KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 27 September – 3 October 2014

DEMONSTRATION TOMORROW!

“Resistance and defence of Kobanê is the resistance and defence of humanity”

Saturday 4th October, 1pm
Gather outside Whitehall for a march through central London

Come and join the Kurdish community in solidarity – defend the Rojava Revoultion!

NEWS
1. ISIS Advances On Syria’s Kobani Despite U.S. Coalition Airstrikes
2. Kobane Defense Minister Ismet Hasan Warns About a Massacre in Kobane
3. Islamic State siege of Syrian town threatens Turkey’s Kurdish peace
4. Turkey’s PKK peace process ‘at risk’ from Syria crisis
5. HDP welcomes government’s progress on Kurdish resolution
6. Abdullah Ocalan: Kobane Decisive For Peace Process!
7. Refugees Flood Turkish Border as Islamic State Steps Up Attacks on Syrian Kurds
8. ‘Their fight is our fight’: Kurds rush from across Turkey to defend Kobani
9. Kurds Outraged as Turkey Closes Border to Volunteers for Kobane Fight
10. Kurdish hunger strikers stage protests seeking support against Isis jihadis
11. Syrian Kurdish leader fears Kobani massacre if weapons don’t arrive
12. Turkey provides ISIL with lifeline: Expert
13. Demirtaş asks government to aid Kurds in fight against ISIL
14. 200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane
15. Cheering Kurdish forces engage ISIS militants in dramatic firefight in a besieged town on the Syrian-Turkish border
16. ISIS behead captured Kurds in Syria
17. The amazing (and bizarre) homemade Kurdish armor fighting ISIS in Syria
18. Interview With YPG Commander On The Attack On Kobanê And Its Objectives
19. Israeli intelligence created ISIL-type groups: Rickard
20. Kurdish troops, backed by U.S. aircraft, recapture key town on Syrian border
21. PYD delegation holding meetings at PACE

COMMENT, OPINION AND ANALYSIS
22. Solidarity With Kobanê – An Urgent Task
23. The Mirage of ISIS, by David Morgan
24. In the Rubble of US Imperialism: the PKK, YPG and the Islamic State
25. Turkey and the PKK: How to deal with Syria’s Kurds
26. Western blind spot: the Kurds’ forgotten war in Syria
27. An analysis of the International coalition intervention led by the USA
28. Sexualized violence in Iraq: how to understand and fight it
29. The Female State – Behind the scenes on the frontline
30. These Remarkable Women Are Fighting ISIS. It’s Time You Know Who They Are
31. Divided Kurds fight the Islamic State
32. The Defense of Kobani
33. The experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) has proved that people can make changes
34. Turkey: Help Regime Change in Syria, & We Help You ‘Degrade and Destroy ISIL’
35. Multiple blessings for Kurds (2)
36. The British Muslim Women Making A Stand Against Isis
37. Does NATO’s Outgoing Head Have Kurdish Skeletons in His Closet?
38. The 4th New World Summit – Stateless States, Brussels
39. 2nd Kurdish Conference, Washington DC: “The New Kurdish Reality in the Middle East: Perils, Prospects and Possibilities”

ACTIONS
40. Kurds to go on hunger-strike in front of 10 Downing Street
41. “Rojava needs the West’s help”

STATEMENTS
42. HDP: Solidarity Call For Kobanê
43. HDP statement on recent developments in Rojava

REPORTS
44. Human Rights Watch: Turkey’s Human Rights Rollback

NEWS

1. ISIS Advances On Syria’s Kobani Despite U.S. Coalition Airstrikes
2 October 2014 / Huffington Post
Turkey’s parliament authorized the government on Thursday to order military action against Islamic State as the insurgents tightened their grip on a Syrian border town, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey.
The vote gives the government powers to order incursions into Syria and Iraq to counter the threat of attack “from all terrorist groups,” although there was little sign any such action was imminent.

2. Kobane Defense Minister Ismet Hasan Warns About a Massacre in Kobane
2 October 2014 / Mutlu Civiroglu
According to reports last night, Kobane is about to fall, or there is a possibility it might fall. What is the situation now?
Yes it is true. Generally, the clashes are ongoing in the surrounding areas of Kobane. The clashes that started 18 days ago are still continuing. ISIS is attacking Kobane with all its force and heavy weaponry. We only have light arms. We are fighting with Kalashnikovs and RPGs. This is the situation as of now, and they have not been able to enter Kobane until now. We are defending Kobane. They have surrounded Kobane on all sides but we are defending the city. They are attacking us with their artillery and tanks.

