Tag: Rojava

  • Revolution and Counterrevolution in Rojava

    As I write, the revolution in Rojava is under existential threat. This threat was aggravated by a controversial roller coaster of recent events. After a late Sunday night phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the White House released a statement on the withdrawal of the United States military … Keep reading »

  • The Geopolitics of the Kurds and the case of Rojava

    How does the military cooperation of the Kurds in Rojava and Northern Syria with the USA, Russia and other forces affect their standing in the larger Syrian context? Keep reading »

  • Afrin and the Rojava Revolution

    The dark clouds of 21st-century fascism are once again hanging over the heads of the people of northern Syria. As if the inhabitants of the region often referred to as Rojava haven’t suffered enough over the course of the past seven years of war, the Turkish state has come to the conclusion that the time … Keep reading »

  • Turkey’s Move into Syria: Challenging the Kurds, Overthrowing Rojava

    Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria on 24 August was flagged up as a move to drive the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) out of the border town of Jarabulus. But that is just a cover: Turkey’s not very secret major objective is to crush the 50,000-strong Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Unit) militia, and overrun the three … Keep reading »

  • The Women Combatants of Rojava

    Interviews with commanders Abdullah and Rangin of the YPJ (Women’s Defence Units) Isis chose the beginning of Ramadan to launch an attack on Kobane in an attempt to retake the city liberated by the Kurdish resistance this past January. No sooner was the attack repelled than Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan began brandishing his scimitar and … Keep reading »