KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING,  28 MARCH – 3 APRIL 2017

NEWS

1. KCDK-E calls upon Europe to prosecute Erdoğan
2. Guerrillas in Shengal: Our goal is Leader Öcalan’s freedom
3. Hunger strike in Şakran enters its 48th day, prisoners in a critical stage
4. Long line of ‘NO’ voters in front of the Turkish consulate in Paris
5. Brussels assailant turns out to be Erdoğan’s man
6. HDP Co-chair Demirtaş and deputies join prison hunger strikes
7. Hunger strike in Edirne Prison ends after dialogue with the management
8. No NO allowed on TV screens, and no HDP either!
9. HDP and DBP Co-chairs and MP Zeydan to go on hunger strike – UPDATE
10. Turkey deals death blow to Kurdish leadership with DBP conviction
11. Women and Defense workshop kicks off in Rojava
12. At least 5 Turkey-backed rebels defect to SDF’s Manbij Military Council
13. Turkey ‘ends’ Euphrates Shield campaign in Syria
14. Amal Clooney calls for collection of evidence of Isis atrocities
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 21 – 27 MARCH 2017

NEWS
1. UK Parliament calls for action to stop conflict between Turkey and Kurdish YPG in Syria
2. Turkey’s Kurds could sway tight referendum vote
3. Veteran politician says Turkey referendum a ‘test’ for Kurds
4. Swiss parties and people rally for ‘NO’ against Erdoğan’s regime
5. Turkey’s Erdogan warns Europeans ‘will not walk safely on …
6. CHP MP Tanrıkulu Visits HDP’s Imprisoned Co-Chair Demirtaş
7. Human Rights Association Diyarbakır Branch Chair Bilici Released
8. SDF forces liberate strategic Tabqa Airport, push further into ISIS capital
9. PYD’s Muslim: The US and Russia may tell Turkey to ‘get out of Syria’
10. Êzidîs marching to Brussels for Shengal cover 185 km in eight days
11. On Nowruz, massive pro-Kurdish rallies flood Turkey’s Diyarbakir
12. The Latest: US claims Tabqa dam is not in danger of bursting
13. Russia wants Syrian Kurds in Geneva talks despite Turkey’s resistance
14. The peoples of Rojava celebrates Newroz everywhere
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 14 – 20 MARCH 2017 NEWS

 

  1. YJA Star: We will prevail in 2017 with the spirit of Newroz
  2. PKK: Let’s celebrate Newroz with the spirit of resistance
  3. How Erdoğan’s ruthless drive for more power is shaking a divided Europe
  4. Kurdish voters still undecided on Turkish referendum
  5. Kurdish supporters in Frankfurt protest against Erdogan
  6. Academic Freedom Must Be Defended
  7. PYD’s Muslim at Newroz rally in Frankfurt: Victory will be ours
  8. Turkish police detain 740 Kurds over alleged PKK links: minister
  9. PKK Prisoners Around Turkey Start Hunger Strike to Free Ocalan
  10. Turkey bans Kurdish New Year celebrations in Istanbul, Ankara
  11. Erdogan is ‘stoppable,’ pro-Kurdish lawmakers say
  12. Dozens including 3 journalists, 2 deputies detained in anti-HDP operations
  13. Dozens of pro-Kurdish officials arrested in Turkey crackdown
  14. Syrian Kurdish police fears ISIS attacks during Newroz celebrations
  15. Kurdish YPG leader says attack on Raqqa city to start in April
  16. UN says no ethnic cleansing by Kurds in northern Syria
  17. Syria conflict: Unravelling the puzzle
  18. US-led coalition says no plans to incorporate Rojava Peshmergas in fight against ISIS in Syria
  19. British YPG member says ISIS leadership fleeing Raqqa, Turkey excluded from the operation

