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‘TheFreeOnline’ blog banned in Turkey with Dozens more pro Rojava and anti Fascist sites

Image result for blogs banned in Turkey by wordpressWe have received copies from WordPress.com of Court Orders granted to Turkey to order them to  ban this blog thefreeonline in Turkey and for internet users ”originating on Turkey”and also around 50 more blogs for posts against fascism, racism and patriarchy by the ‘elected dictator’ Erdogan and in favour or Democratic Confederalism. ( see list below, includes Latuff Cartoons, Desert Peace, Uprooted Palestinians, etc).

thefreeonline is a modest blog which promotes a utopian novel called The Free and posts relevant news, etc, in this case about the inspiring bottom up democratic revolution in Rojava, which has been brutally repressed in Turkey itself and now in Afrin with the Turkish invasion.2013121864316309734_20You can’t read thefreeonline anymore in Turkey (except with a Vpn or Tor) , or if you’re a person ”originating in Turkey” (we’re not sure how that works, but the order seems to aim at blogs translating or sharing news from exiled Turkish people and supporters..

The ban includes the suppression of much more frequented sites, see list below, and probably there are many more, and perhaps Google and other blog hosts have followed wordpress’s example of refusing to appeal the banning orders.

WordPress’s statement says  ”we must comply to keep WordPress.com accessible for everyone in Turkey. We will not be challenging this order in court”. In other words Erdogan is blackmailing again, threatening to ban all WordPress.com blogs from Turkey (as they did before) unless those critical of him are suppressed.


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We could fill pages with a list of documented  blackmail scams by Erdogan over the years, one of his most disgusting being extracting billions of euros in EU tax money in exchange for blocking refugee boats. This while exploiting the same  refugees as illegal semi slave labour and recruiting them as jihadi mercenaries to invade and ”ethnically cleanse” (a euphemism for genocide) Rojava and now parts of Northern Iraq. see.. Erdoğan threatens the world with exporting jihadist terrorists ..Image result for turkey latuff erdogan

Below is a list of posts on thefreeonline which were cited by The Turkish prosecutors as evidence that the site should be banned. see  list of more banned sites further below. Continue reading ‘TheFreeOnline’ blog banned in Turkey with Dozens more pro Rojava and anti Fascist sites

Turkish police again Teargas Pride March in Istanbul as Erdogan revels in Absolute Power

As in previous years Turkish police have viciously attacked a peaceful and festive Gay Pride march, under the neo fascist rule of ‘Emperor Erdogan’, now legitimised by elections after locking up or killing tens of thousands suspected of not liking him.

Riot police used tear gas, dogs and batons to disperse thousands of people attending the LGBTI+ pride march in Istanbul today.

The pride marched even though the municipal government banned it, citing security concerns. The police threatened that they will arrest  anyone who “looks gay, wears rainbows or bright feminine colors, or has on too short shorts.” Indeed, the cops harassed and arrested Pride marchers through-out the day.

The police allowed the march participants to read out statements before ordering them to disperse. The pride organisers refused to do so, calling the ban “comical”, and the police violence followed.

Continue reading Turkish police again Teargas Pride March in Istanbul as Erdogan revels in Absolute Power

Rome:’You Can’t Evict the Feminist City’. video with English subs.


a video by Julia Lindblom. Rome, spring 2018.   ENGLISH SUBTITLES

In recent months, repression towards social centers in Rome has increased. Now also the feminist social spaces and women’s anti-violence centers are at risk of being evicted.Image result for la citta femminista non es sgombrere

In this documentary we follow the feminist struggles in Rome and the feminist movement “Non una di meno”  (Not One Less) in defense of these social spaces.  Continue reading Rome:’You Can’t Evict the Feminist City’. video with English subs.

6 Million Women Reclaim their Power: The1st Feminist General Strike

A strike against/beyond borders: The March 8 feminist strike

It was to be a Feminist women’s strike, at work and in the home. In order to give it legal coverage it had to be officially registered by a Trade Union, in this case the anarchist CGT and CNT. But it’s not legal to call a Women’s Strike in the Spanish State, so they went one further and registered it as the first feminist General Strike. Legal and official.  Helped by hundreds of women’s collectives, women journalists and social media the strike snowballed amazingly to over 6 million women.

photo: 3 anarchist women after legally registering a General Strike.

by Julius Gavroche      main text from autonomies  with thanks

This year’s call for a global women’s strike to mark the 8th of March women’s day was expressed in protests throughout the world.  But it found no greater resonance than in the Spanish State.

The call to strike was already in itself a radical gesture, to move beyond the ever so often tepid parades of slogans for equality of rights.  However useful such moments may be, their political limitations are profound.https://thefreeonline.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/cartel-cgt-llamada-convocado-derechos_ediima20180118_0870_19.jpg?w=474

In the Spanish State, the strike call was made in the name of feminism: March 8th was to be a Huelga Feminista, under the rallying cry of “If we stop, the world stops!”.  And if Spain did not come altogether to a stand still, tens of thousands protested during the day and roving pickets closed roads, public transportation services, shops.  Public and private sector workers (teachers, journalists, care workers, cleaners (las kellys) and so on) struck.

