"A YPJ fighter (right) next to a very similar
picture of a female fighter in the Spanish revolution in the 1930s. The
comparison is apt. The presence of such a high proportion of female
front line fighters is evidence of a profound social transformation that
has been happening in liberated Rojava and within the
Kurdish revolutionary movement."
So why is the
largest Kurdish organisation of all, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), still outlawed? This
article discusses current developments in Kurdistan and gives a brief
overview of the history of the Kurdish liberation movement and the PKK’s
illegal status in Germany. It argues for a radical left strategy
focused on defeating the ban on the PKK.
November 10, 2014 -- Tenk, posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- Saleh Muslim Mohamed (pictured),
co-president of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) representing the
independent communities of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) and its armed
wings, the People’s Defence Units (YPG) and Women’s Defence Units (YPJ),
visited the Netherlands. Muslim spoke about the fight of Rojava against
the Islamic State (ISIS) and the development of democratic autonomy
during the Rojava revolution. Jonas Staal interviewed him
November 14, 2014 -- BBC -- Is the Middle East’s newest country a territory called “Rojava”? Out of the chaos of Syria’s civil war, mainly Kurdish leftists have forged an egalitarian, multi-ethnic mini-state run on communal lines.
Since Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February, LINKS International Journal of Socialist Renewal has sought to carry a range of views from the socialist left to help understand the significance of this event. Particular attention has been paid to the voices of Ukrainian and Russian leftists who are at the forefront of resisting this invasion.