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Humanitarian disaster unfolding: IS encroaches on Kobane on five fronts

Dire news from northern Syria: The Islamic State is waging a massive offensive against its most hated enemy in Syria, the YPG (People's Defense Units) of Rojava, because they are anticapitalist, open to all religions, they invite women to participate at all levels of the organization, and have been collectivizing northern Syria into councils and workers' cooperatives since the Syrian government withdrew from that region in 2012. The YPG was inspired Kurdish leaders' reading Murray Bookchin and therefore seeks to be nonhierarchical and democratic. It is the EZLN of the east.
Impending new humanitarian disaster in northern Syria: IS attacking Kobane (Rojava)

Dire news from northern Syria:

The Islamic State is waging a massive offensive against its most hated enemy in Syria, the YPG (People's Defense Units) of Rojava, because they are anticapitalist, open to all religions, they invite women to participate at all levels of the organization, and have been collectivizing northern Syria into councils and workers' cooperatives since the Syrian government withdrew from that region in 2012. The YPG was inspired Kurdish leaders' reading Murray Bookchin and therefore seeks to be nonhierarchical and democratic. They are, incidentally, also the forces who actually rescued the Yesidis from Mount Sinjar, long before the first US airstrike. They truly are the Zapatistas of the east, and they deserve our support.

The IS meanwhile most often fights the YPG, and only rarely fights the Syrian government (suspicious). In fact, currently 80% of IS forces are massed against the YPG in Kobane, with 3000 jihadis just on the western front.

There has been a flood of refugees headed to the Turkish border, with the thunder of US-made artillery captured by IS in the backdrop, only to be stopped by Turkish troops. It has been reported that the Turks did open the border later on. Also, Turkey has again been caught arming the IS this week. Fundamentalist muslim Turkish President Erdogan is hoping the IS will wipe out Turkey's old enemies the Kurds.

There appears to be a news blackout on this IS offensive, and who it is they are fighting.


Some websites:

 https://twitter.com/hashtag/kobane
 https://twitter.com/DefenseUnits (mixed gender militia)
 https://twitter.com/DefenseUnitsYPJ (women-only militia)
 link to www.nbcnews.com


Videos from this week:
 http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=648_1411028275

homepage: homepage: http://https://twitter.com/DefenseUnits


Bachground Article 19.Sep.2014 18:04

Must

 http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27301


Excerpts:

Democratic Self Administration (DSA)
After a lot of hard work, discussions and thought, the Tev-Dem has reached the conclusion that they need a DSA in all three Cantons of Kurdistan (Al Jazera, Kobany and Afrin). In the middle of January, 2014, the People's Assembly elected their own DSA, with autonomy, to implement and execute the decisions from the "House of the People" (the main Tev-Dem committee) and to take over some of the administration work in the local authorities, municipalities, education and health departments, trade and business organizations, defence and judiciary systems etc. The DSA is made up of 22 men and women with each of them having two deputies (one a man and the other a woman). Almost half the representatives are women. It is organized so that people from different backgrounds, nationalities, religions and genders can all participate. This has created a very good atmosphere of peace, brother/sisterhood, satisfaction and freedom.

In a short space of time, this administration has done quite a lot of work and issued a Social Contract, Transport Law, Parties Law and a programme or plan for the Tev-Dem. In the Social Contract, the first page states, "the areas of self-management democracy do not accept the concepts of state nationalism, military or religion or of centralized management and central rule but are open to forms compatible with the traditions of democracy and pluralism, to be open to all social groups and cultural identities and Athenian democracy and national expression through their organization ..." There are many decrees in the Social Contract. A few are extremely important for society, including:

Separation of state from religion
Banning marriages under the age of 18 years
Women's and children's rights must be recognized, protected and implemented
Banning female circumcision
Banning polygamy.
The revolution must take place from the bottom of society and be sustainable
Freedom, equality, equal opportunity and non- discrimination.
Equality between men and women
All languages people speak must be recognized and Arabic, Kurdish and Syrian are the official languages in Al Jazera
To provide a decent life for prisoners and to make prison a place for rehabilitation and reform.
Every human being has the right to seek asylum and refugees may not be returned without his/her consent.



