ga('send', 'pageview');
John Passant

Site menu:

August 2014



RSS Oz House



Subscribe to us

Get new blog posts delivered to your inbox.


Site search


My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



A united and free Kurdistan can defeat the Islamic State

Here is a snippet from an article by John Rees in Counterfire called The way to stop the Islamic State is a united, free Kurdistan – just what the US does not want

The post First World War settlement is breaking down, but it is breaking down in favour of reactionary forces. A unified and free Kurdistan would offer the beacon of a national liberation struggle that had a popular and progressive outcome. It would, in the current situation in the Middle East, have the effect that the ANC’s victory over apartheid had in southern Africa. It would set up a pole of political attraction and a liberated territory which would be impenetrable to IS and much more difficult for the imperial powers to co-opt and exploit – which is exactly why they don’t want it.

The demand for a fully independent and unified Kurdistan, combined with the demand that Saudis, Qataris and Turks stop funding and otherwise aiding IS, can re-write the direction of events.

Well worth a read.

So too is the response by Kevin Ovenden in a note on Facebook called Kurdish self-determination and the unravelling of Sykes-Picot. He starts off by saying:

This is a good piece by John Rees outlining the history of the Kurdish Question since the Sykes-Picot division of the region, copper-fastened at Lausanne.

I want to add a couple of further points and an argument questioning the necessary centrality and imperviousness to co-optation of the call for an independent, unified state of Kurdistan, which John advances in his piece.

As I’ll return to, none of this questions the legitimacy of the demand for an independent Kurdistan, nor is it arguing in some bad “ultra-imperialist” way that all national questions are now of necessity subsumed by one or other imperialist interest.

Raising the demand for a Kurdish independent state (particularly from within the imperialist powers) does not ally with imperialism. But is it wise? And is it a permanent sure-footing against sliding into that morass? A couple of points:


Write a comment