[Marxism] Fwd: The Embargo Against Rojava | Ecology or Catastrophe

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 25 07:05:23 MST 2014

At first glance, the fact that South Kurdistan supports the embargo may 
seem strange. The head of state Barzani has repeatedly proclaimed that 
South Kurdistan is independent, but the region long ago became a 
quasi-colony. The South Kurdish government is financed by petrodollars, 
which it receives from the Iraqi central government and distributes 
among its minions. Yet South Kurdistan itself produces almost nothing—no 
agricultural products—even chickens are brought in from Brazil. So it is 
actually extremely dependent on other countries. Most of the 
manufactured goods and investment capital found there come from Turkey. 
The government is politically quite dependent on Ankara, and in relation 
to Rojava, it follows the policy that Ankara desires.

It would be sugarcoating, however, to present the Kurdish regional 
government as the sole actor in this respect. The KDP (Kurdistan 
Democratic Party) actually would like very much to control Rojava, 
especially the oil wells in Rimelan. But the Democratic Autonomy system, 
built by the Kurdish freedom movement, is an obstacle—so it must be 
destroyed by any means. Since the embargo alone doesn’t seem to be dong 
the job, militias of the KDP’s offshoot party in Syria, ENKS, have 
joined in on attacks mounted by Islamic gangs, like the massacres of Til 
Hasil and Til Haran in the summer of 2013.

full: http://www.biehlonbookchin.com/embargo-against-rojava/

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