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

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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



  1. Democratic Confederalism discussed in Rome
  2. Urgent call for Hasankeyf and the Tigris Valley
  3. Xerîb Hiso: Erdoğan has taken the decision to go to war
  4. Dutch MPs warn against possible Turkish attack against Syrian Kurds
  5. Congress rapporteurs meet with suspended HDP mayors in Amed
  6. Abdi: Erdoğan’s concern is not about security but about invasion
  7. HDP: Permanent mobilization against trustees until 19 October
  8. ‘We deserve support’: Reinvented north-east Syria strives for stability
  9. Erdogan’s demographic engineering plans in Syria mirror those of Assad time – FT
  10. Syria’s Kurds protest exclusion from constitutional committee
  11. Turkey must resist emotional politics to find peace and democracy – Gultan Kisanak
  12. Daesh makes resurgence in Syria, captures town, attacks Kurdish and Russian forces
  13. UN Excludes one third of Syria, mostly Kurds, from Constitution Committee
  14. Memorial in London for Mehmet Aksoy
  15. KNK: Autonomous Administration should join constitutional team
  16. Maxmur Refugee Camp under embargo for two months
  17. Increase in Turkish-linked jihadist cells in Syria, study finds
  18. Pro-Kurdish leader Demirtas could be released soon, lawyer says
  19. Devastating all dissent in Turkey
  20. PEN America condemns u.s. decision to bar entry to austrian academic
  21. Gen. John Allen hails Kurdish role in fighting ISIS
  22. (VIDEO) Justice system and human rights status in Turkey discussed at UN
  23. Berlin Conference for a new Turkey ends today
  24. Delegation from NE Syria visits the US
  25. Former British fighter who fought alongside Kurds commits suicide

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 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


 Session 1:  Film – “Water’s date of death” Continue reading

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


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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Public Forum
Organised by Peace in Kurdistan in association with Centre for Kurdish Progress

 Monday, 23 October, 7-9pm in Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament, Westminster

The meeting is hosted by Kate Osamor MP and chaired by the journalist Steve Sweeney

 Speakers include Dr Radha D’Souza Reader in Law, Westminster University ; Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley lecturer in Political Sociology, the University of Cambridge; Dimitri Roussopoulos publisher, author and community organiser; De Zeynap Kurban, Kurdish Women’s Movement. Continue reading

Rojava – the formation of an economic alternative: Private property in the service of all


by Michael Knapp, Historian; Translated from German original by Richard Braude


The revolution in Rojava (West Kurdistan/ North Syria), which started in Kobanî (Ain al-Arab) and spread like wildfire through Afrîn, Dêrik (Al-Malikiya), Qamişlo (Al-Qamishli), Amûdê and Serê Kaniyê (Ras al-Ayn) – the regions lying on the Turkish-Syrian border – has launched an alternative development in all aspects of society.

Inspired by the model of democratic confederalism and democratic autonomy, democratic assemblies, women’s council and other democratic organisations have been established. Every ethnic and religious group must be represented in these councils, and the leadership of each evenly divided between the sexes. This is not a project striving towards a nation state, but for democratic autonomy in the region and a democratic Syria. Continue reading