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

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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING August 2018

On the Fourth anniversary of the Yazidi genocide:
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/ 
1. Yazidi Women from Afrin: We’ll struggle to liberate home
2. 3 August, the day humanity was lost
3. KCK: Everybody owes the Yazidis in the name of humanity
4. Kurds Commemorate Fourth Anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide
5. Women remember Shengal victims in Istanbul
6. Kurdish women in Afrin protest rebel group detention of young men
7. Despite increased women representation in parliament, Turkey’s political gender equality still long way to go.
8. Druze women and children kidnapped by Islamic State in Syria’s Sweida
9. In pictures: the women’s revolution of northern Syria
10. In pictures: the women’s revolution of northern Syria part II
11. JINWAR an ecological women’s village in Rojava
12. YJŞ: Organized women are the best response to the genocide
13. Betrayed by extremists and abandoned by their governments, these women and children have nowhere to go
14. IHD’s Onaran: Women prisoners are facing severe conditions
15. ‘I still feel the need for resistance in my writing’: Sudanese author Leila Aboulela
16. Traces of the Goddesses

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1. Yazidi Women from Afrin: We’ll struggle to liberate home
3 August/ANF News
Yazidi women from Afrin said that whoever tries to annihilate someone’s identity begins with women first.
The women emphasized that they would increase the struggle to liberate Afrin and would not allow the Turkish state occupation to annihilate the Kurdish people.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/yazidi-women-from-afrin-we-ll-struggle-to-liberate-home-28708

2. 3 August, the day humanity was lost
3 August/ANF News
The biggest attack carried out by DAESH (ISIS) mercenaries in the Middle East was in Shengal.
The mercenaries sold hundreds of Yazidi women as slaves at their markets and killed many others. Some women were rescued or managed to escape from captivity and tell their stories, four years after that massacre.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/3-august-the-day-humanity-was-lost-28694

3. KCK: Everybody owes the Yazidis in the name of humanity
3 August/ANF News
Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Co-Presidency commemorated the people who lost their lives in the August 3 genocide and stated that the abducted women and children are “an oath to fight” for them. KCK stressed that ending the firmans against the Yazidi people would “mean an end to oppression and massacres against all peoples of the Middle East.”
https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/kck-everybody-owes-the-yazidis-in-the-name-of-humanity-28684

4. Kurds Commemorate Fourth Anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide.3 August/Morning Star
THE genocidal killing of thousands of Yazidis four years ago was commemorated by Kurds today, who pledged “an oath to fight” for freedom and democracy in their honour.
“Standing with the Yazidi people will mean an end to oppression and massacres against all peoples of the Middle East, ” the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) said a statement marking the anniversary of the August 3 genocide carried out by the Isis death cult.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/kurds-commemorate-third-anniversary-of-the-yazidi-genocide

5. Women remember Shengal victims in Istanbul
3 August/ANF News
The Struggle for Kidnapped Women Platform condemned the massacre carried out by DAESH against the Yazidi people in Shengal, four years ago. The action was organised in Taksim square.
HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) deputy and HDK (Peoples’ Democratic Congress) co-chair, Gülistan Koçyiğit, delivered a speech at the action which saw the participation of numerous women’s organizations.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/women-remember-shengal-victims-in-istanbul-28712

6. Kurdish women in Afrin protest rebel group detention of young men
21 July/Kurdistan 24
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – At least a dozen women in Afrin’s town of Jindires, northwestern Syria, took to the streets on Friday to protest the detainment of Kurdish men by Turkish-backed armed rebel groups and demand the release of the detainees.
http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/76f3c9b8-3014-45c3-bd8a-83eded7d3f46

7. Despite increased women representation in parliament, Turkey’s political gender equality still long way to go.
4 July/Global Times
Turkish activists say that the female representation in Turkey’s parliament has increased in the latest election, but it is insufficient and there is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in politics. The number of Turkish women lawmakers has steadily increased in the past two decades. In the June 24 election, the percentage of women lawmakers in the Turkish parliament increased to 17.3 percent, with 103 female members in the 600-seat assembly, from 14.7 percent in 2015 and 9.1 percent in 2007.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1109411.shtml

8. Druze women and children kidnapped by Islamic State in Syria’s Sweida
30 July/Middle East Eye
Dozens of members of the Druze religious minority were captured by IS last week according to residents of Sweida
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/druze-women-children-kidnapped-syrias-sweida-638990499

