I recognized the importance of Syria in my life through my separation from it. The hours before going to the airport made me feel weak. The departure …Posted in Kurdistan, Suppression, Syria, Turkey | Tagged Assad, Rojava, Syria, YPG | Comments Off on Who Owns The Syrian Revolution?
According to Evrensel Media, the Women’s Commission of Kobane Canton, one of three cantons that make up the Rojava self-rule, has passed new regulations that ban underage marriages, polygamy and exchange of brides within the family. Zêrîn Kutay and Rabîa …Posted in Kurdistan, Syria, Women | Tagged Kobane, Rights, Rojava, Syria, women | Comments Off on Kobane Canton Bans Polygamy, Underage Marriage
On November 1st, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) regained its majority in Turkey’s parliament which will secure the continuation of the single-party government that has been ruling Turkey the past 13 years. The votes were much to the dismay …Posted in Discrimination, Syria, Terror, Turkey | Tagged Freedom, ISIS, Kurdish rights, Kurds, PKK, Syria, Turkey | Comments Off on Questioning the legitimacy of the Kurdish struggle
In July 2015, I went to the city of Kobane in the Kurdish de facto autonomous region in Syria called Rojava to work at a hospital in my capacity as a medical student. Kobane became a symbol of unwavering resistance …Posted in Kurdistan, Syria, Violence | Tagged Rojava Syria YPG YPJ Kurds | Comments Off on To Martyr Zozan: My time at the military hospital in Kobane
“I am saying this to the whole world: We will never allow the establishment of a state on our southern border in the north of Syria.” Such were the words of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, president of Turkey, to guests during …Posted in Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey | Tagged Freedom, Kurds, Syria, Turkey | Comments Off on Who Gets To Allow A Kurdish State In Syria?
Today, people are celebrating International Women’s Day. To some it is a day to celebrate women like Mother’s Day but to others it is a day to mark women’s past, present and future struggle to achieve empowerment and equality with …Posted in Activism, Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, Women | Tagged International Women's Day, Iraq, KRG, Kurdish women, Kurdistan, women, Yezidi | Comments Off on Celebrating Kurdish Women: ‘Today, They Rewrite Their Own History’
The resilience of the Kurdish people in the face of decades upon decades of oppression has awed many people around the world yet elicited no sufficient, if any, pressure from foreign governments. Living in what is described as an “invisible …Posted in Culture, Discrimination, Displacements, Suppression, Syria | Tagged Kurdish rights, Kurdistan, Rojava, Syria | Comments Off on From Damascus Street to Kurdistan
Recently, my friend and fellow Kurdish rights activist Firat Jacob Tas came home from a trip to Kobanê in Rojava (northern Syria) that has been the battleground for intense fighting between Kurdish armed forces YPG/YPJ and the Islamic State (IS) …Posted in Syria, Turkey, Violence | Tagged Kurdish, Rojava, Syria, Turkey, War, YPG | 3 Comments