Wednesday, August 24, 2016

YPG spokesperson Redur Xelil has said the Kurdish force will not retreat from the west of the Euphrates to the east.

People's Protection Units (YPG) spokesperson Redur Xelil has said the Kurdish force will not retreat from the west of the Euphrates to the east.

Speaking to journalist Mutlu Civiroglu, Xelil said his words had been misconstrued and that they wouldn't withdraw at anyone's request.

"We are in our own country and not withdrawing on the request of Turkey or someone else," Xelil told Civiroglu.

Reuters had said that Xelil had told them they would withdraw if the SDF instructed them to.

Turkish officials have threatened YPG with military action if the Kurdish force, which took part in the liberation of Manbij on the west of the Euphrates under the umbrella of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), did not retreat back across the river.

A top US official and Vice President Joe Biden also said they had told YPG forces to retreat to the east of the Euphrates or they would cease support for the group.

Turkish troops and FSA militants began a cross-border incursion into Jarablus today and have taken control of the ghost city within 12 hours.

Reports suggest there were no clashes between them and Islamic State militants, who have withdrawn to Al-Bab. Some commentators have called attention to the fact that IS had allegedly conducted artillery attacks on Turkish soil in the past two days but there was no IS presence in Jarablus when Turkish-FSA forces arrived.

Source: Twitter

Contention and Collusion in Syria - Turkey tries to kill two "enemies" with one sword - Kurds victims of Geo politics with US and Russia withdrawing support in last two weeks

Democracy and Class Struggle says worrying developments - collusion against the Kurds.

US officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, have declared their support for the operation and called on the YPG to return to the east of the Euphrates.

Syrian Kurds call Turkish op ‘declaration of war’

Spokesman for the YPG Kurdish militia, Redur Xelil, called Turkey’s move “blatant aggression in Syrian internal affairs.”

Aldar Xelil, another influential Kurdish politician, accused Turkey of initiating an occupation of Syria, saying the operation amounted to “a declaration of war” on the autonomous administration set up by Kurdish groups in northern Syria in 2011.

Saleh Muslim, head of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), warned that the Turkish forces would get bogged down in a quagmire and ultimately be defeated.

Speaking to ANFNews, Muslim said that Turkey had gone from targeting Syrian Kurds through proxies to directly fighting Kurdish fighters in Syria on the ground, adding that while Turkey had made the decision to enter Syria, withdrawing would not be as simple.

The PYD believes that Turkey has launched its operation to prevent the Kurds from retaking it from IS, Salam Ali, PYD’s representative in Moscow, told RIA Novosti.

“Jarablus is located in the north of Kobani area and our forces advanced close to it. After the Kurdish troops took the city of Manbij we had plans to go in that direction.

hApparently Turkey invaded from the North not to let the Kurds have this city,” he said.

The Syrian Kurdish militia YPG attempted to retake Jarablus last year, but were reportedly prevented from doing so when Ankara threatened to intervene.

In the meantime, the Kurdish Firat news agency (ANFNews) reported that 29 civilians have been killed by the advancing Turkish and allied troops so far. Some 3,000 ethnic Kurds have reportedly fled Jarablus and its neighboring areas since the Turkish operation became imminent.

The Kurds object to the operation, believing it to be a ploy to prevent Kurdish militias from retaking the town.


Turkish tank units have entered Syria as part of a military operation backed by Turkish and US-led coalition warplanes to clear the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group from the Syrian border town of Jarablus, according to Turkish state media.

Turkish special forces had crossed the border and entered Jarablus earlier on Wednesday's morning, officials said.

"The operation, which began at around 4am local time (01:00 GMT), is aimed at clearing the Turkish borders of terrorist groups, helping to enhance border security and supporting the territorial integrity of Syria," Anadolu Agency quoted Turkish officials as saying on Wednesday.

Turkish media said the operation involved artillery and rocket shelling as well as warplanes early in the morning, before the ground forces, including heavy armoured vehicles, entered Syria towards noon.

