KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 29 JULY 2019 – 20 AUGUST 2019

NEWS

  1. We will not be silenced, we will not be stopped
  2. Öcalan calls for sacrifice for unity among Kurds
  3. HDP deputies Günay and Paylan meet Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
  4. Germany sells 216 million euros of military equipment to Turkey
  5. 15th August 1984 – more than a military offensive
  6. German state’s war crimes in Kurdistan
  7. “South Kurdistan parties must not fall into Turkey’s trap”
  8. Turkey accused of extensive links to former Isis fighters

 OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. PKK’s Karayılan: We base on Öcalan’s orders and instructions
  2. Syrian Kurdish commander sets conditions for safe zone talks with Turkey
  3. A Syria Safe Zone Will Create More Problems Than It Solves
  4. Salih Muslim: The path to solution passes through Imralı
  5. Behind the Lines: Shane Bauer Travels to Syria to Uncover America’s Role in the Syrian War
  6. Remembering the Treaty of Lausanne
  7. Öcalan’s Strategic Success on Imralı
  8. Rojava Revolution – seven years on
  9. Can Syrian Kurds’ offer unlock door to compromise with Turkey?
  10. Turkey’s Kurdish problem—predicting Ankara’s next steps
  11. Various Players Maneuver For An Uncertain Future In Syria
  12. Might US-Turkish relations become like Israeli-Turkish ones?
  13. Turkish journalists facing unprecedented surge of physical assaults
  14. Sarah Glynn: Hope Vs fascism in Syria and Iraq

STATEMENTS

  1. Peace in Kurdistan: Celebrating 15 August 1984
  2. Statement from Abdullah Öcalan
  3. A forest for internationalist martyrs of the Rojava Revolution
  4. Letter to UK Foreign Secretary on Hasankeyf and the Ilisu Dam
  5. Trade unionists’ letter to the Home Secretary: Don’t Criminalise International Solidarity – Border Security Act 2019

ACTIONS, CAMPAIGNS

  1. Weʼre raising £1,000 to UK Freedom for Ocalan Trade Union Campaign

BOOKS

  1. Sakine Cansiz
  2. The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts
  3. (UPCOMING) Building Free Life: Dialogues with Abdullah Öcalan will be published in English in September 2019

CULTURE/ARTS/EVENTS

  1. “Don’t Criminalise Solidarity – CAMPACC Event on Vimeo

 

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NEWS

1. We will not be silenced, we will not be stopped

19 August 2019 | Peoples’ Democratic Party, Central Executive Board

“Our Municipal Co-chairs, who were elected with 63% of the vote in Diyarbakır, 56% of the vote in Mardin and 53% of the vote in Van, have been removed from duty with an Interior Ministry order based on lies and unlawful grounds. A severe operation of detentions targeting our municipal council members and employees continues at this moment.”

https://www.hdp.org.tr/en/english/statements/we-will-not-be-silenced-we-will-not-be-stopped/13404

2. Öcalan calls for sacrifice for unity among Kurds

16 August 2019|ANF

Kurdish People’s leader Abdullah Öcalan called for sacrifices to be made for unity among Kurds.Abdullah Öcalan’s brother Mehmet Öcalan went to the Imrali Island on August 12 for an Eid visit and spoke to the Mesopotamia Agency (MA) afterwards. Mehmet Öcalan said he was able to visit Imrali 3 times since 2016 and that the recent Eid visit lasted an hour.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/Oecalan-calls-for-sacrifice-for-unity-among-kurds-36944

3. HDP deputies Günay and Paylan meet Mothers of Plaza de Mayo

16 August 2019|ANF

HDP Mardin MP Ebru Günay and Amed MP Garo Paylan are on a tour in Latin America.

HDP deputies Ebru Günay and Garo Paylan met with the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina. During the march that takes place every Thursday in Plaza de Mayo, Günay and Paylan greeted the members of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, and then walked with Nora Cortiñas, of Mothers of Plaza de Mayo – Founding Line.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/hdp-deputies-guenay-and-paylan-met-mothers-of-plaza-de-mayo-36937

 4. Germany sells 216 million euros of military equipment to Turkey

16 August 2019|ANF

Turkey is Germany’s third best non-EU customer, coming in after China and Russia.

The German government announced that the country sold 216 million euros worth of military equipment to Turkey last year.Germany sells military equipment for both civilian and military use, in what they call “dual use”.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/germany-sells-216-million-euros-of-military-equipment-to-turkey-36942

5. 15th August 1984 – more than a military offensive

15 August 2019|ANF

“The dynamic and well-organized liberation struggle under the leadership of the PKK is now present and alive in all parts of the world. Wherever there are Kurds, there is also the spirit of the PKK.”

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/15th-august-1984-more-than-a-military-offensive-36926

6. German state’s war crimes in Kurdistan

14 August 2019|ANF

German-made poison gases and chemical weapons have been used in wars in Kurdistan throughout the last century, not just in the Dersim massacre in 1938. The involvement was proven time and time again, but the German state always remained silent.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/german-state-s-war-crimes-in-kurdistan-36900

7. “South Kurdistan parties must not fall into Turkey’s trap”

11 August 2019|ANF

In addition to military attacks, one of the central strategies of the Turkish state is to foment conflicts within the Kurds and to prevent Kurdish unity. HDP politician Zeyyat Ceylan warns the parties in southern Kurdistan of this trap.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/south-kurdistan-parties-must-not-fall-into-turkey-s-trap-36853

8. Turkey accused of extensive links to former Isis fighters

8 August 2019|Morning Star

An explosive new report has revealed extensive links between senior members of the Isis death cult and Nato member Turkey, including claims that intelligence services helped jihadists cross into Syria to commit alleged war crimes against Kurds. The database, published today by the Rojava Information Centre (RIC), draws on information gathered from jihadist Telegram messaging groups and local intelligence sources provided by the foreign ministry of North Eastern Syria.

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/turkey-accused-of-extensive-links-to-former-isis-fighters

 OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

1.  Karayılan: We base on Öcalan’s orders and instructions

17 August 2019|ANF

“Our people should rest assured that the guerrilla will defeat AKP’s intelligence and technology and will win,” said Murat Karayılan of the PKK. Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Executive Committee Member and People’s Defense Central Headquarters (HSM) Commander Murat Karayılan spoke to Stêrk TV about Abdullah Öcalan’s recent remarks and the situation in the guerrilla war. Highlights from the interview with the top guerrilla commander are as follows.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/pkk-s-karayilan-we-base-on-Oecalan-s-orders-and-instructions-36962

2. Syrian Kurdish commander sets conditions for safe zone talks with Turkey

15  August 2019|Al Monitor

The Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces stated in an interview that a proposed safe zone between Turkey and Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria must cover the full length of the border between them. A senior SDF official speaking on condition of anonymity because of the delicate nature of the topic told Al-Monitor, “The reason the agreement needs to encompass the whole border is because otherwise Turkey will continue to threaten unilateral action against the territories that fall outside it”.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/08/syrian-kurdish-commander-conditions-us-turkey-safe-zone.html#ixzz5wsiSvNet

3. A Syria Safe Zone Will Create More Problems Than It Solves

12 August 2019|The National Interest

After months of stalemate, Turkey and the United States have agreed to establish a joint operations center to coordinate efforts to carve out a safe zone stretching more than 250 miles along Syria’s northeastern border with Turkey. Down the road, however, disagreements will flare up. For any deal in northeastern Syria to work, it has to provide a sustainable solution to U.S. and Turkish security interests and address Kurdish concerns. The current agreement fails on all counts.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/middle-east-watch/syria-safe-zone-will-create-more-problems-it-solves-72961

4. Salih Muslim: The path to solution passes through Imralı

11 August 2019|ANF

PYD politician Salih Muslim commented on the latest statements by PKK founder Abdullah Öcalan and called for the Turkish state to address the proposed solutions of the Kurdish thought leader. Muslim considers the visits by the Kurdish leader’s lawyers on Imrali Prison Island to be very important and positive, stating that; “The Kurdish people are demanding that Öcalan’s views are paid attention to”.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/features/salih-muslim-the-path-to-solution-passes-through-imrali-36841

5. Behind the Lines: Shane Bauer Travels to Syria to Uncover America’s Role in the Syrian War

8 August 2019|Democracy Now

In May of 2018, award-winning reporter Shane Bauer set out to Syria to find answers. The result is his groundbreaking, 30,000-word investigation published in the June issue of Mother Jones, where Bauer is a senior reporter. He recently visited our New York studio to discuss his work.

