Anarchism in Turkey and Rojava: Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF) on anarchism in the Middle East by the DAF

Published by Bastard Press

English – 20 pages

Original publication date: 2015, this edition 2017.

From the cover: The DAF (Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet – Revolutionary Anarchist Action) are an anarchist group located in Turkey, based in Istanbul. For close to a decade they have been working in labour issues, women’s struggles, economic theory and radical
schooling. They publish a newspaper, Meydan, that is distributed in over twenty cities in Turkey and Kurdistan, and run several urban anarchist communes in Istanbul. The DAF have been in solidarity in the Kurdish revolution since its inception and several members participated in the military defence of Kobane, and the rebuilding and social and economic work afterward.

This pamphlet collects two interviews with the DAF on the issue of Rojava and Kurdish liberation, on anarchism today in Turkey, and an article by DAF member Huseyin Civan.


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coverEkmek, adalet, özgürluk! Anarchism in Istanbul by David Kimball

Published by Bastard Press

English – 28 pages

First published by Bastard Press, 2013.

Ekmek, adalet, özgürluk! (Turkish for ‘Bread, justice, freedom!’) contains two interviews with Turkish anarchists. The first is with members of the anarchist-communist group Kolektif 26A, who have operated an anti-capitalist commune in Istanbul for five years, working and living together while pushing back the state and capital and socialising the concepts of anarchism.The second discusses the struggle of anarchist women in Turkey, arguably the most patriarchal state on the European continent, and the efforts to claim  equality against active state oppression and misogynistic custom and tradition and to build a movement  that is simultaneously anti-gender hierarchy and anti-capitalist yet inclusive and communitarian. Ekmek, adalet, özgürluk! is both an introduction to the praxis of anarchism in Turkey and a discussion of the complexities being grappled with outside the Western sphere of anarchism.

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Peasant Resistance of Bergama and Anarchism by Unknown.

Unknown publisher.

14 pages – English

Originally published circa 1998.

A look at the local resistance to the Eurogold mining company in western Turkey in the late nineties, from a particularly anarchist point of view, drawing parallels to the EZLN resistance in Chiapas.

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Fundamentalism, Nationalism and Militarism in Turkey
by the 5th May Group
Feminism in Turkey
by Mine Ege

24 pages – English

Original publication date: 1998

Two essays in one pamphlet. The first looks at major events and the major parties involved in the militarism of the Turkish republic, which was founded by military leader Kemal Ataturk in 1923. The second examines the rise of Turkish feminism in the nineteen eighties and the political situation that surrounded it at the time and during the nineties.

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