PYD and ISIL targeted

The operation is targeting ISIL and Syrian Kurdish fighters in northern Syria to end attacks on Turkey's border, President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in the capital Ankara on Wednesday.
How is Turkey dealing with threat from Syria?

"At 4:00 this morning, operations started in the north of Syria against terror groups which constantly threaten our country, like Daesh [the Arabic acronym for ISIL] and the PYD [the Syrian Kurdish group]," he said in a speech in Ankara.

Turkey had pledged on Monday to "completely cleanse" ISIL fighters from its border region after a suicide bomber suspected of links to the group killed 54 people at a Kurdish wedding in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.

Turkey is also concerned about the growing influence of Syrian Kurdish groups along its border, where they have captured large expanses of territory since the start of the Syrian war in 2011.
Turkey sees them as tied to the PKK, which has been waging an armed campaign mainly in the country's southeast.

"It is hard to conduct this operation without the green light from Moscow, Tehran, Damascus and Washington," Metin Gurcan, security analyst, told Al Jazeera from Istanbul.

"The open objective in this operation is that Turkey is trying to create an ISIL-free humanitarian zone by clearing Jarablus for possible flow of refugees," he said.

"The covert objective is another one. 

The PYD's recent advances alarmed Ankara. Turkey aims to deny the PYD's objective of connecting cantons it controls and creating monolithic Kurdish entity."

The military operation against ISIL comes as Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey, also say they are in the final stages of preparing an assault from Turkish territory on Jarablus, aiming to pre-empt a potential attempt by Syrian Kurdish forces of PYD to take it.

The PYD, a critical part of the US-backed campaign against ISIL, took near-complete control of Hasaka city on Tuesday.

The group already controls chunks of northern Syria where Kurdish groups have established de facto autonomy since the start of the Syria war - a development that has alarmed Turkey.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

China Increases its Involvement in Syrian War - South Front

Publication of this report is for information purposes and does not imply support for Chinese action in Syria.

USA: Rattling the Bars : US Prison Strikes - Democracy and Class Struggle says Long Live Kevin "Rashid" Johnson

Red salute to brother Eddie Conway

Democracy and Class Struggle  also salutes our brother Kevin "Rashid" Johnson still in a Supermax prison in USA and the best Marxist Leninist Maoist thinker in North America.

Here is some of his excellent proletarian Prison art, you can read his writings by following link here


Imperialism,the Refugee Crisis, and EU : Smash EU Militarism and Racism

Democracy and Class Struggle welcome this speech of  Professor Feyzi Ismail.

Feyzi Ismail's interpretation of the UK Brexit vote is similar to ours and goes beyond the superficial appearance of some of the so called Leftists to the essence of the EU and its militarism and racism.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Philippines: Opening Statement in Oslo of Luis Jalandoni of NDFP on the resumption of Peace Talks

Chairperson, Negotiating Panel
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
August 22, 2016

Hon. Foreign Minister of the Royal Norwegian Government, Borge Brende, Hon. State Secretary Tore Hattrem, Special Envoy to the Philippine Peace Process, Elisabeth Slattum, Hon. Jesus Dureza, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Hon. Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, Compatriots and Friends,

We in the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Negotiating Panel, Consultants and Staff, warmly greet and convey our heartfelt thanks to the Royal Norwegian Government for its determined and painstaking efforts as Third Party Facilitator since 2001 in patiently and efficiently working to move the peace process forward.

Their unwavering assistance and support, and the uniquely significant commitment of GPH President Duterte to push ahead the peace negotiations to address the roots of the armed conflict in order to achieve a just and lasting peace, with the tremendous efforts of our dedicated staff of lawyers and other committed organizations, have brought us to this point of high expectations for the success of our endeavors to achieve a just peace.

It is our unique privilege that in this session, our newly released NDFP consultants are present. Surely, their long standing dedication to serve the people and their rich experience will be a major contribution to these peace negotiations and give a decidedly significant push to achieve our goals in attaining a just and lasting peace.

