Translation: Law of Democratic Municipalities and the Federation of  Municipalities

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In anticipation of the forthcoming municipal elections in NES, planned for 11th of June 2024, the DAANES passed a new law specifying its system of municipalities and federations of municipalities. The elections have been called…

Translation: Administrative Divisions Law

In preparation for the forthcoming municipal elections in NES, planned for 11th of June, 2024, the DAANES passed a new law defining the administrative divisions of the NES region. This follows the DAANES' publication of the new Social Contract…

Translation: Municipal Elections Law 2024

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In anticipation of the forthcoming municipal elections in NES, planned for 11th of June 2024, DAANES passed a new law explaining the election process. The elections have been called in accordance with the publication of the New Social Contract…

Upcoming elections, the new Social Contract and political system changes – interview with Kobane Autonomous Administration officials.

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In December 2023, the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (DAANES) approved and published its much-anticipated updated Social Contract, based on “democratic, environmental, societal and women’s freedom”. Amongst…

“Research and heritage management should be led by local populations” – Vision, conservation NGO

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In December 2023, RIC interviewed Vision, a heritage and conservation NGO in Raqqa; a city whose rich cultural heritage was heavily destroyed by ISIS during the time of the so-called Caliphate. Vision coordinator, Ezzat Suleiman al-Mouh, describes…

Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg – Interview mit der Stadtverwaltung Derik

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Im Jahr 2019 wurde eine Städtepartnerschaft zwischen Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg und Derik gegründet. Seitdem wurden mehrere Projekte in Zusammenarbeit realisiert, darunter ökologische Initiativen, Dienstleistungsangebote und Austausch…

Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg – Interview with Derik Municipality

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In 2019, a city partnership between Berlin Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Derik was established. Since then, several projects have been realized in cooperation, including ecological initiatives, service provisions and information exchanges. RIC…

“When we say defense, most people think of weapons, but this is not all” – HPC, North and East Syria’s Civil Defense Forces

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HPC members guarding community croplands near Heseke, June 2023 Introduction While North and East Syria’s (NES) Women’s and People’s Defense Units (the YPJ and YPG) have taken worldwide headlines for their role in…

Turkish airstrikes on Suwaydiyah power station: documenting the damage

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Turkey has established a systematic practice of targeting NES' power infrastructure in period airstrike campaigns, usually lasting several days. Amongst Turkey's key targets is the Suwaydiyah gas and electricity station. This vital station…

Die türkischen Luftangriffe auf Nord- und Ostsyrien zielen auf Stromversorgung, Öl und andere zivile Infrastruktur.

Vier Tage lang hat die Türkei mehr als 50 Orte in Nord- und Ostsyrien (NES) angegriffen und Luftangriffe auf wichtige Strom- und Ölinfrastrukturen sowie auf Industrieanlagen, Asayish-Kontrollpunkte, Fabriken und zivile Wohnhäuser geflogen.…