Paper $37.00 ISBN: 9780956751409 Published March 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780956751416 Will Publish March 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Prison Writings Volume II

The PKK and the Kurdish Question in the 21st Century

Abdullah Öcalan

Prison Writings Volume II

Abdullah Öcalan

Distributed for Pluto Press

200 pages
Paper $37.00 ISBN: 9780956751409 Published March 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780956751416 Will Publish March 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

In his second book, Abdullah Öcalan applies the political and historical philosophy that was developed in the first volume of his Prison Writings to the Kurdish question. The book addresses the concrete political issues at the centre of the Kurdish question. Öcalan 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, will form a new synthesis of civilisations.

Abdullah Öcalan was the leader of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). He was eventually kidnapped while in Kenya in 1999, and has been in prison in Turkey ever since. Öcalan was the most wanted man in Turkey for almost two decades until his kidnapping. From 1984, under his leadership, the PKK fought for an independent Kurdish state in the southeast of Turkey. In a sustained popular uprising, tens of thousands of PKK guerrillas took on the second largest army in NATO. The book begins with Preliminary Notes by Cemil Bayik, military commander of the PKK.

Contents

Preliminary words by Cemil Bayik, military commander of the PKK
Part One
The Kurds in the wider Middle Eastern context: Who we are and what we want
Introduction
Chapter One: Some basic terms
Chapter Two: Shortcomings of the predominant approaches to the Kurdish issue
Chapter Three: The historical framework
Chapter Four: Ethnic, national and democratic movements of the Kurds
Chapter 5: Towards a solution of the Kurdish conflict
Part 2
Fighting For a People under International Siege
Introduction
Chapter One: History as an Account of Conspiracy and Treason - Lessons to be learned
Chapter Two: Counter-Insurgency Warfare against the PKK
Chapter Three: In Fear of Freedom
Chapter Four: The Background of My Abduction From Kenya
Appendix
The European Legal Institutions and the Solution to the Kurdish Question
Last Word
The Editorial Team
About Us:
The International Initiative “Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan – Peace in Kurdistan”
About the author
Abstract of the book

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