[Marxism] Yassamine Mather on Kurdish politics today

Ken Hiebert knhiebert at shaw.ca
Sat Sep 16 07:20:14 MDT 2017

http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article5134 <http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article5134>

Kurdish independence in Northern Iraq: Between hope and contradictions

Joseph Daher ends his article with these words:

We must nevertheless support the possibility for the Kurdish people in Iraq to decide their own future in total independence, in other words the right to self-determination, including separation from the Iraqi state. It is important, however, that the rights of ethnic (Arabs, Turkmens, Assyrians) and religious minorities (Christian, Yazidi, etc) also be guaranteed in the process of independence.
The right to self-determination for all oppressed people is a fundamental element of their liberation. For decades, this right has been denied to the Kurdish people who have suffered from the violent repression and oppression imposed by the chauvinistic regional states and betrayals of various imperialist states.

Let us therefore support the self-determination of the Kurdish popular classes in Iraq while opposing the bourgeois and authoritarian leadership of the KDP and PUK.

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For her part Yassamine Mather does not explicitly say that the Kurds have the right to take the planned vote.  Nor does she explicitly say they should be denied the vote.
She does offer the Kurds her pity.

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