Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on October 14th through October 20th, 2019 and podcasting on libsyn.com.
Rojava, War, Imperialism, and Defense
For this episode we spoke with Gönül Düzer, who is a labor activist, math teacher, and a board member of the Kurdish Cultural Center in Chicago. Gönül was willing to take the time to speak on the current Turkish invasion of Northeast Syria, some history that would be useful to keep in mind when considering current events in this region, the complex tensions of being an anti imperialist and calling for US support, and about the Global Day of Action on this Saturday October 12th against this current invasion into NE Syria which has been brought about by actions by the US and many many more topics.. She also talks about Rojava, the role that this region plays in the area, and some ideas about how to get involved against the current invasion.
A content warning for this episode, Gönül describes many brutal actions on the part of Daesh or ISIS, including rape and sexual assault. The descriptions are not graphic but may be difficult to engage with.
This interview originally aired on our podcast feed a few days ago in anticipation of the Global Day of Action for Rojava and against Turkish and US imperialism which occurred on October 12 2019, which was yesterday as of the first airing of this interview on Asheville FM. To hear more of this interview, a full version of which aired on our podcast feed a few days ago, you can always go to our blog at thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org for this and our full archives.
You can also visit the following link for a way to support the Rojava Medical Emergency Fund. Since the majority of medical NGOs have pulled out of the region, it has become necessary to pull together whatever medical needs fighters may have from a rapidly diminishing resource pool. This fund is for on the ground medical supplies and secure communication equipment for those people defending NE Syria.
We end the show with some audio submitted by a listener of a pro Rojava rally held yesterday on the Global Day of Action in Chicago, IL.
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Music for this episode:
Bella Ciao – Kurdish version by Chia Madani
Song for Tekosina Anarsist