[Marxism] The first YPG Statement on the Kashoggi killing

Chris Slee chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 19 21:43:39 MDT 2018

Under attack from Turkey, the most powerful state in the Middle East apart from Israel, the Rojava revolutionaries are cautious about criticising Saudi Arabia, a state which might (for its own reasons) gave them a bit of aid.

In this respect ANF reminds me of the Cuban paper Granma, which I used to read many years ago.  Granma's international coverage was extremely inadequate because it never criticised any government that was willing to have friendly, or just non-hostile, relations with Cuba.  This was a survival tactic for Cuba faced with the US threat.

Chris Slee
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Great, 17 days after the murder of Kashoggi and at the same time when
Trump puts pressure on the Saudis to offer an "explanation", the "Rojava
revolutionaries" manage to say something on one of the most important
current events in the Middle East and world politics! But could we
expect any criticism of the Saudi kingdom or MBS? Surely not! These are
the YPG's friends and (surely) financier. How shameful for the
"progressive" YPG and their "revolutionary" supporters in the world!

*Pressure building over the Khashoggi incident *

As claims that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the
consulate can’t be hidden any more, the pressure is building on the
Riyadh administration.

ANF, 19 Oct 2018,

Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul on
October 2, and was never heard from again. The suspicions that Khashoggi
was murdered in the consulate are all but certain at this point. The
Saudi government hasn’t made any statements to this end as of yet, but
many countries and institutions are upping the pressure against them.


As the pressure builds over the Jamal Khashoggi incident, the number of
countries and institutions withdrawing from the economy conference
titled Invest in the Future Initiative to be held in Riyadh next week is
on the rise.

The IMF, the World bank and many other institutions were to attend the
conference at the presidential level, but have withdrawn. With this
decision, several countries also withdrew from the conference.


US President Donald Trump, after criticism that he didn’t exert clear
pressure since the Khashoggi incident broke out, said it was “most
probably” certain that the opposition journalist was killed.

Trump stressed that the incident is “very bad”, and that there will be
consequences for the Saudi administration.

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