May I introduce our Negotiating Panel: Vice-Chairperson of our Panel is Fidel Agcaoili, also the Chairperson of our Monitoring Committee under the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), Julieta de Lima, Chairperson of our Reciprocal Committee on Social and Economic Reforms, Coni Ledesma, Member of the Monitoring Committee and Chairperson of the NDFP Special Office for the Protection of Children, and Asterio Palima, our representative for the Nordic countries.

Of course, all of you know, Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Founding Chairperson of the Communist Party of the Philippines and NDFP Chief Political Consultant. We have a further array of consultants, lawyers, and staff whom you shall surely get to know in the following days.

We are confident that both our negotiating panels, consultants and staff, will be able to take up the agenda we both agreed upon on our June 15 Joint Statement signed here in Oslo. We shall take up the following agenda points in the coming five days:

1. Reaffirmation of previous peace agreements;

2. Reconstitution of the list of personnel covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety
and Immunity Guarantees;

3. Acceleration of peace talks on social and economic reforms, political and constitutional
reforms, and end of hostilities and disposition of forces;

4. Amnesty Declaration for the release of all detained political prisoners; and

5. Mode of interim ceasefire

We shall once more take a point stated in our Joint Statement of June 15, namely, the release on humanitarian grounds of the sick and elderly, overly long detained, and women political prisoners.

More importantly, we expect the realization of the amnesty proclamation to release all political prisoners as a necessary incentive for the ceasefire between the two parties.

Our constituency demand that there ought to be a substantive reason for the high risk of agreeing to an indefinite and prolonged ceasefire, which could amount to capitulation and mere pacification, without substantive incentives for the revolutionary movement and without assurance of success in forging satisfactory agreements on social, economic and political reforms.

Whatever is the mode of ceasefire for a start or in the long run, there must be clear premises, terms and mechanisms so that the ceasefire can be more stable, less prone to violations and less vulnerable to actual occurrences and allegations of ceasefire violations.

At the same time, the ceasefire should promote the advance of substantive negotiations and agreements and not deter or delay the peace process.

The two panels must discuss fully the subject of ceasefire before further work is assigned to the respective ceasefire committees of the GPH and NDFP.

With the commitment for just and lasting peace, declared by GPH President Rodrigo Duterte and the leadership of the NDFP, Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army, we are confident we can decisively move forward towards achieving a just and lasting peace.

The Filipino people, our Third Party Facilitator, our peace advocates in the Philippines and abroad, are one with us in aspiring for meaningful reforms like land reform and national industrialization, political and constitutional reforms that will strengthen our independence and national sovereignty, negotiate the end of hostilities, and attain a just and lasting peace.

Thank you very much!



On August 21st there was a convention on Kashmir and afterwards a silent march in the city (Bathinda).Of great significance has been the resurrection of the Association for Democratic Rights,a leading civil liberties organization in Punjab.

This group played a major role in earlier exposing the false Naxalite encounters of the 1970's and the fascistic Khalistani and state repression in the 1980's and 90's.

It defied all odds by thwarting the tentacles of the administration and holding the convention yesterday ,creating light from the clutches of darkness.

Heroically sections from all rungs of society thronged into the convention hall, symbolic of the defiance against fascism.

Although the police tried to obstruct it and restrict propaganada they could not overpower the strong democratic forces.

All democrats world over should salute the A.F.D.R.for this.

Heartening to witness over 1000 people comprising peasantry, workers, youth and students which is a tribute to the revolutionary democratic forces and movement of Punjab.

Many things went against our program. First, no one was ready to print our invitation cards and no one did.

Then, there was no media coverage.

Careful enough, we gave only basic information in our press release but still no newspaper covered us. (Hope they will cover our event in tomorrow papers).

Also, there were some conflicting events which really affected participation in convention. Lastly, our main speaker, Gautam Navlakha, could not come as he fell ill.

But, in the end our program proved to be successful. The participation was more than our expectations, audience felt involved and they participated in the march, that was declared only on the last moments during convention.

