Do Not Let Afrin Become Another Kobane

defendafrin1Over 100 academics, politicians, and human rights activists call for immediate halt to Turkish aggression toward Afrin in Syria. Continue reading “Do Not Let Afrin Become Another Kobane”

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Towards Autonomy: The Social Experiment in Rojava

By Yavor Tarinski and Michalis Koulouthros 

The autonomous region of Rojava, as it exists today, is one of few bright spots – albeit a very bright one – to emerge from the tragedy of the Syrian revolution.

David Graeber[1] 

rojavaIn the last decades the Kurdish struggle for freedom was not only a firm voice of resistance against the dominant social and political order, but also managed to formulate and initiate practical steps towards the realization of a liberated society. After many years of oppression, the Kurdish forces began to regroup, forming armed units of self-defense. During the period in which the leftist Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) was quickly turning into a regional political power, a new antagonistic example appeared in the midst of the Kurdish liberation movement, based on the values of democratic confederalism and autonomy. Continue reading “Towards Autonomy: The Social Experiment in Rojava”