Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley talks on Rojava and the Left

20 April 2020|Thomas Jeffrey Miley

The Rojava revolution faces great challenges going forward.  But the revolutionary forces have already made history.  Their democratic confederal project – with its emphasis on direct democracy against the state, multicultural accommodation, gender emancipation, and social ecology – has inspired people across the globe.  In a time when the very future of humanity, and of life on the planet, are under unprecedented threat, the revolutionary experiment in Rojava stands out as a valiant attempt, in the midst of a still-unfolding catastrophe, to construct a radical democratic alternative to spiralling violence and tyranny.

Thomas Jeffrey Miley is a Lecturer of Political Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and a member of the executive committee of the European Union Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC).  He is co-editor, with Federico Venturini, of Your Freedom and Mine: Abdullah Ocalan and the Kurdish Question in Erdogan’s Turkey (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2018).

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UPCOMING SEMINAR: East Kurdistan/Rojhelat: the struggle of the Kurds for democracy and freedom in Iran


East Kurdistan/Rojhelat: the struggle of the Kurds for democracy and freedom in Iran

Dancing Rojhelat girls








Join us for a discussion of The Kurdish peoples’ struggle for rights, for gender equality and democratic confederalism which is critical for the future of Iran, the Middle East and the end to war and oppression.

Saturday 28 March 2.30 – 4.30pm

Room G3, SOAS, Russell Square WC1H 0XG

The event is co-hosted by Peace in Kurdistan and SOAS Kurdish Society and supported by Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) UK

Speakers include Salah Abbasi is a political analyst, writer and literary critic from East Kurdistan; Evin Abrishami  is a human rights campaigner from Mahabad in Iran; Diba Alikhani is a women’s rights activist from Kurdistan-lran; Dr Allan Hassaniyan, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Kurdish Studies, University of Exeter

All welcome! The event is free but please RSVP to

Peace in Kurdistan: estella estella24@tiscali.co.uk – 07846 666 804

SOAS Kurdish Society: Bertangunes bertangunes@outlook.com – 07925 072 753

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UK trade union support for Kurds has “parallels” with opposition to Apartheid South Africa and Pinochet’s Chile, says Freedom for Öcalan Director

10 February 2020|Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Matt Nathan, Director of the Freedom for Öcalan Campaign, describes to Kurdish Journalist Aleddin Sinayic how key trade unions came to back the Freedom for Öcalan Campaign, after becoming aware of the siege of the Kurdish-majority Syrian city of Kobane imposed by Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Islamic State) and exacerbated by the Turkish state. Nathan, who is also Labour Party Councillor for Clerkenwell, discusses how UK-based trade unions came to see the libertarian socialist vision of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan as representing a “fulcrum around which many issues that as trade unionists we would instinctively find solidarity with”.

Matt Nathan Twitter: @MattNLabour, https://twitter.com/mattnlabour?lang=en

Freedom for Ocalan Campaign Twitter: @ocalanfree, https://twitter.com/ocalanfree

Freedom for Ocalan Campaign website: https://freedomforocalan.org/

Learn more about the Kurdish libertarian philosophy of Democratic Confederalism: https://komun-academy.com/2018/11/22/the-main-principles-of-democratic-confederalism/

BBC documentary “Inside Kobane keeping Islamic State at bay”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk36pP_yD-Q

NEWS IN BRIEF Update –Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 8 |  18 – 27 Nov 2019

NEWS IN BRIEF Update – Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 8

No 8  18 – 27 Nov 2019

For all of the latest developments, see these sources:

Rojava Information Center:



ANF English:


Hawar News:


Women Defend Rojava:

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(VIDEO) Dr. Thomas Jeffery Miley Discusses Turkish State Violence, Kurdish Resistance, and Democratic Confederalism

8 November 2019|Alaettin Sinayic

Cambridge University Professor and author Dr. Thomas Jeffery Miley speaks with Journalist Alaettin Sinayic about Turkish state violence, Kurdish resistance and the philosophy of “democratic confederalism” which has been adopted by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the PYD in Syria for the better part of twenty years.