KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 24 APRIL – 2 MAY 2017

NEWS
1. Thousands rescued in Tabqa operation head to SDF-held areas
2. Russia shows more support for Syrian Kurds after Turkish airstrikes
3. US forces patrol Syrian border amid clashes between Turkey and Kurdish militants
4. Tensions rise between Turkey, US along Syrian border
5. Turkey blocks Wikipedia under law designed to protect national security
6. EUTCC calls for the release of MPs and end to Öcalan’s isolation
7. The pressures on the democratic opposition in general, and on the HDP in particular continues
8. YPG: No attack of the Turkish state will go unanswered
9. PKK: Attacks on Rojava and Shengal will be retaliated in kind
10. Kurds to protest Turkish airstrikes in European capital
11. Is Turkey trying to disrupt Raqqa operation?
12. Turkish opposition lawmaker appeals to European court over referendum
13. Turkey’s Syria gamble: How far will Ankara go?
14. Syrian Kurdish delegation visits Japan for first time
15. Turkey deports foreigners working with Syrian refugees
16. Kurds Say Turkey Is Aiding Isis With Raids In Syria And Iraq
17. Iraq Angers Turkey, Qatar for Denouncing Attack, Payment to jihadists
18. US criticizes Turkey for striking Kurds in Iraq, Syria
19. Council of Europe downgrades Turkey as Erdogan bombs Kurds
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 11 – 18 APRIL 2017

 

NEWS
1. Statement by President Juncker, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn on the referendum in Turkey
2. Yes Vote in Turkey’s Referendum to Give President Unchecked Powers, Increase Rights Violations: UN Experts
3. HRW: Turkey Must Stop Persecution of Kurds, Unfair Trials, Crackdown on Media
4. Erdogan benefits from split in Turkish nationalist opposition
5. Karayılan calls on Kurds to support hunger strikes and vote ‘No’
6. Referendum violations across Turkey and North Kurdistan
7. “Yes” marked stamp given to voters in Ankara
8. Soldiers and village guards threaten the people during voting
9. AKP supporters kill a father and son in a village of Amed
10. Scandal in Muş: Village headman enters the booth with the voters
11. HDP to object to the ballots
12. AKP’s referendum violations and pressures continue
13. Turkey: Videos Show Electoral Fraud and Ballot Stuffing

OPINION, COMMENT, ANALYSIS
1. Erdogan’s referendum win no clean sweep
2.Turkey vote curtailed fundamental freedoms, say European observers
3. Turkey could be about to leap from division to despotism by Elif Shafak
4. Turkish referendum that is not
5. What will Turkey’s constitutional referendum mean for Kurds?
6. Intervention – “‘Democratic Confederalism is for Everyone’: Ethnographic Reflections on The Long March for Kurdistan and Öcalan”
7. The Real News: Trump Attack on Syria a Deadly Political Game
8. Interview Kurd Leader to Haaretz: Erdogan and Allies Seek Dictatorship via Turkish Referendum
9. Turkey – 2017 Referendum Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 4 – 10 APRIL 2017

NEWS
1. Sancar: The power balance will be reshaped after the referendum
2. Thousands join the ‘NO’ rally of the HDP in Istanbul
3. Pro-Kurdish HDP hold rallies ahead of Turkish referendum
4. KCK calls for mass demonstrations to support the prison resistance
5. Social democrats in Sweden launch campaign in solidarity with HDP
6. Danish MPs call on Turkey to release Kurdish politicians
7. British woman who went to fight ISIS in Syria goes on hunger strike – and says she’s ‘homesick’ for her stepmum’s cottage pie
8. Turkey not giving up on dirty plans against Rojava
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 21 – 27 FEBRUARY 2017

NEWS
1. Kongra-Gel: Death of Moosa, the ally of the oppressed, gives us pain
2. Reports on the atrocities in Cizre submitted to the UN Security Council
3. KCK’s Karasu: Xerabê Bava is Kurdistan, everyone must rise up
4. BREAKING: Major Human Rights Violations by Turkish Army against Kurds
5. Abdullah Ocalan: EU turns screw on Turkey over jailed PKK leader’s isolation
6. Turkish opposition MPs sit in jail as president seeks more power
7. PRESS RELEASE by the International Peace Delegation
8. HDP MP welcomes President Barzani advocacy in Ankara for their jailed leaders
9. What’s Happening in Xerabê Bava? We demand urgent information from reliable sources
10. Return to Kurdish peace process in Turkey unlikely: Experts
11. Pro-Kurdish HDP leader kicked out of Turkish parliament
12. HDP applies to ECHR over arrests of its leaders
13. Paris killings: Families file charges for the investigation to be reopened
14. Our journey to the front lines with the Islamic State
15. Syria ‘safe zones’ for refugees pose dangers for U.S. Alliances
16. Syria ex-Qaeda affiliate claims Homs attacks killing dozens
17. Top US commander for Middle East in secret Syria trip: SDF
18. US struggles to maintain two key allies in Syria: Kurds and Turkey
19. Turkey to invade Manbij if ‘US does not uphold promise:’ Defense Minister
20. Why Moscow now sees value in Syrian local councils Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 14 – 20 FEBRUARY 2017

