Category Archives: EU

The Plight of Leyla Birlik: UK MEP is Barred from Visiting the Jailed HDP MP

By Julie Ward, MEP: Leyla Birlik is one of 10 HDP deputies who have been imprisoned by the Turkish state in the last 3 weeks following the brutal crackdown on political opposition. Leyla is a democratically elected MP representing Sirnak in Southern Turkey. She was elected on November 1st 2015 when HDP won 59 seats…

Will the USA and EU Punish Turkey If It Doesn’t Commit To Democracy?

By Abdul-Qahar Mustafa: Most people including me know that Turkey has a bad history in dealing with minorities and has never had any true approach to democracy. It started from the time when their ancestors took the land by force from Kurds, Assyrians, Armenians, and Greeks in the 11th century. They have subjected and murdered…

The Road to Rojava

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: It’s a long trip to direct democracy, gender, ethnic, religious and economic equality and it will take generations to walk the road to Rojava. In the meantime its own population, like that of Bakur, will be exposed to slaughter by IS and Al Nusra, to genocide by the state…

Russia’s Gas Diplomacy

By Rozhin Salah, Linda Rashid, Deya Aso, Arez Osman, Ahmed Yousef: On 1 January, 2006, Russia cut off gas supplies to Europe because of a dispute over gas prices with the transit country Ukraine; this conflict was summarized on a cover of ‘The Economist’ in which Putin, instead of a gun, holds the pump in…

Turkey Needs to Give Up Kurdistan If It Ever Wants to Join the EU

By Ozkan Kocakaya: Turkey’s immigration deal to help the EU stem the flow of migrants has been a point of universal condemnation for many good reasons. However, the dynamics of that deal and the root causes of the migrant crisis actually highlight a possible future solution to the Middle East and the EU itself. If…

Is NATO behind the creation of ISIS?

By Freeyad Ibrahim: I believe the fact of the matter is that NATO forces, the United States, Britain and France are very much behind the creation of ISIS or ISIL. The general idea is that these were fighters that were initially trained in NATO camps in Jordan. The US and EU, especially the UK, have…

EU’s Resolution on Yazidis: Read Between the Lines

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: As reported by ekurd.net Nov. 20, the European Parliament held a special conference to address the Yazidi refugees (also spelled Ezidi) who suffered a genocidal attack on Aug. 3, 2014, by the Islamic State (also referred to as Daesh, ISIS, and ISID).  The European Parliament passed the following Resolution: Urgent assistance…

Kobane: MEPs call on Turkey to do more to help city under threat by IS

European Parliament Press Release: Turkey should do more to help Kurds fight off the IS threat in Kobane, many MEPs said in a debate on the besieged Syrian city on 22 October. They also condemned the violence by IS and said more should be done to tackle the terrorist group and help its victims. Some…

Will the West betray Kobanê? Salih Muslim calls for immediate action to prevent genocide

KT News: Salih Muslim, leader of the PYD (Democratic Union Party) has called on the USA, NATO, the UN and EU to act immediately to prevent a genocide against Kurdish people in Kobanê. “It seems that all international forces are decided on the fall of Kobanê”, Muslim said. The air strikes of the US-led coalition have…

Declare Western Kurdistan, the Rojawa, as a ‘Safe Haven’!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: The first non-violent demonstration against the Bashar Al-Assad regime started in late February 2011, more than 3.5 years ago. The people of Syria demanded more freedom and true political pluralism. However the path to more freedom now looks infinite with two hundred thousand casualties, many millions of displaced people, destroyed homes and…

Catalonia is due to declare its independence

By Solin Hacador: On Thursday, Catalonia on its National Day (11th September 1714) had a great victory in its demand of independence. I proudly participated in the demonstration to support the independence of Catalonia. I am convinced that Catalonia is ready and deserves its independence. I must admit that I admired the unification of Catalan…

Current Affairs in Kurdistan

Sherzad-Al-Khalifa

By Dr. Sherzad Al-Khalifa: There are a great deal of events happening in the whole region and very fast. Of course most people from the Middle East unfortunately believe in conspiracy theories and read about the events that they face either as fate (God’s doing!) – therefore, nothing can be done about it – or…

Chain of genocides in Southern Kurdistan demands international help

Solin Hacador

By Solin Hacador: The human tragedy in Southern Kurdistan is increasing and it demands more international help. Following Friday’s massacre of Yezidi Kurds in Kocho village of Shengal , there are reports of 300 more civilians killed yesterday by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists and many are still trapped on the mountain. This can be…

Defend Kobanê: Urgent call to UN and European Union

By Enver Muslim, President of the Kobanê Canton: Kobanê, 25th March 2014 The region of Kobanê  (Ayn-Al-Arab) has been under attack from gangs linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) for about 3 weeks. ISIS has been attacking the area from three directions: Jarablus to the west, Sarrin to the south, and…

Ukraine: Europe’s Syria?

Ramyar Hassani

By Ramyar Hassani: On 21st November 21, 2013 president Viktor Yanukovych announced that Ukraine had suspended a trade pact and political association agreement between Ukraine and the EU which strengthened ties with the European Union and was instead seeking closer cooperation with Moscow. Following this announcement, the Ukrainian opposition expressed displeasure and peaceful protests –…