Saqba, Demonstration of the mothers and relatives of the detainees, who were arrested by the Army of Islam led by Zahran Alloush, and demanding their liberation – سقبا 27-02-2015 أمهات وأقرباء المعتقلين الذين اعتقلهم جيش الاسلام يطالبن زهران علّوش باطلاق سراحهم

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أمهات وأقرباء المعتقلين الذين اعتقلهم جيش الاسلام خلال الحملة الأخيرة على المدينة يخرجن بمظاهرة ويطالبن باطلاق سراحهم فورا ويستنكرون ويشجبون استمرار اعتقالهم بدون تقديم أي تهم أو أدلة واضحة أو السماح لهنّ بمعرفة أماكنهم أو حتى زيارتهم

Mothers and relatives of the detainees who were arrested by the Army of Islam during the recent campaign of the city Saqba went out and staged a demonstration demanding their immediate release and denounce and condemn the continued detention without charges or  any clear evidence or allow them to know where they are or even visit them.

The Syrian bourgeoisie and the people’s revolution

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The Syrian people’s revolution is approaching the end of its third year, still confronting the apparatus of death and destruction of the ruling dictatorial regime, in addition to numerous threats and dangers. The popular masses have made huge sacrifices in this period: in addition to over a hundred thousand number of killed, hundreds of thousands are wounded or missing, and around half the population of Syria have become internally displaced persons or refugees in neighbouring countries

It is notable that this gloomy picture concerns the areas which are revolutionary – and therefore destroyed – which are the areas where the popular classes, including the working class, live and work. This geographic map corresponds to a large extent with the nature of the social forces which are driving the revolution Continue reading

Essentialist impasse

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“I am fed up of Islamophobia”

Since the tragic events in Paris in January, medias and politics have focused constantly their discussions around the Islamic religion to try to explain the crimes and violence by the assassins of Paris, by Boko Haram and the Islamic State (IS). The debate has therefore been on what interpretation or tradition, progressive or reactionary, of the Quran someone has to try to explain the violence committed in the name of religion.

The problem with all of these discussions is that they are focusing the explanation of all violence in the name of Islam (including Boko Haram and IS) in the Islamic religion and specifically the Quran. It should be noted that in these numerous debates called “democratic”, Islamophobic personalities such as Onfray, Zemmour, Finkielkraut and others remain at the forefront of television shows and newspapers. Islamophobia is indeed not new and has intensified since the events of January 7. Continue reading

الشرق الأوسط، شمال افريقيا: السيرورة الثورية في قبضة القوى الرجعية

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لقد مرت حتى الآن أربع سنوات تقريبا على بداية السيرورات الثورية بالشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا، ورغم عدم انتهاء هذ السيرورات، لم تَبْدُ الأهداف الأولية لهذه السيرورات (ديمقراطية وعدالة اجتماعية ومساواة) بأي وجه أكثر بعدا

إن القوتين الرئيستين اللتين تميزتا وسادتا خلال بعض الوقت في مشهد المنطقة السياسي هما ممثلو الأنظمة القديمة المستبدة من جهة والقوى الإسلامية الأصولية والرجعية بمختلف مكوناتها (من الإخوان المسلمين إلى الجهاديين. بالطبع ليست هذه القوى متماثلة كليا وبينها اختلافات كبيرة، لكنها تتقاسم موقف معاديا للثورة بوجه الحركات الشعبية وأهداف الثورة) من جهة
أخرى  Continue reading

ﺍﻟﺤﻜﻮﻣﺔ ﺍﻟﺴﻮﺭﻳﺔ ﺗﻄﺮﺩ ﺗﻌﺴﻔﻴﺎ ﻋﺸﺮﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﻤﻮﻇﻔﻴﻦ ﻣﻦ ﻣﻌﺘﻘﻠﻴﻦ ﺳﺎﺑﻘﻴﻦ ﻭﻣﺸﺎﺭﻛﻴﻦ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﻈﺎﻫﺮﺍﺕ ﻭ ﺗﻘﻮﻡ”ﺑﺘﻌﻔﻴﺶ”ﻣﺴﺘﺤﻘﺎﺗﻬﻢ

