Labour’s Brexit policies are “very clear to anyone who has actually read it”, says Baroness Blower

8 December 2019|Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Journalist Alaettin Sinayic speaks to Baroness Christine Blower who has been recently appointed to the House of Lords. They discuss the upcoming general elections as well issues being overshadowed by the constant reference to Brexit, such as health, social care, education, climate justice and the ‘Green New Deal’. She also said that while members of the press may not get what Labour’s Brexit policies are about they are in fact “very clear to anyone who has actually read it”. A Corbyn government will seek to renegotiate the current deal, which the Baroness called “terrible”. Following which there would be another referendum within six months with the newly negotiated “better deal” with a “soft Brexit” or “remain”.

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Green Party member Jean Lambert discusses Brexit, Turkey’s invasion of Syria and the general election

8 December 2019|Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Journalist Alaettin Sinayic and former Green Party executive chair Jean Lambert spoke about the upcoming UK general elections, Brexit, and the Turkish invasion and occupation of North East Syria. Lambert explained that the political structure of the UK has contributed to a dysfunctional Brexit policy and negotiations.

Jean Lambert has been an active member of the UK Green Party since 1977 and was Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England and Wales from 1992-93 and 1998-99. She was chair of the Green Party Executive in 1994. She has been London’s Green MEP from 1999-2019. Jean has a close working relationship with community groups, NGO’s, trade unions and policy makers across the capital.

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Resisting censorship in Turkey

This timely meeting took place on 30 November at the Free Word Centre in London. Peace in Kurdistan, like Pen, is determined to keep a focus on  what is happening in Turkey and to not allow the mass violations  to happen under the cover of the currently more newsworthy invasion of  North East Syria.

The situation for writers and journalists  in Turkey continues to deteriorate and independent media has been all but wiped out and at least 117 journalists are behind bars, making Turkey the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.

The audience heard stories of writers, artists and activists from Turkey who continue their work despite mounting pressure to self-censor. Award-winning writer Burhan Sönmez, investigative journalist Nurcan Baysaland lawyer Gökhan Ahiwill shared experiences of being harassed and imprisoned for their work, and discussed how people in Turkey remain determined to speak out in the face of censorship. The event was
moderated by author, journalist, translator and Chair of English PEN Maureen Freely

Peace in Kurdistan

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Patrons: John Austin, Baroness Blower of Starch Green, former GS NUT, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn MP,  Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director,  Jill Evans MEP, Desmond Fernandes, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Christopher Gingell, Rahila Gupta, Nick Hildyard, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert, Elfyn Llwyd, Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Ali Gul Ozbek, Former Councillor and Mayor of Haringey; Gareth Peirce, Dr Felix Padel, Maxine Peake, actor, Trevor Rayne, writer, Lord Rea, Joe Ryan, Tony Simpson, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Stephen Smellie, Jonathan Steele, Steve Sweeney, Gianni Tognoni, General Secretary Permanent People’s Tribunal, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward MEP, Hywel Williams MP.

 

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(VIDEO) Lindsey German Speaks About Co-founding Stop the War Coalition, the Iinvasion of Iraq, and Turkish State Repression

9 November 2019|Lindsey German and Alaettin Sinayic

Convening Chair of Stop the War Coalition Lindsey German sat down with Kurdish journalist Alaettin Sinayic to discuss  the founding of the StWC, the illegal invasion of Iraq, and the policies of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They also discuss the potential of a further conflict with NATO and Russia as a result of the Turkish invasion of Syria as well as the “NATO project” more generally and plans of future demonstrations against NATO.

(VIDEO) Dr. Thomas Jeffery Miley Discusses Turkish State Violence, Kurdish Resistance, and Democratic Confederalism

8 November 2019|Alaettin Sinayic

Cambridge University Professor and author Dr. Thomas Jeffery Miley speaks with Journalist Alaettin Sinayic about Turkish state violence, Kurdish resistance and the philosophy of “democratic confederalism” which has been adopted by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the PYD in Syria for the better part of twenty years.

(VIDEO) ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan Speaks Out on Brexit, a Possible Corbyn Government, and Turkey’s Invasion of Rojava

14 November 2019|ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan with Alaettin Sinayic

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) General Secretary Mick Whelan interviewed by Journalist Alaettin Sinayic. Whelan commented on Brexit, austerity, the importance of having a Labour government and Turkey’s invasion and attacks to North East Syria. He also explains that the 139 year old union campagned against “fascism”, “racism”, and “self-determination”.