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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...
Talks between Turkey and Russia, concluded with an “agreement”, are the continuation of the “Ceasefire Agreement” between USA and Turkey in Ankara on October 16th, which legitimized the occupation of Rojava. The negotitations between USA and Turkey, to take place during Erdoğan’s visit in the US on November 13th, are...
Prologue I had the opportunity to visit Rojava in December of 2014, when the siege on Kobane was still under way.  The heroic resistance of the people there, their will to struggle in self-defence, in defence of their revolution, was of world-historical significance.  It rekindled a revolutionary flame, it awoke...
Many people and movements recently struggled to make sense of the United States' tactical alliance with the Kurdish people in the fight against ISIS. "How could a revolutionary movement allow itself to be co-opted by imperialism today?", they wondered. Much of these analyses however derive from dogmatic approaches with...

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...
Democratic Confederalism, as defined by Abdullah Öcalan is the ethical, political, and administrative expression of society – as a historical and sociological structure – in which different identities, factions and groups coexist in dialectical harmony. By this we are not referring to a classical confederal structure consisting of states,...
In her essay “On Revolution”, political theorist Hannah Arendt analyzes and compares the French, American and other revolutions to determine the “outstanding characteristics of the revolutionary spirit”. She recognizes these within the possibility of starting things with a new beginning, as well as in people’s collective action. Arendt is...
This article was originally published by the Internationalist Commune of Rojava. It’s common to hear internationalist groups and collectives talk about ‘democratic confederalism’ referred to as the ideological paradigm of the Kurdish Liberation Movement. Despite the fact that this concept has been useful to understand the ideological evolution of the...

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