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The PKK by Doctor Paul White

Title The PKK
Author Doctor Paul White
Publisher Zed Books Ltd.
Release 2015-08-15
Category Political Science
Total Pages 216
ISBN 1783600403
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is infamous for its violence. The struggle it has waged for Kurdish independence in southeastern Turkey has cost in excess of 40,000 lives since 1984. A less-known fact, however, is that the PKK now embraces a non-violent end to the conflict, with its leader Abdullah Öcalan having ordered a ceasefire and engaging in a negotiated peace with the Ankara government. Whether these tentative attempts at peacemaking mean an end to the bloodshed remains to be seen, but either way the ramifications for Turkey and the wider region are potentially huge. Charting the ideological evolution of the PKK, as well as its origins, aims and structure, Paul White provides the only authoritative and up-to-date analysis of one of the most important non-state political players in the contemporary Middle East.

Title Prison Writings The PKK and the Kurdish Question in the 21st Century International Initiative Edition
Author Abdullah Ocalan
Publisher TMP Distribution
Release 2013-03-13
Category History
Total Pages
ISBN 3942961032
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Abdullah Ocalan was the leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, and the most wanted man in Turkey for almost two decades. He was eventually kidnapped while in Kenya in 1999, and has been in prison in Turkey ever since. From 1984, under his leadership, the PKK fought for an independent Kurdish state in the south east of Turkey. In a sustained popular uprising, tens of thousands of PKK guerrillas took on the second largest army in NATO. The conflict has remained unsolved till today and the fighting still goes on. While in prison, Mr. Ocalan has written a number of books, in which he analyses the situation in Kurdistan and offers proposals for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Blood and Belief by Aliza Marcus

Title Blood and Belief
Author Aliza Marcus
Publisher NYU Press
Release 2009-04-01
Category History
Total Pages 363
ISBN 0814795870
Language English, Spanish, and French
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During the Progressive Era, over 150 African American women's clubs flourished in Chicago. Through these clubs, women created a vibrant social world of their own, seeking to achieve social and political uplift by educating themselves and the members of their communities. In politics, they battled legal discrimination, advocated anti-lynching laws, and fought for suffrage. In the tradition of other mothering, in which the the community shares in the care and raising of all its children, the club women established kindergartens, youth clubs, and homes for the elderly. In Toward a Tenderer Humanity and a Nobler Womanhood, Anne Meis Knupfer documents how the club women created multiple allegiances through social and club networks and sheds light on the life experiences of African American women in urban centers throughout the country. Drawing upon the primary documents of African American newspapers, journals, and speeches of the time, this book chronicles and analyzes the complexity and richness of the African American club women's lives as they lifted while others climbed.

Title The PKK Kurdistan Workers Party s Regional Politics
Author Ali Balci
Publisher Springer
Release 2016-11-30
Category Political Science
Total Pages 212
ISBN 3319422197
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book presents a theoretical framework to study dissident ethnic movements’ imagination of world politics, with a special focus on the PKK as a case study. Dissident ethnic movements are not only a challenge to the existing hegemonic power, but they also produce an alternative closed society based on different ethnic imagination. Instead of taking the armed PKK movement as a pure resistant, this book approaches contemporary Kurdish nationalism led by the PKK as a counter-hegemonic with a narrative that entails the emergence of a new kind of identity and sense of belonging, through which the PKK has been able to exercise its power. This book is an attempt to go beyond resistance-oriented approach, unveiling the two faces of the PKK’s representation of world politics: its transformative effect on the Kurds, and its exclusionary function towards traditional and alternative Kurdish subjects/institutions.

Turkey s Kurds by Ali Kemal Özcan

Title Turkey s Kurds
Author Ali Kemal Özcan
Publisher Routledge
Release 2012-10-12
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1134211309
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) is examined here in this text on Kurdish nationalism. Incorporating recent field-based research results and newly translated material on Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK's long-time leader; it explores the nature and the organizational working of the party, from its growth in the late 1970s to its recent shrinkage. A variety of issues are addressed including: * the views and philosophy of Abdullah Ocalan * the successes and failures of the PKK in bringing about the Kurdish opposition in Turkey * the role of PKK's philosophy of recruitment, organizational diligence, use of arms and other contextual factors in Kurdish resistance * factors involved in the development of the nationalism of the Kurds in Turkey. The text also reappraises the Kurdish movement in Turkey and presents insights into the nature of Kurdish social structure, thinking, and the particularities of the Kurdish ethnic distinctness.

Prison Writings by Abdullah calan

Title Prison Writings
Author Abdullah calan
Publisher CreateSpace
Release 2011-03-15
Category Political Science
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9781468092875
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Kurdish question, the general term for the fact that the Kurds have no independent homeland of their own, is one of the most complex issues in the Middle East. This situation will inevitably continue to bring about other problems. Its geographical location in one of the most fragile and strategically important parts of the region should not be ignored. This situation needs to be resolved urgently to prevent it becoming even more complicated and severe. The Kurdish question is, in both form and content, more complex and bears wider regional ramifications than the Arab-Israeli conflict, which at present occupies a central position in the media throughout the world. In his second book Mr Ocalan applies the political and historical philosophy that was developed in the first volume of his Prison Writings to the Kurdish question. It is less philosophical and abstract and addresses the concrete political issues at the centre of the Kurdish question. The author calls for a “Renaissance of the Middle East” where the integration of democratic western values and universal human rights with the deeply rooted cultural values of the Middle Eastern societies, especially the Kurdish one, will form a new synthesis of civilisations.

Title Insurgency and Counter Insurgency in Turkey
Author Spyridon Plakoudas
Publisher Springer
Release 2018-04-04
Category Political Science
Total Pages 100
ISBN 3319756591
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book seeks to answer the “why” and “how” questions about the insurgency of the PKK, a militant left-wing group of Turkey’s Kurds, in Turkey. The PKK has been inter-locked in an intermittent war against Turkey since 1984 in the name of Kurdish nationalism. The author combines insights of Strategy and IR - from strategy and tactics in irregular warfare to peace negotiations between state authorities and insurgents, with data from qualitative research, to achieve two inter-related objectives: first, assess the current state of affairs and predict the future course of the conflict and, secondly, draw general conclusions on how protracted conflicts can end and how.

Kurdish Politics in Turkey by Seevan Saeed

Title Kurdish Politics in Turkey
Author Seevan Saeed
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Release 2016-09-13
Category Political Science
Total Pages 154
ISBN 1317271173
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the aftermath of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the Kurds were promised their own state. However, several factors meant that this dream never became a reality, and the land of the Kurds was divided. Amid a sense of a loss of identity, the Kurds started to fight for their social and political rights. ‘Kurdish Politics in Turkey’ argues that the Kurdish struggle has largely been a failure, and that the emergence of the Unions of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) has been a direct result of this. The book examines the success of the KCK and how it has transformed this Kurdish struggle in Turkey from a one-dimensional political movement, to a multi-dimensional social movement.

Title EU Turkey and Counter Terrorism
Author Ethem Ilbiz
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Release 2021-04-30
Category Political Science
Total Pages 240
ISBN 1800379579
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This perceptive analysis examines the effect of the EU on Turkish counter-terrorism polices towards the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Islamic State (ISIL), and aims to investigate the extent to which the EU has developed the capacity to play a role in Turkish counter-terrorism policy through promoting democratisation.

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