Wow, what a coincidence! Just as the Trump administration tries to secure a peace deal with the Taliban, I-CIA-SIS re-emerges to bomb a wedding, thus emboldening the dirt-bags in Washington (Lindsey Graham, etc.) who keep US troops in Afghanistan *forever,* at the behest of the Deep State! Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63 | 18 Aug 2019 | The local Islamic State affiliate [aka I-CIA-SIS] claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the capital this year, with 63 killed and 182 wounded, while outraged Afghans Washington's war profiteers questioned just how safe they will be under an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end America's longest war. Stunned families buried the dead, some digging with their bare hands. One wounded survivor, Mohammad Aslim, still wore his bloodied clothes the day after the blast late Saturday.
September 7th, 2019
11 am sharp (Yoga warm-up at 10am)
Philadelphia Anarchist Black Cross presents our second annual Running Down The Walls (RDTW)! Join us for another revolutionary 5K run/walk/bike/skate and day of solidarity. If you would like to participate in light yoga and warm-up stretches before, please arrive by 10am and bring a mat if you can.
Running is not required! You can also walk, bike, skate or roll. 5K is two loops around the park and at a walking pace will take about 45-60 minutes. Light refreshments and socializing will take place in the park afterward.
This year’s event is co-sponsored by Never Give Up! – a project to free the remaining incarcerated members of the MOVE 9, and sustain their long-term post-release support. Following the release of his parents, Mike Africa Jr. founded Never Give Up! to alleviate the financial strain of rebuilding life after decades of imprisonment. When his uncle Chuck Africa beat colon cancer, the project aligned with the broader, ongoing fight against cancer.
The Move organization has never given up. Not after their house was flooded, gassed, and riddled with bullets. Not after the police deployed explosives and let them burn alive. Not after the PADOC murdered Phil and Merle Africa.
After 40 years in prison and never giving up on their beliefs or each other, Debbie was released on parole on June 16th 2018, soon after followed by Mike Africa Sr. on October 23rd. Janet and Janine were released on May 25th, 2019 and then Eddie on June 21st. Next up for parole are Delbert this September and Chuck in November.
As their supporters, we too never give up! Philadelphia RDTW 2019 is dedicated to amplifying their voices, lifting them up in their struggles, and maintaining material post-release support.
If you cannot make it to the event or would like to make an additional contribution, please sponsor a participant either outside prison or inside or one of each. Contact us for more information on sponsoring!
Proceeds will be split between the Warchest Program and the Never Give Up project. The ABCF Warchest program sends monthly stipends to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War who have insufficient, little, or no financial support.
Read more and register here:
From John Zerzan dot net
Dozens killed and injured as blast rocks Afghan wedding hall in Kabul | 18 Aug 2019 | Dozens of people are feared dead after a powerful blast rocked a wedding reception in the western part of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said that "blast caused civilian casualties," adding that these may yet number in their dozens...Tolo News reported early Sunday, citing sources, that at least 40 people were killed and over 100 people were injured in the blast.
Suspect accused of shooting 6 Philadelphia cops during standoff charged with attempted murder | 17 Aug 2019 | The man accused of shooting six Philadelphia police officers during a seven-hour standoff on Wednesday has been charged with attempted murder, authorities said. Maurice Hill, 36, faces multiple counts of attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault and reckless endangering, FOX 29 reported Saturday. Hill is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 5.
At least 13 arrested at Portland protests as police try to keep Antifa, right-wing demonstrators apart
At least 13 arrested at Portland protests as police try to keep Antifa, right-wing demonstrators apart | 17 Aug 2019 | At least 13 people were arrested as far-right groups and far-left members of Antifa conducted dueling demonstrations in the center of Portland, Ore. Saturday. Authorities did not immediately release details of the arrests. Earlier in the day, the Portland Police Bureau tweeted images of weapons it had seized from multiple groups, including bear spray, shields and metal and wooden poles. Police said one injured person was taken to a local hospital, but no further information about the victim was released. Three others had been evaluated by Portland fire medics. All the injuries were considered to be minor.
