Recent comments in /f/Rojava

lori wrote

Oh, its Anti War. They post literally nothing except articles criticizing Rojava by stretching facts and misquoting things. They seem to be with those weird groups who won't fucking stop harassing everyone over the CNT split too.

Note 2 cites Osman Ocalan who's been gone from the PKK since prior to the libertarian shift, and has spent the past decades doing nothing but showing up on Turkish state media to rail against the KCK. The claim that government officials are from outside Syria is ludicrous, given that the two co-presidents are Syrian, the major generals are Syrian, the local councils are obviously made up of Syrians, and the majority of the politicians I can see in the council are, in fact, Syrians.

Note 3 is literally just dead links and complaining about market socialism.

Note 4 and 5 are largely correct, though woman's rights are moving forward in Rojava if not advanced as they should be. I liked this article describing an example.

Note 6 I don't understand - are they meant to try to scrounge up dirty AK-47s and try to stand their ground against one of the largest NATO armies and a Russian-backed dictatorship? What else are they gonna do?

Note 7 again cites texts before Democratic Confederalism, though it is around the start of the shift.

It's not a perfect revolution by any means, and is essentially just a relatively progressive decentralized state, I just really fucking hate Anti War, akai, and their whole clique because they won't stop harassing people for not following their party line.

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celebratedrecluse wrote (edited )

Let us also not forget how the US has systematically funded the reactionaries, first explicitly to fight radical leftism, and then during the War on Terror as a spurious tactical gambit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Cyclone

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/world/asia/cia-funds-found-their-way-into-al-qaeda-coffers.html

https://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/06/04/the-cia-continues-trafficking-drugs-from-afghanistan/

https://www.thenation.com/article/how-us-funds-taliban/

How long it will take for people to realize that the fascists in powerful positions in america are actually envious of the wahhabists, i dont know. But they are not ideological enemies, and certainly the CIA knows that. They need each other, to a measurable degree. The occupation and insurgency give each other raison d'etre. And furthermore, the far-right has gone international-- certainly the Russians, Europeans, Australians and Americans of the far right are all collaborating in an unprecedented way in the last five years.

Intent doesn't really matter compared to the actual results, but let's get real. The fundamentalist christians are jealous of the radical right-wing islamists, in terms of their subjugation of women, the execution of apostates and queers, the erosion of restrictions on religious oppression overall. While they may fight, they respect and cultivate each other far more than they can ever hold party to anarchists, leftists, or anyone of our ilk.

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LostYonder wrote

As one can imagine, it is a challenge shifting through all the crap written about the Middle East. From the scholarly side there is MERIP (Middle East Research and Information Project: https://merip.org/) there is also Informed Comment (https://www.juancole.com/) by Juan Cole, a historian at Univ. of Michigan. For a collection of critical news, one site is Middle East Eye (https://www.middleeasteye.net). The independent journalist Anand Gopal is another good source, particularly on Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

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Reply to comment by n_n in by hasbrochem

n_n wrote

It's good. Although I would change this:

cyberpunk rant

to

cyberpunk nonsense/absurdity

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celebratedrecluse wrote (edited )

It is indeed true that there is rampant queerphobia amongst the Rojava militants. even among those that have traveled abroad to garner support for their cause in the west, members of the YPJ have openly ridiculed the idea of non binary or trans people being present amongst them on the front lines, condescendingly laughing off the possibility at all, and stating utterly non-chalantly that non-binary and trans-ness is a "Western phenomenon". The YPJ members who came to talk in my town lost a lot of people with that line, it left a sour taste in everyone's mouth and there was a very uncomfortable silence in the room.

This happened just last year, so it's a bit strange that this TQILA cohort...actually existed before that? This article is from 2017. I have to say, I know Al Jazeera is far from an unbiased source on Kurdish struggle, but this article doesn't seem too far off the mark to me. I think we shouldn't put the kurdish revolutionaries on a pedestal, their social norms and orgs are just as legitimate targets of critique as anyone or anything else imo.

Of course, it's hard to assess an organization which is so many thousands of miles away, in a different cultural context, but it seems clear to me and many others that there are at the very least some structural problems facing queer liberation within the YPJ and YPG, if my impression is at all accurate.

Solidarity with my trans and NB comrades in Kurdistan!

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snake wrote

Some Twitter and Reddit leftists do (just as well as they romanticize Stalin on the other end,) but all the anarchists who are actually on the ground (and not total shithead machos) or who discuss it in detail seem skeptical but acknowledge it as pretty-much-the-best-we-got. Most of the criticisms apply just as well to the CNT, 1936. The point is that it opens doors to libertarian organizing.

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transtifa OP wrote

Yeah I dislike most of the article but I think there's some amount of value to it? Once you look past the basic "outside agitator" BS, there's some points worth considering. Like um, it feels like maybe they have a point when they say white leftists do hold a romanticized view of the YPG worthy of deconstruction? And maybe there's something to be said about a "democratic confederalist political party" not necessarily aligning with anarchist principles as much as we hope for it to? Idk, I'm not sure.

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