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Editors: Sergio Segio, Orsola Casagrande

Editorial TeamMaider Varela, JM Arrugaeta, Bibi Bozzato, Berna Ozgencil, Yado Uzun, Félix Julio Alfonso López, Vroni Plainer, Simona Malatesta, Mauro Guglielminotti, Petra Probst, Marcia Lynx Qualey, Sawad Hussain

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Global Rights International Magazine Issue #5

 

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KOBANÊ: REBUILDING THE DREAM
Editorial

COMMUNITARIAN DECISIONS
JM Arrugaeta – Orsola Casagrande

RODÎ Û PERWÎN LIBRARY: BOOKS TO REBUILD LIFE
Interview with the co-mayors of kobanê

LETTERS FROM THE FRONTLINE
Words by the Freedom Fighters

RADIO KOBANÊ: A POETRY OF SUFFERING
Séamas Carraher

EDUCATION IN THREE LANGUAGES TO BUILD THE PLURINATIONAL SOCIETY
Ednan Osman Hesen

WOMEN OF ROJAVA: MERYEM KOBANÊ
JM Arrugaeta – Orsola Casagrande

NOTES ON THE WAR IN SYRIA AND THE REVOLUTION IN ROJAVA

SOCIAL CONTRACT OF ROJAVA – FULL TEXT

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Editorial

Kobanê: rebuilding the dream

The strategic battle of Kobanê took place in that important city of Rojava (the “Syrian” Kurdistan) between September 15, 2014 and January 27, 2015, when it was liberated. The defeat of the forces of the Islamic State that had attempted to conquer that locality, was indeed a turning point in the long war being fought in the Middle East and it also marked the loss of the military initiative of the self-proclaimed Caliphate. The liberation of Kobanê was followed by the liberation of Falluja and Mosul in Iraq, as well as by notable advances by the Syrian army in Damascus, and the launch of the operation to free Raqqa, the last major urban center still in the hands of ISIS. By the time we wrote this, the city of Raqqa had just been liberated by the Kurdish-led SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) fighters and their allies.

The decline of ISIS, with regard to the physical control of large, rich and highly populated territories in the region, will surely not mean the “end of the war” but the beginning of a new, more dispersed and confused stage in this international and regional conflict, where many actors and multiple economic interests intervene.Kobanê’s heroic resistance, led by its local self-defense organizations, composed of young men and women alike, was a top-notch information item for several months.However today we want to address the reality of this city and its citizens from another point of view away from the headlines: What is left after the battle? What is the fate of the survivors?How can life be rebuilt in the midst of ruins and mourning? What is our responsibility to those who have suffered, and still suffer, the onslaughts of war and its terrible consequences?The reason we write is also to give a serious follow-up to what appears now is “yesterday’s news” and so today is less important, this creates the obligation on us to put the focus on real human beings and their diverse realities: which is why today we want to offer these “Landscapes after the battle”.Fragments, interviews, figures, comments, requests, of those who returned to their homeland after the battle. Information and needs, that only appear distant, geographically speaking, from our everyday lives and yet so close if we understand these people’s legitimate aspirations to build a more just and livable society after the horrors of such a ruthless war. In 1937 the Basque city of Gernika suffered a criminal bombing by the Nazi-Franquist forces. In the middle of the destroyed city stood, symbolically, a leafy oak tree, symbol of the liberties of the Basque people. Gernika was reborn from its ashes and the oak tree of the Basque liberties is still in its place. Kobanê is the Gernika of the Kurds, and its citizens are committed to remind their martyrs, to sow life in the midst of countless material and human losses. In order to achieve this they need their efforts rebuilding the dream to be known and to gather the support and solidarity of people from every place in the world. Because this reconstruction for peace and coexistence deserves to be daily news and a central motivation in our life.

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