Syria’s new national security force pledges loyalty to Turkey – Amberin Zaman

Published by Al-Monitor on January 25, 2017 When Turkey intervened in northern Syria five months ago, it claimed it had no designs on its former Ottoman dominion and that its only goals were to cleanse its borders of the Islamic State and to eliminate what it called the terrorist threat posed by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the US-allied Kurdish militia that is paradoxically the most effective force ...

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Zachtere noodtoestand in Turkije nog altijd veel te hard – Peter Edel

Gepubliceerd door De Wereld Morgen op 25 januari 2017 De na de mislukte staatsgreep van 2016 afgekondigde noodtoestand in Turkije blijft reden tot veel zorgen in Europa. De Raad Van Europa stond op het punt sancties af te kondigen, maar Ankara schrok daar zo van dat besloten werd de noodtoestand af te zwakken. Dat klinkt mooier dan het in de praktijk is. Het beste nieuws is dat verdachten onder de noodtoest ...

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Crushing the Kurds: Unravelling a Conspiracy – Sheri Laizer

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 24, 2017 “I wasn’t framed and imprisoned for being a whistle-blower against the Turkish state: I was targeted because I raised my voice for Kurdish rights, including independence. I helped set up the institutions necessary as part of a road map towards the nation state of Kurdistan, such as the Kurdistan Parliament in Exile and Med-TV
” Re-examining the post-1980 Turkish ...

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France closes court case over murder of Kurdish activists in Paris

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 24, 2017 PARIS,— France has dropped all court proceedings over the 2013 murders of three Kurdish activists after the death of the main suspect, judicial sources said on Monday, despite street protests demanding that inquiries continue. Sakine Cansiz, a founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the early 1980s, and two other Kurdish women activists were assassinated ...

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Turkey arrests Kurdish HDP lawmaker Ayse Acar Basaran

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 20, 2017 ANKARA,— A member of Turkish parliament from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Ayse Acar Basaran, was arrested early Friday in Ankara, according to security sources, state-run Anadolu agency reported. According to the source Ankara Police Department’s Anti-Terror Branch arrested Ayse Acar Basaran, the HDP’s Batman deputy, on charges of aiding and abett ...

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U.S-backed Syrian SDF forces refuse to support Astana meeting results

Published by Ekurd Daily on Januari 19, 2017 CAIRO,— The U.S-backed Syrian Kurdish-led Democratic Forces (SDF) opposition group will not support the results of the meeting on Syria in Astana, as the SDF has not received an invitation to attend it, SDF spokesman Talal Selo said Wednesday. The SDF consists mainly of Kurdish and Arab detachments, and participated in operations against Islamic State group with ...

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[VIDEO] Armenian deputy banned from Turkish Parliament for 3 sessions for calling 1915 ‘genocide’

Garo Paylan, a deputy of Armenian origin from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has been banned from parliamentary sessions for three days for using the word “genocide” to describe incidents that took place in 1915, during an address in Parliament in the early hours of Saturday. Paylan, an HDP lawmaker from İstanbul, was speaking against a switch to an executive presidency during debates in P ...

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Hoe lang gaat Erdogans liefde voor Trump duren? (COLUMN) – Peter Edel

Gepubliceerd door Turks Nieuws op 18 januari 2017 Istanbul/Peter Edel (COLUMN) – Nog twee dagen en Donald Trump kan het Witte Huis betreden. In Turkije zijn de verwachtingen hoogespannen regerende Partij voor Gerechtigheid en Ontwikkeling (AKP) en president Erdogan. Erdogan richt twee eisen aan zijn nieuwe Amerikaanse collega. Dat laatste klinkt al wat merkwaardig, want Trump komt niet echt over als een man ...

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Turkey seeking 142 years in jail for Kurdish HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas

Published by Ekurd Daily on Januari 17, 2017 DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Turkish prosecutors Tuesday demanded up to 142 years in prison for the leader of the country’s main pro-Kurdish party, in a case that has intensified concerns over freedom of expression. Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Selahattin Demirtas was detained in November on charges of links to Kurdish milit ...

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Turkey invites Barzani-backed Syrian Kurdish KNC leaders to Astana peace talks, PYD still blocked

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 18, 2017 HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Three Syrian Kurdish leaders officially have been invited to take part in the Jan. 23 Astana talks between Syrian government and opposition parties, to be mediated by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Ibrahim Biro, head of the Kurdish National Council (KNC or ENKS), Abdulhakim Bashar, deputy president of the Syrian National Council, ...

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