Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Main Principles of Democratic Confederalism

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, but the confederal unity of societal structures. The fundamental difference...

“Of Mice and Dance”: Diary Entries of a Journalist-Turned-Guerrilla Fighter

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, two major turning points in her life were the catastrophic...

The Feminization of Kurdish Politics: A Guerrilla’s Sociological Analysis

For Kurdish society and Kurdish women, the 40-year-old struggle that has been pioneered by the Kurdish freedom movement and its leadership carries the meaning of a re-birth. Our leader Abdullah Öcalan has referred to this as a “Kurdish renaissance”. With the emergence of the PKK, people in Kurdistan experienced an awakening to a new day. Cracking through the concrete of...

Mexmûr: From Forced Displacement to Autonomous Life

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 different camps temporarily before reaching Mexmûr Camp 20 years ago,...

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