Poem at the End by Séamas Carraher

Notes

In these hard days for so many who knows any longer “how it will all end”?

…it wasn’t much better in the 30’s for a poet like César Vallejo watching the rot of fascism eat away a Europe long fattened on the contradictions of enormous wealth and immeasurable poverty. Much the human story… Vallejo’s poem ‘Piedra Negra sobre una Piedra Blanca’ ends with the lines:

witnesses are /  the Thursdays and the humerus bones, / the loneliness, the rain, the roads…”

For a poet with a heart as wide as Vallejo’s this world must have been close to the Hell it has become for so many people since… the plague of poverty and inhumanity a daily war once cleverly concealed beneath the mask of business-as-usual; now, perhaps, in this time of Plague, that mask is slipping with nature’s ‘revenge’ on the centuries of human arrogance and greed where so many of us are being ‘asked’ to die abandoned in army tents or isolated in lonely rooms only to have our bodies either neatly wrapped in cellophane left lying (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P637eJGbo80) on the streets or carted away by the military (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeGvMq00k3c) for a business-like funeral…

For want of  better world… always for want of a better world…

Short Bio:

Séamas Carraher lives in Dublin, Ireland and works with homeless street drinkers. His poetry has appeared in a number of online and print journals. Recent work, (both poetry and non-fiction), have been published at https://www.globalrights.info/?s=seamas+carraher. Links to other poems can be found at http://www.seamascarraher.blogspot.ie/. He wants to believe that our voices raised, both individually and collectively, can become a map to a better, truly human, world.

UPCOMING SEMINAR: East Kurdistan/Rojhelat: the struggle of the Kurds for democracy and freedom in Iran

SEMINAR

East Kurdistan/Rojhelat: the struggle of the Kurds for democracy and freedom in Iran

Dancing Rojhelat girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for a discussion of The Kurdish peoples’ struggle for rights, for gender equality and democratic confederalism which is critical for the future of Iran, the Middle East and the end to war and oppression.

Saturday 28 March 2.30 – 4.30pm

Room G3, SOAS, Russell Square WC1H 0XG

The event is co-hosted by Peace in Kurdistan and SOAS Kurdish Society and supported by Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) UK

Speakers include Salah Abbasi is a political analyst, writer and literary critic from East Kurdistan; Evin Abrishami  is a human rights campaigner from Mahabad in Iran; Diba Alikhani is a women’s rights activist from Kurdistan-lran; Dr Allan Hassaniyan, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Kurdish Studies, University of Exeter

All welcome! The event is free but please RSVP to

Peace in Kurdistan: estella [email protected] – 07846 666 804

SOAS Kurdish Society: Bertangunes [email protected] – 07925 072 753

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 6 DECEMBER 2019 – 21 DECEMBER 2019

NEWS

  1. HDP co-chair Buldan: The end of the tyrant is near
  2. UN’s Mueller: Turkey’s offensive displaced over 200,000 people
  3. MEPs call for immediate action to stop Turkey’s attacks on Kurds
  4. Disciplinary sanction for Öcalan and other 3 prisoners in Imrali
  5. Activists from Villiers-le-Bel take over Freedom for Öcalan Vigil
  6. Dictator defends occupation and demands oil revenues in Geneva
  7. KESK calls on workers to join rallies for a “dignified life”
  8. Recognition of Armenian genocide will prevent Turkey’s “massacre” of Kurds: SDF commander
  9. Turkey sentences 7 Syrian Kurds to aggravated life sentences on terror charges: report
  10. First Kurdish candidate elected for the Labour Party
  11. Over objections from Trump and Turkey, Senate passes Armenian genocide remembrance measure
  12. The 70th NATO Summit and the Looming Crisis around Turkey
  13. Russia opposes expansion of Turkey’s north Syria ‘safe zone’
  14. “Öcalan is the only person who can lead the way to peace”
  15. Wife of ailing, jailed Kurdish leader Demirtas relays message after visit
  16. European Parliament to host Rojava Conference on 11 December
  17. ‘In cold blood’: Syria Kurds say killed, robbed by Turkey proxies

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(VIDEO) Dr. Thomas Jeffery Miley Discusses Turkish State Violence, Kurdish Resistance, and Democratic Confederalism

8 November 2019|Alaettin Sinayic

Cambridge University Professor and author Dr. Thomas Jeffery Miley speaks with Journalist Alaettin Sinayic about Turkish state violence, Kurdish resistance and the philosophy of “democratic confederalism” which has been adopted by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the PYD in Syria for the better part of twenty years.

KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 29 JULY 2019 – 20 AUGUST 2019

NEWS

  1. We will not be silenced, we will not be stopped
  2. Öcalan calls for sacrifice for unity among Kurds
  3. HDP deputies Günay and Paylan meet Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
  4. Germany sells 216 million euros of military equipment to Turkey
  5. 15th August 1984 – more than a military offensive
  6. German state’s war crimes in Kurdistan
  7. “South Kurdistan parties must not fall into Turkey’s trap”
  8. Turkey accused of extensive links to former Isis fighters

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FREEDOM POEMS FOR OCALAN

Writing poetry, in a way, is a quest for freedom

Freedom Poems for Öcalan Spreads V2

Abdullah Ocalan

PEACE IN KURDISTAN

Press release, 4 April 2019

The poems collected in this volume are presented to Abdullah Ocalan on his 70th birthday on 4 April 2019.

They are each a gesture of solidarity and token of friendship for Ocalan himself and for the Kurdish people from whom he is inseparable.

Each poem is an expression of admiration for the spirit of the Kurds, inspired by their resilience, resistance and belief in the joy of life. The remarkable awakening of the consciousness and political activism of the Kurdish people in recent years has been engendered by the remarkable leadership and writings of Abdullah Ocalan. Despite enduring decades of incarceration removed entirely from the world, his people and denied all human contacts, Ocalan still communicates through his words and as a living example of the essential strength of the Kurdish spirit. He will not and cannot be silenced. Continue reading “FREEDOM POEMS FOR OCALAN”

Leyla Guven : Letter to President of the European Parliament

28th January 2019

Mr Antonio Tajani

President of the European Parliament

Rue Wiertz 60
1047 Brussels
Belgium

Dear MrTajani,

 We are currently facing serious tremendous on the path towards democratization and normalization in Turkey, as was also made known in sessions held at the European Parliament. The most critical of these obstacles is the persistence of total isolation imposed on Mr Abdullah Öcalan held in Imrali Prison since April 5, 2015. Mr Öcalan has played a key role in the pursuit of a peaceful solution to the conflict, especially by all his efforts during the peace process that took place between 2013 and 2015. He continues to be the person best placed to continue playing this historic role.I believe that the clear positions taken byall the institutions that collectively constitute the European Unionare going to be crucial for the restarting of the process of conflict resolution. The consistent demand for this stance in turn will enable a normalization to take place in Turkey, in my firmly held view. Continue reading “Leyla Guven : Letter to President of the European Parliament”

KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 5 JANUARY – 20 JANUARY 2019

NEWS

  1. Kurdish roadmap to Damascus proposes continued autonomy, SDF to become border guards
  2. Leyla Guven’s letter: Whatever the price may be, we will prevail!
  3. Thousands rallied in Amed: End isolation
  4. Muslim: We don’t accept a ‘safe zone’ that Turkey will be in
  5. Merkel government issues statement on Ocalan
  6. KCK’s Bayık warns against Turkey’s psychological war
  7. Reception for freedom for Ocalan in London City Hall
  8. Jailed Kurdish opposition leader remains defiant ahead of trial
  9. Palestinian revolutionary Leila Khaled writes in support of Kurdish hunger striker Leyla Guven
  10. Hunger strike in Wales reached day 30
  11. EXCLUSIVE: Unions and progressives refuse to be intimidated by Turkish state
  12. Conference at the European Parliament: Isolation must be lifted
  13. Vigil in Dublin for Leyla Güven
  14. MEPs and lawyers from Europe denied meeting with Leyla Güven
  15. HDP Honorary Chair Kürkçü Faces Up To 20 Years in Prison
  16. 7 Kurdish Parties Form Alliance for Local Elections
  17. Prison Sentence of Selahattin Demirtaş Taken to Constitutional Court

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