KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 24 OCTOBER – 14 NOVEMBER 2018

NEWS

  1. Kobanê International Film Festival has begun
  2. British director Ken Loach sends message to Kobane Film Festival
  3. KCK congratulates the guerrillas on new tactical offensive
  4. Protests against the US decision in Athens and Brussels
  5. Rally in Rome condemns US decision against PKK leaders
  6. Assyrians-Syriacs-Chaldeans condemn the US decision against PKK
  7. Parisian gesture for Erdogan: Kurdish politician arrested
  8. Kongreya Star: US must withdraw decision on PKK leaders
  9. PYD: US decision serves the terrorist organizations in Syria
  10. Turkish prosecutor charges Kurdish singer Tunç with alleged insult of President Erdoğan
  11. Ousted female Kurdish mayor from Cizre wins human rights award
  12. TEV-CAND: Promoting cultures and languages in Kobane
  13. YPJ Commander calls out from the EP: Stop the Turkish state
  14. Kurdish artists continue the protest for Öcalan in Strasbourg
  15. UN: DAESH buried up to 12,000 bodies in 200 mass graves in Iraq
  16. Demonstrations in the US for Kobane and Rojava
  17. Turkey’s Erdogan says joint U.S.-Kurdish patrols near Syria border unacceptable
  18. HDP’s Temelli: The Kurdish question is now a global issue
  19. Christian Peacemaker Teams call on White Helmets to speak out about Afrin abuses

 

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. Analysts say US bounty for PKK leaders won’t stop Turkish hostility
  2. Kurds unite in new effort against linguistic assimilation in Turkey
  3. Turkey’s hard landing, high inflation and the fiscal mystery…
  4. Prof. Hannibal Travis Speaks on the Assyrian, Armenian, Greek, and Yezidi Genocides
  5. Heartbreaking film on Ezidis introduces the Kurdistan Memory Programme
  6. Turkey uses Khashoggi’s murder to rehabilitate its image, just as it bombs Syrian Kurds

 

STATEMENTS

  1. HDP MP Ms Leyla Güven on hunger strike.
  2. KNK: We condemn the decision for financial rewards for eliminating Kurdish freedom fighters
  3. MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE SATURDAY MOTHERS

 

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NEWS

  1. Kobanê International Film Festival has begun

13 November 2018|ANF English

Kobanê International Film Festival has kicked off on Tuesday with the participation of directors, artists and musicians from various countries. The opening event of the festival was participated by representatives of the Autonomous Administration and directors, artists and musicians from several countries. 80 films from various countries will be screened during the course of the festival which will last 7 days.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/culture/kobane-film-festival-has-begun-30809

 

  1. British director Ken Loach sends message to Kobane Film Festival

13 November 2018|ANF English

Multi awarded British cinema director, Ken Loach, sent a message to Kobane International Film Festival which opens today in the Rojava city. “Your political achievements are respected around the world and there are many who support you in their hearts, though you may never hear from them”.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/british-director-ken-loach-sends-message-to-kobane-film-festival-30803

 

  1. KCK congratulates the guerrillas on new tactical offensive

13 November 2018|ANF English

The KCK statement further said that: “The Turkish state has been exerting intense pressure on the Kurdish people and the democratic forces for over three years. The attacks and arrests are intended to weaken the struggle of the people by using means of psychological warfare. An important dimension of psychological warfare is the concealment of guerilla actions and casualties suffered by the military and police forces. On the other hand, the losses of the guerrilla are greatly exaggerated in order to undermine the morale of the people.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/kurdistan/british-director-ken-loach-sends-message-to-kobane-film-festival-30803

 

  1. Protests against the US decision in Athens and Brussels

12 November 2018|ANF English

 

Demonstrations are being staged across Europe in protest at the US decision against three PKK leaders. The speeches reminded the role of the Greek state in the international conspiracy which led to the kidnapping of Abdullah Öcalan on 15 February 1999. Activists called for the end of the isolation imposed on the Kurdish People’s Leader in Imrali.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/protests-against-the-us-decision-in-athens-and-brussels-30783

