*PRE-ELECTION SPECIAL* KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 09-13 JUNE 2018

NEWS, OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

1. Turkey and UK battle to save fighter jet project
2. Selahattin Demirtaş and Human Rights in Turkey’s Elections
3. Demirtas offers to withdraw from Turkey’s presidential race
4.Letter by HDP’s Imprisoned Yüksekdağ: Women Will Overcome Threshold of Oppression
5. Erdogan slams Ince visit to Diyarbakir after promising Kurdish education
6. The truth about Kurdish politics
7. Supporters campaigning for pro-Kurdish presidential candidate detained
8. Tweets from Demirtaş on Erdoğan’s claims on Kobani protests
9. Erdogan’s party accused of ordering deadly Isis suicide bombing
10. Ahval reveals a top secret EU report: ”AKP commissioned ISIS for Ankara Massacre”
11. Turkish opposition leader appeals to Corbyn from prison
12. Erdogan calls for his Kurdish rival to be tried ‘quickly’

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NEWS, OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

1. Turkey and UK battle to save fighter jet project
13 June 2018/Financial Times via Rapid News Update
Turkish officials demand that Rolls-Royce shares sensitive technology. High-level ministerial discussions attempt to resolve issue
https://on.ft.com/2t4ALRQ[Paywall]
http://rapidnewsupdate.com/turkey-and-uk-battle-to-save-fighter-jet-project/

 2. Selahattin Demirtaş and Human Rights in Turkey’s Elections
12 June 2018/Washington Kurdish Institute
Presidential candidate, Selahattin Demirtaş, the former co-chair of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) is running a limited campaign because he is forced to operate out of a high-security prison cell. Demirtaş is allowed to run because he has yet to be convicted of a crime, something President Erdoğan of the ruling Justice and Development Party is trying change by urging courts to speed up his Kurdish rival’s trial.
http://dckurd.org/2018/06/12/selahattin-demirtas-and-human-rights-in-turkeys-elections/

 3. Demirtas offers to withdraw from Turkey’s presidential race
12 June 2018/Rudaw
Jailed presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas challenged Turkey’s incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan to share his latest string tweets regarding the October 2014 Kobane events, offering to withdraw from the race “for the sake of Erdogan.”
http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/12062018

 4.Letter by HDP’s Imprisoned Yüksekdağ: Women Will Overcome Threshold of Oppression
12 June 2018/Bianet English
In a letter she wrote in Kandıra Prison, HDP’s imprisoned former co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ has said, “It is the women who will overcome the threshold of oppression”.
https://bianet.org/english/women/198115-letter-by-hdp-s-imprisoned-yuksekdag-women-will-overcome-threshold-of-oppression

 5. Erdogan slams Ince visit to Diyarbakir after promising Kurdish education
12 June 2018/Rudaw
The main opposition party leader for president, Muharrem Ince, visited the largely Kurdish town of Diyarbakir.. Muharrem Ince, the presidential candidate for the Republican People’s Party. Ince promised that Kurdish issues would be solved and second languages (including Kurdish) would be taught in schools if he were president. Current President Erdogan slammed Ince’s visit to Diyarbakir.
http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/120620181

 6. The truth about Kurdish politics
11 June 2018/Hurriyet Daily News
I was in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır last week with a group of journalists upon the invitation of the Islamic conservative Felicity Party (SP). It was a great chance to observe the mood there ahead of the forthcoming elections.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opinion/nuray-mert/the-truth-about-kurdish-politics-133086

 7. Supporters campaigning for pro-Kurdish presidential candidate detained
11 June 2018/Ahval
Supporters of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) in a campaign vehicle bearing images of jailed presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş were detained by police on Monday while the vehicle was towed to the parking lot of a police headquarters nearby, left-wing newspaper Evrensel reported.
https://ahvalnews.com/2018-elections/supporters-campaigning-pro-kurdish-presidential-candidate-detained

 8. Tweets from Demirtaş on Erdoğan’s claims on Kobani protests
11 June 2018/ HDP (People’s Democratic Party)
Presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş has responded Erdoğan’s claims about the 6-8 October Kobani protests through his Twitter account (@hdpdemirtas). Please find below English translation of his tweets.
http://www.hdp.org.tr/en/english/news/news-from-hdp/tweets-from-demirtas-on-erdogans-claims-on-kobani-protests/12120

 9. Erdogan’s party accused of ordering deadly Isis suicide bombing
11 June 2018/Morning Star Online
A Turkish news agency claims it obtained a classified EU intelligence report saying ‘there is reason to believe… forces within [Erdogan’s party] commissioned’ the attack
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/erdogans-party-accused-of-ordering-isis-bomb-attack-which-killed-over-100

 10. Ahval reveals a top secret EU report: ”AKP commissioned ISIS for Ankara Massacre”
10 June 2018/Ahval
An EU’s official intelligence body EUINTCEN report suggests the 10 October 2015 suicide bombing of a peace march, may have been committed on the orders of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party. 109 civilians were killed and 500 injured, when a bomb blew up in a crowd largely of leftists and Kurdish sympathisers, in the deadliest terrorist attack in modern Turkish history.
https://ahvalnews.com/terrorism/ahval-reveals-top-secret-eu-report-akp-commissioned-isis-ankara-massacre

 11. Turkish opposition leader appeals to Corbyn from prison
09 June 2018/Morning Star Online
Jailed People’s Democratic Party (HDP) presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas has appealed to Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for support, inviting him to Ankara as a guest of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition party. In an exclusive interview Demirtas answered questions in a handwritten letter via his lawyers.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/turkish-opposition-leader-appeals-to-corbyn-from-prison

 12. Erdogan calls for his Kurdish rival to be tried ‘quickly’
06 June 2018/i24 News International
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Sunday for the courts to “quickly” try his jailed Kurdish rival who has been campaigning for this month’s presidential elections from his cell.
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/176866-180611-erdogan-calls-for-his-kurdish-rival-to-be-tried-quickly

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