Complete List of Inconsistencies in Prison Policy Surrounding Jeffrey Epstein's Death |15 Aug 2019 | On Saturday the most notorious prisoner in the US prison system committed "suicide." Epstein, 66, was the highest profile prisoner in the US prison system. On Tuesday the autopsy revealed Epstein suffered broken bones in his neck common in homicide by strangulation. Since his death we have learned a number of things that make you question this man's death. Here is a Complete List of Inconsistencies in Prison Policy Surrounding Jeffrey Epstein's Death.
Tulsi Gabbard lists political correctness among threats to American values | 17 Aug 2019 | Widespread efforts to silence speech deemed to be offensive threaten US constitutional rights, Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard says. Her latest campaign ad takes aim at the hot-button issue of political correctness. In a new campaign video posted on Twitter, Gabbard lists political correctness alongside things like overly powerful IT corporations and government overreach. All three infringe on Americans' personal rights, she says.
Some jail staffers not cooperating with DOJ investigation into Epstein suicide, source says | 16 Aug 2019 | Personnel at the New York City prison where accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide last week have not been initially cooperative with investigators from the Department of Justice, a federal source told Fox News Friday. Attorney General William Barr sent two senior DOJ officials to personally visit the Metropolitan Correctional Center and speak with staff from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in order to gather information on Epstein's death after Barr said officials uncovered "serious irregularities" at the jail, a senior DOJ official told Fox News. The officials have been on site since Thursday and the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general are investigating conditions at the MCC.
Rice cookers shut down NYC subway station | 16 Aug 2019 | A pair of suspicious rice cookers shut down a subway station in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning -- but the NYPD’s Bomb Squad later determined they were not explosives, authorities said. Another cooker was found near a garbage can in Chelsea just over an hour later. It was determined safe just after 9:40 a.m., according to cops. Police urged straphangers to avoid the Fulton Street subway station because of the first two packages, which were reported by a 911 caller.
New York medical examiner: Jeffrey Epstein's death was a suicide by hanging | 16 Aug 2019 | New York City's chief medical examiner has ruled that disgraced financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by hanging in his prison cell last week. In a brief statement Friday, Dr. Barbara Sampson said her ruling came following a "careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings." Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan early Saturday and was pronounced dead hours later. His lawyers said in a statement late Friday that they were "not satisfied" with Sampson's ruling and vowed to conduct their own investigation, including seeking to obtain any video of the area around Epstein's cell from the time leading to his death.
Christopher Leonard’s new book, Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America, begins, appropriately enough, with an FBI agent, who is investigating criminal activity by the company, standing in a field with a pair of binoculars, trying to catch a glimpse of the daily operations of a company that prizes secrecy.
Koch Industries was under investigation for theft of oil from the Osage and other Indigenous nations. Walking into the company's office building involved passing through security checkpoints, Leonard explains, so numerous that one investigator later told Leonard that it “reminded him of traveling to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.”
Through exhaustive reporting and extraordinary interviews with past and current company executives, including some turned whistleblower, Kochland offers readers a view far larger than can be seen through binocular lenses, walking readers past those layers of security checkpoints and into the inner workings of an institution that has for decades tirelessly built itself into practically all American lives, while largely evading accountability or transparency.Tags: koch industriesCharles KochDavid KochJane MayerChristopher Leonard
Sociocracy and cooperatives are a perfect fit - both value equality and equal voice as well as distributed ownership. Sociocracy offers a way to live those values in the way the cooperative runs itself. A way out of endless meetings, traditional hierachies and centralization of power.
Sociocracy has found its way into cooperatives in North America, South America and Europe. Maybe you have heard about it but would like understand better what the buzz is about? In this 1-hour event, you can hear Jerry Koch-Gonzalez summarize the basic concepts and examples of how it is used in cooperatives Jerry has supported as a consultant. After a brief presentation and case studies, there will be time to ask and answer questions. See whether sociocracy might be a good fit for you!
This event will be offered on zoom. You will receive the access link after registration.
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From Freedom Press UK
Features, Aug 14th
Is there really anywhere else quite like a good social centre? Peter Ó’Máille considers the value of rebel community hubs and updates on what’s happening in our libertarian networks.Interview: Bookfair at the 1 in 12 Club
A few hundred miles south down Bradford folk have come together and set up a brand spanking new Radical bookfair which will be on September 7th. In between our busy lives I managed to pull aside one of the organisers, Mikey from the Rebel Cat Collective, and pick his brains a little about the event.