3. Islamic State siege of Syrian town threatens Turkey’s Kurdish peace
26 September 2014 / Reuters
The siege by Islamic State militants of a largely Kurdish Syrian border town has become a rallying point for Turkey’s Kurds, not just against the Sunni insurgents but against the Turkish state, endangering a fragile peace process with Ankara.
Fuelled by suspicions that Turkey is supporting the Sunni Muslim militants, the Kurds have clashed at Mursitpinar in Turkey with security forces who have fired water cannon and tear gas partly in a bid to prevent them joining the fight across the border in the Syrian town of Kobani.

4. Turkey’s PKK peace process ‘at risk’ from Syria crisis
28 September 2014 / BBC News
A top Kurdish politician has warned that Turkey’s peace process with the Kurds risks collapsing in the face of Islamic State (IS) attacks on the Kurdish Syrian border town of Kobane. Speaking to the BBC from Brussels, a leading member of the Kurdistan National Congress, Adem Uzun, said that Turkey had been helping Islamic State militants in their attacks against Syrian Kurds.

5. HDP welcomes government’s progress on Kurdish resolution
1 October 2014 / Hurriyet
The government’s move to endorse the ongoing Kurdish resolution process by establishing a new body has been welcomed by Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), who held a meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Oct. 1. “We deem this a positive step. We believe taking practical steps in line with this move will be to the advantage of the resolution process,” Demirtaş told reporters following the meeting. “We, as the HDP, will support the process through moves both inside and outside of Parliament.”

6. Abdullah Ocalan: Kobane Decisive For Peace Process!
2 October 2014 / Kurdish Question
The HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) delegation has released a statement about the details of the meeting they had with the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan in Imrali island prison yesterday. According to the delegation, Öcalan recalled the fact that the Kobanê reality and the resolution process were an indivisible whole, and called on everyone to defend “this democratic journey and struggle for humanity that has cost everybody a lot”. Öcalan said the current critical process witnessed quite significant developments and knife-edge times for not only the region but the future of humanity.

7. Refugees Flood Turkish Border as Islamic State Steps Up Attacks on Syrian Kurds
28 September 2014 / New York Times
Shelling intensified Sunday on Kobani, the Syrian town at the center of a region of Kurdish farming villages that has been under a weeklong assault by Islamic State militants, setting fire to buildings and driving a stream of new refugees toward the fence here at the border with Turkey.
The extremist Sunni militants have been closing in on the town from the east and west after moving into villages with tanks and artillery, outgunning Kurdish fighters struggling to defend the area. The Kurds fear a massacre, especially after recent Islamic State attacks on Kurdish civilians in Iraq. More than 150,000 people have fled into Turkey over the past week.

8. ‘Their fight is our fight’: Kurds rush from across Turkey to defend Kobani
26 September 2014 / Guardian
In the village of Yumurtalik, just over two miles west of the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish side of the border, picnic blankets dot a pistachio orchard; groups of men and women sit around eating and chatting. Some distribute flatbreads, olives and cheese, while others stand at the edge of a field, pointing at the barbed wire that separates the two countries.
“This border has no meaning for us,” says Rahman, 40. “We are all of the same blood. The pain in Kobani is our pain, and their fight is our fight.” Every now and then the thuds of missiles can be heard in the distance. The frontline between Islamic State (Isis) and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (PYD) has steadily crept closer to Kobani over the past week.

9. Kurds Outraged as Turkey Closes Border to Volunteers for Kobane Fight
30 September 2014 / Rudaw
Kurdish activists expressed outrage as the Turkish military began preventing any young person from crossing the border to fight Islamic militants in Syria, where Kurdish forces have been fighting to save the city of Kobane. Turkish troops were out in force in Mursitpinar, on the Turkish-Syrian border that abuts Kobane.
“Kobane’s fall means Kurdistan’s fall,” said Ferhat Encu, a 29-year-old Turkish-Kurd from Sirnak. ”We can’t sit here and just watch. I’m trying to get into Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan), but the Turks have blocked the border,” said Encu, who was a frontier guard before leaving to fight for Kobane earlier this month. He returned for a break, and now cannot go back.

