IS, Turkey and the Kurdish Question

By Zwan Mahmod:

Kurds are the 'boots on the ground' fighting IS

Kurds are providing the main ‘boots on the ground’ fighting IS

The advance of the Islamic State (IS) in the past year across, first in Syria and then Iraq, both surprised and worried players in the region. Its incursions into northern and western Iraq led to the fall of prime Nouri-Al Maliki as Iraqi Prime Minister and it forced Kurdish involvement. Ground fighting now is being conducted predominantly by Kurdish forces, be it the Peshmerga in Iraq or Kurdish fighters in Syria.

World is watching Turkey through Kobanê

Osamah Golpy

By Osamah Golpy: We heard little about the role of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) and other radical Islamists until after IS overran Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul. Since then, the brutal IS advance on the Kurdish city of  Kobanê in northern…

$100 Goes a Long Way in an Ezidi Refugee Camp

Amy

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: Dear Barbara and Alan, Yesterday I spent my birthday in the Sirnak Ezidi refugee commune.  Here’s how I spent your latest $100 donation.  I bought the last 12 stove-top electric burners in Sirnak at a cost of $4.45 dollars each for a total of $54 dollars.  The shop owner discounted…

Free Mr. Ocalan and Solve the Kurdish Question!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: In this very moments of writing this article Kurds are being killed either by IS, the Islamic State, or by Turkey, a member of NATO and candidate to the EU. Talking about Mr. Ocalan compels us to retell about much else of the history of the Middle East, otherwise it’s impossible to…

Kobani: IS attack and Turkish national interests

Shakhawan Shorash

By Shakhawan Shorash: Under Turkey´s influence, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) refused the Kurdish demands of recognition of Kurdish rights and insisted on the fight under the slogan, “We are all Syrians and fight for a free Syria.” The Western countries respected the Turkish and FSA position and ignored Kurdish demands, which became clear at…

Resistance in Kobane continues on its 33rd day – London protest, 19 Oct

Kurdish Assembly UK Press Release: Protest March: Sunday 19th October, 1pm BBC, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus The resistance in Kobane continues on its 33rd day as Islamic State attacks once again intensify following coalition bombing. Islamic State militants have been attacking the city of Kobane in Rojava, Northern Syria since…

Adib’s Story: An Ezidi Woman Who Escaped the Islamic State

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: “I used to have a nice life until Daash attacked us in Shingal,” explains 20-year-old Adib Khudeda Qasem.  The Islamic State (also referred to as IS, ISIS, ISID, ISIL)  is called “Daash” in Iraq. “Now our life is finished,” adds her younger brother. Adib is now living with 32 of…

Tales of Genocide: charity film screening, London 19 Oct

By Karam Kurda: On Sunday 19th October 2014, C4K have organised a charity evening in Notting Hill, London at the Portobello pop up cinema. It is a free event with a wonderful program that includes an exclusive film screening, a seminar, silent art auction, songs and poetry. Doors will open at 6.00pm until 10.30pm The…

Southern Californians Rally in Solidarity with Kobani; Condemn IS and Turkey

By Dr Amir Sharifi: Los Angeles: Hundreds of pro-Kobani activists marched on in Westwood, Los Angeles to condemn the Islamic State (IS) and their murderous onslaught against Kurds, saying that they will continue their protest against IS terrorism in Kobani.  Improvised signs were being made by women activists as more protesters joined the demonstration. The…

Why does the killing of Baloch by ISIS affiliates make no news in the mainstream media?

Meerain Baloch

By Meerain Baloch:  On 28th August this year, some masked men came from nowhere on motorcycles, barged into a zikrkhana (place of worship) and opened fire indiscriminately at people who were engaged in their routine prayers. Six people were killed on the spot and scores were seriously wounded. One succumbed to his wounds before getting…

Turkey’s enmity to Kurdish people hinders NATO’s war against ISIS

Ayoub Barzani

By Ayoub Barzani: One of the main Turkish phobias that clouds reasonable thinking is the Kurdish issue. The majority of the political parties in Turkey, left, right, secular, religious, nationalist or liberal, are indoctrinated by the outdated and petrified Kemalist ideology, which has no patience for any ethnicity in Turkey. This attitude goes against the…

Genocide: 10 Reasons Why Ezidis Refuse to Return to Shingal

Amy

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: Since Sept 3, 2014, Dr. Amy L. Beam has visited with hundreds of Ezidis in 12 refugee camps in Turkey.   While camp directors and international media continue to say the Ezidis will return to Shingal “when it is safe,” she has not found one Ezidi refugee who agrees.  To the…

Games that are a playing – Lives that are a living

By Shenah Abdullah:  “It’s no use for the world talking about me and my people when I still have to wake up the next morning worrying about my sons and daughters missing and how to comfort their children. Everyone is responsible. What can you do to comfort my burning heart?” Words of a grandmother who…

Turkey Censors Twitter and Websites During Kobani Siege

Amy

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: On Oct. 9, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan Elvan stated that Twitter withheld “provocative tweets against Turkey’s national security” during the recent protests. “We faced tweets that threatened our national security, unfortunately provoking some of our citizens and even inviting others, like terrorist groups, to…

Stand Up For Kobanê

By Nazar Blue: In the sweltering summer of 2014, I and tens of thousands of others from all backgrounds took to the streets of London to march in solidarity with the Palestinians. As innocents lost their lives, a feeling of utter helplessness led me to stand up and be part of a collective voice which…