Part of the problem is that the Kurds are caught between a rock and a hard place. The Western axis within global capitalism is trying to coopt the Kurds as a tool to be used against the Eastern axis, and the Eastern axis realizes this and is trying to suppress the Kurds. That’s why so many publications that represent the Socialist hard Left are stridently anti-Kurd. The situation is a case study in why we need to build an alliance of separatists and independence movements from the bottom up that are mutually supportive of each other in a way that will make it less necessary for independence movements to receive support from major powers.
By Sarah Abed
Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the PKK, took inspiration from American anarchist Murray Bookchin in creating his philosophy, which he calls “Democratic Confederalism.”
The PKK spin-off group YPG represents most of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria.
With Western political support, they have gained popularity and garnered an impressive amount of support from anarchists and military veterans in the West, some of whom have left the comfort of their home countries to fight with the group.
One of their most productive marketing tools has been to use young, attractive female fighters as the face of the guerrillas. During their fight against Daesh, the PKK has saturated the media with images of these young female “freedom fighters,” using them as a marketing tool to take their cause from obscurity to fame. Some of these female fighters in the YPJ are fighting alongside their male counterparts under the direction of the U.S. in the SDF.