“The Pawns of War. Remembering 1968”

{Also see: US House Overwhelmingly Passes $717 Billion Spending Bill to “Rebuild Our Military”} "We do not want a PAX Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life … Continue reading “The Pawns of War. Remembering 1968”

“Drugs: Threat to World and Factor of US Policy”

{Also see: Revealed: US Troops Guarding Nuclear Missile Base Used and Distributed LSD and US opioid crisis: Mussels off Seattle found with oxycodone in their system} HOW DOES THE UNITED STATES RELATE TO THE DRUG TRAFFICKING BUSINESS? The United States used the drug business to finance the subversive activities of the Central Intelligence Agency against … Continue reading “Drugs: Threat to World and Factor of US Policy”

Democratic Confederalism in Kurdistan — Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret (18 April 2016)| Co-operative Economy / Corporate Watch

Taking Sides

Source(s): Co-operative Economy / Corporate Watch

[Related: Turkey’s New Left — Cengiz Gunes (2017)|New Left Review 107, September-October 2017 / The Turkish Invasion of Afrin: an interview with Dr. Cengiz Gunes]


Lead photo caption: A commune meeting in Amude in Rojava’s Cizîrê canton, November 2015

The Kurdish region is currently undergoing a transformation. People are organising themselves in grassroots people’s assemblies and co-operatives, declaring their autonomy from the state and their wish for real democracy. Feminist and anti-capitalist ideas are flourishing. These changes are inspired by a new idea: democratic confederalism. These movements have the capacity to transform the reality of millions of people in Kurdistan, and potentially spread to the wider Middle East. Last year we visited Bakur, the part of Kurdistan within Turkey’s borders, and Rojava, the Kurdish majority autonomous region in Syria. This article examines the theory and practice of democratic confederalism in Bakur and…

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