International Initiative for Free Öcalan

Öcalan: 40 Years of Struggle and Resistance

Abdullah Öcalan is now 66 years old and has spent the last 16 years on a Turkish island prison in the sea of Marmara. His life is one of struggle and resistance. Havin Güneser explains the International Initiative to free Öcalan and achieve peace in Kurdistan.
Demonstration in Berlin against TTIP

A Peace Treaty Against the People

TTIP is the new trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. It has been called a “Peace Treaty” but it is actually a declaration of war against democracy. This is why it has prompted European civil society to mobilize millions.
Teacher from Rojava

Revolutionary Education in Rojava

After the revolution of July 2012, when new self-governing institutions came to power in Rojava, the need for a new kind of education was paramount. We should learn to educate ourselves and exercise self-rule as a collective practice, says Rojavan revolutionaries.
MST demo in Brazil

Democratization Through Land Occupation

In Brazil, the MST struggles for general land redistribution through the implementation of a national agrarian reform. To achieve this aim, their primary strategy has been to occupy arable lands for its members, before eventually building permanent settlements.
New Building Bricks

Scaling Up: Ideas about Participatory Democracy

A common objection against participatory democracy is that it is a beautiful idea, but that it can only work on a small scale. We take a look at some contrary perspectives on how participation can work on the big scale, involving millions of people.

Sortition and Direct Democracy

Sortition as an organic part of direct democracy is suited for facilitating the administration of larger areas, while preventing the emergence of hierarchies. In combination with the institution of the general assembly it can help build sustainable democratic processes and promote active citizenship.
Photo by Sergio Espin

Let's Win Back Barcelona!

Guanyem Barcelona is a citizen platform that has embarked on a mission to solve the current Spanish political crises with their own hands. This increasingly popular political movement aims to remove power from elites and bring democracy to the people.

The First Kobanê

Kobanê deserves all its praise. Yet Kobanê was not the first place where the Rojava’s defense forces beat back fanatical, murderous armed jihadists. In November 2012, Jabhat al Nusra attacked and occupied the city of Serê Kaniyê, but YPG threw off that occupation as well.
Neighborhood meeting, Qamishlo

Rojava's Communes and Councils

Instead of an independent state, the citizens of Rojava prefer autonomy. The solution, they say, has to be at the grassroots level, and they have built their democracy so that people of different nationalities live and work together, in a free political system that rests profoundly on communes.
Press release by the YPG command of Kobanê

Kobanê Victory Marks the Beginning of the End

The embattled Kobanê is now liberated from ISIS. “Let ISIS know that just as the homes of Kobanê became their graves our villages too will become their graves," said YPG Kobanê commander Mahmut Berxwedan. "Our victory is the beginning of the end of ISIS in this world.”
Neither conspiracism nor technocracy

Neither Conspiracy Theorist Nor Technocrat

Conspiratorial movements and technocratic rule are perhaps the greatest threats to freedom in the modern world. Not because they are the worst of all possible outcomes, but because they are the most likely to succeed. How can we avoid the perils of both conspiracism and technocracy?
Academic delegation 2015

Statement from the Academic Delegation to Rojava

The Syrian civil war is not all about the Islamic State, the al-Nusra Front and the Assad regime; it also hides a bold social experiment. Last December, an international delegation of scholars visited Rojava to learn about the revolution, gender liberation and democratic self-government.
The Library of Alexandria

Enlightenment versus Reactionary Islamism

We are now at a crucial stage in history, as humanity faces another upsurge of reactionary Islamism in the form of IS and kindred militant groups. Can the traditional Western interventionist approach help us achieve and defend civilization, democracy, and peace?
Women's power

Toward a Communalist Approach

A new radical approach must adequately address the new economic, ecological, technological, and cultural challenges of contemporary society; it must be one of theory and action, one that goes beyond the historical and theoretical limitations of classical Marxism, socialism, and anarchism.
YPJ fighters

Consensus is Key: New Justice System in Rojava

In May 2014 TATORT Kurdistan’s delegation to Rojava (North Syria / West Kurdistan) spent almost four weeks in the region of Cizîre to explore the political situation and various aspects of self-management. Ercan Ayboğa gives this account of the postrevolutionary justice system in Rojava.