KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 01 – 15 MAY 2018

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1. Pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party Launches Election Manifesto
2. Human rights abuser Erdoğan is set for a rocky last day of his UK state visit
3. Turkey bans nine books on Kurds, ranging from genocide, Barzani, and Mahabad to Ezidi faith
4. State broadcaster gives AKP’s alliance 37 hrs, pro-Kurdish HDP 0 hrs of coverage
5. Erdogan faces protests in London
6. Reading protest: Kurdish teen ‘hurt in police clash’
7. Campaigners call for UK to act on rights as Turkish president arrives
8. Turkey, UK aim for $20 billion in trade volume, Erdoğan says
9. Joint operation by the SDF and Iraqi army at Iraq-Syria border
10. Body of Ezidi man murdered in Afrin found
11. Turkish invasion forces kidnap 5 more people from Afrin
12. Turkey Using Illegal Cluster bombs
13. EXCLUSIVE: UK has sold $1bn of weapons to Turkey since coup attempt
11 May 2018 / Middle East Eye
14. UK prepares to roll out the red carpet for Erdogan
15. Turkey arrests 150 soldiers in latest crackdown on coup network
16. PKK and Turkish army clash in Sidakan
17. Turkey opposition candidate visits jailed Kurdish leader
18. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit UK next week | The Independent
19. Critics demand Theresa May stand up to Turkish President Erdogan over human rights abuses
20. State of emergency must be lifted for ‘credible elections’ in Turkey, says UN rights chief
21. #Tamam trends in Turkey against President Erdogan
22. Rojava parties urge Kurdish unity in face of threats
23. Erdogan tells Turkish media to gloss over domestic abuse
24. Syria’s Kurds put IS on trial with focus on reconciliation
25. Erdoğan vows fresh military action against Kurdish militants
26. Turkey’s Erdogan vows new military border operations after Syria offensives
27. Turkey: Going for the guns
28. Turkish opposition parties unite against Erdoğan in elections
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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 20 – 30 APRIL 2018

NEWS
1. PYD Co-Chair: We’ll expel the Turkish invaders from Afrin
2. Turkish policy of Turkification and demographic change in Afrin
3. Luxembourg calls on NATO to discuss the Turkish invasion
4. Elderly man witnessed of brutal practice by Turkish gangs in his village
5. Syrian writer: Erdogan devotes dictatorship based on religious ideology
6. War crimes in Afrin: 58 people including 26 Êzidîs abducted
7. Turkey to hold snap elections on 24 June, says Erdoğan
8. Salih Muslim warns of ‘dangerous’ demographic change in Afrin, calls on UN to respond
9. Turkey: Cumhuriyet journalists and executives heavily convicted for changes in “editorial policy”
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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 04 – 19 APRIL 2018

NEWS
1. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: a dictator in all but name seeks complete control
2. KCK: Occupation and war policy will meet resistance
3. Asrın Law Office: “CPT should visit Imrali as well”
4. TEV-DEM co-chair: A new phase has begun in Syria
5. An organizer of September 11 attacks captured by YPG
6. Turkey’s anti-war protesters detained: ‘Everything is a crime’
7. HDP’s Buldan: Kurdish unity is a historic responsibility
8. PKK case heard in CJEU
9. EU warns of curtailing rights under Turkey’s state of emergency
10. Turkey wants to depopulate Kurdistan
12. Ferhat Tunç Prosecuted for ‘Commemorating Musa Anter’
13. Turkish attacks on southern Kurdistan continue
14. Families of Arrested Boğaziçi University Students: Stop Unlawfulness
15. I visited Kobanî and saw how UK-armed Turkey is trying to destroy our ally against Islamic State | Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle for Evolve Politics

16. British officials visit Syrian Kurdistan, vow solidarity with Kurdish authorities
17. British delegation calls Rojava ‘beacon of light’ on Syria visit
18. President of Iraq: ‘We are Fearful of an Afrin Operation Being Repeated in Shingal’
19. British delegation arrives in Rojava
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KURDISH WEEKLY NEWS BRIEFING, 1 – 9 JANUARY 2018

NEWS
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

NEWS
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

NEWS
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

NEWS
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


NEWS
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

NEWS
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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