.........


The Communes were the most active cells in the House of the People, and have been set up everywhere. They have their own regular weekly meeting to discuss the problems they face. Each Commune has their own representative in the House of the People and in the neighborhood, village or town where they are based.

Below is the definition of the Commune from the Tev-Dam manifesto and translated from Arabic:

"Communes are the smallest cells and the most activist in society. They are formed practically in society and there is freedom of women and ecology and the adoption of direct democracy."

"The Communes form on the principle of direct participation of people in the villages, on the street and the neighborhoods and the towns. These are the places that people willingly organize themselves with their opinion, create their free will and initiate their activities in whole residential areas and open the door for discussion about all the issues and their solution"

"Communes work on developing and promoting the committees. They talk and search for solutions of social matters, political, education, securities and self- defending & self-protection from its own power, not from the state. Communes create their own power through building organization in the form of agricultural communes in the villages and also communes, cooperatives and associations in the neighborhoods."

"Forming the Communes on the street, villages and towns with participation of all the residents. Communes have a meeting every week. In the meeting Communes make all its decisions openly by people who are in the Commune and are older than 16 years-old."

We went to a meeting of one the communes based in the neighborhood of Cornish in the town of Qamishli. There were 16 to 17 people in the meeting. The majority of them were young women. We engaged in a deep conversation about their activities and their tasks. They told us that in their neighborhood they have 10 Communes and the membership of each Commune is 16 people. They told us "We act in the same way as community workers including meeting people, attending the weekly meetings, checking any problems in the places we are based, protecting people in the community and sorting out their problems, collecting the rubbish in the area, protecting the environment and attending the biggest meeting to report back about what happened in the last week".

In response to one of my questions, they confirmed that nobody, including any of the political parties, intervenes in their decision making and that they make all the decisions collectively.


Wait a minute 19.Sep.2014 19:27

gos

Is this like when we were told about the thousands of trapped Yazdis on the mountian, and we really need to act to save them, and then the truth came out. It was a couple of hundred and the Kurds rescued them.

Or is this like the time we were told that the Iraqis had the ability to build WMDs and then they didn't.

Or is this like the time we were told that the Iraqis were killing babies in a hospital in Kuwait and them it turned out that the "witness" was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador and was totally fucking lying.

Sorry Sheila, your post will be marginalized 19.Sep.2014 20:00

anon

It's unfortunate, but because the typical anti-war people are against self defense(bring every one down to an equal level of misery), your post will be considered a lie. What we've seen recently is that hatred of America and Israel is so intense, many people will automatically side with the so-called Islamic State (enemy of my enemy type of thing); ISIS is now the FRIEND of the far-left. What's very disturbing is that many people now believe that any information or news posted on "mainstream" media is false - maybe children should not be taught math?

You're confused, Gos 20.Sep.2014 04:57

Don't spazz out

> Is this like when we were told about the thousands of trapped Yazdis on the mountian, and we really
> need to act to save them, and then the truth came out. It was a couple of hundred and the Kurds rescued them.
> Or is this like the time we were told that the Iraqis had the ability to build WMDs and then they didn't.
> Or is this like the time we were told that the Iraqis were killing babies in a hospital in Kuwait
> and them it turned out that the "witness" was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador and was totally
> fucking lying.

Don't spazz out, Gos. You read NONE of the above things on Portland indymedia, but from those other places you get your news, like the lips of politicians. Don't confuse your independent media with FoxNews.

anon 20.Sep.2014 06:12

iu

I agree. We got to this point because the MSM is not information oriented, or heaven forbid truth oriented, but agenda oriented. Go to a top journalism school in the US, and ask one of the students there what they want to do with their lives. The answer will not be "I want to tell the truth about things" The answer will be "I want to change the world.". Which maybe a noble thing, but it doesn't belong in journalism, because it means you put your thumb on the scale at that point. You've become an advocate, not an disseminator of news and information.

