KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 23 – 31 MAY 2017

NEWS
1. 177 page long indictment against DBP’s Tuncel tells PKK’s history
2. 43 more villages placed under curfew in Amed countryside
3. Letter from Gebze Prison: We are under torture!
4. Turkey: Kurdish Activist Arrested for Social Media Posts on Armenian Genocide
5. European politicians blocked, have their passports seized in Sur
6. KCK: Everyone should stand with Sur’s people against demolition
7. Kurds condemn UK terrorist attack
8. YPG accuses Turkey of intensifying attacks on Kurdish areas north Syria
9. Syrian Kurds seek alliance with Baghdad to end isolation
10. Turkey Recruits Thousands of Free Syrian Army Rebels to Fight Kurds
11. Pro-Kurdish HDP resents US support of Turkey
12. Defending Turks’ Free Speech A Top Priority For UCU
13. Award-winning novelist says Turkey turned into a concentration camp
14. Turkish family kept at Kiev airport for days at Turkey’s request
15. Kurdish militants kill five Turkish security force members: military
16. Mourning, fear after death of Iraqi Kurdish opposition leader
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 16 – 22 MAY 2017

 

NEWS
1. Hunger strikers Gülmen and Özakça taken in custody
2. Kemalbay elected co-chair of HDP in place of Yüksekdağ
3. Turkey forming a new military force of gangs
4. Up to 22,5 years in prison sought for Co-mayor of Dersim
5. Gorran leader Nawshirwan Mustafa dies in Iraqi Kurdistan at age 73
6. Turkey Calls on Trump to Fire Obama Appointee McGurk
7. Syrian force ‘tightens noose’ on Islamic State in Raqqa: U.S.-led coalition
8. U.S. envoy to the U.N. will visit Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey
9. Turkey demands US replace envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds
10. SDF Secures 350 Square km in Past Week, Coalition Spokesman Says
11. US delegation in Rojava
12. Kurds disappointed by Trump statements after Erdogan meeting
13. Ankara hunger strikers reach 70 days without food
14. The role given to Turkey: to be the protectorate of jihadists
15. Death sentence for Rojavan Kurd in Iran
16. “Elections in Iran are a show and fraud” Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 9 – 15 MAY 2017

NEWS
1. Trump to Arm Syrian Kurds, Even as Turkey Strongly Objects
2. Will US-Kurdish deal force Turkey back to PKK negotiation table?
3. Ankara prevents the publishing of CPT’s report on İmralı
4. Moslem: The circle around ISIS tightens around Turkey as well
5. Underlying reasons for Erdoğan-Masrour Barzani meeting in the US
6. 15 thousand civilians rescued in Raqqa operation in three days
7. Turkish state continues to build walls around itself
8. Academic freedom Turkish style: Prosecutor issued arrest warrants for historians who criticized Atatürk
9. Turkish parliament strips membership of pro-Kurdish lawmaker
10. Star Reporter Held By Armed Turkish Police
11. Syrian Kurds clear mines after taking town and dam from ISIS
12. Rojda Felat: We avenged Yazidi women with the liberation of Tabqa
13. The Latest: Syrian FM Describes Kurdish Role as ‘Legitimate’
14. In blow to U.S.-Turkey ties, Trump administration approves plan to arm Syrian Kurds against Islamic State Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 3- 8 MAY 2017

NEWS
1. War in Syria and Iraq could spread to Iran: PKK foreign relations head
2. Russia pushing Turkey into Rojava to force Kurds submit to Assad rule: PKK official
3. Political representatives call for struggle for Öcalan’s freedom
4. Syrian Kurdish leader hopes Russia didn’t betray the Kurds through Turkey deal
5. Kurdish YPG fighters repel ISIS attack on Syrian gas facility
6. Political Representatives call for struggle for Ocalan’s Freedom
7. Imprisoned opposition leader signals new alliances in post-referendum Turkey
8. Turkey bans poem of imprisoned Kurdish leader Demirtaş
9. Syria’s Kurds march on to Raqqa and the sea
10. Advances in Kurdish struggle shake up wars in the Middle East
11. Trump to tell Turkey: We’re going to take Raqqa with the Kurds Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 24 APRIL – 2 MAY 2017

NEWS
1. Thousands rescued in Tabqa operation head to SDF-held areas
2. Russia shows more support for Syrian Kurds after Turkish airstrikes
3. US forces patrol Syrian border amid clashes between Turkey and Kurdish militants
4. Tensions rise between Turkey, US along Syrian border
5. Turkey blocks Wikipedia under law designed to protect national security
6. EUTCC calls for the release of MPs and end to Öcalan’s isolation
7. The pressures on the democratic opposition in general, and on the HDP in particular continues
8. YPG: No attack of the Turkish state will go unanswered
9. PKK: Attacks on Rojava and Shengal will be retaliated in kind
10. Kurds to protest Turkish airstrikes in European capital
11. Is Turkey trying to disrupt Raqqa operation?
12. Turkish opposition lawmaker appeals to European court over referendum
13. Turkey’s Syria gamble: How far will Ankara go?
14. Syrian Kurdish delegation visits Japan for first time
15. Turkey deports foreigners working with Syrian refugees
16. Kurds Say Turkey Is Aiding Isis With Raids In Syria And Iraq
17. Iraq Angers Turkey, Qatar for Denouncing Attack, Payment to jihadists
18. US criticizes Turkey for striking Kurds in Iraq, Syria
19. Council of Europe downgrades Turkey as Erdogan bombs Kurds
20. Turkey targets Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria Continue reading