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/8/8/behind_the_lines_shane_bauer_travels?utm_source=Democracy+Now%21&utm_campaign=2ab76601fa-Daily_Digest_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-2ab76601fa-190239665

6. Remembering the Treaty of Lausanne

6 August 2019|Washington Kurdish Institute

With their ancestral homeland split between four modern states – Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey – the Kurdish people have been subject to a century of subjugation and suffering due to treaties signed by the old colonial powers. These treaties transferred power to a new set of oppressors, a group of colonizers with their own history in the region.

https://dckurd.org/2019/08/06/remembering-the-treaty-of-lausanne/

7. Öcalan’s Strategic Success on Imralı

5 August 2019|ANF

On May 2, 2019, Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers had contact with their client for the first time since almost eight years. Mahmut Şakar talked to Civaka Azad about his experience of being the attorney for the Kurdish People’s Leader.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/features/Oecalan-s-strategic-success-on-imrali-36721

8. Rojava Revolution – seven years on

1 August 2019|Green Left

July 19 marked the seventh anniversary of northern Syria’s Rojava Revolution. On that day in 2012 the nascent People’s Protection Units (YPG) took control of the Kurdish-majority city of Kobanê. The outnumbered forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad surrendered and were allowed to depart (without their weapons). Other Kurdish cities and towns in the north were soon liberated as well.

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/seventh-anniversary-rojava-revolution

9. Can Syrian Kurds’ offer unlock door to compromise with Turkey?

31 July 2019|Al Monitor

The Syrian Kurds have offered Turkey a 5-kilometer-deep buffer zone that would see the pullut of Kurdish forces and heavy weaponry, without seeking the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Afrin, but only that of aligned militia.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/07/turkey-syria-united-states-kurds-have-offer-for-safe-zone.html#ixzz5vlEGwarI

 

10. Turkey’s Kurdish problem—predicting Ankara’s next steps

31 Jul 2019|Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Since the renewal of hostilities between the Turkish government and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) forces in mid-2015, following a two-year ceasefire, the conflict has claimed around 4,500 lives, adding to approximately 40,000 casualties since the 1980s. Although the PKK bears responsibility for breaking the ceasefire, Turkey has since pursued an escalating campaign of offensive military operations against Kurdish groups in Turkey and neighbouring Iraq and Syria. Ankara has also re-instituted oppressive security controls targeting Kurds and renewed repression of Kurdish language, culture and identity.

https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/turkeys-kurdish-problem-predicting-ankaras-next-steps/

11. Various Players Maneuver For An Uncertain Future In Syria

31 July 2019|Lobe Log

Washington continues to support, at least on paper, the problematic Geneva talks of 2012 aimed at bringing about a political solution between the regime and the opposition, but this failed process has been overtaken by the Astana talks (supported by Russia, Iran, and Turkey) that are focused on changes to the Syrian constitution, which would presumably pave the way for a political settlement. Without a more active US diplomatic role, it is hard to see how Washington will be a major player in Syria’s future—though non-involvement may well be Trump’s true intention.

https://lobelog.com/various-players-maneuver-for-an-uncertain-future-in-syria/

12. Might US-Turkish relations become like Israeli-Turkish ones?

31 July 2019|Rudaw

Addressing senior Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials in Ankara on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated “Whoever is on the side of Israel, let everyone know that we are against them.” The United States most definitely appears to be on the side of Israel, so does this mean that Turkey stands against America? The government’s anti-Americanism reflects public opinion in Turkey, which was not very favorable to the U.S. even before the AKP came to power. Turkish nationalist opposition parties, including the new IYI (Good) Party, appear no different on this matter. Turkish leftist parties likewise have no love for America or Israel.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/analysis/30072019

13. Turkish journalists facing unprecedented surge of physical assaults

25 July 2019|Index on Censorship

Turkey’s freedom of the press was curbed after the attempted military coup in July 2016, when over 150 media outlets were shut down. Many journalists working in Kurdish territory were subject to physical violence and threats, and Rohat Aktaş, a journalist who covered the Kurdish-Turkish conflict in the town of Cizre, was killed. While physical attacks on media workers have become rare in recent years, eight assaults have been documented in May and June 2019. This surge has raised concerns about the continuing pressure on media professionals in the country.

https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2019/07/turkey-physical-violence-report/

14. Sarah Glynn: Hope Vs fascism in Syria and Iraq

24 July 2019|Commonspace

Last Friday [19 July] was the seventh anniversary of the Rojava revolution, when the Kurds established autonomous control in northern Syria. For almost the entire time that they have been building an alternative society, based on a feminist, multicultural, grassroots democracy, they have also had to fight for survival against external attacks. Now, again, their Democratic Federation of North East Syria faces existential danger.

https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/14523/sarah-glynn-hope-vs-fascism-syria-and-iraq

STATEMENTS

1.Peace in Kurdistan: Celebrating 15 August 1984

15 August 2019|Peace in Kurdistan

For Kurdish people the 15 August is celebrated as the Day of Resurgence and Resistance. On 15 August 1984, Liberation Units of Kurdistan, led by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), with its guerrilla commander Mahsum Korkmaz, launched the armed struggle for freedom.  This was six years after the founding of the PKK.

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2019/08/19/9991/

 2. Statement from Abdullah Öcalan

9 August 2019|International Inititative

On 7 August 2019, lawyers from Asrın Law Office traveled to İmralı Island Prison to meet with their client Abdullah Öcalan. Following this consulation, Asrın Law Office released a statement detailing the discussion they had with Öcalan.

http://www.freeocalan.org/news/english/ocalan-statement-august-2019

3. A forest for internationalist martyrs of the Rojava Revolution

8 August 2019|ANF

“With this forest we want to create a living monument that will flourish and take root like the ideals of the martyrs of the Rojava revolution.”

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/a-forest-for-internationalist-martyrs-of-the-rojava-revolution-36785

4. Letter to UK Foreign Secretary on Hasankeyf and the Ilisu Dam

8 August 2019|ANF

“Dozens of associations, groups, academics, journalists from the UK wrote to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP to express their concer about the future of Hasankeyf. The 12,000-years site is going to be flooded when the Ilisu Dam will become operational.

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign is among the promoters of the initiative.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/letter-to-foreign-secretary-the-ilisu-dam-a-critical-juncture-36801

5. Trade unionists’ letter to the Home Secretary: Don’t Criminalise International Solidarity – Border Security Act 2019

26 July 2019|Freedom for Ocalan

In a joint letter to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, senior trade union officials oppose any Home Office decision to make Kurdish-run North-East Syria a “designated area” under the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019. Under such a designation, anyone visiting the region could face up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine or both. They urge the Homes Secretary “Don’t criminalise international solidarity.”

https://freedomforocalan.org/border-security-act-2019/

ACTIONS, CAMPAIGNS

1. Weʼre raising £1,000 to UK Freedom for Ocalan Trade Union Campaign

17 August 2019|Freedom for Ocalan

As part of this the campaign team is running 10km on 21st of September 2019 to raise funds to support the UK based Freedom for Öcalan Campaign – ‘The Time has Come!”

