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Nov 8 2015 11:48

@kurremkarmerruk

The individual behind the Amnesty International report apparently has anti-Kurd sentiments.

https://twitter.com/re2baz/status/663112261020454912

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Nov 8 2015 14:26

Yeah ok. I tried to follow twitter discussions but could not get anything conclusive. Though that kristian benedict guy looks very biased against Kurds given his history (preventing Kurdish organisations from speaking in a Arab Spring Solidarity rally).

Anyway here is this news:
http://m.radikal.com.tr/turkiye/suriyeli-kurtler-ypgnin-cagrisi-uzerine-geri-donmeye-basladi-1468446
According to this PYD called back the refugees of Cezire in Turkey. Each day about 500 people cross the border and go back to the canton from Turkey.

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Nov 9 2015 15:14
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“Those behind the message published by AINA want to give that school back to the regime after the regime abandoned it and it was taken by ISIS. After that it was captured from ISIS by Syriac Military Council and YPG. The person responsible for the building has been told that he is free to continue the education but that the building cannot be handed back to Assad control. Assad aims to put his military in that building as it is strategically located and can be used tactically as fortification. It is obvious that the regime cannot be trusted with this as they were unable to defend this location against ISIS”
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The Foundation stated that there is no confiscation law, adding; “There was a proposal adopted in parliament in Amuda to deal with the abandoned properties due to emigration. In this proposal property under management by first and second degree family members was excluded. However this proposal was NOT adopted by the government.”
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"The Foundation said those who killed David Jendo got between 12 and 20 years sentences."

. Note: Constitutionally, Rojava has no death penalty.

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The Foundation said it is incomprehensible that some Syriac Christians are against education legislation that allows Aramaic to be educated in public schools for the first time in history.

Regarding the claim that YPG enforced special taxes, the CPFE continued by highlighting the followings; “The fact that those behind the AINA story call the taxation and subscription by the Assad regime 'legitimate' shows that they in fact are backing the Assad regime and are simply against opposition to the regime. They expose the political nature of their message and demonstrate that they are in fact propagating the regime.”

The Foundation voiced doubts that the alleged joint statement published by AINA might have been made 'on behalf of all these groups' whose names were listed in the report.

“If Syriac Christians were indeed oppressed by their Kurdish neighbours, why are they fighting side by side against ISIS? If this allegation would be true, why would they co-operate in governing this area as the Syriac Union party does? So, the AINA message only represents those who are simply pro-Assad.”

Christian Political Foundation denies AINA allegations against YPG, ANF News, Nov 9, 2015

Christian Political Foundation for Europe (CPFE) is a Christian Democrat group with no particular tie to Rojava, Kurds, KCK, or even the SUP/MFS or the European Syriac Union.

This statement was put out based on an article published by AINA that we previously discussed here. It did have a report on the Conference on security of Minorities in Iraq, European Parliament:

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This unique declaration calls for political support from the EU, for a realistic approach to realise self-administration and self-defence in those districts where each of these peoples form the majority. In this regard they focus in particular on Sinjar (Ezidi’s), Nineveh Plain (CSA), Tel Afar and Tuzhurmatu (Turkmens).... In light of the recent atrocities committed by ISIS against each of these peoples, their self-administration and self-defence has become paramount for their existence in Iraq. These atrocities have been preceded by a long history of disempowerment and discrimination against these peoples. In order to change victims into citizens, a real sense of self-determination and the possibility of defence is necessary. There is a clear need for a viable political vision that restores the broken trust of many refugees and gives them a perspective for their future in Iraq.

Moreover, the declaration speaks against independence or isolation from other peoples in Iraq. It calls on the EU to support them in negotiations with the Kurdistan Regional Government and the government of Iraq, to reach the needed self-administration and defence.

