A Sage of Our Times – Immanuel Wallerstein

International Initiative

”Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan – Peace in Kurdistan“

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Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy upon learning of the death of Immanuel Wallerstein. His loss is a profound loss for us all. What set Wallerstein apart from other sociologists was that he had a much stronger analysis of how to break from the world-system.

In this sense, both Fernand Braudel in his analysis of the world history through different terms and especially the longue durée and Wallerstein through his world-system analysis have immensely contributed to Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish freedom movement in better analyzing the defeat of actually existing socialism. But not only this, their contribution can be better observed in Öcalan’s choice of unit of analysis for the historical-society: moral and political society.

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Jineology – science of women, science of revolution

Camilla Power is an activist and academic. She has been teaching anthropology for over 20 years at University of East London. With the Radical Anthropology Group, she researches the role of women in human origins, and the evolution of language, art and symbolism. She has done fieldwork on gender and ritual with Hadza women of Tanzania. 

“If women combine forces they can make a huge revolution”

With these words, Fawza Yusif, cofounder of the umbrella women’s organization Kongreya Star, launched the founding congress of the Women’s Council of Northern and Eastern Syria (Jun 14 2019).


The Painting of Şahmaran outside the Jineology centre in Derik.


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Khatchatur I. Pilikian Obituary


By Desmond Fernandes

It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing away of Khatchatur I. Pilikian, a patron of Peace in Kurdistan, on 28thJuly 2019. Khatchatur was an indefatigable defender of human rights, a brilliant orator, an internationally acclaimed leading tenor and a sharp-edged public intellectual whose texts and presentations, like Chomsky’s, “share … a luminous theoretical, political, and forensic analysis of the functioning of the current global power structure[s], new and old modes of oppressiveauthority, and the ways in which neoliberal economic and social policies have produced more savage forms of global domination and corporate sovereignty”.[i]Khatchatur was also a remarkable performing and recording musician, artist, poet, research scholar and university professor who lived and studied in Iraq, Lebanon, Italy and the USA before finally settling in London.[ii] Continue reading

Jineology – science of women, science of revolution

Camilla Power, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of East London

“If women combine forces they can make a huge revolution”

With these words,  Fouwza Yusuf, cochair of Kongreya Star launched the founding congress of the Women’s Council of Northern and Eastern Syria (Jun 14 2019).

Practical evidence for women “making ourselves powerful” and “building a new life” was all around us. As a Perwerde delegation of US and European academics invited by Rojava University, we brought a message of solidarity to this historic congress. It was one of the most multicultural events I have witnessed with translations across four, five or more languages, and representation from multiethnic and multireligious communities, Islamic, Christian and also the preAbrahamic Yezidi. Women wore dazzling celebratory costumes showing off their traditions, alongside the more practical military fatigues of the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units). Continue reading



Statement, 15 August 2019

For Kurdish people the 15 August is celebrated as the Day of Resurgence and Resistance. On 15 August 1984, Liberation Units of Kurdistan, led by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), with its guerrilla commander Mahsum Korkmaz, launched the armed struggle for freedom.  This was six years after the founding of the PKK.

In the circumstances there was no option for the PKK but to resort to armed struggle if any manifestation of the Kurdish desire for identity and recognition was to be maintained and fulfilled. On 12 September 1980, the Turkish armed forces, led by General Kenan Evren, seized power in Turkey in a military coup. One of the chief aims of the coup was to crush the Kurdish movement. The constitution was suspended, parliament was abolished, all political parties and trade unions were banned and martial law was imposed throughout Turkey. Hundreds of thousands of people were tortured, thousands disappeared, up to 650,000 people were arrested, films were banned, journalists imprisoned and killed and newspapers prevented from publishing. Many death sentences were passed; the PKK had 122 death sentences passed against its members. The PKK withdrew some of its members from Turkey to Lebanon and Syria and began political and military preparations, which culminated in the 15 August actions. Kurdish resistance has gathered and spread since. Continue reading

 The Ilisu Dam: a critical juncture Open Letter to the Foreign Secretary.

Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP
Foreign Secretary
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AH

7 August 2019

Dear Foreign Secretary,

 The Ilisu Dam: a critical juncture

Over the past two decades, we have written to your predecessors on numerous occasions (most recently on 10 June 2019) to express our grave concerns over the adverse environmental, social and geopolitical impacts of the Ilisu Dam on the River Tigris in Turkey, which is now nearing completion.
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Hasankeyf Briefing


Based on a visit by Julie Ward MEP, Prof. Felix Padel, and Henry Brooks (Kurdish Solidarity Cymru), 13-16 July 2019. For questions please contact Peace in Kurdistan on estella24@tiscali.co.uk or Kurdish Solidarity Cymru on Twitter @KSCymru


Figure 1: Soldiers at Hasankeyf surrounding protesters not long before speakers were due to start on the day of the Big Jump. After negotiations the army agreed to allow the speeches but not for anyone to jump into the river.

This year, on 14th July, a date marking worldwide campaigns to save and preserve vital freshwater ecosystems, the three of us joined over a hundred local and international activists at Hasankeyf in southeastern Turkey.


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Statement of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) Concerning Turkey’s Threats

The Turkish state has permanently and continuously launched its threats of aggression on the DAA areas of north and east of Syria, and these threats have increased recently by the mobilization of Turkish military forces on the northern border of Syria in the east of the Euphrates, aiming to foil the democratic project and destabilize the state of security and coexistence among the components of the Syrian people.

What happened in Afrin more than a year ago, when the Turkish regime and the terrorist militias implementing the Turkish agenda launched aggression on the city is the best witness to the hypocrisy and lies of this regime through displacement and looting. Continue reading





1.Yazidi women ‘ready to fight’ to avoid repeat of massacre
2.Women of Shengal: We have organized to avoid further massacres
3. YPJ: We reiterate our pledge to avenge Yazidi women
4.TJK-E calls on women to join demos for Shengal on 3 August
5. PKK’s intervention in Shengal
6. Following genocide, Shengal reinvented itself anew
7. Events all over the world to remember Shengal
8. TJA Statement to Remember the Yezidi Genocide of 3 August 2014
9. The 5th Anniversary of Shengal Massacre Infographic
10. My people were massacred five years ago. The genocide continues.

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TJA Statement to remember the Yezidi Genocide of 3 August 2014

Dear Women, Friends

On August 3, 2014, Êzidî (Yezidi) people, who have fought for existence, experienced the 74th genocidal massacre in their history in the witness of the whole world. Tens of times, Êzidîs have been subjected to attacks and massacres carried out by the male-dominated mindset having been in power for thousands of years with the help of the national state and fascist militarist understanding and exploitation of belief. Daesh, a form of deposited, ganged and militarist ruling male-dominated mindset,  drove Êzidî community to the brink of annihilation and carried out the most profound massacre on August 3 against the women, who are  the essence of life and the existence of the community. Continue reading