Category: News:Politics

The global politics podcast at the end of the End of History. From a left perspective.

November 7, 2019

/95/ The Fall of Rojava? ft. Dani Ellis / Alexander Norton

Rojava offered the hope that a progressive, multiethnic politics might be salvaged from the ashes of Syria’s civil war. Now the Turkish assault on northern Syria looks set to crush the Kurds and a radical experiment in the region. 

We talk to two British volunteers in Rojava about the prospects that the political structures set up there might be saved. 

  • Dani Ellis (@lapinesque): engineer; civil defence volunteer, International Commune (@communeint) 
  • Alexander Norton: deputy features editor, Morning Star; revolutionary volunteer, International Freedom Battalion

Running order

  • 05:27 - Dani interview 
  • 41:39 - Alexander interview
  • 01:27:51 - Final discussion

Readings & Links:

Glossary:

  • YPG: Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (People's Defence Corps); PYD’s armed wing in Syria 
  • YPJ: Yekîneyên Parastina Jin (Women's Protection Units); all-female militia
  • PYD: Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat (Democratic Union Party); Syrian Kurdish affiliate of the PKK
  • SDF: Syrian Democratic Forces; alliance composed primarily of Kurdish, Arab and Assyrian/Syriac militias, led by the YPG
  • PKK: Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (Kurdistan Workers' Party); Kurdish party in Turkey founded in 1978 by Abdullah Öcalan. Started armed insurgency in 1984, thousands of fighters in northern Iraq and Turkey
  • IFB: International Freedom Battalion; armed group of foreign leftists fighting for the YPG in support of the Rojava Revolution 
  • MLKP: Marxist-Leninist Communist Party, Turkey
  • TEV-DEM: Movement for a Democratic Society; umbrella organisation in northern Syria, aims at organising Syrian society within the democratic confederalist system
October 17, 2019

Excerpt: /92/ Three Articles

A new format in which we each bring to the table a key article to unpick and unpack.
 
This week we take a sharp look at the crumbling US political establishment and its empire: impeachment and regime legitimacy; centrist rebels against their lefty parents; and the betrayal of the Kurds.
 
Readings:
January 10, 2018

/24/ #IranProtest ft. Arash Azizi

In which we learn the extent to which the protests challenge the Islamic Republic itself. Also, why such little support from the Western Left?

November 29, 2017

/19/ New Clarity? ft. Michael Brooks

In which we chat new alt-media, the US left, and Trump's Middle East policy

May 31, 2017

Episode 6: Roy Orb-ison: Jihad & the Left

Episode Six: In which we consult the orb for insight into the roots of jihadism. Also too much talk about fantasy bots.

May 8, 2017

Episode 3: Milking the Kurds

Episode Three: In which we ask what's up with the new 'International Brigades' joining the Kurds, and venture a Spanish pronunciation of 'Rojava'.