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Nov 10 2015 20:04

YPG says
Turkey attacked Kobane
http://www.imctv.com.tr/ypg-turk-ordusu-kobaniye-saldirdi/

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Nov 11 2015 13:22

details of the above here:
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkish-military-allegedly-shell-kobane-ypg-and-arabs-advances-strategic-town-1894959234

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Nov 28 2015 05:22

Long journalism piece in the Nyt:
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/magazine/a-dream-of-utopia-in-hell.html?_r=1&referer=

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Nov 29 2015 09:49

Do they need anyone to do safe but crappy jobs like the ironing or the washing up? Lol. I make a mean brew...

Would the Uk Foreign Office consider you a terrorist if you hypothetically went over to be a tea lady for the YPG? Hehe

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Nov 30 2015 20:43
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Would the Uk Foreign Office consider you a terrorist if you hypothetically went over to be a tea lady for the YPG? Hehe

For serving tea to the YPG, probably not. On the other hand I do think that being a tea lady for the PKK would indeed be whole different ballgame as far as the UK Foreign Office is concerned.

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Dec 1 2015 20:06

So I've been thinking about this in light of the Don't Bomb Syria protests today; is it possible to get a consistent position between supporting Rojava and the anti-war movement? I mean, it was my understanding (though I could be wrong) that the YPG/J want more bombing in Syria as airstrikes restrict the movement of ISIS forces.. so how does this fit with the Stop the War types? Is it possible to be anti-war and pro-Rojava at the same time?

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Dec 1 2015 20:22

Ed - don't expect consistency from the 'Stop the War' bunch leading many of these protests here and the language of both pro and anti camps is anyway designed to tie everyone up in a nationalist discourse and state led military campaigns the practical results of which we have little influence over either way.

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Dec 6 2015 13:39
Ed wrote:
So I've been thinking about this in light of the Don't Bomb Syria protests today; is it possible to get a consistent position between supporting Rojava and the anti-war movement? I mean, it was my understanding (though I could be wrong) that the YPG/J want more bombing in Syria as airstrikes restrict the movement of ISIS forces.. so how does this fit with the Stop the War types? Is it possible to be anti-war and pro-Rojava at the same time?

I'm quite interested in this as well, speaking as someone who's still fairly skeptical of a lot of the claims coming out of the pro-Rojava left I'd like to know how (or indeed if) you square the circle of opposing western military intervention when said intervention is a key part of the Kurdish forces military success in the region.

~J.

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Dec 6 2015 17:36

jolasmo and Ed,
You might find it useful to scan the critical views expressed in this text and some of the replies it received in getting a handle on the different leftist responses to the recent UK Parliamentary vote on Syrian bombing:
https://attheinlandsea.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/we-like-our-syrians-dead-the-british-left-and-david-cameron/
I picked this up on a recent Plan C link elsewhere on this site which you could also look up if you wish. I'm not recommending the analysis of either but it helps to know where others are coming from on this issue.

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Dec 11 2015 18:43
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*Democratic Syria Assembly to be comprised of 42 people*

Democratic Syria Congress seeking a resolution to the crisis in Syria continues in Dêrîk city in its second day. The congress is being held under the slogan “Towards building of a free and democratic Syria”, and participated by 103 delegates representing Syrian political, military and societal opposition organisations.
Following the decision to establish Democratic Syrian Assembly to serve as the political representative in Syria of Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD), participants have determined that the Assembly will be comprised of 42 people to operate in the coming period.
According to the initial reports received from the congress which continues closed to the press, the Assembly will involve;

- 13 members from Democratic Autonomous Administration (Rojava/Tev-Dem),
- 1 member from Arab tribes,
- 1 member from Kurdish tribes,
- 3 members from the Political Consultation Board of Political Parties,
- 2 members from the Wheat Wave Movement (Teyar El-Qemih)
- 1 member from the Honor and Rights Agreement Community,
- 1 member from the Syrian National Democratic Consensus Committee,
- 1 member from the Shehba Regional Assembly,
- 1 member from each one of Turkmen, Assyrian, Arab, Syriac and Êzîdî peoples,
- 1 member from the youth,
- 1 member from the Syrian Democratic Modernity Party,
- 1 member from the Socialist Democratic Baath Party,
- 1 member from Jabal Arab,
- 1 member from Syrian National Mass,
- 5 members from the independent (to be elected by themselves).

