**This is an old revision of the document!**

Rojava

  • Aretaios, Evangelos. “The Rojava Revolution.” openDemocracy. March 15, 2015.
    • A long narrative of a reporter's visit to Rojava
    • “The Rojava model is based on two main pillars which may prove very efficient in the strengthening of democracy in the region. The first pillar is direct democracy as the basis of a communalist system in which citizens participate actively in decision-making and the management of the polis, from the neighborhood to the municipality and as far as the government. The second pillar, equally revolutionary, is the denial of the nation state structure and philosophy as such.”
    • “One close parallel to what is happening today in Rojava could be the civil war in Spain, where the Democrats tried to set up something different. Kurdish women fighters today have much in common with the famous Spanish women fighters, the ‘Mujeres Libres’.”
    • “By renouncing the creation of a nation state and by pushing for democratic confederalism, what Ocalan has called 'democracy without a state', the Rojava experiment is acknowledging that the nation state is not the prerequisite for democracy any more, and by doing so it may be making a historical step in the region.”
  • Beuret, Nic. “6 Notes on the Economics of the Rojava Revolution.” Novara Wire. July 24, 2016.
    • “The priority for the various levels of Rojava government is to implement what they call a ‘social economy’ – an economic system built on a series of cooperatives across all economic sectors. The initial objective is to be self-sufficient in meeting basic needs such as food and fuel. At the moment this is less an ideal and more of a necessity as Rojava effectively exists under embargo, with even the most basic of supplies very difficult to import into the region.”
    • “Since 2011 the new administration has taken over the land previously held by Syrian government officials and distributed much of it to self-organised farmer cooperatives.”
    • “The eventual aim is to build the entire economy of Rojava on the basis of cooperatives or other small economic units, binding them together in a network where the use of money is either minimised or eliminated altogether. … Syrian currency is still used, but while loans can be made interest cannot be charged. There are no banks at the moment, though there is a plan to create banks for holding savings, and private capital will not be banned from investing in the region as long as it adheres to the broader economic principles of the region.”
    • “One association that won’t be forming is a police association. The plan in Rojava is to eventually abolish the police, although as the Asayis (civilian security) are accountable to the local councils and not the (non-existent) state, the term ‘police’ is not used.”
  • Balanche, Fabrice. “The Kurdish Path to Socialism in Syria.” The Washington Institute. May 16, 2017.
    • Mourns that “attracting investors into such an anti-capitalist system would be difficult. Entrepreneurship is encouraged in Rojava, but only within the framework of cooperatives.”
    • The Washington Institute is an AIPAC-backed think tank, so not inclined to be especially sympathetic.xs
  • Biehl, Janet. Document about the rules for co-ops in Rojava. February 2016.
    • A list of the cooperatives in existence at the time, largely agricultural. “During the early stages of the revolution, some of the economic events were conducted expeditiously. Priority was given to projects dealing with agriculture and infrastructure. Some co-ops were established in the past three years. The development of those co-operatives has boosted the confidence of our citizens.”
    • “People are free to join and become full members of co-ops. Commune members can also join co-ops, once the commune has approved their membership.”
    • “Only one person per family can hold a management position in a commune or a co-op. … In addition, there is a separation between management and financial authority, and an individual cannot join both authorities.”
    • Detailed rules about the governance and capital limits for cooperatives
  • Biehl, Janet. Ecology or Catastrophe.
    • A blog about the work of Murray Bookchin by his partner, Janet Biehl, who has been to Rojava several times.
  • Cemgil, Can and Clemens Hoffmann. “The 'Rojava Revolution' in Syrian Kurdistan: A Model of Development for the Middle East?.” Infoshop News. December 11, 2016.
  • Co-operative Economy in Rojava and Bakur - “The Institute for Solidarity Economics and Corporate Watch have put together this website, which collates many of the available articles on the internet about the co-operative economy in the Kurdistan region of the Middle East”
    • Includes articles about tons of different kinds of co-ops, including refugee co-ops, reconstruction co-ops, women's co-ops, medical co-ops, bakery and poultry co-ops, and many more.
  • Enzinna, Wes. “A Dream of Secular Utopia in ISIS’ Backyard.” The New York Times Magazine. November 24, 2015.
  • Flint. “The Experience of Co-operative Societies in Rojava.” Libcom.org. March 28, 2016.
  • Greenberg, Andy. “How an Anarchist Bitcoin Coder Found Himself Fighting ISIS in Syria.” WIRED. March 29, 2017.
  • Gupta, Rahila. “Women’s co-operatives in Rojava.” Co-operative Economy. April 20, 2016.
  • Harvey, Rebecca. “A new co-operative economy: Democratic confederalism in Rojava and Bakur.” Co-operative News. May 31, 2016.
  • Hemo, Abdurrahman. “Rojava’s Threefold Economy.” Ecology or Catastrophe. February 25, 2015.
  • How do cooperatives work in Rojava?” Cooperative Economy in Rojava and Bakur. November 19, 2016.
  • Jalal, Hilan. “Six Coops to Enhance Rojava’s Women’s Economy. Translation for Co-operative Economy in Rojava and Bakur. December 28, 2016.
  • Knapp, Michael, Anja Flach, and Ercan Ayboga (trans. Janet Biehl). ”The Social Economy.“ In Revolution in Rojava. Pluto Press, 2016.
  • Personal Account of Rojava.“ Rojava Plan.
    • Focused on solidarity economy
  • Peterson, Matt and Joen Vedel. ”Autonomy in Kurdistan.“ The New Inquiry. February 6, 2015.
  • The 'Rojava Revolution': A Reading Guide.“ Libcom.org. January 1, 2015.
  • Radical Routes. ”Support Women's Worker Co-op Bakery in Rojava.“ GEO. December 5, 2016.
  • Taylor, Rafael. ”The new PKK: unleashing a social revolution in Kurdistan.“ ROARMag.org. August 17, 2014.
  • Yousef, Ahmad. ”The Social Economy in Rojava.“ Kurdish Question. May 26, 2015.