How Syria’s Kurds are trying to create a democracy

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  • Published on:  Monday, March 12, 2018
  • It’s an unlikely place for a democratic revolution.Watch more Vox Atlas: to our channel! the start of the Syrian civil war, Kurdish people in the North have carved out an autonomous region of their own — Rojava — by fighting the Islamic State. Their militias, which form the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have emerged as the most effective fighters against ISIS and won them a close partnership with the US. The ruling Kurdish Party, the PYD, has set up a democratic federation made of local governments. Their constitution claims to accept people of all ethnicities and religions and treat them as equals. One of its central tenets is equality of men and women. In fact, the all-female Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) militia fights alongside the SDF, and they’re known to be especially good soldiers. But the more territory the Kurds take from ISIS, the more worried Turkey gets.Turkey has been at war with another closely linked Kurdish group, the PKK, for decades. In 2018, Turkey invaded the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin, putting the country in direct conflict with the Kurds of Rojava. To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalist Sam Ellis uses maps to tell these stories and chart their effects on foreign is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Vox

     1 years ago

    Welcome to another episode of Vox Atlas! We’re using maps to explore today’s most complex geopolitical, foreign policy, and conflict stories. The videos can be found in this playlist: And please send me story suggestions in the comments!-Sam

  • Datakul

     29 days ago

    The Turks are fearless!

  • Young nd

     1 years ago

    So, US abandoned Kurds when it found out that they are no longer useful?

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  • Erik Arustamyan

     1 years ago

    US used the kurds as a means to defeat Isis then stopped supporting them once Isis was gone even though that's when the kurds needed their help the most.Seems like a US thing to do...

  • jeffery allen

     27 days ago

    Ulyanoff Lennon Turkey has a lot of Kurdish peoples. It wouldn’t make sense for them to desire an independent Kurdistan. The US is allied to turkey. The US cannot fight against turkey regardless of rather they want the different outcomes. The US has already supplied Kurds in Iraq and Syria, but cannot openly support Kurds in Iran or turkey. Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and syria have obvious reasons to oppose any Kurds. As regardless of where they gain independence. The next logical step is to unify with the re...

  • HA HA

     1 years ago

    Idk why but this makes me wanna do something productive...

  • Parijat

     4 days ago

    join a MUN that discusses this topic!

  • Cian McCabe

     4 months ago

    @Onur Can Yücedağ has your government tried addressing the grievances that led to the formation of the movement to begin with? That's what my government did with the IRA and an Irishman hasn't bombed an English bus in years.

  • Craig Morrison

     11 months ago

    It's a very different kind of democracy in rojava. It is a form of left wing libertarian kind of direct democracy known as democratic confederalism. The Kurdidh are definitely the most moral group in Syria.

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     1 years ago

    Its sad How little people know about this but still have strong opinions

  • Andy Mullins

     3 months ago

    Russian Public Relations Expert trolls, turkish trolls, and isis trolls:kurds, or their ancient ancestors, have been in kobani since about the time man discovered fire.

  • Roni Majid

     1 years ago

    Man, im a kurd myself from afrin, and this is the best video about rojava ive ever seen, thank you for making this video about us, god bless you.

  • Natu The Budgie


    I am so angry at the government for not doing anything about the war anymore. I still love new countries forming. Love from california.

  • beqa girmisashvili

     11 days ago

    Georgia supports the kurdish people!


     3 months ago

    Oil on MarsMurica declare war

  • Boris aey

     1 months ago

    Elon musk sends a Martian invasion force back to USA. All hail king Musk

  • Toast and Tea

     2 months ago

    Random place: oilll diScoVeRDUS: delclare war

  • Darth Veles

     1 years ago

    Solidarity with the Kurds from the U.S.

  • asad khan

     an hour ago

    Solidarity for oil with the kurds

  • Dr0pkidd

     6 months ago

    I'm down with the Kurds having their own state finally.

  • soviet lord742

     2 months ago

    It will never be a state in syria

  • PeanutButterBruce

     3 months ago

    @C0ldcut ColderCuts What shall we call it?