Abdullah Öcalan

Abdullah Öcalan

Abdullah Öcalan actively led the Kurdish liberation struggle as the head of the PKK from its foundation in 1978 until his abduction on February 15, 1999. He is still regarded as a leading strategist and the most important political representative of the Kurdish freedom movement. Under isolation conditions at Imralı Island Prison, Öcalan authored more than ten books that revolutionized Kurdish politics. Several times he initiated unilateral cease-fires of the guerrilla and presented constructive proposals for a political solution to the Kurdish issue. For several years, Turkish state authorities led a “dialogue” with Öcalan. Ever since the government broke off the talks in April 2015, he has been held in total isolation at Imralı Island Prison, with no contact whatsoever with the outside world.

Building Free Life: Dialogues with Öcalan
Beyond State, Power, and Violence
The Sociology of Freedom: Manifesto of the Democratic Civilization, Volume III
Capitalism: The Age of Unmasked Gods and Naked Kings (Manifesto of the Democratic Civilization, Volume II)

Building Free Life: Dialogues with Öcalan

Building Free Life: Dialogues with Öcalan

SKU: 9781629637044
Editor: International Initiative
Publisher: PM Press/Kairos
ISBN: 9781629637044
Published: 01/2020
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 256
Subjects: Political Science/Philosophy



Praise

“Öcalan’s works make many intellectuals uncomfortable because they represent a form of thought that is not only inextricable from action, but also directly grapples with the knowledge that it is.”
—David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years

“Öcalan’s writings written in captivity are thus in the tradition of the ideology of the PKK as a left national liberation movement, which also includes the claim to change their own society. However, Öcalan is apparently also one of those whose political thinking was sharpened by the forced abstinence from daily politics and who succeed in further developing their political thinking in captivity.”
—Thomas Schmidinger, author of The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds: Self-Determination and Ethnic Cleansing in the Afrin Region of Rojava

“Öcalan’s plea to build a strong and complex self-organized civil society without taking direct action against the state is similar to Zapatismo in Chiapas. . . . Finally, Karl Marx’s realization should be remembered: ‘An idea becomes material violence when it seizes the masses.’ And Abdullah Öcalan’s message has seized the masses in Kurdistan.”
—Nikolaus Brauns, historian and journalist, author of Partisanen einer neuen Welt: Eine Geschichte der Linken und Arbeiterbewegung der Türkei

“Where else would you expect to find a world-class political genius than . . . prison? And I don’t use the word ‘genius’ lightly.”
—Peter Lamborn Wilson, author of Ploughing the Clouds and Sacred Drift

“Öcalan is the Gramsci of our time.”
—Tamir Bar-On, author of The World through Soccer and Beyond Soccer



Beyond State, Power, and Violence

Beyond State, Power, and Violence

SKU: 9781629637150
Author: Abdullah Öcalan • Foreword: Andrej Grubačić • Editor: International Initiative
Publisher: PM Press/Kairos
ISBN: 9781629637150
Published: 2/2020
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 800
Subjects: Political Science/History



Praise

“Öcalan’s works make many intellectuals uncomfortable because they represent a form of thought that is not only inextricable from action, but also directly grapples with the knowledge that it is.”
—David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years

“Öcalan’s writings written in captivity are thus in the tradition of the ideology of the PKK as a left national liberation movement, which also includes the claim to change their own society. However, Öcalan is apparently also one of those whose political thinking was sharpened by the forced abstinence from daily politics and who succeed in further developing their political thinking in captivity.”
—Thomas Schmidinger, author of The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds: Self-Determination and Ethnic Cleansing in the Afrin Region of Rojava

“Öcalan’s plea to build a strong and complex self-organized civil society without taking direct action against the state is similar to Zapatismo in Chiapas. . . . Finally, Karl Marx’s realization should be remembered: ‘An idea becomes material violence when it seizes the masses.’ And Abdullah Öcalan’s message has seized the masses in Kurdistan.”
—Nikolaus Brauns, historian and journalist, author of Partisanen einer neuen Welt: Eine Geschichte der Linken und Arbeiterbewegung der Türkei

