[Marxism] Fwd: Participatory Democracy and Micropolitics in Manbij

Chris Slee chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 1 19:23:36 MST 2017


Yasser Munif's article is very interesting.


But he is incorrect to say:  "In August 2016, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party drove out the Islamic State".  In reality, Manbij was liberated from the "Islamic State" by the multi-ethnic Manbij Military Council and Syrian Democratic Forces.


Below is a link to an interview with the two co-presidents of the "Democratic and Civilian Administration of Manbij and its Surroundings", established after ISIS was driven from the city.


One of the co-presidents is Ibrahim Kaftan.  According to the ANF newsagency, Kaftan was formerly the "president of the Sawra Council in Manbij affiliated to the Free Syrian Army."  I am not sure if this is the same as the Manbij Revolutionary Council that Munif describes.  In any case, it suggests that there is some continuity between what happened in Manbij in 2012-2014 and what is happening today.


However, the role of women is much greater today.


Chris Slee


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Liberated Manbij city institutionalizes its self-administration

http://anfenglish.com/features/liberated-manbij-city-institutionalizes-its-self-administration



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Here, during an interlude of relative stability when neither the Syrian
government nor foreign-backed jihadist groups had taken over the city,
Syrians were deciding how to run their city for themselves.And they were
excelling at it.

full:
https://tcf.org/content/report/participatory-democracy-micropolitics-manbij/
[https://production-tcf.imgix.net/app/uploads/2017/02/21114527/Munif7.jpg?w=1280&h=140&fit=max]<https://tcf.org/content/report/participatory-democracy-micropolitics-manbij/>

Participatory Democracy and Micropolitics in Manbij<https://tcf.org/content/report/participatory-democracy-micropolitics-manbij/>
tcf.org
Manbij, a city in northern Syria, hosted a compelling example of successful grassroots governance during the two-year period between the Syrian regime’s wi



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