• 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 »

  • Trump’s Strike has Prolonged the Syrian Tragedy

    Trump’s attack on the Shayrat airbase in Syria has received plaudits from western politicians and commentators across the board. Liberal pundits, who had nothing but contempt for Trump days ago, are suddenly more respectful after this show of lethal force, even though most would probably accept The Guardian‘s Jonathan Freedland’s caveat that despite this virtuous … Keep reading »

  • Debating Syria Productively

    The debate over Syria on the Left is toxic. I pulled together 13 points about the situation in Syria I hope can be useful in framing the discussion in a more productive way. The ultimate goal of these discussions in Western countries should be to have a clearer idea about how to strengthen antiwar movements … Keep reading »

  • Syria and the Antiwar Movement

    The enormity, complexity and fall-out of the Syrian war calls for urgent attention. Current events in Aleppo bring to the fore the unreliability of information and dichotomous political positions that contribute to obstruction and paralysis in the antiwar movement. Conflicting reports make unclear the number of civilians and fighters who have been evacuated, their condition, … 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 Case Against Bombing ISIS

    When ISIS claimed responsibility for the horrendous attacks in Brussels last week, U.S. President Barack Obama was unequivocal: the U.S. and its allies, he said, “can and will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.” More bombing, it hardly needed to be said, was on the way. For … Keep reading »

  • Arab Spring and Syrian Refugee Crisis: Ten Theses for Discussion

    Our goal is to formulate ten theses on what we believe constitutes the historical background of the Syrian refugee crisis within the context of the Arab Spring. One central argument is that Western meddling in this process was turned into a violent contest for state power that has resulted in grave human tragedy. The recent … 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 »

  • Syria Between Revolution and Counterrevolution

    The struggle between the Baath regime of Bashar al-Assad and the popular masses of the city and country in Syria that started on 15 March 2011 seems to have consumed both sides in its ferocity. It is promising imminent victory to a third force that has been carefully engineered, supported and armed by the international … Keep reading »