Globally 35 actions for Hasankeyf – Ilisu Dam filling postponed!

Just two days after the 3rd Global Days of Action for Hasankeyf, on 10th June 2019, the news spread that the filling of the Ilisu Dam reservoir has been postponed. The responsible state agency DSI (State Hydraulic Works) declared to several media agencies that due to high river flow at the Ilisu dam site and

Climate action in Rojava

An action took place in the city of Qamislo in Rojava as part of the global action day of the climate movement, “FridaysForFuture.” Together with the city administration of Qamislo, internationalists from Make Rojava Green Again demonstrated with students of the Rojava University and cleaned up the city.

The social-ecological rebirth of Rojava

Kobane Roots will plant 15,000 olive trees along the Euphrates and build an irrigation system.

International call to save Hasankeyf

Nearly 100 environmentalist institutions have called for action before the AKP-wanted Ilısu Dam makes ancient Hasankeyf disappearing. On 10 June some 12 thousand years of history will disappear under the waters of the Ilisu Dam.

Kurds of Rojava are going back to the arms of nature

Mr. Riyad used to work in the concrete on a daily basis, but he decided to stop working for big factories and to depend on himself. He tends toward building a natural self-driven economy without being directed by anyone. Mr. Riyad pointed out that he was sick and tired of being a slave in factories and under the orders of employers.

Water Knows no Boundaries

The 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum was held on April 6-8, 2019 in Sulaimani (Sulaymaniyah) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. More than 180 water activists from the Mesopotamia region and other countries gathered for the 3-day forum at Sulaimani University.

Make Rojava Green Again Picture Gallery April 2019

As April is one of the last months before the summer, we were focusing on the work at the site of our academy. We were continuing to work on our park of the internationalist martyrs and planted trees in another segment of the academy site. In that area we were mixing olive, pomegrenate, grapefruit, almond, plum and mulberry trees. In other different places we continued with planting vegetables and small bushes.

Agriculture & Autonomy in the Middle East

In the predominantly Kurdish regions of Syria and Turkey, known respectively as Rojava and North Kurdistan, a groundbreaking experiment in communal living, social justice, and ecological vitality is taking place. Devastated by civil war, the Middle East is often seen as a place where little more than a cessation of hostilities can be hoped for. But Rojava and North Kurdistan have set their sights much higher. What started as a movement for political autonomy has blossomed into an attempt to build a radical pluralist democracy on the principles of communal solidarity — with food security, equality for women, and a localized, anti-capitalist economy at its core.
Sur, Amed, Diyarbakir, Turkey, Kurdistan, history, war, genocide

SUR: The Turkish state’s systematic destruction and commercialization of a World Heritage Site

it needs to be stated that in almost half of Sur, apart from the destroyed buildings, the original street fabric and the insular-parcel integrity have been irreparably lost. Together with the forced exodus and forced expropriation, it leads to the eradication of the traditional-social life, trade forms and urban social memory, developed over thousands of years, the change of propriety, the change of the demographic structure and the interruption of cultural continuity. The ongoing “Tigris Valley Project” is another big threat to the Word Heritage Site Diyarbakir outside of the fortress, which should not be underestimated. If all planning of the Turkish government would be implemented, the World Heritage Site of Diyarbakir would completely lose its core values and its uniqueness. The result would be a new old city with a completely new population, which has no relation to the cultural heritage of Diyarbakir, and a big commercialized area serving only big investments and profit, while erasing the local culture.

Make Rojava Green Again Picture Gallery March 2019

Spring has come to Rojava. Everywhere new plants and flowers are popping out. Everything is growing fast and blossoming. It is a beautiful time of the year. People start to move their life to the outside.
Raqqa, Syria, trees

7,000 Trees for Raqqa

As part of the tree planting campaign launched in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa in mid-March, the Civil Council has planted 7,000 trees in the former capital of the self-proclaimed ISIS caliphate.

Make Rojava Green Again Meeting in Geneva

A networking meeting of the “Make Rojava Green Again” campaign took place this weekend in Geneva. The ecologically focused activists also showed solidarity with the hunger strikes in Turkish prisons.