Pretty good article on Rojava – especially for the US audience.
The Small Miracle You Haven't Heard About Amid the Carnage in Syria – http://www.kurdishquestion.com/index.php/kurdistan/west-kurdistan/the-small-miracle-you-haven-t-heard-about-amid-the-carnage-in-syria/548-the-small-miracle-you-haven-t-heard-about-amid-the-carnage-in-syria.html –
"It's a familiar scene: Young people in a makeshift press center sitting around laptops talking about the best way to post a video. Facebook first, or their own news page? Skype isn't working. When a TV station calls her cell, one woman shushes the room with a waved hand. Behind the camera is Zanyar Omrani, a friendly journalist smuggled in and given permission to record. They could be activists anywhere in the world, except the walls are lined with AK-47s and outside everything is rubble."