‘We trusted our people, and they are doing well': Salih Muslim, PYD Rojava leader

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Salih Muslim

Salih Muslim

“We know our people, we trusted our people, we organised our people and the results are in front of everybody”. Salih Muslim co-chairman of the PYD (Democratic Union Party), the dominant political party in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan), last night addressed hundreds at a packed meeting in the Palace of Westminster, London. Convened by the Centre for Kurdish Progress, the platform addressed the theme ‘Kurds in Syria: From Denial Toward Self-Ruled Governance Model’.

Physical Assault in Kurdistan Parliament over Barzani’s Term Extension

By Sabir Hasan: Wednesday, 25 March 2015, we were all shocked as two MPs from Barzani’s KDP party physically assaulted MP Ali Hamasaleh from the Gorran Movement. As MP witnesses have described the assault it seems to have been well planned. The assaults happened soon after the two KDP MPs threatened Mr Hamasaleh that discussion about Barzani’s term…

The Crisis of Leadership: Qubad Talabani as an Example

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By Kamal Chomani: In a recent interview televised by NRT, the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani listed four items as main issues facing his government: Being at war with Daesh (IS), Financial Crisis, Internally Displaced People (IDP), and disunity among political parties. What he failed to acknowledge is, of course, the…

Hoshyar Byawelaiy: A Global Volunteering Symbol

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By Ausama Anwar: The 16th of March is a landmark in the history of Iraqi Kurdistan: it takes us back to the hellish chemical bombardments of the former dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein on Halabja town. This attack left nearly 5000 civilian casualties with the complete destruction of the town. This date could never be…

Yazidis Demonstrate for International Protection and Asylum

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On March 23, 2015, 1500 Yazidis demonstrated in Brussels to plea for International Protection and aid from countries of the world. They were supported by demonstrations of thousands of Yazidis in Europe and refugee camps in Turkey and Iraq holding up signs written in both Arabic and English for the…

Soldiers Slaughter Mules at Roboski

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On March 23, 2015, at the border crossing between Roboski, Turkey, and Kurdistan, Iraq, soldiers shot and killed eight mules and wounded five (story corrected 25 March). Angry villagers gathered at the border as additional soldiers were sent to the border. Mules are used in cross-border trade to support the livelihood…

Öcalan’s historic Newroz message calls for a new era: full text

By JINHA:  AMED – Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), has released a historic Newroz message calling for an era of peace and democratic change to overcome the violence of the nation-state form in the Middle East. The crowd shouted as one, "long live the leader Öcalan," in the moments of silence…

Urgent Appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel: Please Try to Save the 21 Kurd Hostages!  

By Tilman Zülch: Iraq: Islamists threaten to kill 21 Kurds by burning Dear Madam Chancellor, On March 21, our Kurdish fellow citizens will be celebrating their New Year's Day, Newroz, together with all the other Kurdish people all over the world. This year's spring celebrations, however, are overshadowed by fears that the so-called Islamic State…

This Newroz is Different

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By Ramyar Hassani: On Saturday, the Kurdish new year will be celebrated all over Kurdistan. People will welcome the spring and the resurrection of the planet that wakes up from a deep winter sleep. Photos of its signs are already posted all over the social media. Although in exile, I can imagine that trees have got…

Tev-Dem Lays Out Proposal for a Political Solution to the Syrian Conflict

By the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign: Tev-Dem (Tevgera Civaka Demokratîk /Movement for a Democratic Society, Rojava/Northern Syria), the political coalition governing the democratic autonomous region of Rojava, northern Syria, has released a proposal for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria, which has now been raging for four years. (more…)

The Wounds Have Not Healed: Commemorating the 1988 Chemical Attacks on Halabja

Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights Press Release: On the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the chemical attacks on Halabja, the Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights calls on the Iraqi government to provide victims with the much-needed medical and psychological care, financial assistance and rehabilitation they are entitled to. Amidst the current refugee and IDP…

International Support for Kurdistan: Hard versus Soft Assistance

By Goran Abdulla: The offensive by the barbaric Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) might have provided what is going to probably be a missed window of opportunity for Kurdistan region of Iraq (Kurdistan) to establish the seeds of a state with clearly defined borders. A host of economic, political and military factors…

The Rojava Revolution

By Evangelos Aretaios: This article was first published by Open Democracy News of the fight of the Syrian Kurds has reached many homes in Europe and the US over the last year as TV channels around the world have covered the resistance of the Kurds against Daesh (self-proclaimed “Islamic State”) in Kobane. The fighting was…

Drop the Terrorism Charges against Silan Ozcelik

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Press Release: We are extremely concerned by the news that Silan Ozcelik, an 18 year-old woman from the Kurdish community in north London has been remanded for allegedly trying to join the Kurdish resistance against ISIS in northern Syria. Yesterday, Silan was charged with ‘engaging in conduct in preparation to for…

Picket Outside Holloway Prison for Shilan Ozcelik, Imprisoned for Allegedly Wanting to Join Fight Against ISIS, 13th March 2015, 6PM!

KNK Press Release: The Kurdish community and supporters of the Kurdish struggle are incensed at the arrest and imprisonment of 18 year old Shilan (Silhan) Ozcelik, who is accused of wanting to join the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS). The UK government in its steadfastness…