Category Archives: Kurds

Media criticism of Turkish State finally moving to the forefront

After the most recent terrorist attack on Turkish soil inspired or organised by Daesh (Isis/Isil) on 28 June, I once again highlighted the context of Ankara’s long-standing complicity with Wahhabi extremism – in anticipation of understated media attention on the current government in … Continue reading

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The unreasoned argument that ‘the PKK is Stalinist’ is just destructive propaganda

When giving talks about the Rojava Revolution and the context within which it has occurred, I have been questioned on one issue more often than anything else: Is the PKK a Stalinist organisation? The simple answer is no. Such a … Continue reading

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Index for “Rojava: An Alternative”

The index for my book “Rojava: An Alternative to Imperialism, Nationalism, and Islamism in the Middle East” Continue reading

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Democracy and freedom of speech are terrorist offences in Turkey

Turkey was never exactly the home of freedom and democracy. But since the ruling AKP abandoned peace talks with the left-wing militants of the PKK in July 2015, the State’s authoritarian crackdown on civil society has become even worse. The … Continue reading

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Letter to MPs in Support of Kobane and Rojava

Below is a letter I recently sent to MPs in the UK… ———————————— I am writing to you because I believe that the experiences of democratic autonomy in the Kurdish regions of northern Syria (known as Rojava) are an example … Continue reading

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ISIS, Imperialism, and Rojava

The Ottoman Empire (1299–1923) united much of the Arab World for centuries. In the 19th century, however, it began to decline, and the imperial powers of Europe tried to ensure their own political influence in the region. The UK, for … Continue reading

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