Five million people amidst a war zone are creating a new society based on principles that are dear to the hearts of many radicals in Australia. Welcome to Posts from AANES: the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES). Over the next ten weeks we have a series of interviews with members of a Civil Diplomacy Centre based in the city of Qamislo. This is an insight into how they are organising their society, how they are making decisions and how they are defending their country from aggression from some of the most powerful military empires on the planet. We’re confident you’ll find this series exceptionally interesting but, more importantly, it’s the type of news we need today in order to ensure that here in Australia we continue to act up to create that new society based on egalitarian principles.
On the cusp of a possible Turkish invasion and an onslaught of COVID-19, we resume our conversation in Episode Three with Heval Ferhat and Heval Tekosin on the defence structure of AANES, such as its groups and their different functions. We will cover aspects such as conscription, the control of armaments and the 'friends' among other interesting features of this multi-ethnic revolution. We hope you enjoy this week's episode.
Produced by Anarchist World this Week and Radical Australia producer, Kelly Whitworth.
Title tracks Heyran Jaro and Evare by Awaze Ciya