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The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds: Self-Determination and Ethnic Cleansing in the Afrin Region of Rojava

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In early 2018, Turkey invaded the autonomous Kurdish region of Afrin in Syria and is currently threatening to ethnically cleanse the region. Between 2012 and 2018, the “Mountain of the Kurds” (Kurd Dagh) had been one of the quietest regions in a country otherwise torn by civil war. After the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the Syrian army withdrew from the region ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2019 by PM Press
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Sugarpunksattack Mick
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read Thomas Schmidinger’s ‘The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds: Self-Determination and Ethnic Cleansing in the Afrin Region of Rojava’ in preparation for his US speaking tour that was promptly cancelled because he was not allowed to board a plane to come to the US after being extensively questioned. The US state department’s prohibition on Schmidinger travel is a ringing endorsement of the power and importance of his work and Kurdish movement.

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Diana Marie Denza
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m just a regular American who watched a couple of recent documentaries on Syria and decided to expand my knowledge of the conflict occurring there. This book provided a pretty thorough overview of the Syrian Kurds in the enclave of Afrin. Thomas Schmidinger, the book’s author, doesn’t go directly into the conflict, but provides an overview of the different groups in the area, Afrin’s long and interesting history, and democratic confederalism in the canton of Afrin. For someone with little know ...more
Daniel
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A well-researched, balanced and concise overview of the Kurdish region of Afrin. The author does an excellent job at describing the region's struggle for self-determination over the past decade following a summary of its political infrastructure, ethnic & religious diversity and history. Schmidinger's analysis highlights Turkey's inexcusable imperalism and collaboration with ISIS, while also drawing attention to the West's cowardly response. What I liked most about this book it does not glorify ...more
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