BLOGS & NEWS

The Kurdish Question.  https://kurdishquestion.com/index.php

ANF News. http://anfenglish.com/

Dilar Dirik, Blog. http://dilar91.blogspot.com/

ANHA Hawar News Agency. http://en.hawarnews.com/

The Rojava Report. https://rojavareport.wordpress.com/

ARA News. http://aranews.net/

JINHA News. http://jinha.com.tr/en

Democratic Union Party News. http://en.pydrojava.com/category/news/

YPG News. https://www.ypgrojava.org/category/News

ARTICLES

General

Rojava:  A Safe Haven in the Middle of Syria’s Brutal Civil War – Rahila Gupta. CNN. 2016.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/30/opinions/rojava-kurds-syria-democracy/

A Dream of Secular Utopia in ISIS’s Backyard – Wes Enzinna. New York Times. 2015.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/magazine/a-dream-of-utopia-in-hell.html

What the Syrian Kurds Have Wrought: The Radical, Unlikely, Democratic Experiment in Northern Syria – Si Sheppard. Atlantic Monthly. 2016.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/10/kurds-rojava-syria-isis-iraq-assad/505037/

Turkish Anarchists on the Fight for Kobane – Interviews w/DAF. Crimethinc. 2014-2015.

http://crimethinc.com/texts/r/kobane/

Journey to Rojava – Interview w/Ercan Ayboga. Janet Biehl. 2014.

http://ercanayboga.blogspot.com/2014/12/interview-of-marx21-about-journey-to.html?m=1

Joint Statement of the Academic Delegation to Rojava – David Graeber, et al. Roarmag.org. 2015.

https://roarmag.org/essays/statement-academic-delegation-rojava/

The Rojava Revolution – Evangelos Araios. Opendemocracy.net. 2015.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/evangelos-aretaios/rojava-revolution

The New PKK:  Unleashing a Social Revolution in Kurdistan – Rafael Taylor. Roarmag.org. 2014.

https://roarmag.org/essays/pkk-kurdish-struggle-autonomy/

Regaining Hope in Rojava – Jo Magpie. Opendemocracy.net. 2016.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/jo-magpie/regaining-hope-in-rojava

The Revolution in Rojava – Meredith Tax. Dissentmagazine.org. 2016.

https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/the-revolution-in-rojava

Theory

What Is Social Ecology? –Murray Bookchin

http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/bookchin/socecol.html

Libertarian Municipalism –Murray Bookchin

http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/bookchin/libmuni.html

Democratic Confederalism – Abdullah Ocalan

http://www.freeocalan.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Ocalan-Democratic-Confederalism.pdf

The Bookchin-Ocalan Connection – Janet Biehl

http://www.biehlonbookchin.com/the-bookchin-ocalan-connection/

ROAR Magazine, Murray Bookchin and the Kurdish Resistance. Joris Leverink. 2015. https://roarmag.org/essays/bookchin-kurdish-struggle-ocalan-rojava/

Social Organization

The Kurds’ Democratic Experiment – Carne Ross. New York Times. 2015.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/opinion/the-kurds-democratic-experiment.html

A Model of Municipal Service in Rojava – Derik Municipality

http://dihanews.com/en/news/content/view/419726?from=180567116

Rojava’s Communes & Councils – Janet Biehl

http://www.biehlonbookchin.com/rojavas-communes-and-councils/

Democratic Autonomy in Rojava – New Compass

http://new-compass.net/articles/revolution-rojava

The Experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) Has Proved That People Can Make Changes – Zaher Baher

http://www.anarkismo.net/article/27301

Backgrounder on the Union of Communities in Kurdistan, KCK.

https://kurdishissue.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/1-29/

Introduction To The Political And Social Structures Of Democratic Autonomy In Rojava – Kurdishquestion.com

http://kurdishquestion.com/oldarticle.php?aid=introduction-to-the-political-and-social-structures-of-democratic-autonomy-in-rojava

FAQ On the Communes and Councils – Janet Biehl

https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Autonomy_Region_Rojava#FAQ_on_the_Communes_and_the_Councils

Rojava Dispatch 3:   Members of Commune Sehid Kawa C Decide on New Boundaries – Paul Z. Simons

http://modernslavery.calpress.org/?s=rojava+dispatch+three  

Building Democracy Without a State – Dilar Dirik

https://roarmag.org/magazine/building-democracy-without-a-state/

An Anarchist Perspective on Rojava’s Co-Ops and Communes – Worker’s Solidarity Movement

https://cooperativeeconomy.info/an-anarchist-perspective-on-rojavas-coops-and-communes/

