How Syria’s Kurds are trying to create a democracy

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It’s an unlikely place for a democratic revolution.

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, Kurdish people in the North have carved out an autonomous region of their own — Rojava — by fighting the Islamic State. Their militias, which form the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have emerged as the most effective fighters against ISIS and won them a close partnership with the US.

The ruling Kurdish Party, the PYD, has set up a democratic federation made of local governments. Their constitution claims to accept people of all ethnicities and religions and treat them as equals. One of its central tenets is equality of men and women. In fact, the all-female Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) militia fights alongside the SDF, and they’re known to be especially good soldiers.

But the more territory the Kurds take from ISIS, the more worried Turkey gets.

Turkey has been at war with another closely linked Kurdish group, the PKK, for decades. In 2018, Turkey invaded the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin, putting the country in direct conflict with the Kurds of Rojava.

To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalist Sam Ellis uses maps to tell these stories and chart their effects on foreign policy.

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So, US abandoned Kurds when it found out that they are no longer useful?

Автор — Young nd


US used the kurds as a means to defeat Isis then stopped supporting them once Isis was gone even though that's when the kurds needed their help the most.

Seems like a US thing to do...

Автор — Erik Arustamyan


Idk why but this makes me wanna do something productive...

Автор — HA HA


It's a very different kind of democracy in rojava. It is a form of left wing libertarian kind of direct democracy known as democratic confederalism. The Kurdidh are definitely the most moral group in Syria.

Автор — Craig Morrison


Solidarity with the Kurds from the U.S.

Автор — Darth Veles


Its sad How little people know about this but still have strong opinions

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Man, im a kurd myself from afrin, and this is the best video about rojava ive ever seen, thank you for making this video about us, god bless you.

Автор — Roni Majid


Americans could learn from the Kurdish unity. So refreshing. Love the Kurds.

Автор — Thomas Schmelzer


We support you our Kurd brothers, love from Balochistan

Автор — salar Marri


I'm down with the Kurds having their own state finally.

Автор — Dr0pkidd


I'm Syrian (from the south) we have high hopes that one day all of us will live together peacefully. it breaks my heart to see my country torn apart and I think that our Kurdish brothers and sisters have suffered more than enough even before the crisis. they fought ISIS beside us with honor and I dream of our day of unity where we live different but together.

Автор — Maher F


The Kurds have played a major role in the fight against ISIS. I think they deserve their own state or country. they have paid enough in blood.

Автор — soid drone slayer


Slavs and Arabs are go on full civil conflict..


Автор — Exu


Goddamn bureaucracy. Stay strong, Rojava.

Автор — Kyle Joseph Crespo


My dad and I are kurdish and we moved to uk oldham where there are so many others just like us

Автор — Dario Mohammed


I love these videos, I learn so much in 5 minutes. Thank you for making and sharing them 💛🤓

Автор — Science with Katie


We support you from Egypt and Tunisia ❤️

Автор — RGV YT


Kurds are Great People But USA is stabbing it's allies in the back one after another.

Автор — Payam yazdi


Finally! Someone covers the Kurds, if ever there was an example of the failure of decolonization, it'd be not giving the kurds a state, they'd easily be one of the most western, liberal states in the region.

Автор — Salokin


We support our land Rojava ✌✌✌ west of kurdistan

Автор — Yashar Bayram