Originally called by radical labour unions (the CNT, CGT, among others), along with hundreds of feminist collectives and other political groups, its extraordinary resonance finally forced Spain’s larger labour unions (the CCOO and the UGT) to join, with their membership contributing to a two hour afternoon labour stoppage involving some 6 million people. (El Pais 08/03/2018).


 CAN YOU describe how the strike was organized? What were the most important organizations?  …..THE STRIKE began to be organized in August and September of 2017, a time during which many feminist collectives in the Spanish state met to analyze the feminist movement and the situation in which it was operating and to assess the potential for organizing a strike on March 8, 2018, following the strike organized by feminists in Argentina in March 2017. …YOU CAN read the strike’s manifesto here. Continue reading 6 Million Women Reclaim their Power: The1st Feminist General Strike

Turkey: Tourists, raped, robbed, murdered, jailed #BoycotTurkey.

 Transgender Sex Worker and Activist Raped, Beaten, and Burned in Turkey –

Don’t go on holiday in Turkey! Don’t buy Turkish slave goods!

The openly fascist dictator is promoting attacks and enslavement of women and a macho jihadist mindset. He has locked up over 160,000 people who might not like him, murdered thousands of Kurds, minorities and homosexuals,  uses refugees as illegal semi-slave labour, blackmails Europe with sending more IS terrorists, and now has invaded Afrin, destroying a peaceful democratic revolution, with Russian connivance.Image result for TOURISTS RAPED IN TURKEYBritish holidaymaker raped by taxi driver in notorious Turkish …Daily Mirror

 Don’t go on holiday in Turkey! Don’t buy Turkish slave goods!

 Women Tourists raped, robbed, murdered in Turkey. 

by Yilmaz Özdil at Hurriyet newspaper

Here is a rough translation of the article and various Turkish press reports:

“I was raped in Izmit”, said an Italian female artist who was going to Israel to do hitchhiking for world peace, she was later strangled and murdered.


How Safe Tourists Are In Turkey? – The Globe Post

Revolutionary Feminism In an Age of Misogynist Reaction

       By    submedia.tvTrouble #11: Destroying Domination from sub.Media on Vimeo

Sub.Media.Tv’s monthly documentary series Trouble returns to take on the system of patriarchy and how it affects all of our lives, and how people have resisted it throughout history.

Trouble #11: Destroying Domination from sub.Media on Vimeo.

 Today, decades of hard-fought victories in the struggle for female emancipation are under threat from waves of resurgent misogyny.

From attacks on abortion and reproductive justice, to the revival and spread of religious fundamentalism and authoritarian nationalism… patriarchy is on the march. Continue reading Revolutionary Feminism In an Age of Misogynist Reaction

Defend LGBT Victims: Stop Crimes against Humanity in Eurasia


by  Tamara Grigoreva and Ismail Djalilov

A wave of brutal crackdowns on LGBT communities in the post-Soviet space has exposed civil society’s shortcomings — and is destroying lives.

B+W illustrations: Anastasia Vikulova.

Every day, before leaving the house, Milan zips his jacket all the way up to his chin. He puts on his sunglasses, hat and earphones with the volume cranked up to the max and walks to a language class.

“People can barely see my face that way, and I can barely hear what is happening around me. I go to class, and then sometimes I meet with the social worker or go to the doctor. Then I have something to eat and set off to walk around the city until I’m so exhausted I can barely walk. Only then do I go home,” Milan says, adding that the thing he is most afraid of is closing his eyes and not being able to fall asleep.

 see also .. Gay concentration camps in Chechnya – Wikipedia

Gays Being Attacked and Killed Across Russia, Not Just in Chechnya

Azerbaijan authorities arrest dozens of LGBTQ people

“This is why I prefer to come home so tired that I literally pass out. Otherwise, every time I close my eyes, I feel the cold concrete floor against my stomach, I can taste the blood on my tongue, hear the shouting of the guards and see those smeared walls.”

Almost a year after Russia’s Novaya Gazeta broke horrific accounts of the roundups and severe torture that gay men were subjected to in Chechnya (the exact number of deaths remains unknown), the crisis is far from over.

Though many gay men in Chechnya, like Milan, fled abroad with the help of Russian LGBT rights defenders, they still have to hide their real identities and locations to prevent possible harassment from the Chechen intelligence — just like in Chechnya.

Over the summer of 2017, reports of similar crimes across the North Caucasus increased, and in September, reports of similar roundups, humiliation and torture against LGBT people (who allegedly had STDs and were involved in sex work) emerged from Azerbaijan — and in October, Tajikistan created a registry of LGBT citizens after police conducted operations to identity them.

While each crisis had its specifics, they all were used by the authorities to demonstrate their ability to crush any vulnerable community in an atmosphere of impunity, as well as to divert attention from other issues and extort money from the victims.

Continue reading Defend LGBT Victims: Stop Crimes against Humanity in Eurasia

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