NEWS
1. What’s Happening in Xerabê Bava? We demand urgent information from reliable sources
2. AKP is carrying out a fresh round of massacre in Kurdistan
3. PRESS RELEASE by the International Peace Delegation
4. International Delegation member: Öcalan’s ideas are important for peace
5. International delegation blocked from visiting HDP’s Demirtaş in prison
6. Kurds pledge to fight Turkey to retain Syria’s Manbij
7. Interests of Kurds unaffected by Russian-Iranian-Turkish cooperation in Syria
8. Turkish President Erdogan eyes Kurdish town in Syria
9. YPJ fighters in Aleppo: Conspirators lost, Öcalan and his ideas won
10. Kurds Call on Russia to Defend Syria’s Federalization on International Level
11. Russia plays Kurdish card as US, Turkey watch
12. Body of YPG fighter Ryan Lock greeted with ‘Martyrs Don’t Die’ slogan
13. Joint press conference by Rojava and Bashur officials in Moscow

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. It’s raining women in Rojava; Bread and Roses TV
2. Erdogan banks on motley crew of Syrian armed groups US not persuaded to ditch Syrian Kurds
3. What’s next for Turkish Kurds’ political movement?
4. Washington quietly rebuffs Turkish delegation’s anti-YPG efforts
5. Is Erdogan promising a ghost army in Syria?
6. Turkish daily scraps anti-referendum interview with Nobel laureate
7. The Press statement by SPOT: DEMOCRACY ON A KNIFE EDGE IN TURKEY
8. The Kurdish region since the coup attempt
9. We’re Ignoring the Best Bad Option for Syria Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 31 JANUARY – 6 FEBRUARY 2017

NEWS
1. Participants of the Long March cover 140 kilometers
2. Internationalist march for Öcalan’s freedom continues
3. 9000 HDP members detained, 2500 jailed in one and a half years
4. Referendum rush in the municipalities usurped by the AKP government
5. KCK vows to enhance resistance across Kurdistan
6. No solution for Kurds in Turkey except democracy and peace, says Ahmet Turk upon release
7. Venice Commission visits HDP in Ankara
8. U.K. parliament foreign affairs committee calls for return to Turkey-PKK peace process
9. Opinion poll: 58.2% will say ‘no’ in Turkey’s constitutional referendum
10. ‘Solution to Kurdish question in Turkey would solve refugee crisis’ opposition tells Merkel
11. Erdogan announces ‘bring along your neighbour’ campaign to boost tourism
12. Kurdish peace ambassador released in Turkey after increasing anger over his arrest
13. Rojava and disinformation
14. Commanders in the Raqqa operation: We will triumph
15. UN opposes creation of ‘safe zones’ in Syria
16. Rojava hosts over 15,000 Iraqi refugees who escaped violence in Mosul Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 24-30 JANUARY 2017

 

NEWS
1. 70 people from 13 countries to march to Strasbourg for Öcalan
2. HDP MP Altan Tan detained in Amed
3. Theresa May signs £100m fighter jet deal with Turkey’s Erdoğan
4. Western Leaders’ Silence Emboldens The Tyrant
5. Theresa May’s visit to Turkey is more evidence of her desperate search for trading partners to replace the EU at any cost
6. Statement on the proposed constitutional reform in Turkey by the Monitoring Committee
7. PACE concerned over Turkey’s revised constitution and referendum
8. Ocalan’s isolation is human rights violation: President of European Court of Human Rights
9. Journalist Demir Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison Over 2 Books of Her
10. International PEN Blocked by Gendarmerie
11. Syria’s new national security force pledges loyalty to Turkey
12. Is Ankara waking up to what Trump really represents?
13. Reconstruction work brings more gloom to southeast Turkey
14. HDP MP Mr Garo Paylan Was Suspended From The Parliament For 3 Days
15. Manbij Executive Assembly declared
16. Geneva peace talks over Syria conflict postponed
17. Russia denies proposing Kurdish autonomy in Syria
18. Syrian Democratic Forces condemn their exclusion from Astana peace talks
19. Syrian Kurds Present Draft Constitution for Federalist State
20. Syrian Kurds Rep Arrives in Moscow to Discuss ‘Syrian Project’ With Russian FM
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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING JANUARY 2017

In this issue we publish the video links from the successful Greenwich Conference of 10th December. Please see link below under videos.

