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EU: enemy of workers and immigrants

Brexit: defeat for the bankers and bosses of Europe!

Statement of the Central Committee of the Spartacist League/Britain

(24 June 2016)


 

Workers Vanguard No. 1095

9 September 2016
The closing date for news in this issue is 6 September.

Workers Vanguard

For a United Independent Kurdistan!

Turkey: Erdogan’s Countercoup

Turkish Forces Enter the Fray in Syria

Barely one month after emerging victorious from the July 15 botched coup, Turkey’s autocratic president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ordered his military to enter Syria. On August 24, after two days of artillery shelling, a small contingent of troops and tanks, acting in support of the Turkish-backed “Free Syrian Army,” moved toward the Syrian border town of Jarabulus. The town was held by the Islamic State (ISIS), which abandoned it in the face of the Turkish-led assault.

Operation Euphrates Shield is ostensibly aimed against ISIS, and the U.S. carried out air strikes in support of the Turkish incursion. Its central purpose, however, is to dislodge from the area U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Committees (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). Upon entering Syria, Turkey carried out several air strikes and artillery bombardments of PYD/YPG positions. The PYD/YPG is the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) based in Turkey. For the past year, Turkish forces have been engaged in a bloody offensive against the PKK in Turkey, where Kurdish oppression is a key prop of Turkish nationalism and capitalist rule.

Amid the all-sided chaos and bloodletting of the Syrian civil war, the PYD/YPG has been able to carve out what are in effect two non-contiguous semi-autonomous regions in the northeast and northwest of Syria. In recent months, the YPG has been trying to link these two regions, including by displacing Arabs and Turkmen. Turkey rejects any expression of independence in Rojava, the Kurdish name for Syrian Kurdistan, and has inserted itself between these two Kurdish enclaves to ensure that they do not become contiguous.

For its part, the U.S. agrees with Turkey that the Kurdish-held regions remain non-contiguous, even as it continues to support the PYD/YPG, which has been U.S. imperialism’s most reliable ally in its war against ISIS. When Vice President Joe Biden was in Ankara on August 24, he issued a strongly worded demand to the YPG to retreat to the east of the Euphrates River, even threatening to withhold U.S. military aid if they did not follow orders. This threat underscores what has always been U.S. policy: opposition to Kurdish independence. (read on)

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About the ICL




V.I. LeninLeon TrotskyThe International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist) is a proletarian, revolutionary and internationalist tendency committed to the task of building Leninist parties as national sections of a democratic-centralist international. Our aim is the achievement of new October Revolutions—nothing else, nothing other, nothing less. The ICL bases itself on Marxist historical, dialectical materialism and seeks in particular to carry forward the international working-class perspectives of Marxism developed in the theory and practice of the Bolshevik leaders V. I. Lenin and L. D. Trotsky and embodied in the decisions of the first four Congresses of the Communist International as well as key documents of the Fourth International such as the Transitional Program (1938) and "War and the Fourth International" (1934). We also look to James P. Cannon, a leader of the early American Communist Party who was won to Trotskyism and went on to become a principal founder of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), working in close collaboration with Leon Trotsky. The origins of the ICL are in the Spartacist League/U.S., which began as the Revolutionary Tendency in the SWP and was bureaucratically expelled in 1963. Our ICL "Declaration of Principles and Some Elements of Program" was modeled on the Declaration of Principles adopted at the 1966 founding conference of the SL/U.S.

Adopted at the Third International Conference of the ICL in early 1998, the declaration presently exists in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Greek, Korean and Tagalog. In this post-Soviet period, marked by a deep regression of proletarian consciousness, we continue to be guided by Trotsky's statement that "the task of the vanguard is above all not to let itself be carried along by the backward flow; it must swim against the current." Reforge the Fourth International, world party of socialist revolution!