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More on the Democratic Syria Conference Convenes As An Alternative To Riyadh:

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Democratic Autonomy Administration (TEV-DEM), Rojava Political Consultation Party Group, Syrian Democratic Community, Honor and Rights Agreement Community, Wheat Wave Movement (Teyar El-Qemih), Syrian National Democratic Consensus Committee.

The participants also include Cairo Congress Dialogue Committee, Arab National Council, Yekîtiya Star organisation, Initiative of Syrian Women, Syriac Women's Union, Progressive Democratic Party of Syrian Kurds, Democratic Modernity Party, Kurdistan Freedom Party, Democratic Assyrian Party, Tal Abyad Turkmen Community as well as many independent individuals, prominent figures from Kurdish and Arab tribes, writers and journalists.

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Jabal al-Arab is Jabal al-Druze.

This seems to be the political organization of civil society that the Syrian Democratic Forces are intended to be accountable.

Shehba Regional Assembly may represent this area--or north Aleppo Kurdish communities. This area was once a stronghold for Jabhat al-Krad.

Haytham Manna is involved with the Wheat Wave Movement (Teyar El-Qemih). Manna was also part of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change. The NCCDC also included the PYD, the SUP and the Socialist Democratic Baath Party.

Interview with Honor & Rights Agreement Community about Syrian Democratic Assembly

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Dec 10 2015 16:45
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THE RUMEILAN CONGRESS

The second congress, organized in response to the one in Riyadh, is being held in Syrian Kurdistan. It has been set up by the dominant Kurdish group in that area, a branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party best known as the PKK; although in Syria it hides behind a variety of other acronyms: PYD, YPG, YPJ, TEV-DEM, and so on.

The most recent addition to that long and growing list of letters is the SDF, which stands for the Syrian Democratic Forces. It is currently the Pentagon’s favored client in Syria, receiving American ammunition deliveries in order to attack the self-proclaimed Islamic State along a lengthy frontline in the northeast. But in political terms, the PKK—which forms the core of the SDF—is much closer to Moscow than it is to Washington. The Kurds are at war with most of the Arab mainstream opposition, as well as the hardline jihadists, all of whom view the PKK and its Syrian affiliates as an ally of Russia and Assad.

While the Americans thus far have significant differences with the Kurds, just as they do with Ahrar al-Sham and other Arab rebel factions, they recognize the importance of including the Kurds in any peace talks. But, the Turks do not. The Turkish government has been at war with the PKK since the late 1970s and it absolutely refuses to allow any political role for the group. By mobilizing their allies in the National Coalition, who said they would boycott if any PKK-affiliated faction was invited, the Turks were threatening to scuttle the whole Riyadh meeting. They had their way. Kurdish members of the National Coalition will be present, but the PKK-affiliated groups will not, even though they rule around two million people inside Syria—more than the National Coalition could dream of.

Angered at their exclusion and eager to remain in the headlines, the Kurds have set up their own conference in the city of Rumeilan, in northeast Syria. The invitees are a who’s who of local PKK allies and front groups, but there are also a number of Arab and Syriac delegates flown in from elsewhere, including a splinter faction from the National Coordination Body and other allies of the leftist exile dissident Heitham Mannaa. Mannaa, who defected from the National Coordination Body this spring, was invited to the Riyadh meeting but boycotted it, partly because of the exclusion of his Kurdish allies.

The purpose of the Rumeilan conference is to create a political wing for the SDF, called the Syrian Democratic Front (and thus also abbreviated SDF, which doesn’t help). It will promote a secular, feminist, and religiously inclusive political agenda, in tune with the PKK-backed autonomy project in Syria. It will also be flexible on all things except Kurdish autonomy, presenting itself as a moderate third force that could help bridge the gap between Assad and the Sunni Arab opposition. It’s a smart move and will be hard to handle for the Americans, who are already backing the Kurds against the Islamic State. How could they explain that they are sending arms to this group, but simultaneously have it excluded from the peace talks?

