The Saturday Mothers

Following a recent visit to Istanbul, Ali Has writes:

The Saturday Mothers (Cumartesi Anneleri) is a group who gathers 12pm every Saturday for half an hour at Galatasaray (district), Istanbul (Turkey), holding photographs of their “lost” loved ones. Mainly composed of mothers of victims, and renowned as a model of civil disobedience, they combine silent sit-in with communal vigil as their method of protest against the forced disappearances and political murders in Turkey during the military coup-era of 1980s and the state of emergency rule of the 1990s. In September 2018, they held their 700th sit-in protest, which was violently disrupted and has not been allowed since. But decide to disrupt and ban this peaceful protest now? It would appear that with the addition of former Turkish prime minister Tansu Ciller during the 1993-1996 and the then chief of police for Turkey Mehmet Agir in the current political arena alongside the ruling government that the banning of this protest is a gesture of good will or a “wink of the eye” aimed at appeasing them. Indeed, it is largely believed that it was at the direct orders of the two said actors or on their watch that most of the disappearances were ordered and occurred.  Continue reading

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Suna Alan – Hope Is Closer

via Suna Alan – Hope Is Closer

 

Suna Alan – Hope Is Closer

Illustrated by Hannah Kirmes-DalySuna Alan: Musician, human rights activist, journalist, feminist. Her repertoire of folk songs spans a rich cultural heritage and includes Kurdish, Turkish, Greek and Armenian songs. She uses her music to raise awareness of Kurdish issues and give another side of the story beyond politics. As a journalist and an activist she has published stories of Yazidi Kurdish women abused by Daesh, and she has written a song to raise awareness of this issue through music.

Translation:

 

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The 73rd genocide of the Yazidis, and building a new life – 1

Thursday, 2 Aug 2018 – 08:00

ÎBRAHÎM ÊZIDÎ/SINJAR

4 years have passed since the 73rd genocide of the Yazidis in Sinjar (Şengal), but tens of thousands of people are still displaced from their homes, and thousands remain captive in the hands of the terrorists who perpetrated this crime against humanity. However, the people of Sinjar survived and emerged from the genocide to build a new life.

Throughout history, the Yazidi society has faced many genocides, and in 2014 this happened once again – this time occurring in front of the eyes of world. On the fourth anniversary of this genocide, though the wounds of Sinjar have not completely healed, the Yazidi society has created a new life for themselves after surviving the killing, kidnapping, torture, and pain of this most recent genocide. Continue reading

Traces of the Goddesses

Knowing that there were and still are alternatives to patriarchal and capitalist domination opens up new options for political action …

by Andrea Benario, June 2018

“Countless pottery shards litter the ground. With stones carefully worked into tools and building elements, ancient clay walls testify to different eras of life. I step tentatively, because I do not want to injure the goddesses who rest here, or destroy their works … Every time I look at the gir hills or visit historic sites in Rojava, I am overwhelmed by these ambiguous feelings: an awed shudder at the great deeds that have been performed here, but also melancholy and sadness at the ignorance and plunder that these witnesses to human history saw.”

From Afrin to Dêrik, from Serê Kaniyê and Kobanê to Manbij, Raqqa and Abu Kemal, foosteps of two women’s revolutions trace the landscapes of Rojava and northern Syria. Through studies and research in various locations in northern Syria, the Jineolojî Academy is working to assemble and visualize facts and knowledge about the first women’s revolution. For these stories and histories of women, who report about exploitation-free and communal forms of society, were and continue to be denied by mainstream history writers, either ignored or dismissed as “unscientific.” But we consider knowledge and the awareness of the existence of nonstate-nonpatriarchal cultures to widen the horizon of our imagination. To bring about the women’s revolution in the 21st century, we must first challenge the patriarchal, colonialist truths and smash religious and positivist dogmas. Only in this way can we regain stolen knowledge and expropriated values, and defend and build new ones. Continue reading

Astri from the Kurdish women’s battalion in Kobani

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October 2014

I’m ready. I’m sad. I’m angry. With no more tears,

just one thought on my mind:

I shall protect my family, my homeland,

the earth belongs to us, not to the IS fascists.

 

Before our life was different.

A plot of land was ours, sweet tomatoes, cucumbers,

our shaggy goats free,

their milk and cheese so white and gleaming,

the chickens pecked in grass and gravel,

their clucking the softest sound of peace.

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To the women of the world:

Let us turn the 21st century into the era of women’s freedom!
From the mountains of Kurdistan, in the lands where society developed with the leadership of women, we salute you with our great freedom, passion, ambition, and unbreakable struggle. From Rojava’s neighborhoods to South America’s forests, from Europe’s streets to Africa’s plains, from the Middle East’s valleys to North America’s plazas, from Asia’s mountains to Australia’s plateaus; with our love which knows no borders and with our most revolutionary feelings, we embrace all women who intensify the struggle for freedom and equality. Continue reading

WE DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE HALT TO TURKEY’S WAR ON THE PEOPLE OF AFRIN:   OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY

Peace in Kurdistan – Women Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria

 Dear Prime Minister

 On International Women’s Day 2018 we call on your government to acknowledge and condemn the Turkish invasion of Afrin and the attacks currently taking place there against a women’s revolution in Afrin in Northern Syria.

 The invasion constitutes a war of aggression and is therefore in breach of international law. Its continuation is in clear breach of Security Council Resolution 2401.  Continue reading

THE ATTACKS ON AFRIN TARGET WOMEN’S LIBERATION AND DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVES

Kongreya Star Committee for External Relations

Information File

Status Date: 08.02.2018
Kongreya Star Committee for External Relations

Navenda Dîplomasî ya Kongreya Star
مركز العلاقات الدبلوماسیة لمؤتمر ستار
pewendiyenjin.r@hotmail.com
r.woman.d@gmail.com
European Representation of Kongreya Star:
rojavawomen@gomail.com

INTRODUCTION

On the night before January 20, 2018, the Turkish military and its jihadist allies jointly attacked the Afrin canton. The Turkish army calls this war of aggression “Operation Olive Branch” and claims to defend itself from attacks. International lawyers disagree and in fact, the opposite is the case. In 2017 alone [see attachment 2: chronology of Turkish attacks on Afrin 2017], the Turkish military attacked the area around the northwestern corner of Syria at least dozen times with artillery in order to provoke a war. In this sense, the beginning of the attacks on January 20 was not unexpected but rather planned long ahead of time. Continue reading