KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 17 – 23 JUNE 2017

NEWS
1. Demonstrations for the freedom of Öcalan grow in Europe
2. Turkey and Syria prepare for an embargo and attack on Rojava
3. EP Foreign Affairs Committee adopts annual report on Turkey
4. Kurds prepare for G20 Summit protests in Hamburg
5. ‘Who can do that?’ Kurds forced out as Turkish city bulldozed 
6. Turkish intelligence MİT’s man in Germany spills
7. Turkey sends military reinforcements into Syria amidst intensifying clashes with Kurdish YPG
8. Turkey-backed Syrian rebels attack Kobane
9. A commander in SDF: our aim is liberating al-Raqqa
10. SDF vows to resist Syrian government attacks near Raqqa
11. Ilham Ahmad: Turkey is Qatar’s partner in supporting terror

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. The geopolitics behind race for eastern Syria
2. Kurds no safer after US shoots down Syrian jet
3. Turkey’s opposition head leads march for justice

4. Turkey: first criminal trial against journalists over attempted coup
5. Turkey: ARTICLE 19 submits expert opinion in the case of brothers, Ahmet and Mehmet Altan
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 9 – 16 JUNE 2017

NEWS
1. National Assembly of Québec in solidarity with jailed HDP MPs
2. “We were waiting for you, we knew you would save us”
3. Arabs also under the YBŞ roof in Shengal
4. What does Turkey want to do in Northern Syria?
6. Turkey sentences U.N. war crimes judge on ‘terrorism’ charges: Hague
7. Exhibition on Syrian Kurds closes after Turkish embassy intervenes
8. 1st Women Economy Conference started in North Syria
9. Revenge for Sinjar: Syrian Kurds Free Islamic State Slaves
10. Turkey confirms internal fight in Free Syrian Army
11. Coalition rejects UN claims of ‘staggering’ loss of civilian lives in Raqqa, blames ISIS for civilian suffering
12. Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of using water as weapon of war
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 1 – 8 JUNE 2017

NEWS
1. YPJ will be the leading force in the liberation of Raqqa
2. Raqa campaign cements rising profile of Syria’s Kurds
3. OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation visits HDP in Ankara
4. SDF’s Sılo: We are aiming to liberate Raqqa in a short while
5. UN: Turkey hinders our investigations in the South East
6. “We are deprived of our citizenship for exposing the atrocities”
7. Hunko: Is information received from İncirlik given to ISIS?
8. At least 111 Kurdish YPG fighters killed in recent attacks by Turkey, Islamists
9. Kurdish Death Row Prisoners in Letter Explain Unfair Trial, Detention in Iran
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 23 – 31 MAY 2017

NEWS
1. 177 page long indictment against DBP’s Tuncel tells PKK’s history
2. 43 more villages placed under curfew in Amed countryside
3. Letter from Gebze Prison: We are under torture!
4. Turkey: Kurdish Activist Arrested for Social Media Posts on Armenian Genocide
5. European politicians blocked, have their passports seized in Sur
6. KCK: Everyone should stand with Sur’s people against demolition
7. Kurds condemn UK terrorist attack
8. YPG accuses Turkey of intensifying attacks on Kurdish areas north Syria
9. Syrian Kurds seek alliance with Baghdad to end isolation
10. Turkey Recruits Thousands of Free Syrian Army Rebels to Fight Kurds
11. Pro-Kurdish HDP resents US support of Turkey
12. Defending Turks’ Free Speech A Top Priority For UCU
13. Award-winning novelist says Turkey turned into a concentration camp
14. Turkish family kept at Kiev airport for days at Turkey’s request
15. Kurdish militants kill five Turkish security force members: military
16. Mourning, fear after death of Iraqi Kurdish opposition leader
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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
20. Turkey targets Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria Continue reading

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