Riyadh, Rumeilan, and Damascus: All You Need to Know About Syria’s Opposition Conferences, Aron Lund, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, December 9th,2015

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Dec 14 2015 20:25
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Democratic Syria Assembly (MSD), which was formed during the Democratic Syria Congress held in Derîk on 8-9 December, held its first meeting in Rimêlan town of Girkê Legê city yesterday.

During the meeting, 43 names to serve in the executive board of the Assembly have been determined. All the political parties, organisations and individuals that participated in the congress have been granted representation in the Assembly.

Accordingly, the Political Board of Democratic Syria Assembly (MSD) involves;

1- Salih El-Nebwanî – Law–Citizenship–Rights Movement/QMH

2- Heysem Menaa – Law–Citizenship–Rights Movement/QMH

3- Macid Hebo – Law–Citizenship–Rights Movement/QMH

4- Betar El-Şerih – Society for Honor and Rights Convention

5- Meram Dawûd – Society for Honor and Rights Convention

6- Ziyad El-Asî – Syrian Democratic Society (affiliated to Ahmed Al-Jarba)

7- Kerîm El-Dîn Fadil Fetûm – Al-Arabi Socialist Democratic Baath Party

8- Ebilqadir El-Miwehed – Syrian Democratic Modernity Party led by Fîras Qesas

9- Parêzer Elaaddin El-Xalid – Syrian National Democratic Coalition

10- Ehmed Ehrec – Syrian National Democratic Coalition

11- Fîdan Berîm – (Rewan Mihemed) Syrian National Democratic Coalition

12- Al-Shahba Regional Assembly representative (Aleppo countryside)

13- Îşûh Gewriyê – Syriac Union Party

14- Şemîran Şemûn – Syriac Union Party

15- Lawyer Macid Behî – Syriac Union Party

16- Mihmedê Mûsê Left Party of Syrian Kurds

17- Rojîn Remo – Women's Representative

18- Alî Hoco – (from Jarablus region)

19- Sîhanok Dîbo – PYD

20- Hikmet Hebîb – Arab National Coalition

21- Mistefa Meşayix – Syrian Kurds' Progressive Democratic Party/Yekîtî

22- Wail Mîrza – Assyrian Democratic Party

23- Telal Mihemed – Syrian Kurds' Democratic Peace Party

24- Mizgîn Zêdan – Democratic Transformation Party

25- Ferhad Têlo – Kurdistan Liberal Unity Party

26- Xensa Hemûd – Bureau of Arab Women

27- Newal El-Mezîd (Independent)

28- Ebdilrezaq Mihemed El-Taî – Democratic Council of Arab Tribes in Cizîr region

29- Îlham Ehmed – TEV-DEM

30- Cîhad Mihemed Omer – TEV-DEM

31- Emar Helûş El-Salêm (Independent)

32- Fewzî Şengalî – Partiya Wîfaqa Demokratîk a Kurdî li Sûriyeyê

33- Emced Osman – Syrian Reform Movement/Al-Îslah

34- Îbrahîm El-Hesen – Girê Spî Turkmen Representative

35- Bêrîvan Ehmed – Youth's Representative

36- Faris Eto Şemo – Mala Êzîdiyan/Êzîdî House

37- Fehed Daqûrî – Council of Kurdish Tribes

38- Cîhan Xedro – Al-Shahba Region

39- Cemal Şêx Baqî – Democratic Party of Syrian Kurds/P.D.K.S.

