29 Iyyar 5778 -- 28 Shaban 1439 -- .281, Year Zero in Zion
כ״ט בְּאִיָּר תשע״ח
This piece was authored as the collaborative effort of 144,000 people organized across all seven continents (including Antarctica). For ease of publication, some of the wording of this piece is taken directly from other publications. We do not believe in plagiarism but rather in the spirit of internationalist cooperation and journalistic integrity, we have done our best to cite our sources faithfully below.
A revolution is taking place today that will change the world we live in forever. We have a story to tell the entire world, and have learned that the world is listening to storytellers. We have heard many different stories in our lives and are dedicated to truthfully telling all of them.
Today, we tell our own story.
If you would like to learn more or are interested in collaborating, please visit the submissions page above, explore this website, or contact our Procurator directly by emailing email@example.com. Yes, that is his real email address. You can also find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/revanmfiliaexdeus.
Three Poems: An Introduction
When people ask what we do for a living, we give them many different answers. Sometimes our Procurator will say that he is a traveler, writer, and activist. All of these things are true. Other times he'll tell them that he manages a local restaurant chain in Jackson County, Missouri while writing and producing art. This is also true. But there is one job description that summarizes the work that we do beyond all others.
We are revolutionaries. We solve problems. We fight for human rights. We take back things stolen from humanity that belong to us by natural and divine law. We are humanity par excellence united. We are evolving consciousness in ourselves and
Revan Filiaexdeus is one of us our operating leaders. He was first published by the Hampton Institute, a working class think tank based in New York City founded in 2012. With HI, he helped to build a Department of Spirituality and Religion, bring several others to the project, and publish several works with the open platform afforded him by the organization. Since then, he has continued to write and collaborate with others across the globe to achieve a common vision of peace, nonviolence, unity, and transformative consciousness.
In 2016, we founded a nonprofit publishing company based on the Four Principles, a set of very simple ideas that we believed could evolve the consciousness of all humanity for the greater good:
It began as a tiny collective of dreamers, artists and thinkers. Our company is now in it's third year of operation. Zion Free Media, Inc. is based in Jackson County, Missouri and is an incredibly diverse organization of hardworking volunteers encompassing a variety of revolutionary ideas, beliefs, and experiences. We are ultimately dedicated to the ideal expression of the most fundamental, natural, and inalienable rights and blessings endowed upon all humanity by our Creator. We operate without regard to creed, class, color, gender, or really any characteristic. Our organization brings together the best possible expression of collaboration that we can achieve.
On 7 July, 2017, our global structure of hardworking friends, family, and comrades across the globe transitioned from an underground network to an above ground activist organization. We humbly stand united today to tell our story to anyone willing to hear it.
Our mission is to tackle the most difficult issues that face the world today in an innovative way, create solutions based on an rational and scientific examination of what works and what doesn't, and put those solutions into action. We believe that information is free, and it is the responsibility of the global international community to keep it so. Our twelve departments employ a wide variety of talent and ability on every level.
In February of 2018, we launched Zion Discourse Think Tank as an expansion of our media company. Currently, we have 92 participatory members in twelve fully functional departments and are still growing rapidly. Each and every day presents it's own unique challenges and blessings that we use to achieve our goals and create a better humanity.
We are very passionate about our work and invite you to discover why and share your own passions with us. You could be the next world changer just like the many individuals featured here.
Regardless of how we vote, what we believe, or what we do in our own personal lives, our tax dollars and global resources are being used every day to fight global wars. We live in a different kind of globe in 2018. Our technology and humanity itself is changing at a pace so rapid that it is sometimes hard to keep up. For the first time, our consciousness is evolving at a rate consistent with growth of technology. The lessons we learn collectively and as individuals from our past, realizing our present situation, and choosing to consciously move forward into the future will define us as people and as a species for all history.
ROJAVA FIRST: A BRIEF HISTORY
We took up the cause of the Rojava Revolution as soon as it began on 19 July, 2012. Entirely voluntaryist, the Rojava Revolution spread like wildfire across the globe and continues to grow exponentially as a profound force for good in the fight against evil.
Today, we declare that ongoing Revolution's victory and invite you to come join us wherever you are.
On 18 December 2010, the Arab Spring began. Events across the Arab speaking world unfolded at a lightning pace as an underground network of global revolutionaries utilized complex technology to communicate with one another safely over social media, utilizing a wide variety of platforms and applications. Every nation in North Africa and the Middle East was affected by Arab Spring.
While an exhaustive examination of Arab Spring is beyond the depth of this report, suffice it to say that dictators across the world were toppled as the very loud voices of democracy, national autonomy, self-determination, and human rights were heard. Beyond any color, creed, ethnicity, religion, or politicial ideology, the Arab world became polarized as sides were drawn between those who would hold on to totalitarianism and hard working free peoples fighting for victory.
