KURDISH WEEKLY NEWS BRIEFING, 1 – 9 JANUARY 2018

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1. People continue protesting in Iran and Rojhilat
2. Kurdish-led administration in Syria calls Iran protests ‘uprising against tyranny’
3. HDP Co-chair Kemalbay to AKP: Try and do your worst!
4. Thousands rally for Sakine, Fidan and Leyla in Paris
5. Five years on, Kurds march in Paris to demand justice for slain activists
6. MIT administrators arrested by the PKK
7. Turkish President Erdogan’s Paris visit slammed as ‘insult to Kurds’
8. Demirtaş’ message on the occasion of the 3rd Ordinary Congress of the HDP
9. A political purge by the judiciary
10. Pro-Kurdish footballer Deniz Naki shot at on German motorway
11. UK ‘inadvertently helped neuter’ Middle East ally the Iraqi Kurds
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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 20 – 30 DECEMBER 2017

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1. Demirtas: We must break the isolation on Ocalan
2. “Turkey is not Guantanamo”: Imprisoned politician Demirtas slams new prison uniform policy
3. 267 corpses exhumed: How far can Turkey’s ‘war on terror’ go?
4. People of Tabqa respond to Assad: We are all SDF fighters
5. 1570 youths joined the SDF, YPG and YPJ in one month
6. Are hit squads about to take aim at Turkey’s dissidents abroad?
7. Germany should investigate Turkish plans to attack opposition
8. Kurdish-led Syrian groups plan to attend Sochi talks: officials
9. Turkish police raid pro-Kurdish party’s İstanbul bureau, detain co-chairperson
10. Yüksekdağ: It is very clear that there is a hand applying pressure on my judicial case
11. Turkey’s problem with Syrian Kurds far from over
12. Iraqi Kurdish ministers resign amid violent protests
13. Iraq invites bids to build new Kirkuk pipeline to Turkey


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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING DECEMBER 2017

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1. The voice of Ocalan resonates in Latin America
2. International observers arbitrarily denied access to hearings
3. The Trial of Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtas
4. The case of Kisanak and Tuncel: Resistance and the theatrics of repression
5. Forty women killed in October 2017 in Turkey
6. Turkey ranks 105th out of 153 countries safe for women
7. Ummiye Kocak: A success story from the Turkish countryside to New York
8. Syria’s Arab, Kurdish women join forces to fight for future
9.  “The Rojava Revolution is a women’s revolution”
10.  YPJ calls on all women to turn every day into a day of struggle
11. Letter from Co-Chair of Turkey’s HDP on the Violent Treatment of Women
12. Why Kurdish Women Joined The Fight Against ISIS
13.  Democratic Federation of Northern Syria: ‘Women are the foundation of a free Society.
14. Why the Kurdish Fight for Women’s Rights Is Revolutionary
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 25 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER 2017

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1. Longest curfew in the world turns 2
2. Constitutional Court to assess Demirtaş’s appeal on December 6
3. Turkish police detain 75 in Cukurova region
4. Elections in Northern Syria in 5 questions
5. Balance sheet of attacks by the Turkish army against Rojava
6. Kurdish Party Favors Syrian Kurds’ Inclusion in Peace Talks
7. PKK celebrates its 40th anniversary in Medya Defense Zones
8. Left Party’s Schimke: Isolation on Öcalan is unacceptable
9. TEV-DEM: Our people will resist attacks and protect their gains
10. “The Rojava Revolution is a women’s revolution”
11. YPJ calls on all women to turn every day into a day of struggle
12. Trump tells Turkey’s leader: US to stop arming Syrian Kurds
13. Syrian Kurds ‘Determined to Retaliate Against Turkish Invasion of Afrin’
14. Efrîn Foreign Affairs Council’s statement on Turkish attacks

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 13 – 20 NOVEMBER 2017

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1. Gerry Adams: Ocalan should not be imprisoned
2. GUE/NGL Chair: An official delegation should visit Ocalan
3. BBC’s credibility at stake
4. “AKP wanted to use the KDP against Rojava and the PKK”
5.  One week of balance sheet in the Operation Cizire Storm
6.  Press conference on PKK ban in German Parliament
7. 704th appeal to visit Ocalan rejected
8. GUE/NGL Group Chair: Öcalan must be contacted
9. Indefinite sit-in by the CPT continues with resolve
10.  SDF: Turkish intelligence involved in the disappearance of Silo
11. Parliament: Kurds to withdraw from Iraqi political process uf calla for dialogue are ignored
12. The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 17 – 31 OCTOBER 2017


