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Women in Afghanistan have been affected by wars and occupation of their country for decades. The plight of Afghan women has often been instrumentalized by imperialist forces, in particular the USA, to justify and legitimize their war-mongering policies in the region. However, women have been at the forefront of fighting...
The following report describes the developments in Sur from 2015 until January 2019. It was presented in February 2019 at the "International NGO forum on World Heritage" in Paris by Ercan Ayboga from the Platform "No to the Destruction of Sur", a campaign based in Diyarbakir/Turkey. If you would...
Around the world, currently, thousands of people, especially youth, protest and demand action against climate change. Under the slogan Fridays for future global strikes and mass demonstrations took place on March 15th. In light of the statistics and prognoses about the causes and effects of climate change over the...
We need solutions for the crisis in the Middle East. The chaos in the region has been ongoing since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire one century ago. Since the first Gulf War in 1991, the region between the Maghreb states and Pakistan has been in a deep state...
Every summer since 2015, the Turkish state has systematically been setting forest fires in the occupied and oppressed northern part of Kurdistan. This phenomenon has been state policy since the formation of the Turkish republic in 1923 with the aim to suppress revolt and forcibly displace populations. This year, the...
The year of 2018 began with the Turkish army and its extremist mercenaries’ invasion and occupation of Afrin in Rojava/northern Syria and is approaching its end in a similarly eventful manner. While, Kurdish prisoners in Turkish prisons, as well as activists in Europe and beyond, are on unlimited hunger...
The villages of Qandîl, with their mountains, stones, plateaus, and valleys are witnesses of great wars. Enduring the Iraq-Iran war, the Kurdish peshmergas’ war against the Iraqi Ba’ath regime, Saddam Hussein’s genocidal al-Anfal campaign, as well as the intra-Kurdish wars between the KDP, PUK, and PKK, the villagers’ lived...
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...
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...
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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