Attacks on Rojava Happening Now

Since December 24th Turkish warplanes have been bombing vital sites in the areas of Rojava/North and East Syria. In order to destroy the service and economic infrastructure of the population, Turkish warplanes bombed, within two days, many institutions such as factories, workshops, hospitals, meeting and celebration places, oil stations, agricultural development cooperatives, and destroyed a printing house, where its manager and a number of its male and female workers were martyred, in addition to a number of martyrs and wounded among the civilians working in various of these institutions.

The Rojava Information Center-RIC is one of local press centers which following the situation on the ground and documenting the crimes committed by Turkey in the region. They published this report as a preliminary outcome:

While we are writing this email, we hear the sounds of the planes and the number of attacks is increasing everywhere.

As we know, on December 13th, the Democratic Autonomous Administration of NE Syria announced the new Social Contract, which is considered a great model for building a free and dignified life based on the principles of direct democracy, ecological economy, freedom of religions and beliefs, and ensuring the freedom of women in all areas of life. People of all nationalities and ethnicities organize themselves into communes, councils, cooperatives, and academies, building hope and inspiring other communities. (See the new Social Contract here:

[11:31 AM]What has become clear is that these attacks are part of a systematic war aimed at destroying the lives of people here in Rojava, and ultimately destroying the hope they spread. This new wave of attacks targets critical infrastructure and, in addition to the siege, threatens survival due to shortages of water, fuel and electricity. We should read this strategy as part of Erdogan’s long-term plans for the occupation, the same Erdogan who hypocritically describes attacks on infrastructure, schools, hospitals and churches in Gaza as genocide.

We see that the whole world is now under attack from the dominant, fascist and capitalist states. We call for a united struggle against the war of occupation and genocide.
Let’s rise up against fascism and occupation! Civil Diplomacy Center- NE Syria

The Stepchild of Lynching

Alabama’s Lynching Memorial and the Legacy of Racial Terror in the South
by Liliana Segura

A week before the crowds arrived in Montgomery for the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a monument to victims of lynching in the United States, Alabama prepared to kill 83-year-old Walter Moody.
Continue reading: The Intercept

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The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending the First Amendment rights of groups on both the far left and the far right. This commitment led the organization to successfully sue the city of Charlottesville, Va., last week on behalf of a white supremacist rally organizer. The rally ended with a Nazi sympathizer plowing his car into a crowd, killing a counterprotester and injuring many.      Continue reading: New York Times

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The disparity remains no matter the circumstances and has persisted for decades.

When a white person kills a black man in America, the killer often faces no legal consequences.

In one in six of these killings, there is no criminal sanction, according to a new Marshall Project examination of 400,000 homicides committed by civilians between 1980 and 2014.

Continue reading: The Marshall Project

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Read the entire article: the Marshall Project