Iraq

Anti-Islamophobia, genuine and cynical: a reply to Aaron Kiely on Kurdistan (and Bosnia and Kosova and Afghanistan and Chechnya)

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Sacha Ismail

During the recent row in the student movement about Kurdistan, five members of NUS national executive who are active in NUS’s Black Students’ Campaign issued a statement.

The Socialist Action group claim to defend Muslim peoples against imperialist violence. In fact they support such violence, as long as it is wielded by forces that are anti-US.

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Kurdistan/Middle East solidarity bulletin for 18 October TUC demo

Workers' Liberty has worked with Iraqi Kurdish socialists active in the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees to produce a bulletin for the 18 October TUC demo, appealing for solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Middle East.

It includes details of upcoming solidarity meetings and actions, campaign info, model motions for unions and campaign groups, an IFIR appeal for funds for aid, and political background on the Kurdish struggle.

Workers' Liberty has worked with Iraqi Kurdish socialists to produce a bulletin for the 18 October TUC demo, appealing for solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Middle East.

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Help the Kurds against ISIS!

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Simon Nelson

Kurds and their supporters demand that the Kurdish Peshmerga, YPG (People’s Protection Units) and other militia be armed with heavy weapons, armour-piercing bullets and tanks in order to resist the ISIS ultra-Islamists who threaten them with massacre in Kobane (near Syria's border with Turkey) and elsewhere.

Kurds demand that the Peshmerga, YPG and other militia be armed with heavy weapons, armour-piercing bullets and tanks to resist the ISIS ultra-Islamists who threaten them with massacre in Kobane near Syria's border with Turkey.

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"It is the Kurdish people fighting, but this is a much bigger issue": interview with Roza Salih

Roza Salih, who is Vice President Diversity & Advocacy at University of Strathclyde Students' Association in Glasgow and NUS Scotland's International Students' Officer, has been organising protests in solidarity with the Kurdish struggle. She spoke to Solidarity.

An interview with Glasgow-based Iraqi Kurdish student activist Roza Salih about the struggle in Kurdistan.

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Solidarity with the Kurds is our first concern

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Michéal MacEoin

As fighters from “Islamic State” (IS) enter the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria, Kurds abroad have been demonstratiing in several major European cities.

In a conflict between the democratic, secular Kurdish forces and the fascistic barbarism of IS, Kurds should expect the support and solidarity of the UK left.

Over the summer, British socialist organisations were rightly a dynamic force in building demonstrations against Israel’s murderous attacks on Gaza, with up to 150,000 marching in London alone.

In a conflict between the democratic, secular Kurdish forces and the fascistic barbarism of IS, Kurds should expect the support and solidarity of the UK left.

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Syrian Kurds face ISIS massacre

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Simon Nelson

Tuesday 7 October: Forces of the “Islamic State” movement (ISIS) have entered the Kurdish city of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border.

After taking a hill commanding the city on 5 October, ISIS has now begun to enter at ground level.

Kobani had taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees and was touted at one time as a safe haven for those escaping IS.

Forces of the “Islamic State” movement (ISIS) have entered the Kurdish city of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border.

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The origins of “Islamic State”

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Stephen Wood

The IS (“Islamic State” movement), originally ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), has now eclipsed Al-Qaeda in ferocity and publicity. How?

ISIS has been written off as a product of Western and Syrian intelligence agencies managing to pull together a number of disenfranchised senior military figures who have had expert training.

Much of that narrative just isn’t true.

How the “Islamic State” movement has eclipsed Al-Qaeda in ferocity and publicity.

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Help Kurds and Iraqi left resist ISIS

The ultra-Islamist group ISIS is a threat to all the people of Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Syria, as well as to the people who live in the territory where it currently rules.

It openly declares itself a “caliphate”, hostile to democracy as a “western” idea. It represses and persecutes religious minorities — Christians, Yazidis, others — and Sunni Muslim Arabs who dissent.

Summary killing of people who refuse to pledge allegiance to ISIS has been common across Iraq and Syria. So have been persecution of non-Sunni religious groups and a special tax on Christians

The ultra-Islamist group ISIS is a threat to all the people of Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Syria, as well as to the people who live in the territory where it currently rules.

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US casts round for Syrian allies

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Stephen Wood

Six and a half million Syrians are now internally displaced. Two and a half million have fled to Turkey, Jordan and the Lebanon.

After up to 200,000 deaths since mass protests against the regime began in 2011, the use of chemical weapons against his own people, and the attempted starvation of civilians in opposition controlled areas, Assad still remains relatively firmly in control of a rump Syrian state.

Some politicians in the USA and Europe are even starting to recommend an alliance with Assad to stop ISIS (the “Islamic State” movement).

Some politicians in the USA and Europe are starting to talk about an alliance with Assad to stop ISIS.

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