Syrian statelessness, National syndicalism, Israeli social protest


Catching up with Entdinglichung, back since the end of September from a long summer break from blogging. Here is some of the great stuff you’ll find there.

ein Artikel auf Support Kurds in SyriaThe Stateless Kurds of Syria

„… In 1962, the then Syrian government executed an irregular, single-day census in al-Hassake – the province with the highest concentration of Kurdish inhabitants. The purported purpose of the census was to identity those who had entered Syria illegally since 1945. However, implementation was inconsistent. Many in the largely agricultural community were simply unaware that a census was taking place; others were unable – at short notice – to present documentation to substantiate claims dating back more than seventeen years. Additionally, some were suspicious of intentions behind the census and refused to hand over documentation when the outcome of doing so was unclear.

As such, the status of individuals was determined somewhat arbitrarily, with members of the same family often recognized differently. ‘My grandfather and all his siblings’ explains our informant ‘were born in Syria. While some of his brothers and sisters kept their nationality, my grandfather and a further two brothers were working in the fields and did not attend.’

Almost half a century on, the impact of the census in Syria is no less significant. For, statelessness – just like nationality in Syria – is hereditary via the father. The problem is further exacerbated by the discretionary bias implicit within the stratified structure of Syria’s stateless population …“

On Nazi syndicalists

– Das Querfront-Nazi-Projekt „Fahnenträger“ wurde eingestellt (Syndikalismus) Here’s my very rough translation:

Since the mid-2000s, a confrontation of former and current neo-nationalist revolutionaries with anarcho-syndicalism had become noticeable. Around the magazine “Fahnenträgers [standard bearer]” around gathered a number of people who call themselves “national syndicalists”, “social revolutionaries” and “Third Front” labeled and took up  anarcho-syndicalist writings by theorists such as Rudolph Rocker, reinterpreting them in a nationalistic way.  They include articles dealing with the Free Workers Union of Germany (FAUD), the national-syndicalist movement in Spain and council socialist models. Although every now and then they sounded tones of class struggle and the reformist social democratic trade unions have been subjected to  quite striking criticism, the last step of  breaking with nationalistic views they did not take. They remained in an arrested  state of  anti-internationalist, irrational and helpless national response. They failed to see the obvious fact that the workers of the world have a thousand times more common than ever with their national exploiters and oppressors in corporations and governments confounding the eternal nationalist lie of  “We’re all in the same boat”. Not for nothing are the international class struggle and international solidarity is an essential part of the revolutionary and published in 2007 together with the “militant syndicalists” a booklet entitled “National Revolutionary – Go to hell.” In it we hit out at this group and its ideology. (Link to leaflet pdf).

How does the website of the Fahnenträgers is to be found to date, their project will be set. One of the reasons why it is said: “By now the Fahnenträgers has degenerated into a de facto one-man project, which ultimately sprang from a fatal mixture of progressive emaciation of personnel, political reorientation, frustration and widespread consumer attitude of the target group. So time to draw the final conclusions.[…]. ”

Preceded by the setting of the Fahnenträgers is already a tacit resolution of the “network Socialist Nation” (NWSN), a cross-front group, which included the maker of the Fahnenträgers. NWSN gathered in a wild mix of neo-Nazis, Strasser-trailers, eco-Nazis, and esoteric volklich sympathizers with Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, etc., etc. Recently, the debate came with the Communist Party and the nationalist Thälmann National Bolshevik KAPD group led by Heinrich Laufenberg added. All in all it was a hodgepodge of reactionary political views, which have its own label as “Advanced” and “Time In” failed completely. Egomaniacs, busybodies, and internet heroes…

Social protest in Israel

– Assaf Adiv: Is a new unionism developing in Israel? (New Unionism blog)

– Yacov Ben Efrat: The protest and the revolution, zu den Sozialprotesten in Israel (Challenge)

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