Middle East and Central Asia


The uses and limits of celebrity solidarity with Palestine

5 July 2021 Famous voices can shape public opinion on Palestine, argues Raoul Walawalker, but walking back solidarity statements does more harm than good

Rojava’s everyday democracy

4 June 2021 Drawing on first-hand experience in Rojava, Ramazan Mendanlioglu explores how radical decentralisation and self-administration look in practice

Lebanon’s October revolution

19 May 2021 Following a year of struggle, crisis and destruction, the people of Lebanon fight on, writes Rima Majed from Beirut

Sudan: the second wave of revolt

3 March 2021 The Sudanese revolution has been unique in its depth and scope. Yet the path to progress remains fraught with obstacles, writes Sara Abbas

After the Spring

19 January 2021 Despite the carnage of contemporary Syria and Libya, and the ruinous stalemate of Yemen, the euphoric appeal of what was once described as the ‘Arab Spring’ continues to feed revolutionary processes across the region, argues Toufic Haddad

Now is the time to rise up for Rojava

25 October 2019 Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been betrayed by the US, giving the Turkish state a green light to carry out atrocities in Northern Syria, writes Amber Huff and Patrick Huff

Hunger striking for peace in Turkey

19 February 2019 Dougie Gerrard reports on the people taking extreme measures to protest Erdogan’s continued assault on Kurds.

The Rojava revolution was made by a struggling people, not American bombs

24 December 2018 Matt Broomfield reports from Rojava

US sanctions have caused a crisis for Iranian Kurds

12 December 2018 An economic recession and a brutal government crackdown have put the people of Rojhilat in a precarious situation, writes Douglas Gerrard

Our bodies are a battleground

28 November 2018 Annahita Moradi reports on women fighting back against Iran's morality laws

Building a revolution in Jerusalem?

11 September 2018 Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret talk to Sahar Vardi from Imbala collective, who have set up a grassroots organising space in the heart of West Jerusalem.

By withdrawing from the Iran Deal, Trump is gambling with the future of the planet

10 May 2018 Jettisoning the deal risks nuclear escalation at a delicate time in Middle East relations, writes Kate Hudson from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

‘Now is the time of monsters’: The future at a crossroads in Rojava

11 April 2018 Patrick Huff, Amber Huff and Salima Tasdemir reflect on the future of the revolution in Rojava after the fall of Afrin.

Forget spies and bots – Russia’s real crimes are against the people of Syria

1 April 2018 Tony McKenna writes that Russia is supporting Assad's murderous dictatorship to secure territorial power

Don’t look away: The fight for Afrin is a struggle for radical democracy

22 March 2018 Under fire from the forces of reaction, Afrin is the frontline in the fight for democracy. We cannot afford to ignore or abandon the revolutionaries there, write Amber Huff, Patrick Huff and Salima Tasdemir

Kurdish women call for a global women’s movement

5 March 2018 Kurdish women call on women around the world to come together to build a radical movement for women's liberation

Why is Turkey targeting Afrin?

31 January 2018 Pinar Dinc and Kamran Matin explain what Erdogan, Iran and Russia have to gain from a bloody war on Afrin's restive Kurdish population.

Flooding the cradle of civilisation: A 12,000 year old town in Kurdistan battles for survival

22 September 2017 It’s one of the oldest continually inhabited places on earth, but a new dam has put Hasankeyf under threat, write Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson

Despite Erdogan, Turkey is still alive

19 July 2017 With this year's referendum consolidating President Erdogan’s autocracy in Turkey, Nazim A argues that the way forward for democrats lies in a more radical approach

The feminist army leading the fight against ISIS

11 July 2017 Dilar Dirik salutes militant women-organised democracy in action in Rojava

Fighting Isis on the frontline with the YPJ

21 March 2017 Rahila Gupta talks to Kimmie Taylor about life on the frontline in Rojava

Growing up married

28 February 2017 Laura Nicholson interviews Dr Eylem Atakav about her new film, Growing Up Married, which tells the stories of Turkey’s child brides

Intensification of state violence in the Kurdish provinces of Turkey

21 February 2017 Oppression increases in the run up to Turkey’s constitutional referendum, writes Mehmet Ugur from Academics for Peace

The Kurdish revolution – a report from Rojava

13 December 2016 Peter Loo is supporting revolutionary social change in Northern Syria.

Mustang film review: Three fingers to Erdogan

22 November 2016 Laura Nicholson reviews Mustang, Deniz Gamze Erguven’s unashamedly feminist film critique of Turkey’s creeping conservatism

Women for democracy in Turkey?