Democratic Confederalism in Kurdistan – Corporate Watch

https://corporatewatch.org/news/2016/apr/18/democratic-confederalism-kurdistan

Document of the Democratic Federal System of Rojava – Northern Syria

http://supportkurds.org/document-of-the-democratic-federal-system-of-rojava-northern-syria/

The No State Solution: Institutionalizing Libertarian Socialism in Kurdistan – Alexander Kolokotronis

http://newpol.org/content/no-state-solution-institutionalizing-libertarian-socialism-kurdistan

Women

The Women Leading a Social Revolution in Syria’s Rojava – Newsweek

http://www.newsweek.com/women-leading-social-revolution-rojava-report-506611

The Women’s Revolution in Rojava – Janet Biehl

http://www.towardfreedom.com/38-archives/women/4017-the-women-s-revolution-in-rojava

Rojava Women Found Economy Assembly in Their City – JINHA

http://jinha.com.tr/en/ALL-NEWS/content/view/29704?utm_content=buffer09399&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Everything Is Hard for Women in a Patriarchal Society – Syria Direct

http://syriadirect.org/news/kobani-tv-host-%E2%80%98everything-is-hard-for-women-in-a-patriarchal-society%E2%80%99/

Self-ruling Syrian Kurdish Region Issues Women’s Rights Decree – Assyrian International News Agency

http://www.aina.org/news/20141109134608.htm

Women Are the Guaranty of the Revolution in Rojava –  ANF

https://rojavareport.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/women-are-the-guaranty-of-the-revolution-in-rojava/

Yekîtiya Star – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kongreya_Star

Women Will Not Leave Their Freedom After the Revolution – ANF

https://rojavareport.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/women-will-not-leave-their-freedom-for-after-the-revolution/

Women Take the Initiative for Rojava – DIHA

https://rojavareport.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/women-take-the-initiative-for-rojava/

Rojava:  The Women Who Wove a Revolution – JINHA

http://jinha.com.tr/en/ALL-NEWS/content/view/26680?page=2

Why Jineology?: Re-Constructing the Sciences towards a Communal and Free Life  – Kurdishquestion.com

http://kurdishquestion.com/oldarticle.php?aid=why-jineology

The Kurdistan Woman’s Liberation Movement – PKKonline.com

http://www.pkkonline.com/en/index.php?sys=article&artID=180

Interview With the World’s First Army of Women –  Evren Kocabıçak

http://maoistroad.blogspot.com/2015/08/interview-with-worlds-first-army-of.html

Women’s Protection Units – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Protection_Units

Economics

Syrian Kurds’ Spending Plans Reflect Rising Ambitions – Reuters

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0Q21BK20150728  

Rojava’s Threefold Economy – Janet Biehl

http://www.biehlonbookchin.com/rojavas-threefold-economy/

Rojava – The Formation of an Economic Alternative: Private Property in the Service of All – Michael Knapp

http://www.otherworldsarepossible.org/rojava-formation-economic-alternative-private-property-service-all

Efrin Economy Minister:  Rojava Challenging Norms of Class, Gender and Power – Özgür Gündem

https://rojavareport.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/efrin-economy-minister-rojava-challenging-norms-of-class-gender-and-power/

Syrian Kurds Refine Oil for Themselves for First Time – Agence France Presse

https://www.yahoo.com/news/syrian-kurds-refine-oil-themselves-first-time-072900132.html?ref=gs

Communal Economy Grows in Rojava Despite War – ANHA

https://rojavareport.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/communal-economy-grows-in-rojava-despite-war/

6 Notes on the Economics of the Rojava Revolution –  Novaramedia.com

http://novaramedia.com/2015/02/03/6-notes-on-the-economics-of-the-rojava-revolution/

The Experience of Co-Operative Societies in Rojava – The Hampton Institute

http://www.hamptoninstitution.org/cooperatives-in-rojava.html#.WDJMJS0rK71

Politics

Rojava Revolution: building autonomy in the Middle East – ROAR Magazine, Sandar Saadi. 2014.

https://roarmag.org/essays/rojava-autonomy-syrian-kurds/

Security

Asayish (Rojava Cantons) – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asayish_(Rojava_cantons)