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 16-23 JANUARY 2017


NEWS
1. Kışanak: We will build a colourful future through women’s solidarity
2. Intellectuals and academics visit Qandil in support of guerrillas
3. IHD: 47 ill prisoners died in Turkish jails in 2016
4. HDP Batman MP Ayşe Acar Başaran Detained
5. Turkey deports NYT reporter for critical article on Kurds
6. Sarıyıldız: AKP tries to change the constitution to avoid standing trial
7. Merkel ‘plans to visit Turkey’ next month
8. Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived
9. Prosecutor seeks up to 142 years in prison for jailed HDP co-chair
10. Muslim: Astana meeting is another game doomed to fail
11. PYD holds conference in Hasakah Governorate to discuss future of Rojava
12. Responding to Turkey: US says they only arm SDF Arabs, not Kurds
13. Yezidi NGO resumes activities in northern Iraq after talks with Kurdish officials
14. Iranian Kurdistan: Two Activist Writers Detained in Turkey
15. Hrant Dink Commemorated on 10th Anniversary of His Murder


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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 12 – 18 NOVEMBER 2016

NEWS

  1. 10 thousand people march against AKP fascism in Brussels
  2. Mardin Co-mayor Ahmet Türk: They cannot suppress us, we will resist
  3. HDP MPs meet EP President Schulz in Brussels
  4. Turkey stops HDP MP from briefing TDs on Ankara’s crackdown on Kurds and opposition
  5. Pictures: Scots Kurdish solidarity activists step up fight as Turkey continues clampdown
  6. EPSU Executive Committee expresses deep concern regarding recent Turkish developments
  7. US-led coalition strikes ISIS headquarters in Raqqa
  8. Syrian Kurds tackle conscription, underage marriages and polygamy
    9.  Kurdish volunteers dismantle hundreds of explosives
    10. YBŞ fighters: We’ll resist all attacks, no matter where they come from
    11. BBC must stop ‘false & negligent’ Raqqa coverage, say Kurds

    OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
    12. Erdogan’s War on Women
    13. 
    LT. GEN. Michael T. Flynn: “Gun for Hire”
  9. 14. Team Trump’s first ethics scandal?
    15. Why Turkey’s Islamist Leader Is So Happy About Trump
    16. 
    HDP arrests: on the road to dictatorship in Turkey
  10. 17. Sarah Glynn: More than ever we need to show our support for Kurds and others under threat around the world
    18. The Middle East Will Bring an End to the EU
    19. Op-ed: Turkey has declared war against the Kurds
    20. Does Turkey have upper hand in EU membership battle?
    21. Will Turkey’s negative growth rates lead to political crisis?
    22. The Repression And War Crimes Inflicted On Turkey’s Kurds
    21. 
    Turkey: the road towards dictatorship and the west’s responsibility
  11. 22. Kurdish war history preserved through art

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 29 OCTOBER – 4 NOVEMBER 2016

NEWS

1. The End of Democracy in Turkey
2. Full text of the joint statement of detained MPs of the HDP at court The End of Democracy in Turkey
3. DBP Co-chair: Words have become obsolete, now it’s time for resistance
4. Arrest Warrants Issued for Arrest of All 59 HDP MPs
5. International Women’s Alliance expresses solidarity with Kurdish women
6. Belgian Court decided not to prosecute Kurdish politicians and associations
7. Britain Must Condemn Tyranny In Turkey
8. HDP MP: The people of Diyarbakır won’t recognize the trustee 9. A ‘state of obeyers’ is being constructed
9. Kışanak, Akat Ata, Anlı Held in One-Person Cells
10. DBP: Diyarbakır has Witnessed Trustees Twice; 1980 Coup, 2016
11. Supreme Court Affirms HDP’s Yüksekdağ’s 10-Month Jail Term
12. RSF Places Erdoğan on List of Predator of Press Freedom
13. 22 Regions Declared Special Security Zone in Şırnak
14. Of 1,267 Academics Dismissed in New Statutory Decree, 24 Are Academics for Peace
15. Moslem: YPG to join the Raqqa operation under the umbrella of SDF
16. Inspired by Kurdish units, al-Bab Military Council creates all-female battalion
17. Islamic State, Turkey-backed rebels launch simultaneous attacks on Kurdish positions
18. Shahba Turkmen refuse the Turkish occupation

