“Green Braids” Campaign to Plant Four Million Trees in Syria’s Northeast

The Green Braids Initiative began transplanting seedlings as part of the second phase of the campaign to plant four million trees in northeast Syria.

Urban Renewal in Diyarbakır: A Tool for Gentrification and Assimilation?

Successive urban renewal projects in Diyarbakır’s (Amed’s) two strategic districts, Sur and Bağlar, might be designed to achieve hidden objectives of the Turkish state. These are the sentiments expressed by a number of urban specialists and residents, who suspect that under the discourse of ‘modernization’ and ‘economic revival’, there might be a secret agenda aimed at gentrification, assimilation and displacement of poor Kurdish citizens.

Rojava is Trying to Build a Green Society, But Turkey is Starving it of Water and Power

Almost the first sight that greets new arrivals in Rojava is endless ranks of oil derricks stretching out into the desert, hauling up tens of thousands of barrels of low-quality crude every day and leaving the surrounding soil polluted and oozing when struck with a spade. For international volunteers drawn to the Kurdish-led autonomous regions by their vision of a feminist, direct-democratic, ecological society, it can be a shocking sight.

Greenhouse Cultivation Strikes Root in Manbij

Vegetable cultivation is gradually increasing in Manbij with the support of the Agriculture Committee.

Embargo Negatively Affects Agriculture in Shehba

Farmers protest the embargo imposed on Shehba by the Damascus government, saying that agriculture has become impossible due to the embargo.

Agricultural Development Following the Liberation of Deir ez-Zor

Deir ez-Zor Agriculture Directorate, affiliated to the Deir ez-Zor Civil Council, provides significant support to farmers for agricultural development in the region.

Olive Harvest Starts in Kobanê and Manbij after the First Rains

After the first rains of autumn, olive harvest started in Kobanê and Manbij. While this year's crop of olive is limited for the producers from Kobanê, it is productive in Manbij.

Explainer: Co-operatives in North and East Syria – developing a new economy

Currently, North and East Syria (NES) faces enormous economic difficulties: rampant inflation, a partial embargo, war and the draining of resources by occupying Turkish forces in Sere Kaniye, Tel Abyad and Afrin. In this crisis context, NES is developing an economic model which aims at self-sufficiency and sustainability. The economic program of the Autonomous Administration

Revolution and Co-operatives: thoughts about my time with the Economic Committee in Rojava

In the following I will give a short insight about my experiences during the time with the economic committee of the cantons of Qamişlo and Hasakah in Rojava, North-East Syria. I will especially focus on the cooperative economy that is being built up in Rojava. As a second step, I will discuss to what extend

The Ecology of War

The ideology of the Kurdish liberation movement contemplates ecologism as one of its fundamental pillars. Even so, owing to nine years of war, barriers remain to its implementation.

Urgent call to resolve mounting problems in Hasankeyf!

In past years, the ancient city of Hasankeyf attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, offering them the chance to explore the traces of more than 20 civilizations that contributed to the city’s cultural heritage. Hasankeyf – with a history spanning 12,000 years – held a special appeal to visitors from the region as well as to those from western Turkey and every corner of the globe, and this enabled local residents not only to provide for their families but also to share their specialized knowledge of this historic landscape.

Shehba resistance: One Million Olive Trees Planted

Some families who fled from Afrin to Shehba have joined forces and planted over a million olive trees.