9. In pictures: the women’s revolution of northern Syria
12 July/The Region
It’s not a surprise why many are saying that the Kurdish freedom movement is undergoing a woman’s revolution. Commanding armies, and armed with heavy weapons, Kurdish women have been at the forefront of the fight against the so-called Islamic State. But it would be misguided to state that this, in itself, is the “woman’s revolution”, for the advances that Kurdish women move beyond the military sphere. To subscribe to this view, is to fall guilty of what Kurdish activist Dilar Dirik calls the “oriental gaze” which fetishizes bad-ass Kurdish women while stripping them from their agency.
http://theregion.org/article/13838-in-pictures-women-039-s-revolution-of-northern-syria

10. In pictures: the women’s revolution of northern Syria part II
14 July/The Region
It’s not a surprise why many are saying that the Kurdish freedom movement is undergoing a woman’s revolution. Commanding armies, and armed with heavy weapons, Kurdish women have been at the forefront of the fight against the so-called Islamic State. But it would be misguided to state that this, in itself, is the “woman’s revolution”, for the advances that Kurdish women move beyond the military sphere. To subscribe to this view, is to fall guilty of what Kurdish activist Dilar Dirik calls the “oriental gaze” which fetishizes bad-ass Kurdish women while stripping them from their agency.
http://theregion.org/article/13859-in-pictures-women-039-s-revolution-of-northern-syria-part-ii

11. JINWAR an ecological women’s village in Rojava
15 August/The Region
Short film.
http://theregion.org/#mobile-nav

12. YJŞ: Organized women are the best response to the genocide
03 August 2018/ANF English
Shengal Women’s Units (YJŞ) Command issued a written statement on their official website for the 4th anniversary of the 74th genocide and said the attacks aimed to annihilate their identity.
https://anfenglish.com/women/yjS-organized-women-are-the-best-response-to-the-genocide-28701

13. Betrayed by extremists and abandoned by their governments, these women and children have nowhere to go
01 August 2018/The Canary
Following an on-site visit, The Canary has learned that ‘Roj Camp’ in northern Syria (Rojava) houses 2,000 refugees. Almost all of them are reportedly the wives and children of current or former members of Daesh. But often, their own governments do not want them back, or simply claim they are unable to help them.
https://www.thecanary.co/feature/2018/08/01/betrayed-by-extremists-and-abandoned-by-their-governments-these-women-and-children-have-nowhere-to-go/

14. IHD’s Onaran: Women prisoners are facing severe conditions
6 August/ANF News
According to the last report of the Human Rights Association (İHD), there is a total of 1025 ill prisoners, 357 of whom are seriously ill. Of the ill prisoners, 86 are women.IHD Istanbul Branch Prison Commission member, Hatice Onaran, said: “For many different reasons, women prisoners are not the same as other prisoners, when they are ill. We know of the degrading and humiliating treatment in prison, and it is also for this reason that women prisoners are experiencing a more difficult situation”.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/ihd-s-onaran-women-prisoners-are-facing-severe-conditions-28781

15. ‘I still feel the need for resistance in my writing’: Sudanese author Leila Aboulela
11 July/Middle East Eye
Award-winning Sudanese novelist Leila Aboulela knows what it means to leave one world behind and embrace a new existence with courage and determination. With her roots laying down the foundation for her craft, Aboulela’s works of fiction focus on the exploration of identity, migration and spirituality.
http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/I-still-feel-the-need-for-resistance-in-my-writing-sudanese-author-leila-aboulelas-book-1086971281

16. Traces of the Goddesses
8 August/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
“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.”
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2018/08/08/traces-of-the-goddesses/

17. Women Weaving the Future
A major international women’s conference in Frankfurt on 6-7 October 2018: Revolution in the Making. Women in the Mesopotamian and Middle East region have been struggling for freedom for a long time and we want to bring together women of the world to combine our knowledge, power to change, and our experiences.  You may have heard of the Women’s Revolution under way in Northern Syria (Rojava) where an area of self-administration has been declared in which all ethnicities are working together to create a gender equal, ecologically sustainable future. If you are interested to know more, this book is a great introduction
https://www.plutobooks.com/9781783719884/revolution-in-rojava/
For details of conference click here. 

Peace in Kurdistan
Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question
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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.