 

  1. Rally in Rome condemns US decision against PKK leaders

11 November 2018 | ANF News

The U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs announced, during a visit to Ankara, that the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program is targeting three senior members of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), namely Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik and Duran Kalkan. A rally was organised to protest against the racist policies of the Italian government. Kurds launched an appeal to join the national rally to be held in Rome on 16 February to demand freedom for Ocalan. Reminding that the three PKK executives are “politicians who have fought and fight against Turkish fascism, DAESH and Erdogan totalitarism”.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/rally-in-rome-condemns-us-decision-against-pkk-leaders-30747

 

  1. Assyrians-Syriacs-Chaldeans condemn the US decision against PKK

10 November 2018 | ANF News

The Mesopotamia Freedom Party (MOP) said, “In the name of the Assyrian-Syriac-Chaldean peoples, we condemn the US decision against leading PKK cadres.”

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/assyrians-syriacs-chaldeans-condemn-the-us-decision-against-pkk-30743

 

  1. Parisian gesture for Erdogan: Kurdish politician arrested

10 November 2018 | ANF News

Kurdish politician Ahmet Kaya was detained in Paris on Thursday. Kaya was taken to the court on Friday and was accused of travelling to the UK, Germany and Turkey – but he doesn’t have a passport.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/parisian-gesture-for-erdogan-kurdish-politician-arrested-30741

 

  1. Kongreya Star: US must withdraw decision on PKK leaders

10 November 2018 | ANF News

Kongreya Star said: “The US must abandon its anti-Kurdish policy and immediately fulfill its responsibility in the search for a solution.” The women’s movement said it was known by everyone that the Turkish state has first established DAESH and then supported it, as it is likewise also behind terrorist groups such al-Qaeda. Kongreya Star said the Kurdish people are under continuous attack and massacre by the Turkish state that supports and feeds these terrorist groups.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/kongreya-star-us-must-withdraw-decision-on-pkk-leaders-30734

 

  1. PYD: US decision serves the terrorist organizations in Syria

9 November 2018 | ANF News

Democratic Union Party (PYD) issued a written statement on the US government’s decision on the 3 PKK leading cadres and said: “It is clear that the PKK exists for a just solution to the Kurdish issue as a movement of Kurdistan”. It also said, “The US decision serves terrorist organizations gathered in Syria like ISIS, Al Nusra, Huras Al Din and Turkistan Islamic Party who take their orders from Ankara.”

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/pyd-us-decision-serves-the-terrorist-organizations-in-syria-30718

 

  1. Turkish prosecutor charges Kurdish singer Tunç with alleged insult of President Erdoğan

9 November 2018 | Stockholm Centre for Human Rights

A Turkish prosecutor in İstanbul has charged Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç with insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Tunc said, “I have the right to criticize whoever it is that does wrong, even if it’s the President. But unfortunately these are dark times when this isn’t seen as a right.”

https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-prosecutor-charges-kurdish-singer-tunc-over-his-alleged-insult-to-president-erdogan/

 

  1. Ousted female Kurdish mayor from Cizre wins human rights award

9 November 2018 | Rudaw

Ousted Cizre co-mayor Leyla Imret, who is wanted in Europe by Turkey, won an international human rights award for continuing to fight for equality while in exile. Internationale Liga fur Menschenrechte (International League for Human Rights (ILHR)) awarded Imret the Carl von Ossietzky Medal this week in Berlin, Germany.”In exile, she continues to fight fearfully for her return to the mayor’s office, where she has been democratically elected, and courageously continues to promote human rights in Turkey, as well as a peaceful and righteous solution to the Kurdish question,” ILHR stated.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/09112018

 

  1. TEV-CAND: Promoting cultures and languages in Kobane

8 November 2018 | ANF News

Hozan Serhat was a PKK guerrilla and a musician who played saz and composed some of the most precious songs in contemporary Kurdish music. His album, Hewler, a gem, is a must for all musicians. Hozan Osman is the co-chair of TEV-CAND cultural centre in Kobane. He welcomes ANF in the centre which has been taken over by TEV-CAND after the regime left the city.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/features/tev-cand-promoting-cultures-and-languages-in-kobane-30690

 

  1. YPJ Commander calls out from the EP: Stop the Turkish state

8 November 2018 | ANF News

Commander Arian, title character in director Alba Sotorra’s documentary, attended an event after the screening of the film in the EP through a video call. Commander Arian said, “Stop the Turkish state and all who help ISIS.”

