KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 15 – 21 JULY 2017

NEWS
1. “ISIS and the Turkish state will both face defeat by the Kurds”
2. Following genocide, Shengal reinvents itself anew
3. Suruç martyrs remembered in Raqqa: We will make their dreams real
4. MSD: Rojava Revolution become a national symbol for resistance
5. Jailed pro-Kurdish leader says fair trial impossible in Erdogan’s Turkey
6. Turkey issues arrest warrant for pro-Kurdish co-mayor
7. Final declaration of KNK’s National Unity Workshop
8. Letter from Demirtaş to Ahmet Şık: We were not detained, but taken hostage
9. Germany Says Turkey’s Detention of Rights Activist Could Threaten EU Aid
10. Turkey: Opposition Accuses Erdogan Of Blocking Probe Into Coup
11. Turkey: Cumhuriyet journalists face trial on 24 July
12. RED LINES IN SYRIA
13. Turkey to pay $2.5bn for Russian S-400 missiles: Official
14. David Lammy MP letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson MP
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 8 – 14 JULY 2017

NEWS
1. “Rojava Revolution also makes a global revolution possible”
2. Kurdish official: Turkey attacks Afrin to regain influence in Syria
3. WATCH: Russia asks Kurds to hand Afrin to Syrian regime to stop Turkish attacks
4. Syrian Kurds must be given role in drafting new constitution: UN envoy
5. SDF to attend the meeting of anti-ISIS Coalition in Washington
6. Yüksekdağ: “We return Erdoğan’s comments in full”
7. Swedish politicians accuse Erdogan of genocide against Kurds
8. Germany sentences Kurdish politician to 3 years and 3 months
9. Co-Chair Demirtaş is nominated for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize
10. OPEN CALL to The Chair Of The AKP
11. #WeareDemirtaş
12. British man and two Americans killed fighting Isis in Syria
KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 8 – 14 JULY 2017
13. A symbol of solidarity – Two more Turks honoured with Leipzig’s freedom of the press award
14. EU Parliament urges Turkey to release arrested journalists immediately

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 1 – 7 JULY 2017

NEWS
1. Thousands take to the streets in Hamburg against the G-20 Summit
2. Ahmet Türk: The Justice March should turn into a united struggle
3. Kurdish leader Demirtaş prosecuted on charge of humiliating Erdogan’s government, Turkish army
4. International delegation denied attendance in Yüksekdağ’s hearing
5. German intelligence: PKK is fighting ISIS
6. “Erdoğan is responsible for the assassination plans in Germany”
7. Jagland: ECHR launched efforts for jailed journalists in Turkey
8. PYD says Kurds determined to expel Turkish forces from northern Syria
9. Thousands of Kurds protest against Turkish attacks on Afrin town
10. Clashes with Turkey likely in days: Syrian Kurdish militants
11. Tens of thousands in Syria protest expected Turkey attack
12. “We will never leave our lands to the grandsons of the Ottomans”
13. Turkish massacre in Efrîn: 3 civilians killed, 8 others wounded
14. Turkish, FSA shelling kills mother and two children, critically injures 7 in Shahba region

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. EU parliament votes to halt accession talks with Turkey
2. The Kurds Under Erdogan’s Tyrannical Governance
3. Does the US have answer for Turkish threats against Syrian Kurds?
4. Ankara’s offer to Moscow: Give us Afrin for Idlib
5. Statement regarding the situation of media freedom in Turkey
6. MARGARET OWEN: ROJAVA AS HOME TO OVER TWO MILLION IDPS
7. Feminist Dissent Issue 2, a special issue on ‘Gender and Fundamentalisms’ co-edited by Nira Yuval-Davis and Nadje Al-Ali
8. The RealNews Network: Syria, Anarchism & Visiting Rojava
9. Kobane Calling

ACTION, CAMPAIGNS
1. STATEMENT OF THE DELEGATION TO OBSERVE FIRST HEARING OF HDP CO-CHAIR FIGEN YUKSEKDAG.
2. Amnesty International UK – TURKEY: FREE AMNESTY DIRECTOR IDIL ESER
3. TURKEY: HUNDREDS AT IMMINENT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION
4. CALL FOR TARGETED ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF TURKEY

