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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*POST-ELECTION SPECIAL* KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 22-27 JUNE 2018

NEWS, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
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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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING JUNE 2018


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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.

#WomenRiseUpForAfrin

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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*PRE-ELECTION SPECIAL* KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 12 – 20 JUNE 2018

NEWS, OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

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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*PRE-ELECTION SPECIAL* KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 09-13 JUNE 2018

NEWS, OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

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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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 16 MAY – 7 JUNE 2018

NEWS
1. KNK: Stop the Turkish invasion of South Kurdistan
2. SDF fighters liberate a village east of Shaddadi
3. HDP MP candidate and two others detained in Istanbul
4. Southern Kurdistan people protest against Turkish invasion
5. Report on torture by Turkish soldiers in Şemdinli
6. Caricaturist Kurtcebe arrested for ‘insulting’ President Erdogan
7. YPG: “Last advisory group withdrew from Manbij”
8. Turkey Threatens Strike on Kurds in Iraq
9. Syrian Kurds to leave Manbij under delicate US-Turkey deal
10. Turkey: Kurdish Militants Leaving Syria’s Manbij will be Disarmed
11. 16 Turkish soldiers killed in guerrilla actions
12. U.S. and Turkey Agree on Kurds’ Withdrawal From Syrian Town
13. Turkey threatens to invade Kurdish stronghold of Qandil mountains soon
14. Free Journalists Initiative releases monthly report
15. It was a bad weekend for the BBC, as protesters accused it of ‘complicity’ in Turkey’s invasion of Syria
16. Syrian Democratic Forces capture Turkish militant sleeper cells SOFREP Original Content

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 02 – 29 MARCH 2018

NEWS
1. “Invasion of Afrin was a repeat of what happened in Shengal”
2. Thousands march for Afrin and condemn silence in Brussels
3. Claudia Roth: “What is the reason for this great silence on Afrin?”
4. Thousands march for Afrin and condemn silence in Brussels
5. 10.000 Turkey-backed FSA militia ready to start offensive against Manbij: pro-government newspaper
6. Turkey jails 28 people who attended Newroz in Istanbul
7. HRW slams Turkey’s social media crackdown
8. US Defense Secretary says Turkey’s actions hurt fight against ISIS, PKK needs to leave Sinjar US
9. Two Turkish soldiers killed, six others wounded in Afrin
10. Sweden’s SSU calls for international action for Afrin
11. Syrian Democratic Forces formed its first brigade in Raqqa
12. Egypt: “Events in Afrin are reminiscent of the Armenian Genocide”
13. Series of demonstrations for Afrin in Italy
14. Police arrest protesters as they promise Anna Campbell ‘we will fight on’
15. Protest for Afrin in front of the Council of Europe
16. HDP MP Botan sentenced to 18 years in prison
17. Die Linke MPs: “Europe should consider Afrin the new Vietnam”
18. NATO ally Turkey found guilty of war crimes
19. In Afrin the Turks are Looting and Pillaging with Gunfire
20. British woman killed fighting Turkish forces in Afrin
21. Syria condemns Turkish aggression on Afrin, calls for withdrawal
22. Pro-Kurdish protests close King’s Cross and Manchester Piccadilly stations
23.While the world looks to Eastern Ghouta, civilians in Afrin are being slaughtered in their hundreds by Turkish forces
24. Ankara Faces Mounting Pressure Over Syria Operation
25. ‘Dossiers are being built up’ for prosecution of crimes in Syria, says UN rights chief
26. Turkey accused of recruiting ex-Isis fighters in their thousands to attack Kurds in Syria

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 4 – 19 FEBRUARY 2018

NEWS
1. Strasbourg rally: Victory will be of Öcalan’s children
2. Turkmen fighter: We are defending Afrin together
3. Turkey Carried Out Gas Attack in Afrin: YPG Kurds, Syrian Gov’t
4. Turkey hits Kurds with toxic gas, 6 civilians injured – reports
5. Turkey sentences journalists to life in jail over coup attempt
6. Turkey denies release request from former head of pro-Kurdish party: party official
7. Afrin-Related Detention Tally: 474 on Social Media, 192 on the Street
8. Freedom for Ocalan Committee: Ocalan must be free
9. Police Operation Against “End War” Declaration in Hatay
10. Over 1,000 Kurds march in protest from Lausanne to Geneva
11. Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party replaces jailed chief
12. Afrin Day 24: Turkey warns of total breakdown in US relations
13. Turkey launches investigation into new pro-Kurdish leader
14. Afrin: Five kilometers on five fronts in four weeks
15. ‘No problem’ if Damascus fights Turkey: Syria Kurds
16. Soccer: Turkey bans German-Kurdish player for life over ‘ideological propaganda’
17. Kurdish women occupy Tory HQ as UK-armed ally slaughters more children [TWEETS]
18. Never Again, and Other Empty Promises
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KURDISH WEEKLY NEWS BRIEFING, 20 – 27 JANUARY 2018

 

  1. KCK calls for national unity based on democratic values
  2. SDF: 308 Turkish soldiers and gangs were killed in seven days
  3. International volunteers join mass mobilization to defend Afrin
  4. SDF: 308 Turkish soldiers and gangs were killed in seven days
  5. British MP calls for an end to Turkey’s assault on Afrin
  6. Kurds invited to Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi — diplomat
  7. US to Turkey: De-escalate Tensions in Northern Syria, Focus on Fighting Islamic State
  8. Syria war: Kurds call on Damascus to defend against Turks
  9. US to Turkey: De-escalate Tensions in Northern Syria, Focus on Fighting Islamic State
  10. Syria war: Kurds call on Damascus to defend against Turks
  11. British men prepare to fight Turkish-led forces in Syria
  12. Turkey’s preoccupation with Syrian Kurds could spell disaster for US
  13. Turkish attack highlights Syrian Kurds’ isolation
  14. Pentagon Chief Slams Ankara’s Op in Syria Amid US-Turkey Row Over Kurds
  15. Turkey to extend Syria campaign to Kurdish-controlled Manbij

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KURDISH WEEKLY NEWS BRIEFING, 10 – 19 JANUARY 2018

NEWS
1. YPJ Afrin Commander: The Turkish state is digging its own grave
2. People of Afrin respond to the Turkish state
3. Syria Kurds say will defend enclave from Turkish ‘scourges’
4. Syria ‘ready to down Turkish jets attacking Kurds Afrin’
5. Damascus warns it may shoot down Turkish planes attacking Kurds within Syrian
6. U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds appeal to UNSC for quick action as Turkey readies attack
7. U.S. Border Plan in Syria Fuels Tensions With Turkey
8. “The Rojava revolution is the beginning of humanity’s revolution”
9. Jailed head of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party acquitted of insulting minister

STATEMENTS
1. Turkish attack on Afrîn and our call on the international community to take
2. Turkey must not be allowed to attack Afrin
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