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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NEWS BRIEFING September 2018

This edition includes a focus on the history and current situation of the Saturday Mothers Protest in Istanbul


  1. TURKEY: Listen to the Saturday Mothers
  2. Turkey: Mothers of Disappeared: Take Action
  3. Turkey: Authorities must ensure relatives of people forcibly disappeared can continue with their peaceful weekly vigil
  4. Istanbul riot police break up Saturday Mothers’ vigil
  5. Saturday Mothers
  6. Defiant 82-year-old co-founder of Saturday Mothers Emine Ocak vows to continue peaceful protest after arrest
  7. Turkish Probe Reignites the ‘Saturday Mothers’
  8. Saturday Mothers of Turkey
  9. Turkey: Clashes erupt as Saturday Mothers protest for missing
  10. Turkish families protest disappearances (“Saturday Mothers”), 1995-1999
  11. The Women of the Revolution: Inside the Kurdish Rojava Revolution
  12. Yezidis: A minority of genocides
  13. Murder in Shengal against Yazidis: Turkey, the KDP and the United States.
  14. Justice after genocide: The Ezidis
  15. Islamophobia is preventing the empowerment of Muslim women repressed by political agendas

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  1. Joe Robinson: Turkish court convicts former UK soldier
  2. Kongreya Star launches hunger strike for Afrin
  3. Turkish government arrests 2 more Austrian citizens
  4. Al Idlibi: Turkey could lose all its cards in Idlib
  5. Diyarbakır’s Art Scene and the Voice of Kurdish Resistance
  6. UN Commission: Turkey violated international law in Afrin
  7. HDP delegation held press conference in Berlin
  8. German opposition and a significant portion of the public object to Erdoğan being received with an official state ceremony.
  9. Turkish communist faces trial over anti-war remarks
  10. 18 dead as Syria Kurds clash with regime forces
  11. ISIS officer: Suicide bombers were sent to Europe by MİT
  12. Turkey HDP: Court jails pro-Kurdish leader Demirtas
  13. Kurdish forces ambush Turkish-backed fighters in Afrin, killing two
  14. Turkey: Over 50 journalists currently face trial on “terrorist propaganda” charges
  15. Kurdish youth continued Long March
  16. Six thousands refugees returned to Rojava in two months
  17. Women prisoners to protest conditions in Elazığ
  18. Human rights are constantly violated in Afrin
  19. Saturday Mothers to defy protest ban imposed by Turkey’s Erdogan
  20. Rûken: Isolation is part of the special war
  21. Tunç: Soldiers are threatening the villagers in Dersim to leave

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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. 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

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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. 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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