EVENTS
1. Who is Beating Back ISIS in Syria?
2. Kurdish Cultural Festival, 30 July 2017 in Quorn
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NEWS
1. Thousands take to the streets in Hamburg against the G-20 Summit7 July/ANF News
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hamburg, Germany took to the streets to protest the G-20 Summit. Dozens were injured when the police attacked the protesters and many were detained. The demonstrations continued into the early morning hours.
https://anfenglish.com/news/thousands-take-to-the-streets-in-hamburg-against-the-g-20-summit-20831

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 24 JUNE – 30 JUNE 2017

NEWS
1. KNK continues tour of talks for national unity
2. HDP calls on the ECHR to take action for Turkey
3. Kürkçü: I call the Assembly to stick to its declaration in 2013 and the Turkish government to find a peaceful way out of the Kurdish Insurgency
4. European parliamentarians: Öcalan’s freedom is a must for peace
5. Jagland: ECHR launched efforts for jailed journalists in Turkey
6. Council of Europe’s Jagland says ‘justice must start working’ in Turkey
7. YPJ’s red line: Being present everywhere
8. Turkey admits to invasion plan for Efrîn
9. U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY MEETS RAQQA CIVIL COUNCIL IN ROJAVA (VIDEO)
10. Syrian Kurds send military reinforcements to Aleppo to impede Turkish advance
11. Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa
12. Moments at fire line
13. Al-Shadadi women: proud to join Women Asayîş Forces
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 17 – 23 JUNE 2017

NEWS
1. Demonstrations for the freedom of Öcalan grow in Europe
2. Turkey and Syria prepare for an embargo and attack on Rojava
3. EP Foreign Affairs Committee adopts annual report on Turkey
4. Kurds prepare for G20 Summit protests in Hamburg
5. ‘Who can do that?’ Kurds forced out as Turkish city bulldozed 
6. Turkish intelligence MİT’s man in Germany spills
7. Turkey sends military reinforcements into Syria amidst intensifying clashes with Kurdish YPG
8. Turkey-backed Syrian rebels attack Kobane
9. A commander in SDF: our aim is liberating al-Raqqa
10. SDF vows to resist Syrian government attacks near Raqqa
11. Ilham Ahmad: Turkey is Qatar’s partner in supporting terror

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. The geopolitics behind race for eastern Syria
2. Kurds no safer after US shoots down Syrian jet
3. Turkey’s opposition head leads march for justice

4. Turkey: first criminal trial against journalists over attempted coup
5. Turkey: ARTICLE 19 submits expert opinion in the case of brothers, Ahmet and Mehmet Altan
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 9 – 16 JUNE 2017

NEWS
1. National Assembly of Québec in solidarity with jailed HDP MPs
2. “We were waiting for you, we knew you would save us”
3. Arabs also under the YBŞ roof in Shengal
4. What does Turkey want to do in Northern Syria?
6. Turkey sentences U.N. war crimes judge on ‘terrorism’ charges: Hague
7. Exhibition on Syrian Kurds closes after Turkish embassy intervenes
8. 1st Women Economy Conference started in North Syria
9. Revenge for Sinjar: Syrian Kurds Free Islamic State Slaves
10. Turkey confirms internal fight in Free Syrian Army
11. Coalition rejects UN claims of ‘staggering’ loss of civilian lives in Raqqa, blames ISIS for civilian suffering
12. Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of using water as weapon of war
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 1 – 8 JUNE 2017

NEWS
1. YPJ will be the leading force in the liberation of Raqqa
2. Raqa campaign cements rising profile of Syria’s Kurds
3. OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation visits HDP in Ankara
4. SDF’s Sılo: We are aiming to liberate Raqqa in a short while
5. UN: Turkey hinders our investigations in the South East
6. “We are deprived of our citizenship for exposing the atrocities”
7. Hunko: Is information received from İncirlik given to ISIS?
8. At least 111 Kurdish YPG fighters killed in recent attacks by Turkey, Islamists
9. Kurdish Death Row Prisoners in Letter Explain Unfair Trial, Detention in Iran
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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
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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