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Monthly Review Press

Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya
GLOBAL NATO AND THE CATASTROPHIC FAILURE IN LIBYA by Horace Campbell

Capitalist Globalization: Consequences, Resistance, and Alternatives
CAPITALIST GLOBALIZATION: Consequences, Resistance, and Alternatives by Martin Hart-Landsberg

Walter A. Rodney: A Promise of Revolution
WALTER A. RODNEY: A Promise of Revolution edited by Clairmont Chung

The Endless Crisis
THE ENDLESS CRISIS: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and Upheaval from the USA to China
by John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney


An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx's Capital
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE THREE VOLUMES OF KARL MARX'S CAPITAL by Michael Heinrich

The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
THE ROSA LUXEMBURG READER edited by Peter Hudis and Kevin B. Anderson

A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today
A FREEDOM BUDGET FOR ALL AMERICANS: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today by Paul Le Blanc and Michael D. Yates

Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back
WISCONSIN UPRISING: Labor Fights Back

The Rise of the Tea Party: Political Discontent and Corporate Media in the Age of Obama
THE RISE OF THE TEA PARTY: Political Discontent and Corporate Media in the Age of Obama by Anthony DiMaggio

The God Market: How Globalization Is Making India More Hindu
THE GOD MARKET: How Globalization Is Making India More Hindu by Meera Nanda

Eurocentrism
EUROCENTRISM by Samir Amin

The Political Economy of Growth
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GROWTH by Paul A. Baran

The Law of Worldwide Value by Samir Amin
THE LAW OF WORLDWIDE VALUE by Samir Amin

The World We Wish to See
THE WORLD WE WISH TO SEE: Revolutionary Objectives in the Twenty First Century by Samir Amin

From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland
FROM SOLIDARITY TO SELLOUT: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland by Tadeusz Kowalik

Humanitarian Imperialism
HUMANITARIAN IMPERIALISM: Using Human Rights to Sell War by Jean Bricmont

Fool's Crusade
FOOLS' CRUSADE: Yugoslavia, NATO, and Western Delusions by Diana Johnstone

The Politics of Genocide
THE POLITICS OF GENOCIDE by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti
PARAMILITARISM AND THE ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY IN HAITI by Jeb Sprague

The Economic War Against Cuba: A Historical and Legal Perspective on the U.S. Blockade
THE ECONOMIC WAR AGAINST CUBA: A Historical and Legal Perspective on the U.S. Blockade by Salim Lamrani

Race in Cuba: Essays on the Revolution and Racial Inequality
RACE IN CUBA: Essays on the Revolution and Racial Inequality by Esteban Morales Domínguez

One Day in December: Celia Sánchez and the Cuban Revolution
ONE DAY IN DECEMBER: Celia Sánchez and the Cuban Revolution by Nancy Stout

Revolutionary Doctors
REVOLUTION-
ARY DOCTORS: How Venezuela and Cuba Are Changing the World's Conception of Health Care by Steve Brouwer


Che Guevara: His Revolutionary Legacy
CHE GUEVARA: His Revolutionary Legacy by Olivier Besancenot and Michael Löwy

Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution
UNDERSTAND-
ING THE VENEZUELAN REVOLUTION: Hugo Chavez Talks to Marta Harnecker by Hugo Chavez and Marta Harnecker


The Contradictions of 'Real Socialism': The Conductor and the Conducted
THE CONTRADIC-
TIONS OF "REAL SOCIALISM": The Conductor and the Conducted by Michael A. Lebowitz


The Socialist Alternative
THE SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE by Michael A. Lebowitz

Build It Now
BUILD IT NOW: Socialism for the Twenty-First Century by Michael A. Lebowitz

The Work of Sartre: Search for Freedom and the Challenge of History
THE WORK OF SARTRE: Search for Freedom and the Challenge of History by István Mészáros

Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness
SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND FORMS OF CONSCIOUS-
NESS by István Mészáros


The Structural Crisis of Capital
THE STRUCTURAL CRISIS OF CAPITAL by István Mészáros

The Challenge and Burden of Historical Time
THE CHALLENGE AND BURDEN OF HISTORICAL TIME: Socialism in the Twenty-First Century by István Mészáros (foreword by John Bellamy Foster)

Beyond Capital
BEYOND CAPITAL: Toward a Theory of Transition by István Mészáros


Syrian Kurds -- a Photo Essay
by Rozh Ahmad

Syrian refugees
Syrian refugees fleeing for Iraqi Kurdistan, at the Girbalat crossing, northeast of Syria.  In 2012 alone, over 50,000 Syrian refugees have fled the civil war for Iraqi Kurdistan, according to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials.

