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Dec 18 2014 09:18
Rojava News

I want to post some news (and summary translations of news) related to Rojava here. I (and some others) used to do it under "ISIS news" but I guess it is better to separate these two topics and please let's not discuss stuff here but share news related to Rojava so we have a better "informed" discussion in other threads.

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Dec 18 2014 10:00

Another child is killed by Turkish state in a demo for solidarity with Kobane

http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/hdp-warns-the-government-stop-killing-children.htm

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Dec 18 2014 10:09

By the way there is also this, but I am not sure who are the detained, it seems no follow up story appeared till now.

http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/20-trade-unionists-detained-in-amed-flash.htm

EDIT: Well maybe this news is related to one below. As Turkish state is very keen on stopping any kind of support to Rojava.

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Dec 18 2014 10:08

Recently the representatives of two of the biggest trade unions in Europe, from RMT and ETF, have paid a visit to Suruç...The delegation of the European trade unions, accompanied by the representatives from the trade unions in Turkey, held a joint press conference at the village.

http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/representatives-of-european-trade-unions-in-suruc.htm

Same story from EFT website:
http://www.etf-europe.org/etf-news-online.cfm/newsdetail/11028

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Dec 18 2014 10:16

This news says the new government for Rojava is elected. It has 12 members from Barzani side (Syrian National Kurdish Council- SNKC) and 12 from TEV-DEM (including PYD) and 6 independent. According to news 2 of the independents are selected by random and other 4 are by voting. Now SNKC says they will get involved with autonomous self-rule as well. Also women protested against the election outside of the election building against the lack of gender equality in new government.

http://rudaw.net/turkish/kurdistan/161220141

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Dec 23 2014 10:21

http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/demirtas-the-people-of-sinjar-should-govern-themselves.htm

HDP Co-President Selahattin Demirtaş continued, saying it was necessary to make this a lasting political victory by ensuring that the Yazidi (Êzîdî) people establish their own administration. He added that Sinjar was part of Iraqi territory and that including it as part of Kurdistan would entail risks, but that leaving it at the mercy of Baghdad was also risky. He therefore called on Kurdish parties to support the setting up of an autonomous administration in Sinjar, rather than endeavouring to establish their own dominance there.

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Dec 29 2014 08:46

Apparently Graeber was also among the academicians who visited Cizre Kanton. Below is an interview in Turkish with him (part 1), I think we can expect another piece from him in some later time.

He is very optimistic and says "I am sure anyone, who still thinks that all that is happening (in Rojava) is not revolution but just a decoration of a shopping window, will totally change his/her views if he/she visited the place."

"Rojava’da yaşananın gerçekten devrim olduğuna dair içinde kuşku bulunan ya da her şeyin sadece bir vitrin düzenlemesi olduğunu düşünen birinin gidip görmesinin tüm bu fikirleri ilelebet unutturacağını söyleyebilirim"

http://www.evrensel.net/haber/100431/david-graeber-rojavadan-on-yas-genc-dondum#.VJk44HcbzIc.facebook

EDIT: it is also in english now: https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/no-this-is-a-genuine-revolution/

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Dec 23 2014 22:03

Thanks for the updates!

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Dec 24 2014 14:04

Some quick news I saw today:

1)firatnews.com (news source of kurdish movement) is now unblocked in Turkey. This is kind of interesting. It is related to ongoing peace process between Turkish state and PKK. However most of the stuff is on the site can still be considered to be ilegal in anti-terrorism law (I suppose). It is kind of paradoxical. (The site is a great source for news on Rojava as well).
http://www.firatnews.com/news/guncel/www-firatnews-com-artik-yasak-degil.htm

2) Apparently IS had drones in their disposal.
http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/ypg-shoot-down-two-exploration-drones-of-the-isis-flash.htm

3)I had quoted Demirtas in one of the above news. he is influential in legal kurdish party. I also now see two announcements on the same issue (and in consensus with Demirtas)
Karayilan is now kind of the second man of PKK armed forces. He basically says Sengal must be land of Yazidi (Êzîdî) people. He mildly criticizes Barzani.
http://www.firatnews.com/news/guncel/karayilan-sengalliler-sengal-i-ezdixan-a-donusturmeli.htm
Kalkan again is hugely influential figure in politics of PKK. He also says Sengal msut be a Canton. But a Canton of Yazidi (Êzîdî) people. He criticizes dishonesty of Turkish government and says I do not trust them as much now. Makes a call for uniting all socialist parties in turkey.
http://www.firatnews.com/news/guncel/kalkan-sengal-kantonu-olusmali.htm

