Tag Archives: Rojava

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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Don’t mention the war! On the continuing blindspots in anarchist “critical discussion” of Rojava

As time goes by, the involvement of various sections of the international libertarian left with the social experiment in Rojava seems to be deepening. The recent announcement of a new anarchist guerrilla group in the area, the International Revolutionary People’s … 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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The centre cannot hold: 2016 in review

So, this was a pretty brutal year in a lot of ways. It wasn’t all grim all the time, but there was certainly more than enough pain and misery to go around. This is an attempt to try and trace … 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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Mid-May round-up: notes on housing, Syria, the courts and more…

A quick round-up of news across a few various different fronts: In housing news, the Hackney renters’ group DIGS has been taking the fight to letting agents who refuse to lease to tenants on housing benefit. So far, their “YesDSS” … Continue reading

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