Please give generously! Please share widely!

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/freedom-for-ocalan-10k-september?utm_id=60&utm_term=K4x3KMGPg

BOOKS

1. Sakine Cansiz

Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:00|Pluto Press|

The Mosaic Rooms, Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, London, SW5 0SW

The Mosaic Rooms and Pluto Press are delighted to host the launch for Sara: Prison Memoir of a Kurdish Revolutionary the second instalment in the gripping memoir by Sakine Cansiz, which chronicles the Kurdish revolutionary’s harrowing years in a Turkish prison, following her arrest in 1979 at the age of 21.

https://www.plutobooks.com/events/sakine-cansiz/

2. The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts

11 July 2019|Bloomsbury

Based on unprecedented access to Kurdish-governed areas of Syria, including exclusive interviews with administration officials and civilian surveys, this book – by Harriet Allsopp and Wladimir van Wilgenburg – sheds light on the socio-political landscape of this minority group and the various political factions vying to speak for them.

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-kurds-of-northern-syria-9781838604455/

3. (UPCOMING) Building Free Life: Dialogues with Abdullah Öcalan will be published in English in September 2019

September 2019| International Initiative

Book Published about the Thought of Abdullah Öcalan

A new book entitled Building Free Life: Dialogues with Abdullah Öcalan will be published in English in September 2019 by PM Press. The book features a collection of essays from thinkers, activists, and academics from around the world discussing the thought of Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish freedom movement.

http://www.freeocalan.org/news/english/book-published-about-the-thought-of-abdullah-ocalan

CULTURE, ARTS/EVENTS

1. “Don’t Criminalise Solidarity – CAMPACC Event on Vimeo

In the wake of the panic caused by British citizens travelling to northeast Syria to join ISIS, and the terrorist threat they may pose upon their return, the British government rushed through the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019. Panellists discussed the new offence of entering or remaining in a “designated area” overseas. The crime would apply to UK nationals and residents, with a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, a fine or both. The Act imposes a presumption of guilt upon defendants, who have the onus to provide a reasonable excuse for their presence.

https://vimeo.com/354511401?ref=em-share

 

 Peace in Kurdistan

Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question

Email: estella24@tiscali.co.uk

http://www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com

Contacts Estella Schmid 020 7586 5892 & Melanie Gingell – Tel: 020 7272 7890

Fax: 020 7263 0596

Patrons: John Austin, Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn MP,  Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director,  Jill Evans MEP, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Rahila Gupta, Nick Hildyard, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert MEP, Elfyn Llwyd, Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, International Coordinator, Green Party of England and Wales; Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Gareth Peirce, Maxine Peake, Lord Rea, Joe Ryan, Stephen Smellie, Steve Sweeney, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward MEP, Hywel Williams MP.

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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

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

NEWS BRIEFING August 2019

REMEMBERING SHENGAL 5 YEARS ON.

1.Yazidi women ‘ready to fight’ to avoid repeat of massacre
2.Women of Shengal: We have organized to avoid further massacres
3. YPJ: We reiterate our pledge to avenge Yazidi women
4.TJK-E calls on women to join demos for Shengal on 3 August
5. PKK’s intervention in Shengal
6. Following genocide, Shengal reinvented itself anew
7. Events all over the world to remember Shengal
8. TJA Statement to Remember the Yezidi Genocide of 3 August 2014
9. The 5th Anniversary of Shengal Massacre Infographic
10. My people were massacred five years ago. The genocide continues.


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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 5 JULY 2019 – 29 JULY 2019

NEWS

  1. British revolutionaries in Syria say they will defy Home Office’s new terrorism laws
  2. KCK’s Hozat: Afrin won’t be abandoned
  3. PYD Co-chair Hesen: We will resist any attack
  4. Öcalan’s ideas discussed in Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival
  5. A brief history of the path to a revolution
  6. Turkish jets bomb Maxmur Camp
  7. KON-MED condemns Turkish air strike on Maxmur Camp
  8. What does Turkey’s military build-up on Rojava border mean?
  9. Appeal to local and global media and public opinion
  10. Trade union general secretary uses the platform of Durham Miners Gala 2019 to call for Ocalan’s release
  11. Successful “Big Jump” actions for Hasankeyf and Tigris River!

 OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. David Morgan – Encountering the Kurds
  2. UN ISIS investigator calls for Nuremberg-style international tribunal
  3. Syrian Kurd Who Lost Hand in IS Battle Finds Passion for the Drums
  4. Genocides begin in the wilderness, far from prying eyes – in Ottoman Turkey as well as Nazi Germany
  5. It’s time to kick Turkey out of NATO – former Reagan adviser
  6. Time to Kick the Islamizing Turkey Out of NATO
  7. Kurds gain support, perhaps invitation to Syrian talks
  8. ‘The Era of People Like You Is Over’: How Turkey Purged Its Intellectual
  9. Why Boris Johnson is Even More Dangerous Than Trump
  10. Noam Chomsky on co-signing Turkey’s ‘Academics for Peace’ appeal
  11. Turkey’s Ilisu Dam is a war nature with catastrophic consequences
  12. Is pacifism appropriate in today’s world?
  13. Stop and search is discriminatory so why is it on the rise?
  14. INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ISIS in Rojava
  15. Final Declaration of the International Forum on ISIS

ACTIONS, CAMPAIGNS

  1. Safe Hasankeyf! Stop the filling of the Ilisu Dam!
  2. Filling of Ilisu Dam has started! Join the resistance with the “Hasankeyf Watch”!
  3. Trade unionists’ letter to the Home Secretary: Don’t Criminalise International Solidarity
  4. Early Day Motion: TREATMENT OF KURDISH PEOPLE

CULUTRE, ARTS/EVENTS

  1. Your Freedom and Mine

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NEWS

  1. British revolutionaries in Syria say they will defy Home Office’s new terrorism laws

27 July 2019|The Telegraph

A group of self-styled British revolutionaries who travelled to Syria to help build a democratic society in the Kurdish north say they will defy new Government legislation which would see them prosecuted on terrorism charges. The Home Office revealed in May that it planned to designate northern Syria a “no-go area” and that British citizens would have 28 days to leave or face a 10-year prison sentence if they attempt to return to the UK.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/27/british-revolutionaries-syria-say-will-defy-home-offices-new/

 

  1. KCK’s Hozat: Afrin won’t be abandoned

26 July 2019|ANF English

KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council Co-chair Bese Hozat said the Rojava Revolution’s ideology is one of democracy, freedom, equality and peace that rejects nationalism, fundamentalism, sexism and a crude positivism, which is the reason why the racist Turkish nation-state attacks it. Hozat said: “All who want democracy, freedom, equality, justice and peace should defend the Rojava Revolution and put forth a strong stance against the invading Turkish state.”

https://anfenglishmobile.com/features/kck-s-hozat-afrin-won-t-be-abandoned-36513

 

  1. PYD Co-chair Hesen: We will resist any attack

26 July 2019|ANF English

Speaking to ANHA, Democratic Union Party (PYD) co-chair Shahoz Hesen drew attention to the Turkish state’s threats of invasion of Northern and Eastern Syria and the recent military deployment along the border. Hesen stressed that they are always opting for a solution to be reached through dialogue, but added that they will show great resistance against a possible invasion attack. Referring to the defeat of ISIS achieved by the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces), Hesen said that the Turkish state is trying in every possible way to destroy the peace and security of the region.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/features/pyd-hesen-we-will-resist-any-attack-36508

 

  1. Öcalan’s ideas discussed in Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival

