Laat ons niet in de steek nadat we IS verslaan hebben – Sinam Mohamad

Sinam Mohamad, buitenlands afgevaardigde voor de Democratische Federatie van Noord-Syrië, schreef onderstaand opiniestuk in The New York Times van 11 mei 2017. Het is een oproep aan de Amerikaanse regering en de Amerikaanse bevolking om de Syrische Koerden ook na de val van IS te blijven steunen tegen dreigende aanvallen vanuit Turkije. De vrees bestaat immers dat de VS eens Raqqa bevrijd is (en de VS de ov ...

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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 been buoyed by the announcement from the Trump administration that the American military will begin to directly arm the Kurdish men and women who make up the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Those forces have been America’s ...

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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 than 7,880 academics and 150,000 public-sector workers sacked by the Turkish government without due process under state of emergency. The Turkish government has also dismissed 383 signatories of the Academics for Peace declaration ...

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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 blossom’ Then, let’s laugh so that your revolt does not get orphaned. And, if that’s a crime; then, let it be… May the smile of people remain fadeless. They’ll say ‘the sun should not rise!’ And, they’ll pull a gun on hope. But you wil ...

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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 the Press, and our Esteemed Guests; As you know, our client, the Co-Chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Mr Selahattin Demirtaş, was detained on 04.11.2016, at around 1 am at night at his home in Diyarbakır, and on the same day, ...

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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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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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