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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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 5 – 11 NOVEMBER 2016

NEWS

  1. Operation Wrath of Euphrates fighters free dozens of civilians
  2. SDF commander Tolhildan: We reached the end of our initiative’s first half
  3. Kurdish Woman Leads 30K-Strong Offensive to Conquer ISIS in Their Capital
  4. Kurdish female fighters join battle for Raqqa ‘to free women from ISIS’: spokeswoman
  5. Demirtaş: Kurdish MPs taken hostage by Turkey, Erdogan’s ’empire of fear’ will collapse soon
  6. US condemns HDP arrests—but won’t do more
  7. EU rapporteur calls for freezing accession talks with Turkey
  8. Turkey: 10,000 More Public Workers dismissed
  9. Publishers from Germany to Come to İstanbul for Aslı Erdoğan
  10. EU Progress Report: Turkey Has Been Backsliding

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 29 OCTOBER – 4 NOVEMBER 2016

NEWS

1. The End of Democracy in Turkey
2. Full text of the joint statement of detained MPs of the HDP at court The End of Democracy in Turkey
3. DBP Co-chair: Words have become obsolete, now it’s time for resistance
4. Arrest Warrants Issued for Arrest of All 59 HDP MPs
5. International Women’s Alliance expresses solidarity with Kurdish women
6. Belgian Court decided not to prosecute Kurdish politicians and associations
7. Britain Must Condemn Tyranny In Turkey
8. HDP MP: The people of Diyarbakır won’t recognize the trustee 9. A ‘state of obeyers’ is being constructed
9. Kışanak, Akat Ata, Anlı Held in One-Person Cells
10. DBP: Diyarbakır has Witnessed Trustees Twice; 1980 Coup, 2016
11. Supreme Court Affirms HDP’s Yüksekdağ’s 10-Month Jail Term
12. RSF Places Erdoğan on List of Predator of Press Freedom
13. 22 Regions Declared Special Security Zone in Şırnak
14. Of 1,267 Academics Dismissed in New Statutory Decree, 24 Are Academics for Peace
15. Moslem: YPG to join the Raqqa operation under the umbrella of SDF
16. Inspired by Kurdish units, al-Bab Military Council creates all-female battalion
17. Islamic State, Turkey-backed rebels launch simultaneous attacks on Kurdish positions
18. Shahba Turkmen refuse the Turkish occupation

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 15 – 21 OCTOBER 2016

NEWS
1. If we increase solidarity, there won’t be any tyranny left
2. YPG Afrin command: We call on all to take part in the historical resistance against attacks
3. Turkey steps up attacks on Kurdish positions in northern Syria
4. World silence about the Turkish attacks will have drastic consequences
5. Guerillas and peshmergas carry out joint operation against ISIS in Kirkuk
6. ‘Attacks of the Turkish state and affiliate gang groups repelled’
7. Syrian Democratic Forces to combat ISIS on Iraqi border: spokesman
8. Karayılan: We will have an active position in the Mosul operation
9. Guerillas and peshmergas carry out joint operation against ISIS in Kirkuk
10. Turkey bombs Syrian Kurdish militia allied to US-backed force
11. Turkish-backed rebels and Kurds battle it out in northern Aleppo as ISIS retreats
12. If It’s Liberated, Mosul Won’t Be Safe for Minorities Unless It Adopts Grassroots Democracy
13. From Mosul to Raqqa? A complex, risky battle against IS
14. Daesh Launches Offensive on Kurds in Aleppo After Alleged Coalition Airstrike
15. While media outlets focus on the Mosul Offensive, Turkey and Syria set their sights on Kurds
16. What happened in Northern Kurdistan in 9 months?

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. TURKEY’S DEMOCRACY IS CURRENTLY LOSING ITS WAY
2. What if the PKK wins in Turkey?
3. US Allies are Funding ISIS (and Hillary Knew All Along)
4. An Urgently Necessary Briefing on Syria
5. Britain’s Seven Covert Wars: RAF Drones, Embedded SAS Forces
6. The “Salafist Principality” – ISIS Paid Off To Leave Mosul, Take
Deir Ezzor?
7. Power struggle erupts in Turkey’s security structure
8. Turkey’s Intentions in Iraq and the Battle for Mosul
9. Third World War Because of Syria – Just Talk

NEW PUBLICATION
KURDISTAN RISING?
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 8 – 14 OCTOBER 2016

NEWS

1. Hundreds of Syrian rebels join the pro-Kurdish SDF alliance14 October
2. 
Over 2,500 Arabs displaced by ISIS, hosted by Kurds in Syria’s Afrin
3. Liberated from ISIS suppression, women of Manbij join security forces
4. Police raids HDP and DBP buildings in Amed
5. 
Dozens of Kurdish politicians detained in Van – UPDATE
6. Prosecutor objects to DBP co-chair’s release and demands his re-arrest
7. Med Nûçe TV officials discuss press freedom in the Council of Europe
8. Eutelsat stops the broadcast of Newroz TV as well
9. Campaign for missing Kurdish politician winds up with a rare happy ending
10. Destruction in Kurdish capital of south-east Turkey is dark mirror to Syria
11. Turkey’s Kurds are in the crosshairs as government crackdown widens
12. Amnesty: Yezidi survivors attempt suicide, world must act

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 1 – 7 OCTOBER 2016

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 1 – 7 OCTOBER 2016

NEWS
1. Motion in Swedish Parliament for Erdoğan’s trial in the ICC
2. What about our human rights? : Kurds feel force of Turkey’s crackdown
3. EU report expresses concerns over increasing racist violence against Kurds in Turkey
4. European journalists meet with the CoE Secretary General on Turkey
5. MED Nûçe employees protest Eutelsat
6. ‘Kurds vs Turkey’ in six wars ongoing in Syria, says Kerry in Paris
7. Even SpongeBob can’t escape Turkey’s post-coup crackdown
8. ‘Turkish Pentagon’ to be formed in capital Ankara: Report
9. Demirtas: We did not visit Kurdistan Region for PKK-Turkey peace
10. Sinam Muhamad: we will strive to expose the mercenaries’ acts
11. Bomb kills 20 at Kurdish wedding in Syria – reports
12. Kurds say Turkish border guards continue to kill Syrians
13. Rojava administration launches new education system in Kurdish, Arabic and Assyrian
14. PSYOPs: Operation Syria
15. 85% of the Iraqi Kurds who joined Daesh were trained in Quranic schools
16. Canadian MP introduces motion to recognize Kurdish genocide Continue reading