The Most Revolutionary Act

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Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
New Plymouth, New Zealand
December 02
Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at

JANUARY 15, 2013 5:58PM

The PKK Assassination in Paris

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Sakine Cansiz

Sakine Cansiz

Somehow I find myself on the mailing list of the PKK (the Kurdish Workers Party), which is engaged in an armed struggle against Turkey for an autonomous Kurdistan and cultural and political rights for all Turkish Kurds. According to Wikipedia, international human rights groups document decades of human rights abuses against the Kurds. In addition to criminalizing the Kurdish language, the Turkish government has deliberated destroyed 4,000 Kurdish villages and forcibly evacuated a million Kurdish civilians from their homes. This is in addition to the execution of 18,000 Kurds and the imprisonment of more than 119,000. Because Turkey is an ally, the US and the EU oppose the Kurds having an independent or semi-autonomous state and brand the PKK as a terrorist organization.

The newsletter is called Koma Civiken Kurdistan Info (in English Peoples’ Confederation of Kurdistan-Info). Founded in the early seventies, the PKK has backed away from its original Marxist-Leninist orientation (at least according to Wikipedia). However it’s the first newsletter I have read in more than two decades that still refers to it members as “comrade.” This makes me nostalgic for the old days. I suspect this is why I continue to subscribe.

I confess I don’t even open the newsletters most weeks. Following the assassination of three (female) PKK leaders in Paris last week, I read every single word of one I got on Sunday. For people who may have missed this story in the corporate media, this was a classic Mossad-style execution in which the killers got through an electronic lock system (requiring a code to get in) at the Kurdish Information Center. All three women died of three or four gunshot wounds to the head. The executions have occurred in the context of secret peace negotiations between the PKK leadership and the Turkish government. The day before the killing, rumors began to circulate that the PKK and the Erdogan government had agreed on a peace plan. The PKK has massive groups of followers in Europe, primarily in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. However according to the AL Monitor, this was the first PKK assassination carried out on French soil.

The Kurdish Rosa Luxemburg

Sakine Cansiz, one of the co-founders of the PKK, was the most prominent of the three. She organized the prison resistance movement during the decade she spent in prison in the 1980s. The fact that half of the PKK armed resistance are women is credited to Cansiz, often referred to as the Kurdish Rosa Luxemburg.

Is the Mossad Responsible for the PKK Executions?

Here in New Zealand we know all about the Mossad’s ruthless international assassinations (they will go anywhere and kill anyone to further Israeli Zionism). The Mossad was front page new in 2010 after our government discovered Israeli spies had used forged New Zealand passports to assassinate a Hamas leader in Dubai. Six months later, another suspected Mossad agent was discovered to have five passports on his person when he was killed in the Christchurch earthquake.

C. Tuttle, writing in Firedoglake also puts the Mossad high on the list of likely culprits. He refers to a November AL Monitor article by Sedat Laciner revealing that Israeli intelligence monitors PKK training camps continuously via drones, satellites and other electronic. John Robles, writing in The Voice of Russia, believes that Israeli or US intelligence, both eager for a pretext to invade Syria and/or Iran, would have an equally strong incentive to derail a PKK-Turkish peace settlement. Like Iraq, Syria and Iran have large semi-autonomous Kurdish regions, which the PKK uses as a base for military operations against Turkey. Robles reminds us that Turkey recently authorized military incursions into Iran, supposedly to seek out and attack PKK militants. It’s easy to see the US or Israel using the threat posed by Kurdish “terrorism” as an excuse to put boots on the ground in either or both countries.

The PKK Blames Turkish Gladio

In their most recent newsletter, the PKK agrees that the assassinations were an effort to derail the peace negations. However they hold the Turkish Gladio responsible. This is a shorthand reference to Counter-Guerrilla, the Turkish branch of the CIA’s infamous Gladio program. This is a clandestine US-backed force formed in France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and other countries with strong communist sympathies after World War II.

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Cross posted at Daily Censored

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Careful about being on such mailing lists, as you might get unwanted attention, if that's interesting reading.
It does have a La Femme Nikita Meets Jason Bourne flavor to it, although my list of Usual Suspects would include:
1) Kurds who don't want a peace process
2) Turks who don't want a peace process
And then of course the possibilities are endless, if Iran has conducted such operations in Paris, as to demonstrated capability, if there are of course other possibilities as to who benefits, including the ones mentioned, minus the U.S. I should think, whose main interest at this point is in stability. People who have talked to Kurds from that point of view generally advised them to make the best out of what an unlucky geography has dictated to them, a need to deal with Turks, Perians and Arabs without guaranteed sea access, alas, if the Iraqi Kurds are doing pretty well, in which again, reasonable calculations of American interests are for peace, generally speaking, as the status quo power in the region, which can be seen in the hesitancy to get rid of Assad by more forceful and direct measures, Iran again having the most to lose should he fall. As to Iran, our main interest is with keeping Iraq glued, and so stirring up the Kurds wouldn't be smart it seems to me, and our government is dumb sometimes, like Ivan, but not dumb all the time. Ivan of course might have incentives to do that too, as the non-status quo power on average, if the first two, Kurds and Turks in essence infighting would be the best bet. To live and die and Paris, Kurdish style.
Thanks for the warning Don. At 65 I think I can start to live a bit dangerously.

The people who put out this newsletter are really keen on these peace negotiations, possibly because of the positive experiment in Iraqi Kurdistan (which is where most of the oil i s).
That's part of what makes things tricky as to the oil, because the Turks are bitter about losing things in Iraq, another reason for Kurds to enjoy life and not push for some things too much.
This is so ancient that I fear Greeks, Turks and Kurds will never find peace. Maybe there needs to be a Kurdistan nation with UN membership and leave it.
I had read that the Turkish government was responsible for the killing of those woman. Don’t get me wrong. It could have been the Mossad. They don’t mind killing women and children. Under Nutandyahoo that has become their specialty. But I am more inclined to believe something went amiss with the "secret peace negotiations." Strangely enough I find myself more inclined to agree with Don on this one. Theres to many other good suspects with real motives in this one.
At present it is really difficult to know, who did it.

But it almost certainly has got something to do with the things going on in Syria. Some people say that if Kurds would start backing those American backed 'rebels',  then the present regime of Syria would collapse.

We haven't seen yet the new American strategy in Syria after the boss of CIA. I think we'll see it quite soon.
I meant of course:

'the American strategy in Syria after the new boss of CIA'.
[r] thanks, stuart, for the educating and updating on the Kurds and this tragedy! assassinating women to prevent a peace process. and the suspects list is not short apparently. best, libby