22 July 2019|ANF English

One of the long-standing traditions of the British labour movement, the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival, had a theme of Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan this year. The festival started in the Tolpuddle town in Dorset, UK on Friday and concluded with a mass march and rally on Sunday. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn was among the thousands of participants of the festival, who came from all around the UK to stay in tents they put up in the area.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/Oecalan-s-ideas-discussed-in-tolpuddle-martyrs-festival-36434

 

  1. A brief history of the path to a revolution

19 July 2019|ANF English

The Rojava Revolution is celebrating its 8th year, with the “third way” strategy proposed by Ocalan, and has become a great hope for the peoples of the region. Every minute of the path of the revolution is filled with labor and a heavy price paid. Rojava was divided, robbed of its identity, had its children imprisoned for years, burned to death and murdered. Despite everything, the revolution on July 19, 2012 created a ray of hope for Kurds and all oppressed peoples and faiths.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/features/a-brief-history-of-the-path-to-a-revolution-36344

 

  1. Turkish jets bomb Maxmur Camp

19 July 2019|ANF English

The invading Turkish army’s jets have bombed the vicinity of the Martyr Rustem Cudi Camp, injuring two civilians. Sources in Maxmur say the invading Turkish army jets bombed the Maxmur camp, located in Southern Kurdistan. Sources say the vicinity of the camp was bombed and two civilians were injured. The two civilians were buried under falling earth due to the explosions. The wounded were removed and taken to the hospital by camp residents and are doing well.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/features/turkish-jets-bomb-maxmur-camp-36350

 

  1. KON-MED condemns Turkish air strike on Maxmur Camp

19 July 2019|ANF English

Condemning the air strikes carried out by the occupying Turkish state on Martyr Rüstem Cudi Refugee Camp (Maxmur), the German Confederation of Kurdistan Communities (KON-MED) reminded that Turkish warplanes bombed civilian settlements that are under the United Nations (UN) protection. Both the Iraqi government and the Hewlêr government continued to remain silent against the attacks of the Turkish state, said KOM-DEM, urging people to protest before the UN representation.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/kon-med-condemned-air-strike-on-maxmur-camp-36353

 

  1. What does Turkey’s military build-up on Rojava border mean?

17 July 2019|ANF English

Turkey has received the S-400 parts, and simultaneously started a military build-up at Rojava border. Turkey blackmailed the US to change course and gave Russia a message that they could disrupt US plans for the region to look for approval for buffer zone. The US government and NATO have protested, but Turkey received delivery of the first parts of the S-400 missile defense system. The same day, they started a military build-up along the Rojava border.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/features/what-does-turkey-s-military-build-up-on-rojava-border-mean-36315

  1. Appeal to local and global media and public opinion

17 July 2019|Kurdistan National Congress

Under the pretence of targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Turkish military is attacking and invading the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. While this is not the first time that the Turkish state’s forces have struck the Kurdistan Region, this time the campaign of military aggression is larger in scale – this invasion demonstrates a more vicious intention, and its goals are terrifying and disastrous for the peoples of the region.

http://www.kongrakurdistan.net/en/appeal-to-local-and-global-media-and-public-opinion/

 

  1. Trade union general secretary uses the platform of Durham Miners Gala 2019 to call for Ocalan’s release

17 July 2019|Freedom for Ocalan

Doug Nicholls, General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions, has renewed calls for the release of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan at the Durham Miners Gala 2019 an event attended by 200,000 trade unionists, socialists and activists. “We should appreciate first today, those sisters and brothers who since we last met have been prepared to lay down their lives for our cause”, Nicholls said.

https://freedomforocalan.org/durham-miners-gala-2019-release-ocalan/

 

  1. Successful “Big Jump” actions for Hasankeyf and Tigris River!

15 July 2019|ANF English

Eology activists in Hasankeyf, Turkey and the world protested the controversial Ilisu Dam on Sunday, responding to the call by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive and the Mesopotamia Ecology Movement. This day of action was the continuation of the growing activities of the last months against the Ilisu Dam which is almost ready for the filling of its reservoir. With these latest actions in more than 25 places the participants requested the immediate stop of the mega dam which would also devastate the Tigris region along the Tigris also in Iraq.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/features/successful-big-jump-actions-for-hasankeyf-and-tigris-river-36259

 

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. David Morgan – Encountering the Kurds

8 August 2019|Live Encounters

David describes a personal encounter with the history, culture and struggle of the Kurds. The story begins back in the mid-1980s, when, having just left university, I moved from Manchester to London. Long before the Internet, the terrorism acts, the bans and the listings of proscribed organisations and all the restrictions on our civil rights and freedoms that we have been compelled to endure in recent years.

https://liveencounters.net/2019-le-mag/08-august-2019/david-morgan-encountering-the-kurds/?fbclid=IwAR0N82RWlaAhv_Gi1WsZav0cMwlRG7NRw31xb3VuL2psylkTQMGW1rAK0qI

 

  1. UN ISIS investigator calls for Nuremberg-style international tribunal

29 July 2019|The Defense Post

The head of the United Nations special probe into Islamic State crimes has called for trials like those at Nuremberg of Nazi leaders to ensure the jihadists’ victims are heard and their ideology “debunked.” For a year, British lawyer Karim Khan has traveled around Iraq with a team of almost 80 people to gather evidence and witness testimony for the U.N. body known as UNITAD. “It’s a mountain to climb”, the human rights specialist told AFP, as the investigative team works to analyze up to 12,000 bodies from more than 200 mass graves, 600,000 videos of ISIS crimes and 15,000 pages from the group’s bureaucracy.

https://thedefensepost.com/2019/07/29/un-isis-nuremberg-trial/

 

  1. Syrian Kurd Who Lost Hand in IS Battle Finds Passion for the Drums

26 July 2019|Voice of America

When Ciwan Husen lost his left hand and eye at age 21 in the Kurdish fight against the Islamic State (IS) in northwest Syria, he knew his life would never be the same. In the months leading to his recovery, his efforts to overcome his physical disability and the psychological trauma of war led him to develop a talent he never knew he had: playing drums and cymbals.

https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/syrian-kurd-who-lost-hand-battle-finds-passion-drums

 

  1. Genocides begin in the wilderness, far from prying eyes – in Ottoman Turkey as well as Nazi Germany

25 July 2019|The Independent

New evidence tells a story of Armenian killings carried out in the provinces long before the ‘Medz Yeghern’ was thought to have begun. The Armenian Medz Yeghern (Great Crime) destroyed a million and a half souls. The Turks – and, alas, the Kurds – committed these crimes against humanity of the First World War. The Turks have never, to this day, accepted their responsibility. The Germans have. We still respectfully record how the Turks “hotly dispute” their genocide of the Armenians.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/holocaust-armenia-genocide-shoah-nazi-germany-turkey-ottoman-a9020601.html

 

  1. It’s time to kick Turkey out of NATO – former Reagan adviser

25 July 2019|Ahval News

Bringing Turkey and its nascent democracy into NATO was always a bit of a stretch, but today it makes even less sense and Turkey should be expelled from the alliance, said an analysis for The American Conservative. Turkey has proven over the years to be politically unstable, with occasional military interference in governance, Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, wrote on Wednesday.

https://ahvalnews.com/s-400/its-time-kick-turkey-out-nato-former-reagan-adviser

 

  1. Time to Kick the Islamizing Turkey Out of NATO

25 July 2019|The American Conservative

Foreign and military policy needs to change along with circumstances. During the Cold War, it made sense for Washington to forge the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and make Turkey a member. Today, an American-dominated NATO makes little sense, and Ankara’s membership even less so. Bringing in Turkey, which no one ever mistook for a liberal Western-style democracy, was always a bit of a stretch. That nation has proven over the years to be politically unstable, with occasional military interference in governing affairs.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/time-to-kick-the-islamizing-turkey-out-of-nato/

