Tag Archives: Kurdistan

Quick updates on Picturehouse, McDonald’s, the far right and the arms trade

A few updates on things that’ll be happening in early September: At Picturehouse Cinemas, more than 90% of staff at the Ritzy, Crouch End, Hackney, Central, East Dulwich and Dukes locations have voted to continue strike action. There’s meant to … Continue reading

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Democratic confederalism and state counter-revolution: the example of Sheikh Maqsoud

An article recently appeared in Reuters examining Sheikh Maqsoud, the YPG-controlled district inside Aleppo. While the article itself is certainly not concerned with any kind of radical critique, I think it’s still worth circulating and discussing, just as a reminder … Continue reading

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Socialism in three cantons? A view from Washington

In the ongoing discussions of the social experiment taking place in Rojava, the economic aspect often tends to get neglected. You can read a lot about the military aspect, the war against ISIS, co-operation with US forces and so on, … Continue reading

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Some contradictions are bigger than others: a reply on Rojava

  The recent interview with Peter Loo is well worth reading for a fairly detailed look at what’s happening in Rojava. As a first-hand account from the region, it’s a useful source of information; but the polemical aspects of the … Continue reading

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A quiet victory: Notts cops cop out of Rojava case

It’s not the kind of story that makes for big, attention-grabbing headlines, but Nottingham saw an important victory against state repression this week, as the bail conditions against Aiden Aslin were finally dropped. Aiden has spent the last 8 months … Continue reading

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“Autonomous, democratic, stateless” public order policing in Rojava

According to reports on Syria Direct, over the last week or so, the Asayish, the cops who maintain order in the self-managed cantons of Rojava, have launched a wave of arrests against people associated with the Kurdish National Council, which … Continue reading

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Fighting ISIS should not be criminalised – Support Aiden Aslin!

Following on from the prosecution of Shilan Ozcelik, a second British YPG/YPJ volunteer is now facing charges for allegedly joining the fight against ISIS. Aiden Aslin is due to appear for a bail hearing on the 5th of April at … Continue reading

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