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/ NEWS BRIEFING APRIL 2017

NEWS
1. Twelve Members of Kurdish Women’s Force, YPJ, Killed in Turkish Airstrikes
2. YPJ Spox: We will withdraw from Raqqa if US doesn’t show concrete reaction to Turkey airstrikes
3. Women and Defense Workshop Kicks off in Rojava
4.MSD Co-Chair Ehmad: YPJ is the Guarantee of Women and Future
5. In Turkey’s Referendum, Women’s Rights are on the Ballot
6.Merkel Urges Turkey to Respond to Irregularities in Referendum
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8. Blood Flowed Instead of Tears 2
9. Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Remain Trapped By Trauma
10. Ezidi Women Take Over the Vigil for Ocalan in Strasburg
11. Nine Kurdish Yezidis Freed from IS
12. The Women Who Escaped ISIS
13. Self Immolations on the Rise among Kurdish Women in Iraqi Kurdistan Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 11 – 18 APRIL 2017

 

NEWS
1. Statement by President Juncker, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn on the referendum in Turkey
2. Yes Vote in Turkey’s Referendum to Give President Unchecked Powers, Increase Rights Violations: UN Experts
3. HRW: Turkey Must Stop Persecution of Kurds, Unfair Trials, Crackdown on Media
4. Erdogan benefits from split in Turkish nationalist opposition
5. Karayılan calls on Kurds to support hunger strikes and vote ‘No’
6. Referendum violations across Turkey and North Kurdistan
7. “Yes” marked stamp given to voters in Ankara
8. Soldiers and village guards threaten the people during voting
9. AKP supporters kill a father and son in a village of Amed
10. Scandal in Muş: Village headman enters the booth with the voters
11. HDP to object to the ballots
12. AKP’s referendum violations and pressures continue
13. Turkey: Videos Show Electoral Fraud and Ballot Stuffing

OPINION, COMMENT, ANALYSIS
1. Erdogan’s referendum win no clean sweep
2.Turkey vote curtailed fundamental freedoms, say European observers
3. Turkey could be about to leap from division to despotism by Elif Shafak
4. Turkish referendum that is not
5. What will Turkey’s constitutional referendum mean for Kurds?
6. Intervention – “‘Democratic Confederalism is for Everyone’: Ethnographic Reflections on The Long March for Kurdistan and Öcalan”
7. The Real News: Trump Attack on Syria a Deadly Political Game
8. Interview Kurd Leader to Haaretz: Erdogan and Allies Seek Dictatorship via Turkish Referendum
9. Turkey – 2017 Referendum Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 4 – 10 APRIL 2017

NEWS
1. Sancar: The power balance will be reshaped after the referendum
2. Thousands join the ‘NO’ rally of the HDP in Istanbul
3. Pro-Kurdish HDP hold rallies ahead of Turkish referendum
4. KCK calls for mass demonstrations to support the prison resistance
5. Social democrats in Sweden launch campaign in solidarity with HDP
6. Danish MPs call on Turkey to release Kurdish politicians
7. British woman who went to fight ISIS in Syria goes on hunger strike – and says she’s ‘homesick’ for her stepmum’s cottage pie
8. Turkey not giving up on dirty plans against Rojava
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING,  28 MARCH – 3 APRIL 2017

NEWS

1. KCDK-E calls upon Europe to prosecute Erdoğan
2. Guerrillas in Shengal: Our goal is Leader Öcalan’s freedom
3. Hunger strike in Şakran enters its 48th day, prisoners in a critical stage
4. Long line of ‘NO’ voters in front of the Turkish consulate in Paris
5. Brussels assailant turns out to be Erdoğan’s man
6. HDP Co-chair Demirtaş and deputies join prison hunger strikes
7. Hunger strike in Edirne Prison ends after dialogue with the management
8. No NO allowed on TV screens, and no HDP either!
9. HDP and DBP Co-chairs and MP Zeydan to go on hunger strike – UPDATE
10. Turkey deals death blow to Kurdish leadership with DBP conviction
11. Women and Defense workshop kicks off in Rojava
12. At least 5 Turkey-backed rebels defect to SDF’s Manbij Military Council
13. Turkey ‘ends’ Euphrates Shield campaign in Syria
14. Amal Clooney calls for collection of evidence of Isis atrocities
15. 107 defendants receive record prison sentences in KCK main case Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 21 – 27 MARCH 2017

NEWS
1. UK Parliament calls for action to stop conflict between Turkey and Kurdish YPG in Syria
2. Turkey’s Kurds could sway tight referendum vote
3. Veteran politician says Turkey referendum a ‘test’ for Kurds
4. Swiss parties and people rally for ‘NO’ against Erdoğan’s regime
5. Turkey’s Erdogan warns Europeans ‘will not walk safely on …
6. CHP MP Tanrıkulu Visits HDP’s Imprisoned Co-Chair Demirtaş
7. Human Rights Association Diyarbakır Branch Chair Bilici Released
8. SDF forces liberate strategic Tabqa Airport, push further into ISIS capital
9. PYD’s Muslim: The US and Russia may tell Turkey to ‘get out of Syria’
10. Êzidîs marching to Brussels for Shengal cover 185 km in eight days
11. On Nowruz, massive pro-Kurdish rallies flood Turkey’s Diyarbakir
12. The Latest: US claims Tabqa dam is not in danger of bursting
13. Russia wants Syrian Kurds in Geneva talks despite Turkey’s resistance
14. The peoples of Rojava celebrates Newroz everywhere
15. Turkey Says Fires Into Kurdish-Held Syria After Soldier Killed by Sniper Continue reading