Kurdistan

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The Women’s Revolution in Rojava

Written by Janet Biehl
Toward Freedom
27 August 2015

It is well known that the jihadists of ISIS, in Syria and Iraq, have developed a system to enslave and rape women on a wide scale. But even without that system, women in the Middle East have generally long-suffered from entrenched patriarchy. Many women can be forced to marry, even as girls, and even as babies their marriages can be arranged, while polygyny and domestic violence are common. If a woman is raped, often she and not the perpetrator is blamed for it, and for supposedly having damaged the family’s “honor,” she must pay with her life: her male relatives will murder her in an “honor killing” or force her to commit an “honor suicide.” Excluded from education, employment and public life, many Middle Eastern women had and still have little to look forward to besides bearing and raising children.

Thu
03
Sep

In the rubble of US imperialism: the PKK, YPG and the Islamic State News

This article highlights how the US state created the conditions in the Middle East in which a right-wing reactionary force like the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) could emerge. Along with this - and central to the article - it discusses how the US state is refusing to back the only two effective forces that are fighting the Islamic State: the Kurdish Workers' Party and the People's Protection Units. Indeed, this article is also written to express solidarity with the People's Protection Units that are currently fighting a key battle against the Islamic State to hold onto the city of Kobani in Syria.

Thu
03
Sep

Building autonomy in Turkey and Kurdistan: an interview with Revolutionary Anarchist Action

by Corporate Watch

In May this year, Corporate Watch researchers travelled to Turkey and Kurdistan to investigate the companies supplying military equipment to the Turkish police and army. We talked to a range of groups from a variety of different movements and campaigns

Below is the transcript of our interview with three members of the anarchist group Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF, or Revolutionary Anarchist Action) in Istanbul during May 2015. DAF are involved in solidarity with the Kurdish struggle, the Rojava revolution and against ISIS' attack on Kobane, and have taken action against Turkish state repression and corporate abuse. They are attempting to establish alternatives to the current system through self-organisation, mutual aid and co-operatives.

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