Category Archives: Kobane

Kurdish Freedom Struggle and the Ideas of Ocalan – University of Manchester, 27th Oct

Organised by Friends of Kurdistan – Manchester: Date and time: Thursday 27 Oct, 6.30pm Place:  Room LG12, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester (off Oxford Rd) Speakers: Havîn Guneser – Kurdish woman’s activist, journalist and Abdullah Öcalan’s translator Dr Federico Venturini – researcher and activist, specialising in Social Ecology Bert Schouwenburg – International Officer, GMB Simon…

URGENT CALL FOR ACTION: Global Rally for the Freedom and Reconstruction of Kobane, 1st November 2015

By Peace in Kurdistan Campaign: Dear friends, Activists from across the world have come together in a huge joint effort calling for action for Kobane on the 1st November 2015. One year on since the last global call for action spurred hundreds of rallies, demos and actions across dozens of countries, and months after the…

Appeal for a ‘Humanitarian Corridor’: OPEN UP A CORRIDOR TO KOBANE

By the Kobane Reconstruction Board: (To add your name, or that of your organisation, to this important statement, please email: estella24@tiscali.co.uk by 5th September) Kobane desperately needs our help to rebuild itself and for this to take place, the establishment of a humanitarian corridor between Kobane and Turkey is an urgent requirement. As of today, August…

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,…

A New Massacre by ISIS in Suruç

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Press Release: Terrorist ISIS attacks youths on their way to Kobanê: 31 people have died and over 100 were injured This morning around 11am a massive blast occurred in the border city of Suruc in the province of Urfa (in North Kurdistan, Turkey) on the Kobane border. The blast occurred in the…

US Continues to Fail to Show Strategic Leadership in Fight Against ISIS

By Biza Barzo: Almost simultaneous terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia on June 26th killed dozens of people, barely 24 hours after massacres in and around Kobani. ISIS attacks against Kurds in and near Kobani served both tactical and propaganda goals. The Kurds, however, have by now become the most effective fighting force against…

Kurdistan’s Independence: From 4 to 1-State Solution – The Case for a United States of Kurdistan, USK

By Dr. M. Koohzad: PART 1 of 2 Introduction: The Kurdish political leadership in Erbil, the capital city of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, KRG, in Northern Iraq, was about to carry out a referendum to declare independence when Daesh, meaning Donkeys in Arabic, Jihadist terrorists – the so-called ISIS, showed up at their doorsteps….

Eyewitness: The Liberation of Tel Abyad

By John Hunt: Introduction Last week’s ISIS raid on Kobane, with the murder of more than 240 civilians, was a fiendish reprisal for the humiliating defeat the jihadists had suffered the previous week when they were driven from Tel Abyad by the YPG, supported by US air strikes. The Kobane raid began, probably from inside…

International Mobilisation to Rebuild Kobanê: Conference at European Parliament

KT News: Following the ISIS genocidal attack on Kobane last week, today’s conference at the European Parliament to discuss the rebuildng of the city assumes added signifcance. As Kobane’s deputy foreign minister Idriss Nassan has put it: “Rebuilding is another form of resistance to terrorism”. The conference is being live-streamed at: http://helpkobane.com/ The event will be…

Open Letter to President Obama on Turkish Complicity in ISIS’s Second Assault on Kobani

By Dr. Amir Sharifi: The following  letter was sent to President Barack Obama; another version  of it to to Vice President Joseph Biden:  Dear Mr. President: We write to urge you to denounce the Turkish complicity in the recent attack launched by the Islamic State on the town of Kobani. Islamic State in its twin attack…

Girê Spî Liberated From Daesh: Kobani Celebrates, And Mourns

KT Report From Kobani: Girê Spî (Tel Abyad) has been liberated from Daesh (ISIS) by the YPG. The mainly Kurdish forces made a lightening advance into the town today (Monday) and the surviving jihadists have beat a retreat north into Turkey or south towards Raqaa, their stolen Syrian ‘capital’, 78 km away, reportedly without having…

Ghosts of Gezi and Kobani Haunt Erdoğan

By a KT Correspondent in Istanbul: With six days to go until Turkey’s general election on 7 June, the big question isn’t ‘Who will win?’ but ‘How will the HDP do?’ Everyone expects the ruling AKP to remain the largest party in parliament, but no one knows whether the fourth largest party, the pro-Kurdish HDP…

I do not know if I should say Happy Newroz to you!

By Dr Amir Sharifi: Some Reflections My wishes for the New Year may sound somber in this critical period of our history. I do not know if I should wish you a Happy Newroz. It is true that spring has returned in all its glory, fruit trees are in bloom and spring flowers have filled…

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

KT Report: “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 Victory in Kobani

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: After 134 days of heroic resistance, the brave Kurdish men and women of Kobani (Syrian-occupied Kurdistan), with the help of the Peshmerga and the US-led coalition air-strikes, won an incredible victory over the barbaric ISIS terrorists and pushed them out of the legendary city. For the past four months, Kobani has…