on 20 July 2012
This is a well written book and it provides a relatively unbiased History of the PKK. Also, it describes a lot of details on the atrocities committed by the Turkish State against the Kurdish People.
In addition to describing the activities of the PKK in promoting Kurdish Issues this book also describes a lot of peaceful political and cultural activities undertaken by Kurdish people and it describes how these have been suppressed by the Turkish State.
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the Kurdish struggle for their existence and identity within Turkey as it covers wider topics than just the PKK.
I am really glad I read it and my heart goes out to the Kurdish People.
It really makes me think on how the so called `International Community' has allowed these atrocities to be committed against the Kurds.
on 18 October 2010
This book is interesting, nicely written and it includes information about PKK in great detail. The author shows her photos with PKK guerillas, conveys their political message to public audiance. It is clearly understood that Aliza Marcus deeply sympathises PKK and dislike Turkish State, although he had permission to enter in Turkey and public officials helped her in many ways while working as a reporter. After publishing this book she was charged for supporting terrorism, than her trial terminated and deported from Turkey.
Does she support PKK terrorism? The reader should decide by herself. It is ironical that she must have known PKK mostly killed his own people in Turkey, heavily involved in Drug trafficing and distribution in Europe, didnt want any investment to its Kurdish People either in Iraq, Turkey and PKK is always seen and used as a pawn to harm Turks&Kurds&Others. Evidences show that PKK is used by Greece, Russia, Syria Intelligence againist Turkey. Marcus dont tell much about these facts and label PKK as freedom fighters. No worries that PKK may kill over 30.000 people but they are still nice fellas!But remember, things are changed after she wrote the book, for instance, PKK is not asking for independence but greater authonomy. So the book is a little outdated but still interesting and worth reading.
If you want to see PKK from a marxist and biased viewpoint, you should definetely read this book.