4) Breaking news Peshmerga is going out of Sengal
http://www.firatnews.com/news/guncel/pesmergeler-sengal-den-cekiliyor.htm

5) This is a bit interesting. I wish to know where this will lead to:
This piece is written by another influential kurdish reporter (I do not know who he is but he makes important analysis in firatnews from time to time, giving info on how PKK see things)
Writer criticizes Peshmerga for its non-cooperation with YPG. Gives examples of events. He says even afterDUHOK agreement Peshmerga is not contributing to fight against IS much. He says although Barzani says he wants kurdish unity, he privlidges his own victory and political gain. In last sentence he even says if this attitude continues it can cause "clashes". These are very hard words. Well at least for PKK it appears that cooperation with Barzani is not going super well.
http://www.firatnews.com/news/guncel/kurt-birligi-mi-kdp-nin-gelecegi-mi-daha-onemli.htm

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Dec 25 2014 10:06

http://www.radikal.com.tr/yazarlar/fehim_tastekin/sengaldeki_itibar_savasi-1258375

Hi some quick translation of this article:

Barzani in his speech only mentioned Peshmerga in his speech about Sincar. Also PKK only saluted forces that are in association with them, in liberation (process) of Sincar. It appears that they are not in very friendly terms. There is a battle of information and status between them now.

The actors in the region are:
HPG and YJA star these are military wing of PKK
YPG and YPJ Rojova defence forces
YBJ and YJA star these are newly formed (5 August) Ezidi self-defense forces.
There is Syrian Peshmerga (these are not of Iraq kurdish origin but politically aligned with them)
Peshmerga (connected to Iraq regional government, Barzani and KDP )

The writer could make a phone call to Sincar. It appears that 25-30 percent of the city is liberated, however as IS has established secure positions and traps (etc...) it will take time to move forward. As Peshmerga is not familiar with guerrilla warfare, peshmerga is more at the backside securing the places that were already liberated. On the other hand YPG and HPG are fighting in 10 percent of city in the front line to take control of more of the city. So there is practical military cooperation in the battlefield

By the way the corridor to Sengal is opened (I do not know what this geographically means though) by YPG by eliminating IS in 9 arab villages. (So now I guess they can get supplies from Iraq regional government)

YPG and YBJ together secured the holy land/city of Ezidis.

There is already a certain disapproval of Barzani in Sincar as Peshmerga escape from the area in the first place without fighting with IS. However traditional alliences are in no way eliminated, as apparently 40 percent of the Sunni muslim kurds of Sincar city (Ezidis are minority in Sincan) still support Barzani.

A small comment by me: I do not know how Sincar will be after the war but if it becomes a Canton this would practically mean emergence of Bookchinian ideas in Iraq. This would be a huge boost for political power and influence of PKK and democratic confederalism in region. On the other hand it would also practically mean PKK would be taking land from Barzani which would make tensions between these two get higher and higher.

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Dec 25 2014 21:18

"Buy 1 formula, 1 milk, 1 bottle more, while buying for your own children"

This is a campaign for Kobane. Apparently baby and kid supplies are desperatly needed in Kobane. They are aiming to open child food kitchens in every neighborhood. I m putting it here,in case people want to do something about it.

http://www.firatnews.com/news/guncel/kobaneli-bebek-ve-cocuklar-mama-sut-biberon-bekliyor.htm

EDIT: http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/babies-from-kobane-awaiting-formula-milk-and-feeding-bottles.htm

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Dec 26 2014 12:04

Well practically not directly Rojava news but anyway:

Yesterday apparently more than 170 students were arrested, most of whom were Kurds, protesting against massacre of Roboski and defending themselves against racists. (Roboski Massacre is bombing of about 30 people, most of whom were kids, by Turkish air force, due to being mistaken for "terrorists" near the village Roboski. This happened 3 years ago and nobody is punished)

http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/96-students-arrested-in-adana-at-roboski-commemoration.htm
http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/over-60-university-students-detained-in-maras.htm

