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.

700 Women Defend Agricultural Lands in the Cizire Region

In the Cizire region of northeastern Syria, 700 women from the autonomously organized women's structures of the Social Defense Forces are involved in patrols to protect against arson.

Make Rojava Green Again Volunteers Help with Coriander Harvest

“In the liberated areas, every harvest is a revolutionary act. Our enemies aim to destroy the revolution by starving us – through embargo, arson, and violence. The collectivised lands we harvested this week lie in the shadow of a militarised imperialist border that divides the Kurdish people from each other, and in sight of fields

Voluntary Firefighters mobilise to protect Rojava

[On 5 June 2020] a fire started in a field near the International Commune. It’s unclear if it was started deliberately or accidentally. Last year ISIS sleeper cells and other Turkish proxies waged a brutal campaign of arson against crop fields in Rojava. Many thousands of acres of wheat were lost, and a number of

Turkey reduces water supply to Rojava

Turkey, with the help of its GAP dam system, has again reduced the flow of the Euphrates. Less than a third of the prescribed amount of water now flows into Syria and Iraq.

Make Rojava Green Again Picture Gallery April-May 2020

A lot happened since our last picture gallery published only one month ago. During those weeks, we notably went to a village called Rêhanik to help Kurdish friends there to build a new communal park where families from the village can gather to spend time together. But we mostly focused on the plantation of vegetables