My dear friend and colleague, Zaher Baher (ZB), just recently published an article Our attitude towards Rojava must be Critical Solidarity and generously invited me to provide my perspective on the topics covered there.
The Author is much more involved and much better informed in the field of developments in Rojava and Bakur than I can ever dream to be. He is also much more mature and established in his political stance than I can be — as I still consider myself a soul-searcher. Trying to best him on his own turf would be much above my normal level of chutzpah. Continue reading Rojava and Bakur. A Kurdish Anarchist perspective
The ongoing information war against Rojava
This text, deals with the problem of the image of Rojava in global media and mass communication. I am deeply convinced that we are talking about actual, ongoing information war here. Nothing happens there by accident and nothing will be on our side without intense effort.
By no means this is a professional analysis. However, I believe, there is a great deal of things that can be done based upon even simplest observations. I will be focusing on European context which I know the best. As a preliminary reading I recommend my article http://freelab.libtech.website/2014/12/29/is-rojava-written-off/
Continue reading In shadows, they wait with the knives
Short introduction into Rojava, if you need any. 17 minutes and you know the essentials.
Hey Petros, I want to publish this article on your website anonymously.
Don’t give out my name or email.
That is the request I received in today’s email. so here it is. Unchanged, unedited message from one of comrades in Rojava. In the spirit of freedom and solidarity.
The time of theory is over. Now is the time of action.
I’ve been in Rojava since half a year working in various areas of society which has given me the unique opportunity to get a good overview of the system in action. My libertarian philosophy and practical experience puts me very close to the revolutionaries of Rojava, and they like to hear my ideas or criticism.
I’m writing this article after seeing the article titled:
“We should not let Kobane and the rest of Rojava to be defeated by the big corporations and the international financial institutions” Continue reading Rojava Reality
This is my comment and answer to an extensive account, provided by Zaher Baher from Haringey Solidarity Group and Kurdistan Anarchists Forum after a trip throughout Bakur (Northern Kurdistan) just before Turkish election two weeks ago.
Whole text is available here. I have copied some fragments, to show context of my comments.
Continue reading Rojava, Bakur and the pitfalls of economic revolution
A modest suggestion how to decrease flow of migrants towards Europe, in an efficient, noble and long-lasting way.
The idea of “resettlement quota” imposed on the EU states is apparently not working, plus it generates a lot of quarrels both internationally and on a national level. Europe is simply unable to cope with the stream of desperate people, fleeing “conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East”. And no morally high rant can change it. This is just too much, too complex and too fast for ye olde Europe. While the ex-colonialist (or neocolonialist, if you please) metropolies should be held accountable, the current solution – reluctant (sometimes lethally reluctant) admission of immigrants simply does not work. It is a palliative approach, not helping to uproot the source of the problem. Continue reading No more refugees!