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/ypj-commander-calls-out-from-the-ep-stop-the-turkish-state-30694

 

  1. Kurdish artists continue the protest for Öcalan in Strasbourg

7 November 2018 | ANF News

Kurdish artists have taken on the protest held with the motto, “Öcalan’s freedom is our freedom” in the second day in Strasbourg. The demonstration launched yesterday with a press statement that thousands of people attended on the call of KCDK-E (European Kurdish Democratic Society Congress) and TJK-E (European Kurdish Women’s Movement) demanding an end to the aggravated isolation imposed upon Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan is on its second day. Representatives from institutions throughout Europe and patriots will take on the protest every day until November 18.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/kurdish-artists-continue-the-protest-for-Oecalan-in-strasbourg-30678

 

  1. UN: DAESH buried up to 12,000 bodies in 200 mass graves in Iraq

7 November 2018 | ANF News

A report by the UN detailed the mass graves discovered in Iraq in the 2014-2017 period when DAESH ruled wide areas of the country. The mass graves were discovered in the cities of Niniva, Kirkuk and Saladin. In addition, 28 mass graves were found in the city of Anbar and information on 1,258 bodies were shared.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/un-daesh-buried-up-to-12-000-bodies-in-200-mass-graves-in-iraq-30662

 

  1. Demonstrations in the US for Kobane and Rojava

6 November 2018 | ANF News

Demonstrations against Turkish aggression in Rojava were held in Los Angeles, California and Washington, DC over the past several days. On Sunday, demonstrators called attention to the recent Turkish attacks on Kobane and Tal Abyad (Gire Spi) at the Turkish Airlines booth at Los Angeles International Airport. They handed out materials describing Turkey’s war on Kurdistan, and asked all people to refuse to fund Erdogan’s war machine by traveling to Turkey or purchasing Turkish goods and services.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/demonstrations-in-the-us-for-kobane-and-rojava-30640

 

  1. Turkey’s Erdogan says joint U.S.-Kurdish patrols near Syria border unacceptable

6 November 2018 | Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that joint U.S.-Kurdish patrols just over the Turkish border with Syria were unacceptable and he expected U.S. President Donald Trump to stop them. The SDF said on Friday that U.S. troops had started patrolling the border in a bid to defuse tensions with Ankara – though it did not say whether its own forces had joined in. The U.S.-led coalition in Syria said there had been no increase in patrolling.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkeys-erdogan-says-joint-u-s-kurdish-patrols-near-syria-border-unacceptable-idUSKCN1NB1BE

 

  1. HDP’s Temelli: The Kurdish question is now a global issue

3 November 2018 | ANF News

HDP Co-Chair Sezai Temelli spoke at the 19th General Assembly of the Human Rights Association “When we look at the 32 years we left behind, we see that especially on 12 September [1980, the military coup] period we lost many of our friends.” Temelli added: “We have witnessed how the regime of the 12 September military coup was able to reproduce itself while we were trying to get rid of it. And then came the AKP. The AKP is actually building an authoritarian regime and does not leave the championship in human rights violations to anyone. We have become incapable of discussing democratisation issues”.

https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/hdp-s-temelli-the-kurdish-question-is-now-a-global-issue-30589

 

  1. Christian Peacemaker Teams call on White Helmets to speak out about Afrin abuses

1 November 2018 | Kurdistan 24

In a letter on Monday, the Christian Peace Makers Team called on the White Helmets to change their policies and called for the withdrawal of the Turkish army and rebels from Afrin. The letter said: “Because of our mutual human rights and life-affirming work, we are dismayed to learn that you are working with the Turkish invading forces and their Free Syrian Army mercenaries in the Syrian region of Afrin.” The CPT letter also said, “Before the Turkish invasion, Afrin was a region where Kurds, Arabs, [Yezidis], Armenians, and other minorities lived together peacefully. Women were safe and held leadership positions in the government”. The CPT noted that over 100,000 people “have been violently displaced from their homes and prevented from returning.”