5 October 2016 Melanie Pichler and Edma Ajanović interview five feminist academics from Academics for Peace on the political situation in Turkey and the role of women's groups in fighting for structural change

The EU-Turkey deal is a disaster for refugees

27 May 2016 In making a deal with Turkey, the EU is entrusting refugees to a government that cares little for their safety – and sponsors the terrorists they are fleeing from, writes Marienna Pope-Weidemann

Turkey wages war on its Kurdish population

16 February 2016 Turkey is conducting the greatest massacre and displacement of Kurds since the 1990s, write Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret

The Egyptians by Jack Shenker

12 February 2016 Laleh Khalili reviews Jack Shenker's new book and finds it strikes an unexpectedly optimistic note about the after-echoes of the Egyptian uprisings

In Egypt, a second life for independent trade unions

7 February 2016 Union members in a crowded assembly hall lashed out against the Egyptian regime’s latest efforts to suppress workers, writes Giulio Regeni

Rebuilding Kobanê

11 January 2016 Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret report from the war-torn city of Kobanê and meet those trying to rebuild what Daesh and US bombs have destroyed

Solidarity with Rojava: 3K in 31 Days

3 December 2015 Plan C are fundraising £3000 to help rebuild Kobane after ISIS attacks and to support the political revolution in Rojava, writes Paul Higgins

Ankara: call out for UK unions to show support for Kurdish and Turkish brothers and sisters

13 October 2015 After the Ankara boming, UK trade union support is needed more than ever, writes Peace in Kurdistan Trade Union Liasion Officer Stephen Smellie

Liberated learning in Rojava

25 August 2015 Janet Biehl reports on the new women’s science of jineolojî and the revolutionary transformation of education in Rojava, western Kurdistan

Revolutionary resistance in Kobane

1 December 2014 The fight against ISIS in Kobane has been based on the Kurdish defenders’ deep-seated belief in their model of participatory democracy, writes Yvo Fitzherbert

Delist the PKK

1 December 2014 The ‘terror’ ban on support for the Kurdish struggle must be lifted, writes the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign’s Melanie Sirinathsingh

Free Mahienour! Egyptian revolutionary and climate activist

22 July 2014 In May Egyptian revolutionary, climate activist and lawyer Mahienour El-Massry was unjustly jailed. Just before she was imprisoned she spoke to Mika Minio about her amazing work.

Tunisia: Families of martyrs and wounded on hunger strike against impunity

30 April 2014 Isabelle Merminod and Tim Baster report on the lack of justice three years after the fall of Ben Ali

Azerbaijan: The pipeline that would fuel a dictator

16 September 2013 Emma Hughes reports from Azerbaijan, where autocratic leader Ilham Aliyev is using the country’s fossil fuel wealth to fund his repressive regime and buy Europe’s silence

Relief can be revolutionary

13 August 2013 In the final installment of Ewa Jasiewicz’s blogs from Syria she explores the role that local relief organisations play in supporting the revolution

You are now entering the liberated area of Ma’rrat al Numan

12 August 2013 Ewa Jasiewicz travels to Ma’arrat al Numan – the frontline Syrian town that eventually managed to oust regime troops

Sponge Bob ‘Jeysh al Hurr’

11 August 2013 Ewa Jasiewicz discovers an unexpected symbol of the Syrian revolution in the fourth part of her blog series.

Hama here and there

10 August 2013 The story of Masoud, a wanted Syrian refugee, continues in part three of a series of blogs by Ewa Jasiewicz

Remembering Aleppo

9 August 2013 The second blog in a series on Ewa Jasiewicz's trip to Syria, tells us the dramatic story of Masoud.

Solidarity with Syria

8 August 2013 Ewa Jasiewicz explains the urgent need for left-wing activists in the West to act in solidarity with Syrian liberation struggles

Syria: The Physio

8 August 2013 Graphic reportage from the Syrian border, by Jon Sack

Egypt’s still-unfinished revolution: celebration and danger

4 July 2013 Whether or not the events in Egypt constitute a military coup, Morsi’s fall portends great excitement but even greater dangers, writes Phyllis Bennis

We’re striking to support the movement – interview with Turkish union activist

4 June 2013 John Millington speaks to Ertan Elsoy, an activist in the Kesk union which has called a two day strike to support the rebellion

Istanbul: a tree grows in Gezi

4 June 2013 Kevin Buckland reports from Istanbul on the movement so far - and what it means to people

Syria: We need to stop a new war in the Middle East

4 June 2013 The Syrian civil war is spreading, writes Phyllis Bennis – but US military action is the last thing the country needs



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