From Chiapas to Rojava: more than just coincidences

Petar Stanchev, Kurdish Question

The largely unknown until recently Kurdish city of Kobane managed to attract the attention of the world with its fierce resistance[i] against the invasion of the Islamic State and became an international symbol, compared to the defence of Madrid and Stalingrad. The bravery and heroism of the People’s Defence Units and the Women’s Defence Units (YPG and YPJ) were praised by a large spectrum of groups and individuals – anarchists, leftist, liberals and even right-wingers expressed sympathy and admiration for the men and women of Kobane in their historical battle against what was often seen as IS “fascism”. Continue reading…

The Diplomatic Breakthrough in Havana

Orsetta Bellani, Americas Program (Photo: O.B.)

Seated on a bench in Old Havana, Nilda Ayala reads the Granma newspaper with her index finger pointing to the page. “Did you see the big news?”, the elderly lady asks me while peering over the pages of the official Communist Party of Cuba’s (PCC) publication. On the front page reads the announcement by Raúl Castro and Barack Obama regarding the reestablishment, as of yesterday, of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States since being frozen for 54 years. Continue reading…