10. Kurdish hunger strikers stage protests seeking support against Isis jihadis
1 October 2014 / Guardian
Members of the Kurdish diaspora have been staging protests and hunger strikes around the world in support of calls by Kurdish leaders in Syria for weapons to help their forces fighting Islamic State (Isis) in the besieged border town of Kobani, where they fear a massacre if support does not arrive soon.
While Kurds have taken to the streets of European cities, those in Britain have initiated a hunger strike close to the gates of Downing Street as part of a campaign calling for the UK to provide Kurdish forces with advanced weapons.

11. Syrian Kurdish leader fears Kobani massacre if weapons don’t arrive
30 September 2014 / Al Arabiya
A Syrian Kurdish leader called on Tuesday for Western states to provide weapons to his forces fighting Islamic State in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, warning that his fighters were outgunned and risked massacre if help did not arrive soon.
Saleh Muslim, head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which has close links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey, said that his calls for arms had so far been rebuffed by the United States and European nations, blaming Turkey for obstructing his efforts.

12. Turkey provides ISIL with lifeline: Expert
22 September 2014 / Press TV
Press TV has conducted an interview with Zayd al-Isa, Middle East expert from London, about Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) calling on all Kurdish fighters to cross into Syria to defend the city of Kobani against the advancing ISIL militants.
What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: How do you feel about this statement coming out of the PKK? Certainly it seems to hit the mark on the head in the sense that Turkey has been supporting ISIL and now all these refugees are running into Turkey because of what it has done in Syria?
Al-Isa: Well it is hugely important and highly significant particularly that comes from the PKK who have been involved with intense ongoing negotiations with Turkey to sort out and deal with the issue of the Kurds within Turkey.

13. Demirtaş asks government to aid Kurds in fight against ISIL
30 September 2014 / Hurriyet
People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Selahattin Demirtaş has called on the Turkish government to support Kurds in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as he crossed the border to visit Kobane on Sept. 30. Demirtaş called for strong action against ISIL from the Turkish government, saying this would help the peace process at home with outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants.,” he said.

14. 200 Turkish intellectuals call for help to Kobane
27 September 2014 / Hurriyet
Two hundred Turkish academics, writers and civil society activists issued a statement on Sept. 27, calling on the Turkish people as well as all international organizations, especially the United Nations, to take a strong position in defense of Kobane, which has been under siege of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.
It goes onto say: “It could not be overlooked that political calculations of Turkey had also a role in the development of this monstrous political formation created by the hegemonic powers, the USA in particular…The ISIL assault on Kobane marks the intersection of the regional crisis and domestic conflicts in Turkey. Turkish government could not absolve itself of its political responsibilities by providing humanitarian aid to the people of Kobane fleeing from ISIL.”

15. Cheering Kurdish forces engage ISIS militants in dramatic firefight in a besieged town on the Syrian-Turkish border
27 September 2014 / Daily Mail
Determined Kurdish forces have been striking back against advancing ISIS militants in a besieged town on the Syrian-Turkish border.
In a dramatic firefight taking place this evening, the forces could be seen advancing onto the ridgeline occupied by ISIS extremists near the Kurdish town of Kobani.
Dozens of Kurdish spectators gathered just metres away to cheer on the fighters in a chorus of deafening shouts and applause, as red flares from tracer bullets propelled across the darkening sky.
Footage of the live firefight was filmed from the Turkish side of the embattled border, which has been under attack from ISIS extremists for the past ten days.

16. ISIS behead captured Kurds in Syria
1 October 2014 / Daily Star
Activists say ISIS militants have beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, including three women, captured in clashes near the Syria-Turkey border.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that the nine Kurds were captured during fighting over the northern Syrian town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab.
There have been fierce clashes around Kobani since mid-September, when ISIS launched an assault to seize the area.

17. The amazing (and bizarre) homemade Kurdish armor fighting ISIS in Syria
28 September 2014 / RT
Irregular armed forces have to rely on their ingenuity to arm themselves. And while rifles and mortars can be bought on the black market, getting hold of a tank or two can be a bit tricky. But you can always make a DIY version with your own hands.
At least that’s what fighters of the Kurdish militias in northern Syria do. Called People’s Protection Units, or YPG, they have been dedicated to protecting Kurds from whatever the three-year-long war in the country may throw at them. Lately it’s been the Islamic State, the terrorist group that proved to be worthy of being bombed by America itself.

