Women’s Confederalism with Meral Çiçek

In this webinar, Meral Çiçek (from the Kurdish Women’s Relations Office, Southern Kurdistan, Iraq) will address why it’s necessary for women’s movements to further think through the concept and idea of internationalism and why the Kurdish Women’s Liberation Movement believes Democratic Confederalism might be a structure and model for building a strong and effective global women’s struggle.

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‘You, the Kurdish people, have achieved a pinnacle of resistance’ – Trevor Rayne

Trevor Rayne from the Revolutionary Communist Group and from the editorial board of its paper Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! interviewed by Journalist Erem Kansoy with support of Peace in Kurdistan Campaign.

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Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley talks on Rojava and the Left

20 April 2020|Thomas Jeffrey Miley

The Rojava revolution faces great challenges going forward.  But the revolutionary forces have already made history.  Their democratic confederal project – with its emphasis on direct democracy against the state, multicultural accommodation, gender emancipation, and social ecology – has inspired people across the globe.  In a time when the very future of humanity, and of life on the planet, are under unprecedented threat, the revolutionary experiment in Rojava stands out as a valiant attempt, in the midst of a still-unfolding catastrophe, to construct a radical democratic alternative to spiralling violence and tyranny.

Thomas Jeffrey Miley is a Lecturer of Political Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and a member of the executive committee of the European Union Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC).  He is co-editor, with Federico Venturini, of Your Freedom and Mine: Abdullah Ocalan and the Kurdish Question in Erdogan’s Turkey (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2018).

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(AUDIO) The Kurdish Women’s Movement: On Revolution, Militarism and Body Politics

KNK Speech at the Demonstration for Kurdish National Unity

Mehri Rezai , KNK representative in London, gave this speech in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 8 December 2019:

Today marks 100 years since the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed. Today we as Kurdish people condemn the decisions made within it, that led to the Lausanne Agreement which divided Kurdistan.

Under the slogan of national unity and believing in the will for freedom and self-determination alongside the leading role of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK); today we proudly say, after 100 years of suffering from mass genocide, execution and torture; we are still the only source of equality and best foundation for democracy in the  Middle East.

Just to let the British people know a majority of the struggles in the Middle East over the past one hundred years can be linked back to the Sykes Picot Agreement and the Treaty of Sèvres.

Forming modern day Turkey, Lausanne set the northern borders of Syria and Iraq, separating ethnic groups and effectively dashing the Kurdish dream of forming Kurdistan.

Today, more than 60 million Kurds, and millions of Assyrians, Yezidis and other ethnicities ride the makeshift borders originally created by Mark Sykes and Francois Picot, 100 years ago. Continue reading “KNK Speech at the Demonstration for Kurdish National Unity”

ECOLOGICAL AND GENDER DIMENSIONS OF THE DEMOCRATIC CONFEDERALIST APPROACH IN SYRIAN AND TURKISH KURDISTAN: AN INTER-CULTURAL DIALOGUE

 Seminar  held on 3 February 2018 from 2-6pm  at

DLT Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London WC1H OXG View Map

 Organised by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, The Corner House, People’s Knowledge, Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Kongra-Star, Kurdistan Students Union and SOAS Kurdish Society

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Ecological and gender dimensions of the democratic confederalist approach in Northern Syria : an inter-cultural dialogue

Saturday 3 February at 14:00–18:00

Location: DLT Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, WC1H 0XG

https://www.soas.ac.uk/business/conferenceoffice/classrooms/g2-lecture-theatre-ground-floor.html

Since the early 2000s, the Kurdish freedom movement, inspired by its imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan, has rejected a state-based “solution” to the social and economic injustices that pervade the Kurdish majority regions in particular and the Middle East more generally.

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