8 Sep 2014

Rojava at Green Party conference

I had a very conference, as well as running a session on Ostrom and the commons and chairing Gaza/Palestine, I also chaired a session with speaker about the plight of Christians in Iraq/Syria and two Kurdish speakers.

Green Party members listened intently to Dr Alan Semo, representative of the main political party in Rojava, the Democratic Union Party.

I learnt that via Jenny Jones and London MEP Jean Lambert, the Green Party has had a long standing relationship with Kurdish political organisations.

Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the PKK, whose sister Party Dr Semo represents in the UK, has read the works of social ecologist Murray Bookchin.

The PKK and  PYD (Democratic Union Party) promote grassroots democracy, ecological politics, feminism, pluralism and secularism.

I am hoping to continue to build solidarity with Rojava and to spread the word about all the communities attacked by the jihadists in Iraq/Syria.

Good background article here https://libcom.org/news/experiment-west-kurdistan-syrian-kurdistan-has-proved-people-can-make-changes-zaher-baher-2

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