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1. Youth of Kurdistan starts “Rise Up!” campaign
2. Analysts: Turkey May Pay Heavy Price for Iraqi Kurdish Leader’s Resignation
3. Qadir: Barzani failed and should leave the office
4. Iraq’s Kurds Resume Pumping Oil by Pipeline to Turkish Port
5. Iran to lift border curbs with Iraq’s Kurdish region in coming days
6. Ankara, Moscow coordinate steps ahead of new round of Astana talks
7. ‘Isolation on Ocalan is equal to treason against the people’
8. Demonstration for Öcalan in front of the CPT on its third day
9. International Imralı Delegation requests urgent meeting with CPT
10. British fighter plays Ariana Grande song in Raqqa’s main square
11. Fierce clashes between SDF and ISIS in Operation Cizire Storm
12. SDF Commander: Liberation of Raqqa marks a new beginning
13. Peshmerga commander reveals details about Kirkuk attack
14. Iraq Turmoil Threatens Billions in Oil Traders’ Kurd Deals
15. Kurdish officials say thousands flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover
16. 11 activists, including local Amnesty International chiefs, on trial in Turkey
17. Turkey sees ‘village uprising’ as rural areas hit hard by liberal economic policies
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 9 – 16 OCTOBER 2017

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1. Bayık: Kurds should unite against alliances of the enemies
2. KNK Congress calls for support for Southern Kurdistan
3. Final resolution of Kurdish workshop in Den Haag released
4. KCK warns Ankara over security of Ocalan
5. Desperate IS mounts last stand in Raqqa
6. Syria war: Turkish forces set up positions in Idlib
7. The ‘era of heroes’ is not over yet: Raqqa
8. Deir ez-Zor Civilian Council’s call to the world
9. Massacre near Deir ez-Zor: 9 civilians killed, 43 others wounded
10. Suicide attacks kill Deir Az Zor refugees and Kurds
11. Sit-in in front of the CoE to conclude today with a rally
12. Panel discussion by Rojava officials in the Council of Europe
13. Sit-in in Strasbourg continues with new participants
14. PACE urges Ankara to release arrested MPs immediately
15. Books on Kurds banned in Turkey
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 26 SEPTEMBER – 2 OCTOBER 2017

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1. ‘It’s time that we shut our doors against foreign intervention’
2. SDF leader says “Law is clear”, they will never handover any land to the Syrian regime
3. ‘Kurds’ most powerful weapon against threats is national unity’
4. Barzan region is under the guerrillas’ protection
5. First YPG regiment declared in Aleppo
6. SDF seizes ISIS’ administration building in Raqqa
7. KCDK-E: Aksoy has always been in the forefront of the struggle
8. Damascus says Syrian Kurdish autonomy negotiable: report
9. “Communal elections the first step towards Free Syria”
10. Kurdish guerrilla captured alive and executed by Turkish soldiers
11. TURKISH OPPOSITION JOURNALIST, NEWSPAPER POSSIBLE CONTENDERS FOR NOBEL
12. The Kurdish Independence referendum does not undermine the fight against ISIS
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 18 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2017

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1. Öcalan’s lawyer: “We can only assume he is alive”
2. Demonstrations for Öcalan in Russia, Germany and France
3. Municipality of Pinerolo awards Öcalan with Honorary Citizenship
4. “History and memory detonated in Hasankeyf”
5. Co–chairs elected, 15 committees formed by Deir-ez-Zor Civil Council Election enthusiasm in Shehba
6. We condemn the Turkish state’s attack on Şêladizê in South-Kurdistan (Iraq)
7. Demonstration in 4 Swiss cities for the freedom of Öcalan
8. MİT agent exposed by the ANF on the parliamentary agenda
9. Brussels court rules that the PKK is not a terrorist organisation
10. Turkey: Observers Denied Entry To Opposition MP’s Trial
11. Erdogan’s Regime Puts Democracy On Trial
12. DRAINING THE SWAMP OF TURKISH MONEY AND INFLUENCE
13. MSD Co-chair: People of Deir ez-Zor ready to govern themselves
14. Rojava Revolution motivated by alternative questions and answers
15. Rojda Felat: Raqqa shall be fully liberated in 1.5 months
16. A thousand civilians rescued in Deir ez-Zor operation
17. Whose city is Kirkuk?
18. The evil triangle against the Kurds
19. Flooding the cradle of civilisation: A 12,000 year old town in Kurdistan battles for survival
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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING SEPTEMBER 2017

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1. Lawyer for jailed HDP politician Yuksekdag in Turkey: independent verdict would be a ‘miracle’
2. Turkey revokes passport of writer Aslı Erdoğan
3. Keskin: Without peace Turkey can’t be democratized
4. “It is a sacred duty for the YPJ to defend and free all women”
5. YPJ fighters: we will liberate all women
6. Female fighters plant flags in Raqqa center
7. Kurdish Women Take Up Arms to Fight Daesh on Iraqi Frontline.
8. Working as a nurse, she was imprisoned, flogged by IS
9. Women in al-Tabqa rapidly heading towards economic independence

10. Iran: Kurdish women stage a protest in Baneh
11. Life After ISIS Slavery for Yazidi Women and Children
12. Justice essential to help Iraqi victims of ISIL’s sexual violence rebuild lives – UN report
13. First course opened in Afrin Women Research Center
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