Kurdish

The Kurdish revolution: a report from Rojava

The first report from Peter Loo, a Plan C member working in civil society in Rojava.

Turkey: Torture and murder by the State in Kurdish village of Koruköy

Have you ever heard of Koruköy before? It is a small village in Nusaybin county, Mardin province on the southern Turkish border. It is the hometown of people who had been forced to leave their villages after the government’s murderous repression of Kurdish separatism in 1995 but were slowly beginning to return to their villages as the environment stabilised.

The Chameleons of Rojava

Text about PKK/PYD's politics by Ben Davies. It has since been pointed out that Davies holds extremely dubious pro-Islamist politics; as such, we reproduce this text for reference and for the more enlightening discussion below the article itself.

Struggles for autonomy in Kurdistan - Corporate Watch

A book from Corporate Watch on Kurdish struggles and corporate complicity in the repression of social movements in Rojava and Bakur.

Rojava: reality and rhetoric - Gilles Dauvé and T.L.

Rojava flags flying

A detailed critical analysis of the "Rojava revolution". This is a much enlarged version of 'Kurdistan?' written by G.D. and T.L published on Troploin.

Democratic autonomy in North Kurdistan: An interview with the Democratic Society Congress

This Democratic autonomy is a movement which aims to establish a network of grassroots assemblies in Bakur (the Kurmanji Kurdish word for the area of Kurdistan within the borders of Turkey). Corporate Watch carried out interviews with several of the organisations involved in the process of democratic autonomy in June and July 2015.

Anarchist Critique of The PKK

RageAgainstCapital's critique of the PKK

Revolution in Rojava? - La Oveja Negra

We publish here a contribution (we have also translated from Spanish to French, English and Czech) synthesizing a series of critical discussions on the events in Rojava. This text comes from militants claiming to adhere to anarchism, based in Rosario, Argentina, and it was originally published in their bulletin La Oveja Negra [The Black Sheep].

RIP Ali Kitapci: Turkish anarcho-syndicalist killed in Ankara massacre

We remember Ali Kitapci, the first person to organise for the anarcho-syndicalist cause in modern Turkey. He was one of the 14 members of Independent Transportation Union killed in the Ankara bombing on Saturday.

The grim reality of the Rojava Revolution - from an anarchist eyewitness

Police in Rojava

In 2014, when David Graeber and others began claiming that a genuine anti-capitalist revolution was occurring in Syrian Kurdistan, the healthy reaction was scepticism. After all, the initiators of this revolution, the PKK, had a long history of Stalinist politics and brutal repression.[1]

Today the evidence is building up that, unfortunately, the sceptics were right. For example this article - apparently by an anarchist living in Rojava - claims both that the PKK ‘seized power’ and that most of the people in the Rojavan government are from outside Syria.[2]