What made you want to organise a bookfair mate?
I was involved in the failed attempt four years ago to do a Leeds one and wanted to do it. Last year there was a series of events around the spycops campaign that a mate and me wanted to do but for various reasons the Rebel Cat Crew decided to do a bookfair instead.
Why a bookfair tho?
Bookfairs are an important way to distribute ideas and information specifically on radical ideas and politics. With the rise of the internet and social media I think that bookfairs are even more important as a way of meeting people, networking and engaging people away from the false world that inhabits social media
Where is it going to be held?
We are holding the bookfair at The 1 in 12 Club in Bradford. The club was formed by members of Bradford’s Anarchist orientated Claimants Union in 1981. The immediate objectives of the club were to generate and sustain a social scene, accessible and affordable to both the low waged and unemployed. When, in 1981 a government investigation into benefit fraud (the ‘Raynor Report’) found that ‘1 in 12’ claimants was actively “defrauding the state”, the union adopted this statistic for themselves.
The 1 in 12 Club is a not for profit organisation relying heavily on the time donated by its unpaid members. The 1 in 12 Club is owned, managed and run by its members, founded on the anarchistic values of self-management, co-operation and mutual aid. Together we are a community of people aiming to provide an affordable, non-commercial venue for events, socialising, meetings & information.
The history and set up of the club makes the 1 in 12 a really unique place in Bradford. Its structure means the members are responsible for the well being and running of the entire place! That goes right from stuff like fixing the loos, book keeping to cleaning, to working the bar, website maintenance and putting on events.
We (Rebel Cat) have been putting on gigs there for 3.5 years, and I used to go to gigs, meetings and events there from the mid 1980s, it is an important space and need events to keep it going and to keep its ethos.
Will there be other events around the bookfair?
All money from the stalls (£5 or a donation collected on the day) will be going to the club. There is a Rebel Cat gig following the bookfair and the proceeds from this will be split between the club and the Rebel Cat Collective. The gig is an acoustic gig set around the UK tour of the ex Chumbawamba frontman Danbert Nobacon accompanied by Kira Wood-Cramer and supported by acoustic sets from the following punk bands, Nieviem (Lincoln), Distort (Bingley), as well as Gerrard Bell-Fife (Bradford singer songwriter) and Rich Gulag (Nottingham).
Cool what stalls have you got lined up?
We have the following stalls confirmed: Anarchist Federation, Anarchist Communist Group/West Yorkshire ACG, Cubesville zines, 0161 Festival, No Sweat/Punk Ethics, Haven Distribution, PM Press/AK Press/Active Distribution, Freedom News, IWW, Olive Branch Café, Red And Black Leeds (RABL), Hunt Saboteurs Association, Radical Routes, LGBTQ+ online Bookstore from Leeds, Pirate Press, and Solidarity Federation
What talks do you have talks line up?
Anarchist Federation – Capitalism is Killing the Earth; An Anarchist Guide To Ecology & a Discussion on the General Strike for the climate on the 20th.
Between estrogenes and tough guy Hardcore – Trans*women(sic) in the punk scene by Maja Hagedorn.
Poetry Corner and Masterclass:
Kier Milburn a short talk on his new book Generation Left
Also IWW and ACG will hopefully be doing a workshop and a talk respectively.
Smashing mate, thanks for your time and I hope the bookfair goes well!
Make sure to check it out at the 1 in 12 in Bradford on the 7th of September. Here is the Facebook event.
The 1 in 12 isn’t the only social centre making itself available for Anarchist and Radical Bookfairs either, as we can now announce that next year on May 9th,the Star & Shadow Cinema will be playing host to the inaugural Newcastle Ewan Brown Anarchist Bookfair, which is being held in remembrance of Ewan Brown, a local Anarchist militant who died this year after police harassment.
It is being organised, alongside others, by the North East Anarchist Group which will be showing his films and his artwork during the bookfair as well as hosting stalls, workshops and music. They also plan to include a Mixed Martial Arts class at Newcastle Fight Centre, which is sure to be boy educations and – forgive me – kick ass.