18. Interview With YPG Commander On The Attack On Kobanê And Its Objectives
28 September 2014 / Rojava Report
A member of the YPG Rojava General Command Meysa Ebdo sat down with journalist Ersin Çaksu in an interview for Özgür Gündem which appeared yesterday. Ebdo was speaking on the font in Kobanê, where the YPG continues to resist an ongoing ISIS offensive against the canton which began on September 15th. The YPG commander called the ISIS attacks a crime against humanity, and pointed her finger at international and regional powers, in particular Turkey, who are supporting ISIS in their attempt to destroy the canton. Ebdo made it clear that Kobanê would not fall to ISIS and that the Kurds would not allow the Turkish military to enter into the area to form a buffer-zone. Below is a transcript of the interview, translated into English.

19. Israeli intelligence created ISIL-type groups: Rickard
24 September 2014 / Press TV
Press TV has conducted an interview with Scott Rickard, a former American intelligence linguist, from Orlando, to discuss the Israeli involvement in the ongoing crisis in Syria.
Press TV: Are you surprised at all when you see this footage of ISIL militants actually upgrading in Golan Heights ?
Scott Rickard: I am not surprised. Israel is probably one of the most secretive and hush-up participants in this incredible criminal warfare on Syria. As you said they bombed Syria three times last year. They downed the Syrian aircraft today, yesterday on your time. In fact, these individuals have been tremendously involved.

20. Kurdish troops, backed by U.S. aircraft, recapture key town on Syrian border
30 September 2014 / McClatchy DC
Kurdish militia have captured a strategic border town on the route between the Islamic State-held cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq as part of a three-front offensive launched to retake territory lost to the group over the summer, Kurdish officials said Tuesday. The offensive, which was described as “limited” by a Kurdish security official, was supported by the heaviest anti-Islamic State coalition airstrikes in a week, with warplanes flown by the United States and its alliesstriking at least 20 targets — including the first strikes by British planes since Parliament approved military action in Iraq.

21. PYD delegation holding meetings at PACE
30 September 2014 / Hawar News
The attacks of ISIS gangs on the Kobanê canton of Rojava (West Kurdistan) is on the agenda of the Council of Europe. The PYD delegation, including its co-chair Salih Muslim, will be holding meetings at the Council of Europe for the whole week. Following the attacks of ISIS on Iraq and South Kurdistan, the Council of Europe has changed the title of the discussion from “The attacks of ISIS against the Christians” to “Attacks on humanity: The attacks of ISIS in Syria and Iraq”.

COMMENT, OPINION AND ANALYSIS

22. Solidarity With Kobanê – An Urgent Task
1 October 2014 / Socialist Resistance
The city of Kobanê in Aleppo province, northern Syria, is being heroically defended against ISIS by local people and by the People’s Protection Units (still mainly Kurdish but including Arabs and Assyrians). A high proportion of the fighters are women, mainly young but also middle-aged, and some Free Syrian Army forces who have moved to Kobanê are also fighting there, but the defenders have no heavy artillery and only a few home-made armoured vehicles, while ISIS have all the heavy weaponry and vehicles they captured in the summer from the Iraqi army and possibly from the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party), as well as weapons and vehicles given them by their sponsors. ISIS is able to shell heavily from great distances, and have concentrated most of their Syrian forces round Kobanê, so for some days the situation has been critical, although the defenders are very determined and seem to be just about coping.

23. The Mirage of ISIS, by David Morgan
October 2014 / Live Encounters
David Morgan explains why the US-led campaign against ISIS ultimately lacks integrity and its aims lack credibility. Kurds are on the front- line against ISIS but not all Kurds are equally favoured by the West.
Undeniably the Islamic State or ISIS presents a great danger, especially to non-Sunni minorities and women in the Middle East, and the group has demonstrated that it is capable of committing the most heinous and ruthless crimes that sicken all normal feeling people. Nevertheless, the rhetoric raising the alarm of its “imminent threat” to the world issued from the mouths of Western politicians seems much exaggerated and overblown. Interestingly, when addressing the UN General Assembly, US President Obama claimed that Russian aggression in Europe posed an even greater threat to world peace than ISIS. He cannot have it both ways; either ISIS is an existential and unique threat sufficiently menacing to warrant waging war or it isn’t.

