Hope and Contradictions: My Year in Rojava

This libertarian socialist experiment, established in the middle of one of the world’s most brutal and politically complex war zones, has tried to build a new social order rooted in feminism, ecology, direct democracy, and cooperative self-management of industry. It has survived confrontations against two separate forms of fascism and the evolving schemes and counter-schemes of the imperialist great powers that dominate the region. AANES provides a home for refugees and an island of stability in a country torn to pieces by the civil war that followed President Bashar al-Assad’s suppression of the 2011 Arab Spring revolution in Syria. But the revolution is not without its problems and limitations, which Pye will explore in a series of essays exploring the war front, the deliberative councils, the feminist spaces, the military, the factions, and the economy of this nascent society beyond the state where millions of people have lived under a form of revolutionary self-government for over ten years.

Kongra Star: We want to bring the Rojava Revolution outside North and East Syria

In this interview with ANF, Rûken Ehmed described the diplomatic work of the Kongra Star women's association in Northern and Eastern Syria: "We want to spread the Rojava Revolution to the outside world and reach women in the Middle East and Africa."

Upcoming elections, the new Social Contract and political system changes – interview with Kobane Autonomous Administration officials.

In Kobane city, RIC spoke with Ferhan Haji Issa, co-chair of the Executive Council of the Euphrates Canton, Rewshan Abdi, co-chair of Kobane Municipality, and Mohamed Hamdan al-Mohamed, co-chair of the People’s Council of the Euphrates Canton, regarding the current situation in Kobane, the system changes contained in the new Social Contract and the upcoming municipal elections.

Raqqa Arts and Culture Center, a place where creation and people meet

The Raqqa Arts and Culture Center has become a focus of understanding and connection for the people of Raqqa, where different identities can exchange artistic ideas and create fusions.

“Research and heritage management should be led by local populations” – Vision, conservation NGO

In December 2023, RIC interviewed Vision, a heritage and conservation NGO in Raqqa; a city whose rich cultural heritage was heavily destroyed by ISIS during the time of the so-called Caliphate. Vision coordinator, Ezzat Suleiman al-Mouh, describes Vision’s efforts to both preserve historical artefacts and sites in Raqqa, as well as encourage interest and further education in archaeology amongst the population.

Preparing women’s contract in NE, Syria in coming months

Fawza Youssef indicated that work on preparing a women's contract will begin in Norh and East Syria in the coming months.

Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg – Interview with Derik Municipality

In 2019, a city partnership between Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Derik was established. Since then, several projects have been realized in cooperation, including ecological initiatives, service provisions and information exchanges.

Webinar on the Rojava Revolution at the World Social Forum in Nepal

On the morning of 17 February, a session was held on “Rojava Revolution, an Alternative World Being Built in North and East Syria,” organized by the Civil Diplomacy Center in North and East Syria, in collaboration with the Kongra Star Women’s Movement and the Jineology Center. 50 people from all over the world participated online to learn about the methods of the people- and women-led revolution in North and East Syria.

Education in mother language saves communities from extinction

After the Revolution in Rojava, the education system in NE Syria has been fundamentally changed. Mother language has been officially taught in all schools based on the principle of a democratic nation that protects the rights of all nations. Children are educated in their mother language and this saves communities in NE Syria from extinction and protects their cultural, artistic and historical heritage.

Women in NE Syria play great role in shaping AANES structure

Women have played a prominent role in Northeast Syria since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, starting from cities like Hasakah, Qamishli, Afrin, Kobani, and extending to Raqqa, Tabqa, Manbij, and Deir ez-Zor. They have actively participated in various sectors, including military, social, political, economic, and others.

“When we say defense, most people think of weapons, but this is not all” – HPC, North and East Syria’s Civil Defense Forces

While North and East Syria’s (NES) Women’s and People’s Defense Units (the YPJ and YPG) have taken worldwide headlines for their role in the defeat of ISIS’ caliphate and continue to garner attention, a much lesser-known force in NES is the HPC – Civil Defense Forces. The HPC exist across the region of NES: small, neighborhood groups of volunteers who undertake defense activities on a local level in a decentralized manner. HPC-Jin is the women’s arm of the force. RIC followed the activities of different HPC groups around NES, visited HPC centers, and interviewed several HPC members to shed light on their work, explore how “defense” is defined within the HPC and see the challenges they face.

Days of work, thoughts of resistance

The time to prune the trees of our camp has come, actually it’s almost late but we had a lot of work to do until now. Anyway, at the end, in the last few days, equipped with secateurs and saw, we have worked on the garden of the Internationalist Commune. The friends who came before