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The revolution here in Rojava is a women’s revolution. From the front lines of the fight against ISIS, to running the cantons to trade unions that ensure all working women have their voices heard.

International women’s day has special significance here, with events and demonstrations taking place all over the region. We stand with women worldwide in the struggle against patriarchy, and today we stand with the women of Ireland. We call on the Irish Government to repeal the 8th amendment and allow women rights over their own bodies! Today news reporters, trade unionists, HPC (civilian self-defence units) heard about the strike and stood in solidarity.

Today women across Qamishlo support.

Strike 4 Repeal

IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Mosul. November 13, 2016. An Iraqi special forces fighter walks with his rifle during fighting with Islamic State militants in eastern Mosul. Iraqi forces battled waves of suicide car bombs as they attempt to advance deeper into eastern Mosul, defended by militants from the so-called Islamic State group. 

Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

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“I was given two years and 10 months only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings. However, (the Turkish government) caused this. I only painted it.”

Zehra Dogan, Kurd from Diyarbakir (Northern Kurdistan) was given the sentence by the Second High Criminal Court of the Mardin province after having been arrested last July.

The painting in question shows the destroyed cityscape of Nusaybin, with Turkish flags draped across blown-out buildings.