40- Nasir El-Nasir (Independent)

41- Besam Seîd Îshaq – Syriac National Council/Europe

42- Hisnî Xemîs (Independent)

43- Cebel El-Ereb – Patriotic Initiative Representative

CO-CHAIR SYSTEM TO BE IMPLEMENTED

Out of the 43 members of MSD Executive Board, the following 9 people have been elected for the Joint Coordination Board; Îşûh Gewriyê, Meram Dawûd, Ibrahîm El-Hesen, Rojîn Remo, Ehmed El-Hebîb, Bêrîvan Ehmed, Cemal Şêx Baqî, Alaaddin Xalid and Salih El-Nebwanî.

In another development during yesterday's meeting, Heysem Menaa of the Law – Citizenship – Rights Movement (QMH) and TEV-DEM Executive Board member Îlham Ehmed have been elected co-chairs of the Democratic Syria Assembly (MSD).

ANF News, December 13th, 2015

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Dec 27 2015 12:49

Following recent Turkish state attacks on PKK supported areas of Iraq, Syria and now in Turkey itself alongside shooting down of Russian jet and Russian bombing campaign against all anti-Assad militias including those supported by Turkey we now see Sergei Lavrov Russia's foreign minister hosting the Turkish/Kurdish sympathising HDP Selahattin Demirtas in Moscow. The Syria/Iraq Imperialist fueled war gets still deeper into Turkey.

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Dec 28 2015 22:03

The Syrian Democratic Forces(SDF)/YPG has taken Tishrin Dam and crossed to the western bank of the Euphrates. They then secured the town of Tishrin and Sakaniya. YPG special forces have already engaged at Abu Qelqel. The presumed next significant target is Manbij.

The Tishrin Dam is capable of producing 630 MW. By comparison, Hoover Dam has a capacity of 2,080 MW. In October 2015, I asked Îlham Ehmed if the YPG took Tishrin Dam if they would run it as a worker coooperative or return it to the Assad regime. Ehmed replied "If we take it, we keep it.". Ehmed is now the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Assembly(MSD).

Video inside Tishrin dam after it was taken by the SDF/YPG. Including the surrender of the dam workers. They've been there since before the civil war started. The dam is intact and functional. Before the Islamic State captured it, the Tishrin Dam supplied electricity to Kobane.

Manbij is the second largest city (after al-Raqqa) under Islamic State control in Syria.

Kheder Khaddour, Kevin Mazur wrote:
Given their similar orientations to both the Syrian regime and radical opposition groups and their shared Sunni identity, it is curious that these two cities are not coordinating their activities and are not ruled by a unified government. When one scratches the surface of the Aleppo countryside’s Sunni, anti-regime veneer, however, the political separation of Manbij and al-Bab is far less surprising. The residents of Manbij are ethnically diverse, including Kurds, Arabs and Circassians, and many practice Naqshbandi Sufism. Historically, political and social life in Manbij was organized along tribal lines. Sheikhs of the largest Manbij tribes served, until the past decade, as intermediaries between average citizens and the state. Security forces were nearly absent from the street and, though police would deal with petty crime, serious grievances were left for tribal leaders to resolve. Owing to the tribal and ethnically mixed population and social structure, the milieu in which Manbijis grow up is substantially more diverse and open than one might expect in a peripheral Sunni city. In al-Bab, by contrast, a more homogeneous Arab population practices mainline Sunni Islam, with Sufi groups far less prominent. Social life was historically organized around several important extended families, but central state police handled both petty and major crime and state security maintained a much stronger presence in the town. Cultural homogeneity contributed to a closed, overtly religious milieu in al-Bab.

These historical patterns have contemporary manifestations; interviews with residents of Manbij and al-Bab confirmed that while women in Manbij can regularly be observed walking with their hair uncovered, wearing pants is considered a transgression in al-Bab, and leaving one’s hair uncovered is out of the question. Residents of al-Bab have started calling their city “Little Azhar,” referring to Egypt’s al-Azhar University. The connotation of the nickname is that both places are distinctively Sunni Muslim sites (with the fact that the Egyptian Azhar was founded by the Isma‘ili Shi‘i Fatimid dynasty apparently lost on proponents of the appellation).

