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
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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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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 20 – 23 DECEMBER 2016

NEWS
1. Kurds Vital for Syrian Conflict Solution – European Syriac Union’s Member
2. Syrian Kurds Condemn Killing of Russian Ambassador in Turkey
3. Thousands evacuated from last rebel enclave in Aleppo
4. US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces expel ISIS from 97 villages in western Raqqa
5. ISIS jihadists burn four men to death on charges of supporting Kurdish forces
6. Civilians caught in crossfire in Mosul as fighting intensifies between ISIS and Iraqi forces
7. Isis ‘offers $1m reward’ for murder of woman who dropped out of university to fight them
8. Suspected Turkish spy ‘thought to have planned Kurdish murders’: report
DOCUMENTS, REPORTS
1. The vortex of violence drags the country into turmoil
2. Report on Women in Local Administrations and Appointment of Trustees to the Municipalities
ACTION
1. Open Letter to Times – Please let us know if you would like to add your name..
2. Open Letter to Guardian
3. Petition:
CALL FOR THE RELEASE OF STUDENTS ARBITRARILY DETAINED IN TURKEY

BOOK REVIEW
Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women’s Liberation in Syrian Kurdistan.

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 5 – 10 DECEMBER 2016

NEWS

1. KCK: All Kurdish parties should take steps for national unity
2. Yüksekdağ gives her statement in hearing regarding Ankara massacre
3. PYD’s Muslim proposes Rojava model against Sykes-Picot
4. Phillips: Only solution is Kurds’ right to self determination
5. Pro-Kurdish HDP party condemns bomb attack in Turkey, calls for change
6. Kurdish leader says Turkey invaded Syria to prevent Kurds from taking Raqqa
7. Amnesty: Half a Million Displaced in Turkey Amid Gov’t Crackdown
8. Over 1,000 new fighters join Syrian Democratic Forces in fight for Raqqa
9. Pentagon works to ease Kurdish-Turkish tensions in Syria
10. US facilitating joint talks with Turkey, Syrian Kurdish forces to ease tension
11. Barack Obama risks Turkey backlash after lifting military aid restrictions in Syria
12. AKP, MHP take major step for system change
13. As Turkey Cracks Down, Kurdish Mayors Pack Bags for Jail
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 27 NOVEMBER – 4 DECEMBER 2016

NEWS

  1. Ahmet Türk: We have a rightful cause and will continue our struggle
  2. Indictment against DBP’s Tuncel ready: 135 year sentence demanded
  3. Aggravated life sentence sought for HDP’s Baluken
  4. Council of Europe raises alarm over abuses against Kurds in Turkey
  5. Turkey excluded from Raqqa operation: Coalition official
  6. Why are the flames of Aleppo burning Turkey?
  7. Muslim meets with Kurdish politicians at PUK office in Oslo
  8. Turkey inciting extremist groups to attack Kurds in Belgium: Kurdish Institute
  9. Armenian MP criticizes Turkey, his question angers Turkish FM Cavusolglu in Istanbul
  10. German court cites Turkey’s support for terrorism in Kurdish militant case
  11. Turkish spy in Bremen plotted murder of 2 Kurds: report
  12. Turkey Increases Pressure on Syrian Kurds

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. A turning point for Kurds across the Middle East
  2. The ‘Rojava Revolution’ in Syrian Kurdistan: A Model of Development for the Middle East?
  3. Turkey’s looming prison massacre grows nearer
  4. REBELS COLLAPSE IN EAST ALEPPO & CIVILIANS FLEE; TURKEY’S POSITION WEAKENS; DIPLOMATIC EMERGENCY
  5. Erdogan comes face to face with US, Russia in Syria
  6. Turkish companies flout law for cheap Syrian labor
  7. Is Turkey all talk, or will it split from the West and NATO?
  8. Syria: Jihadi Fronts Fall Apart, Egypt Enters The Fight
  9. The Kurds in the Turkish–Armenian Reconciliation Process
  10. Kurdish Politician Who Recognized Armenian Genocide Detained in Turkey
  11. No Peace No Future in Turkey, HDP Arrests Fuel Kurdish  Discontent

REPORTS

  1. Solidarity from Dublin to Rojava: Report on “Kurdish Resistance in Turkey and Syria” meeting (November 2016)

BOOK REVIEW

  1. A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State, by Meredith Tax

EVENTS

  1. EP to host 13th International Conference on “EU, Turkey and the Kurds”
  2. Democratic transformations, Kurdish women and regional conflict: Lessons from Rojava and beyond

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 19 – 26 NOVEMBER 2016

NEWS
1. Urgent Call: Worsening Situation in Turkish Prisons
2. We will scream in the face of those who feed off death, oppression and hatred: Women, life, freedom!
3. On the Arrest of Mr Ahmet Turk, Co-mayor of Mardin Municipality
4. Court has no right to take any action against me: HDP co-chair Demirtaş
5. MEP Ward Calls for Sanctions On ‘Police State’ Of Turkey
6. Ministry warns jails of revolts amid fears of staged prison breaks
7. Turkey Increases Pressure on Syrian Kurds
8. EXCLUSIVE: Salih Muslim, Syrian Kurdish leader, dismisses Turkey arrest warrant
9. Syria’s leading Kurdish politician rejects Turkish arrest warrant, calls Erdogan ‘a Sultan’
10. Turkey issues arrest warrant for Syrian Kurdish leader
11. Turkey seeks arrest of Syrian Kurdish political leader
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 12 – 18 NOVEMBER 2016

 

NEWS

  1. 10 thousand people march against AKP fascism in Brussels
  2. Mardin Co-mayor Ahmet Türk: They cannot suppress us, we will resist
  3. HDP MPs meet EP President Schulz in Brussels
  4. Turkey stops HDP MP from briefing TDs on Ankara’s crackdown on Kurds and opposition
  5. Pictures: Scots Kurdish solidarity activists step up fight as Turkey continues clampdown
  6. EPSU Executive Committee expresses deep concern regarding recent Turkish developments
  7. US-led coalition strikes ISIS headquarters in Raqqa
  8. Syrian Kurds tackle conscription, underage marriages and polygamy
    9. Kurdish volunteers dismantle hundreds of explosives
    10. YBŞ fighters: We’ll resist all attacks, no matter where they come from
    11. BBC must stop ‘false & negligent’ Raqqa coverage, say Kurds

    OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
    12. Erdogan’s War on Women
  9. LT. GEN. Michael T. Flynn: “Gun for Hire”
    14. Team Trump’s first ethics scandal?
    15. Why Turkey’s Islamist Leader Is So Happy About Trump
  10. HDP arrests: on the road to dictatorship in Turkey
    17. Sarah Glynn: More than ever we need to show our support for Kurds and others under threat around the world

    18. The Middle East Will Bring an End to the EU
    19. Op-ed: Turkey has declared war against the Kurds
    20. Does Turkey have upper hand in EU membership battle?
    21. Will Turkey’s negative growth rates lead to political crisis?
    22. The Repression And War Crimes Inflicted On Turkey’s Kurds
  11. Turkey: the road towards dictatorship and the west’s responsibility
  12. Kurdish war history preserved through art

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