Ecology in Democratic Confederalism

Ecology discussions and practices in the Kurdish Freedom Struggle with a focus on North Kurdistan (Bakur)

by Ercan Ayboga
September 2017

Mesopotamia Ecology Movement, http://www.mezopotamyaekoloji.org

Ecology is one of the three pillars of the paradigm of Democratic Confederalism, the political-theoretical concept of the Kurdish Freedom Movement. Besides democracy and gender liberation, ecology has been mentioned explicitly as a dimension in this concept since 2005. However to date, ecology is less discussed and practiced than the two other pillars. Continue reading

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BOYCOTT TOURISM IN TURKEY

Thinking of Holidaying in TURKEY? Please think again!

 Why you might consider visiting Turkey

Turkey is known for its inexpensive holiday packages and for pleasant weather, beaches, and historical sites dating back thousands of years.

Why you should avoid visiting Turkey

Turkey has become increasingly autocratic, with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan solidifying his grasp on power following a referendum of questionable legitimacy on presidential powers in 2017. Erdogan has purged the ranks of the country’s government, judiciary and military, and Turkey has become the number one imprisoner of journalists worldwide. Erdogan’s authoritarian regime instrumentalises Islam for its own power purposes and has put immense pressure on women and religious and ethnic minorities such as Alevis and Yezidis, and anti-Semitism and anti-Christian rhetoric are mainstream. Foreign visitors may not feel welcomed with open arms or at least will instantly see a change in attitude once they question the actions of Erdogan and Turkey – doing so can mean risking detention and deportation, or even jail time.
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If you do not want to enjoy your vacation time alongside some of the world’s most notorious jihadist groups, you should avoid Turkey Continue reading

FREEDOM FOR OCALAN

FREEDOM FOR OCALAN

Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan and the political prisoners in Turkey. Ocalan’s freedom will mark a breakthrough for the democratization of Turkey and peace in Kurdistan.

www.freedomforocalan.org

A UK TRADE UNION CAMPAIGN
4 April 2018 –                       For immediate use

 Birthday Greetings to jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan

 The trade union based Freedom for Öcalan Campaign has asked the British Ambassador to Turkey to help them deliver birthday greetings to jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. Continue reading

SOLIDARITY GREETINGS TO ABDULLH OCALAN

Peace in Kurdistan sends its solidarity greetings to Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdish people, on the occasion of his 69th birthday on 4 April 2018.

Abdullah Ocalan has spent too many of his birthdays in confinement, so that his birthday has become just another day like all others: a day that is not his own, whose freedom has been stolen from him.

Normally a birthday is a time to see friends and family. it is a time to share with all those who are closest to you, to celebrate, reminisce and look to the future. It is an occasion for people to come together, for you to learn how much you are respected, appreciated and loved. Continue reading

Weekly News Bulletin from Afrin # 6

Information Center of

Afrin Resistance

16.03.2018 – 22.03.2018

The Information Center of Afrin Resistance is providing direct information from the

inside of Afrin. Since the 26th January 2018 we report up-to-date about the invasion

and war crimes of the Turkish state and the resistance of the people in Afrin.

This is the weekly summary of the developments in and around Afrin.

Follow daily news onTwitter: @ICafrinresist and @ICafrinresist2

web: icafrinresist.wordpress.com

Contact:

Email: ic .afrinresistance@gmail.com

Tel: 00963-998113029

The Developments in Afrin 16th-22th March, 2018

Introduction

With the defeat of the IS in Syria and especially after the liberation of Raqqa in October 2017, the

Turkish state intensified its threats and attacks on the Democratic Confederation of Northern Syria. Continue reading

“With love and determination,” Anna’s Father Dirk Campbell

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“Dear friends,

You all know my dear daughter Anna.

She believed in your vision of an ideal society, based on honour of the feminine, inclusion of all ethnicities and respect for nature.

She was willing to defend that ideal with her life, as you also are.

Many hundreds of you have already given your lives defending it from those who are determined to destroy it. Continue reading

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA NEWROZ March 2018

NEWS BRIEFING
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

Incredibly in the middle of death and destruction, Rojava has the potential to lead the world in the direction that all of us here would like to see.  And for that very reason, it has also the potential to be crushed by forces which are hostile to a vision of a society built on equality and peace.

It is our political responsibility to ensure that the Rojava experiment does not end, so that it does not lend itself to yet another defeatist narrative that inequality and capitalist greed are part of human nature. No. Rojava shows us the beauty of life when it is lived co-operatively, when we grow the food we need and live in harmony with our surroundings, when we respect all ethnicities and give them equal say in a truly democratic society, when we put women in equal charge of our destinies.

Another world is not only possible, it is here. But this world is struggling to take breath. We have to keep it alive for all of our sakes. Even if it is simply to refresh and reconfigure our own struggles. This is our revolution too.  Rahila Gupta March 2018


1. Call for a Women’s Alliance for Peace in Afrin. Continue reading

Newroz – a time to celebrate the Kurdish people’s resistance

PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN
Statement 21 March 2018
Afrin may have fallen but the battle is far from over.
Almost the very first action taken by the Turkish troops and their jihadist allies as they entered the city of Afrin was to destroy the monument to Kawa, the mythical hero of the Kurdish people who embodies the heroic spirit of resistance. This destructive act was quickly followed by the scramble to loot properties carried out in full view of the world.
Against overwhelming military odds, the Kurdish defence units of the YPG and YPJ resisted valiantly the Turkish onslaught of Afrin for nearly two months. After their tactical withdrawal, the struggle will not cease for one moment. Kurdish forces will be regrouping ready to resist the continuing onslaught from the Turks and their jihadist allies. Continue reading

NEWS BRIEFING FEBRUARY 2018

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE
FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

NEWS
1. Kurdish women’s organisations on their way to Afrin
2. Turkish army kills 17 women and wounds 44 in Afrin
3. Tens of thousands of women march against the invasion in Afrin
4. Kurdish women occupy Tory HQ as UK-armed ally slaughters more children [TWEETS]
5. Erdogan Tells a Weeping Girl, 6, She’d Receive Honors if Martyred
OPINION
1. The world’s most progressive democracy is being born. Don’t let it get strangled
2. Why are world leaders backing this brutal attack against Kurdish Afrin?
3. Kurdish Women Fighters: A Path Out of Patriarchy?
4. ROJAVA: ROAD TO KURDISH MOTHERLAND
5. What are the Kurdish Women’s Units fighting for in Syria?
DOCUMENTS
1. THE ATTACKS ON AFRIN TARGET WOMEN’S LIBERATION AND DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVES

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