My summers in Syria were hazy but not just due to the heat and the dust swirled up by cars moving fast through the streets. The people of Qamişlo (Al-Kamishli), a city …Posted in Activism, Censorship, Culture, Discrimination, Free speech, Syria | Tagged Kurdish rights, Kurdistan, Syria | Comments Off on Who am I? Kurdistan’s Resistance in Art
On January 21st, Anadolu Agency, the state-run Turkish news agency, ran a story with the headline “Muslims pray in Mecca for Turkey’s victory in Afrin” implying a positive moral foundation of Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch” with the goal of securing …Posted in Displacements, Human Rights Watch, Suppression, Syria, Turkey, Uncategorized | Tagged Analysis, Kurds, Syria, Turkey | Comments Off on “Operation Hypocrisy” – A Legal Criticism of the Turkish Military in Afrin
In the most authentic sense, the establishment of Rojava will reject the chaos of terror, pursue the enfranchisement disempowered classes of all varieties, and primarily export the culture of democracy. With the keen will power of strong women and men, …Posted in Activism, Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey | Tagged Kurdish rights, Kurdistan, Kurds, Syria, Turkey, War | Comments Off on The song of Kurdistan met with barking bullets and choking gas
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?