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, 28 JUNE -21 JULY 2018

NEWS
1. YPG Spokesperson: We are a model for entire Syria
2. PKK: Rojava Revolution paved the way for democratic Middle East
3. KCK: Rojava Revolution will be the foundation of Democratic Syria
4. Turkey looks set to swap one state of emergency for another
5. Turkey’s huge scale of arrests and detentions condemned
6. “Ordinary” Turkey worse than under state of emergency
7. The ball stays in Turkey’s court: U.S. pastor to remain in jail
8. Austrian Chancellor: Turkey’s accession talks should end
9. Saleh Moslem refutes claims of a meeting with Syrian official
10. 22 internationalists join the human shields action in Qandil
11. Erdem Gül acquitted
12. Durham Miners Festival dedicated to Öcalan continues
13. UN report details large-scale human rights abuses in Afrin
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134th Durham Miner’s Gala Dedicated to the Freedom For Öcalan Campaign 

For immediate release, Thursday 12th July 2018
Press Contact: Elif Sarican, +447939809542

The 2018 Durham Miner’s Gala, the largest annual trade union festival in Europe, is dedicated to the Freedom For Öcalan trade union campaign, which is supported by 14 national trade unions, including the TUC, representing six million workers in the UK.

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The Freedom For Öcalan Campaign was founded in the UK parliament on 25th April 2016 by UNITE The Union and GMB union, together representing more than 2 million workers in the UK, and was hosted by Labour MP Kate Osamor. Within two years, the campaign has garnered the interest of another 12 national trade unions, including the Trade Union Congress and Prospect Union, which has affiliated to an international campaign for the first time in their history. The campaign aims at securing the freedom of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. Continue reading

Round Up of Observations on Turkish Elections June 2018.

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The Komun Academy, an online academy for democratic modernity, is online.

Dear Friends

We need your contribution!!!!!!
The website is an attempt to communicate the ideology, perspectives and debates of the Kurdish freedom movement with internationalists around the world and to form a platform for revolutionary debates for the construction of alternatives against the system and life in capitalist modernity. The academy invites everybody, especially social and political movements and collectives, to participate and share their knowledge, experience and visions for a world in justice and freedom.

The academy makes the following announcement:

“KOMUN ACADEMY is online!

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Theresa May gives backing to President Erdogan and Turkey’s war on the Kurds

Contact Details: 11 Portland Gardens, Fairfax Hall, Londond, N4 1HU. Phone: 0208 8880 1804

Contact Details: 11 Portland Gardens Fairfax Hall, Londond, N4 1HU kurdscentre@gmail.com 0208 8880 1804

KURDISH PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY

During Turkish President Erdogan’s visit to Britain, the British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her support for Turkey and said that Erdogan was seeking to defend his country from ‘the extraordinary pressures of a failed coup and Kurdish terrorism’. This designation of ‘Kurdish terrorism’ is exactly the formulation that Erdogan uses to legitimise the Turkish states’ war on the Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. This is a designation that we utterly and categorically condemn. The Kurds far from being terrorists have been Britain’s staunch allies against the scourge of the terrorism of ISIS, providing the boots on the ground in the Middle East and paying a heavy personal price for the freedom of us all . The Metropolitan Police has however brought Turkey’s war to the streets of London, using police dogs and horses to threaten people and arrest some 16 or so people in Whitehall, who were protesting at Erdogan’s visit to Downing Street. Kurds, and their supporters, in Britain are being criminalised as they are in Turkey. Continue reading

BOYCOTT TOURISM IN TURKEY

DON’T TAKE THEIR HOPEFUL SMILE AWAY:
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Thinking of Holidaying in TURKEY? Please think again!

Why you might consider visiting Turkey

Turkey is known for its inexpensive holiday packages and for pleasant weather, beaches, and historical sites dating back thousands of years.

Why you should avoid visiting Turkey

Turkey has become increasingly autocratic, with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan solidifying his grasp on power following a referendum of questionable legitimacy on presidential powers in 2017. Erdogan has purged the ranks of the country’s government, judiciary and military, and Turkey has become the number one imprisoner of journalists worldwide. Erdogan’s authoritarian regime instrumentalises Islam for its own power purposes and has put immense pressure on women and religious and ethnic minorities such as Alevis and Yezidis, and anti-Semitism and anti-Christian rhetoric are mainstream. Foreign visitors may not feel welcomed with open arms or at least will instantly see a change in attitude once they question the actions of Erdogan and Turkey – doing so can mean risking detention and deportation, or even jail time. Continue reading