24. In the Rubble of US Imperialism: the PKK, YPG and the Islamic State
25 September 2014 / Zabalaza
The mainstream news has been filled with stories about the horrors being committed by the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and how the United States (US) ruling class and their state supposedly want to stop this for humanitarian reasons. What has not been widely covered in the corporate and state controlled media, however, is why the IS came to exist; the real reasons for the US state’s new round of intervention in the Middle East; and how the US state wants to isolate and likely destroy the only two forces that have been effective in fighting against the IS: the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

25. Turkey and the PKK: How to deal with Syria’s Kurds
4 October 2014 / Economist
A SENIOR commander of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a rebel group that has been fighting for Kurdish self-rule inside Turkey since 1984, declared on September 21st that the Ankara government had until October 1st to meet several conditions. “Otherwise we may resume our war,” said Cemil Bayik at the PKK’s headquarters in the Qandil mountains in northern Iraq. On October 1st the government duly issued a directive that lets unspecified observers monitor its peace talks with Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned PKK leader (pictured on the flag). A long-running PKK demand was thus fulfilled and an 18-month-old, mutually observed, ceasefire salvaged. But for how long?

26. Western blind spot: the Kurds’ forgotten war in Syria
29 September 2014 / OpenDemocracy
The current narrative from Cameron and Obama is simple: the head-chopping Islamic State is a threat to all of humanity, so western forces need to return to the Middle East. Yet this narrative is far from supported by the empirical evidence. Non-existent weapons of mass destruction and non-existent Islamic fundamentalist jihadists were used to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by George Bush and Tony Blair. Iraq was transformed from secular totalitarianism to chaos: in turn, chaos and opposition to occupation seeded a jihadist movement.

27. An analysis of the International coalition intervention led by the USA
1 October 2014 / International Viewpoint
In recent weeks we have seen the establishment of an USA led International coalition also composed of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan to launch a joint military operation, on Syrian territory, with the tacit support of the Assad regime as we will see, against Daech (also known as the Islamic State (IS)).
Several levels of analysis are needed to understand the dynamics of this intervention.

28. Sexualized violence in Iraq: how to understand and fight it
29 September 2014 / OpenDemocracy
In July 2014, whilst catching up with an older Iraqi male friend, he surprised me by saying: “ISIS, is going to rape even more women than were raped in Yugoslavia, particularly Shi’a women”. I was stunned because as a secular, previously staunchly non-sectarian Iraqi he had apparently bought into sectarian propaganda about the danger posed by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). At the time, the threat of sexual violence from ISIS was played up heavily by Nouri al-Maliki, then prime minister. After ISIS and other Sunni militants took the city of Mosul on 10 June 2014, Al-Maliki and his allies tried to rally Shia Iraqis, using the threat of sexualized violence as a form of sectarian aggression.

29. The Female State – Behind the scenes on the frontline
September 2014 / 60 Minutes
A 60 Minutes special programme following the women fighters of the YPJ in Rojava.

30. These Remarkable Women Are Fighting ISIS. It’s Time You Know Who They Are
October 2014 / Marie Claire
There’s a group of 7,500 soldiers who have been fighting an incalculably dangerous war for two years. They fight despite daily threats of injury and death. They fight with weapons that are bigger and heavier than they are against a relentless enemy. And yet they continue to fight. They are the YPJ (pronounced Yuh-Pah-Juh) or the Women’s Protection Unit, an all-women, all-volunteer Kurdish military faction in Syria that formed in 2012 to defend the Kurdish population against the deadly attacks lead by Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, the al-Nusra Front (an al-Qaeda affiliate), and ISIS.

31. Divided Kurds fight the Islamic State
2 October 2014 / European Council on Foreign Relations
The rise of the Islamic State (IS) is dangerous for Kurds across the region. For over a year, the group has fought deadly battles over territory with Kurds in Syria; now it threatens to undo the hard-won security of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, deepening the latter’s dependence on external powers and putting it on the back foot. IS is also having a significant impact on intra-Kurdish rivalries, strengthening the hand of Abdullah Öcalan, head of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), over that of Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, who heads the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

32. The Defense of Kobani
27 September 2014 / Jerusalem Post
This week witnessed the second determined attempt by Islamic State forces to destroy the Kurdish enclave around Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) city in northern Syria. Kobani is one of three autonomous enclaves maintained by the Kurds in Syria.
As of now, it appears that after initial lightning advances, the progress of the jihadis has been halted; they have not moved forward in the last 24 hours. The arrival of Kurdish forces from across the Turkish border is the key element in freezing the advance.

