Category Archives: PKK

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…

Why Erdogan wants to pursue a hollow peace process

By Arian Mufid: In January 2013 when a co-founder of the PKK was shot dead in Paris, along with two other members of her organisation, the world turned a blind eye to the role of the Turkish security services in commissioning this crime. Sakine Cansız, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Söylemez have become symbols of martyrdom…

Acknowledge the PKK as Freedom Fighters and a Partner for Peace!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: Due to arbitrarily-drawn borders in the Middle East on at least two occasions, the first at the Sykes Picot (also calls the Asian Minor Agreement (16th of May 1916) (1), and the second in the aftermath of World War 1, Kurdistan became four parts, each part belong to a new territorial state: Iraq,…

PKK Refused Money from Yezidis Fleeing ISIS

By Amy L Beam: An estimated 25,000 Yezidi refugees fleeing the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) attack of their homeland in Shengal, Iraq, have fled through the mountains to Roboski, Turkey (North Kurdistan).   They have been sheltered and fed by Kurds from Roboski north to Diyarbakir and west to Mardin. I have visited ten Yezidi…

Roboski: How a village of 1200 saved 20,000 Ezidi refugees with help of PKK

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: “If it were not for the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) helping us all along the way, there would not be one Ezidi left alive today.”  This was the same litany I heard repeated from dozens of refugees in camps in Roboski, Hilal, and Şirnak, in North Kurdistan (southeast Turkey). When…

Islamic State in Şengal: How PKK and YPG taught Barzanî what ‘independence’ really means

By Dilar Dirik: This article first appeared on Kurdish Question One day, the world woke up and suddenly realized that a religious community called the Yezîdîs exist and that a radical jihadist group called the Islamic State, IS, (formerly known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is slaughtering people in Iraq. Apparently, the…

Wall Street Journal Distorting Facts Again about Kurds and PKK

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: On August 20, 2014, The Wall Street Journal carried a photo of the outlawed (in Turkey) Kurdistan flag atop Mosul Dam which was recaptured from the Islamic State (IS or ISIS). The WSJ has been reporting on a near daily basis on Kurds and Kurdistan in Iraq, more frequently in…

PKK Refugees Arrested at Turkish Border while Roboski Kurds Welcome Refugees

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: On August 11, 2014, Today’s Zaman reported that 6 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members “escaped” from the PKK and entered into Turkey at the Harbur border gate, south of Silopi, where they “turned themselves in”.   According to an unnamed security officer interviewed on August 15, the six men are being…

KNK dossier: ISIS attacks and Kurdish resistance in Kurdistan

By the KNK (Kurdistan National Congress): Download the dossier Introduction In this dossier we wish to share with you important information about the ongoing war in Syria and Iraq. As you will gather from this information there is a great war happening in the Middle East and especially throughout Kurdistan. The report also shows that…

President Erdoğan: Time to Grant PKK Amnesty and Make Kurdish Restitution

By Amy L Beam, Ed.D: Today’s Zaman, on August 11, 2014, reported that 6 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members have escaped from the PKK and entered into Turkey at the Harbur border gate where they “turned themselves in”.  One might reasonably infer that they were arrested when their identities where cross-referenced by Turkish Immigration authorities…

Who will defend the KRG in the south of Kurdistan?

By Mufid Abdulla: When the war broke out in June, and the ‘Islamic State’ group (IS) captured Mosul and advanced across swathes of Iraq, Masud Barzani the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the president of Kurdistan was abroad. He didn’t bother to abort his trip. The ruling KDP wasn’t too disturbed by…

Kurdish PKK Forces Gather to Retake Mahmur Camp and Shingal

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: Fighting continued today at UNHCR Mahmur Camp in northern Iraq.  ‘Islamic State’ or IS (also referred to as ISID, ISIS or ISIL) controls it from inside.  Twenty IS are reported to have been killed.  All residents have left the town.  The men of Mahmur Camp remain in the mountains approximately…

Sirnak Supports Demirtaş for President; Erdoğan Too Little, Too Late

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: On August 10, 2014, Turkey will vote for a new President. The People’s Democratic Party (HDP) candidate, Selahattin Demirtaş is sure to win the vote in Sirnak, in southeast Turkey. This is the first time in Turkey’s history that citizens will have the opportunity to vote for a Kurdish President. There…

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…

KCK: Lice Massacre has de facto ruled out the non-conflict situation

By the Co-Presidency of the KCK: To our peoples and the public opinion The Kurdish Freedom Movement has been in a non-action position for one and a half years. The AKP administration has misused this position as an opportunity for building new military posts, new dams and new roads for military purposes. It attacked the…