Important Decisions at Afrin’s Economic Conference [2015]

The first Democratic Economy Conference in Afrîn has finished with a number of decisions to develop the economy in Afrîn, make the region economically independent and to prepare a draft to submit at the Economic Conference for Rojava’s three cantons, which will be held on 18th October in Cizîrê. The conference was the first of

Journey to Rojava, May 2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH ERCAN AYBOGA As the Islamic State (IS) attacked the Kurdish city of Kobanê, the name Rojava was on every tongue. But what is this place, and who are the people live there? Ercan Ayboga visited Syrian Kurdistan in May 2014. He was interviewed in German about his trip by the online magazine Marx21.
Rojava, economy, Syria, Kurdistan, cooperatives

Agricultural Economy Coming To Life In Rojava

(ANF/NERGİS BOTAN/DERİK) With the Syrian economy collapsing because of war, the cost of living on the rise, and an embargo against Rojava, residents of West Kurdistan are building the future and affecting an economic revolution. The Agricultural Association in the Cizîre Canton, working as part of the Economic Development Association, has brought in the spring
Efrin, Afrin, Rojava, Syria, Kurdistan, cooperatives, economy, cooperation, commune, democratic confederalism

Communal Economy Grows In Rojava Despite War

Rojava is quickly becoming a center of trade and production despite the shortages and sufferings caused by the ongoing war, according to an article from ANHA carried by Özgür Gündem. Economic development is occurring along the lines set forth by the leadership of the Kurdish Freedom Movement, and current economic growth is being led by
Afrin, Efrin, Rojava, Syria, Kurdistan, Amaad Yousef, economic, economy, cooperatives

Efrîn Economy Minister Yousef: Rojava challenging norms of class, gender and power

The following interview was conducted with Dr. Amaad Yousef, the Minister of Economy for the Efrîn Canton in Rojava by Sedat Yılmaz and appeared in Özgür Gündem. Yılmaz spoke with Dr. Yousef as he took part in a conference organized by the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) in the city of Van last month. The subject of the conference was the ‘Democratic Economy.’ The interview has been translated into English below.
Kobane, Kobani, Syria, Rojava

An Agricultural History of Kobanê Canton

This report was produced in coordination with the Reveberiya Xweseriya Demokratik Kantona Kobane- Suriya, in October 2015 and outlines the status of the agricultural industry in the canton and the surrounding villages.
Rojava, Syria, Kurdistan, agriculture, cooperatives, coops, farming, economy

Revolutionary Developments in Agriculture and Livestock in Rojava

In Western Kurdistan, agriculture and livestock are being revived. While the area of cultivated land gets bigger, livestock is developing and dairy facilities are being built up. Products banned under the Ba’ath regime have already been seen in the market. Economic power is strengthening day by day despite the embargo and oppressions on Rojava, where cooperative organizations have become prominent.
Rojava, justice, democratic confederalism, Kurdistan, Syria, revolution, democracy

Rojava: Has revolution eliminated the state?

The fundamental difference with the Western judicial systems is that on average only a third of the social disputes reach a court. All the others are solved by the communes -area assemblies- through agreements between the parties and light punishments.
Centre for Women’s Economy, Rojava, Syria, women, feminism, jineologi, Qamishlo, cooperative, coops, agricultural cooperative

The Centre for Women’s Economy in Qamishlo Starts Agricultural Cooperative Project

The Centre for Women's Economy held a meeting for the communes and women's bodies in its headquarters in West Street in the city of Qamishlo, to start work on the agricultural cooperative project that was scheduled a month ago. The meeting was attended by members of local councils, communes and women's bodies.
Afrin, Rojava, Syria, agriculture, cooperative, democratic confederalism

“Our Goal is the Development of Cooperatives”

Hassan said that their primary goal is the development of cooperatives and they went ahead with some pilot projects in this area, where they sought to encourage people to set up cooperative societies through communes.
Kurdistan, Rojava, Bakur, Syria, Turkey, democratic confederalism, peace

The No State Solution: Institutionalizing Libertarian Socialism in Kurdistan

In what many outside of the territory are referring to as the Rojava Revolution, a major shift in political philosophy and political programmatics has taken place in Kurdistan. Yet, this shift is not limited to the region of Rojava, or what many call Syrian or Western Kurdistan – a region where the Democratic Union Party
Rojava, Syria, Plan C, solidarity, economy, democratic confederalism, Qamishli, Qamishlo

What kind of economy is being built in Rojava?

In October 2016 Peter Loo travelled to Rojava* to volunteer as an English teacher and participate in work within civil society – the outcome of over 14 months of organising within the Plan C Rojava solidarity cluster. He is currently working for the SYPG campaign in Qamishlo. As well as directly offering his skills Peter has been able to visit places in Rojava and speak to many people as the future of Rojava, and Syria in general, continues to hang in the air. This interview took place late in December 2016.