Arab Spring resulted in many incredible changes:
But everything changed for the international community when Arab Spring came to Syria. In 2011, protests began as the Syrian people decided that they had had enough of Bashar al-Assad's cruelty. But unlike the other Arab nations, Arab Spring erupted into a full blown civil war that has resulted in the entire international community's involvement today.
To really understand this conflict, we have to go back in time just a little bit to the transition of the 20th century into the 21st.
THE COLD WAR TURNS HOT
In December 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and began an armed struggle that would last until February of 1989. The war displaced millions of people and resulted in between 500,000 and 2,000,0000 casualties on all sides. Similar to the division of the defeated Axis Powers in 1945, the struggles of the Cold War in Korea and Vietnam, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, this decade long war was effectively a proxy war between the United States and Soviet Union.
Soviet forces were violently opposed by a collective front of Arab groups called the mujahideen. The word is Arabic and literally translated means "one who is engaged in jihad." Jihad is a widely misunderstood Arabic word that has come to be associated largely with the acts of very evil terrorists. In reality, it simply means "to struggle" and has two complementary meanings. The first is external and means the struggle of those who submit to God against those who fight against God. In other words, it could also be called "the war of the sons of light against the children of perdition". The second is internal and refers to the inner conflict of mankind's willingness to obey God's commandments and reject sin. The inner jihad is a spiritual struggle of heart, mind, soul, and spirit against the flesh and unseen dark spiritual powers that are very much a reality.
Armed, trained, and funded by the CIA, the mujahideen were ultimately able to defeat the Soviet military in the decade long struggle. One of the organizations that came out of this war was al-Qaeda in 1988. The word means "the Base" in Arabic and effectively brought together the worst dregs of humanity to commit atrocities, acts of terrorism, war crimes, and genocide. It was founded and led by the Saudi Arabian Osama Bin Laden until his death in 2011. He took the funding, resources, and training that he had learned throughout the war in Afghanistan and mobilized it to wage a campaign of international terror. He was chiefly motivated by the participation of the Western World in the war and the ongoing presence of Western forces in Saudi Arabia.
Careful analysis of al-Qaeda's exact ideology reveals a mindset of true evil. The ultimate goal of the organization was to act as the logistics network that would bring together other, likeminded terrorists across the globe. Bin Laden believed that because the mujahideen defeated the Soviet military, they could also do the same to essentially every global superpower including but not limited to the United States and the People's Republic of China.
al-Qaeda's first attack came on 29 December, 1992 and killed two people in Yemen. Since then, their campaign has resulted in an inhumane number of casualties as people were indiscriminately targeted in hundreds of nations without regard to creed, belief, or color. Essentially, anyone who disagreed with al-Qaeda's insane ideology were considered fair game targets. Men, women, children, militants, civilians, Easterners, Westerners, and all persons alike were ruthlessly murdered in their global campaign of terror.
The last known attack of the al-Qaeda organization occurred on 7 January, 2015 in Paris, France. Two members of the organization killed 12 people and injured 11 others. Bin Laden's leadership was quickly replaced by an Egyptian man named Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri.
RISE OF DAESH
al-Zawahiri was even more radical and violent than Bin Laden, if such a thing can be believed. We know that he separated from the al-Qaeda organization in a split that resulted in the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Also known pejoratively by it's Arabic language acronym Daesh, the organization originated in 1999 as Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad or The Organization of Monotheism and Jihad.
He led the group until his death in June 2006. Shortly after al-Zarqawi's death, al-Qaeda in Iraq named a new leader, Abu-Hamzah al-Muhajir, thought to be a pseudonym, which the US military named as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, an Egyptian militant based in Baghdad. He and ISI leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed during a military operation on his safehouse on 18 April 2010. On May 14, 2010, al-Masri was replaced as leader by al-Nasser Lideen Illah Abu Suleiman who was in turn killed some time in 2011. Following Suleiman's death, the position of "War Minister" was replaced by a military council composed of former regime military officers under the leadership of Haji Bakr.
During the Iraqi insurgency (2003–11), the group became a decentralized network with foreign fighters and a considerable Iraqi membership.
On 17 October 2004, al-Zarqawi pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, and the group became known as Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn (commonly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq or Tanzim). After several mergers with other groups, it changed its name several times until it called itself Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in 2006.
From then until their peak of power in 2014, Daesh has been responsible for more genocide, atrocities, war crimes, acts of terrorism, violations of the Geneva Convention, and evil than the Third Reich.
THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR
Civil uprisings began in Syria in March 2011 and continued through July. Armed insurgent groups began to spring up throughout Syria and continued to snowball well into April of 2012. Rebel forces in Syria began to unite into a single front to oppose the government of Bashar al-Assad. The internationalist community quickly responded in a campaign the likes of which has not been seen since the Spanish and Russian Civil Wars.
