Once We Beat ISIS, Don’t Abandon Us – Sinam Mohamad

Once We Beat ISIS, Don’t Abandon Us – Sinam Mohamad

Published on the Opinion Pages of The New York Times on May 11, 2017 AMUDA, Syria — At long last, those of us struggling to maintain a fledgling democracy in Northern Syria have be ...

DAY 65 and DAY 77 OF HUNGER STRIKE BY DISMISSED ACADEMICS and BEREAVED FATHER in TURKEY

DAY 65 and DAY 77 OF HUNGER STRIKE BY DISMISSED ACADEMICS and BEREAVED FATHER in TURKEY

Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça are in the 65th day of their hunger strike with a simple demand: “I want my job back!” Gülmen and Özakça are two education professionals among more t ...

Demirtaş’s Poem Has Been banned! (HDP-statement)

Demirtaş’s Poem Has Been banned! (HDP-statement)

Published by HDP on May 4, 2017 Contagious Courage They’ll say ‘silence!’ And, they’ll say ‘no colors!’ You would have been rising up in joy, But they’ll say ‘no roses should bloss ...

Coalition confirms Tabqa liberation, calls SDF ‘most committed’ partner against ISIS

Coalition confirms Tabqa liberation, calls SDF ‘most committed’ partner against ISIS

Published by ARA News on May 12, 2017 The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters “as necessary” to recapture the key ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, ...

Statement by Demirtaş’s Lawyers (HDP)

Statement by Demirtaş’s Lawyers (HDP)

Published by HDP on the 10th of May, 2017 Today our co-Chair Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş’s lawyers held a press conference regarding his judicial process. To the Esteemed Members of th ...

Free Media association condemns Turkey’s attempt to shut down Kurdish channels, accuses Eutelsat of following Turkish policies

Free Media association condemns Turkey’s attempt to shut down Kurdish channels, accuses Eutelsat of following Turkish policies

This article was published on ARA News on 3 May 2017. ARA News The Free Media Union (Yekîtiya Ragihandina Azad, or YRA), based in Qamishli, condemned on Tuesday Turkey’s attempts t ...

Turkey waging war against Kurdish media: official

Turkey waging war against Kurdish media: official

This article was published on ARA News on 2 May 2017. The Turkish government is pressuring the French satellite company Eutelsat to close down the Kurdish outlets NewsChannel and S ...

Update on jailed HDP and DBP politicians

The pressures on the democratic opposition in general, and on the HDP in particular, have not ceased after the referendum on 16 April in Turkey. Two days after the referendum, on 18 April 2017, the countrywide state of emergency rule was extended for another three months for a third time. The next day, on 19 April 2017, Ms Burcu Celik, HDP deputy for Muş, was arrested with the charges of “inciting people to ...

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Tensions escalate between Kurdish YPG forces and Turkish troops north Syria

Clashes continued for the third consecutive day between Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Turkey’s military in several areas in northern Syria, military sources reported on Friday. The Turkish Army bombed several villages in the Kurdish Afrin district, including Panerak, Shankila, Midan Akbas and Rajo. “The Turkish artillery bombarded YPG security checkpoints and residential buildi ...

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Raqqa Civilian Council calls for aid for 100,000 IDPs from ISIS-held areas

Published by ARA News on 28th of April 2017 On Thursday, the Raqqa Civilian Council called on the international community to provide more aid to the people of Raqqa. “As the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue to achieve overwhelming victories in Raqqa in their war on Daesh [ISIS] terrorism on behalf of the whole world, a massive refugees’ movements have been witnessed in the few past days,” the council ...

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Conference report: “Iraqi Faili Kurds exiled by former regime to Iran, wish to return home”

Newssite Ekurd Daily published the following report on the 2nd International Conference on Faylee Kurds at the European Parliament. BRUSSELS,— The current Iraqi government still holds properties belonging to Faili Kurds who were deported to Iran by the Baathist regime, and the Failis wish to return to their homes, an Iraqi MP said at an international conference at European Parliament. Rezan Shex Diler, a la ...

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Turkey deports foreigners working with Syrian refugees

Published by The Washington Post on 26th of April 2017   By Karen DeYoung and Kareem Fahim April 26 The Turkish government this week deported foreigners working with Syrian refugees at a leading U.S.-based aid organization, part of what appears to be an ongoing crackdown on international humanitarian groups there.The four foreigners — from Britain, Ireland, Indonesia and India — were among 15 employees ...

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Kurds demand no-fly zone in Syrian Kurdistan after Turkish airstrike

Published by EKurd Daily on 27 April 2017 QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Fighting erupted on Wednesday along Syria’s Kurdish northeastern border between Turkish forces and Kurdish militiamen, as tensions boiled over in the aftermath of deadly Turkish air strikes the previous day. The strikes against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have thrown the complexity of Syria’s war into sharp relief and eve ...

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Heavy clashes hit Rojava as Syrian Kurds respond to Turkish attacks

Published by ARA News on April 27, 2017 Artillery of the Turkish army on Wednesday hit the Kurdish town of Derbassiye in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province, shutting down the road between Derbassiye and Serikaniye. Furthermore, clashes broke out between Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Turkish military near the town of Afrin. “The Turkish army is targeted the positions of t ...

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Ms Burcu Çelik, HDP Deputy for Mus, is jailed (HDP statement)

Dear friends, President Erdoğan and the AKP government have launched a new wave of repression against our party immediately after the controversial referendum on 16 April 2017, which, according to the OSCE/ODIHR’s observation mission, did not meet the standards of the CoE. Two days after the referendum, on 18 April 2017, the countrywide state of emergency rule was extended for a third time, which will be in ...

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Statement Regarding Turkish Military Aggression in Rojava-North Syria and Shingal (Rojava-North Syria Representation Office in Benelux)

Dear all,   On behalf of all Rojava-North Syria Representation Offices in Europe: Please find below a statement regarding last night's attacks by the Turkish army against Cizire and Shingal from the Representation Offices of Rojava-North Syria in Europe.   Best Regards,   Sheruan Hassan Chair of the Rojava-North Syria Representation Office in Benelux   ...

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The Turkish army is attacking Yezîdî Kurds and Rojava villages (announcement KNK)

Turkish warplanes bombed Şengal (Sinjar-Iraq/Kurdistan) and Dêrik (Karaçokê-Rojava/Kurdistan). According to the latest information, 26 Turkish warplanes attacked Amûd and Geliyê Kersê of Şengal/Sinjar. The bombardment is still going on.  It has been learned that prior to the aerial operation, communication networks had been completely cut in Dêrik and its surrounding areas. Many civilian Kurds and Kurdish f ...

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