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, 1-8 JANUARY 2017 NEWS

1. Thousands in Paris: We won’t allow the case to be covered up
2. KCK: We will bring the perpetrators of Paris massacre to justice
3. Êzidîs call upon the PKK and the world
4. The Yazidi Forces will defend the Yazidis against Turkey and Barzani!
5. KCK: Peshmergas’ visit to Qandil is a response to Turkish occupation
6. 4 DBP Co-Mayors Arrested, Trustee Appointed to Ömerli Municipality
7. Turkey ousts 6 Kurdish language professors in Artuklu University
8. Call from TİHV for Editors-in-Chief Hearing to be Held on January 11
9. 9 HDP Executives Including İstanbul Co-Chairs Arrested
10. Turkey’s war on Syrian Kurds under scrutiny
11. Syria citadel near Raqqa captured by US-backed Kurds
12. 12. Brits travelling to Syria to fight ISIS should not be treated as terrorists, says foreign fighter
13. Former soldier under threat from extremists after trying to join Kurds against Islamic State
14. Turkey needs Russia, Iran to fight threats: Pundit

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. Turkey Keeps on Bombing the Kurds as it Smiles to the World
2. The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting Isis at the same time
3. The Reina atrocity shows how deeply Islamic fanaticism has taken hold in Turkey
4. Turkey: Winner or loser in Syria?
5. Turkey: DAF, anarchist newspaper Meydan #35 — ‘we are being cornered’ (tr)
6. Journalism On Trial In Turkey
7. Turkey and the Alevis
8. Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists
9. Controlling the Narrative on Syria by Louis Allday
10. MAKING AN EXAMPLE OUT OF INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS WHO COVER SYRIA

PIK – WOMEN ALLIANCE
1. JUSTICE FOR SAKINE CANSIZ, FIDAN DOGAN AND LEYLA SAYLEMEZ
THE PERPETRATORS MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNT
2. Acceptance Speech by Mozn Hassan (Nazra for Feminist Studies) for the 2016 Right Livelihood Award
3. Women’s Alliance News Briefing December 2016
4. Message of solidarity for January 9th, Day of Common Action Against Political

CAMPAIGNS, EVENTS
1. Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan – Media Release: Police action risks criminalising a community
2. Unity of Democratic Forces Protest and march on 15 January 2pm: Unite against Fascism in Turkey!

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 24 – 31 DECEMBER 2016

NEWS

  1. Foza Yusif: Federalism protects the interests of all Syrian people
  2. On the road to Raqqa: Kurds close in on Islamic State’s Syrian capital
  3. Syrian Kurds Set to Approve New Govt Blueprint for Autonomy
  4. Final declaration of the Federal System Constituent Assembly conference
  5. Kurds and Damascus meet over tensions, future of Rojava
  6. Russia, Turkey, Iran eye dicing Syria into zones of influence
  7. ‘Rojava’ no longer exists, ‘Northern Syria’ adopted instead
  8. Kurdish-led SDF forces expel ISIS from key town west Raqqa, kill over 50 jihadists
  9. Constitution Draft Passed in Parliament
  10. Necmiye Alpay, Aslı Erdoğan, Zana Kaya Released
  11. Journalist Ahmet Şık Taken Into Custody
  12. Pro-Kurdish HDP party co-chair arrested in Ankara
  13. Roboski, 5 years ago
  14. IHD meeting on Roboskî: Perpetrators have been protected

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. Rojava leader: Turkey cannot stop Kurds from advancing in Syria
  2. Can Syrian Democratic Council play unifier in postwar Syria?
  3. Would Putin accept Turkish buffer zone in Syria?
  4. Has PKK reached impasse in Turkey, Syria?
  5. Time to Get Tough on Turkey
  6. A Murder in Ankara
  7. Prominent U.S. ‘Journalist’ in Syria Serves as Mouthpiece for Violent Extremists

 REPORT
Report on Women in Local Administrations and Appointment of Trustees to the Municipalities

 ACTION
1. NEW! Limited edition Kurdish Struggles 2017 Calendars
2. Petition: CALL FOR THE RELEASE OF STUDENTS ARBITRARILY DETAINED IN TURKEY -Still open for signatures.

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 20 – 23 DECEMBER 2016

NEWS
1. Kurds Vital for Syrian Conflict Solution – European Syriac Union’s Member
2. Syrian Kurds Condemn Killing of Russian Ambassador in Turkey
3. Thousands evacuated from last rebel enclave in Aleppo
4. US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces expel ISIS from 97 villages in western Raqqa
5. ISIS jihadists burn four men to death on charges of supporting Kurdish forces
6. Civilians caught in crossfire in Mosul as fighting intensifies between ISIS and Iraqi forces
7. Isis ‘offers $1m reward’ for murder of woman who dropped out of university to fight them
8. Suspected Turkish spy ‘thought to have planned Kurdish murders’: report
DOCUMENTS, REPORTS
1. The vortex of violence drags the country into turmoil
2. Report on Women in Local Administrations and Appointment of Trustees to the Municipalities
ACTION
1. Open Letter to Times – Please let us know if you would like to add your name..
2. Open Letter to Guardian
3. Petition:
CALL FOR THE RELEASE OF STUDENTS ARBITRARILY DETAINED IN TURKEY

BOOK REVIEW
Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy and Women’s Liberation in Syrian Kurdistan.