As border issues become another hot topic (Roboski, Rojava...)
http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/110-people-shot-dead-on-border-in-last-5-years.htm

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Dec 29 2014 08:45

Hi some quick updates:

Clashes in Sinjar town in South Kurdistan are reported to have got heavier as of this morning.
http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/clashes-getting-heavier-in-sinjar-1.htm

One Syrian refugee died out of cold in Turkey
http://www.ozgur-gundem.com/?haberID=123690&haberBaslik=Suriye%E2%80%99de%20sava%C5%9Ftan%20ka%C3%A7t%C4%B1%20T%C3%BCrkiye%E2%80%99de%20so%C4%9Fuktan%20%C3%B6ld%C3%BC&action=haber_detay&module=nuce

Apparently, there is "Democratic and Free Ezidi Movement" (Demokratik ve Özgür Êzidî Hareketi- TEVDA) in Sinjar now. And it is forming a self-defence militia force of Ezidi people for a new Sinjar. (Please use google translate to have a glimpse of the short interview)
http://www.ozgur-gundem.com/index.php?haberID=123691&haberBaslik=%C5%9Eengal%20i%C3%A7in%20%C3%B6z%20savunmaya&action=haber_detay&module=nuce

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Dec 31 2014 08:06

There was a lot of news like these in news sources: In Sinjar and Kobane IS again started to make a lot of suicide attacks.

http://www.ozgur-gundem.com/index.php?haberID=123762&haberBaslik=I%C5%9E%C4%B0D%20Koban%C3%AA%E2%80%99de%20intihar%20ediyor&action=haber_detay&module=nuce

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Jan 1 2015 15:49

I saw this:

"INSIDE KOBANE" is a documentary film we produced for BBC. It gives a glimps of the way Kurdish journalist gather news under constant shelling and snipers. Along the way they introduce us to women and men who defend the city aganist ISIS. The broadcast starts on BBC World TV on January 2nd - Jan. 4th. Here are the time slots, All is GMT, London time: First broadcast is : 23:30 GMT /Fri 2 Jan
Camera and Director: Zanyar Omrani
BBC Edit-Pcroducer: Jiyar Gol
Please share it and send your feedabck to BBC

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Jan 1 2015 15:49

I am watching this now:

BBC Our World - ROJAVA : SYRIA'S SECRET REVOLUTION
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKhjJfH0ra4

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Jan 5 2015 21:30

Well, time for some news folks:

Apparently Kobane is nearly 90 percent liberated. Isis is partly on the run. YPG: "we will clear IS in a few days."
http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/ypg-commander-we-will-give-good-news-as-soon-as-possible.htm
http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/ypg-make-further-advances-in-kobane.htm
http://www.radikal.com.tr/dunya/birkac_gun_icinde_isidi_kobaniden_silecegiz-1265591

YPG and Yezidi self-defence forces seems to prevail also in sinjar
http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/ybs-commander-the-yazidi-people-are-resisting.htm

This is a bit interesting. A turkish soldier did not let some people pass the Turkish border. These people are claimed to be IS militants. however later he was captured by IS. And it appears this was known by Turkish military. It is strange. Then he was held captive for few days now. he is taken by back Turkish secret service, without provoking any hostility between Is and Turkey. I think this sounds really fishy to me and tell a bit about turkey IS relations.
http://www.radikal.com.tr/turkiye/kayip_astsubay_turkiyeye_getirildi-1265637

KCK co-leader interview in Turkish where he criticizes, USA, Turkish government, etc... (try to use google translate)
http://www.radikal.com.tr/turkiye/cemil_bayik_baris_olursa_turkiyeye_donerim_turkiye_guzel-1265423

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Jan 6 2015 06:17

There is a forum on Reddit dedicated to Rojava: https://www.reddit.com/r/rojava/

This is a good place to get Rojava news and analysis in English, or to post up articles that you want to share.

Making a Reddit account is easy, you don't even need to give an email address.

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Jan 6 2015 09:09

any comments on this?

