrorist groups, especially Isis, financially and logistically he is a very big threat to innocent people in the US, UK, the rest of Europe, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan and also to peace in the Middle East. So the longer his stay in power the more dangerous it will be for Turkey, the region, Europe and the US.

The question here is why a man with this character and terrible record is not seen as being dangerous? Why was he not faced by hundred of thousands of angry protesters when he visited the UK on 13th of May?

Of course he should have been made unwelcome by a huge number of angry protesters. But the Media and the State in the UK did not want that to happen to avoid embarrassing both the Prime Minster and President Erdogan. The Media here usually silent or only very covers the atrocity that has been going on for so long against Kurdish and activists in Turkey.

As for the Prime Minster and her government, it was not just a matter of being silent about Erdogan and his government. It was business as usual. In fact, the failed coup and suppression of the Kurdish and others by the state of Turkey were beneficial for May’s government. On the same day, she met Erdogan she made a declaration of support for him and denounced the Kurdish as “terrorists” and, since 2016, the UK sold over £1bn of weapons to Turkey.

For those of us who did not know before, we should now know it is not in the interests of the UK to denounce Erdogan as Turkey is one of the strongest members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), of being an important key ally in the fight against “terrorism “and an indispensable partner for future trading in a post-Brexit world.

So the recent demonstrations and protests against the visit of Mr Erdogan on 15th May and of his government have been left for the Kurdish, Turkish and a tiny minority of leftists, Trade unionists, socialist and anarchists. I am not surprised.

Zaher Baher, May 2018

STOP TURKEY’S WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

#DefendAfrin #NoFlyZone4Afrin

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On 20 January, the Turkish state together with Salafist groups (Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra, FSA, Heyet Tahrir El Şam and former IS terrorists) launched a military assault against the Kurdish region of Afrin/North-Syria.

This invasion of another country is a blunt violation of international law.

  • Crimes against humanity; Serious violations of international law; Aggression
  • It is an action of genocide – the attacks are aimed at an ethnic group as such

Erdogan’s current attack on Afrin is to be put into the context of Turkey’s longstanding racist hostility towards any prospect of Kurdish self-determination, including democratic rights within existing states.

The US, the EU and their allies tacitly approved the operation by claiming that it is Turkey’s right to defend its borders. Russia, meanwhile, consented to the assault by allowing Turkey to use the Syrian airspace. They are the same powers whom have not managed to organize peace talks for Syria over the last seven years. Since the war in Syria started in 2011, Afrin has been among the safest areas of the devastated country. Afrin has been a shelter for Yezidis, Christians, Alevis, as well as Muslims from all ethnic backgrounds.

And now; Turkey is killing civilians, committing a war crime and genocide in Afrin

  • Until now tens of civilians have been killed, most of which are women and children, and hundreds have been injured.
  • Turkey, not satisfied with only killing civilians, has now started erasing what is left of the history in Northern Syria. Turkish war-jets destroyed a 3.000-year-old temple – the Ain Dara Hittite temple complex.
  • Turkey is using weapons such as NAPALM and cluster bombs on civilians which were

banned internationally by the United Nations’ Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

Stop Turkey`s war against Kurds

  • The people of Afrin are facing genocide. The situation is sensitive and urgent. We call upon all people with a conscience to support Afrin and to stand in solidarity.
  • We call upon the US, EU, UN to understand the reality on the ground and take a clear stand against the Turkish state’s attacks.

DEFEND THE PEOPLE OF AFRIN PLATFORM
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