Rojava, Syria, Kurdistan, cooperatives, coops

Cooperatives are Coming Together in Kobanê

The Economic Committee of the canton Kobanî [Kobanê] had a meeting to decide on further steps to take. At the meeting, the committee’s new co-chairs were elected, and important decisions were taken─for example, about the creation of new cooperatives and a new union for the cooperatives. After the military victory which captured the world’s attention, Kobanê has

The Economy in Rojava: realities and challenges in the Kurdish struggle

The militias of the YPG and YPJ are fighting in Rojava, a Syrian border region of 18,300 square kilometers that is next to Turkey and is divided in three cantons (regions): Kobanî [Kobanê / Kobane], Cizîrê‎ [Cezîre / Jazira Canton] and Afrîn [Afrin / Efrîn‎]. In these territories, agriculture (wheat being the main product), and petrol are
Rojava, Syria, Kurdistan, women, cooperatives, coops

Rojavan Women are Strong in Agriculture

Recognising that women are involved in all sectors of the economy in Rojava, Co-chair of the Economic Committee, Leman Hesseno, says they are strongest in agricultural cooperatives. The co-chair of the Economic Committee, Leman Hesseno, told ANF’s Beritan Sarya about the level of the development of the women’s economy and the problems they have experienced. Hesseno who
Rojava, communes, cooperatives, coops, Syria, Kurdistan

Every Commune is a Cooperative: Self-organisation and self-sufficiency are progressing in Rojava

The Revolution in Rojava has its own special dynamic that is difficult to express with words. In a positive sense, it is surprising. At first sight, the Kurdish Freedom Movement can seem to be too much oriented towards a practical approach and with not enough focus on theory, yet, they actually do have a very well-defined

The Economy of Rojava

The majority of analytical materials dedicated to Syrian Kurdistan concern politics or the war. The economic situation of the autonomous enclave Rojava stays in the background. If we take Lenin’s phrase, “Politics is the most concentrated expression of economics”, you could say that the majority of articles about the Kurdish question represent no more than
Rojava, Syria, Kurdistan

A Visit to Autonomous Rojava, Part 2

Days of Uprising – Part II Part I here Day 4 “Kumin“ is the Kurdish adaptation of the word “commune“. One Kumin unites a certain amount of families or households (from a few dozens to several hundreds, there are no limits). In their goals and tasks, these communes fully correspond to the Russian term “soviet”
Rojava, Syria, travel

A Visit to Autonomous Rojava, Part 1

Days of uprising (part I)  Part 2 here Day 1 The canton Jazira [Cizîrê‎ / Cezîre] of the autonomous enclave Rojava is located in the north-eastern corner of Syria. It borders Turkey to the north and Iraqi Kurdistan to the east. In the south-west there is the frontline with the area controlled by the Islamic califate [ISIS].

The Social Economy in Rojava will Snowball

DERIK, Syrian Kurdistan,— One of the most important aspects of the revolutionary developments in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) is the economy. In Rojava, where the people have declared an autonomous administration, the social economy, or, in other words, the people’s own economy, is fundamental. Article 42 of the Social Agreement which is characterised as the constitution
Rojava, Syria, revolution, women, jineology, coops, cooperatives, commune

From the Moment of Coercion – Cizire Canton, Rojava

The relation of exploitation contains, in an immanent way, a direct relation of domination, of subjection, and of social and police control. But when one takes the relation of domination, of subjection, as the totality of the relation of exploitation, the part for the whole, then one loses sight of the relation of exploitation and