Why Kurdistan?

WHERE’S KURDISTAN?

Kurdistan is the region where Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Siria meet. It’s delimitated by two big rivers, Tiris and Euphrates.

HISTORICAL FACTS…

The Kurds are a millenary people with its own language and culture. During the centuries they’ve suffered different wars and genocides from the states and the empires which have occupied its territory.

After the fall of the Ottoman empire following the 1st world war the European colonial powers has divided the Kurdish territory in four states: Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

From the 70’s on the wave of the national liberation movements which put an end to the colonial world, it has started the formation of what is now known as the Kurdish movement. In the last decades it has been able to affirm itself as political actor, it has defended the Kurdish communities, built any kind of initiative and popular cooperatives, created links between the Turkish left achieving a place as third force in the parliament avoiding the absolute and undisturbed majority of Erdogan.

Nowadays the war in Syria continues to be a tragedy for the kurds. Furthermore they’ve suffered the war in Iraq and of the Turkish repression which ended in hundreds of deaths and thousands of political prisoners.

The 19th of July 2012 the Rojava’s, in the north of Syria, autonomy is declared. Later on, in 2015, a very important victory against ISIS is achieved : the resistance and liberatio of Kobane (Rojava) . Meanwhile the armies of Syria and Iraq and fleeing the popular militias refuse to retreat to ISIS’s terror. Noticed all over the world these events break the silence upon Kurdistan. The liberation has rised both the international solidarity and the interest for the movement.

THE PRESENT

The kurdish political proposition, the democratic confederalism, bets on:

Democratic Autonomy where the people can build they’re own collective institutions from below. Split with the idea of nation-state and nationalism. The pillar of the relations in the society is the respect for the cultural diversity and the fraternal behave between them.

Confederalism The structure consists of common assemblies coordinate between them from assemblies based on the democratic autonomy.

Women’s liberation Organizations and self-defense units exclusively female which define the necessity and the proposals of the women in the society.

Ecological sustainability The commons are a part of a different eco-system and they must be aware of the ecological limitations of the planet and of the harmfulness related to the industrial societies.

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