• 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
    Email: estella24@tiscali.co.uk
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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.









  • Traces of the Goddesses

    Knowing that there were and still are alternatives to patriarchal and capitalist domination opens up new options for political action …

    by Andrea Benario, June 2018

    “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.”

    From Afrin to Dêrik, from Serê Kaniyê and Kobanê to Manbij, Raqqa and Abu Kemal, foosteps of two women’s revolutions trace the landscapes of Rojava and northern Syria. Through studies and research in various locations in northern Syria, the Jineolojî Academy is working to assemble and visualize facts and knowledge about the first women’s revolution. For these stories and histories of women, who report about exploitation-free and communal forms of society, were and continue to be denied by mainstream history writers, either ignored or dismissed as “unscientific.” But we consider knowledge and the awareness of the existence of nonstate-nonpatriarchal cultures to widen the horizon of our imagination. To bring about the women’s revolution in the 21st century, we must first challenge the patriarchal, colonialist truths and smash religious and positivist dogmas. Only in this way can we regain stolen knowledge and expropriated values, and defend and build new ones. Continue reading

  • 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

    Continue reading

  • 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
    Continue reading

  • 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