Ant wrote (edited )

I don't think it's fair to call 'broad appeal' the lowest common denominator.

I think it's implied - for example, I think it's the problem with CrimethInc.'s To Change Everything

If anarchy is not appealing to a broad audience then anarchist outreach is failing.

maybe then instead of appealing to a singular broad audience it's best suited to appealing to multiple smaller audiences to cover a broad space

I like the "Think Global, Act Local" approach


Ant wrote (edited )


Against our usual practice, we in the YPG Internationalist Tabur have decided to address assertions made in a recent article from Rolling Stone magazine, published under the title "How a ragtag crew of leftist revolutionaries and soldiers of fortune helped defeat ISIS". While it would take too long to set the record straight on all of the factual inaccuracies contained in the article (the most glaring being the inability to give the correct name of the tabur, which was a fair warning of what was to follow), we intend to cover the main ones.
We're disappointed to see the regurgitation of half- baked anecdotes presented as journalism, in particular those purporting to describe our involvement in the Raqqa operation. There is little evidence of any serious attempt to verify or fact- check much of the claims made in the article.
We reject the insinuation that volunteers of this tabur went en masse to the war in Ukraine after the Raqqa operation. We're aware that, out of the scores of volunteers who served with our tabur since its inception, a handful of former members have joined a Georgian unit in Ukraine named in honour of a WWII Nazi regiment; by doing so, they now place themselves in opposition to the ideals that the YPG fights for (and by extension, those they themselves fought for during their time in North Syria). We emphatically reject any parallel between the YPG's fight for women's emancipation, ethnic solidarity and social revolution in North Syria, and the grubby sectarian campaign being waged by the corrupt mafia- state in Kiev against Ukraine's ethnic minorities.
The YPG International Tabur was neither disbanded after the Raqqa operation, nor was it restricted to rear duties. It exists today, under the same name it had during the events the author of this article ham- fistedly attempts to portray. We have been involved in the (less glamorous to the press, but deadlier) ongoing Deir-ez-Zor operation since December 2017, when we were transferred to this front after the liberation of Raqqa. Our tabur also sent volunteers to assist in the defence of Afrin at the beginning of this year. The risible disbandment assertion sums up the lazy journalism that permeates this article; it's difficult to think of something easier to prove or disprove by a simple two- minute online fact- check. It's an insult to the tabur members who were wounded in the Deir-ez-Zor and Afrin operations, and particularly to the memory of our martyred comrade, Sehid Kendal Breizh, who was killed during the defence of Jindires. Regardless of the shoddy journalism of Rolling Stone magazine (we hope that this and other criticisms of this unfortunate article will encourage Western journalists to up their game in future), we want to make clear that we of the YPG International Tabur intend to continue our involvement in the war against all the enemies of the revolution in North Syria, whether it be Daesh, the Turkish state, or any of the rest. We encourage everyone to assist this cause in whatever way they can, wherever they are.
Long live internationalist solidarity!
Long live YPG-YPJ!
Long live the Revolution!

YPG International Tabur