How to Abolish the Police: Lessons from Rojava

The arrest and incarceration of not only Derek M. Chauvin, but the other three cops responsible for the murder of George Floyd can only act as token efforts towards justice. Police brutality is tied to a systematic practice of multiple, intersecting layers of violence, oppression and injustices. We must ask ourselves what true justice looks like. Nothing short of upending the entire unjust system can ever come close to it.

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Iran After Sulaimani- A Multi-pronged retribution.

Just as American imperialism desperately needs to prop up its industrial war machinery through the ever lucrative arms sales, Iran needs Western involvement in the Middle East as a means of projecting its own hegemony and leadership goals for the region. It needs an enemy- a conflicting identity and narrative to maintain its Islamic Revolutionary ideology- and yes its own imperialist objectives.

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When Cities of Hope are Surrounded: Turkey’s Desire to Destroy Syria’s Kurds

Since the sudden announcement made by Trump to withdraw US troops from Rojava / Northern Syria, the Kurds have faced a period of intense uncertainty. We have watched political events unfold with mounting confusion, anger, and shock, as the international community continues to pay lip service to protecting the Kurds from Turkish incursion. Trump justified his increased links to Turkey and the sudden announcement to withdraw from Syria by stating that ISIS was essentially defeated. This was despite the fact that many of the young Kurdish men and women within the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) were still engaged in fierce clashes against ISIS in Syria.

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