Abbas, Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

It has been reported that Turkey allegedly sent weapons to ISIS and traded in ISIS oil. Furthermore, numerous media outlets have noted that Turkey has permitted thousands of ISIS terrorists to smuggle across their border into Syria and have given medical assistance to ISIS terrorists.

Not too long ago, the Turkish entourage was recorded beating Kurdish and Armenian protesters in Washington, DC. In response to this action, Senator John McCain called for the Turkish Ambassador to be booted out of the US but Trump took zero action against Turkey for this.

Source 

https://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2017/05/25/syrian-kurdish-dissident-beware-saudis-turks/




Defining a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Equating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) shows a profound lack of nuance. While the United States lists both ISIS and the PKK as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), their ideology and tactics are dramatically different.

ISIS was founded in 2006 based on the radical ideology of Jihadi-Salafism. As an offshoot of al-Qaeda, ISIS employs a harsh interpretation of Islamic law, justifying anti-Shiite sectarian views. ISIS believes that Shia are conspiring with the United States and secular Arab rulers to limit Salafi power in the Middle East.

Source

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_591efb1fe4b0e8f558bb25ab




Gorran Leader Newshirwan Mustafa passes away

A co-founder of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Mustafa served as an PUK politburo member until 2006.He later left PUK and founded the Gorran Movement which gave a new impulse to the politics in Southern Kurdistan.

The Gorran Movement run in 2009’s elections and gained 24 chairs in the Kurdistan Regional Parliament by achieving a great success.




Erdogan/Turkish bodyguards attack protesters in Washington

https://youtu.be/T0EGApHGkpo




Turkey tells US to fire ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk

Turkey foreign minister has said that Turkey cannot accept American envoy to Syria. He said Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition against so-called Islamic State, was “definitely” supporting the YPG in Syria and the separatist PKK.

The minister was in Washington with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met US President Donald Trump.

Tensions were high after Mr Trump said he would arm the Syrian Kurds.

Source 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39960381




Inspirational Woman Interview: Hezha M. Khan – Inspirational Women

 I am a social entrepreneur and international NGO consultant from Kurdistan of Iraq. I started my career when I was only 17 and started working in civil society after my participation in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange program, a highly competitive exchange program for Iraq and Kurdish youth to participate in 4 to 6 weeks of leadership training in the US. I went through very intensive training on various topics with the US Department of State and other international organizations here offered training in return for my volunteer services.

I currently have different positions in different fields; I work as a professional and business development manager at Qaiwan Group, one of the biggest private sectors in the region. My job mainly focuses on capacity building and professional development within the organizational structure of the company, leading new business startups; sometimes I’m required to do Public Relations for the company as well.

Source 

https://inspirationalwomenseries.org/2017/05/12/inspirational-woman-interview-hezha-m-khan/




328 Executed Kurds including 21 women during the Rouhani presidency

According to the statistics recorded in the Statistical Center (HەNgav), of Khordad 1392 to Persian date Khordad 1396 328 death sentences in Iranian prisons Kurdish citizen carried out the most executions in the prison of Orumieh and Karaj has been made.

According to the statistics, 21 of the 328 Kurdish civilians were women and 307 men died.

7 Kurdish political prisoners have been executed under President Hassan Rouhani.

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“Refugees” settled in North Kurdistan are given military training by Erdogan 

With specially selected groups under the guise of “aiding refugees”, the AKP regime wants to change the demographic structure in North Kurdistan and turn the region into a military barracks.

There are reports that hundreds of Afghans, Chechens, Uzbeks and Kyrgyzs who were settled in Kurdistan were given military training in the Erciş Brigade. The state wants to turn these people into paramilitary groups and use them in operations against the PKK.

The AKP regime had settled thousands of specially selected Afghan, Chechen, Uzbek and Kyrgyz men in the TOKİ housing in Van’s Erciş district. Hundreds more later settled in Ulupamir village in Erciş.

The ANF has obtained information that some 200 Uzbek, Afghan, Iranian and Arab men between 20 and 40 years of age are being given military training in the Erciş Brigade. These people are seen brought to the Erciş Brigade every morning at 07.00 and engaging in training.

A local resident, N.O., said they follow these people every morning and saw that the people speak Azerbaijani, Persian and Arabic among themselves.

Source 

https://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/refugees-settled-in-north-kurdistan-are-given-military-training-19978




Seven Years After Execution, Kurdish Teacher Farzad Kamangar

Farzad Kamangar was 31 when he was arrested by the intelligence ministry in July 2006 for allegedly collaborating with the Kurdish opposition parties. The Iranian regime accused him of being “an enemy of god”.many friends and colleagues including is mother believe that his only crime was his ‘Kurdishness’. His lawyer Khalil Bahramian his lawyer argued that “there was not a shred of evidence” against him.

Interrogations and tortures in numerous prisons carried out where Farzad was held for four years.  Severe physical and mental torture including lashing, burning and hanging from the ceil were among practices to break his resistance. Farzad’s letters and articles about the inhumane conditions inside prison helped to bring international condemnations from many organisations including UNICEF and the Education International which represents teachers across the globe.

Source 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/globalvoices.org/2017/05/08/seven-years-after-execution-kurdish-teacher-farzad-kamangars-legacy-of-hope-remains/amp/




Chomsky hits back at Erdoğan, accusing him of double standards on terrorism

In the open letter to Erdoğan released last month, Chomsky and hundreds of others accused him of waging war against his own people. It said: “We demand the state to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the region. We also demand the state to lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage. For this purpose we demand that independent national and international observers to be given access to the region and that they be allowed to monitor and report on the incidents.”. 
Source 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/14/chomsky-hits-back-erdogan-double-standards-terrorism-bomb-istanbul?CMP=share_btn_fb