Session of the Peace in Kurdistan Ecology Network with Yavor Tarinski & Felix Padel

Two members of Peace in Kurdistan Ecology Network, Felix Padel and Yavor Tarinski, made short presentations, followed by a group discussion. The meeting was chaired by Stephen Hunt and Connor Hayes, both members of the PIK Ecology Steering group. The topics addressed were highly related to Social Ecology and grassroots democratic organizing.

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Interview with Yavor Tarinski about direct democracy, ecology, and self-determination

Dr. Jeff Miley of Peace in Kurdistan interviews Yavor Tarinski about the relationship between direct democracy and social ecology, and about the question of self-determination in the 21st century.

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Defend Kurdistan Against Turkish Occupation

International call, signed by over 100 activists, scholars and political organizations:

We – politicians, human rights advocates, journalists, academics, members of parliaments, political activists, ecologists, and feminists from all over Europe – have been closely following the dangerous developments resulting from Turkey’s attacks on South Kurdistan (North Iraq) since the 23rd of April, 2021. As a result, we have gathered in Erbil today and decided that we must speak out.

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Towards Autonomy: The Social Experiment in Rojava

By Yavor Tarinski and Michalis Koulouthros 

The autonomous region of Rojava, as it exists today, is one of few bright spots – albeit a very bright one – to emerge from the tragedy of the Syrian revolution.

David Graeber[1] 

rojavaIn the last decades the Kurdish struggle for freedom was not only a firm voice of resistance against the dominant social and political order, but also managed to formulate and initiate practical steps towards the realization of a liberated society. After many years of oppression, the Kurdish forces began to regroup, forming armed units of self-defense. During the period in which the leftist Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) was quickly turning into a regional political power, a new antagonistic example appeared in the midst of the Kurdish liberation movement, based on the values of democratic confederalism and autonomy. Continue reading “Towards Autonomy: The Social Experiment in Rojava”