In contrast to the increasingly autocratic Turkey to the north and the fragmented and warring countries to the south, the Kurds in the Rojava canton have consolidated a history of self-determination and resistance to external control by developing the kind of decentralized society based on communal decision making envisaged by US social scientist Murray Bookchin.
To the rulers of the world in Washington and Europe, Syria’s true crime is not the oppressive nature of its government but its independence from American and Israeli power – just as Iran’s true crime is its independence, and Russia’s true crime is its independence, and China’s true crime is its independence. In an American-owned world, independence is intolerable.
Tip of the Hat to Contributing Editor Berto Jongman
“Atroturf media manipulation more important than lobbying” to special interests seeking to achieve their goals. Those who disagree are “controversialized” (and often called “conspiracy-theorists,” a term invented by the CIA to marginalize activists in the 1960s. Wikipedia is a particularly pernicious source of mis-information in favor of special interests.