An empty frame
An empty frame now, it long displayed a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad in central Derek, a Kurdish town bordering Turkey to the north and Iraq to the east.

Kurdish flags
Kurdish flags flying over an exit checkpoint outside Derek.  The town was declared "liberated" from the Ba'athist regime by mass protests and a short gun battle on July 19th, 2012, which resulted in the killing of three Syrian soldiers and one Kurdish activist.

A civilian checkpoint
A civilian checkpoint outside the town of Amude checking for weapons, as the recently established local Kurdish authorities have outlawed gun carrying inside the towns and cities, although it is OK to have them in the outskirts or outside the urban areas.

Dilgesh Kocher
17-year-old Dilgesh Kocher guarding the motorway that links together the Raqqa region and the city of Aleppo.   He said, "It is a revolutionary duty to protect our homes from the civil war and guard our recently liberated Kurdish areas.  I do 8-hours shifts, three times a week."

Members of the People's Defense Units
Members of the People's Defense Units (YPG) giving an interview on condition of anonymity outside the town of Derek.  "We are a self-organized broad popular militia protecting the people of Syria's Kurdistan," the commander claimed.

YPG
The YPG militia, established on local basis after the Syrian army had withdrawn from the Kurdish region back in July, now claims: "We have 15,000 volunteers across Syria's Kurdish north."

Aram Cizri
Aram Cizri, 11, leading a "warm-up rally" for a demonstration later in the night in Derek.  For the previous 50 years, Kurdish political assemblies in Syria had been outlawed as acts of "terrorism"; since the "liberation," however, even children take to the streets, en masse.

Protestors
Protestors push for a place on a typical free bus driving to a Friday demonstration in the yet-to-be-"liberated" Syrian Kurdish capital city of Qamishlou.  Kurds in Syria have turned Friday into a national day of action to express their rights and freedom across the country.

A protestor in central Qamishlou waves the flag of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq
A protestor in central Qamishlou waves the flag of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRG), signifying the same autonomous rights for stateless Kurds in Syria too.

Qamishlou
The streets in Qamishlou are normally full of Syrian Army soldiers and their checkpoints are set up everywhere to stop and search people; on Fridays, however, only Kurdish demonstrators are in sight, as the soldiers remain inside their buildings to avoid conflict.

Two young girls at a youth rally in Derek
Two young girls at a youth rally in Derek, dressed in Kurdish guerrilla outfits and wearing badges displaying portraits of Abdulla Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey.  The guerrilla dress is in fashion and in demand now amongst Kurdish youths in Syria, as it symbolizes revolution and Kurdish resistance to occupation.

Fatima Mohammad
Fatima Mohammad, 75, or "Mother of Revolution" as the locals called her in Derek for having her son and daughter "martyred" while fighting for the PKK in Turkey.  8,000 Syrian Kurds are amongst the 40,000 PKK "martyrs" killed during the Turkish-PKK conflict that has raged for nearly three decades in southeast Turkey.

Xemgin Fazil
Xemgin Fazil, 10, outside his home in the Kurdish city of Kobane, the first Kurdish town to declare "liberation" from Assad's forces on July 17th. .  He often plays on this street, which is several yards away from the official Turkish border post located just behind him.

Kurdish militiaman barricading on Kobane's motorway
Kurdish militiaman barricading on Kobane's motorway, observing what is coming from neighboring Aleppo.   Kobane is perceived by the Kurds as the most "dangerous" city in Syria's Kurdish north, as it is bordering the besieged city of Aleppo to the west and Turkey to the north.

Babi Shilan
Babi Shilan, fleeing Aleppo for Kobane with his family, waits for Kurdish activists at Kobane's entrance to find him shelter in the new city.  1.5 million Syrians are internally displaced because of the civil war, says the UN.

The regional branch office of the ruling Ba'ath Party in the town of al-Jawadia in Syria's north
The regional branch office of the ruling Ba'ath Party in the town of al-Jawadia in Syria's north, where many Syrian Army soldiers still hold the ground and no rebel group has yet managed to take them on.   "It is like a sacred place for the army -- they won't give it up," said our taxi driver as we drove by it on route to Aleppo.


Rozh Ahmad is a British freelance journalist of Kurdish origin.  See, also, Rozh Ahmad, "The Kurdish Rebellion in Syria: Toward Irreversible Liberation" (MRZine, 23 January 2013).
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