PKK tells US, Trump: ‘We are not guilty of terrorism; we are victims of state terrorism.’

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Foreign Relations Committee wrote the following letter to the American people and United States President Donald Trump, responding to the comparisons made between the Kurdish movement and ISIS, amid the genocidal campaign of the Turkish state against the Kurdish people.

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“To the American people and President Donald J Trump,

We refuse comparisons being made between our movement and the inhumane thugs of ISIS. Our response is as follows: There are more than 40 million Kurds living in the Middle East today. At the end of the First World War, outside powers divided them among four autocratic states: Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, where our movement began.

'Cleaned out': The ongoing ethnic cleansing of Rojava

There is little about United States President Donald Trump that one can truly be surprised by at this stage in his presidency. Buffoonery and delusion — not to mention racism and the incitement of violence — have become normalised during his time in office to a frightening degree.

Still, even if we take the most jaw-dropping quotes of his more than two-and-a-half years in office into account, there is something remarkably horrifying about the comments he has made in recent days since he de facto supported Turkey’s offensive into northern Syria.

That green light was one thing. Another altogether was the so-called “ceasefire” brokered between his administration and Turkey on October 17, several days after the invasion began, and hundreds of casualties later.

Israel cancels Palestine Cup simply because it could

It’s been barely noticed, but last month there was an incursion of politics into sports like no other, writes Dave Zirin.

With little reason, the Israeli government made the decision to cancel the Palestinian national football (soccer) club championship, otherwise known as the FIFA Palestine Cup. The contest between Gaza’s Khadamat Rafah club and the West Bank-based Nablus’s FC Balata, lscheduled for September 25, had to be called off when Israel denied travel permits to the Gaza team. The trip would have been just a couple of miles.

Imagine the United States invading Canada to prevent a Canadian sporting championship from taking place. That is what has happened in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

Poem: Have you heard their voices?

The young as they cry out

The old as they die out

The middle aged as they shout

And the silence from the so-called leaders

Engulfs our lives

 

Do something we scream at them,

The do nothings

Who knit their rugs

Of self-protection

And doing nothing

With words like

We are meeting our targets

And we are leading the world

Along with other lies

We no longer accept

 

And so we gather on our streets

While they still do nothing

Other than protect their profits

And keep the rivers of greenhouse profits

Flowing into their pockets

 

So the way reveals itself

We workers must cut off their gains

From coal, and oil

Wherever we toil

To make their accounting heavens

That are our earthly hell

 

Time to tell the truth

And rebel

Denmark’s Red-Greens — Climate crisis shakes up politics

Former metalworker Søren Søndergaard, who represents the outer Copenhagen electorate of Gladsaxe in the Danish parliament, has a long history in radical left politics.

In the 1980s, he was part of the leadership of the Socialist Workers Party, one of the three founding organisations of the Red-Green Alliance (RGA), known in Denmark as the Unity List — the Red-Greens.

Søndergaard was a member of the Danish Parliament from 1994 to 2005 and Gladsaxe Town Council from 2006 to 2007. He also served as a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

In 2007, Søndergaard was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the People’s Movement against the European Union (EU). After resigning this position in 2014, he won election to the Danish parliament in 2015 as an RGA MP for Gladsaxe and was re-elected in the June 5 general election.

Danish Red-Green Alliance congress: Organising for climate and social justice

Denmark’s Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress.

Eighteen months ago the party’s 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for hegemony over what is called the “red bloc” in Denmark.

Composed of the Social Democrats, the Socialist People’s Party (SF), the Social Liberals and the RGA, the red bloc has historically competed against its “blue” rival — the Liberals, Danish People’s Party (DF), Conservatives and Liberal Alliance — for the majority support that decides whether Social Democrats or Liberals will head the Danish government.

Ecuador: Why the indigenous movement’s victory is a partial one

There are celebrations in Ecuador. They began on October 13, when the government and the Indigenous movement, centrally grouped in the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), announced they had reached an agreement on Decree 883, which removed fuel subsidies.

The response was twofold.

The streets were filled with euphoria after the victory, which followed 11 days of protests in the face of strong repression. The battlefield in downtown Quito was a scene of applause, horns, trucks and taxis carrying Ecuadorian flags, and people from the neighbourhoods.

However, the question arose as to what exactly had been achieved. This was either an immediate and effective repeal, as announced and celebrated by CONAIE, or an undated substitution, as President Lenín Moreno announced on Twitter.

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