Demonstration in the city of Amouda 27.12.2014, demanding the liberation of the kidnapped girl Hemrin ‘Aidi and against PYD. The PYD kidnapped the girl of 15 years old to serve in the militias of the PYD and carry weapons in their ranks against her will.

https://syriafreedomforever.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/pyd-%D8%A7%D8%AD%D8%AA%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%88%D8%AF%D8%A7-%D8%B6%D8%AF%D9%91-%D8%AD%D8%B2%D8%A8-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84/

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Jan 6 2015 10:41

Well she is propably taken based on the necesarry military service law that says at least a member of each family has to enlist in army. Let's hope resistance to this law continues to make it abolished ASAP (especially considering she is so young) as far as I know kurdish movement years ago also declared nesessary draft in Turkey. However it collapsed, and they need to abandon it. I hope this time will be also be the same. (especially after war conditions)

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Jan 6 2015 11:19

Other than, no other information available?

If you blow up the photographs you'll see that there's a squad of blokes in the background (particularly of the first photograph) wearing red & white shamaghs (keffiyehs). Of course red & white kefiiyehs are common amongst Syrian Arabs, but apparently in Kurdish communities the shamagh designates tribal affiliation. I have seen reference to the the red & white shamagh as associated with the Barzani clan.

Even if this was a KDP-sponsored protest, that doesn't speak to whether or not the girl has actually been pressed into service against her will or not (as opposed to the will of her family/clan).

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Jan 6 2015 15:41

after some digging I've found this:

http://aranews.net/2014/12/kurdish-girl-abducted-syrias-amude-pyds-forces-accused/

Amuda, Syria – On Tuesday, an underage Kurdish girl was abducted in front of her house in the city of Amuda in Hasakah province, in northeastern Syria, and her family accused gunmen of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) of being behind the incident.
Marwan Idi, brother of the 15-year-old girl, Hamrin Idi, said that he has searched all of the military centers of the PYD-linked Auto-Administration in the city, and stated that they assured him that the girl was not being held by them, but that they would help find her.
On Wednesday morning, a protest was organized by members of the Kurdish Yeketi Party to support the victim’s family in the city of Amuda.
“We took to the street to show solidarity with the victim and to condemn the practices of the PYD’s armed groups, such as the kidnapping minors,” Ibrahim Asaad, a Yeketi member, told ARA News.
Marwan Idi, the victim’s brother, stated to ARA News that the abduction of his sister Hamrin in front of her house “is a crime and the perpetrators must be prosecuted, whoever they are”.
“Did the perpetrates forget that the girl was a minor and should serve her disabled mother?” he wondered.
“I will raise banners that reflect my anger and my hatred to those criminals, and the authorities of the Auto-Administration must bear their responsibility in this regard,” Idi said.
“This is not the first time my family has been exposed to such practices,” he added.

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Jan 7 2015 02:44

* PYD-run police, known as the Asayish

Under Kurdish Rule - Abuses in PYD-run Enclaves of Syria - June 19, 2014 VII. Children in Security Forces wrote:
Since assuming power in 2012, the Asayish* and YPG have both used boys and girls under age 18 at checkpoints and on bases in `Afrin, Ain al-`Arab and Jazira. Some children have fought with the YPG. The Asayish* serves as a police force, but its members are armed with automatic weapons and its checkpoints have been the target of car bombings and other attacks.

The use of children by the Asayish* and YPG directly violates the internal regulations of both forces (see Appendices II and III), which forbid membership of anyone under age 18. International law prohibits the use of children as participants in direct hostilities, which includes using children as scouts, couriers, or at checkpoints.

The Asayish* and YPG say they have made efforts over the past year to reduce their use of children for military purposes but the problem persists in both forces. During a visit to Jazira in February 2014, Human Rights Watch saw two armed Asayish members who said they were under 18, and two others who looked under 18, but, after pressure from their commanders, refused to give their ages. Human Rights Watch also interviewed a 16-year-old boy who said he had been in the YPG since the previous year. Two other people said that children in their families had recently joined the YPG – one of them a 13-year-old boy whom the YPG sent home after the family complained.

Human Rights Watch did not visit `Afrin or Ain al-`Arab and could not confirm whether children are still in the security forces there...

