David Morgan – The Kurds

Peace in Kurdistan’s David Morgan has been featured in the latest edition of Live Encounters with a piece on the history, politics and recent development of the Kurdish struggle:

 

The Kurds – A resilient people with a tragic yet inspiring history – David Morgan      

The Kurds are an ancient people with distinctive heritage, traditions and language. They have lived on their historic lands for centuries alongside the other peoples of the Middle East as is reflected on old maps of the region where Kurdistan generally features. Their recent tragic history of dispossession, oppression and struggle for very survival as a people can be traced to the settlement imposed on the region in the aftermath of the First World War which saw the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the redrawing of the borders of modern states. That settlement drawn up by the victorious imperial powers denied the Kurds the right to national self-determination.[…]

Read the piece in full at Live Encounters, where it is also available for download.

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“Living Freedom”: New report by the Berhof Foundation written by Adem Uzun

Adem Uzun, member of the Kurdistan National Congress who Peace in Kurdistan campaigned for last year after his provocative arrest in Paris in October 2012, has written this report for the Berghof Foundation’s Transitions Series. The contents of the report includes a short history of the Kurds; the PKK’s military and political struggle with the Turkish state; the international conspiracy against Öcalan; the PKK’s transformation and the new paradigm; the Oslo meetings between the Turkish State, the PKK and Ocalan; and the Imrali Process in 2013.

You can read the report in full here.