The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said an operation to begin liberating the city had already begun, coordinated with a US-led military coalition.”We declare today the start of the great battle to liberate the city of Raqqa, the so-called capital of terrorism and terrorists,” SDF spokesman Telal Silo, Turkmen Seljuk Brigade member, told reporters in the village of Hazima, north of the city.
“With the international coalition’s warplanes and the state-of-the-art weapons they provided to us, we will seize Raqqa from Daesh.”He asked civilians inside the city to keep away from IS positions and from the front lines. IS has been fortifying the city ahead of the coming assault, setting up barriers and covering the street to hide fighters from aircraft overhead.SDF leades announce start of Raqqa campaign
CGT Anarchists acquitted of ‘ridiculing Catholicism’ with Processions of the Holy Pussy
Early this week a regional court told lawyers for the hardline Christian Advocates Association their appeal would not be allowed to sue the anarcho-syndicalist CGT union for “offending the Catholic religion,” though a number of feminist organisers are still being targeted.
Pussy Pride Parades in Andalucia
‘..We dressed up and paraded, accompanied by a Rebellious Pussy through the streets of Seville as a metaphor of what we DON’T want to be: submissive trapped women-..
Next thing the feminists were charged with a crime of incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence for reasons related to religion, for parading their giant pussy with the CGT anarchist union on the workers demo. (report here English/Spanish) .
In Spain the custom is to carry effegies of the Blessed Virgin, especially in Andalusia, solemnly round the barrios demonstrating Catholic power.
Carrying a gigantic pussy instead is seen as sacrilege by the far right Association of Christian Lawyers who demanded up to 4 years prison plus fines for presenting the Holy Mother of God as a giant vagina, and taking it in procession through the streets, and have taken a whole series of well financed cases against collectives promoting sexual freedom, workers rights, Basque autonomy, etc..Continue reading Pussy Pride Parades resist Prosecution by Catholic Church→
Given the high stakes, many Turks are on the lookout for irregularities. Videos purporting to show fraud, like voting outside of stations and voters submitting multiple ballots are going viral on Turkish social media. One video appears to show a voter emerging from his booth, then putting five envelopes into the ballot box. Continue reading Massive Voter Fraud Mars Turkey Referendum→
The referendum in Turkey is to give the president Erdogan nearly total dictatorial powers. But can a Fascist Dictator really be Elected?
YES because in this case Erdogan has already seized dictatorial powers.. he’s supposed to be a generally symbolic president yet see below the endless list of atrocities he has ordered.
But is he a fascist? Well, he is the absolute power in the populist far right AKP party which advocates extermination of 18 million kurds and the creation of an Ottoman Empire.
Though he screams and bullies abroad he is at home a master manipulator, head of a criminal family and business mafia, adept at abusing nationalist, sexist and racial prejudices and feelings of resentment (even working class resentment against rich europeans) to whip up frenzied mob fervour and pursue witch-hunts against Kurds, leftists, feminists, Gulanists, minorities and anyone who dares to criticize him (or is a friend or family of any of the above).
The racist dictator, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is trying every means to blackmail and bribe the US into creating the Trump requested ”safe zone” in Syria by destroying the only progressive multi ethnic, multi religion, non sexist area in the whole of the Middle East, .. Rojava.
Blackmail.. by threats to leave Nato, to join the Russia/Iran/China axis, to expose the US creation and financing of ISIS.. etc, and Bribery.. by promising to conclude the huge new arms purchases, by perhaps blocking the Russian South Stream gas pipeline, etc.
The Plan is to effectively annexe the north of Syria as a ‘safe zone’ run by his own paid jihadi proxies,the FSA. Russia seems now to reluctantly go along with this, and excludes the SDF and Kurds from all negotiations.
Policies that discriminate against women in Iran are one of the main factors of mobilization of the feminist movement to demand more rights. Consider this journey from the regime of the Shah until the present day…
“As I am dressed now, showing my neck without the veil-strap under the chin, would be unthinkable ten years ago.” she says and encourages us to pay attention to the young people in Tehran who subtly or blatantly defy the ultra strict dress code required, rebel against any ideology (.a blouse that does not cover the buttocks, a handkerchief pulled back so that it shows her hair, hair cut short or shaved ..) .