ANALYSIS

Self-Defense is Existential

Self-defense is a form of self-realization of an existence, similar to other necessary dimensions like nutrition and reproduction. In the plant and animal world, self-defense primarily concerns the protection of the physical realm. In the human condition however, where existence attained a deepening and broadening quality with sociality, self-defense...
Youth distinguishes itself ontologically in its mode of life, thought and emotionality from other sections of society. It also differs from other temporal stages of individual human life; it expresses the end of an era of dependency and reliance on the care of others, as well as a departure...
Forty years ago, on 27th of November, 22 young people founded the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Fis village of Licê district of Amed (Diyarbakir). Anticipating the 1980 fascist military coup in Turkey, the party’s leader Abdullah Öcalan and other members traveled to Rojava on July 2, 1979....
Over a period of 24 years, despite violent attacks and unbearable conditions, the residents of Mexmûr refugee camp in Makhmour, southern Kurdistan/northern Iraq, beginning with lessons written on stones and dust, managed to create their autonomous education system with their own means – from kindergartens to adult academies. Between 1993...
Mexmûr (Makhmour) located in the triangle between Mosul, Kerkûk and Hewler in Northern Iraq/South Kurdistan, is a place where over 10.000 Kurds from Southeastern Turkey/North Kurdistan, especially from the Botan Region, found refuge. The people, who fled the war of the Turkish state in the early 90s, stayed in...
Would a human being set fire to their own house? Yes, they would! Would a human cut the tree banch they sit on? Yes, indeed! Would humanity, as often repeated in Yasar Kemal’s novel “Ince Memed”, pull a knife on the table they eat on? Oh yes! Would a...
Thoughts about democratic autonomy vs. nation state, by Duran Kalkan, member of the executive council of KCK in an interview with Kurdistan Report. and was translated and published in English by the Internationalist Commune of Rojava.  How can we understand democratic autonomy or democratic confederalism? Is it a system that is...
Every day, hundreds of lorries pass the Iraqi-Turkish border towards Zaxo/Zakho, Duhok, Hewlêr/Erbil or Silêmanî/Sulaimaniyah. Some pass the Kurdish cities and drive all the way into central Iraq. The goods that these lorries transport over the border usually can no longer be sold in the Turkish market, their quality...

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