Libya: Preparing for War Against the Caliphate

Editorial Comment: For English-speaking readers, this is an excellent summary of some of the complex and critically important current events and challenges facing Libya.  Meena has referenced her commentary, linking statements to facts as outlined in official documents and leaks from secret meetings. By Meena Sovjani ©Jamahiriya News Agency Today, the United States placed da’esh…

Challenging Privilege: On Solidarity and Self-reflection

Solidarity is not a one-way charity undertaking by privileged activists, but a multidimensional process that contributes to the emancipation of everyone involved. By Dilar Dirik A German man is not impressed with the grassroots democracy project in Rojava because he has seen something similar decades ago in Latin America. A French woman reproaches Kurdish women…

Building Democracy Without the State

By Dilar Dirik When people first came to our house a few years ago to ask if our family would like to participate in the communes, I threw stones at them to keep them away,” laughs Bushra, a young woman from Tirbespiye, Rojava. The mother of two belongs to an ultra-conservative religious sect. Before, she…

Everyone’s Favourite Tactical Ally: The Kurds

“Some say that we are at a moment of historical transformation. Some claim that their purpose is to liberate peoples from their oppressors and persecutors. No people have been more persecuted than the Kurds. No nation has known more oppression than the Kurdish nation. Why then are there double standards in such vital questions? Why…

Turkey Is Fighting a Dirty War Against Its Own Kurdish Population

A report from behind the lines, as the PKK resist a ferocious government campaign to crush their uprising. By Jesse Rosenfeld via KQ Cizre, Turkey – The streets here are almost desolate, except for the armored personnel carriers that patrol this war-wrecked Kurdish city. The few children who have recently returned or withstood two and a half months…

“Resistance is Life, Silence is Death”

Cizre Is Like Kobanê and Sinjar Now KQ Exclusive Interview With Faysal Sariyildiz Joint Declaration by Kurdish, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian Parties and Associations on Turkish State Violations Humanity and Fraternity Massacred in Cizre Peoples’ Democratic Party Şırnak deputy Faysal Sarıyıldız has been the only source of information from inside the besieged district of Cızre for the past two…

Cholera in Haiti and Africa : The Peacekeepers’ Footprint

By Dady Chery Haiti Chery Like the plantain weed, Plantago major, which so reliably matched the movements of European settlers through North America that it became known as “the white man’s footprint,” the cholera epidemics of the last 15 years have closely followed the growth and trajectories of United Nations troops. Haitians have been infected…

Interview With Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit YPS-JIN

30 January 2016 KQ Formed during the self-rule declarations in North Kurdistan (E/SE Turkey), the armed Civilan Protection Units – Women (YPS-Jin) are growing their organisation day by day with the slogan “we want an equal society” says YPS member Leyla Botan.” We spoke to her about the struggle of Kurdish women behind the barricades…