The Struggle for Syria's Regions, by Kheder Khaddour, Kevin Mazur. MERIP, MER 269 - STRUGGLING FOR SYRIA, Volume: 43, Winter 2013

Meanwhile in the west on the Afrin front. The SDF/Jaysh al-Thuwar/YPG have retaken Malikia and Malikia. Salafi jihadists from al-Nusra to Ahrar ash-Sham continue to attack the eastern and southern borders of Afrin as well as shelling the neighborhood of Sheik Meqsood in Aleppo. They have even shelled the city of Afrin.


Afrin under shelling

There is a collection of media on the Tishrin Offensive on reddit.

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Dec 28 2015 21:06

This is not Afrin. It isn't in Syria. It isn't Iraq. This is Şırnak in Bakur/Turkey.

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"The police attacked Yeni and Dicle neighborhoods of Şırnak last night. The people in Şırnak have being protested the ongoing curfew in Cizre and Silopi for days. The special forces and soldiers opened fire from armoured vehicles to Yeni and Dicle. They attacked Dicle with grenade launchers, the people went out to streets against the attacks."

The attack to the neighborhoods of Şırnak, Jinha News Agency, December 28, 2015.

This is just one of hundreds (thousands?) of incidents. Here is a comprehensive list of Bakur Curfew articles from March 6, 2015 through December 24, 2015

Here is a video of thousands of people march fromİdil to support the resistance of the people in Cizre district who have been under continuous siege and attack by the Turkish state for 11 days., dokuz8HABER, December 24, 2015.


Cizre, Bakur/Turkey


Not Syria, The Sur district of Diyarbakir, Bakur/Turkey under police curfew

Black Rose Anarchist Federation published a statement from an anonymous anarchist comrade in Turkey about the situation there: Kurdish Resistance Against the Curfews in Bakur: an Overview an an Anarchist Message. That was also picked up by Kurdish Question, December 15, 2015

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On paper these curfews are just harmless bans on leaving the house and going out into street, just as it was on national census days in the past. The the official fee for breaking curfew is a couple of hundred Turkish Liras ($60 US), but every day Kurdish youths are paying the price with their lives. People protesting or defending their streets (nearly all of whom are not militants and definitely do not have guns) are met with lethal force by police armed with tanks and artillery fire. Yesterday (December 14, 2015) two Kurdish youths were killed in Diyarbakır again while protesting against the curfew in the Sur district of Diyarbakır byl bullets from cops. Their names were Şiyar Salman and Şerdıl Cengiz. The latter was a university student at Tunceli University (another Kurdish city whose name was changed, the original name was Dersim). He came to Diyarbakır for the DEM-GENC congress. (DEM-GENC is a congress of student and young societies connected to Kurdish Freedom Movement.) His last Facebook post was:

“Politically, I am an anarchist. I hate states, laws and confinement. I can’t stand seeing animals in cages. People must be free, just as love must.”

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In Turkey today, the founding of an anti-war movement is an urgent task to put an end to the savagery of war. The labor unions DİSK, KESK, TMMOB, and TTB are planning a countrywide strike in December 29, 2015. Their slogan is: “We will defend peace against war”. The sporadic one-day strikes that have taken place so far have been ineffective at putting Erdogan under pressure. In light of the racist atmosphere fueled by the Turkish bourgeoisie, rallying cries for peace will ricochet from the shields of the police and be drowned in tear gas and bombs. Against this, the labor unions have to organize an indefinite general strike with social demands, which paralyzes the daily routine of a capitalist country. Those who want to prevent Turkey from going to war today have to take an anti-capitalist path and begin immediately to take steps towards anti-capitalist measures in the Kurdish strongholds.

There are millions of people in Turkey who constantly worry about food and rent. These people can only be convinced when bodies of self-government overcome these worries. The military defense against the Turkish state is necessary, but not enough in this respect. The slogan towards the masses can only be:

“Where there is self-government, there is bread, work, and housing for all. To achieve this in Turkey, too, let us fight together. This is the sole basis for peace.”

