Rojava’s Experiment in Radical Democracy Braces for Turkish Invasion
By Mike Ludwig
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appears poised to launch a renewed invasion by Turkish forces of democratic autonomous zones in North and East Syria. Erdoğan’s repeated threats of military action raise fears of a resurgence of ISIS and pose an existential threat to the decade-old experiment in eco-feminist, multi-cultural democracy known as the Rojava revolution.
This week, Erdoğan demanded that the United States withdraw its few remaining troops from North and East Syria, where they act like a small protectorate for the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, one of the political structures that governs the Rojava region through a system of “ democratic confederalism.” This decentralized system is built on empowering local communities and representative councils that include dozens of political parties and emphasizes the leadership of women.
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Syria takes aim at Turkish president after summit with Russia, Iran
By Robert Dicosta
Syria says the Turkish president did not achieve his “goals” during a summit with Iran and Russia, referring to Ankara’s efforts to rally support for a military operation in northern Syria.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi hosted his Russian and Turkish counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Tuesday as part of the “Astana Peace Process” ostensibly aimed at ending Syria’s 11-year conflict.
Iran and Russia support the Syrian government and Turkey supports rebel forces against the regime in the long-running war.
But Turkey is also deeply opposed to a semi-autonomous Kurdish administration in Syria’s oil-rich northeast, and Mr Erdogan has lately repeatedly vowed to launch an offensive against Kurdish militants, on the back of a 2019 onslaught.
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