 

  1. Kurds gain support, perhaps invitation to Syrian talks

25 July 2019|Al-Monitor

Since the battles against the Islamic State (IS) in Baghouz ended in March, several factors have indicated the Kurdish-led autonomous administration in northeast Syria is garnering international political support. Previously, support to that region — known as Syrian Kurdistan or Rojava — from the international coalition against IS had been limited to military and security aspects. Now, diplomatic visits have increased in frequency, actually coming weekly in the past two months, Abdul Karim Omar, head of the region’s Foreign Relations Department, told Al-Monitor.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/07/syria-kurds-sweden-visit-include-negotiations-constitution.html#ixzz5uzN0TaEf

 

  1. ‘The Era of People Like You Is Over’: How Turkey Purged Its Intellectual

24 July 2019|The New York Times

For more than a century, one school of political science dominated the education of Turkey’s governing class — until the Erdogan regime set about destroying it. Ilhan Uzgel learned he had been fired while driving his Honda Civic from the village of Ayas to Ankara, after a visit to his ailing, elderly father. A little after midnight, one of his former research assistants called his cellphone. “Ilhan hocam,” the student said, using a Turkish honorific (“my teacher”) bestowed on educators. “Your name was on the list”.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/magazine/the-era-of-people-like-you-is-over-how-turkey-purged-its-intellectuals.html

 

  1. Why Boris Johnson is Even More Dangerous Than Trump

23 July 2019|Counterpunch

Is the rise of Boris Johnson to be the next prime minister the product of a soft coup? Does Donald Trump’s racist demonisation of four non-white congress members prove him to be a “fascist” leader like Mussolini and Hitler? The two questions should be answered together because political developments in Britain tend to emulate those in the US, and vice versa, though the latter is less frequent.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/23/why-boris-johnson-is-even-more-dangerous-than-trump/

 

  1. Noam Chomsky on co-signing Turkey’s ‘Academics for Peace’ appeal

15 July 2019|Open Democracy

In support of ‘Academics for Peace,’ more than a hundred academics, including Seyla Benhabib, Noam Chomsky, Nancy Fraser, Fredric Jameson, Steven Pinker, Michael Löwy, Wendy Brown, Bertell Ollman, Warren Montag and Saskia Sassen, have reported themselves to the Attorney General’s Office in Ankara. This action started with the court’s decision to sentence Noemi-Levy Aksu to 30 month of prison and the beginning of the trial of several notable artists and journalists, including Hrant Dink’s son, Arat Dink, for the same ‘offence’ of declaring their support for ‘Academics for Peace.’

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/can-europe-make-it/noam-chomsky-on-co-signing-turkeys-academics-for-peace/

 

  1. Turkey’s Ilisu Dam is a war nature with catastrophic consequences

14 July 2019|The National

Cultural and natural heritage are frequent casualties of war – often deliberately so. Sometimes, as in the predominantly Kurdish areas of south-east Turkey, the “war” may not be officially recognised as such, but that can make the cultural war even more intense.

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17769108.turkey-s-ilisu-dam-war-nature-catastrophic-consequences/

 

  1. Is pacifism appropriate in today’s world?

12 July 2019|New International

Thou shalt not kill. It seems simple enough. But can pacifism work as a strategy against violence and injustice? Tim Gee and Rahila Gupta go head to head.

https://newint.org/features/2019/07/01/debate

 

  1. Stop and search is discriminatory so why is it on the rise?

12 July 2019|The Guardian

This week the Guardian revealed that police attempts to tackle violent crime had brought about a sharp rise in the use of stop-and-search powers by some of England’s major forces. Boris Johnson, most likely to be Britain’s next prime minister, has said he wants to increase the powers further. Critics say stop-and-search powers disproportionately target black people and undermine community relations.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/jul/12/stop-and-search-is-ineffective-so-why-is-it-on-the-rise-podcast

 

  1. INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ISIS in Rojava

11 July 2019|Peace in Kurdistan

The Rojava Centre for Strategic Studies (NRLS) hosted the three-day International Forum on ISIS (Da’esh) which focused on security, social, economic, and legal issues currently facing the region as a result of the five-year war. International intellectuals, academics, and political experts from 15 different nations travelled to the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) to participate and hear from local military, civil society, and administration officials.

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2019/07/11/special-news-briefing-international-forum-on-isis/#more-9722

 

  1. Final Declaration of the International Forum on ISIS

9 July 2019/ANF English

The International Forum On ISIS: Dimensions, challenges, and confrontation strategies, closed in Amude on Monday night. Three days of debates, discussions, testimonies and proposals, which brought together hundreds of people from all over the world. The Rojava Center for Strategic Studies (NRLS) invited more than 200 people, including politicians, researchers and representatives of civil society institutions from multiple countries.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-northern-syria/final-declaration-of-international-forum-on-isis-36142

 

ACTIONS, CAMPAIGNS

  1. Safe Hasankeyf! Stop the filling of the Ilisu Dam!

29 July 2019|Julie Ward MP

Letter to the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab MP by Julie Ward MEP, Prof Felix Padel and Henry Brooks, Kurdish Solidarity Cymru

https://www.julieward.org.uk/human-rights/2019/07/29/julies-letter-to-the-foreign-secretary-regarding-the-illisu-dam-turkey/

 

  1. Filling of Ilisu Dam has started! Join the resistance with the “Hasankeyf Watch”!

26 July 2019|Hasankeyf’i Yaşatma Girişimi

Hasankeyf’i kurtaralım, Dicle Vadisini yaşatalım! – Save Hasankeyf and Tigris Valley

The Turkish government has started filling the controversial Ilisu Dam Reservoir on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey. We call on all people and organizations to stand against this act of destruction. Join or visit the Hasankeyf Watch in the 12,000 year old town Hasankeyf.

http://www.hasankeyfgirisimi.net/?p=1134

 

  1. Trade unionists’ letter to the Home Secretary: Don’t Criminalise International Solidarity

26 July 2019|Freedom for Ocalan

In a joint letter to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, senior trade union officials oppose any Home Office decision to make Kurdish-run North-East Syria a “designated area” under the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019. Under such a designation, anyone visiting the region could face up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine or both. They urge the Homes Secretary “Don’t criminalise international solidarity.”

https://freedomforocalan.org/border-security-act-2019/

 

  1. Early Day Motion: TREATMENT OF KURDISH PEOPLE

EDM #2582| 26 UK MPs

That this House expresses its grave concern at the Turkish state’s intensified aggression against the people and territory of northern Iraq/southern Kurdistan and military occupation of that region; condemns the use of Turkish warplanes to bomb and kill civilians in northern Iraq in violation of international law, human rights and the basic principles of sovereignty; and notes that the Turkish state does this with the aim of occupying Kurdish people’s lands, changing the demographics of those territories and the suppression of Kurdish identity and the Kurdish people’s aspiration for democratic representation.

https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/53130/treatment-of-kurdish-people

 

CULUTRE, ARTS/EVENTS

  1. Your Freedom and Mine

An evening of poetry, music and film celebrating the resistance struggle of the Kurdish Freedom Movement on the occasion of the publication of “Freedom Poems for Ocalan” marking Abdullah Ocalan’s 70th birthday.

https://vimeo.com/showcase/6155720

 

 

Peace in Kurdistan

Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question

Email: estella24@tiscali.co.uk

www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com

Contacts Estella Schmid 020 7586 5892 & Melanie Gingell – Tel: 020 7272 7890

Fax: 020 7263 0596

Patrons: John Austin, Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn MP,  Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director,  Jill Evans MEP, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Rahila Gupta, Nick Hildyard, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert MEP, Elfyn Llwyd, Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, International Coordinator, Green Party of England and Wales; Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Gareth Peirce, Maxine Peake, Lord Rea, Joe Ryan, Stephen Smellie, Steve Sweeney, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward MEP, Hywel Williams MP. 

KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 18 JUNE – 4 JULY 2019

NEWS

  1. Anna Campbell: Father learns more about Syria fighter’s life before she was killed
  2. Trump: Tacit pledge to protect Syrian Kurds, amid broad US support
  3. Full text of the HDP statement on Öcalan’s letter
  4. (VIDEO) Istanbul voters to choose mayor in election rerun
  5. Karayilan: Kurds’ strength is a determinant in Istanbul
  6. Lawyers convey Öcalan’s message and details of the latest meeting
  7. Journalists call for international support after Turkey arrests 10 in three days

 

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. Conviction of John Letts and Sally Lane exposes ‘absurdity’ of UK ‘terror’ laws and complicity of the Active Change Foundation
  2. Now is the moment for peace between Kurds and the Turkish state. Let’s not waste it.
  3. (VIDEO) Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight ISIS
  4. U.S.-backed Kurds to Halt Child Soldier use in Syria
  5. The difficult relationship between the Kemalist CHP and the Kurdish HDP
  6. Opposition aims to curb Erdogan’s powers after election rout
  7. Exclusive – Interview – Views from the Revolution in Rojava
  8. Erdogan Loses Istanbul: Reasons and Implications
  9. Istanbul election: celebrate the hammer blow for Erdogan but hold no illusions in CHP nationalists
  10. Could This Man Save Turkey? Don’t count on it.
  11. Erdoğan’s party defeated in Istanbul mayoral election re-run
  12. Erdogan Turns to Kurds to Win Istanbul Election
  13. Jailed militant leader enters Istanbul election fray
  14. Erdogan faces consequences of his two biggest mistakes
  15. The EU needs a more robust Middle East human rights report
  16. Exclusive Turkish intelligence ‘threatened to disappear me,’ says Ankara politician
  17. Turkey: Democracy might just win after all
  18. The stakes are high in Istanbul’s election rerun

 

CULUTRE, ARTS

  1. Nashville’s Newest Mural Is Colorful, Intricate And Uniquely Kurdish

 

NEW BOOK

  1. The Forgotten Years of Kurdish Nationalism in Iran

 

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NEWS

  1. Anna Campbell: Father learns more about Syria fighter’s life before she was killed

1 July 2019|BBC News

A grieving father whose daughter died while fighting in Syria said travelling to the place where she was killed has helped him to accept her death. Dirk Campbell retraced her steps for a BBC documentary exploring the reasons why she left the safety of her home in Lewes, East Sussex, in 2017. “These are the people that Anna loved, that she went to join, that she fought for,” Mr Campbell said.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-48829987

 

  1. Trump: Tacit pledge to protect Syrian Kurds, amid broad US support

30 June 2019|Kurdistan 24

Speaking to reporters in Japan on Saturday, at the end of the G-20 summit, US President Donald Trump made an implicit pledge to protect Syria’s Kurds against Turkish attack. Asked about Turkey’s impending acquisition of Russia’s S-400 air defense missile system, Trump began his answer by explaining how he had prevented Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/20058a5c-6051-4cb9-86cb-5b4dbd340445

 

  1. Full text of the HDP statement on Öcalan’s letter

21 June 2019|ANF English

Co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) shared their views and assessments following the statement made by Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan through his lawyers earlier today. The full text of the statement by HDP Co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Sezai Temelli is set out below:

https://anfenglish.com/news/full-text-of-the-hdp-statement-on-Oecalan-s-letter-35756

 

  1. (VIDEO) Istanbul voters to choose mayor in election rerun

21 June 2019|BBC News

When Istanbul chose a new mayor in March, Turkey’s president described the vote as a matter of national survival. But the ruling party’s candidate was narrowly defeated and the new mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, took office. After a successful court challenge, the election was annulled and a rerun declared. Turks are now facing a dramatic second vote on Sunday.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-48698274/istanbul-voters-to-choose-mayor-in-election-rerun

 

  1. Karayilan: Kurds’ strength is a determinant in Istanbul

21 June 2019|ANF English

People’s Defense Central Headquarters Commander Murat Karayilan spoke to ANF about the Istanbul vote to be renewed on June 23 and said, “I believe all Kurdish people and all who favor democracy, Kurds, Turks and everybody else alike, will consider these facts and put their hands on their hearts, to defeat the AKP-MHP in Istanbul once again”.

https://anfenglish.com/news/karayilan-kurds-strength-is-a-determinant-in-istanbul-35753

 

  1. Lawyers convey Öcalan’s message and details of the latest meeting

21 June 2019|ANF English

Asrın Law Office published a written statement about the meeting they had with their client, Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan on Imralı on June 18.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/human-rights/lawyers-convey-Oecalan-s-message-and-details-of-the-latest-meeting-35748

 

  1. Journalists call for international support after Turkey arrests 10 in three days

17 June 2019|Morning Star

Journalists have called for international solidarity and the immediate release of journalists held after raids of the Ozgur Gelecek newspaper and the Etkin News Agency in Turkey last week. Three people were detained in a police raid on the left-wing Ozgur Gelecek newspaper’s Bursa offices last week and materials including computers and other equipment were seized. Sevda Erkilinc, Tongay Okay and Huseyin Camkiran were held on grounds of “spreading terrorist propaganda”.

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/journalists-call-for-international-support-after-turkey-arrests-10-in-three-days

 

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. Conviction of John Letts and Sally Lane exposes ‘absurdity’ of UK ‘terror’ laws and complicity of the Active Change Foundation

3 July 2019|The Interregnum

The British state has secured a ‘terror’ conviction against two parents for sending £223 to their son in Syria, intended to help bring him home to the UK. Human rights group CAGE lashed out at the ‘absurdity’ of terror laws which require no evidence of actual terrorism, as well as the role that the government-funded Active Change Foundation appears to have played in the conviction.

https://theinterregnum.net/conviction-of-john-letts-and-sally-lane-exposes-inhumanity-and-absurdity-of-uk-terror-laws-says-rights-group/

 

  1. Now is the moment for peace between Kurds and the Turkish state. Let’s not waste it.

3 July 2019|Washington Post

Cemil Bayik, one of the five founders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, penned an opinion piece with the Washington Post. “We are at a critical moment in the conflict between the Turkish state and the Kurdish people. We have an opportunity to move a long-standing dispute toward a lasting solution. If we squander this opportunity, it might not come again for a generation”.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/07/03/now-is-moment-peace-between-kurds-turkish-state-lets-not-waste-it/?utm_term=.b3da81c86d3f

 

  1. (VIDEO) Anna: The Woman Who Went to Fight ISIS

3 July 2019|BBC 2/BBC I Player (available within UK for 11 months)

The story of Anna Campbell, who travelled to northern Syria in secret in 2017. Just eight months after arriving and with no military background, Anna went to the front line to fight with Kurdish YPJ.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0006h6x/anna-the-woman-who-went-to-fight-isis

 

  1. U.S.-backed Kurds to Halt Child Soldier use in Syria

3 July 2019|IPS News

The United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have struck a deal with the United Nations to stop using child soldiers across swathes of eastern Syria under their control and to release all youngsters from their ranks, the U.N. announced Monday.

http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/07/u-s-backed-kurds-halt-child-soldier-use-syria/

 