“Where else would you expect to find a world-class political genius than . . . prison? And I don’t use the word ‘genius’ lightly.”
—Peter Lamborn Wilson, author of Ploughing the Clouds and Sacred Drift

“Öcalan is the Gramsci of our time.”
—Tamir Bar-On, author of The World through Soccer and Beyond Soccer



The Sociology of Freedom: Manifesto of the Democratic Civilization, Volume III

The Sociology of Freedom: Manifesto of the Democratic Civilization, Volume III

SKU: 9781629637105
Author: Abdullah Öcalan • Foreword by John Holloway • Translated by Havin Guneser • Edited by International Initiative
Publisher: PM Press/Kairos
ISBN: 9781629637105
Published: 02/2020
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 480
Subjects: Political Science/Sociology



Praise

“Öcalan’s works make many intellectuals uncomfortable because they represent a form of thought that is not only inextricable from action, but also directly grapples with the knowledge that it is.”
—David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years

“Öcalan’s writings written in captivity are thus in the tradition of the ideology of the PKK as a left national liberation movement, which also includes the claim to change their own society. However, Öcalan is apparently also one of those whose political thinking was sharpened by the forced abstinence from daily politics and who succeed in further developing their political thinking in captivity.”
—Thomas Schmidinger, author of The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds: Self-Determination and Ethnic Cleansing in the Afrin Region of Rojava

“Öcalan’s plea to build a strong and complex self-organized civil society without taking direct action against the state is similar to Zapatismo in Chiapas. . . . Finally, Karl Marx’s realization should be remembered: ‘An idea becomes material violence when it seizes the masses.’ And Abdullah Öcalan’s message has seized the masses in Kurdistan.”
—Nikolaus Brauns, historian and journalist, author of Partisanen einer neuen Welt: Eine Geschichte der Linken und Arbeiterbewegung der Türkei

“Where else would you expect to find a world-class political genius than . . . prison? And I don’t use the word ‘genius’ lightly.”
—Peter Lamborn Wilson, author of Ploughing the Clouds and Sacred Drift

“Öcalan is the Gramsci of our time.”
—Tamir Bar-On, author of The World through Soccer and Beyond Soccer



Capitalism: The Age of Unmasked Gods and Naked Kings (Manifesto of the Democratic Civilization, Volume II)

Capitalism: The Age of Unmasked Gods and Naked Kings (Manifesto of the Democratic Civilization, Volume II), Second Edition

SKU: 9781629637877
Author: Abdullah Öcalan • Preface: Radha D’Souza • Translator: Havin Guneser
Publisher: PM Press/Kairos
ISBN: 9781629637877
Published: 5/1/2020
Format: Paperback/Hardcover
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 384
Subjects: Political Science/Economics



Praise

“Öcalan builds upon the past insights to provide what is, in my opinion, the most succinct and most elaborate definition of democracy.”
—Andrej Grubacic, coauthor of Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History

“Öcalan presents himself as an outstanding expert on European intellectual history as well as the history and culture of the Near and Middle East. Against this background he reflects on the state of the international system and the conflict region of the Middle East after the collapse of real socialism as well as—very self-critically—the history of the PKK and his own political actions.”
—Werner Ruf, political scientist and peace researcher

“Öcalan is the Gramsci of our time.”
—Tamir Bar-On, author of The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of the Global Sport

“Öcalan’s works make many intellectuals uncomfortable because they represent a form of thought which is not only inextricable from action, but which directly grapples with the knowledge that it is.”
—David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years

“Öcalan’s writings written in captivity are thus in the tradition of the ideology of the PKK as a left national liberation movement, which also includes the claim to change their own society. However, Öcalan is apparently also one of those whose political thinking was sharpened by the forced abstinence from daily politics and who succeed in further developing their political thinking in captivity.”
—Thomas Schmidinger, author of The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds



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