Rojava

The Anarchist Bookfair and Robin Yassin Kassab's Problematic Approach to Rojava

  • Posted on: 31 October 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

An uncalled-for and upsetting incident took place at the Anarchist Bookfair in London on 29 October 2016. Several people claiming to represent the Kurdish people or the Rojava Revolution shut down an event attended by speakers Leila Al Shami, Robin Yassin Kassab and Shiar Neyo about the situation in Syria.

Kurdistan democratic confederalists

  • Posted on: 14 June 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Tahrir-ICN

With a population of 30 million, the Kurds are the world’s largest stateless people. They form the majority of Kurdistan, a region in Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq. Since 1999, their struggle for self-determination has taken an anarchstic turn, and communities in Kurdistan have established direct democratic governance modelled on the anti-authoritarian neo-Zapatista movement and the theories of US anarchist Murray Bookchin. While Kurds comprise the majority, the movement has been diverse and multi-ethnic. For example, in the canton of Jazira in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan), Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Chechens, Armenians, Muslims, Christians and Yazidis co-exist and share political power.[1]

An interview with members of DAF, an anarchist collective in Istanbul, plus words from Sean Swain

  • Posted on: 13 June 2016
  • By: Bursts
http://anarsistfaaliyet.org/

Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on June 13th, 2016, through June 19th, then in radio version or podcasting at radio4all.net.

Radical Chic and the US Military: Together At Last

  • Posted on: 9 June 2016
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

The first time as tragedy, the second as farce – that’s what Karl Marx had to say about the woof and warp of history as it repeats sheer folly in different forms. And that certainly describes the attraction of many American leftists to the cause of Kurdish nationalism: it’s the latest lefty fad. A recent article in the Village Voice – where else? – depicts the journey of two “anarcho-communists” as they travel to “Rojava,” the northernmost Syrian enclave where a curious blend of Murray Bookchin-style anarchism and the neo-Marxist blatherings of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the terrorist Kurdish Workers Party, holds sway.

Misfit Bitcoin Developer Allegedly Works With the Rojava Plan

  • Posted on: 7 June 2016
  • By: thecollective

From Live Bitcoin News

It seems people are speculating on the current location of the missing in action Bitcoin developer and creator of Dark Wallet Amir Taaki. The British-Iranian Taaki has been somewhat of a legend within cryptocurrency circles for his work on the project as well as his views of crypto-anarchy. Recently it has been suggested that Taaki is running with an Anarcho-socialist group called “Rojava The Plan.” The organization’s mission is to create a self-sufficient socialist coop with a 1-year goal to finish “26 projects and advance Rojava’s decentralized economy.”

A Hello to Arms: A New Generation of Steely-Gazed Anarcho-Communists Head Off to Syria

  • Posted on: 7 June 2016
  • By: thecollective

From The Village Voice by John Knefel

Billymark's is the most working-class bar in Chelsea, if not all of Manhattan. On a Thursday afternoon in early March, union guys play darts as both TVs air a CBS report on the early days of Syria's fragile cease-fire. A few minutes after five, Guy, 22, and Hristo, 23, walk in and we grab a booth next to a group of day-drunk FIT students. The minute we sit down, it's clear something is different. The two men are vibrating with excitement.

Rojava: Democracy and Commune

  • Posted on: 20 May 2016
  • By: thecollective

From CrimethInc. blog

In the latest installment in our series exploring the anarchist critique of democracy, guest author Paul Z. Simons offers us a meditation on revolutionary forms of organization. Drawing on his experiences in Rojava in 2015, he contrasts conventional democratic practices with what he has seen of democratic confederalism and evaluates the federation of communes as a model for North American anarchists. At a time when the ruling order has been discredited but there are very few proposals for how else to shape our lives, Simons suggests some much-needed points of departure.

Our attitude towards Rojava must be critical solidarity

  • Posted on: 2 February 2016
  • By: thecollective

By Zaher Baher
30/01/2016

Many articles from different people about Rojava have expressed different views. The vast majority of them have covered the positive and bright sides of this experiment. I too have written many articles, in both Kurdish and English. In addition, I have given many interviews to Kurdish and non-Kurdish media. I have attended and addressed several meetings, both in the UK and abroad. I travelled once to Rojava and twice to Bakur (the Kurdistan part of Turkey).

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