Press Release: American Kurdish Association (AKA), Emergency Committee for Rojava (ECR), Outlive Them NYC and Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC)

For Immediate Release  –  October 11, 2019

The American Kurdish Association (AKA), Emergency Committee for Rojava (ECR), Outlive Them NYC and Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council (MACC) today called upon Congress and the United Nations to press for the immediate implementation of a No-Fly Zone along the Syrian border with Turkey.

“Already dozens of innocent civilians have been injured or killed, thousands of people are being displaced. ISIS terrorists have escaped from prisons, Islamic State women are trying to seize the over-crowded Al-Hol camp — the Turkish invasion of Rojava is turning into exactly the catastrophe predicted,” said Kurdish ECR member Ozlem Goner, an assistant professor of sociology at CUNY Staten Island.

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NEWS IN BRIEF on Turkish military invasion of Syria

8-9 October 2019

Kurdish soldiers I spoke to feared Trump would be a treacherous ally. But the scale of his betrayal is terrifying

9 October 2019|Patrick Cockburn, The Independent

We are already on the downslope leading to the ethnic cleansing of up to 2 million Kurds in the vast triangle of land which they call Rojava in northeast Syria. Continue reading

Thirteen major trade unions urge UK government to condemn Turkey’s invasion of Syria – and act to avert ethnic cleansing and potential genocide

Unite News Release

For immediate issue Thursday 10 October 2019

https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2019/october/thirteen-major-trade-unions-urge-uk-government-to-condemn-turkey-s-invasion-of-syria-and-act-to-avert-ethnic-cleansing-and-potential-genocide/

Trade unions representing millions of UK workers and their communities have demanded that prime minister Boris Johnson deploy the UK’s influence to prevent a humanitarian disaster as a result of the Turkish invasion of north and east Syria. Continue reading

Heyva Sor A Kurd – Report on Turkish and islamic groups military invasion in Northeast Syria

9.10.2019

On October 9, 2019 the Turkish army with islamic allies started an offensive targeting mainly the area between Serekaniye and Tilebyed. SDF in turn started to defend the area, after few hours a massive displacement of population started toward south areas such as Hasake city and Tiltemir city.

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Third Ways Between All Antipodes

Comment on Current Events

Nilüfer Koç

The War for Hegemony and its Consequences

It is becoming increasingly clear that the war for hegemony between the Pacific, led by China, and the Atlantic, led by the US, is turning the political strategies and tactics of the 20th century upside down. In many places of the world, the brutal power struggle between the two hegemonies is fought in the form of an economic and trade war. Economically weak nation states are forced to face this competitive war and strive for the maintenance of their status quo. Because of this war, they are forced to position themselves in support of one of the giants. On the Asian, African and Latin American continents, this war for the division of spoils has a direct influence on the life of the civilian population. Increasing poverty, rural flight, the privatization of natural resources such as waters, forests and soils by foreign companies as well as the privatization of education and health care are the consequence. Continue reading

Sinn Fein presses Minister about removal of Kurdish Mayors

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For Written Answer on : 06/09/2019
Question Number(s): 41 Question Reference(s): 36084/19
Department: Foreign Affairs and Trade
Asked by: Seán Crowe T.D.
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QUESTION
To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Turkish Government has removed three democratically elected Kurdish mayors from office and Turkish authorities arrested more than 400 political activists in August 2019 as part of a deepening crackdown on Kurdish political parties (details supplied); his views on this development and the worsening human rights and democratic situation in Turkey; and if he will raise the issue with his Turkish counterpart. (Details Supplied) the mayors of Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van, who are all members of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), were democratically elected by large majorities in March 2019 Continue reading

A Sage of Our Times – Immanuel Wallerstein

International Initiative

”Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan – Peace in Kurdistan“

Postbox 10 05 11 • 50445 Cologne, Germany Tel: +49-221-1 30 15 59 • Fax: +49-221-1 39 30 71 http://www.freeocalan.orginfo@freedom-for-ocalan.com

Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy upon learning of the death of Immanuel Wallerstein. His loss is a profound loss for us all. What set Wallerstein apart from other sociologists was that he had a much stronger analysis of how to break from the world-system.

In this sense, both Fernand Braudel in his analysis of the world history through different terms and especially the longue durée and Wallerstein through his world-system analysis have immensely contributed to Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish freedom movement in better analyzing the defeat of actually existing socialism. But not only this, their contribution can be better observed in Öcalan’s choice of unit of analysis for the historical-society: moral and political society.

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Jineology – science of women, science of revolution

Camilla Power is an activist and academic. She has been teaching anthropology for over 20 years at University of East London. With the Radical Anthropology Group, she researches the role of women in human origins, and the evolution of language, art and symbolism. She has done fieldwork on gender and ritual with Hadza women of Tanzania. 

“If women combine forces they can make a huge revolution”

With these words, Fawza Yusif, cofounder of the umbrella women’s organization Kongreya Star, launched the founding congress of the Women’s Council of Northern and Eastern Syria (Jun 14 2019).

shahmaran

The Painting of Şahmaran outside the Jineology centre in Derik.

 

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Khatchatur I. Pilikian Obituary

PEACE IN KURDISTAN

By Desmond Fernandes

It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing away of Khatchatur I. Pilikian, a patron of Peace in Kurdistan, on 28thJuly 2019. Khatchatur was an indefatigable defender of human rights, a brilliant orator, an internationally acclaimed leading tenor and a sharp-edged public intellectual whose texts and presentations, like Chomsky’s, “share … a luminous theoretical, political, and forensic analysis of the functioning of the current global power structure[s], new and old modes of oppressiveauthority, and the ways in which neoliberal economic and social policies have produced more savage forms of global domination and corporate sovereignty”.[i]Khatchatur was also a remarkable performing and recording musician, artist, poet, research scholar and university professor who lived and studied in Iraq, Lebanon, Italy and the USA before finally settling in London.[ii] Continue reading

Jineology – science of women, science of revolution

Camilla Power, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of East London

“If women combine forces they can make a huge revolution”

With these words,  Fouwza Yusuf, cochair of Kongreya Star launched the founding congress of the Women’s Council of Northern and Eastern Syria (Jun 14 2019).

Practical evidence for women “making ourselves powerful” and “building a new life” was all around us. As a Perwerde delegation of US and European academics invited by Rojava University, we brought a message of solidarity to this historic congress. It was one of the most multicultural events I have witnessed with translations across four, five or more languages, and representation from multiethnic and multireligious communities, Islamic, Christian and also the preAbrahamic Yezidi. Women wore dazzling celebratory costumes showing off their traditions, alongside the more practical military fatigues of the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units). Continue reading