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/195ecc98-7c6f-4d93-a81c-3225ff9626be

 

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. Analysts say US bounty for PKK leaders won’t stop Turkish hostility

9 November 2018 | Kurdistan 24

Experts say that the US announcement of multi-million dollar bounties on three senior Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leaders on Tuesday will not stop Turkish hostility towards the People’s Protection Units (YPG) which the US backs in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Professor David Romano, from Missouri State University, added that the “PKK and its PYD [Democratic Union Party] relative in Syria were probably the first to fight ISIS (IS) in Sinjar (Shingal), saving thousands of Yezidis (Ezidis) and buying time for the better armed Iraqi army and KRG peshmerga to marshal a response to the Jihadist threat.”

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/dea38b61-b78d-4b10-aa45-4bfe47f21b5b

 

  1. Kurds unite in new effort against linguistic assimilation in Turkey

8 November 2018 | Al Monitor

In a rare show of unity, nine Kurdish parties in Turkey have estabkished a joint platform to promote the Kurdish language against what they see as a creeping danger of assimilation and oblivion. The initiative aims to revive the Kurds’ decades-long efforts to use their language freely, especially in education. The struggle has been in a lull since settlement talks between Ankara and the Kurds collapsed in 2015.

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/11/turkeys-kurds-in-new-effort-against-linguistic-assimilation.html#ixzz5WaA1BryF

 

  1. Turkey’s hard landing, high inflation and the fiscal mystery…

8 November 2018 | Ahval

The US is now positioned to waive sanctions for Turkey on oil trade with Iran for the next 180 days. The sizable fine from the U.S. Treasury on state-owned Halkbank for undisclosed past transactions with Iran also looks to be shelved for now. But there remains key issues between the two countries’ different approach to relations with the Syrian Kurds, Turkey’s plans to purchase the S-400 advanced missile defense system from Russia and ExxonMobil’s drilling activities near Cyprus.

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-inflation/turkeys-hard-landing-high-inflation-and-fiscal-mystery?amp

 

  1. Prof. Hannibal Travis Speaks on the Assyrian, Armenian, Greek, and Yezidi Genocides

31 October 2018 |MassisPost

During WWI an estimated 250,000 Assyrians were murdered by Ottoman Turkey and Kurdish irregulars in the Assyrian Genocide or “Seyfo,” which means “sword” in the Assyrian language. In the same period, invading Ottoman forces also murdered many Assyrians in northwest Persia. In 1915, explained Travis, Assyrians made resistance stands, such as in today’s southeastern Turkey, against Turkish troops and Kurdish brigands.

https://massispost.com/2018/10/prof-hannibal-travis-speaks-on-the-assyrian-armenian-greek-and-yezidi-genocides/

 

  1. Heartbreaking film on Ezidis introduces the Kurdistan Memory Programme

29 October 2018|Kurdistan 24

A heartbreaking screening of the documentary film “One Yazidi (Ezidi) Family Vs. ISIS” made an impression on the audience in Erbil’s cinema, bringing some to tears Sunday. The screening was sponsored by Kurdistan 24 and is part of the launch of the Kurdistan Memory Programme (KMP). The film tells the tragic story of the Ezidi Chatto family, who was the victim of the 2014 massacre carried out by jihadists as the Islamic State (IS) took over Sinjar (Shingal). Eventually, survivors of the family manage to flee to Germany and build a new life.

