RESISTANCE HISTORY

After the Turkish Military Intelligence attempted an assassination of Kurdish leader, Abdullah Öcalan in Syria, a young Kurdish woman, Zeynep Kinanci or 'Zîlan' took the decision to avenge this attempt and to also protest against the Turkish regime’s brutal and 'dirty war' against the Kurdish people in Turkey that...
On Novermber 8, 2018, Kurdish MP, former mayor, women's activist and political prisoner Leyla Güven has entered a hunger strike in prison to break the total isolation imposed on the Kurdish leader and thinker Abdullah Öcalan on Imrali Island, with the following words: "Today, the policy of isolation against Mr...
“Our approach to socialism was never very utopian. For us, it has never been something that is very far away. Instead, we tried to see how we can concretely realize socialism, freedom and equality. How could we at least start with ourselves to realize these principles in our own...
When on August 3rd, the so-called Islamic State attacked the Yazidi (Êzîdî) people of Sinjar (Şengal), the armed forces of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) abandoned the people and left them to suffer yet another genocide in their painful history. Those, who rushed to the rescue of the dying...
The early 1990s in northern Kurdistan/southeast Turkey (Bakur) were marked by several mass rebellions in the Botan region. Serhildan, ser (head) hildan (lifting or raising) – “raising one’s head” - is the Kurdish term for popular uprising. The serhildan of Botan, which began a few years after the Kurdistan...
Had he lived long enough, he would have just celebrated his 61st birthday. On November 25th, 1957, he was born in California, far away from his native homeland. Likewise, his father had been born far away from his family’s country of origin. Despite being among the third or fourth...
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....
Prisons play a formative role in the history of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Shortly after the foundation of the party in 1978, forecasting the military coup d’état of Turkey in 1980, thousands of Kurdish and Turkish left-revolutionaries were jailed, leading many of the existing groups to lose their...
Born in 1965, in Akbulut village of Palu/Elazığ to a Kurdish family, Gurbetelli Ersöz (nom-de-guerre Zeynep Agir) was the first woman in Turkey to become editor-in-chief of a media outlet. Upon her university degree in chemistry, she studied towards a master's degree in "Environment and Energy". As a chemist,...

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