Category Archives: Rojava

The Turkish Army is Attacking Yezîdî Kurds and Rojava Villages

KNK Statement: Turkish warplanes have bombed Şengal (Sinjar-Iraq/Kurdistan) and Dêrik (Karaçokê-Rojava/Kurdistan). According to the latest information, 26 Turkish warplanes attacked Amûd and Geliyê Kersê of Şengal/Sinjar. The bombardment is still going on. It has been learned that prior to the aerial operation, communication networks had been completely cut in Dêrik and its surrounding areas. Many…

Syria: Cultural Autonomy and the Risks of a Late Negotiation

By Carlos Rocabado: The draft Constitution prepared by Russia gives new hopes to Kurds on their demand for autonomy. It is not the federal scenario some expect, and of course it has nothing to do with dubious separatist wishes, but it is a step in the right direction: the acknowledgement of a long time ignored…

Support the Pluralist SDF and Stop Turkey!

By Rebwar Rashed: Back in November, 2014, Mr. Michael Rubin explained wisely, “Here’s why training moderate Syrian rebels in Turkey is a bad idea”.  The article is still good reading for those who need a better understanding of Turkey, the so-called “Moderate Islamists” and how to ensure a Syria without dictatorship. On October 9th 2015, Michael…

‘Syria Won’t Return to Dictatorship Post War’ – Salih Muslim

Mr Salih Muslim is co-president of the Democratic Union Party or PYD. The PYD is one of the most dominant players in Syria; currently this is mostly because of its control over that most effective and formidable Kurdish militia YPG/YPJ, significant popular support, and its effective organization. In an exclusive interview with Manish Rai, Editor,…

The Civil War in Turkey

Mourners for victim of Istanbul nightclub massacre By Dr Jan Best de Vries: In the present civil war in, since 1923, fascist Turkey, a sharp distinction should be made between the continuous attacks upon quite different war aims. On the one hand, subdivisons of the Kurdish PKK exclusively aim their attacks on government buildings and…

Kurds Can’t be Ignored in Post-War Syria

By Manish Rai: The start of the Syrian civil war in 2011 gave the historically marginalized Kurds their first real chance to assert their autonomy and to become a political powerhouse. Syrian Kurdish society now strongly feels that they can reverse the last half-century of assimilationist pressures and revive their cultural heritage and get their…

Support a Federal State or a Democratic Confederate States of Syria!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: Authoritarianism, dictatorship, centralism, ethnic aggressive nationalism and racism have been the history of the Middle East in the past hundred years since the Sykes-Picot agreement. Countries in the upper Middle East, such as Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq have always been shifting between various dictatorships and fascistic regimes. The fact that there…

Turkey Headed In The Totally Wrong Direction!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: With a portfolio comprising the Copenhagen criteria, respect for national, democratic and human rights and a little understanding that other people also need freedom, peace and friendly neighbors, Turkey could have gone a great way towards sustainable peace and a wellbeing future. Turkey’s situation, however, is exactly the opposite. Turkey slides slowly but surely…

Joint Statement of Kurdish & Allied Parties in Syria on Turkish Invasion

Joint Statement: Following the defeat of extremist forces, such as Daesh, conspiratorial plans have started to unfold. Turkey’s latest attack on the Syrian territory in Jerablus city is a continuation of its old/new imperial policy. It is also a plan to occupy more Syrian territory under the pretext of fighting terrorism, i.e. Daesh. However, Turkey’s…

After Hatay, Aleppo?

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Turkish tanks, neither invited by the secular Syrian regime nor by the democratic administration of Rojava, roll on Syrian soil. In former days a journalist would have written that Turkey is at war with Syria, but nowadays the extent of Turkey’s ‘self-defense’ is measured by which towns along the…

The Southern Route to Sheikh Maksoud

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: The predominantly Kurdish district Sheikh Maksoud in Aleppo is since half a year under attack from rebels who have the blessing of Mr Erdogan because they fight against the present regime of Mr Assad and against the Kurds. The YPG and YPJ units in Aleppo have over the last…

Aleppo and Hatay

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: During the Ottoman Empire the now allegedly Turkish province of Hatay formed part of the Vilayet of Aleppo and on the basis of geography rightly so (just have a look on the map of West Asia). Now that Salafist Turkey, after the failed coup by remaining secular parts of…

Choosing Between Afrin and Raqqa

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Analyzing the political situation after the capture of Manbij by the SDF and the Americans, the latter will be requested by Mr Erdogan to force the SDF to withdraw behind his red line of the Euphrates in the hope that the Americans and SDF may decide to direct their…

Rojava – ‘Protection Zone’ for Religious and Ethnic Minorities in Northern Syria?

By Dr Kamal Sido: Report on a research trip by the Society for Threatened People’s (STP) Middle East expert Introduction “The causes for flight must be resolved locally. We expect Germany, Europe and the United States of America to help us. We are going to establish a multiethnic and multi-religious project in Rojava – northern…

Support Rojava Foundations

By Dr. Jan Best de Vries: The Charter of the Social Contract of Rojava may lately have been augmented and extended, but meanwhile the food imports for its population are shrinking. Since its revolution in 2011, Mr Erdogan has closed all border crossings – imports via these into Rojava being restricted to a steady flow of…