Ewan was deaf and so one of the major issues for NEAG and the rest of the organising committee will be on working on making it accessible and it’s heartening to see them note: “This is, without question, a trans-inclusive event”. Due to limited space stalls will be by invite only, but we’ll let you know more about the event as the folk up in Newcastle pull it all together. If you share word about the event make sure to tag it with the hashtag #BeMoreEwan
They’ve chosen a fantastic space too, The Star and Shadow is a volunteer run, horizontally-structured social centre in Newcastle. They not only show some tidy films and hold fundraisers, they’re now playing host to an epic bookfair.
Social centres holding Anarchist bookfairs organised by rebellious mobs. That is for me the trifecta of awesome.
Look forward to them both!
Now for the third bulletin here I’ve decided to give the calendar of events a miss this month, see how that works. Instead I’ll direct people to the map of social centres on Organise!, most of which have calendars on their websites anyway.
So check out your Local
Centre and maybe even give ’em a nudge and pitch in a shift.
~Peter Ó’MáilleSocial Centres to check out
The Warehouse Cafe
The 1 in 12 Club
ACE (Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh)
GAS (Glasgow Autonomous Space )
Next to Nowhere
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Star and Shadow
Application deadline: November 7, 2019
The Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival (MIATF), the only festival in the world dedicated to anarchist theatre, is currently seeking plays, texts, monologues, dance-theatre, puppet shows, mime, in English and French, on the theme of anarchism or any subject pertaining to anarchism, i.e. against all forms of oppression including the State, capitalism, war, patriarchy, etc. We will also consider pieces exploring ecological, social and economic justice, racism, feminism, poverty, class and gender oppression from an anarchist perspective. We welcome work from anarchist and non-anarchist writers.
Application form & guidelines: www.anarchistetheatrefestival.comTags: playstheatreart
From Support Eric King
On or around 8/3 Eric when in custody at USP Lee Eric woke up unable to use his left hand/arm whole side of his body. Unable to life his arm to brush his teeth. Slurred speech and paralysis of the whole left side of his face. When looking in the mirror he experienced mirrored-self misidentification which means that he did not recognize himself in the mirror. His brain could not connect that was him. Within 24 hours all symptoms were gone.
Medical staff came by without entering his cell and told him it was bells palsey which is a paralysis of the facial muscles after an infection. The thing is bells should be IMMEDIATELY ruled out with paralysis of the rest of his body, and the fact bells does not affect anything cognitively and the fact the earliest people can start see improvement is around 2 weeks (erics body was back to normal fully within 24 hours). Eric also carries an increased risk of stroke due to family history
The fact that he experienced stroke symptoms and it is absolutely not bells it is VERY urgent that he be seen by a neurologist. The standard of care when this happens is to perform an immediate ct scan and ultrasound of the neck and be evaluated by a neurologist and have blood tests. The incident was witnessed by both his cell-mate and the staff on duty. There is no doubt this occured.
What happened to Eric meets a lot of the qualifications of a transient ischemic attack or a mini stroke. Obviously without testing we can not know but if this is the case it puts him in danger. One in three folks w this go on to have a full blown stroke. If he doesn’t get medical intervention asap there is the possibility of irreversible damage. If this happened on the outside he would have been taken seriously and ended up in the hospital for testing. While not surprising, or shocking his life is of less value due to him being in prison. Its pretty simple. Along with their sentenced prisoners are sentenced to shortened lives due to medical neglect and died, and sometimes death by prison healthcare. We have seen it happen to our comrades over and over..
In the past year in BOP custody he sustained 3 head injuries. At FCI florence he was kicked in the head and body by 6 staff telling him to die after being dragged into a broom closet (on tape) by a lieutenant and attacked. Denied medical care, no assessment for brain injury. Tied to a 4 point bed for 8 hours in his own blood and urine. Then at USP McCreary despite the lieutenant telling him he was going to be attacked they placed him on the yard, a week later guards escorted him to a fenced in area (on camera) where a large fash was waiting to attack him. Another head injury he wasnt assessed for. Then a person was put in his cell who was restricted from having cell mates due to attacking the last 4 cellmates who then attacked eric. Again was not assessed medically.