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 1 – 7 OCTOBER 2016

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 1 – 7 OCTOBER 2016

NEWS
1. Motion in Swedish Parliament for Erdoğan’s trial in the ICC
2. What about our human rights? : Kurds feel force of Turkey’s crackdown
3. EU report expresses concerns over increasing racist violence against Kurds in Turkey
4. European journalists meet with the CoE Secretary General on Turkey
5. MED Nûçe employees protest Eutelsat
6. ‘Kurds vs Turkey’ in six wars ongoing in Syria, says Kerry in Paris
7. Even SpongeBob can’t escape Turkey’s post-coup crackdown
8. ‘Turkish Pentagon’ to be formed in capital Ankara: Report
9. Demirtas: We did not visit Kurdistan Region for PKK-Turkey peace
10. Sinam Muhamad: we will strive to expose the mercenaries’ acts
11. Bomb kills 20 at Kurdish wedding in Syria – reports
12. Kurds say Turkish border guards continue to kill Syrians
13. Rojava administration launches new education system in Kurdish, Arabic and Assyrian
14. PSYOPs: Operation Syria
15. 85% of the Iraqi Kurds who joined Daesh were trained in Quranic schools
16. Canadian MP introduces motion to recognize Kurdish genocide Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 24 – 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS

1. Details of Öcalan’s September 11 meeting with his brother on İmralı
2. Demirtas: EP could take initiatives for resolution process in Turkey.
3. Syrian Kurds demand recognition of Rojava federal project as condition to fight for Raqqa
4. TEV-DEM calls for action against Turkish state’s massacres and attacks
5. Final declaration of the KNK’s ‘Southern Kurdistan Workshop’ release
6. Women in Shengal to organise under Êzidî Free Women’s Movement
7. Kurds repel Islamic State attack on Manbij, deny death of American fighter
8. Turkey Trying to ‘Break up Alliance Between US and Syrian Kurds’
9. 12 Kurdish and Alevi TV stations closed in Turkey, as crackdown extended
10. More trials pile up
11. Turkey: IFJ/EFJ solidarity mission with journalists on trial

 OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. Turkey’s “Illegal Invasion” of Syria: Operation “Euphrates Shield” Turns Into Operation “Occupation”
2. It’s time for a new peace process between Turkey and the Kurds
3. Georgi Dimov: The trends in Turkey’s economy are frightening
4. Todenhöfer: Interview With Al-Nusra Commander “The Americans stand on our side”
5. Foreign policy mishaps prove costly for Turkish contractors
6. How a kick rattled Turkey
7. Are US-Turkey military ties under threat?
8. Are Ankara, Washington on collision course in Syria?
9. Turkey’s State of Emergency and the March to One-Man Rule
10. ‘Promoting our culture is every Kurds’ responsibility’ Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 17 – 23 SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS
1.Sarıyıldız: Kurds defend the values of humanity, what about you?
2. HDP letter to international organizations on academics and teachers
3. Öcalan’s messages to be discussed in panels in Europe
4. International İmralı Delegation calls on CPT to visit İmralı
5. Kurds protest appointed trustees and the isolation of Öcalan
6. U.S. considering arming Syrian Kurds to halt Islamic State
7. Medico: Turkish soldiers distribute confiscated material as aid
8. Jarablus MC Commander: Erdoğan aims to occupy Girê Spî
9. Britain in Syria: No Plans, No Strategy, Only Phantom Allies
10. Muslim: we are not aspiring to any anything but a democratic Syria
11. Syria’s Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham backs Turkish offensive against ISIS and Kurds
12. Syrian Kurds prepare census for eventual elections in Rojava
13. International Conference on Gender and Post-Genocide in Yerevan
14. Belgium prosecutes Kurds that are victims of state terror
15. Sarıyıldız speaks at the UN on Cizre massacre
16. ‘Settlement schmettlement’: Turkish purges target Kurds
17. TUC: We are in solidarity with the Kurdish people
18. 
A PROCESS OF RECONCILIATION : KURDS, ARMENIANS, AND TURKS DISCUSS THE LEGACY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 3 – 9 SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS

1. Fifth day of the hunger strike for Öcalan in Amed
2. PKK and PAJK prisoners to go on indefinite hunger strike for Öcalan
3. Turkey suspends 11,500 teachers as Erdogan declares largest operation against Kurds
4. HDP: We don’t recognize trustees, people will defend their rights
5. Redur Xelil: Turkey creates conflict with YPG due to its Kurdish enmity
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