حكومة نظام الطغمة ﺗﻄﺮﺩ30ﻣﻮﻇﻔﺎ ﺃﻏﻠﺒﻬﻢ ﻣﻦ ﻣﺪﻳﻨﺔ ﺍﻟﺴﻠﻤﻴﺔ ﻃﺮﺩﺍ ﺗﻌﺴﻔﻴﺎ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻌﻤﻞ ﻣﻦ ﺩﻭﻥ ﺗﺒﺮﻳﺮﺍﺕ ﻭ ﻻ ﺗﻌﻮﻳﻀﺎﺕ ﻧﻬﺎﻳﺔ ﺧﺪﻣﺔ ﻭ ﻻ ﺭﺍﺗﺐ ﺗﻘﺎﻋﺪ ﺑﻌﺪ ﻋﺸﺮﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﺴﻨﻴﻦ ﻣﻦ توظيفهم. وﺑﻌﺾ ﺍﻟﻤﻮﻇﻔﻴﻦ المطرودين ﻛﺎﻥ ﻣﻌﺘﻘﻼ ﺳﺎﺑﻘﺎ، ﻭﺑﻌﻀﻬﻢ الاخر ﻛﺎﻥ ﻣﻤﻦ ﺷﺎﺭﻛﻮﺍ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﻤﻈﺎﻫﺮﺍﺕ ﺍﻟﺘﻲ ﺭﺍﻓﻘﺖ ﺍﻟﺜﻮﺭﺓ ﺍﻟﺴﻮﺭﻳﺔ، ﻭ ﻣﻤﻦ ﻛﺎﻥ ﻳﺮﻓﺾ ﺭﻓﻀﺎ ﻗﺎﻃﻌﺎ ﺍﺳﺘﺨﺪﺍﻡ ﺍﻟﻌﻨﻒ ﻭﻳﺪﻋﻮ ﻟﺘﺤﻘﻴﻖ ﺍﻟﻤﻄﺎﻟﺐ ﺳﻠﻤﻴﺎ
هؤلاء ﺍﻟﻤﻮﻇﻔين كانوا ﻳﺸﺘﻐﻠﻮﻥ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺆﺳﺴﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺪﻭﻟﺔ ﻭﻣﺪﻳﺮﻳﺎﺗﻬﺎ ﺍﻟﻤﺨﺘﻠﻔﺔ ﻣﻨﻬﺎ ﻣﺮﺍﻛﺰ ﺍﻷﺑﺤﺎﺙ ﻭﺍﻟﺪﺭﺍﺳﺎﺕ، ﻭﺟﺎﻣﻌﺔ ﺍﻟﺒﻌﺚ ﻭﻣﺪﻳﺮﻳﺔ ﺍﻟﻤﻄﺎﺣﻦ ﻭﺍﻟﺰﺭﺍﻋﺔ ﻭﺍﻟﺘﺮﺑﻴﺔ ﻭﻣﺪﻳﺮﻳﺔ ﺳﺪ ﺗﺸﺮﻳﻦ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺮﻛﺰ ﺍﻟﺼﺤﻲ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﻮﺍﺭﺩ ﺍﻟﻤﺎﺋﻴﺔ ﻭﻣﺆﺳﺴﺔ ﺍﻟﻬﺎﺗﻒ، ﻗﻀﻰ ﺃﻏﻠﺒﻬﻢ ﺷﺒﺎﺑﻪ ﻛﺎﻣﻼ ﻓﻲ ﺧﺪﻣﺔ مؤسسات الدولة ، ﻟﺘﻘﻮﻡ ﺍﻟﺤﻜﻮﻣﺔ ﺍﻟﻴﻮﻡ ﺑﻔﺼﻠهم من أعمالهم وﻣﺠﺮﺩﺓ ﺇﻳﺎهم ﻣﻦ ﺣﻘﻮقهم ﺍﻟﻮﻇﻴﻔﻴﺔ ﻭﺗﻌﻮﻳﻀﺎﺗهم ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺘﺤﻘﺔ
ﻭﺣﺴﺐ بعض ﺍﻟﻤﺼﺎﺩﺭ ﻓﺈﻥ ﻫﻨﺎﻙ ﻗﺎﺋﻤﺔ ﺟﺪﻳﺪﺓ ﻗﺎﺩﻣﺔ ﻟﻔﺼﻞ ﻣﺰﻳﺪ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻤﻮﻇﻔﻴﻦ ﻭﺳﺮﻗﺔ ﺭﻭﺍﺗﺒﻬﻢ ﻭﻣﺴﺘﺤﻘﺎﺗﻬﻢ ﻭﻧﻬﺐ ﺟﻬﺪﻫﻢ ﻭﺗﻌﻔﺸﻴﻪ ﺍﻟﺬﻱ ﺍﺳﺘﻤﺮ ﻟﺜﻠﺚ ﻋﻤﺮﻫﻢ
هذا ليس غريبا على نظام الطغمة الذي ينهض على قدمي الفساد والعنف وهذه الممارسات الظالمة وغيرها التي قام بها هذا النظام ضد الجماهير الشعبية هي التي تكمن في الدافع الرئيسي للثورة الشعبية الحالية ضده
من اجل إسقاط نظام الاستغلال والفساد والحرب
عاشت وحدة نضال الشغيلة والكادحين

