Lions of Rojava in Kurdistan/Syria – a new international brigade?

September 2021 Forums General discussion Lions of Rojava in Kurdistan/Syria – a new international brigade?

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    alanjjohnstone
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    Report of the "libertarian" PKK attitude to debate and discussion at this year's Anarchist Bookfairhttps://leilashami.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/london-anarchist-bookfair/Makes you ponder what maybe is going on out of sight on the ground 

    #110345
    DJP
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    alanjjohnstone wrote:
    Report of the "libertarian" PKK attitude to debate and discussion at this year's Anarchist Bookfairhttps://leilashami.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/london-anarchist-bookfair/

    Why do you think that guy, the stage invading one,  is a representative of the PKK?

    #110346
    Anonymous
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    DJP wrote:
    alanjjohnstone wrote:
    Report of the "libertarian" PKK attitude to debate and discussion at this year's Anarchist Bookfairhttps://leilashami.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/london-anarchist-bookfair/

    Why do you think that guy, the stage invading one,  is a representative of the PKK?

    Maybe not a "representative" but clearly not doing them any favours.

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    Unfortunately as we were about to begin, Amir and his friends stormed the event chanting “PKK”
    #110347
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    I think the link made clear he was pro-PKK…But perhaps he is not a card carrying member but someone only closely associated with it and i assumed /presumed too much

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    He …spent a few months in the region…Amir and his friends did a great disservice to the Kurdish struggle today by claiming to represent it

    As i said, i can only ponder if other dissidents are treated with similar intolerance?  

    #110348
    jondwhite
    Participant

    more on that incidenthttps://www.reddit.com/r/Anarchism/comments/5abwye/who_the_fuck_is_amir_taaki_and_why_is_his_cult/

    #110349
    jondwhite
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    An article on American Anarchists joining YPGhttp://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/american-anarchists-ypg-kurdish-militia-syria-isis-islamic-state-w466069

    #110350
    ALB
    Keymaster

    From "anarcho-communism in one (or two) cantons" to trade on a wider scale:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-northeast-idUSKBN16A0K2?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29&&rpc=401I think the administration there also imposes conscription, which is not very anarchist. Still, they don't seem to want to impose any particular religious practice on people and to be against discriminating against women.

    #213503
    alanjjohnstone
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    While many have praised the Kurdish PPK for its libertarian influences, Hillary Clinton has also now joined in the praise for the Kurdish women.

    This report should be treated with caution due to the political bias of Qatar but it highlights how the right have staked a claim to the Kurdish separatists.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/2/4/clintons-new-documentary-is-an-effort-to-whitewash-the-ypg

    Hillary Clinton, and her daughter Chelsea, announced their intention to produce, through their company HiddenLight Productions, a TV drama about female Kurdish fighters based on members of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), the female wing of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG)

    “The Daughters of Kobani is an extraordinary account of brave, defiant women fighting for justice and equality,” Clinton told US media after announcing the project.

    #213516
    ALB
    Keymaster

    The rulers of Qatar and of Turkey are both sympathisers, maybe even members, of the Muslim Brotherhood, so you are right that Al Jazeera will have to be biased in favour of the Turkish regime.

    Even so, the Kurdish nationalists of the PKK have decided to become the tools of American imperialist interests in the Middle East, maybe to try to protect themselves against Turkish expansionism, but that’s what they have ended up as. So it is not surprising that former US Secretary of State Clinton should be writing a book glorifying them. It can be seen as part of their reward.

    #213517
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    It is a topsy-turvy world where once it was the anarchist Daniel Graeber who was extolling the feminist “freedom-fighters”.

    But just to clarify, HRC didn’t write the book, but is making a movie of the book. Americans are far more influence by what they see on the screen rather than read on the page. Combined with Biden’s shift back to boots on the ground, we can perhaps foresee the Kurds once more being the excuse for more troops to the region.

    The pro-war left have already applauded the end of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, America’s longest war.

    Where is this “hold the feet of the Democratic Party to the fire”, that Chomsky and others said justified voting for Biden?

    All i see is that a return to 2016 is being lauded rather than there is being any advance upon Obama’s policies.

    Ending Saudi weaponry to Yemen has come with a lot of qualifications.

    https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-ap-top-news-saudi-arabia-yemen-jamal-khashoggi-aa2fe088bda5dc65698cdfef513ccd38

    #213544
    alanjjohnstone
    Participant

    Of course it is David Graeber, not Daniel.

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