The Democratic Self-Rule Administration’s Response to the Report of Human Rights Watch Organization wrote:
Recruitment of Children:
* The recruitment of children under 18 and their participation in military operations in the Asayish and in the Peoples protection units (YPG) must stop, this includes being active in checkpoints and bases.
* All military training of children must stop.
* The People protection units (YPG) and the Asayish must provide public updates on the number of children who have been demobilized of forces and about their whereabouts.
* Officers who allow children to serve under their leadership must be disciplined.
* The recruitment of children in youth centers or cultural centers must be prohibited.
* There must be cooperation with international bodies for Rehabilitation of children and necessary support to socially integrate them back into society must be provided.

Although, the leadership of the peoples protection units which are charged with the task of protection and defense in the self-managed areas, confirmed the existence of some of these cases, and made clear on the 5th of June that they would cooperate in the mutual task of making sure to demobilize all children under 18 from fighting units within one month forces within one month according to the agreement signed with the organization Geneva Call.
We would like for the sake of explanation only, not to justify any wrongdoings to again point to severe circumstances which we are ongoing to underline that some problems are hard to deal with but we are fully committed to resolving them in order to create a stable society

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Jan 7 2015 09:55
augustynww wrote:
after some digging I've found this:

http://aranews.net/2014/12/kurdish-girl-abducted-syrias-amude-pyds-forces-accused/

Amuda, Syria – On Tuesday, an underage Kurdish girl was abducted in front of her house in the city of Amuda in Hasakah province, in northeastern Syria, and her family accused gunmen of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) of being behind the incident.

OK, a straight-forward kidnapping seems more likely. The slightly implausible part about the first piece was that the girl had been kidnapped to serve in the militia, especially in an arms-carrying, active service role. The implausible bit is that the girl could be held incommunicado once assigned to a unit with other women, in an age of mobile phones, etc. That she might have been kidnapped for another purpose - e.g. forced marriage via bride kidnapping or similar - seems more plausible that she was being held incommunicado, such that should couldn't get a message back to her family as to where she was so they could come and rescue her.

But really there's a whole host of possibilities. Impossible to say much else without specific info really.

edit: incidentally, on the topic of forced marriage, here's a brief but interesting piece on the matter in Pahstun society. Obviously Pashtun society is different from Kurdish in many ways, but there is some cross-over. NB also the difference in dowry practices between the Kurd & Pashtun practice of the groom's family paying the bride's family a bride-price, as opposed to the Pakistani, Indian practice of the bride's family paying a dowry (jahez) to the groom's family.

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Jan 12 2015 13:27

Useful backgrounder on the clashes in Cizre on 27 December just gone. Technically Cizre is the Turkish side of the border, but it relates to political context in Cizre canton.
AM: Turkey's AKP pits Kurd against Kurd

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Jan 17 2015 15:57

Hi again some updates on Rojava here

Cizre the struggle between local population against the state continues.
http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/hdp-mp-government-responsible-for-death-of-12-year-old-in-cizre.htm

YPG is also fighting against Syrian regime nowadays.
http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/ypg-captures-military-post-in-haseke.htm

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Jan 19 2015 10:36

According to sources close to kurdish movement Ezidi people ogranize their self government similar to rojava. Also barzani govrrnment strongşy oppose such developments (they made such a declaration a few days ago)
http://en.firatajans.com/news/news/ezidis-establish-self-administration.htm

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Jan 19 2015 14:13

YPG/YPJ retake Mishtenur hill
BBC: Kobane: Kurdish fighters 'capture strategic hilltop'

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Jan 26 2015 19:59

Well, apparently YPG now has total military control over Kobane.

http://kurdishquestion.com/index.php/kurdistan/west-kurdistan/breaking-kobane-fully-liberated.html

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Jan 28 2015 12:31

http://en.firatnews.com/news/news/preparations-for-international-brigade-in-rojava.htm ... seems to be initiated by the MLKP

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Feb 24 2015 10:54

Some more new stuff

http://antidotezine.com/2015/02/23/rojava-versus-the-world/
A new speech by Dilar Dirik in which she adresses a lot of issues that were also debated in libcom forums.

http://kurdishquestion.com/index.php/kurdistan/rebuilding-kobani-call-for-help-from-a-city-in-ruins.html
This rebuilding process is not just limited to kurdish movement by the way. There were meetings in some major cities in Turkey about ecological and communal living and what sort of urban or rural rebuilding politics should be aimed in Rojava. Moreover some of these activists actually went to Kobane to realize their projects. It is very likely we will see some developments related to it in the future.