Their Blood Got Mixed

A Graphic Journey to the Multiethnic Democracy in Northeast Syria

Paperback, 256 pages

English language

Published June 30, 2022 by PM Press.

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In the summer of 2012 the Kurdish people of northern Syria set out to create a multiethnic society in the Middle East. Persecuted for much of the 20th century, they dared to try to overcome social fragmentation by affirming social solidarity among all the region’s ethnic and religious peoples. As Syria plunged into civil war, the Kurds and their Arab and Assyrian allies established a self-governing polity that was not only multiethnic but democratic. And women were not only permitted but encouraged to participate in all social roles alongside men, including political and military roles.

To implement these goals, Rojava wanted to live in peace with its neighbors. Instead, it soon faced invasion by ISIS, a force that was in every way its opposite. ISIS attacked its neighbors in Iraq and Syria, imposing theocratic, tyrannical, femicidal rule on them. Those who might have resisted fled in terror. But when ISIS …

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Excellent look at the Rojava revolution from Janet Biehl, biographer and partner of Murray Bookchin. I can't recommend this enough. It is of course a graphic book, and non-fiction, so no surprises there.
A really good overview. As I understand it, Janet B. had ongoing contacts with the movement and visited N.E. Syria a bunch of times. Ocalan's ideas are discussed of course and the story of the battles against the Islamic State is mentioned. An Inspiring and Hopeful Account of the human achievements of A.A.N.E.S. /Revolutionary Rojava and life over there. Several towns and areas are profiled and she spoke to a good variety of folks there.