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Syrian Kurds: U.S. Allies, but Followers of Leader Jailed as Terrorist - The New York Times, Mar 10, 2018
On a recent visit to the predominantly Arab city of Manbij, outside Rojava, strains between the Kurdish leadership and the Arab populace were clearly visible, despite official efforts to deny the problem. But there were also signs of acceptance.

An Arab schoolteacher said most Arabs in the town were unhappy with what they see as a Kurdish government, but were afraid to speak out. For visiting journalists, it was difficult to speak to Arab residents without government minders insisting on being present.

Many Arabs, the schoolteacher said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he feared detention, have been particularly unhappy since the reported arrests in early January of two Arab men, whose bodies were found 17 days later, dumped on the highway outside town.

Government officials at first promised journalists that they could visit family members of those who were killed, and also meet with a committee of Arab elders, set up to investigate the killings. The officials said both groups had absolved the Kurdish authorities of blame.

At the Hassan al-Amin High School in Manbij, a group of Arab teenage boys gathered outside after classes were dismissed, so that people could join demonstrations in town against the Turkish attack on Afrin. All of them said they looked forward to joining the Manbij Military Council as soon as they were old enough to fight. While the council is majority Arab, its leadership is Kurdish and it is under the ultimate control of the Kurdish military and part of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
PYD  Mar15  Rojava  Arabs  Aleppo  indoctrination  repression  Press_freedom  localGovt 
7 weeks ago by elizrael
Divorce Boom in Rojava: Liberated or Second-Class Women? | SyriaUntold | Jan 13, 2018
“We are following all cases of violence against women, not only by men but also by society,” said Najah Amin, a manager at SARA. She noted that their work was fraught with challenges since day one, as many abused women were apprehensive about complaining to these NGOs, prompting SARA activists to pay secret home visits. “Luckily things are different now,” added Amin “In cases of divorce, we follow up the complaint of wife and try to solve the problem amicably. We believe that divorce has a negative impact on all family members.” Once reaching an agreement seems infeasible, explains the SARA manager, the organization assists the victim’s divorce request by both providing moral support and hiring an in-house lawyer. They follow up the case until the delivery of the judgement and the attainment of all rights.
women_rights  divorce  localGovt  Rojava  Hassakeh  civil_society 
7 weeks ago by elizrael
Charter of the Social Contract
We, the people of the Democratic Autonomous Regions of Afrin, Jazira and Kobane, a confederation of Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Arameans, Turkmen, Armenians and Chechens, freely and solemnly declare and establish this Charter, which has been drafted according to the principles of Democratic Autonomy.
democratic  confederalism  rojava  politics  society  articles  principles  organisation 
june 2018 by markhgn
How My Father’s Ideas Helped the Kurds Create a New Democracy
My father saw ecological problems as inherently social problems—of hierarchy and domination—that had to be solved in order to address the environmental crisis. “Perhaps the most compelling real fact that radicals in our era have not adequately faced,” he wrote, “is the fact that capitalism today has become a society, not only an economy.”
bookchin  kurds  rojava  politics  society  democratic  confederalism  syria  öcalan 
june 2018 by markhgn
Elections in Kurdish-held northern Syria postponed with no date set - Syria Direct, Jan 8, 2018
But Self-Administration authorities released an online statement on Thursday postponing the third round of elections, originally slated for January 19, citing “restricted” preparation time. It is unclear when the elections will now occur.
Mar15  Rojava  elections  localGovt 
may 2018 by elizrael
Women Are Free, and Armed, in Kurdish-Controlled Northern Syria - The New York Times, Feb 24, 2018
Kurdish leaders are aware of the discontent, but say the changes they are bringing are long overdue and are gaining acceptance, especially among younger Arab women.

“Most men don’t accept it, but we speak to women and try to make society understand why it is not good, for instance, to have more than one wife,” said Isam Abdul Qader, an Arab member of the Manbij Women’s Council, another organization that advocates women’s equality. It also sends teams of women door to door in neighborhoods and villages, where they ask to come in and explain to the women their new rights.

“Many men don’t let us in at first,” said Hana Sharif, a Kurdish council member. “We just go back two or three times. Little by little, it is working.”
Mar15  PYD  feminism  Rojava  localGovt 
may 2018 by elizrael
Women Are Free, and Armed, in Kurdish-Controlled Northern Syria - The New York Times, Feb 24, 2018
Women were immediately given the right to divorce, previously a right reserved to men; to inherit property on an equal basis with men; and to keep their children and their homes in a marital breakup. Gone were long-observed Shariah law provisions that gave a woman’s testimony in court only half the weight of a man’s.
Still, the Women’s House in Manbij right away began aggressively counseling wives whose husbands married a second time that they could divorce, and walk away with the children, the house and half of any property. The result has been some 200 divorces in the past year, mostly in cases of polygamy and underage marriage, said Widat Hayat an Arab woman and a sociologist who heads the research department at the Women’s House. It is an unprecedented number.
Mar15  Rojava  female  localGovt  Arabs  women_rights 
may 2018 by elizrael
Internationalist Commune of Rojava
We are working hand in hand and step by step with the local structures to develop a better and direct way to support the revolution. By integrating ourselves into the local culture and society we aim to become a meaningful part of the revolution.
rojava  revolution  democratic  confederalism 
may 2018 by markhgn
ANF | Guerrilla Commander: Mission accomplished, Ezidis are organized
We have achieved the goals set for us at a high level. The YBŞ, YJŞ, the security units of the Asayişa Êzidxan and political and administrative structures have been organized and remain active on the basis of democratic autonomy. The Ezidis have become a force that, with their spirit and their will, can bring about the democratization of Iraq as a whole. It was this task that we took on and we fulfilled our mission.
rojava  ezidi  kurdi 
april 2018 by mlte

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