Category Archives: Rojava

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…

The Road to Rojava

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: It’s a long trip to direct democracy, gender, ethnic, religious and economic equality and it will take generations to walk the road to Rojava. In the meantime its own population, like that of Bakur, will be exposed to slaughter by IS and Al Nusra, to genocide by the state…

Direct Democracy Within Rojava

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Brexit has shown the failure of representative democracy at the highest level of a political structure like the EU. In Rojava, after the revolution of 2011, at the moment there is direct democracy and gender equality. The arabization of the polyethnic population of Rojava under the Assads does not…

Hunger in Rojava

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Due to the whims of Mr Erdogan, individuals and trucks are frequently being prevented from using the sole, still accessible route into Rojava via the Semalka border crossing. Seemingly the latter is in the control of Mr Barzani of the Kurdish, so-called autonomous region of Bashur in Iraq; in…

Northern Syria: Promising First Steps Towards Peaceful Coexistence Of All Population Groups

Society For Threatened Peoples Press Release: STP publishes report on research visit to Kurdish enclaves The people living in the autonomous Kurdish regions – which are frequently attacked by Islamist terror militias – are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance from Western Europe to ensure that their “oasis of peace” in northern Syria will continue…

The Task of the Kurdistan People on the Hundredth Anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement (16 May 1916)

By the Executive Council of the Kurdistan National Congress / KNK: Kurdistan is a rich and a fertile land. Therefore, it has been subjected to aggressions and occupations. The richness of Kurdistan has always attracted both neighboring countries and other countries far away in a colonial-interest manner. They all have exploited Kurdistan and have tried…

Rojava: Feed the Revolution Appeal

By Rojava’s Komîteya Alternatîf: Threat of Famine Support the appeal Rojava is a territory in northern Syria inhabited by roughly 4 million Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Ezidis and many other ethnic minorities. After the outbreak of the Syrian civil war the people of Rojava set up a democratic self-administration and set in motion a social revolution…

Turkey’s State Terrorism Continues!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: While the West is busy with thinking about stopping the stream of refugees into its own territories, Turkey actively engages in aggravating the political, social and economic life of everyone in the area. The political chaos is very beneficial for Turkey. It gives Turkey an upper hand. Turkey’s enmity against all of…