Our solidarity is with the Kurdish resistance against the oppression by the Turkish state.

Kurdish Resistance Against the Occupation, Baran Serhad, Suphi Tuprak, Left Voice, December 28, 2015

Paul White has published a new book called The PKK – Coming Down from the Mountains

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White, an academic, although sympathetic to the cause, has little sympathy for the PKK. His previous work “Primitive Rebels or Revolutionary Modernizers? The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in Turkey” (Zed Books, 2000) provided a stinging critique of the PKK, particularly what the author saw as counterproductive Marxist-Leninist inspired armed struggle. White, however, is enthused by the PKKs turnabout and sees it as a breakthrough toward real conflict resolution. Although the nascent peace process is “contradictory and perilous,” White believes that Turkish President Erdoğan has the will to back it, and "appears to sincerely desire peace," although such a claim is severely undermined by Turkey's recent offensive against Kurdish targets, with air attacks against PKK bases in northern Iraq and 1,200 arrests within Turkey.

From National Liberation to Autonomy: The Trajectory of the PKK, review by Raymor Ryan, December 2, 2015, Telesurv TV

My opinion on why Turkey shotdown that Russian plane

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Dec 28 2015 21:58
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Leading labor unions and professional chambers in Turkey have called for a one-day strike to demand peace as they protest government-led military operations in southeastern Anatolia.

With the slogan “We will defense peace against war,” a group of unions and professional chambers led by the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DİSK), the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK), the Turkish Doctors’ Union (TTB) and the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) will conduct their strike action on Dec. 29, the group announced.

Turkish unions, professional chambers to stage one-day strike for peace, Hurriyet Daily News, December 27, 2015

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The two-day meeting of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) General Assembly in the Kurdish capital of North Kurdistan Amed (Diyarbakir) has ended.

A thousand delegates attended the extraordinary meeting to discuss “self-governance” amidst ongoing curfews and sieges of Kurdish towns and cities.

The final resolution entitled “Declaration Of A Political Resolution Regarding Self-Rule”

the DTK listed the following 14 points as steps to be realised in order for the resolution of political, social and administrative problems with regards to the subjects of democratic autonomy, self-rule and local democracy;

1- The formation of autonomous regions which involves the bringing together of several neighboring provinces with consideration for cultural, economic and geographic similarities,

2- The governance of all these autonomous regions and cities by self-governance bodies elected from assemblies formed with a democratic essence, informed with the basic principles of Turkey's new democratic Constitution;

The representation of autonomous regions at the TBMM (Grand National Assembly of Turkey) and within the centralised administration on the basis of democratic principles.

3- An end to any kind of say/decision by the centralised administration on democratic autonomous regions, other administrative units and the elected, excluding only inspections according to the new democratic constitution;

The elimination of the authority to dismiss the elected from their positions.

4- Securing the participation of town, neighborhood, village, youths, women's and faith groups' assemblies in autonomous regions in the processes of decision-making and supervision.

5- Advancement and expansion of democracy, equal representation of women in assemblies, all decision-making mechanisms and stages of self-governance in order for the attainment of a free and democratic life;

Recognition of authority for women to form assemblies, communes and social structures wherever needed;

The approval of women's assemblies on all decisions concerning women; recognition of women's right to free and autonomous organisation in all areas.

6- Participation of youths in decision-making and self-rule mechanisms.

7- Arrangement, decision making of education by self-administrations;

Provision of education in all mother tongues alongside Turkish;

Amendment of the curriculum in line with the new democratic constitution, universal values, human rights, local history and cultural and social distinctions;

Recognition of languages other than Turkish as official.

8-Provision of opportunities for work and studies in the fields of language, history and culture;

Re-organisation of places of worship as autonomous institutions,

9- Provision of healthcare and medical services by autonomous administrations.

10-Re-arrangement of the judicial system and legal services in accordance with the Autonomous Region Model.

