KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 26 February – 29 March 2019


  1. Demirtas calls on people to go to the polls to “teach a lesson”
  2. (VIDEO)In Memory of Those Fallen in the Fight Against ISIS. Sehid Namirin!
  3. SDF declares victory over ISIS, vows to continue their fight
  4. Gaza writer sent solidarity message to Leyla Güven
  5. French senator: Remove PKK from EU terrorist organizations list
  6. Turkey’s Kurds celebrate New Year, brace for election
  7. In pictures: Turkey’s Kurds celebrate Nowruz in Diyarbakir amid hunger strike 
  8. Rebel Kurdish leader’s treatment criticised by Welsh Assembly
  9. HDP MP Sarısaç: We are the defenders of this honourable cause
  10. (VIDEOS) Kurdish forces pound last remaining ISIS stronghold in Syria
  11. After defeating Islamic State, Syrian Kurds eye political battle
  12. Free Öcalan call: Freedom for Öcalan campaign ramps up as hunger strikers’ condition deteriorates
  13. Turkish Foreign Ministry summons Belgian ambassador
  14. European rights court orders Turkey to pay news publisher
  15. Kurdish women prepare for life after ISIS
  16. Delegation of Basque women visits Rojava

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  1. Kurdish villagers are dying at the hands of a war the world has ignored for too long
  2. EU foreign policy chief urges Turkey to refrain from military operation in Syria
  3. Solidarity hunger strikes in Europe continue
  4. Indefinite hunger strike to be launched in Strasbourg
  5. Kurdish parties and organisations reject the US decision
  6. PKK and PAJK prisoners announced indefinite hunger strike
  7. “As Turkey’s local elections loom, reckless war-mongering begins”
  8. HDP’s Buldan: Millions demand freedom for Öcalan
  9. Anderson calls for release of Öcalan and all political prisoners
  10. US-Backed Kurdish Forces Seize ISIS Town in Eastern Syria
  11. US firmly warns Turkey against attack on Syrian Kurdistan
  12. Kurdish leader tells Turkish court he is a ‘political hostage’
  13. EU Commission: Demirtas case reflects rights violations
  14. Dozens Arrested in Raids on Kurdish Party Headquarters in Turkey
  15. Iranian Kurds bury actor, filmmaker brothers killed in arson car fire
  16. Kurdish community in Scotland being “terrorised” by police
  17. Kurds Rush Reinforcements Into East Syria as ISIS Reclaims Town
  18. Persecution of Kurds seeking sanctuary in Scotland must stop

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  1. Occupation sells Afrin people’s property in public auctions
  2. Al-Bab people revolted against Turkish mercenaries’ practices
  3. Demonstration against violence against women in Rojava
  4. Rojda Felat: by women’s leadership, historic victory achieved in al-Raqqa
  5. Lunnebach: The PKK ban started as an exception, turned into law
  6. HDP kicks off preparations for Turkish local elections
  7. Iran arrests six Kurds for aiding opposition forces
  8. HDP hopeful of positive Demirtaş ruling regardless of ECHR
  9. SDF Spokesperson: No deal with ISIS for the women of Suwayda
  10. People of Afrin prepare for winter in tents and ruins
  11. At least 15 ISIS members killed in Operation Cizire Storm
  12. Rojava University conference starts
  13. Turkey deposes some 260 elected village heads, arrests follow
  14. Iran executes seven in past week, three of them Kurds
  15. Turkey shells Kurdistan Region, claims it killed 12 PKK members
  16. Chief of Staff: Coordinating with several countries to determine fate of Daesh detainees
  17. Another kind of participation in battle to defeat terrorism!
  18. Raqqa pumping station working at full scale
  19. Clashes in Azaz spread to Afrin
  20. Important projects for women’s economy
  21. Lawyers and human rights defenders to discuss the PKK ban
  22. Dozens of actions to demand Freedom for Öcalan
  23. Daily Mail: Fear reigns over Afrin after seized by Turkey-backed gangs.
  24. Two Mercenaries: Turkey gateway to join ISIS
  25. Arresting 32 Students, 16 Years of Confinement for Students Over 10 Months

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1. 73 women’s communes founded in Til Hemis in a month
2. Nomadic life, guerrillas and the choice of dignity
3. Women from around the world attend the international conference
4. Erdogan costs Germany 8.7 million Euros
5. Iran said it launched ballistic missiles towards Syria
6. YRK announced its fourth martyr in clashes with the IRGC
7. Mesopotamian Water Forum to be held in Sulaymaniyah

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1. Swedish Left Party MP sends letter to Öcalan

2. Turkish state to build colonial roads to invaded territory

3. Muslim: Our goal is for TEV-DEM to organize the 3rd territory

4. Afrin people protest human rights organizations for their silence

5. Turkey police fire tear gas at mothers’ protest

6. ‘Kurdish-led delegation holds fresh talks with Syria govt. in Damascus’

7. Turkish star witnesses against US pastor Andrew Brunson are his expelled congregants


1. Kurds hit Turkey-backed rebels in Afrin’s countryside

2. Russia-Turkey-Iran pact can end over Idlib

3. Syriaʹs Kurds hold the cards

4. The Kurds- Erdogan’s Favored Target, and Turkish Democracy’s Greatest Hope

5. ‘I met my IS captor on a German street’

