[WSMDiscuss] From Kurdish revolutionaries, new webinar series: Ocalan's Paradigm

Ashish Kothari ashishkothari at riseup.net
Sat Apr 3 09:51:42 CEST 2021

This promises to be fascinating, though a bit too late in the day for us 
in the eastern hemisphere.

Pl. do not write back on full lists.


> Begin forwarded message:
> *From: *wwf <womenweavingfuture at riseup.net 
> <mailto:womenweavingfuture at riseup.net>>
> *Subject: **NEW WEBINAR SERIES starting on 4 April 2021*
> *Date: *25 March 2021 at 7:16:59 PM IST
> *To: *womenweavingfuture at riseup.net <mailto:womenweavingfuture at riseup.net>
> Dear friends,
> Abdullah Ocalan, the founder and leader of the Kurdistan Worker’s 
> Party (PKK) has been imprisoned on a Turkish State prison-island for 
> more than 22-years. In 1999, his kidnap was an internationally planned 
> NATO-conspiracy and as he remains captive in an unprecedented 
> situation - spending most of his time in prison as a sole prisoner - 
> even his most basic human rights as a prisoner are denied. He has no 
> visiting rights, no communication with the outside world, and for the 
> past year there has not been a single sign of life from him.
> Despite all isolation measures, Abdullah Ocalan’s ideas continue to 
> break the boundaries of his physical conditions. The revolution in 
> Rojava (North-East Syria), lead by women, is based on Ocalan’s 
> paradigm of democracy, ecology and women’s liberation. His 
> sophisticated and developed criticism of state-civilisation, power and 
> capitalist modernity inspires the people of Kurdistan, the Middle-East 
> and far beyond.
> This webinar series will explore, from a women’s perspective, Abdullah 
> Ocalan, his philosophy of freedom, and the Kurdish Liberation 
> Movement’s struggle against all forms of oppression in the quest for 
> the freedom of all. We will uncover crucial questions including, who 
> is Ocalan the leader and thinker? Why and how is his philosophy a 
> source of strength for freedom seekers around the world? And why does 
> it frighten power?
> The webinar series will start with Havin Guneser from the 
> International Initiative "Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan" presenting "Who 
> ist Abdullah Öcalan?" on April 4 at 7pm UK time. This panel, will 
> address who Abdullah Öcalan is through his personal and political 
> biography. We will explore the question of Abdullah Öcalan as a leader 
> of peoples and women in particular, while a source of fear for those 
> who seek to dominate power.
> To register please write to *womenweavingfuture at riseup.net*. You can 
> watch the webinar live on our Youtube Channel "Women Weaving Future 
> <https://www.youtube.com/c/WomenWeavingFuture>" here: 
> https://youtu.be/0F16Ma9uik4 <https://youtu.be/0F16Ma9uik4>

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