Betraying the Kurds

David Finkel

October 11, 2019

Donald Trump’s treacherous sellout of the Syrian Kurds puts a new spin on the old saying that imperialism “has no permanent friends, only permanent interests.” It’s true that the ultimate betrayal of the Kurds was almost inevitable — as has happened so many times before. But the particular way Trump’s done it — right after a phone call  with his Turkish autocrat buddy Erdogan, without consulting the Pentagon, State Department, “national security” staff, major allies or anyone else except his own great and unmatched wisdom — is truly spectacular. And of course it feeds into the U.S. domestic tangle in ways still to unfold.

I think we can fairly suspect that the transcript record of the Trump-Erdogan phone call has been stored on that same “classified” server where the “quid pro quo” call to Ukrainian president Zelensky, and (as we’ve learned) those to other foreign leaders, are stashed to stay safe from the reach of whistleblowers and Congressional investigators. It might be inconvenient to reveal that Trump made sure Erdogan knew the coast was clear for his long-planned invasion of northern Syria.

In the present case, there wasn’t even a material imperial interest in pulling out and leaving the Kurdish forces and civilian population hung out to dry. It was just Trump’s whim. Keep in mind that the U.S. force in northeastern Syria is hardly a big strike force. It is (or was) a small presence as a tripwire against Turkish incursion and a logistical/intelligence support for the Kurdish forces fighting the “Islamic State” (ISIS). Pulling it out doesn’t represent a U.S. withdrawal from “endless Middle East wars” as the big twit boasts — those troops won’t be coming home, they’ll be re-deployed in Iraq or somewhere nearby.

After the fact, Trump blustered that he’ll “destroy the Turkish economy” if its invasion crosses some unspecified “limits.” No one takes that drivel seriously — not Erdogan, not the tens of thousands...

Urgent statement
October 10, 2019

We, the women who resist - in the streets, in our territories, from our spaces and communities - we are the feminist sisters from Abya Yala, those who combat with our bodies, and sustain life; We sympathize with the criminalized, detained, repressed and persecuted in these days of protest against the neoliberal economic measures (paquetazo) of Lenin Moreno´s government. Since the announcement on Tuesday, of the structural adjustment measures in Ecuador, the different organizations and popular movements,...

Socialist Resistance
October 5, 2019

Membership of the European Union (EU) has given hundreds of millions of people some idea of what it’s like to live in a world without borders. Over a million British citizens have been able to live, work, study or retire all across Europe. About three million EU citizens live in Britain for exactly the same reasons.

Socialists absolutely support this freedom of movement. It is one of the key reasons why Socialist Resistance and many others on the left are determined to do everything we can to stop...

Susan Pashkoff
October 5, 2019

Parliament returned from its summer recess on September 3 to a new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, elected by only Tory members following Theresa May resignation as Prime Minister.

The Tory government had a working majority of 1 at this point (including the MPs of the Democratic Unionist Party; DUP). Johnson lost this the very same day when Phillip Lee (a Tory remainer MP) dramatically crossed the floor to join the Liberal Democrats while the Prime Minister was addressing Parliament. The Parliamentary...

Dianne Feeley
October 2, 2019

On the picket lines at the Detroit-Hamtramck General Motors plant, people drop by to bring doughnuts, coffee, and pizzas. Bernie Sanders’s supporters swelled the mid-morning picketing earlier this week, joining strikers from GM plants as far away as Toledo and Flint to meet up with Sanders. Alongside Ford and Chrysler workers were contingents from Wayne State University and the Metro Detroit DSA.

In brief remarks, Sanders thanked strikers for standing up to a corporation that pays its CEO $22 million...

Steve Downs
September 27, 2019

Have you ever had an argument with a friend and suddenly realized that your disagreement stemmed, at least in part, from the fact that the two of you were using the same words to mean different things, or different words to mean the same thing?

As I read contributions to The Call and Jacobin, and from Solidarity members, I wonder if that doesn’t explain some of the disagreements about “reform or revolution” that have come up between some Solidarity members and some members of DSA’s Bread and...

Peter Solenberger
September 27, 2019

The article by Steve Downs “Three questions of political strategy” poses three intriguing questions: Does “democratic road to socialism” = “parliamentary road to socialism”? Does “insurrection” = “revolution”? Does “rupture” = “revolution”? Steve found these questions helpful in understanding the contending views in Solidarity and DSA over reform or revolution. So do I.

Steve posed the first two questions in a contribution to the Solidarity Discussion Bulletin during the...

Statement by Autoworker Caravan
September 25, 2019

Picket at GM HQ
3-5 pm Friday, 9/27
Support the UAW strike!

Our strike against GM is showing the company and workers everywhere that UAW members are united and strong in the fight for jobs, justice and equity.

We are getting an outpouring of support from UAW sisters and brothers, from unions: ♦ Teamsters ♦ Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) ♦ National Nurses United ♦ American Postal Workers Union and many others, from ♦ presidential hopefuls Elisabeth Warren...

September 24, 2019

Nearly twenty years ago Solidarity published The Rank and File Strategy , a pamphlet written by Kim Moody. At that time the socialist movement had largely been in retreat since the disintegration of the upsurge in radical politics and action in the 60s and 70s. Moreover, union density had been on a 30-year downward slide, multinational free trade agreements had intensified a global race to the bottom and the full implementation of the neoliberal policy regime was underway. 

The Rank...

An interview with Jane Slaughter
September 24, 2019

There’s the spark that spreads. There’s also the kindling that was laid for it. Probably no organization has worked more patiently to kindle a rebirth of the power of organized workers than Labor Notes, which turned 40 this year. Based out of offices in Detroit and Brooklyn, at Labor Notes a staff of nine works to “put the movement back in the labor movement” by publishing books, a 6,000-circulation independent monthly magazine, and a website with half a million yearly visitors. They also...

Dianne Feeley
September 19, 2019

The ongoing United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against General Motors (GM) &mdash now in its third day &mdash will be remembered for the corporation’s aggressiveness. Usually details of negotiations are kept under wraps. But as the UAW announced it was striking, the corporation outlined its offer. Dangling an $8,000 ratification payment in front of workers, it didn’t mention that temps, who make up 7 percent of the workforce, wouldn’t even be eligible.

The company touted the offer as generous...

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