ÖCALAN

Abdullah Öcalan's Biography & Publications

Below, we publish the second part of a self-reflection of Abdullah Öcalan on his own development from the 90's taken from the German book: "Licht am Horizont Annäherungen an die PKK" (Chapter V.6.5).  All friends and comrades who want to understand my dialectic of life must understand the following: what...
Today, on the 71st birthday of Abdullah Öcalan, we publish the first part of a self-reflection of the Kurdish people's leader and visionary of Democratic Modernity on his own development from the 90's taken from the German book: "Licht am Horizont Annäherungen an die PKK" (Chapter V.6.5)  When it...
Tomorrow, the 4th of April is Abdullah Öcalan’s 71st birthday. Below, we publish the contribution of one of his lawyers, Newroz Uysal, from the Istanbul Legal Office Asrın at the 16th international conference “The European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds” in Brussels at the beginning of...
This text is an excerpt from the brochure "Liberating Life: Woman’s Revolution" by Abdullah Öcalan Woman, reborn to freedom, will amount to general liberation, enlightenment and justice in all upper and  lower institutions of society. Woman’s freedom will play a stabilising and equalising role in forming the new civilisation and she...
In light of the current coronavirus crisis, we publish an analysis of Kurdish People's Leader Öcalan adressing the issue of spreading diseases caused by Capitalist Modernity. The text is taken from Öcalan's defense called "In Defense of a People", which will be published soon by the International Initiative "Freedom...
Newroz is an ancient festival celebrated by many different peoples in the Middle East and different parts of Asia. For the Kurdish people, the first day of spring has important political meaning, as it symbolizes the day on which Kawa the Blacksmith is said to have defeated the tyrant...
On the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the arrest of Abdullah Ocalan, which happened in Nairobi, Kenya on February 15th 1999, I would love to share with you what the word “Ocalan” means to me; it is in fact a word besides being a name. I am an...
The attempt to understand the prison isolation of Imrali as a negative expression of a prohibition order does not do justice to the issue at hand.  The weakness of this attempt lies in the desire to explain power and politics in the framework of juristic thought. It seems more...
With the recent increased visibility of the Kurdish freedom movement, countless panels, talks and demonstrations about the Kurdish movement have been organized in the past years. Many lectures and demonstrations have presented the concept of Democratic Confederalism with all its experiences and practical examples to difference audiences. These include...
Abdullah Öcalan was born to a poor family in 1949 in the village of Amara (Turkish: Ömerli), situated in the province of Urfa in the Kurdistan region of Turkey. Once he finished his primary and secondary schooling he progressed onto working as a civil servant in the city of...

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