Our speakers, particularly Dr Parminder spoke really very well, quite boldly and clearly.
It was a very descriptive, informative and convincing professor type speech, as usual with him, but, there was an agitational tone, expressively deep anguish also that only reflected the sentiments of audience.

I think what made our program successful was the determination of our audience. We arranged the event, even could not meticulously convey messages but people came on their own.

What I sense from the participation, democratic organizations can arrange more such programs. There is a space, there is a mood and we can assert more and we should. Convention was organized under banner of Association For democratic rights, Punjab, Bathinda unit, with active support of many farmers, agri-laborers', students' bodies, trade Unions and other mass organisation .

REPORT BELOW Tribune News Service

Bathinda, August 21 The Democratic Rights Front Punjab today organised a convention in the city The Front also took out a march in the city demanding the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Acts (AFSPA) and other draconian laws in Kashmir.

Members of the Front are also demanded to stop violence against the locals. The Front also presented its report on the Kashmir violence.

Speaking on “Kashmir issue, its sovereignty and democratic rights” in the convention, Dr Parminder Singh and Dr Narbhinder Singh from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, key orators, said Kashmir was acceded to India under special circumstances after the Indian government promised referendum .

Addressing the convention, Dr Parminder said Kashmir was facing the most non-democratic and inhumane conditions. The right to live was being taken away from the people of Kashmir.
After the convention, a silent march was carried out in which a large number of people, including women, participated.

The convention was dedicated to Satya Goel who was a member of the Democratic Front and had recently passed away in Bathinda after prolonged illness.

The Front also passed resolutions demanding the rights of the Kashmiris people should be reinstated and removal of media restrictions.

It criticized the promotion of hatred among religious minorities, including the Dalits and Adivasis, and the promotion of communal fascist environment.

The Front also criticized the decision of the police in which the police had registered a case of sedition against Amnesty International.

The gathering in the convention also paid their tributes to famous writer Gurdial Singh and Mahasweta Devi.

BKU Ugarahan, BKU Dakaunda, BKU Krantikari, Punjab Agricultural Workers ‘Union, Agricultural Workers’ Union, Punjab Students Union (Shaheed Randhawa), Young India, SBS Students Union Central University, TSU Revolutionary Democratic Front, and other organisations participated in the convention

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Will Realpolitik become War ? : The War on the South Front from Lugansk and Donetsk to Crimea to Syria

Democracy and Class Struggle says is the bombing by Syria of the Kurds a sign of  Russian Syrian, Turkish Iranian new realpolitik ?

The Kurdish existential dilemma continues has they become a disposal pawn in the geo political struggle in Syria and the Middle East.

Syrian government aircraft bombed Kurdish positions in the divided northeastern city of Hasakeh on Aug. 18, the first such strikes against a Kurdish-held area of Syria, an AFP correspondent reported.

The strikes hit three Kurdish-manned checkpoints and three Kurdish bases, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

They came after heavy clashes broke out on Aug. 17 between Kurdish fighters who control two-thirds of the city and pro-government militia who control the rest.

The clashes have left 11 people dead – four civilians, four Kurdish fighters and three government loyalists, a medical source told AFP.

The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) spokesman Redur Xelil said the air strikes had hit Kurdish districts of the city, which is mostly controlled by Kurdish groups, and the positions of a Kurdish security force known as the Asayish.

“There are martyrs and wounded,” Xelil told Reuters.

The Syrian military could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Kurds, who control much of northeastern and northern Syria along the Turkish border where they have proclaimed an autonomous Kurdish region, recently demanded that the pro-government National Defense Forces disband in Hasakeh.

A government source in the city told AFP that the air strikes were “a message to the Kurds that they should stop this sort of demand that constitutes an affront to national sovereignty.”

Existence means Resistance

Democracy and Class Struggle has also been informed of US Military Base near Hasakeh which could also explain Syrian concern about Hasakeh

The US has not received or even asked for a permission from Damascus for reconstructing the airbase.

The United States does not have a UN mandate for intervening in the Syria war.

see details here