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We need solutions for the crisis in the Middle East. The chaos in the region has been ongoing since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire one century ago. Since the first Gulf War in 1991, the region between the Maghreb states and Pakistan has been in a deep state...
Every summer since 2015, the Turkish state has systematically been setting forest fires in the occupied and oppressed northern part of Kurdistan. This phenomenon has been state policy since the formation of the Turkish republic in 1923 with the aim to suppress revolt and forcibly displace populations. This year, the...
The year of 2018 began with the Turkish army and its extremist mercenaries’ invasion and occupation of Afrin in Rojava/northern Syria and is approaching its end in a similarly eventful manner. While, Kurdish prisoners in Turkish prisons, as well as activists in Europe and beyond, are on unlimited hunger...
The villages of Qandîl, with their mountains, stones, plateaus, and valleys are witnesses of great wars. Enduring the Iraq-Iran war, the Kurdish peshmergas’ war against the Iraqi Ba’ath regime, Saddam Hussein’s genocidal al-Anfal campaign, as well as the intra-Kurdish wars between the KDP, PUK, and PKK, the villagers’ lived...
Historian and author Etem Xemgîn, who is known for his work on Alevism, Mazdaism and Zoroastrianism recently passed away. His rich research included in-depth work on socio-economic structures, traditions and customs among the Kurds. Similar to other communities in the region, the historically oppressed Alevi community has been the...
Would a human being set fire to their own house? Yes, they would! Would a human cut the tree banch they sit on? Yes, indeed! Would humanity, as often repeated in Yasar Kemal’s novel “Ince Memed”, pull a knife on the table they eat on? Oh yes! Would a...
In the existing societal structures dictated by capitalist modernity, it is very rare that we find means by which we can facilitate open and honest discussions. Whether it’s in the workplace, in schools, even between friends and families, we are restricted by social constructs which inhibit our ability to...
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During my time as an undergraduate one of my majors was criminal justice. The program curriculum covered everything from the philosophy, logic and application of law, the idea of “crime” and the sociological factors and theories which attempt to explain it, as well as the history and various theories...
My Rojava experience began with six months in the YPG during the campaign to liberate Raqqa from Daesh. During those six months I was fortunate to begin to understand the camaraderie which thrives within YPG/YPJ. It was amazing to see how the ideology is truly evident in every aspect...
Patriarchy does not merely subsist on structures which are out of our influence and control. In fact, the patriarchal mindset is one that has been passed on over societies and generations, and one which changes its character depending on the historical place and time. Today, we are confronted with...

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