Right now the MSM's brains are short circuiting because their guy, the one, the one who was promised as being it, despite all their help, has fallen on his face and can't get up. He is now doing exactly what he was not suppose to do. Even if its the right thing, they disagree completely. They feel the need to support him because of white guilt, or whatever reason, but can't bring themselves to. they are totally torn because the brilliant one, is now adopting the same polices as that sub-primate George Bush. The fact that Bush went to Yale and got his Masters Harvard (a school AlGore flunked out of ) must be completely ignored or else the MSM's egos couldn't deal with it. That is IQ score is higher than Obama's is another inconvenient fact that is to be ignored to protect the ego.

But now, Obama has adopted Bush's policy on war. OH NO! HOW CAN THIS BE?? That either means Obama is wrong or George Bush was right all along. This is what the MSM and the left are twitching all over the place as their brains short out.

The logic is shorting them out.

 link to www.youtube.com


Really? 20.Sep.2014 17:38

gos

You really think just because something is posted here that it is true?

Are you that naive?

I have seen bullshit articles posted by right wing trolls, articles about the DEADLY CHEMTRAIL that will kill you.

So, just because they are posted here they are true?

Or maybe all the people telling to relax are just one person, the same one who posted the original article.

It is well documented that there are various organizations that see websites like this as a big enough threat that they take the time and energy to post false, misleading and confrontational articles in order to sway opinion or disrupt community.

goes, no way 21.Sep.2014 07:06

hh

this is Portland independent media. Damn it!

Where all who post here are correct, unless its a CONINTELPRO who is a highly paid contractor whose job it is to post bullshit here for all of the 14 readers of this website, to advise them in the error of their ways. You can always spot a CONINTELPRO, they are everywhere. 47% of Americans are CONINTELPROs.

You can spot them here. Whenever someone posts a loopy bong induced prescription or proclamation for America, and someone else responds with logic and common sense, that a CONINTELPRO for sure. A dead giveaway. Who do they think they are fooling? The intellectually superior beings of PIMC?

Yes, the world has gone to facebook and twitter, but one or two loyal readers still stuck in their ways come here instead. No identity screening like facebook, no none of that rubbish! No Sir! And PIMC doesn't save your IP address (they let the NSA do that instead). Funny to think of all naive fuckheads over the years thought they were safe who posted here.. too funny. One of those Ginger fuckheads is spending his youth rotting in federal prison. Good Job!

So, I'm one of the 47% and you are one of the 1%, but not that one percent, the other one.

So adversarial, without adding even one piece of new information 21.Sep.2014 09:48

Sad

Your comments are pretty sad. Instead of adding new information to benefit all, the discussion is adversarial and just plain infantile, revealing that you're all really quite frustrated at heart. Go out and be active, change things, instead of venting your emotions on your keyboard.

Re: sad 23.Sep.2014 05:27

gos

Adding nothing? Well, I see it differently. I am asking people to actually support their claims. I am asking the moderators to moderate. I am trying to get people to evaluate the information and force the bullshit off this website.

Who here has evidence that the government is actually using aircraft for geoengineering (chemtrails)? I have tried to actually find evidence, because I have friend who believes this crap.

And yet it seems every 5th article here is about unicorns... I mean chemtrails.

So, I am sorry that I don't accept everything posted here as gospel. Maybe we need to put it all in a big book. The gospels of indymedia and then we don't have to question anything, just refer back to the book.

But thank you for the in-depth psychoanalysis you conducted from the nine sentences I posted about this article.

what? 16.Oct.2014 15:18

a man

" it seems every 5th article here is about unicorns... I mean chemtrails"
I know it's repetitive but those damn Operation Cloverleaf lines in the sky are engaging in chemical assault.
Are we to just ignore this silent war as it performs slow kill, population / weather control?
'Contrails' don't remain and spread.