The Rojava Revolution began on 19 July 2012 and has resulted in many casualties. These men and women who have given their lives for this cause are considered true martyrs and heroes by those who fought alongside them. Today, those of us that helped to defeat Daesh are here to honor them properly and tell the tales of their incredible sacrifice.
From April 2012 to December 2013, there was a short ceasefire in Syria. The conflict escalated with the rise of the Islamist groups in Syria. Daesh fought other rebel groups in Syria from January to March of 2014. Bashar al-Assad was able to maintain his power in Syria throughout this period through essentially taking notes from Sheev Palpatine and orchestrating the civil war from both sides to tear his own country apart.
The conflict intensified and the United States intervened as the war spread across the Middle East to many different nations. At this time, Daesh was operating from it's functional capital in Mosul, Kurdistan.
In October 2014, The Southern Front and the northern Army of Conquest fought the resurgent advance of Daesh until 2015. The Aleppo conflict began on 30 September 2015. A partial ceasefire lasted from 26 February to July 2016.
In August 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces advanced and Turkey entered the war. From this point on, events began to unfold at a lightning pace. Our international team of citizen journalists tirelessly worked to report events as soon as they occurred twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
In April of 2017, everything changed. The chemical attack in Douma was condemned by the internationalist community and a series of missile strikes by the US-led Coalition eradicated the chemical weapons productions facilities throughout Syria.
On 29 June, 2017, Iraqi forces liberated Mosul and captured the very mosque that al-Baghdadi made his proclamation from. Daesh was declared defeated.
TODAY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Today, this article is being written and edited by Revan Filiaexdeus, a traveler, writer, activist, founder of Zion Free Media, and true lover of a good bowl of matzo ball soup. He is a twenty four year old American citizen and peaceworker in Jackson County, Missouri, United States. He is a polyglot and a deeply faithful Jewish member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since 2010, he has carefully studied the rise of the evil self proclaimed Islamic State and passionately worked in a spirit of internationalist solidarity to help bring them down.
He's also kind of a dork, because he really likes to carry a lightsaber essentially wherever he can bring it with him. He believes that a lightsaber is the only weapon he should ever wield. Once, one of his students asked him why the lightsaber was his weapon of choice. He simply said it because God told him that if he was radically faithful to the covenants that He has made and choose to always be the best possible nonviolent Jew and Saint that he could, then God would teach him how to make art, and not war, and how peace could be a weapon.
When our think tank was founded in February 2018, he began writing and publishing a column called Today In The Middle East. Eventually, that column settled into a regular cycle of biweekly release on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with occasional special editions for especially breaking news. He worked tirelessly with our organization to circulate that column through the global network. He was helped by many different people across the globe.
There are no words that truly acknowledge the ridiculous amount of resources, cooperation, and internationalism that this project has shown. We have achieved great things today and will continue to do so.
ZION FREE MEDIA'S PLAN FOR LASTING PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
In Hebrew, the word seven means complete. Our organization developed a simple seven point vision that we have worked towards:
WHAT CAN I DO?
Our organization is really just a bunch of normal people like you working to make this planet a little bit better one step at a time. Here are a few things that you can do to offer your own contribution to humanity:
We are asking each and every person who reads this today to deeply consider their own place in humanity and the role that they have to play. If each and every one of us faithfully understands our own roles and learn to cooperate with others, one person really can change the world.
For every Kurdish hero, for every internationalist who has struggled in this great fight, for our brave heroes and peace workers across the globe who work tirelessly to make this Earth a more beautiful place one step at a time, come. Fight with me. Fight for hearts. Fight for minds. Fight for souls. Fight with real strength, power, and passion. Fight for an everlasting peace that just might bring the Kingdom of Heaven down to Earth.
Really, we only have one last thing to say: fuck you, Daesh. Fuck you Bashar al-Assad, Recep Erdogan, and totalitarian evil everywhere. Those who oppose justice, freedom, liberty, equality, and truth will be struck down mercilessly. If you want to continue to make this planet a more violent and terrifying place, then fuck you, too. But if you want to work for peace and make this Earth a better place, let's do it.
Thank you so much to everyone who has made this dream a reality. Together, let's achieve more bold things.
The Rojava Revolution today stands as a bold testimony of human rights and internationalist cooperation. In the years to come, there is no telling what can be achieved if we just learn to work together.
No matter who you are, you have a place in one of our many internationalist organizations. Come, fight with us for a better world with the technology of peace. Make art, not war.
This is Revan Filiaexdeus reporting for Zion Free Media from somewhere in Jackson County, Missouri. May the Force be with you, always.
Rojava First! Shalom.
I am, always, humbly yours,
Jesse Walker Hill
Jesse Walker Hill is the Chairman of the Department of Revolution. Dedicated to minarchist politics and social democracy, he reports from Jackson County, Missouri.
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