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Rojava (NE Syria) — Phoenix Media Co-operative

Since 2012, Rojava (NE Syria) has become a beacon of hope for the democratic left both in the Middle East and around the world. But how did this happen during Syria’s brutal civil war? Rojava (NE Syria) — Phoenix Media … Continue reading

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Indigenous communities in Mexico say ‘no’ to political parties and demand self-rule — Phoenix Media Co-operative

Mexico held local elections on 6 June. But some Indigenous communities refused to participate. The party-political system, they insist, has not benefited them; so they want to govern themselves. 27 more words Indigenous communities in Mexico say ‘no’ to political parties … Continue reading

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My 901 Canary articles (2015-2020)

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Rojava is a friend and ally of Palestine. Israel shouldn’t forget that.

Some apparently pro-Israel commentators have recently spoken about Rojava (positively). But there’s a big problem. They fail to mention the PKK’s longstanding support for (and from) Palestinians, while also failing to mention its criticism of Israel’s alliance with the Turkish state, … Continue reading

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PKK opposition to Zionism (2017 statement from a founding member)

PKK founding member Mustafa Karasu wrote in 2017 (just to make decades of policy totally clear): Since the emergence of the PKK, we have been against Zionism. We compared the genocide of the Kurds in Turkey with Israeli Zionism and … Continue reading

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That time a former UN official called Iraq sanctions ‘genocide’

what is tragic, in addition to the tragedy of Iraq itself, is the fact that the United Nations Security Council member states … are maintaining a program of economic sanctions deliberately, knowingly killing thousands of Iraqis each month. And that … Continue reading

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The EU’s unelected bureaucrats

Early on in Lexit the Movie, the late Tony Benn says: In Europe, all the key positions are appointed, not elected. I’m inclined to trust Benn, and distrust all large, powerful governments. But it seems the above claim requires a … Continue reading

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Israel: world’s only apartheid state today?

That’s certainly what South Africa’s representative told the UN in 2018: VIDEO: South Africa’s rep at the @UN_HRC says Israel is the ‘only state in the world that can be described as an apartheid state’. #UPR29 #HumanRights pic.twitter.com/nw2u39eALH — Media … Continue reading

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Overview of Syria’s complex war

(Note: the below comes from my previous Canary article here.) My brief summary of the stages of Syria’s complex conflict – with a particular focus on Turkish interference: Very real frustrations with the Assad regime escalated into civil war in 2011. The interference … Continue reading

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Turkey’s role in Syria (arming and supporting extremists)

(Note: the below comes from my previous Canary article here.) As the BBC has noted, Turkey has been a key part of Syria’s ongoing war: The Turkish government has been a staunch critic of Mr Assad since the start of the uprising in … Continue reading

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