Monday, December 7, 2015

Part 2: Opportunities and dangers in West Asia

Kurds also live in Northern Syria.   Turkey has launched a high-risk offensive against the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).  Turkey has a large population of Kurds living in its Eastern provinces and has treated them as third-class inhabitants for generations.  See Human rights of Kurdish people in Turkey.


from the Worker's Spatula, self-identified as  "honest, fair, dialectical", true so far as I know:

NEW YORK – This weekend, at an anarchist collective in Queens known as “the Headquarters”, a free event commemorating Murray Bookchin will reportedly take place. The event is being organised in collaboration with various liberal and anarchist-dominated student groups throughout the tri-state area to express their admiration for the work of Bookchin and their solidarity with the Kurdish struggle which he sacrificed so much to lead.A statement read:“Who is Murray Bookchin? He was born to a modest Kurdish family in New York, the son of Russian Kurdish immigrants. Through his sheer love of freedom and force of will, he singlehandedly transformed his party, the PKK, and the entire Kurdish struggle from evil Stalinists to ecological-feminist anarchists.

From Wikipedia:

"In 2013 the Turkish Government and the jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan started a new process regarding the Kurdish question."  Peace reigned for a while, until Turkey bombed Kurdistan, as a part of its war with ISIS.

It is not clear from the middle of the pacific what effect Bookchin has had.


according to al Monitor, Oct. 9. 2015,

The United States will supply arms, equipment and air support to Syrian Arab and Kurdish groups already fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) on the ground in Syria, the White House and Pentagon announced Oct. 9.

The PKK . . .
. . . is now at war with ISIS, whatever the West, including Turkey, may think of it.  From al Jaaeera America, October 17, 2015:
ERBIL, Iraq — The body of Zanyar Kawa is making its final journey to Sulaymaniyah, in northeastern Iraq. The slain fighter died 500 miles from his hometown battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, in Kobane, a Syrian town near the Turkish border.
Though an Iraqi Kurd, Kawa did not die serving the Iraqi Kurdish security forces, known as the peshmerga. Rather, he was killed fighting alongside guerrillas associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which seeks self-determination for Kurds in Turkey and across the region. Both Turkey and the United States consider the PKK a terrorist organization.

other reports note only that Sunni Arabs will get direct support from the US because of Turkish opposition.  So far it is said, the Kurds in Kurdistan have been armed through Bagdad.

TheKurds complain that Bagdad doesn't send the arms on.  Bagdad is Shiite; Kurdistan is nominally Sunni.  Shouldn't be relevant; is.

Kurdistan and the central Iraq government in Bagdad are locked in a struggle over who will control the oil-rich city and area of Kirkuk.  See Wikipedia

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