[Marxism] Rojava or Northern Syria?

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 3 19:23:23 MST 2017

My own comment when pasting that article on Facebook:
"I'm not buying it.
a) it abandons the Kurds elsewhere, and b) it claims to be a solution to
problems of Syrians - not by joining the fight against Assad, but by
lecturing them to adopt the Great God Ocalan's beliefs. (see linked 'social

On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 8:49 PM, Nick Fredman via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> On Wednesday, 4 January 2017, Chris Slee via Marxism <
> marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > http://kurdishquestion.com/article/3759-rojava-or-northern-syria
> >
> >
> > On 27 December in the town of Rmeilan (Rimelan), the Northern Syria
> > Constituent Assembly voted to remove "Rojava," meaning "Western"
> > (Kurdistan), from the name of the federal system; initially named the
> > "Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria-Rojava" and now called the
> > "Democratic Federal System of Northern Syria".
> >
> >
> > The aim is to make it clear that the democratic federal system is not
> just
> > for Kurds but for all Syria's ethnicities.
> >
> >
> > Chris Slee
> >
> I posted this on Facebook with the following comment. Maybe I need to add
> here that finding anything of positive value or interest in what the PKK
> current and allies do doesn't mean uncritically endorsing everything they
> do.
> A multi-ethnic, non-sectarian effort within a Balkanising, disintegrating
>  Syria. It also brings up complicated questions of national and cultural
>  identity within a radical project. The strategy as Phil Hearse has pointed
> out
> http://links.org.au/kurdistan-workers-party-pkk-analysis-
> hearse-parker-de-jong
> appears to
> have more to do with the "cultural-national autonomy" ideas of Otto Bauer
> and the Austro-Marxists than with communitarian anarchism of Murray
> Bookchin that are cited as the basis of "democratic confederalism". I don't
> think the point is whether these ideas as theories or strategy are in some
> abstract or overall sense "better" than more orthodox Marxist ideas that
> accept self-determination as a right for oppressed nations but are rather
> negative about promoting cultural and national identity (for one thing John
> Ridell has argued http://links.org.au/node/208 that the Bolsheviks in
> power
> went a bit Austrian in practice). I think the point is these ideas might be
> relevant to the concrete situation in the Middle East.
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