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Make Rojava Green Again: Building an Ecological Society

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What is it about the social structures of Rojava that so inspires the fierce loyalty of its defenders and its people?

Make Rojava Green Again: Building an Ecological Society answers that question. In language that bridges the Utopian and the concrete, the poetic and the everyday, the Internationalist Commune of Rojava has produced both a vision and a manual for what a f
Paperback, 125 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Dog Section Press and International Commune of Rojava
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Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic little primer on not only the amazing Rojavan revolution, but of social ecology as a concept. This small book holds a great deal of wisdom and strategy in its few pages—as well as some gorgeous artwork and clear-eyed photography.

The Internationalist Commune is a relatively new organization and is one that, much like Rojava itself, has been built out of nothing in a war-torn, arid region of the world. This book is the commune's first, a maiden missive to the world about a political an
Beautiful ilustrations and photographies.
But what's more important of course is the text itself: The whole part criticising capitalism wasn't really new to me but I liked how precisely it was put into words, it felt heartbreaking true. The parts about Rojava and its ecology and also general ecological solutions were pretty instructive and inspiring to me (though I have to admit my knowledge in environmental questions is pretty small, I'm working on it).
Recommended to absolutely everybody. It's a
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Make Rojava Green Again is een erg interessant boekje over de ecologische problemen in Rojava en een verslag over de pogingen deze problemen te bestrijden via internationale helpers die hun expertise delen met de plaatselijke bevolking. Het is overigens ook online te lezen. Het boek heeft verschillende delen en doelen. Ten eerste kent het een theoretisch gedeelte, waarin ook de inleiding van Debbie Bookchin — uiteraard de dochter van de grote Murray (van wie ik een boek hier heb gereviewd) — ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Un libricino che riassume in poche parole e bellissime immagini perché è necessario dare una svolta alla Storia, non solo del Rojava ma di ogni paese. Consigliato a chi non conosce l'ambizioso progetto curdo o il concetto di anarcoecologismo e vuole un'introduzione ben fatta. Per chi già conosce abbastanza approfonditamente le problematiche politico-sociali e ambientali del che sono alla base della rivoluzione in Rojava (e che in realtà riguardano tutti) forse potrà essere un po' ripetitivo e ge ...more
Michael Davis
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great little beginners guide to the revolution in Rojava
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first time I probably heard about Rojava might have actually been from a BBC radio panel on Thomas More’s “Utopia” (Dilar Dirik, a fellow at Oxford, was on the panel to talk about Rojava), but the name Rojava in no way managed to make a home for itself in my memory and soon enough faded into the blurry recesses of forgotten detritus that my brain has a reputation for amassing in dim inaccessible voids.

Curiously, the first time Rojava did register in my consciousness was after listening to Re
Dan Sumption
The most important thing about this book is that it exists. I am repeatedly surprised and frustrated by how few people have heard of Rojava, the radical society in Northern Syria formed upon ecological and feminist values. On the few occasions when its people make it onto the news in the UK, it is because of the "girls with guns" fighting ISIS: no context is ever given to why these women are fighting, or the radical new form of society they have built within a region of the world not generally k ...more
Jordan Weinstock
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Not quite what I was looking for but a good primer on how those in Rojava are actively fighting for a truly comprehensive revolution. Just wish the authors didn’t romanticize early human communities so much in the beginning.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a cool, little primer on the work happening in Rojava. It provides a nice introduction to social ecology, critiques capitalist modernity, and then describes the ecological challenges unique to Rojava, and what they're doing to address them.

I find the Rojavan social ecologist system of governance very appealing. Their system enables direct democracy at every level of government returning power to communities and municipalities. Such a system requires an educated populace, but I think the
Yoann Negre
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Le livre explique comment construire une société écologique, ni plus ni moins, et l'avancement du Rojava dans cette construction. Dans une première partie, il est question de théorie écologique, et donc de repositionner l'être humain à un niveau égal aux autres espèces du monde du vivant. Le lien est ainsi effectué entre la naissance de l'exploitation animale organisée à grande échelle dans les sociétés claniques et la rupture de cohésion entre humanité et nature, où la première cesse de préleve ...more
Jack Greenwood
We hope that we can contribute to finding ways out of the ecological crisis of our time. In the face of this crisis, so much seems lost and irrevocable. But we believe that people can make life better with their creative power, their understanding of justice, and their will to change. One of the most important aims of this book is to express this confidence.

Self-sufficiency, autonomy, organic fertilisation & capitalist modernity are your buzz words for this one.

It's one of those books which se
Noah Skocilich
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying practical description of the ecological work being done by the autonomous democratic confederation of Rojava in Northern Syria.

The text describes the specific projects being undertaken, and contextualizes it all in the historical situation of Rojava and the specific political project (Democratic Confederalism) now being undertaken in that context.

Very helpful in beginning to get a sense not only of the practical reality of life on the ground there, but also the reality of the histo
Monika Perry
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great plug for the Internationalist Commune of Rojava. It explains their political, economic and social-ecological project in a way that is probably hard to find elsewhere.
It offers a great summation of the concept of social ecology before moving toward an analysis of Rojava’s struggles and their plans for pathway forward. It even provides straightforward suggestion of how you can get involved in their movement.
It’s good, quick read.
M.A. Stern
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic primer on the problems and promises of the ongoing development of Rojava. It both makes the case for social ecology and democratic economics and offers a blueprint for how such a society can be structured and function (an essential component in making the case for a vision all too rarely implemented).
Serena Corson-Kain
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational project that makes me hopeful for all of our futures. Being involved and on top of Rojava makes you a good international comrade! IMO.
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