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Gal 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Paul Called by God
Gal 1:11  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
Gal 1:12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Gal 1:13  For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
Gal 1:14  And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
Gal 1:15  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
Gal 1:16  To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Gal 1:17  Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

10.10.2019 – London UK – Silvia Swinden

Trump throws Rojava’s Kurds under Turkey’s bus
The autonomous administration is supporting efforts for workers to form cooperatives, such as this sewing cooperative in Derik. (Image by Janet Biehl. wikimedia, Commons)

As reported by The Guardian “Turkish troops have advanced into north-eastern Syria, following airstrikes and artillery barrages aimed at US-backed Kurdish forces who control the region.

”The Turkish military confirmed on Wednesday it had “launched the land operation into the east of the Euphrates river” and later said it had hit 181 “militant targets”.

“Video footage showed civilians fleeing towns with columns of smoke rising in the background and jet trails visible in the sky.

“Activists and observers said at least seven civilians had been killed so far. There were also early reports of civilian casualties in border towns hit by shelling. Pictures and video shared on social media showed wrecked buildings and bodies in the rubble.

‘Turkey’s offensive was triggered by a call between Donald Trump and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Sunday, in which, the Turks claim, Trump handed over leadership of the campaign against Isis in Syria to Ankara. The American president announced on Sunday night that US troops would withdraw from the region.”

There is uproar in the international community and also in the US about this decision that leaves the Kurds that fought and defeated ISIL, losing 11000 of their own people at the (lack of) mercy of Turkey, risking a reboot of ISIL’s fighters in camps controlled by the Kurds and the complete destabilisation of one of the few functioning areas of Syria with the ensuing movement of new refugees.

Trump “justified” not protecting the Kurds because they didn’t come to help the US in Normandy during WWII. Whist we are by now used to his outrageous comments in order to create smokescreens to cover even more outrageous actions, we must look deeper into this one as most media are not really mentioning who are the Rojava’s Kurds and what is their project.

An experiment in green Democracy and co-operative feminism

“The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES), often referred to as Rojava, is a de facto autonomous region in northeastern Syria…Northeastern Syria is polyethnic and home to sizeable ethnic Kurdish, Arab and Assyrian populations, with smaller communities of ethnic Turkmen, Armenians and Circassians. The supporters of the region argue that it is an officially secular polity with direct democratic ambitions based on a libertarian socialist ideology promoting decentralization, gender equality, environmental sustainability and pluralistic tolerance for religious, cultural and political diversity, and that these values are mirrored in its constitution, society, and politics…” (Wikipedia)

Its economy is based on Co-operatives and it has given priority to education, human rights and democratic institutions working from the social base.

It is not surprising then that this little oasis of people determined not to lose their territory to ISIL’s caliphate, the Syrian war, neoliberalism and ethnic oblivion under Turkey’s rule has been left to their own devices, betrayed by the US (always a dangerous ally that used and abused them) but also neglected by Syria and Russia, and now facing annihilation and the destruction of their dream.

Their voices should not be silenced.


Have courage

For the day

God is with you

Along the way

David Herr

Gal 1:1  Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
Gal 1:2  And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
Gal 1:3  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Gal 1:4  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Gal 1:5  To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
No Other Gospel
Gal 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Gal 1:7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

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