33. The experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) has proved that people can make changes
1 September 2014 / Anarkismo
What you read below is the experience of my visit, for a couple of weeks in May this year, 2014, to the North-East of Syria or Syrian Kurdistan (West of Kurdistan) with a close friend of mine. Throughout the visit we had the total freedom and opportunity to see and speak to whoever we wanted to. This includes women, men, youth, and the political parties. There are over 20 parties from Kurdish to Christian, of which some are in the Democratic Self Administration (DSA) or Democratic Self Management (DSM) of the region of Al Jazera. Al Jazera is one of three regions, (cantons) of West Kurdistan. We also met the Kurdish and Christian political parties who are not in the DSA or DSM.

34. Turkey: Help Regime Change in Syria, & We Help You ‘Degrade and Destroy ISIL’
29 September 2014 / Kurdistan Tribune
Turkey, the only Muslim NATO member, bordering both Iraq and Syria, is more reluctant than ever and more than any other nation—big and small—to take military action against the Islamic State—despite calls by its NATO ally, the United States and its regional strategic partner, Kurdistan Region.
The Islamic State kidnapped 49 Turks, including diplomats and children, from the Turkish consulate in Mosul on June 11 as they took control of the city in a lighting advance. Just a week later, the Turkish government, based on a court ruling, imposed a media blackout on the hostage crisis arguing that any coverage would endanger lives.

35. Multiple blessings for Kurds (2)
1 October 2014 / Todays Zaman
I dwelt in my previous article on three major events that helped promote the Kurdish cause (Today’s Zaman, Sept. 24). In the present article I will examine a fourth event that contributed to the promotion of the same cause and especially its effects on the implementation of Turkey’s latest “Kurdish Opening Package,” adopted by the Turkish Parliament on July 10 (Law on Ending Terror and Strengthening Social Integration).
The fourth blessing for Kurds came with the dire need for fighters to dislodge the “Islamic State” (IS), as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) now calls itself, from the territories it controls in northern Iraq and Syria. The Kurds turned out to be best suited for this task.

36. The British Muslim Women Making A Stand Against Isis
30 September 2014 / Morning Star
LOOKING at a huge, rather beautiful poster of a young Muslim woman wearing a vivid Union Jack hijab, I know I’m not in standard leftie territory — and that’s before Theresa May pops in to press the flesh.
Not many media launches are both timed to coincide with the school run and surrounded by heavy security either. But Sara Khan is used to doing things differently.
Khan is the driving force behind new anti-extremism group Making a Stand, launched last week in Whitehall.

37. Does NATO’s Outgoing Head Have Kurdish Skeletons in His Closet?
29 September 2014 / Telesur
In just a few days Anders Fogh Rasmussen will leave NATO’s top civilian job, but questions remain over how he secured the position in the first place, write Ryan Mallett-Outtrim and Chris Spannos. The secret story of how the outgoing head of the most powerful military alliance landed his job “has everything,” according to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
“It has the Kurds. It has the destruction of an entire TV station. Corrupt deals between intelligence agencies and the judiciary. The corruption of a Scandinavian country, Denmark. And the head of that country, the prime minister, doing a corrupt deal to get his job,” Assange told teleSUR English in an exclusive interview.

38. The 4th New World Summit – Stateless States, Brussels
30 September 2014 / Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
From 19 – 21 September politicians, activists, academics, artists and philosophers gathered at the New World Summit in Brussels to rethink the concept of ‘state’. Founded by visual artist Jonas Staal, the New World Summit uses the space of art to develop parliaments for stateless politics. This fourth summit took place inside the Royal Flemish Theatre, giving voice to twenty stateless states within a specially built parliament arena.

39. 2nd Kurdish Conference, Washington DC: “The New Kurdish Reality in the Middle East: Perils, Prospects and Possibilities”
26 September 2014 / KurdList
Organised by the HDP representation in the US, the second Kurdish conference included sessions on Developments in the Iraqi Kurdistan and the plight of Ezidis; The Kurdish Situation in Syria: A Democratic Model for the Future; The Peace Process in Turkey; he United States, the Kurds, and the Future of the Middle East. You can watch the whole event online here.

ACTIONS

40. Kurds to go on hunger-strike in front of 10 Downing Street, Press Release. 29 September 2014.

41. “Rojava needs the West’s help” Letter to the Evening Standard, 30 September 2014.

STATEMENTS

42. HDP: Solidarity Call For Kobanê, 2 October 2014.

43. HDP statement on recent developments in Rojava, 3 October 2014.

REPORTS

44. Human Rights Watch: Turkey’s Human Rights Rollback, 29 September 2014.

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