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/culture/7b098154-9d8b-497f-8d58-fdc594596949

 

  1. Turkey uses Khashoggi’s murder to rehabilitate its image, just as it bombs Syrian Kurds

29 October 2018 | The Canary

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is successfully rehabilitating his international image by exploiting the apparent Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This occurs despite Erdoğan’s horrendous record on human rights and press freedoms, and amid escalating Turkish state violence in Syria.

https://www.thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2018/10/29/turkey-uses-khashoggis-murder-to-rehabilitate-its-image-just-as-it-bombs-syrian-kurds/

 

STATEMENTS

  1. HDP MP Ms Leyla Güven on hunger strike.

12 November 2018|Peace in Kurdistan

On 7 November 2018, during the third hearing of her case at Diyarbakır 9th Heavy Penal Court, Ms Leyla Güven announced that she began an indefinite hunger strike in protest of the politics of isolation imposed on Mr Abdullah Öcalan at İmralı Island Prison. See the HDP’s statement on Ms Leyla Guven, MP for Hakkari in prison since 31 January 2018, who began an indefinite hunger strike to protest the politics of isolation imposed on Mr Abdullah Ocalan at Imrali Island Prison.

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2018/11/12/hdp-mp-ms-leyla-guven-on-hunger-strike/#more-9409

 

  1. KNK: We condemn the decision for financial rewards for eliminating Kurdish freedom fighters

11 November 2018|Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

On November 6th the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Matthew Palmer, announced that the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program is targeting three senior members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The KCK has condemned the “flagrantly unjust decision. It is obvious that this is a political decision to give Turkey greater latitude to continue with its atrocities against Kurdish people, often with sophisticated weapons and military intelligence of the NATO”.

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2018/11/12/knk-we-condemn-the-decision-for-financial-rewards-for-eliminating-kurdish-freedom-fighters/

 

  1. MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE SATURDAY MOTHERS

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

We send solidarity greetings to the Saturday Mothers and demand that they be allowed to continue to gather in Galatasaray Square, Istanbul, unmolested by the forces of the Turkish state. The courage of the Saturday Mothers has made them an inspiration for people in Britain and all around the world who care for human rights, justice and democracy. They must not be attacked, harassed or persecuted. It is an alarming development when Turkey’s Interior Minister describes these women as being ‘exploited by terrorists’. The Saturday Mothers have held their peaceful protest for 23 years simply to ask the authorities to provide them with information on the fate of their loved ones who have been disappeared.

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/message-of-solidarity-with-the-saturday-mothers/

 

 

 

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 21 JULY – 05 AUGUST 2018

NEWS
1. Six thousands refugees returned to Rojava in two months
2. YJŞ: Organized women are the best response to the genocide
3. Turkey turning ‘blind eye’ to Syrian rebel abuses in Afrin
4. Austrian Kurd arrested at Turkish airport for critical Facebook posts
5. Municipality of Florence demands freedom for Öcalan
6. Syria: Turkey must stop serious violations by allied groups and its own forces in Afrin
7. Turkey’s Ilisu Dam will flood 12,000-year-old Hasankeyf settlement
8. KCDK-E: Shengal’s autonomous status must be recognized
9. Erdogan’s Most Charismatic Rival in Turkey Challenges Him, From Jail
10. Kurdish leader reveals details of first meeting with Syrian government
11. Rojava Kurds will support Assad in Idlib – if it helps them retake Afrin
12. Congress wants to halt F-35 sales to a NATO ally over Mattis’ objections, and it’s a sign of growing tension

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 01 – 15 MAY 2018

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

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

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

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

NEWS
1. People continue protesting in Iran and Rojhilat
2. Kurdish-led administration in Syria calls Iran protests ‘uprising against tyranny’
3. HDP Co-chair Kemalbay to AKP: Try and do your worst!
4. Thousands rally for Sakine, Fidan and Leyla in Paris
5. Five years on, Kurds march in Paris to demand justice for slain activists
6. MIT administrators arrested by the PKK
7. Turkish President Erdogan’s Paris visit slammed as ‘insult to Kurds’
8. Demirtaş’ message on the occasion of the 3rd Ordinary Congress of the HDP
9. A political purge by the judiciary
10. Pro-Kurdish footballer Deniz Naki shot at on German motorway
11. UK ‘inadvertently helped neuter’ Middle East ally the Iraqi Kurds
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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 20 – 30 DECEMBER 2017

