Autonomy institutions in Chiapas and Rojava What lessons?

(Fédéchoses pour le Fédéralisme, n° 190, décembre 2021)

Pierre Bance

During the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Paris Commune, it was common to read or hear that the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas and the Kurdish revolution in Rojava were its heirs. Certainly, in Mexico as in northern Syria, the revolutionaries have in common, with the Communards of 1871, the search for emancipation through communalism and federalism. However, to achieve this, each insurgency takes contrasting paths.

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Against the Erdoğan Dictatorship, for our Dream of Freedom

A Comprehensive Assessment of the Current Political Situation Including a Review of the Past Year

Nilüfer Koç

This article was first published in the January/February 2022 edition of the Kurdistan Report.

The year 2021 with its ups and downs has come to an end. A lot has happened in the past year. Listing all the events would go beyond the scope of this article.

To sum up, it can be said that the systemic crisis of capitalism has deepened even further, leading to more conflicts, wars and tensions worldwide.

But the pandemic has also had an extremely negative impact on people’s lives, on their mobility. The existence of the virus is real. However, there is a growing suspicion that many states are using this virus to gain digital control over our lives, which would not be so easy under `normal circumstances`. Our lives, our socialization, our mobility are now being increasingly controlled via apps. Continue reading “Against the Erdoğan Dictatorship, for our Dream of Freedom”

Baroness Blower on the Freedom for Ocalan and the delisting of the PKK


Baroness Christine Blower, Co-Convenor of the Freedom for Ocalan trade union campaign UK and a patron of Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, interviewed by Erem Kansoy; she is also a member of the House of Lords, UK.

The interview was prepared with the support of the Freedom for Ocalan Campaign and the Peace in Kurdistan campaign in collaboration with Medya Haber TV and Sterk TV. Continue reading “Baroness Blower on the Freedom for Ocalan and the delisting of the PKK”

Interview with Nilüfer Koç about the Kurdish Freedom Movement and Self-Determination (Jan. 13, 2022)

Dr. Jeff Miley of Peace in Kurdistan interviews Nilüfer Koç about the Kurdish struggle for self-determination.

Ms. Nilüfer Koç, born in Ardahan, northern Kurdistan, is member of the Executive Council and spokesperson for the Commission on Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK).Her current primary political focus is the improvement of national dialogue amongst political parties and civil society organisations in Kurdistan, and she spent most of the period from 2013 to 2018 in southern Kurdistan (Kurdistan-Iraq) and Rojava/North East Syria. Parallel to national unity efforts, Ms. Koç is also active in the international arena in raising awareness of the right to self-determination for the Kurdish people and all ethnic and religious components of Kurdistan, and she is interested and engaged in the active and autonomous participation of women in all fields of society and politics. Ms. Koç came to Germany in 1976 as a child of Kurdish migrant workers and studied Biology and Political Science at the University of Bremen. Continue reading “Interview with Nilüfer Koç about the Kurdish Freedom Movement and Self-Determination (Jan. 13, 2022)”

Interview with Cemil Bayik KCK Co-Chair

Our Interviews

January 01, 2022

Parts of an interview with Cemil Bayik, KCK co-Chair, about the most important developments of 2021 and foreseeable political trends in Kurdistan, the Middle East and beyond in 2022:

Strong International Campaign for Freedom of Abdullah Öcalan

After the international conspiracy, Rêber Apo [Abdullah Öcalan] renewed the socialist paradigm. He developed a paradigm for all socialist forces and for humanity as a whole. This new paradigm has gained great influence ever since. Today, the importance of this paradigm is being understood more and more. There is a global campaign for the freedom of Rêber Apo which is constantly gaining strength. The reason for this is the new paradigm developed by Rêber Apo. With this new socialist paradigm Rêber Apo has developed a new approach for the solution of all problems related to democracy and freedom. Those who have developed a sound understanding for this new paradigm are increasingly voicing their support for the paradigm and Rêber Apo. So no matter what, today, it has become impossible to prevent the freedom of Rêber Apo. The Turkish state, some of its international supporters and certain collaborating Kurds are trying to stop this campaign for Rêber Apo`s freedom. But all their efforts will be to no avail. I expect this campaign to grow even stronger in 2022. Alongside the women, who have been leading this campaign, our people in Rojava and Europe, our comrades in the prisons, but also our people in Mexmûr, Lavrio and many more places have played an important role. Because of their efforts this campaign has had an international effect. Therefore, I would like to thank all local administrations, politicians, trade unions, intellectuals, authors and all forces who have participated in this campaign and who have offered their support. In the name of our people and our movement I would like to thank them all.”

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IRAN/ROJHELAT: NEWS BRIEFING, 07 December 2021 – 09 January 2022


For more of the latest Kurdish news, see these sources:


ANF English:

Hawar News:


Komun Academy:


Iran Human Rights

Kurdistan Press Agency
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TJK-F and CDK-F: France is guilty as long as justice is not served!
6 January 2022/ANF
“On January 9, 2013, the fascist Turkish state assassinated three of our revolutionary female comrades from Kurdistan in Paris, France’s capital. We commemorate Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez, who were murdered in an inhumane attack, with respect and gratitude on the 9th anniversary of their murder, and once again condemn this vile attack with great hatred and anger. Continue reading “WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA – NEWS BRIEFING: January 2022 WOMEN’S ALLIANCE NEWS BRIEFING”