Category Archives: Turkey

Barzani vs. PKK: Recipe for Kurdistan’s Second Civil War?

By Diliman Abdulkader: The first modern Kurdish civil war took place in southern Kurdistan, in what is now the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) territory, between Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The conflict took the lives of nearly 5,000 Kurdish fighters and civilians, dividing the autonomous region between…

The Civil War in Turkey

Mourners for victim of Istanbul nightclub massacre By Dr Jan Best de Vries: In the present civil war in, since 1923, fascist Turkey, a sharp distinction should be made between the continuous attacks upon quite different war aims. On the one hand, subdivisons of the Kurdish PKK exclusively aim their attacks on government buildings and…

Southern Kurdistan: Are We Neglecting Our Sovereignty?

By Ramiar Bilbas: In the aftermath of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) between the European powers, through the Treaty of Westphalia it was multilaterally contracted that no state would be allowed to intervene in the internal affairs of another. This is regarded as one of the most important elements of that treaty. When it comes…

Kurdish Peace Activist Ferhat Encu in Prison on Roboski Massacre Anniversary

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Ferhat Encu is a Kurdish political prisoner and human rights activist from Roboski, Turkey. First the government killed his brother, then they killed their mules, then they killed their horses, then they put Ferhat Encu in prison. But the Turkish government will never succeed in killing 20 million Kurds or…

‘Just Because a Suspect Has Died the Turkish State Cannot Escape Trial’: Families of Paris Assassinations Victims

A joint statement by the families of PKK founding member Sakine Cansiz, KNK member Fidan Dogan and Kurdish Youth Movement member Leyla Saylemez who were murdered on 9th January 2013 in Paris. We were informed on 16.12.2016 Friday night by our lawyers that “according to the latest medical report of suspect Omer Guney he was…

Turkey: Peoples are Suffering from Racist and Fascistic Killing Machine

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: The last hundred years of the history of the Middle East are a history of Turkish racism genociding the peoples of the region. Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Lazes, Charkas, Bulgarians, Greeks, Arabs, Greek Cypriots and others have all been the victims of Turkish racist brutality. Armenians, Assyrians and Kurds are among those who…

Iran and Turkey are Dragging Kurds Into Their Cold War in the Middle East

By Abdul-Qahar Mustafa: The rivalry between Turkey and Iran over dominating the Middle East is not something new. It is in fact the legacy of the historical conflict between two empires, the Persians and Turks who dominated Middle East several times and under different names and ideologies in history. However, these two ethnicities have developed…

Semi-Sultan Erdogan’s Payments to General Flynn; Turkish State Terrorism and the Kurds

By Dr. M. Kamiar: On the American Election Day of November 8, 2016, retired Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, now President Trump’s National Security Advisor, suggested the U.S. should extradite coup suspect Mr. Gulen to Turkey. On the Election Day, General Michael Flynn (November 8, 2016) penned an article for The Hill newspaper entitled, “Our…

Turkey: An Embarrassing Experience for the West!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: The Western World is haunted by the problem of how to handle its conscience caused by its avoidance of being adequately critical of Turkey. The West needs a clear-eyed, realistic approach and a revolutionary re-thinking in order to understand and handle Turkey as it becomes the potential trigger to start the third…

The Arrest of Ahmet Turk: Erdogan’s Bloody Dictatorship Must Be Stopped

By Arian Mufid: In light of Monday’s events in Turkey in which prominent Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (HDP) MP Ahmet Turk was arrested, I reflected on the time three years ago in July 2013 when I met this great man for 25 minutes in Erbil, the capital of south Kurdistan. Following the meeting I…

Urgent Call: Worsening Situation in Turkish Prisons

By Hişyar Özsoy, Deputy Co-chair of HDP Responsible for Foreign Affairs: Recently there have been several news and claims in the Turkish and international media that uprisings might be provoked in the prisons of Turkey to provide the government the excuse and opportunity to execute planned massacres against prisoners. We know that the government has…

The Plight of Leyla Birlik: UK MEP is Barred from Visiting the Jailed HDP MP

By Julie Ward, MEP: Leyla Birlik is one of 10 HDP deputies who have been imprisoned by the Turkish state in the last 3 weeks following the brutal crackdown on political opposition. Leyla is a democratically elected MP representing Sirnak in Southern Turkey. She was elected on November 1st 2015 when HDP won 59 seats…

Closing Down of NGOS in Turkey is Another Step Towards Tyranny

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Statement: First the Turkish authorities came for the politicians, then they came for the journalists and the lawyers, the academics and students, then the political advisors and now it is the turn of NGOs. Hundreds of NGOs have become the latest victims to feel the wrath of President Erdogan and his…

The Repression And War Crimes Inflicted On Turkey’s Kurds

By John Hunt: This article was first published by the Morning Star “Be Smart, We’ll Be Back.” Neatly stencilled onto a wall in central Nusaybin, the warning is less crude than other graffiti scrawled by Turkish soldiers on walls and inside homes after they’ve besieged and pulverised Kurdish towns across south-east Turkey, but in context…

Anatolian Democratic Forces (ADF)

 By Dr Jan Best de Vries: When in Turkey half of the population, Turks and Kurds alike, is arrested and fired by the regime in power with the consent of the other half, the actual situation is that of a civil war. When an army is to be formed to restore democracy in this country,…