A politics of fear: the EU’s desperate bid to stop refugees

The EU-Turkey deal to contain the flow of refugees exposes the single motivating factor that spurs the countries into action: the fear of losing power. On Thursday night, an announcement was made that a deal had been struck between the EU and Turkey regarding the containment of refugee flows entering Europe via Turkey. At the price of 3 billion euros, promises to ease visa-free traveling … Continue reading A politics of fear: the EU’s desperate bid to stop refugees

Ankara bomb attack fuels anger against Erdogan’s AKP

Tensions rise in Turkey after dozens killed at a peace rally in Ankara, while government is blamed for abetting violence prior to November elections. Saturday’s attacks on a peace demonstration in Ankara, which caused the deaths of over one hundred people and injured many more, have once again exposed the deep ruptures that continue to dominate Turkey’s social and political landscape. At 10:04am two explosions, … Continue reading Ankara bomb attack fuels anger against Erdogan’s AKP

Cizre cries for help: “Turkey’s Kobane” under siege

As the conflict in Turkey spirals out of control, dozens of people have reportedly been killed in Cizre and the army shows no signs of lifting the siege. Tanks shelling the city center. No-one allowed in or out. Electricity and water have been cut, as well as phone lines and internet access. The people have dug trenches to stop armored vehicles from entering their neighborhoods … Continue reading Cizre cries for help: “Turkey’s Kobane” under siege

Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance

Bookchin’s municipalist ideas, once rejected by communists and anarchists alike, have now come to inspire the Kurdish quest for democratic autonomy. The introduction to the new book The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso, 2015), explains how Murray Bookchin – born to Russian Jewish immigrants in New York City in 1921 – was introduced to radical politics at the age … Continue reading Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance

Kamp Armen under threat: “the genocide continues”

In Turkey the cultural genocide of minority groups continues. Now, a Gezi-like resistance movement tries to turn the tide and build a common future. The spirit of resistance has taken root in Tuzla, a wealthy, beachside suburb on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. Getting off the bus, an hours’ drive from the Bosporus a series of spraypainted signs direct one past gated communities and celebrity … Continue reading Kamp Armen under threat: “the genocide continues”

Kobani liberated! Kurdish forces push ISIS out of town

After 134 days of resistance, the Kurdish forces of the YPG/YPJ have finally pushed IS out of Kobani. While the battle is won, the struggle continues. Today, the resisting Kurds and their comrades in Kobani achieved the unimaginable: they managed to expel the fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) from the city. After 134 days of fierce battles between the Kurdish forces of the YPG … Continue reading Kobani liberated! Kurdish forces push ISIS out of town

“We want our freedom!” Refugees resist in Berlin

The resistance of a group of refugees against the eviction of an occupied school building in Berlin is exemplary of migrant struggles across Europe. For eight days, a small group of about forty refugees from different but mostly African countries have been occupying the roof of a vacant school building in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood. The former Gerhart Hauptmann School on Ohlauer Strasse had been home … Continue reading “We want our freedom!” Refugees resist in Berlin

Parecon: envisioning a life beyond capitalism

In this interview, ROAR sits down with Michael Albert, author of ‘Realizing Hope’ and editor of Znet, to explore the idea of participatory economics. Recently, the UK-based publisher Zed Books launched its Critique Influence Change series, which “brings together pivotal texts by notable academics and activists from Zed Books’ publishing of the last thirty-five years”. Over the coming weeks, ROAR will publish a series of … Continue reading Parecon: envisioning a life beyond capitalism

‘Today we resist’: celebrating Gezi one year later

One year since the start of the Gezi protests, and with a major debt crisis in the making, the resistance to Erdoğan’s embattled government continues. Today we celebrate the Gezi resistance. Today we rally on the streets in a dozen cities across Turkey. Today we will once again taste the tear gas, get soaked by the chemical substance sprayed from the water cannons. Today we … Continue reading ‘Today we resist’: celebrating Gezi one year later

Kazova: the Turkish factory under workers’ control

On the eve of the first anniversary of the Gezi uprising, a small group of textile workers explores a radical alternative: occupy, resist, produce! Diren!Kazova, reads the sign above a small shop and cultural center in Istanbul’s busy Şişli neighborhood. Inside, the floor is made of cobblestones, giving the visitor the impression of arriving at a type of indoor street market. Slogans like ’1st of May!’, … Continue reading Kazova: the Turkish factory under workers’ control