Rojava’s Democratic, Feminist Revolution a Source of Hope Among Horror. By Tony Iltis and Stuart Munckton, teleSUR | Op-Ed

“Syria can seem an endless black hole of misery, but in the northern, largely Kurdish region of Rojava, it is also the scene of a profoundly democratic and humanist revolution, which places the rights of ethnic minorities and women’s liberation at its centre.

Ironically, given the horror that surrounds it, Rojava is the site of the most profound experiments on grassroots, participatory democracy outside of the revolutionary projects in Latin America. Like in Venezuela, the ideal of “the commune” is at the heart of Rojava’s burgeoning democracy…..

“We believe that a revolution that does not open the way for women’s liberation is not a revolution. There have been revolutions in Libya and Egypt and Tunisia … but the same status for women has persisted.” Because of the war, devastation and isolation that Rojava is subjected to, its economy is largely geared toward survival. However, its socialist-oriented emphasis is on providing universal housing, nutrition, healthcare, childcare and education — none of which were provided by the Syrian government during peacetime. The revolution in Rojava is explicitly a multi-ethnic revolution. In its preamble, the constitution of the Rojava autonomous cantons describes Rojava’s cantons as “a confederation of Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Arameans, Turkmen, Armenians and Chechens”. It continues: “In building a society free from authoritarianism, militarism, centralism and the intervention of religious authority in public affairs, the Charter recognises Syria’s territorial integrity and aspires to maintain domestic and international peace.”

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COLUMN: UC Professor says world leaders, military should listen to women who say ‘no’ to more war – Story

CINCINNATI — Earlier this month, in Cincinnati’s Washington Park, people gathered to celebrate domestic and international peacemakers in honor of the annual UN International Day of Peace. On that same day, millions around the world marched for more resources to be directed to the planetary threat of climate change.Yet the United States is at war again, a war that could cost up to $10 billion a year, and the drumbeat of war was the centerpiece of President Obama’s recent address to the United Nations General Assembly.More than half of Americans support air strikes in Iraq and Syria as well as arming groups to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. That support is not shared by those who celebrated the International Day of Peace, including many women’s organizations that have long decried war as a tool to end violence. Their calls for non-violent solutions have flooded my mailbox in recent weeks. Perhaps it is time to for more to listen to those women who say “no” to more war.

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