Category Archives: Erdogan

Hunger in Rojava

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Due to the whims of Mr Erdogan, individuals and trucks are frequently being prevented from using the sole, still accessible route into Rojava via the Semalka border crossing. Seemingly the latter is in the control of Mr Barzani of the Kurdish, so-called autonomous region of Bashur in Iraq; in…

Turkey is Losing the Kurds and the War Against Kurds

By Ozkan Kocakaya: When Erdogan declared war on the PKK last July, nobody could have foreseen the levels to which it was to be escalated and the widespread destruction of Kurdish towns it would result in. It is widely acknowledged that the war is politically motivated, and whilst it may have consolidated the nationalists’ vote…

Stop the Shameful and Unjust Suit of HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas

Press Release by the EU-Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC): The EUTCC joins all other advocates of legal due process as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its corresponding EU declarations and respectfully appeals to the Independent democratic Turkish judiciary to dismiss the frivolous libel suit against HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas for insulting the…

Stop Erdogan’s Fascism Before it Does More Damage!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: Just prior to the first Turkish national election on June 7th 2015, Erdogan started a reactionary war on Kurdish people. The aim was to scare Kurdish voters, minimizing public gatherings and meetings. Tens of bombs exploded in Kurdish areas against Kurdish people, killing hundreds and wounding many more. Even the bomb that…

The Real Face of Erdogan

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Dossier: Introduction: On the 24th of July, 2015 Turkey launched a war against the Kurds, orchestrated by the conservative AKP government and led by Tayyip Recep Erdogan. Turkey has been notably reluctant to join the anti-ISIS coalition, despite calls by the Western powers and countries. When Turkey did finally join the…

Erdogan’s Broken Peace and its Catastrophic Aftermath

By Dr. Amir Sharifi: The June 7 elections in Turkey and the electoral victory of the Kurdish Democratic Party (HDP) brought the world a new awareness of the Justice and Development Party ‘s (AKP) character and intentions in regards to the settlement issue and the global campaign against Islamic State. For over a decade before…

‘Mountains Are Our Only Friends’

By Yara Kamaran:  The AKP [Justice and Development Party] in recent years commenced what is called “The Peace Process” (a ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government) and Erdogan attempted at least to appear (for the sake of politics) to be trying to improve the Kurds’ situation. However, all ameliorations officially came to an end…

Turkish Army Besieges and Attacks Several Kurdish Provinces and Villages

By Kurdistan National Congress KNK: With Erdogan’s ending of the Kurdish-Turkish peace process on the 24th of July a new total war against the Kurds is under way. Since this date Kurdish mountains, villages and geography have been under daily attack and bombardment. For almost a week the Turkish Special Forces, supported by the army, has…

Roadmap of the Escalation: How Did the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict Upsurge Again?

By Kurdistan Women’s Community (KJK): Download the Background Information File in full (pdf) I. Political Evaluation by KJK The Turkish state has declared total war on the Kurdish people. The decision to undertake this strategy of total war was made at the meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council on 30 October 2014, when the resistance…

It’s Time To Evaluate The Turkish Contribution Against ISIS!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: On Monday 20th July 32 youths were killed in the Kurdish town of Pirsoz (Suruc is the Turkish name of the city after the Turkification of Kurdistan from 1923) by an alleged ISIS suicide bomber, although Kurds think it’s in reality president Erdogan who is lying behind this. As a revenge action…

Restart the Peace Process in Turkey: No to Turkey’s Military Intervention in Syria – Defend Rojava!

Open Letter by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign: We have watched with increasing alarm and frustration as the peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurds has stalled and been brought to a halt. Just a few months ago talks between Turkish officials and jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan promised to herald a historic breakthrough…

Turkey’s Treachery: Missile Strikes on PKK Martyrs Cemetery

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On July 25, 2015, Turkey launched simultaneous missile attacks into Syria against Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) targets and into Qandil, Kurdistan, against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have been the leading force fighting ISIS. Turkey stated its attack in the Qandil region was to destroy arms and munitions storage…

Turkey is Deceiving the Democratic and Public Opinion

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: All of a sudden, on July 23rd, Turkey surprised the world by announcing the decision to join the US coalition against ISIL. Turkey has been supporting all kinds of Islamic terrorists in Syria at least for the last four years. Turkey had it´s well known agenda, which included destroying the Kurdish liberation movement,…

Great Spirits and Mediocre Minds

Evin Cheikosman

By Evin Cheikosman: Following Turkish President Erdoğan’s defeat in the June 6th parliamentary elections, on June 16th the Kurdish YPG/ YPJ took over the Syrian city of Tel Abyad, initially controlled by ISIS. Fortunately, this capture prevents ISIS from having a direct route for importing recruits and supplies, and puts more pressure on its de facto…

Will June 7th Relieve Turkey of the Erdoğan Depression?

Evin Cheikosman

By Evin Cheikosman: We are six days away from one of the most significant parliamentary elections in late Turkish political history. This election is crucial for two main reasons. The first: it will determine whether Turkey will go from a parliamentary democracy to a presidential system – the latter of which will award Turkish President…