  1. The difficult relationship between the Kemalist CHP and the Kurdish HDP

2 July 2019|Open Democracy

Despite repression and containment, the HDP managed to become an important factor in the elections and thus a serious democratic political force in Turkey. It should be emphasized that the support of the HDP was decisive for the CHP’s victory. Their support made CHP’s victory possible in the first place because the HDP did not nominate its own candidates in major West Turkish cities in order to help CHP candidates win the elections. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/north-africa-west-asia/difficult-relationship-between-kemalist-chp-and-kurdish-hdp/

 

  1. Opposition aims to curb Erdogan’s powers after election rout

1 July 2019|Al-Monitor

The government’s debacle in local polls in Istanbul and most of Turkey’s other big cities has set the stage for a new power struggle in which the opposition appears bent on trimming Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. The president, in turn, seeks to debilitate the newly elected opposition mayors.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/06/turkey-opposition-aims-to-curb-erdogans-powers.html#ixzz5sYN0PufE

 

  1. Exclusive – Interview – Views from the Revolution in Rojava

28 June 2019|London Green Left Blog

A member of the Rojava Internationalist Commune in Northern Syria offered their thoughts to Plan C Kurdistan Cluster in the UK about the past, present, and future of the Kurdish-led direct democratic project of self-administration in Rojava.

https://londongreenleft.blogspot.com/2019/06/exclusive-interview-views-from.html

 

  1. Erdogan Loses Istanbul: Reasons and Implications

25 June 2019|Center for Strategic and International Studies

Imamoglu’s victory was a personal defeat for Erdogan, as his campaign on behalf of Yildirim confirmed the almost universal perception of the race as a referendum on his leadership. Having lost Ankara, the capital, along with a number of other important cities like Adana, Antalya, and Mersin in the March elections, he was unable to accept without a fight the loss of Turkey’s biggest city, despite reliable opinion polls suggesting an even bigger win for the opposition.

https://mailchi.mp/csis/csis-turkey-updatethe-turkish-economy-in-1897497?e=60227ebc84

 

  1. Istanbul election: celebrate the hammer blow for Erdogan but hold no illusions in CHP nationalists

24 June 2019|Morning Star

Celebrations are continuing across Turkey after the crushing defeat for the ruling Justice & Development Party (AKP) in Sunday’s rerun Istanbul mayoral election. Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) swept to victory polling about 800,000 more votes than his rival, former prime minister Binali Yildirim of the AKP. The scale of the defeat should not be underestimated. It was the biggest winning margin in an Istanbul mayoral election for 35 years. But a local source urged caution against becoming starry-eyed about Mr Imamoglu and the CHP, saying: “The history of the party shouldn’t be forgotten in the blink of an eye.”

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/istabul-election-celebrate-hammer-blow-erdogan-hold-no-illusions-chp-nationalists

 

  1. Could This Man Save Turkey? Don’t count on it.

24 June 2019|Politico

After a decade of repressive rule, Turks are beginning to believe President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is vulnerable. The Turkish economy is in bad shape, his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) candidates recently lost in elections to lead major metropolitan areas, including a blowout in Istanbul’s mayoral race on Sunday. Meanwhile, a rival has emerged: Ahmet Davutoglu, Erdogan’s former foreign minister and prime minister—and once his hand-picked successor—caused a stir this spring by assailing his former patron’s consolidation of power and announcing that he is planning to launch a new party of his own.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/06/24/ahmet-davutoglu-turkey-tayyip-erdogan-227212

 

  1. Erdoğan’s party defeated in Istanbul mayoral election re-run

23 June 2019|The Guardian

Despite blanket pro-government media coverage, İmamoğlu, a previously anonymous local administrator, stunned the country with his narrow win in March. For Erdoğan, the loss of his hometown, where his political career began in the 1990s, was a personal blow. Embarrassment for president as AKP lose Istanbul to CHP party’s Ekrem İmamoğlu.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/23/erdogan-faces-scrutiny-once-more-as-istanbul-goes-back-to-the-polls

 

  1. Erdogan Turns to Kurds to Win Istanbul Election

21 June 2019|Voice of America

Jailed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, in a handwritten letter, called on Kurds to remain “neutral” in Sunday’s vote. “If the Kurds remain neutral, then the opposition candidate, [Ekrem] Imamoglu, will have difficulties in Sunday’s vote,” said international relations expert Huseyin Bagci of Ankara’s Middle East Technical University.

https://www.voanews.com/europe/erdogan-turns-kurds-win-istanbul-election

 

  1. Jailed militant leader enters Istanbul election fray

21 June 2019|Al-Monitor

An unexpected message from Abdullah Ocalan, wo is serving a life sentence for treason, urged Kurds to stay “neutral” and could tilt the outcome in a bitter campaign for control of Turkey’s biggest city.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/06/abdullah-ocalan-urges-neutral-kurdish-vote-istanbul-election.html#ixzz5reyj65VR

 

  1. Erdogan faces consequences of his two biggest mistakes

19  June 2019|Al-Monitor

Erdogan’s repeat strategic blunders may come to haunt him in the June 23 rerun of the Istanbul vote. About a month and a half ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was reportedly confident that his Justice and Development Party (AKP) would emerge victorious from a rerun of the mayoral election in Istanbul, which the main opposition’s candidate, “Some colleagues believe the AKP will get less votes or lose if the election is repeated” said Erdogan. “I believe 100% that we’ll win if the election is repeated”.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/06/turkey-erdogan-faces-consequences-of-his-biggest-mistakes.html#ixzz5rezYybi7

 

  1. The EU needs a more robust Middle East human rights report

20 June 20 1019|Middle East Institute

In May, the European Council adopted the 2018 iteration of the EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World, which summarizes all actions undertaken by various EU bodies and institutions. The EU is selective about the human rights violations its analyzes, especially when it comes to the Middle East, creating the perception that it may be willing to turn a blind eye in some cases for political and economic reasons.

https://www.mei.edu/publications/eu-needs-more-robust-middle-east-human-rights-report

 

  1. Exclusive Turkish intelligence ‘threatened to disappear me,’ says Ankara politician

19 June 2019|Morning Star

Turkish intelligence services sent a chilling threat to an opposition politician warning that they could make her “disappear” at any time days after breaking into her house. Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) executive member for Ankara Betul Koca told the Star that she was approached outside her house by the men who issued the warning because of her political activities.

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/hdp-activist-warns-chilling-threats-turkish-intelligence-services

 

  1. Turkey: Democracy might just win after all

19 June 2019|Middle East Institute

The survival of democracy in Turkey. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), in power since 2002, is now stumbling. It depends for support on a narrowly based ultranationalist party with no hope of ever winning a national majority itself. The economy is spiraling downwards, caught in an undertow of financial mismanagement and the illusion, often appearing in desperate times, that printing more money and handing out free credit will somehow solve the problem.

https://www.mei.edu/publications/turkey-democracy-might-just-win-after-all

 

  1. The stakes are high in Istanbul’s election rerun

18 June 18 2019|Middle East Institute

President Erdogan is working hard not to lose the city that made him a national figure a second time. To that end he has changed the party’s election strategy. In the run-up to March, he framed the elections as a matter of “survival” for Turkey. He built the campaign around the issues of terrorism and the Kurds. He promised to once again appoint government administrators for Kurdish-majority towns if the new mayors, like their predecessors, are deemed to have ties to Kurdish militants; told those who wanted Kurdistan to go to northern Iraq; and accused the opposition alliance of cooperating with “terrorists”.

https://www.mei.edu/publications/stakes-are-high-istanbuls-election-rerun

 

CULUTRE, ARTS

  1. Nashville’s Newest Mural Is Colorful, Intricate And Uniquely Kurdish

2 July 2019|Nashvill Public Radio

A new mural in Nashville depicts the baking of flatbread, games of backgammon and calligraphy of Kurdish poetry. The colorful artwork on the side of an international market along Nolensville Pike was unveiled this weekend, and community leaders say they hope it draws people from other parts of the city.