We received the info regarding his health probably 10-13 days later. We have no way of knowing what has happened since. He was abruptly transferred to the atlanta transfer center yesterday after only 2 weeks at USP Lee. We have no idea where he is going, if he has received medical attention or really anything regarding his situation. We do not know how long he will be in atlanta because he is transferring through but there is the possibility he can receive letters. If you do i suggest copying them so you can re-send them when he arrives wherever he is going.
No one can know if this was benign, if he is ok, anything because he hasnt received the necessary evaluations that can be lifesaving. There is always the possibility things are ok, but also a health situation that has the possibility of danger.
This is prison, life without parole is death by prison for folks. Tom Manning, numerous move folks… so many comrades have been killed by prison healthcare. Not to mention ALL of the social prisoners this is happening to every day who dont have a voice so we can not hear their suffering.
We have no asks at this moment besides keep eric in your thoughts. Write a letter and either send now or save it for his next facility if you can. Keep an eye out if he lets us know he needs help.
All of the rage
-EK suppoprt crew
If you wish to write Eric in Atlanta this is his address. plain paper, black pen, no colored envelopes or even printer ink. no cards, no postcards
Eric King 27090045
P.O. BOX 150160
ATLANTA, GA 30315
The massive rally on August 10 was the culmination of weeks of both authorized and unauthorized demonstrations in Moscow and elsewhere around Russia. The wave of demonstrations began on July 20, when 20,000 people gathered in Moscow to demand “fair” and “clean” local elections. A slew of liberal opposition candidates have been barred from running in the Moscow elections coming up on September 8. The July 20 demonstration was called to oppose what the opposition sees as collusion between the ruling United Russia Party, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, President Vladimir Putin, and their allies to prevent liberal opposition candidates from running.
While July 20 was large but rather quiet, one week later, on July 27, an unauthorized protest in front of Moscow City Hall took a different turn. Between 1000-1200 people were arrested out of a crowd of 3500, which included 700 journalists. The heavy-handed brutality against the demonstrators by the Moscow special police forces, the OMON, was nothing particularly new. Neither was the array of absurd charges, some carrying heavy fines and others potential jail time, that the Russian state doled out.
Surely this added to both the anxiety and resolve of those who gathered on August 3 for another unauthorized opposition protest, at which another 1000 people were detained. Footage circulated widely on social media showing the brute force of Moscow’s OMON.
Regardless of the liberal politics of the Russian opposition, these circumstances render the impetus for Alexei’s speech self-evident. Below, we present the text of Alexei’s speech that he posted on the internet prior to the demonstration.Glossary
For the benefit of those outside Russia, here is a brief guide to some of the references Alexei Polikhovich makes in his speech.
Bolotnaya Square Case - The Bolotnaya Square Case stemmed from the Russian opposition movement of 2011-2012, in which hundreds of thousands of people participated. On May 6, 2012, the “March of Millions” ended with clashes in Bolotnaya Square in Moscow. A number of people were arrested, including Alexei Polikhovich and anti-fascist Alexei Gaskarov. This made the Bolotnaya Square Case synonymous with the struggle to free Russian political prisoners.
Berkut - The Berkut were the infamous riot police in Kyiv, Ukraine loyal to the regime of Russian-supported Viktor Yanukovich, responsible for policing and using lethal force against protestors during the Euromaidan uprising in 2013-14.
Commander Sergei Kusyuk - A former Berkut officer who oversaw operations against Euromaidan, Sergei Kusyuk is now working with the OMON in Moscow and was seen at one of the recent protests.
Ivan Golyunov - Russian police sparked a movement when they arrested the journalist Ivan Golyunov under false pretenses, planting drugs on him. His investigation into the corruption behind the Moscow funeral business sparked the police-mafia collusion leading to his false arrest. After considerable outcry, he was eventually released. He has become a symbolic figure for the opposition.
Alexei Navalny - Alexei Navalny is Russia’s most famous opposition/anti-corruption activist. As a liberal, he flirts with right-wing nationalism, and has produced famous investigations into Russian politicians and oligarchs revealing their unscrupulous earnings. He is able to mobilize a large base; as a consequence, he is regularly arrested for his opposition activities.