In Kobani, Volunteers Cobble a Police Force – Syria Deeply

https://www.newsdeeply.com/syria/articles/2013/04/23/in-kobani-volunteers-cobble-a-police-force

Rojava Dispatch Five: The YPG/YPJ; Militias That Grow Hope – Paul Z Simons

http://modernslavery.calpress.org/?p=935

War

Official People’s Defense Units (YPG) Website

https://www.ypgrojava.org/english

Official Women’s Defense Units (YPJ)  Website

http://ypjrojava.com/ypj/en/

Syrian Democratic Forces – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Democratic_Forces

Syrian Kurdish – Islamist Conflict (2013 – Present) – Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Kurdish%E2%80%93Islamist_conflict_(2013%E2%80%93present)

Yazidis:  Getting Ready to Fight Back – SBC. The Economist. 2015.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/pomegranate/2014/09/yazidis

Miscellaneous:

Building Autonomy in Turkey & Kurdistan – Interview w/ Revolutionary Anarchist Action

https://corporatewatch.org/news/2015/aug/27/building-autonomy-turkey-and-kurdistan-interview-revolutionary-anarchist-action

Forget the UN! Meet the Self-Determining Refugees in Kurdistan – Dilar Dirik

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Forget-the-UN-Meet-the-Self-Determining-Refugees-in-Kurdistan-20151005-0021.html

The Social Threads That Link the Zapatistas of Mexico & the Kurds of Rojava – Kurdishquestion.com

https://undercoverinfo.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/the-social-revolutionary-thread-that-links-the-zapatistas-of-mexico-the-kurds-of-rojava/

Anarchist Writers Resources on the Rojava Revolution

http://anarchism.pageabode.com/andrewnflood/resources-rojava-revolution-kurdistan-syria

BOOKS

Revolution in Rojava : democratic autonomy and women’s liberation in Syrian Kurdistan.  Anja Flach, Michael Knapp, Ercan Ayboga. 2016.

A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State. Meredith Tax. 2016.

To Dare Imagining, the Rojava Revolution. Dilar Dirik (Editor); David Levi Strauss (Editor); Michael Taussig (Editor); Peter Lamborn Wilson (Editor. A Small Key Can Open a Large Door. AK Press. 2015.

Agha, shaikh, and state: the social and political structures of Kurdistan. Martin van Bruinessen.1992. London: Zed Books.

Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization. 2015. Abdullah Ocalan. New Compass Press.

Prison Writings. The Roots of Civilization. 2003. Abdullah Ocalan.

The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy. Murray Bookchin. Edited by Debbie Bookchin and Blair Taylor. Preface by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Small Key Can Open a Large Door:  The Rojava Revolution. Edited by Strangers In A Tangled Wilderness. Combustion Books. 2014.

 

VIDEO

New World Summit, Dilar Dirik, 2014.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir8n_uuCmig

New World Summit, Fadile Yildirim (Kurdish Women’s Movement)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqw6IM7w464

New World Summit, Stateless Democracy: The Revolution in Rojava Kurdistan [part 1]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dte5iCbvoNY

Rojava revolution – A look at Co-operatives & assemblies – video with commentary in the text

http://anarchism.pageabode.com/andrewnflood/rojava-revolution-co-operatives-assemblies-video

VICE

(Part 1) Rojava: Syria’s Unknown War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2zxlFQxkQ4  

(Part 2).  Night Operation Against the Islamic State: The Battle for Rojava

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTTHkEe0c2Y

 

(Part 3). Kurds Assert Control of Hasakah: The Battle for Rojava

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqYEva7VE-I  

 

(Part 4) A Syria Of Their Own & White Gold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79E2KajXos8

PBS Frontline, “Rise of ISIS”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceOv7TANdpg&index=29&list=PLpDa59LHOliFMQvSXXD15ybKAWJEtN3z5

Journeyman Pictures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtGCvl4dCxo

Pêşiya Malê, Riya Kubarê b’dare

https://youtu.be/HAhueW3XhNE

ORGANIZATIONS & ALLIES

Free Ocalan! Cologn, GE.  http://www.freeocalan.org/?p=197

Kurdish Student Union (Yekîtiya Xwendekarên Kurdistan) http://www.yxkonline.com/  

Network for an Alternative Quest (NetworkAQ)

Leeds Friends of Rojava

New Compass Press (Oslo, Norway)

Kurdish Studies Center (Dortmund, Germany)

Black Rose Books