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In memory of Nagihan Akarsel

I wanted to start with a poem. Then I saw that the poem is you. Smiles overflowed as you spoke, your words resembled blooming branches. Thanks to you, I know how it feels to live life poetically. It turns out that it is not that abstract after all. Your words…

The Flower of Transformation Blooms in Kurdistan

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Imagine this scenario. Drones are dropping bombs on you, NATO’s 2nd biggest army is bearing down on you, a few hundred years of ethnic persecution have tried to wipe out your identity, a militant and religiously fascist organization is killing your men and abducting your women and children to become…

Democratic nation and national state (Part 2)

PARADIGM, Radical Democracy
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In the first part (1), an attempt was made to give a small insight into the discussions on the democratic nation and nationalism. In particular, the apoist historical perspective was examined and statehood and nationalism were elaborated as preconditions for capitalist modernity. In this part, several ideologies from Protestantism via…

Democratic nation and national state (Part 1)

PARADIGM, Radical Democracy
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“Freedom and equality achieved through nation states de facto only serve the monopolies, this has been shown all over the world. Power and capital monopolies never allow true freedom or equality. Freedom and equality can only be achieved through the democratic politics of a democratic society and protected through self-defence.”…

The significance of Karl Marx in the Kurdish liberation struggle

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If we are to discuss Marx’s significance for the Kurdish liberation struggle, I must first very briefly outline the various phases in the history of the Kurdish liberation struggle. This will focus on the role of Abdullah Ocalan, who, as the foremost theorist and leader of the Kurdish freedom movement,…