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Solidariteit - Amsterdam 2024

Kurdish Revolutionary Struggle: Breaking the Cycle of War

Location Ru Paré

Chris Lebeaustraat 4

This presentation aims to highlight systemic changes that have been stifled in social media and hidden from public discourse for too long. It will be conducted interactively with participants, with the goal of drawing conclusions about what we can do ourselves to positively impact history.

Putting an end to the destructive cycle of war and the widespread devastation of nature is not only possible but can be achieved through individual efforts. In the current climate of fear surrounding the prospect of a Third World War and the constant portrayal of endless warfare and genocides on social media, this idea may seem too good to be true or downright impossible. Many express no hope for the future of humankind.

However, it is true and has already been demonstrated as not only possible but also a present reality in our time. We just need to see it and understand it. David Graeber aptly described how "hopelessness isn’t natural but needs to be produced and maintained with an intricate net of power apparatuses so the public would not be able to see and understand it when actual changes have been achieved somewhere in the world."

We will delve into the Rojava Revolution in North-Syria, which began alongside the Syrian Civil War in 2011 and has become known as the most successful grassroots movement. In this revolution, a multi-ethnic, ecological, gender-equal, and civilian-powered self-defense society has become a reality.

Furthermore, we'll explore the ideological inspiration that enabled the local Kurdish people, and subsequently all other local ethnicities in the region, to organize themselves successfully without a state.

To achieve this, we will discuss key insights from Abdullah Ocalan’s analysis of the history of humankind, various civilizations and states, revolutions, the evolution of science, socio-psychological conclusions on the reasons for the endless cycle of destructive violence, as well as well-formulated suggested solutions.


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Ru Paré
Chris Lebeaustraat 4 Amsterdam
Pink room
Presentation + Q&A