KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 10 JANUARY – 10 FEBRUARY 2020

For all of the latest Kurdish news, see these sources:

ANF English: https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News: https://www.hawarnews.com/en/

Rojava Information Center: https://rojavainformationcenter.com

https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

Women Defend Rojava: http://womendefendrojava.net/en/

Rojhelat: http://rojhelat.info/en/

Rojava Centre for Strategic Studies

http://nrlsrojava.com/en/

 

 NEWS

  1. Pentagon slashes funding for Islamic State fight
  2. KODAR and PJAK announce a boycott of elections
  3. Ilham Ahmed to Asharq Al-Awsat: Damascus Agreed to Political Dialogue with Guarantee from Moscow
  4. Closure of Iranian border crossing crushes Kurdish village economy
  5. Turkey: Kurdish Mayors’ Removal Violates Voters’ Rights, Says HRW
  6. Police charge a British father with ‘terrorism’ for sending money to his son – who’s been fighting AGAINST Daesh
  7. Final Resolution of the 16th EUTCC Conference in EP
  8. DC Court: Turkey must face charges in Sheridan Circle assault on Kurdish protesters
  9. HRW: Turkey intensifying attack on pro-Kurdish party by removing mayors
  10. British Islamic State suspects to be tried in Syria by Kurdish authorities
  11. Autonomous administration in Syria to put Isis fighters on trial after international snub
  12. Exclusive: U.S. halts secretive drone program with Turkey over Syria incursion
  13. Kurdish-led forces in Syria say they will keep conscription system 
  14. UN: Northwest Syria fighting displaces over 500,000 in 2 months
  15. Syrian Kurdish party reopens office as part of Kurdish unity initiative
  16. Syrian Kurdish center sets out to defang ‘cubs of the caliphate’
  17. Turkey denies it, Swiss laboratory proves it used phosphorous
  18. Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria plan local tribunal for IS fighters
  19. Belgian government defies ruling of its supreme court on PKK
  20. Kurdish leaders celebrate Belgian court’s ruling that the PKK is not a terrorist organisation
  21. Belgium Court of Cassation: PKK is not a terrorist organization
  22. General: US committed to Syria fight; Missions up against IS
  23. Turkey earthquake: death toll rises as search for survivors continues
  24. ‘We have no alternative’: Syrian Kurds predict cooperation with Assad on aid deliveries
  25. Priti Patel’s proposed new terrorism offence was worrying. Her new plans are frankly terrifying.
  26. Almost 27,000 flee Syria’s Idlib to Turkey in three days – report
  27. Priti Patel is proposing a new terrorism offence that should worry us all
  28. EU cuts pre-accession aid to Turkey by 75%
  29. UN says around 350,000 people have fled Syria’s Idlib since 1 December
  30. More than 500 people, mainly children, died in Syria’s al-Hol camp in 2019: Medics
  31. Turkey’s Wikipedia ban ends after almost three years
  32. Final declaration of the SDF Military Council meeting published
  33. UK’s attempt to repatriate British children from Syria to be rejected
  34. Norway repatriates Daesh-linked woman, children from Syria
  35. Report: Syria Kurdish politician executed by Turkey-backed militia
  36. Turkish, Syrian top spies meet in first official contact in years
  37. Syrian Kurds criticize UN decision limiting humanitarian aid to Syria
  38. Russia scores victory for ally Syria in UN vote cutting aid
  39. Thousands march in Paris for Sakine, Fidan and Leyla
  40. Turkey, Russia agree to ceasefire in war-torn Idlib, Syria

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 22 DECEMBER 2019 – 12 JANUARY 2020

For all of the latest Kurdish news, see these sources:

ANF English: https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News: https://www.hawarnews.com/en/

Rojava Information Center: https://rojavainformationcenter.com

https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

Women Defend Rojava: http://womendefendrojava.net/en/

Rojhelat: http://rojhelat.info/en/

Rojava Centre for Strategic Studies

http://nrlsrojava.com/en/

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Labour’s Brexit policies are “very clear to anyone who has actually read it”, says Baroness Blower

8 December 2019|Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Journalist Alaettin Sinayic speaks to Baroness Christine Blower who has been recently appointed to the House of Lords. They discuss the upcoming general elections as well issues being overshadowed by the constant reference to Brexit, such as health, social care, education, climate justice and the ‘Green New Deal’. She also said that while members of the press may not get what Labour’s Brexit policies are about they are in fact “very clear to anyone who has actually read it”. A Corbyn government will seek to renegotiate the current deal, which the Baroness called “terrible”. Following which there would be another referendum within six months with the newly negotiated “better deal” with a “soft Brexit” or “remain”.

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Green Party member Jean Lambert discusses Brexit, Turkey’s invasion of Syria and the general election

8 December 2019|Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Journalist Alaettin Sinayic and former Green Party executive chair Jean Lambert spoke about the upcoming UK general elections, Brexit, and the Turkish invasion and occupation of North East Syria. Lambert explained that the political structure of the UK has contributed to a dysfunctional Brexit policy and negotiations.

Jean Lambert has been an active member of the UK Green Party since 1977 and was Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England and Wales from 1992-93 and 1998-99. She was chair of the Green Party Executive in 1994. She has been London’s Green MEP from 1999-2019. Jean has a close working relationship with community groups, NGO’s, trade unions and policy makers across the capital.

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NEWS IN BRIEF Update –Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 8 |  18 – 27 Nov 2019

NEWS IN BRIEF Update – Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 8

No 8  18 – 27 Nov 2019

For all of the latest developments, see these sources:

Rojava Information Center:

 https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

https://rojavainformationcenter.com

ANF English:

https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News:

 https://www.hawarnews.com/en/

Women Defend Rojava:

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(VIDEO) Lindsey German Speaks About Co-founding Stop the War Coalition, the Iinvasion of Iraq, and Turkish State Repression

9 November 2019|Lindsey German and Alaettin Sinayic

Convening Chair of Stop the War Coalition Lindsey German sat down with Kurdish journalist Alaettin Sinayic to discuss  the founding of the StWC, the illegal invasion of Iraq, and the policies of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They also discuss the potential of a further conflict with NATO and Russia as a result of the Turkish invasion of Syria as well as the “NATO project” more generally and plans of future demonstrations against NATO.

(VIDEO) ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan Speaks Out on Brexit, a Possible Corbyn Government, and Turkey’s Invasion of Rojava

14 November 2019|ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan with Alaettin Sinayic

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) General Secretary Mick Whelan interviewed by Journalist Alaettin Sinayic. Whelan commented on Brexit, austerity, the importance of having a Labour government and Turkey’s invasion and attacks to North East Syria. He also explains that the 139 year old union campagned against “fascism”, “racism”, and “self-determination”.

NEWS IN BRIEF Update – Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 7 9 – 17 Nov 2019

For all of the latest developments, see these sources:

Rojava Information Center:

https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

https://rojavainformationcenter.com

ANF English:

https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News:

https://www.hawarnews.com/en/

Women Defend Rojava:

http://womendefendrojava.net/en/

 

NEWS

‘No Friends But the Mountains.’ What Life Looks Like for the Kurds of Syria, Now That the U.S. Has Pulled Back
14 Nov 2019 | Karl Vick, TIME
The modern Middle East was formed exactly 100 years ago when, in the wake of World War I, the victors began creating new countries. Among the populations deemed deserving of nationhood — along with Armenians and Azeris — were the Kurds.
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