https://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/nashville-s-newest-mural-colorful-intricate-and-uniquely-kurdish#stream/0

 

NEW BOOK

  1. The Forgotten Years of Kurdish Nationalism in Iran

This book investigates the forgotten years of Kurdish nationalism in Iran, from the fall of the Kurdish republic to the advent of the Iranian revolution. An original and path-breaking investigation of the period, it sheds light not only on the historical specificity of the phenomenon of nationalism in exile, but also on the political processes and practices defining the development of Kurdish nationalism in the post-revolutionary era.

https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030160685#aboutBook

 

 

Peace in Kurdistan

Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question

Email: estella24@tiscali.co.uk

www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com

Contacts Estella Schmid 020 7586 5892 & Melanie Gingell – Tel: 020 7272 7890

Fax: 020 7263 0596

Patrons: John Austin, Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn MP,  Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director,  Jill Evans MEP, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Rahila Gupta, Nick Hildyard, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert MEP, Elfyn Llwyd, Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, International Coordinator, Green Party of England and Wales; Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Gareth Peirce, Maxine Peake, Lord Rea, Joe Ryan, Stephen Smellie, Steve Sweeney, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward MEP, Hywel Williams MP. 

 

KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 27 MAY 2019 – 17 JUNE 2019

NEWS

  1. Northern and Eastern Syrian women’s assembly to be founded
  2. HDP’s Buldan: Mr. Öcalan is the key to peace
  3. US: Kurds should be represented in political talks on Syria
  4. Turkish novelist details online abuse as authorities crackdown on ‘obscenity’
  5. US official holds counterterror talks with Syria Kurds
  6. Turkey continues to arrest Dutch citizens on suspicion of PKK support
  7. Sinn Fein demand release of Ocalan and return to peace talks
  8. Rail workers vote overwhelmingly to support jailed journalists in Turkey
  9. British Unions continue to work for freedom for Öcalan
  10. Leyla Güven discharged from hospital: I will return stronger
  11. KNK celebrated its 20th anniversary
  12. “Kurdish Struggle” panel discussion at British Parliament

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 7 MAY 2019 – 27 MAY 2019

NEWS

1.We Salute the Resistance
2.Jailed Kurdish artist Zehra Doğan recalls war at Tate Modern
3.Hunger strikes called off after Ocalan sees lawyers – ‘resistance has prevailed’
4.Turkey to attain peace with efforts of PKK leader Ocalan, says pro-Kurdish HDP, 26 May 2019
5.Hunger strikers end action in Turkey after call from jailed Kurdish leader Ocalan
6.Öcalan: I expect the hunger strikes to come to an end
7.Sajid Javid condemned for ‘criminalising’ fighters against Isis
8.Saturday Mothers awarded Human Rights, Peace and Democracy award
9.AKP official blames Istanbul loss on party’s alienation of Kurdish voters
10.CPT Visits İmralı Island Prison
11.France reopens inquiry into 2013 murder of Kurdish militants
12.Today a NATO country sentenced this woman to nearly two years in jail for journalism
13.Prisoners’ mothers tortured with strip searches
14.Blocked from humanitarian aid, Afrin Kurds experience hardships in Serdem Camp
15.Turkey held talks with PKK leader Ocalan in bid to resolve Syria issues

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NEWS BRIEFING May 2019

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE

FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

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

  1. Kurdish women prepare to protect their gains in Syria
  2. Painting with honey, fruits and blood
  3. Today a NATO country sentenced this woman to nearly two years in jail for journalism
  4. Turkey: Riot police fire tear gas at banned women’s day rally
  5. Women in Berlin: Be the voice of hunger strikers’ mothers!
  6. Women wearing white head scarves rallied in Cologne
  7. Kurdish politicians urge protesters to spare own lives in Turkey
  8. Faster Aydın: Let’s spread the resistance everywhere!
  9. Investigation into Turkish MIT’s role in Paris killings UPDATED
  10. After surviving ISIS and a civil war, these Syrian women built a female-only village
  11. Kurdish women scarred by state violence in Turkey’s southeast report
    12. Kurdish women’s experience of state violence in Turkey
  12. Yazidi spiritual council would welcome children of ISIS rape victims, revokes earlier statement

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  13. Kurdish women prepare to protect their gains in Syria

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 11 APRIL 2019 – 7 MAY 2019

NEWS

  1. Lawyers for Abdullah Öcalan publicly read his letter, following their historic meeting with the Kurdish leader.
  2. Deir ez-Zor people protest Turkish attacks and wall construction
  3. Ocalan calls an end to hunger strikes and resumption of peace talks
  4. Abdullah Ocalan meets with lawyers for the first time since 2011
  5. Deir ez-Zor people protest Turkish attacks and wall construction
  6. Activists in twelve towns target TUI in campaign supporting kurdish hunger strike.
  7. Jailed journalists in Turkey begin hunger strike in protest over PKK leader’s isolation
  8. *BREAKING* Welsh Government Minister writes to Jeremy Hunt urging him to contact
  9. HDP writes letter to the international community on death fasts
  10. NAV-DEM: Support Kurdish and democratic candidates in Europe
  11. Lawyers: Prisoners’ demand should be accepted
  12. PFLP Secretary General visited MPs on hunger strike in Amed
  13. Turkey protests Kurdish language classes at Japanese University
  14. Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels
  15. Ken Loach backs 7000 Kurdish protesters on hunger strike
  16. Washington can help strike a deal between Turkey and Kurds in Syria – analysis
  17. Syria Kurds say deal made for 31,000 displaced Iraqis to go home

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 26 February – 29 March 2019

NEWS

  1. Demirtas calls on people to go to the polls to “teach a lesson”
  2. (VIDEO)In Memory of Those Fallen in the Fight Against ISIS. Sehid Namirin!
  3. SDF declares victory over ISIS, vows to continue their fight
  4. Gaza writer sent solidarity message to Leyla Güven
  5. French senator: Remove PKK from EU terrorist organizations list
  6. Turkey’s Kurds celebrate New Year, brace for election
  7. In pictures: Turkey’s Kurds celebrate Nowruz in Diyarbakir amid hunger strike 
  8. Rebel Kurdish leader’s treatment criticised by Welsh Assembly
  9. HDP MP Sarısaç: We are the defenders of this honourable cause
  10. (VIDEOS) Kurdish forces pound last remaining ISIS stronghold in Syria
  11. After defeating Islamic State, Syrian Kurds eye political battle
  12. Free Öcalan call: Freedom for Öcalan campaign ramps up as hunger strikers’ condition deteriorates
  13. Turkish Foreign Ministry summons Belgian ambassador
  14. European rights court orders Turkey to pay news publisher
  15. Kurdish women prepare for life after ISIS
  16. Delegation of Basque women visits Rojava

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 28 JANUARY – 26 FEBRUARY 2019

 

NEWS

1. Hunger strikers in Strasbourg speak up – Deniz Sürgüt

2. Swiss Court: Fighting ISIS is honourable  

3. Kurdish parties signed alliance protocol for local elections

4. Hunger strike solidarity Platform formed in Europe

5. MSD Co-chair Ehmed speaks in the UK Parliament

6. Strasbourg hunger strikers’ call to European public opinion

7. Irish MEP visits Leyla Güven on day 104 of fast

8. Anderson meets Kurdish hunger striker Leyla Guven

9. Conference on Abdullah Öcalan in London

10. British trade unions and Peake wrote to Turkish government

11. Tens of thousands gather in Strasbourg to rally for Öcalan

12. Protest for Ocalan outside Turkish embassy in Bolivia

13. HDP, DTK, HDK and DBP call for an end to the isolation of Öcala Continue reading