Inspiring call for solidarity with Kurdish freedom struggle

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[By John Tully] Solidarity with the Kurdish freedom struggle was stepped up at an inspiring conference held in Melbourne over the June 30-July 1 weekend. The conference, which was held at the Flinders Street campus of Victoria University, discussed the bold experiment in radical democracy, feminism and ecology that is taking place in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS). Most importantly, the conference resolved that “it is a duty of supporters of the liberation struggle in northern Syria to make determined efforts to publicise its inspiring achievements and build practical solidarity with it”. Continue reading

Ambitious Rojava conference planned

YPJ women 4[By Dave HolmesThe Rojava Revolution in Northern Syria: An experiment in radical democracy, feminism & ecology is the title of a conference to be held in Melbourne on Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1. The event aims to spread knowledge about the Rojava Revolution and to build support for it.

The conference is being hosted by the Victoria University College of Arts & Education and organised by Honorary Professor John Tully with the assistance of the Kurdish Democratic Community Centre of Victoria  and Australians for Kurdistan. It will be held at the city campus of Victoria University (300 Flinders Street, Melbourne). Continue reading

World Kobanê Day celebrated

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Women and children among the ruins of Kobanê.

Tens of thousands of people rallied around the world on November 1 to demand greater international support for Kurds battling the ‘Islamic State’ in Syria.

Last year on the same date, hundreds of rallies, demonstrations and actions took place across dozens of countries to show support for Kobanê and its people at a time when major players in the region, including Turkey and Iraq, were doing little to help its people cope with the Islamic State siege. Continue reading