Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Historian and author Etem Xemgîn, who is known for his work on Alevism, Mazdaism and Zoroastrianism recently passed away. His rich research included in-depth work on socio-economic structures, traditions and customs among the Kurds. Similar to other communities in the region, the historically oppressed Alevi community has been the...
In the existing societal structures dictated by capitalist modernity, it is very rare that we find means by which we can facilitate open and honest discussions. Whether it’s in the workplace, in schools, even between friends and families, we are restricted by social constructs which inhibit our ability to...
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During my time as an undergraduate one of my majors was criminal justice. The program curriculum covered everything from the philosophy, logic and application of law, the idea of “crime” and the sociological factors and theories which attempt to explain it, as well as the history and various theories...
My Rojava experience began with six months in the YPG during the campaign to liberate Raqqa from Daesh. During those six months I was fortunate to begin to understand the camaraderie which thrives within YPG/YPJ. It was amazing to see how the ideology is truly evident in every aspect...
Patriarchy does not merely subsist on structures which are out of our influence and control. In fact, the patriarchal mindset is one that has been passed on over societies and generations, and one which changes its character depending on the historical place and time. Today, we are confronted with...
Self-defence or self-preservation has often been reduced to its militaristic dimension. Although the latter tops the list in the hierarchy of status attached to self-defence, it would, however, be too simplistic to overlook its other dimensions. This paper examines four major dimensions of self-defence: natural, cultural, economic, and militaristic...
  We are now two decades into the 21st century. On a world scale, humanity is already facing the consequences of ecological disasters driven by climate change, massive air pollution and exhaustion of natural resources and shrinking biodiversity. Following some, this ecological crisis is the result of productivism, consumerism and...
Democratic Confederalism as Model of Radical Democracy in Practice Michael Knapp Abstract The article "Democratic Confederalism and its practice" by Michael Knapp aims at presenting the concept of Democratic Confederalism applied in the Kurdish areas of Turkey and Syria as a concept of cohabitation and grassroots democracy. Starting with a discussion on...
The tradition of elite climbing over the shoulder of people to capture the zenith of power has been the method and consequence of political party. Whether overt or covert, the activities of political parties in this model consider the people as a tool. If this style has been effective...
Love. How many poems have been written, how many pieces of art have been created, how much ink has been spilt about love? It is for a reason that humankind has ever since tried to figure out the secrets and magic behind love. At the same time, the meaning...

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