This week Mexie interviews Josh Walker, a comrade who fought with the YPG in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. Josh lays out the history and political ideology of the revolution, the extent to which feminist ideals are incorporated into their revolutionary praxis, and he addresses some of the common criticisms of the movement including their strategic military alliances or agreements with the U.S. and the Assad regime. He also talks about his time with the YPG and the importance of internationalist collaboration, and honours his comrade Anna Campbell of the YPJ who was killed in Afrin.
Sources and Links
- Abdullah Öcalan, Liberating Life: Woman’s Revolution: http://www.freeocalan.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/liberating-Lifefinal.pdf
- Abdullah Öcalan, War and Peace in Kurdistan: http://www.freedom-for-ocalan.com/english/download/Ocalan-War-and-Peace-in-Kurdistan.pdf
- We Are Plan C, A Real Revolution is a Mess of Contradictions: https://www.weareplanc.org/blog/a-real-revolution-is-a-mass-of-contradictions-interview-with-our-member-in-rojava/
- Ercan Ayboga, The Geopolitics of the Kurds and the Case of Rojava: https://socialistproject.ca/2018/02/geopolitics-kurds-rojava/
- Marcel Cartier, Afrin and the Rojava Revolution: https://socialistproject.ca/2018/01/afrin-and-rojava-revolution/
- Matt Blake, British Woman (Anna Campbell) Killed Fighting Turkish Forces in Afrin: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/19/briton-kurds-anna-campbell-dies-fighting-turkey-syria-afrin