Category: Kurdistan

Cathy Breen: Stories by the Fire


The families behind curtains like these, in camps, or in repurposed or unfinished buildings, have for the time a desperately welcomed measure of security

Güney Işıkara: Turkey’s Decisive Year

Chaos, violence, and authoritarian rule reign in Turkey. Is there any opening for the Kurdish liberation movement?

Janet Biehl: The Flowers of Rojava: A Feminist Revolution in Northern Syria

A talk on the transformation of women’s roles in Rojava as a result of the formation of women’s academies and the revolution’s encouragement of women to become equal participants in all spheres of life

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Bruno Jäntti: On Racism, Patriarchy and Corruption in Iraqi Kurdistan

When working in Iraqi Kurdistan, I was struck by the prevalence of regressive attitudes, including racism and sexism

Janet Biehl: Thoughts on Rojava

Full of admiration, but not without critique: Janet Biehl shares some of her ideas on the Rojava revolution after her recent visits to the region

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Preeti Kaur: Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Confederalism, Gender justice, and Ecology

As a result of these new principles of justice, and new alternative conflict resolution commitments, women and girls are not automatically blamed

Dilar Dirik: Forget the UN! Meet the Self-Determining Refugees in Kurdistan

Rejecting the victim narrative, PKK-supported refugee camps in Kurdistan have taken control of their fates by creating their own autonomous system

Janet Biehl: Liberated learning in Rojava

The new women’s science of jineolojî and the revolutionary transformation of education in Rojava, western Kurdistan

Dilar Dirik: From Genocide to Resistance: Yazidi Women Fight Back

Having suffered a traumatic genocide, Yazidi women on Mount Sinjar mobilize their autonomous armed and political resistance with the PKK’s philosophy

Joris Leverink: Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish resistance

Bookchin’s municipalist ideas, once rejected by communists and anarchists alike, have now come to inspire the Kurdish quest for democratic autonomy

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