That is the question.
While there have been some headlines and first person accounts of the Rojava region and the politics therein, there has been little analysis that is explicitly anarchist. That is grounded in the big modern questions about how can international solidarity occur in a space where most anarchists feel powerless (at home) and where ISIS, NATO, Turkey, and the PKK are all propagandizing.
The topic this week is explictly how can North American anarchists get involved in what is happening in Rojava (should they?). Does it involve traditional left techniques like protest at consulates, sending money (to whom?), and partisan soldiers? Does the Internet change what solidarity could look like today?
The recent murder of anarchists (among others) in Turkey is a reminder of some things.
First, it reminds us that anarchists in different parts of the world have very different experiences. This might be a stupidly obvious but it’s easy to forget. Ideally, these differences in experience would be places of learning and exploration, goads to people in different places to try different things—while keeping firmly in mind that things that work in one place work differently (if at all) in another.
Next, that most of us get our news from resources that are either insufficient or quite biased, or both, frequently without realizing or acknowledging it.
How can people from far away, with (usually) little reliable information, assist appropriately?
And finally, what do anarchist perspectives, both local and international, have to offer struggles that are local and site- and cultural-specific? If solidarity means attack, how does that manifest in this situation?
Rojave: A sincere revolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=28&v=CcLPyfgXBAk