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

NEWS

  1. Nesrin Ebdullah: We will Turn Kobane Into a Women’s City
  2. Peace Mother Sultan Azboy sentenced to 8 Years in Prison
  3. Female Kurdsih Fighters Announce New Training Acadamies fro Arab Women to Take on ISIS in Syria
  4. Two Arab Women Rescued From ISIS in Raqqa Operation Join the PKK
  5. France closes the case on the murder in Paris of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla
  6. Two women from Denmark send medical aid to Rojava
  7. Kışanak: We will build a colourful future through women’s solidarity
  8. Yezidi NGO resumes activities in northern Iraq after talks with Kurdish officials
  9. Kurdish HDP Co-Chairs Sentenced to 225 Years Collectively
  10. What happens to my children’s identity now?
  11. 300 Years Term Issued for Iranian Kurdish Inmates in 2016

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS

  1. Justice for Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez: Perpetrators Must Be Held to Account
  2. PAJK: we will hold conspirers accountable
  3. On This Day in 1919: Rosa Luxemburg Murdered
  4. Women’s Cooperatives: A glimpse into Rojava”s Economic Model.
  5. The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting Isis at the same time.
  6. The story of the ‘Angel’ who took on ISIS

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 1-8 JANUARY 2017 NEWS

1. Thousands in Paris: We won’t allow the case to be covered up
2. KCK: We will bring the perpetrators of Paris massacre to justice
3. Êzidîs call upon the PKK and the world
4. The Yazidi Forces will defend the Yazidis against Turkey and Barzani!
5. KCK: Peshmergas’ visit to Qandil is a response to Turkish occupation
6. 4 DBP Co-Mayors Arrested, Trustee Appointed to Ömerli Municipality
7. Turkey ousts 6 Kurdish language professors in Artuklu University
8. Call from TİHV for Editors-in-Chief Hearing to be Held on January 11
9. 9 HDP Executives Including İstanbul Co-Chairs Arrested
10. Turkey’s war on Syrian Kurds under scrutiny
11. Syria citadel near Raqqa captured by US-backed Kurds
12. 12. Brits travelling to Syria to fight ISIS should not be treated as terrorists, says foreign fighter
13. Former soldier under threat from extremists after trying to join Kurds against Islamic State
14. Turkey needs Russia, Iran to fight threats: Pundit

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. Turkey Keeps on Bombing the Kurds as it Smiles to the World
2. The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting Isis at the same time
3. The Reina atrocity shows how deeply Islamic fanaticism has taken hold in Turkey
4. Turkey: Winner or loser in Syria?
5. Turkey: DAF, anarchist newspaper Meydan #35 — ‘we are being cornered’ (tr)
6. Journalism On Trial In Turkey
7. Turkey and the Alevis
8. Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists
9. Controlling the Narrative on Syria by Louis Allday
10. MAKING AN EXAMPLE OUT OF INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS WHO COVER SYRIA

PIK – WOMEN ALLIANCE
1. JUSTICE FOR SAKINE CANSIZ, FIDAN DOGAN AND LEYLA SAYLEMEZ
THE PERPETRATORS MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNT
2. Acceptance Speech by Mozn Hassan (Nazra for Feminist Studies) for the 2016 Right Livelihood Award
3. Women’s Alliance News Briefing December 2016
4. Message of solidarity for January 9th, Day of Common Action Against Political

CAMPAIGNS, EVENTS
1. Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan – Media Release: Police action risks criminalising a community
2. Unity of Democratic Forces Protest and march on 15 January 2pm: Unite against Fascism in Turkey!

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 24 – 31 DECEMBER 2016

NEWS

  1. Foza Yusif: Federalism protects the interests of all Syrian people
  2. On the road to Raqqa: Kurds close in on Islamic State’s Syrian capital
  3. Syrian Kurds Set to Approve New Govt Blueprint for Autonomy
  4. Final declaration of the Federal System Constituent Assembly conference
  5. Kurds and Damascus meet over tensions, future of Rojava
  6. Russia, Turkey, Iran eye dicing Syria into zones of influence
  7. ‘Rojava’ no longer exists, ‘Northern Syria’ adopted instead
  8. Kurdish-led SDF forces expel ISIS from key town west Raqqa, kill over 50 jihadists
  9. Constitution Draft Passed in Parliament
  10. Necmiye Alpay, Aslı Erdoğan, Zana Kaya Released
  11. Journalist Ahmet Şık Taken Into Custody
  12. Pro-Kurdish HDP party co-chair arrested in Ankara
  13. Roboski, 5 years ago
  14. IHD meeting on Roboskî: Perpetrators have been protected

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. Rojava leader: Turkey cannot stop Kurds from advancing in Syria
  2. Can Syrian Democratic Council play unifier in postwar Syria?
  3. Would Putin accept Turkish buffer zone in Syria?
  4. Has PKK reached impasse in Turkey, Syria?
  5. Time to Get Tough on Turkey
  6. A Murder in Ankara
  7. Prominent U.S. ‘Journalist’ in Syria Serves as Mouthpiece for Violent Extremists

 REPORT
Report on Women in Local Administrations and Appointment of Trustees to the Municipalities

 ACTION
1. NEW! Limited edition Kurdish Struggles 2017 Calendars
2. Petition: CALL FOR THE RELEASE OF STUDENTS ARBITRARILY DETAINED IN TURKEY -Still open for signatures.

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