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Rojava Protest: Kurdish liberation from Turkish attacks on Northern Syria

On Tuesday 15 October, people gathered around the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh to show solidarity towards Kurdish people in North-East Syria, also known as Rojava. The mainly-Kurdish group People’s Defence Units (YPG) had formed the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in 2015, in an effort to liberate North-East Syria, or Rojava, from the Islamic State […]

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Defend Rojava Demonstration: Scottish solidarity with Kurdistan

Last Sunday, the small but not insignificant Kurdish community in Edinburgh came together for the ‘Defend Rojava’ demonstration. Attendees aimed to protest Donald Trump’s removal of US troops from Syria and display their solidarity with the YPG and the Kurdistan mission as a whole. A small but vocal group formed outside the Scottish National Gallery on […]

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Thomas Schmidinger’s Rojava: Revolution, War and the Future of Syria’s Kurds

The irony in the Kurdish situation, asserts Thomas Schmidinger, is that they only attract our attention by virtue of their enemies. When so-called Islamic State (IS) reached its threatening peak in 2014, it seemed that the Kurds were the only force capable of stopping them. As Syria’s miserable and messy civil war enters its 7th […]