Category Archives: Turkey

Gebze Women’s Closed Prison – Political Prisoners Distress Call

By Gül Güzel: 45 arrested and convicted women, whose names I kept secret, wrote from Gebze Prison in Turkey. On the occasion of the Corona pandemic, detainees and convicts all over the world were released from prisons and in Turkey as well… However, political prisoners and convicts were excluded from this practice, other criminals were…

Turkey and Erdogan’s Dream of Empire

By Arian Mufid: Erdogan is going between west and east with his aggression. He looks at the past and thinks he can revive the Ottoman Empire in the region. What is going on in Turkey today is related to his personality and the way he was brought up in Turkey. This is a most important…

The Endless Cycles of Betrayals and Killings of the Kurds

By Dr. M. Koohzad: After the defeat of the Turkish Ottoman Empire in WWI (1914 – 1918), European victors dissected the world’s most potent Muslim Empire. In the middle of the Great War, the Allies predicted the result of the conflict and planned to take over by signing the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement. The two, a…

KRG Compliance with Turkish Invasion

By Arian Mufid: It is under Erdogan’s rule that Turkey is at risk of MSCI downgrade to ‘frontier’ market status, despite ranking as the world’s 20th largest economy, due to the devaluation of the lira and overall bad economic situation. This means that the MSCI index is registering increasingly large outflows of capital and Turkey…

Interview with Hisyar Ozsoy of the HDP on COVID-19 and its Consequences in Turkey

Dr. Jeff Miley interviews Dr. Hisyar Ozsoy, Member of Parliament and Co-Spokesperson of International Affairs for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), about the social and political consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in North Kurdistan and the rest of Turkey, and about the response of the Kurdish freedom movement.   Jeff Miley is a Lecturer of…

Open Letter From Women To Kurdish Leaders

Open Letter from Women to: – Mr. Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) – Ms. Bese Hozat and Mr. Cemil Bayik, Co-Chairs of the Executive Council of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) – Mr. Lahur Talabani and Mr. Bafel Talabani, Co-Presidents of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) “Kurdistan should not become a battleground…

Release All Political Prisoners In Turkey

Peace in Kurdistan Statement: As of 13 April 2020, Turkey had recorded 61,049 cases of Covid-19 and 1,296 deaths from it. Since the first case was diagnosed on 10 March the toll is rising quickly. Turkey’s prisons are dangerous; the Minister of Justice said that 17 inmates of five prisons had been infected with the…

Turkey: Release Imprisoned Journalists and Human Rights Defenders at Risk of Coronavirus

By the European Federation of Journalists: Amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in prisons, the Turkish government is accelerating the preparation of a draft law that will reportedly release up to 100,000 prisoners. This is a welcome step. Overcrowding and unsanitary facilities already pose a serious health threat to Turkey’s prison population of…

Why is the World Silent about the Imprisoned Kurdish Leader Ocalan?

By Arian Mufid: 15th February marked the 21st anniversary of the leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan’s imprisonment. Abdullah Ocalan was kidnapped by the Kenyan state who were paid and motivated by a joint operation involving several state intelligence services such as MIT, CIA and Mossad. Abdullah Ocalan is nicknamed ‘APO’ (meaning uncle in Kurdish),…

After 21 Years,Time to Free Ocalan and Grasp the Peace

By Peace in Kurdistan Campaign: Statement marking the 21st anniversary since Ocalan’s abduction in Nairobi, 15th February 1999, by Turkish MIT agents supported by the CIA. It is difficult to believe that it is now more than two decades since Abdullah Ocalan, the leader and founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, lost his freedom. It…

Open Letter to UK Foreign Secretary: on NATO, Turkish Invasion of North-East Syria, Human Rights Violations & War Crimes

By Peace in Kurdistan: Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP Foreign Secretary Foreign and Commonwealth Office Dear Foreign Secretary Ref. Turkish invasion of North-East Syria – human rights violations and war crimes As NATO heads meet in Downing Street today to discuss the Turkish invasion of North-East Syria among other matters, we write to emphasise the…

Turkish State Relations with the Terrorist Organization ‘Daesh’

Introduction to document issued by Department of Foreign Relations, Self-Administration of North-East Syria: The policies of Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan and his interventions in the Syrian and Iraqi affairs, raised many questions in the region, as well, several European media and the Turkish opposition have published about the relationship between Turkish President Erdogan and the…

Impending Turkish Genocide Against Syrian Kurds

By Rauf Naqishbendi: President Trump has repeated his promise to end the endless wars. Let us examine who fomented these endless wars. Surely, it was America’s invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, causing more than a half a million lives lost in Iraq and trillions of taxpayers’ dollars squandered. In Iraq, more than ten thousand Americans were…

Kurds Condemn CAIR-LA Hosting Event in Support of the Turkish Invasion of Rojava (North and East Syria) 

Southern California Kurds in Defense of Rojava and US citizens condemn 23 annual CAIR-LA banquet sponsored by Turkish Airlines The Southern California Committee in Defense of Rojava ( North and East of Syria)  in response to the Turkish military invasion of  Rojava will hold a demonstration in front of Anaheim Hilton Hotel on November 2nd from 4:00-7:30 PM to protest…

Erdogan Should be Put on Trial for War Crimes in Rojava

By Mohammed Sabir Karim: It is widely reported that phosphorus weapons have been used as part of the Turkish aggression against the population of the north of Syria. According to the Geneva convention, white phosphorus can only be used in grenades, air munitions and artillery shells, for instance,  for smoke-screening purposes.  But Turkey has used it…