Free Öcalan

March 27, 2013

http://www.freeocalan.org/?page_id=267

“The right of self-determination of the peoples includes the right to a state of their own. However, the foundation of a state does not increase the freedom of a people. The system of the United Nations that is based on nation-states has remained inefficient. Meanwhile, nation-states have become serious obstacles for any social development. Democratic confederalism is the contrasting paradigm of the oppressed people. Democratic confederalism is a non-state social paradigm. It is not controlled by a state. At the same time, democratic confederalism is the cultural organizational blueprint of a democratic nation. Democratic confederalism is based on grass-roots participation. Its decisionmaking processes lie with the communities. Higher levels only serve the coordination and implementation of the will of the communities that send their delegates to the general assemblies. For limited space of time they are both mouthpiece and executive institution. However, the basic power of decision rests with the local grass-roots institutions.” (Abdullah Öcalan, 2011)

Table of Content:
I. PREFACE 7
II. The Nation-State 9
A. Basics 9
1. Nation-state and Power 9
2. The State and its Religious Roots 10
3. Bureaucracy and the Nation-State 12
4. Nation-State and Homogeneity 12
5. Nation-State and Society 13
B. Ideological Foundations of the Nation-State 15
1. Nationalism 15
2. Positivist Science 15
3. Sexism 16
4. Religiousness 17
C. The Kurds and the Nation-State 19
III. DEMOCRATIC-CONFEDERALISM 21
A. Participation and the Diversity of the Political Landscape 22
B. The Heritage of the Society and the Accumulation of Historical Knowledge 23
C. Ethics and Political Awareness 24
D. Democratic Confederalism and a Democratic Political System 26
E. Democratic Confederalism and Self-Defence 28
F. Democratic Confederalism Versus Strive for Hegemony 30
G. Democratic Confederate Structures at a Global Scale 31
H. Conclusion 32
IV. PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRATIC CONFEDERALISM 33
V. PROBLEMS OF THE PEOPLES IN The MIDDLE EAST AND POSSIbLE WAYS TO A SOlUTION 35

Abdullah Öcalan – Democratic Confederalism (pdf, 47 pages)

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From the archives:

“Kurdish protesters erupted in coordinated wave of fiery demonstrations at Greek and Kenyan missions across Europe on Tuesday, in some cases taking diplomats hostage or setting themselves ablaze.

The mass protests were triggered by the arrest of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is wanted by Turkey on terrorism charges.

Ocalan was taken to Turkey from Kenya where he was reportedly hiding in the Greek Embassy in the capital, Nairobi. However, details of his arrest remain unclear.” (CNN, 1999)

http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/europe/9902/17/ocalan.protest.01/


March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013

Circumstances for the homeless in Brussels are desperate. The winter cold remains in the streets. Hundreds of thousands homeless will end up in the streets as of 31st of March when the shelters will close at the ´end of winter´. SDF (Service D’aide Fraternel) is an initiative by a group of youths who spent weeks to do homeless support in Brussels. They bring hot food and clothing to the homeless in the three big train stations in Brussels and to a few squats. This is a report one one of their actions. This end of March is still bitterly cold.

Bleri Lleshi's Blog

De situatie van de daklozen in Brussel is rampzalig. Het koude weer blijft aanhouden. Honderden daklozen staan op straat en vanaf 31 maart, het einde van het winteropvang, zullen er nog meer op straat terechtkomen. SDF (Service D’aide Fraternel) is een initiatief van een groep jongeren die zich al wekenlang inzetten voor de daklozen in Brussel. Ze brengen warm eten en kleren naar de daklozen in de drie grote stations van Brussel en naar een aantal kraakpanden. We volgden ze op een van hun acties. Het is eind maart, maar nog steeds bitterkoud.

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Er wordt op verschillende plaatsen gekookt voor de Brusselse daklozen. In huizen in kleine dorpjes in Vlaanderen tot en met Molenbeek in Brussel. Meestal zijn het de ouders van de jongeren die koken. Hier zijn we in een restaurant in Ninove. De kok heeft 60 liter kippensoep gemaakt.

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March 25, 2013

Restating the basics of Marxism in the 21st century context

Business & Money

Karl Marx was supposed to be dead and buried. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and China’s Great Leap Forward into capitalism, communism faded into the quaint backdrop of James Bond movies or the deviant mantra of Kim Jong Un. The class conflict that Marx believed determined the course of history seemed to melt away in a prosperous era of free trade and free enterprise. The far-reaching power of globalization, linking the most remote corners of the planet in lucrative bonds of finance, outsourcing and “borderless” manufacturing, offered everybody from Silicon Valley tech gurus to Chinese farm girls ample opportunities to get rich. Asia in the latter decades of the 20th century witnessed perhaps the most remarkable record of poverty alleviation in human history — all thanks to the very capitalist tools of trade, entrepreneurship and foreign investment. Capitalism appeared to be fulfilling its promise — to uplift everyone to new heights…

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March 20, 2013

Food not bombs Budapest

March 18, 2013

Full length version of the famous and indispensable tv debate on dutch television. Unimaginable today. Noam speaks in English, Michel in French. The youtube subtitles are completely useless, so unless we find another version with proper subs, go and read the transcript from Noam’s webpage for Michel’s parts. .. Human Nature, Language, Discourse and Structural Continuities.

http://www.chomsky.info/debates/1971xxxx.htm

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