Alexei Polikhovich was jailed as a political prisoner in the Bolotnaya Square Case.Alexei Polikhovich’s Speech
My name is Alexei Polikhovich, and I spent three years, three months, and three days in prison because of the Bolotnaya Square riot. I was imprisoned for grabbing the hands of a riot cop who was beating protesters. And now I’m standing in front of you because I am furious.
I am furious that history is repeating itself. I am furious because anonymous people in helmets, masks, and armor are beating defenseless people on the streets of Moscow. They are beating them again and again they will go unpunished. I am furious that Moscow is occupied by these storm troopers who consider us all enemies of Russia.
I saw them. I saw a man in a helmet with a baton furiously beating someone who was lying on the ground and screaming. I saw hordes of those people in helmets attacking people who were standing there peacefully. The only thing that was dangerous on July 27 was the law enforcement officers. They alone.
They learned to beat us—and then they learned to play victim in the courts and say how they were injured by a thrown plastic cup or from the touch of our warm, tender hands, just like they hurt from the chant “Cops are Shame of Russia.” They cry in their anonymous cowardly Telegram channels that they are the real Russian men and we are paid provocateurs. Hey men, what is it like to play victim in the courts against students, graduate students, bloggers, TV directors, volunteers? What will your children say about these stories when they grow up? Your children will hate you. Children of cops—hate cops!
I am furious that once every seven years, the ship of the Investigative Committee sails into Moscow and whisks young people away to the Cretan labyrinth like a sacrifice to the Minotaur. To insure that Athens—Moscow—remains a peaceful city of barbecue festivals. So that the fugitives and traitors of Berkut can safely practice fencing with batons on our bodies. So that Colonel Kusyuk can still wear his mustache on our land and command the crackdowns on peaceful demonstrations.
They come every seven years to sacrifice us. And so it is. Today I am furious and want you to feel the outrage too. I want you—all of us—to become Ariadne for the thirteen guys who have already been imprisoned in the riot case so far. I believe that we can handle it. After [the case of Ivan] Golunov, I believe that we have the strength to throw down a thread that will guide them out of the labyrinth of prisons, courts, and police brutality.
How many people are here now? Many thousands. I want to see these thousands under the windows of the Basmanny Court [the court that ordered the arrests]—here, we are very close to the Basmanny Court. I am not a supporter of Navalny, I do not believe in elections, I am just a Russian anarchist. A simple Russian man. I want us to shout to all the Kusyuks, the Moscow election commission, riot police, cops, judges, and bureaucrats. You are crazy fucks! They are crazy fucks! They are crazy fucks!
Support the people in prison. Come home and write a letter to them in jail. Donate money for food and the lawyer fees. Find the person with a donation box in the crowd now—it is my accomplice from the Bolotnaya case, Volodya Akimenkov—give him funds for political prisoners. Talk about it and go to the court; the protests beneath the windows of the court should never stop.
Remember their names. Remember their names—not as the names of victims or heroes, but as the names of your friends who will be home soon. Shout them out:
Thank you for CrimethInc. for help with the translation.
Alexey Polikhovich speaking at the demonstration of August 10 in Moscow (with English subtitles):
By Paul Brown for the Climate News Network
The days of oil as a fuel for cars, whether petrol or diesel, are numbered — because the economies offered by wind and solar energy and other cheap renewables, combined with electric vehicles, are irresistible, a French bank says.
BNP Paribas Asset Management calculates that oil majors like Exxon, BP and Shell will have to produce petrol from oil at $10 a barrel (the current price is $58) to compete with electricity on price, while for diesel, it says, oil can cost no more than $19 a barrel.Tags: electric vehiclesBNP Paribasrenewables investmentcars
Uzbekistan immigrant in New Haven pleads guilty to sending money to help others join ISIS | 15 Aug 2019 | A citizen of Uzbekistan living in New Haven pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to raise money to send other U.S. residents to fight for the Islamic State in Syria. Azizjon Rakhmatov, 32, entered his plea before United States District Court Judge William F. Kuntz, II in New York as part of a years-long investigation into a group of immigrants from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan who tried to support people hoping to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] or tried to travel there themselves.