July 19 marks the anniversary of the start of the Rojava Revolution. Here’s a selection of ROAR’s coverage over the past years of this historic struggle for autonomy in northeastern Syria.
Rojava revolution: building autonomy in the Middle East
Sardar Saadi — July 25, 2014
Kurdish rebels are establishing self-rule in war-torn Syria, resembling the Zapatista experience and providing a democratic alternative for the region.
The revolution in Rojava: an eyewitness account
Janet Biehl — October 20, 2016
An interview with the three authors of a new book — “Revolution in Rojava” — about their experiences and observations witnessing the birth of a new society.
Rojava: only chance for a just peace in the Middle East?
Thomas Jeffrey Miley and Johanna Riha — March 3, 2015
The democratic confederalism of Rojava is an attempt to transcend borders and build a participatory alternative to the tyrannical states of the region.
Internationalists in the Revolution
Internationalist Commune of Rojava — ROAR Magazine Issue #8 “Beyond the Border”
“Our call is at once really simple and incredibly difficult: let us build together a global movement that is able to challenge and overcome capitalist modernity.”
Building Democracy without the State
Dilar Dirik — ROAR Magazine Issue #1 “Revive la Commune!”
The Rojava revolution provides a historic opportunity to put the communalist model of Democratic Confederalism into practice.
Jineology: from women’s struggles to social liberation
Necîbe Qeredaxî, interviewed by Brecht Neven and Marlene Schäfers — November 25, 2017
As a liberatory framework emerging from the Kurdish movement, jineology places women at the center of the struggle against patriarchy, capitalism and the state.
Radical Democracy: The First Line Against Fascism
Dilar Dirik — ROAR Magazine Issue #5 “Not This Time!”
The Kurds’ democratic resistance to ISIS demonstrates that anti-fascism cannot be separated from the wider struggle against capitalism, patriarchy and the state.
Eyewitnesses to the Rojava revolution: women empowerment
Debbie Bookchin & Emre Şahin interviewed by Marina Sitrin — November 4, 2019
The Rojava revolution is under attack. Debbie Bookchin and Emre Şahin share their thoughts on this unique revolutionary process after recently visiting the region.
Eyewitnesses to the Rojava revolution: hevaltî and dignity
Debbie Bookchin & Emre Şahin interviewed by Marina Sitrin — November 22, 2019
In this second part of the interview, Debbie Bookchin and Emre Şahin share their thoughts and observations on how the revolution has impacted everyday life in Rojava.
The medical volunteers on Rojava’s frontlines
Dr. George Hagglnud interviewed by Shane Burley — December 3, 2019
As Turkish bombs continue to drop on Rojava, local medical facilities are struggling to keep up, despite an influx of foreign medical volunteers.
Rojava after Rojava
Fouâd Oveisy — December 19, 2019
Turkey’s attack on Rojava forced the SDF to choose between its own survival and protecting Kurdish territories, putting the future of the revolution at risk.
Fighting with pens in Rojava’s “war of education”
Elise Boyle Espinosa — December 30, 2019
Rojava’s revolutionary education system is built around a homegrown curriculum promoting gender equality, ecology and social and cultural inclusivity.
Police abolition and other revolutionary lessons from Rojava
Hawzhin Azeez — June 6, 2020
Democratic confederalism, the ideological framework organizing society in Rojava, outlines the features of a post-revolutionary justice system.
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