Voices of Yarmouk: Syria and Palestine, a common struggle.

Three interviews conducted by Joseph Daher, activist and member of the Revolutionary Left Current in Syria and solidaritéS’ movement in Switzerland, with Palestinians from the Yarmouk refugee camp (Syria), October 2014

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Freedom, a common destiny – Gaza, Yarmouk and the Golan- a pro Syrian revolution demonstrator on the Golan Heights occupied by Israel protesting against the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip · July 2014

Introduction

The refugee camp of Yarmouk is located eight kilometres south of the centre of Damascus, Yarmouk is defined by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as an “unofficial” camp (1). Created in 1954 by the Syrian authorities, which have kept the administration on it, the camp has witnessed a notorious urban development that makes it an attractive and dynamic area. Its population has evolved with regional conflicts and the Syrian rural exodus. In the 1970s, popular neighbourhoods are established around Yarmouk camp and connect it to the urban fabric of Damascus. Today, the Yarmouk Camp covers a space of two square kilometres. Prior to 2011, out of a population of 250,000 people, the camp housed about 150 000 Palestinian refugees, in addition to Syrians and some Iraqi refugees that settled in the camp after 2003.

With time Yarmouk became a centre of economic activities and is home to popular and small middle class categories with limited incomes (shopkeepers, teachers, etc.). Yarmouk is also a political pool in which the various political tendencies of the Palestinian political scene are present.

The Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk is today in a catastrophic humanitarian situation as a result of the strict siege imposed on it from summer 2013, with the prohibition of movement of persons and foodstuffs, to the rebel neighbourhoods south of Damascus by the Assad regime and the Palestinian organizations linked to it, especially the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine- General Command (PFLP-GC), controlled by Ahmad Jibril (2).

There is currently still between 15 000 and 20 000 people in the camp. Continue reading

حزب العمال الكردستاني ومسألة تقرير المصير للشعب الكردي

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محاصرة من قبل جهاديي الدولة الإسلامية (داعش) منذ أكتوبر/تشرين الاول عام 2014، أصبحت كوباني رمزا للمقاومة الكردية في روجافا (كردستان سوريا)، والتي تتضمن منطقة ذاتية الحكم في شمال شرق سوريا، يسكنها أساسا الأكراد والتي يسيطر عليها حزب الاتحاد الديمقراطي (PYD)، الفرع السوري لحزب العمال الكردستاني. وقد تضامن مع هذه المقاومة أجزاء واسعة من اليسار الغربي، وهو أمر يستحق الترحيب

ومع ذلك، فمن الممكن، عبر مقاربة نقدية و بناءة، مناقشة جانبين من جوانب هذه التعبئة، بالنسبة لنا بالعودة إلى القضية المركزية لأي احتمال تقرير المصير للشعب الكردي في سوريا: تحرير الشعب الكردي يرتبط بانتصار الثورة السورية Continue reading