6. Nurtured by the state

7. Turkey’s President Erdogan Vows to Win ‘Economic War’ With U.S.

8. Turkey: Erdogan’s rule is built on quicksand

9. The fallout from Turkey’s crisis will cause damage far beyond its borders

10. The reason Turkey’s economic collapse is so scary is that Iran, Russia, and Syria are waiting in the wings

11. World Markets Brace for Impact of Turkish Lira Crisis

12. The US-Turkey Crisis: The NATO Alliance Forged in 1949 Is Today Largely Irrelevant

13. Turkey’s repressive regime turns academic’s life upside-down

14. In colonised Kurdish society even the flowers can be labelled terrorists

15. Journalism in Exile: “Turkey had turned into hell for journalism”

16. It feels like everyday life under the revolution: Growing a new world in Rojava.

17. Why Moscow left Kurds. Five reasons

18. The Rojava experiment


1. Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin
17 August 2018

2. Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin
03 August 2018

3. What happened in Turkey in July 2018

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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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1. After election boost, Turkey’s Erdogan may reward nationalists with cabinet jobs – sources
2. “The house always wins in Vegas” – analysts assess Turkey’s elections
3. Demirtaş: It is a great success that the HDP is in the Parliament
4. U.S. says respects Turkey’s vote results
5. Commentary: Five Questions: ‘Turkey is no longer a democracy’
6. Despite all the pressure, HDP prevailed in Turkey’s elections
7. OSCE should avoid ‘biased’ analysis of Turkey’s election, Foreign Ministry says
8. Turkey elections impacted by restrictions on freedom, says OSCE
9. Voters had genuine choice in Turkish elections, but incumbent president and ruling
10. Turkey, Early Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, 24 June 2018: Statement of
11. (VIDEO) Turkey’s Historic Election: What to Expect Next?
12. Turkey election: there is almost no one left who can speak truth to power
13. The impact of Turkey’s election: Erdogan’s sweeping new powers
14. Turks in Germany praise ‘our leader’ after two-thirds vote for Erdogan
15. Turkey’s Erdogan claims victory in presidential and parliamentary elections
16. Turkey election: Erdoğan strikes combative tone in victory speech
17. Demirtaş: Authoritarian regimes eventually collapse; sometimes it happens quickly, sometime it takes longer
18. HDP’s Diyarbakir candidates breathe eve of poll optimism
19. German, Swedish OSCE election observers denied entry to Turkey
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* The first 5 items in this news bulletin are contributions from members of the recently-returned Women’s Delegation to Rojava, detailing different aspects of their visit.


It is our political responsibility to ensure that the Rojava experiment does not end, so that it does not lend itself to yet another defeatist narrative that inequality and capitalist greed are part of human nature. No. Rojava shows us the beauty of life when it is lived co-operatively; when we grow the food we need and live in harmony with our surroundings, when we respect all ethnicities and give them equal say in a truly democratic society, when we put women in equal charge of our destinies.

Another world is not only possible, it is here. But this world is struggling to take breath. We have to keep it alive for all of our sakes. Even if it is simply to refresh and reconfigure our own struggles. This is our revolution too.  Rahila Gupta March 2018

1. Building a new society against all odds: Scots activist tells of the hopes and challenges facing Kurds in Syria
2. Afrin and Manbif- A Tale of two Cities
3. Remembering Rojava
4. Speech by Julie Ward MEP at European Parliament: On return from Rojava with Women’s Delegation.
5. Julie Ward MEP and Sarah Glynn interviewd by ANF about the Women’s Delegation to Rojava.
6. One year in the Internationalist Commune of Rojava
7. The Revolution is Female
8. Jin War – The Rojava village built by women, for women
9. Kurdish women protest after being told by Turkish-backed militias to wear the Hijab
10. World failing Yazidi women forced into sex slavery – charity head
11. Documentary on YPJ commander premiers at Sheffield documentary festival .
Commander Arian.
12. Girls of the Sun review – Heavy-handed story of Kurdish women fighters
13. Kurdish female fighters film ‘Girls of the Sun’ sparks furious Cannes row
14. Ballad for Syria. Film.
15. Witch, slut, child murderer – Shaming and other tools of patriarchy
16. New Book Out: A Road Unforeseen – Women Fight the Islamic State

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1. Reality Check: The numbers behind the crackdown in Turkey

2. Why Erdogan is entering key elections with a far-right ally

3. Can Erdogan’s economic record help him keep seat amid challenges?

4. Ahead of Turkey’s ‘biggest opinion poll’

5. Turkey elections 2018: everything you need to know

6. Jailed Kurdish leader may hold key in Turkish elections

7. The impact of Turkey’s state of emergency

8. The Turkish government has issued an arrest warrant for the father of an NBA basketball player from Turkey.

9. Former PM, accused of having ties with Turkish mafia, campaigns for Erdogan

10. Demirtaş’ TV speech from prison

11. Turkey’s jailed pro-Kurdish candidate in first TV appearance for 20 months

12. HDP’s preliminary report on the attack in Suruç

13. Turkey’s elections according to the experts: a primer

14. Turkey election: Four dead in clash as pre-poll tension rises

15. How My Father’s Ideas Helped the Kurds Create a New Democracy

16. Turkey’s Erdogan says will lift state of emergency if re-elected

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1. Turkey and UK battle to save fighter jet project
2. Selahattin Demirtaş and Human Rights in Turkey’s Elections
3. Demirtas offers to withdraw from Turkey’s presidential race
4.Letter by HDP’s Imprisoned Yüksekdağ: Women Will Overcome Threshold of Oppression
5. Erdogan slams Ince visit to Diyarbakir after promising Kurdish education
6. The truth about Kurdish politics
7. Supporters campaigning for pro-Kurdish presidential candidate detained
8. Tweets from Demirtaş on Erdoğan’s claims on Kobani protests
9. Erdogan’s party accused of ordering deadly Isis suicide bombing
10. Ahval reveals a top secret EU report: ”AKP commissioned ISIS for Ankara Massacre”
11. Turkish opposition leader appeals to Corbyn from prison
12. Erdogan calls for his Kurdish rival to be tried ‘quickly’


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