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 11 – 19 DECEMBER 2016


NEWS
1. Pro-Kurdish party calls for peace after deadly bombing in Turkey
2. Call for solidarity with the people of Nusaybin facing ongoing demolition
3. [VIDEO] Pro-Kurdish HDP offices under attack across Turkey following Kayseri blast
4. [VIDEO] HDP headquarters attacked in Kayseri following terrorist attack
5. ECHR demands written statement from Turkey on Cizre and Sur cases
6. The fall of Eastern Aleppo
7. US says concerned about large-scale detentions of HDP politicians
8. Turkey dismisses 2,341 doctors in post-coup witch-hunt
9. EU to hold summit with Turkish leaders in coming months amid strained relations
10. HDP issues urgent call for action for Müjgan Ekin missing since October
11. Coalition: SDF have ‘proven their ability in battle’
12. Syrian Democratic Forces train new Arab recruits to join anti-ISIS operations
13. 270 fighters joined Wrath of Euphrates campaign
14. US to deploy additional soldiers to support Syrian forces in fight against ISIS
15. Suspect in Paris murder of Kurd rebels dies
16. Cansız, Şaylemez and Doğan families protest the non-trial of Ömer Güney
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 5 – 10 DECEMBER 2016

NEWS

1. KCK: All Kurdish parties should take steps for national unity
2. Yüksekdağ gives her statement in hearing regarding Ankara massacre
3. PYD’s Muslim proposes Rojava model against Sykes-Picot
4. Phillips: Only solution is Kurds’ right to self determination
5. Pro-Kurdish HDP party condemns bomb attack in Turkey, calls for change
6. Kurdish leader says Turkey invaded Syria to prevent Kurds from taking Raqqa
7. Amnesty: Half a Million Displaced in Turkey Amid Gov’t Crackdown
8. Over 1,000 new fighters join Syrian Democratic Forces in fight for Raqqa
9. Pentagon works to ease Kurdish-Turkish tensions in Syria
10. US facilitating joint talks with Turkey, Syrian Kurdish forces to ease tension
11. Barack Obama risks Turkey backlash after lifting military aid restrictions in Syria
12. AKP, MHP take major step for system change
13. As Turkey Cracks Down, Kurdish Mayors Pack Bags for Jail
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 27 NOVEMBER – 4 DECEMBER 2016

NEWS

  1. Ahmet Türk: We have a rightful cause and will continue our struggle
  2. Indictment against DBP’s Tuncel ready: 135 year sentence demanded
  3. Aggravated life sentence sought for HDP’s Baluken
  4. Council of Europe raises alarm over abuses against Kurds in Turkey
  5. Turkey excluded from Raqqa operation: Coalition official
  6. Why are the flames of Aleppo burning Turkey?
  7. Muslim meets with Kurdish politicians at PUK office in Oslo
  8. Turkey inciting extremist groups to attack Kurds in Belgium: Kurdish Institute
  9. Armenian MP criticizes Turkey, his question angers Turkish FM Cavusolglu in Istanbul
  10. German court cites Turkey’s support for terrorism in Kurdish militant case
  11. Turkish spy in Bremen plotted murder of 2 Kurds: report
  12. Turkey Increases Pressure on Syrian Kurds

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

  1. A turning point for Kurds across the Middle East
  2. The ‘Rojava Revolution’ in Syrian Kurdistan: A Model of Development for the Middle East?
  3. Turkey’s looming prison massacre grows nearer
  4. REBELS COLLAPSE IN EAST ALEPPO & CIVILIANS FLEE; TURKEY’S POSITION WEAKENS; DIPLOMATIC EMERGENCY
  5. Erdogan comes face to face with US, Russia in Syria
  6. Turkish companies flout law for cheap Syrian labor
  7. Is Turkey all talk, or will it split from the West and NATO?
  8. Syria: Jihadi Fronts Fall Apart, Egypt Enters The Fight
  9. The Kurds in the Turkish–Armenian Reconciliation Process
  10. Kurdish Politician Who Recognized Armenian Genocide Detained in Turkey
  11. No Peace No Future in Turkey, HDP Arrests Fuel Kurdish  Discontent

REPORTS

  1. Solidarity from Dublin to Rojava: Report on “Kurdish Resistance in Turkey and Syria” meeting (November 2016)

BOOK REVIEW

  1. A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State, by Meredith Tax

EVENTS

  1. EP to host 13th International Conference on “EU, Turkey and the Kurds”
  2. Democratic transformations, Kurdish women and regional conflict: Lessons from Rojava and beyond

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 19 – 26 NOVEMBER 2016

NEWS
1. Urgent Call: Worsening Situation in Turkish Prisons
2. We will scream in the face of those who feed off death, oppression and hatred: Women, life, freedom!
3. On the Arrest of Mr Ahmet Turk, Co-mayor of Mardin Municipality
4. Court has no right to take any action against me: HDP co-chair Demirtaş
5. MEP Ward Calls for Sanctions On ‘Police State’ Of Turkey
6. Ministry warns jails of revolts amid fears of staged prison breaks
7. Turkey Increases Pressure on Syrian Kurds
8. EXCLUSIVE: Salih Muslim, Syrian Kurdish leader, dismisses Turkey arrest warrant
9. Syria’s leading Kurdish politician rejects Turkish arrest warrant, calls Erdogan ‘a Sultan’
10. Turkey issues arrest warrant for Syrian Kurdish leader
11. Turkey seeks arrest of Syrian Kurdish political leader
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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
  9. LT. GEN. Michael T. Flynn: “Gun for Hire”
    14. Team Trump’s first ethics scandal?
    15. Why Turkey’s Islamist Leader Is So Happy About Trump
  10. HDP arrests: on the road to dictatorship in Turkey
    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
  11. Turkey: the road towards dictatorship and the west’s responsibility
  12. Kurdish war history preserved through art

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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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