American Leftists Need to Pay More Attention to Rojava

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American Leftists Need to Pay More Attention to Rojava
American Leftists Need to Pay More Attention to Rojava

By Michelle Goldberg

Children flash the victory sign after singing the Rojava anthem at a public elementary school in Qamishli, Rojava, Syria, on Nov. 12.
Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
There is an astonishing story in Sunday’s New York Times about Rojava, a Kurdish region in Northern Syria that’s ruled by militant feminist anarchists. Rojava’s constitution enshrines gender equality and religious freedom. An official tells journalist Wes Enzina that every position at every level of government includes a female equivalent of equal power. Recruits to Rojava’s 6,000-strong police force receive their weapons only after two weeks of feministinstruction. Reading Enzina’s piece, it’s hard to understand how this radical experiment in democracy in one of the bloodiest corners of the world isn’t better known internationally, particularly on the left. A Radical Experiment in Democracy Is Happening in Northern Syria. Americans Need to Start Paying Attention.
 
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