NEWS
1. Demirtas: We must break the isolation on Ocalan
2. “Turkey is not Guantanamo”: Imprisoned politician Demirtas slams new prison uniform policy
3. 267 corpses exhumed: How far can Turkey’s ‘war on terror’ go?
4. People of Tabqa respond to Assad: We are all SDF fighters
5. 1570 youths joined the SDF, YPG and YPJ in one month
6. Are hit squads about to take aim at Turkey’s dissidents abroad?
7. Germany should investigate Turkish plans to attack opposition
8. Kurdish-led Syrian groups plan to attend Sochi talks: officials
9. Turkish police raid pro-Kurdish party’s İstanbul bureau, detain co-chairperson
10. Yüksekdağ: It is very clear that there is a hand applying pressure on my judicial case
11. Turkey’s problem with Syrian Kurds far from over
12. Iraqi Kurdish ministers resign amid violent protests
13. Iraq invites bids to build new Kirkuk pipeline to Turkey


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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING DECEMBER 2017

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/
1. The voice of Ocalan resonates in Latin America
2. International observers arbitrarily denied access to hearings
3. The Trial of Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtas
4. The case of Kisanak and Tuncel: Resistance and the theatrics of repression
5. Forty women killed in October 2017 in Turkey
6. Turkey ranks 105th out of 153 countries safe for women
7. Ummiye Kocak: A success story from the Turkish countryside to New York
8. Syria’s Arab, Kurdish women join forces to fight for future
9.  “The Rojava Revolution is a women’s revolution”
10.  YPJ calls on all women to turn every day into a day of struggle
11. Letter from Co-Chair of Turkey’s HDP on the Violent Treatment of Women
12. Why Kurdish Women Joined The Fight Against ISIS
13.  Democratic Federation of Northern Syria: ‘Women are the foundation of a free Society.
14. Why the Kurdish Fight for Women’s Rights Is Revolutionary
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 25 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER 2017

NEWS
1. Longest curfew in the world turns 2
2. Constitutional Court to assess Demirtaş’s appeal on December 6
3. Turkish police detain 75 in Cukurova region
4. Elections in Northern Syria in 5 questions
5. Balance sheet of attacks by the Turkish army against Rojava
6. Kurdish Party Favors Syrian Kurds’ Inclusion in Peace Talks
7. PKK celebrates its 40th anniversary in Medya Defense Zones
8. Left Party’s Schimke: Isolation on Öcalan is unacceptable
9. TEV-DEM: Our people will resist attacks and protect their gains
10. “The Rojava Revolution is a women’s revolution”
11. YPJ calls on all women to turn every day into a day of struggle
12. Trump tells Turkey’s leader: US to stop arming Syrian Kurds
13. Syrian Kurds ‘Determined to Retaliate Against Turkish Invasion of Afrin’
14. Efrîn Foreign Affairs Council’s statement on Turkish attacks

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 13 – 20 NOVEMBER 2017

NEWS
1. Gerry Adams: Ocalan should not be imprisoned
2. GUE/NGL Chair: An official delegation should visit Ocalan
3. BBC’s credibility at stake
4. “AKP wanted to use the KDP against Rojava and the PKK”
5.  One week of balance sheet in the Operation Cizire Storm
6.  Press conference on PKK ban in German Parliament
7. 704th appeal to visit Ocalan rejected
8. GUE/NGL Group Chair: Öcalan must be contacted
9. Indefinite sit-in by the CPT continues with resolve
10.  SDF: Turkish intelligence involved in the disappearance of Silo
11. Parliament: Kurds to withdraw from Iraqi political process uf calla for dialogue are ignored
12. The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons
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