The Democratic Nation Paradigm

This text was translated from subtitles of a Youtube video in Arabic that has since been deleted, on 27 October 2016. During the 20th century, the revolution of freedom in Kurdistan was continuing in different forms. This revolution continued until the beginnings of the 1970’s in a narrow and tribal way. After the 1970’s, a

A New University, Born in the Chaos of War

The university has academic departments in petroleum, petrochemical and agricultural engineering, Kurdish literature, fine arts, education and women’s studies. Its main campus is in Qamishli, a city on the border with Turkey. Subjects related to petroleum are taught at a facility in Rumeilan, 40 miles farther east in the region’s oil-producing area.

Thoughts on Rojava: an interview with Janet Biehl

Do I think this system in Rojava is purely as Bookchin envisioned it? Not purely, but perhaps that may lie beyond the abilities of real human beings. But the people are wrestling with problems of implementation that Bookchin, as a theorist, never foresaw, and I think that even the mistakes that people in Rojava might make are relevant to the future importance of these ideas.

Proposals for the Annual Meeting for Co-operatives in Northern Syria

The Federation of Northern and Eastern Syrian Co-operative Societies held their annual meeting in Qamishlo to discuss the current situation of co-operatives in the region, and many suggestions were made to develop the work of the co-ops.

Decisions from Kongreya Star’s Seventh Congress

Important decisions were made at the seventh congress of Kongreya Star. The congress was held under the banner, “We will make the women’s revolution a communal revolution!” The conference was held in Aram Tigran Cultural Centre in the city of Rmelan in the canton of Qamishlo, and it was attended by about 700 representatives.

Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria announced in Ain Issa

The Syrian Democratic Council announced a new unified administration in the areas controlled by the SDF in North and East Syria, after a Thursday meeting that included officials from several local councils.

My Experience with Communes and Committees in Rojava

The commune (komun) system is truly the beating heart of the Rojava revolution. It is based on the premise of Democratic Confederalism, that the power comes from the grassroots level.
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The Internal System of the Electric Co-operatives

An electric generator co-operative is a co-operative society that generates electricity for its beneficiaries, who become members by buying shares.

Social Contract of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria

Here you can read the translation to English of the social contract published in the Vladimir Van Wildenburg blog. You can download the French translation, the German translation, the Spanish translation. Preamble We, peoples of Rojava-northern Syria, including Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Assyrians, Turkmen, Armenians, Chechens, Circassians, Muslims, Christians, Yezidis, and the different doctrines and sects, recognize that the nation-state has made Kurdistan,

The Internal System of the Communes in Rojava

At present, much policy debate is focusing on whether the U.S. should retain troops in the areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern and eastern Syria, as President Trump has made clear his wishes for troops to be pulled out in the near or medium-term. If the U.S. is going to stay in

The Co-operative Contract of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria

A – Definition and Principles The co-operative is a social organisation that does not seek profit, but the fulfilment of the basic needs of society, based on collective work, sharing, solidarity and self-governance. The co-operatives are basic moral-political pillars of the restructuring of society on a democratic foundation. The co-operatives do not limit themselves to
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Introduction to the Political and Social Structures of Democratic Autonomy in Rojava

What goes on in Syrian Kurdistan cannot be reduced to the war against ISIS, and in order to understand the events in Rojava, one should look into the newly established institutions which under the title of the Movement for a Democratic Society (KCK, called TEV-DEM in Rojava) are organizing all the events and fields in Rojava. The lack of research