Category Archives: Rojava

Salih Muslim: Time Has Proved Us Right

Interview by Karlos Zurutuza: This is a translation of the interview that appeared today on the Spanish edition of Vice News Salih Muslim Muhammad (born Kobani, Aleppo, 1951) is co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party-PYD, the political force that has led the uprising of the Kurds in Syria since the war began, in March 2011. After…

From Turkey, Raqqa; ISIS Launches Fierce Attacks On Tal Abyad

YPG Press Office Statement: ROJAVA, Syria (February 27, 2016) ­ After an effective military campaign in the town of Shadadi enabled the Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) to inflict significant blows to the Daesh (ISIS), elements of that terrorist group last night, February 26, launched a series of coordinated attacks on the city of Tal Abyad (Gire Spi). The massive…

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…

Turkish Army Attacks on Syrian-Kurdish enclave of Afrin

Society for Threatened Peoples Press Release: Society for Threatened Peoples accuses Erdogan of serious violations of international law  The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) accuses the Turkish government of serious violations of international law in connection with the attacks on the Syrian-Kurdish enclave of Afrin. “There has been no provocation by the administration in Afrin,”…

Rojava, Solidarianism

By Dr. Jan Best de Vries: When I gave some lectures about Kurdish history at the Mesopotamia Academy (Qamishlo, district Jazira) in October 2015, several students afterwards put questions like “Why don’t the democratic American and European governments help us more than they do now?”, “Why are we with our democratic society not welcome in…

Rojava, World-Wide

By Dr. Jan Best de Vries: At the end of the year 2015 it is useful to reflect upon the new society which the Kurds and minority groups like the Assyrians, Armenians, Jews, Arabs, Tschetchens and Aramaeans together have created in Rojava, the overwhelmingly Kurdish region in North Syria stretching along the border with terrorist Turkey…

Kurdish Activities in the Los Angeles Area

By Yara Kamaran Ismael: News of the assassination of the prominent Kurdish lawyer, Tahir Elci, made it to the headlines. Although similar incidents happen occasionally in Kurdish areas in Turkey, this incident looked different, because Elci was openly calling for peace. He was shot dead after a press conference in Istanbul on November 18th. On that date, there…

Rise and Fall of Rojava? Why the West Supports Turkey

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: The three cantons of Rojava: Efrin, Kobane and Jazira formed together since November 2013 an autonomous region as a result of the sacrifices brought by the members of the people’s army of YPG and YPJ since July 2012. Its mere existence forms a danger for both Turkey and the…

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…

US Volunteer ‘Died Fighting For Humanity’ Says Kobani PM, As YPG ‘Enters’ Girê Spî

By John Hunt: Hundreds of Kurds gathered in the ravaged centre of Kobani last Thursday to honour US citizen Keith Broomfield who died on 3rd June while fighting in the ongoing war between the YPG forces of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) and Daesh (ISIS). Women, men and children stood around his coffin or above it on…

Rojava, Back to the Future

By Dr. Jan Best de Vries: Around 3200 BPE, the agricultural, matriarchal cultures in West Asia and Europe were overthrown by nomadic, patriarchal tribes from the Russian and Siberian steppes. The members of peaceful communities were slaughtered and raped in the same way as the beasts of IS operate with their victims these days in…

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…