This weekend the Moral Economy’s Firat, Nawaz and Andrew attended the New World Summit in Utrecht, Netherlands. The title of the Summit was “Stateless Democracy”, and naturally Democratic Confederalism was an overarching theme. Guest speakers from all over the world, from parliamentarians to artists to activists gathered to share their experiences and visions for a new world. On the third day of the Summit the Moral Economy got a chance to sit down with two of the guests, Nancy Hollander, best known for her representation of Mohamedou Ould Slahi who wrote the bestseller Guantanamo Diaries during his ongoing detainment in Guantanamo Bay, and Dilar Dirik, activist with the Kurdish Women’s Movement and a PhD candidate in Sociology at Cambridge.
Nancy Hollander is a partner of the firm Freedman, Boyd, Hollander, Goldberg, Urias & Ward P.A. since 1983. Her practice is largely devoted to criminal cases, including those involving U.S. national security issues. Hollander has been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures and administrative hearings, and served as a consultant to the defense of a high profile terrorism case in Ireland. She also represents two prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, one of which being Mohamedou Ould Slahi, whom she assisted in publishing his bestseller “Guantanamo Diaries” (2015). Furthermore, she is lead counsel for whistleblower Chelsea Manning on appeal. In her 2010 article “A Terrorist Lawyer, and Proud of it” she warned that in the light of the War on Terror “Those who are shouting the loudest today to limit the rights and protections available to my clients include some who may find themselves on the other side of the law in the future.”
Dilar Dirik is an activist of the Kurdish Women’s Movement and a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department of the University of Cambridge. Her work examines the role of women’s liberation in articulating and building freedom in Kurdistan. The Kurdish Women’s Movement has been prominent from the early days of the Kurdish resistance. Rejecting the state as a patriarchal, imperialist and capitalist construct, the women’s movement and their development of Jineology (a women-centered science paradigm) formed a key factor in developing the philosophy and practice of stateless democracy in Bakûr and Rojava. She regularly writes on the Kurdish freedom movement for the international audience.
Tune into the podcast to hear what they have to say!
The Moral Economy would also like to proudly announce that it is hosting its very own conference this March, called the First Moral Economy Congress. The Congress will take place from the 11th to the 13th of March in Pisselberg, outside of Hamburg, Germany. Registration officially ended on the 31st of January, but as there are still a few places available we are extending the deadline until Friday, the 5th of February, especially for those interested people whom we met at the New World Summit.
Visit our website for more details: http://www.mainstreamidea.com/me/2016/01/18/first-moral-economy-congress/
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