Category Archives: PYD

‘Syria Won’t Return to Dictatorship Post War’ – Salih Muslim

Mr Salih Muslim is co-president of the Democratic Union Party or PYD. The PYD is one of the most dominant players in Syria; currently this is mostly because of its control over that most effective and formidable Kurdish militia YPG/YPJ, significant popular support, and its effective organization. In an exclusive interview with Manish Rai, Editor,…

Declaring Federalism in the West of Kurdistan: Proof of the Nation’s Power

Mufid Abdulla

By Arian Mufid: Following the Kurds in the west of Kurdistan is like watching an ancient myth brought to life. This nation has declared their federal entity even though their brothers in the south of Kurdistan have been unable to achieve that goal for the last two decades. Strong reactions to this declaration have spread…

The Hague Declaration: Joint Diplomatic Committee of Kurdistan Political Groups

By Joint Diplomatic Committee of Kurdistan Political Groups: Freedom-loving Kurdish nation, Political forces, Families and relatives of the martyrs of Kurdistan, In this crucial phase of our history in which the entire region of the Middle East and gulf states are suffering civil, ethnic, religious and regional war, with the big threat against the struggle of…

Democratic Union Party’s Response to UK Government Report 2015

By Saleh Muslim: In March 2015, the UK Government published a report in response to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (titled: UK Government Policy on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq). In this report, the Government outlined its policies towards Iraqi Kurdistan and Syrian Kurds. The report (paragraph 15) unfairly criticised our party, the…

‘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…

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…

Kurdistan: Why International Support is Crucial – SOAS Debate, London, 27 Feb

By Kurdistan WISC at SOAS Kurdish Society: Following the success of our first event in November, we are holding a follow-up debate  entitled “Kurdistan: Why International Support is Crucial”. SOAS, University of London, Lecture Theatre G2 Friday 27th November, 5:30pm – 7:30pm The guest panellists are: Dr Alan Semo– UK Representative, Democratic Union Party (PYD) Farhad Marf–…

We have the will to fight, give us the weapons to outgun ISIS: Bayan Sami Rahman

KT Report: The KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) High Representative to the UK, Bayan Sami Rahman, told an audience in London last night that, following their recent successes in Zumar and Shingal, Kurdish peshmarga forces need more material support from the West. “We are not getting the tanks and helicopters we need to inflict a strategic…

Turkey: The Cradle of Lies, Atrocities and Enmity

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: The lying machine of Turkey has become an enterprise that is almost impossible to answer. It is enormous, professional and highly experienced. The conspirators theories against the Jews, Kurds, Armenians, Europe and all the “others” are not just polemics, but rather a method of work, a consciously chosen method, aimed primarily to…

Defend Kobanê! Kurds call for international help and more volunteers to beat ISIS offensive

KT News: Kurd leaders in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) have called for international help, including US air strikes, against ISIS (‘Islamic State’) jihadists who are mounting their biggest offensive yet in the region, seizing many villages and advancing on the city of Kobanê from three sides. Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for the PYD (Democratic Union Party)…

Kurd YPG wins battle, ‘capturing several ISIS jihadist positions’

KT News: Kurdish forces in Rojava (north east Syria) have captured several positions of the ISIS jihadists, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which says 35 jihadists and 15 members of the pro-Kurd People’s Protection Units (YPG) were killed in the fierce fighting. Kurdish fighters took several hills during the battle, which ISIS had previously…

Democracy’s Frontline Starts with the Pershmerga

By Kaziwa Salih: The Middle East, particularly Iraq and Syria, has turned into a triangle battlefield, amongst fanatical groups with diverse titles and similar aims: creating an Islamic state with Stone Age approaches. There are two tyrannical Governments completing this dimension which are Iraq and Syria. The Peshmarga of Kurdistan is the only force defending…

Rojava Kurds resist ISIS offensive in Kobanê

KT News: Since 2nd July Kurd forces have fiercely resisted an offensive waged by ISIS jihadists in the canton of Kobanê, the central of three autonomous Rojava cantons, targeting the strategically important Kobanê city. According to a statement by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), yesterday 16 Kurdish fighters were killed in the northeastern part…

PYD’s Salih Muslim on a diplomatic visit to London

KNK Press Release: The co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is in London this week on a diplomatic visit to the city. Mr Muslim has been taking meetings with the Foreign Office, members of Parliament and the House of Lords in an effort to garner international support for the experiment in democratic…

Political propaganda in the name of journalism: RSF report on Rojava

By Rozh Ahmad:  The RSF report on Rojava is anything but an exposé of the reality on the ground. As an independent journalist and videographer, I have been in and out of Rojava since July 2012, freelance reporting for international news agencies, regional media outlets and Kurdish newspapers. As a journalist, I have no interest…