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Issue No. 2519

A YPG fighter

A YPG fighter (Pic: Kurdishstruggle/Flickr)


Turkish tanks, backed by US air strikes, swept into northern Syria last weekend and attacked Kurdish YPG forces.

The YPG has previously been supported by the US in the battles against Isis.

The Turkish government is determined to prevent the emergence of a Kurdish area in the north of Syria.

It has declared that Kurdish forces must not cross to the west bank of the Euphrates river. When the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces group drove Isis out of Manbij, west of the Euphrates, the Turkish government and the US warned them to retreat immediately.

The Kurds agreed, but Turkey took the opportunity to attack them, and the US decided to back the Turkish assaults rather than the Kurds.

However, this raises doubts about whether the YPG will play the role the US has allotted it of assisting the assault against the Isis centre of Raqqa in Syria.

Imperialism offers no hope to the Kurds or the people of Syria.


Millions set to strike in India

Tens of millions of Indian workers were due to hold a nationwide general strike on Friday of this week. Called by nearly all of the country’s trade union groupings, the strike is against the economic and labour policies of the Narendra Modi government.

In particular the unions oppose proposed “reforms” that will remove basic legal protection from huge numbers of workers, make it easier to sack people, ram through increased contract work and enable employers to hire at less than the minimum wage.

Unions are calling for a universal minimum wage of 15,000 rupees (£175) a month.

Modi’s government, elected in 2014, is centred on his neoliberal Hindu-chauvinist BJP party. It has tried to clear the way for the corporations but has faced consistent opposition.

The BMS “union” opposes the 2 September strike. It is controlled by members of the RSS, the BJP’s fascist-like core.


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