11-Authority of working and supervising of land, water and energy sources, and sharing of produce around ecological principles to be given to autonomous region administration,

Formation and development of production and operation units in all areas such as agriculture, husbandry, industry and trade in accordance with general democratic constitution principles;

Backing, promotion and donation of all individual and collective initiatives in this regard.

12- Provision and supervision of land, air and sea transport by autonomous administrations;

Arrangement of traffic services by local authorities in accordance with the related central institutions.

13- Assignment of the local budget to autonomous regional administrations for the provision of cited services;

Woman-oriented budgeting;

Collection of some taxes by self-governance units based on agreements and principles of equity decided with the central administration (state) and other local administrations;

Central administration to give a share from the total tax revenue to local administrations,

Realisation of necessary precautions by the central administration to eliminate the difference in the level of development in local regions.

14- Establishment of official local security units under the governance of autonomous regional administrations, arrangement of coordinated work between local and central units of security and defence.

Kurds Decide On Self-Rule In North Kurdistan (Turkey). Kurdish Question, 28th December 2015

In Bakur/Turkey, YP--Civil Defense Units have started to form. First the Botan Civil Defense Units, then the YPS Nusaybin. These are militia different from the YDG-H or the HPG.

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Establishment of YPS Nusaybin was announced through a statement which stressed that self-governance is a step declared against the occupant Turkish state's policies of assimilation and genocide implemented across the cities of North Kurdistan during the year of 2015.

Describing self-rule as protection of existence and will, the statement by YPS Nusaybin said the followings; "The occupant state has wanted for years to annihilate the Kurdish people within the scope of a displacement, physical and cultural genocide policy which continues today with a fascist aggression on the will of the Kurdish people. In response to these attacks, our people are improving their self-defense under the leadership of women and youths. The occupant Turkish state has been making efforts for years now to break the Kurdish people's will and eliminate them through an evacuation of villages, unidentified murders, arrests and torture. Innocent people have been murdered on these streets up to date. Thousands of people were put in prison for reclaiming their language and culture. Civilians were targeted by aerial strikes. If this is not terrorism, then what is it? And today, children, women and elderly are being murdered in the streets of Kurdistan. Kurdish people's self-defense, which is a most legitimate right, is being alleged as terrorism. Despite belonging to the Kurdish people, this struggle is also for the people of Turkey and humanity. Turkey's public opinion and the world shouldn't remain silent on these barbaric attacks."

Saluting the popular resistance in Farqin, Cizre, Silopi, Dargeçit, Sur and Derik, YPS-Nusaybin greeted and establishment of YPS-Botan.

YPS-Nusaybin vowed to enhance the struggle under the roof of YPS-Botan on the basis of communal and democratic values and for the freedom of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, and defend the people against the attacks of the occupant state.

The statement ended with a call to all the Kurdish people, especially women and youths, to join the ranks of Civil Defense Units and protect the will of the people.

Kurdish group TAK claims responsibility for Istanbul airport attack, Reuters, Dec 26, 2015

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Dec 28 2015 22:30

I dont know why it is wrongly represented in english but, the strike against the curfews is just a one hour "not working time" and it is really not very much advertised or organised even by its initiator unions. Among these unions teachers union (egitimsen) appears to be the only one to obey the action. ( but even it will not in my locality). The current state of war and state terror appears to put off unions.

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Dec 28 2015 23:01
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I dont know why it is wrongly represented in english but, the strike against the curfews is just a one hour "not working time" and it is really not very much advertised or organised even by its initiator unions. Among these unions teachers union (egitimsen) appears to be the only one to obey the action. ( but even it will not in my locality). The current state of war and state terror appears to put off unions.

That's unfortunate.

I wonder why Hurriyet Daily News is playing it up. They aren't a pro-HDP news source.

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Dec 29 2015 10:42

Sorry, sorry, my bad. This is really a one day strike. Though it is very weak and unorganized as other strikes in Turkey. The one hour "no work" day was last week. I mixed it up sorry. (it is that unorganised. I only get an sms about it.)

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Dec 29 2015 15:08

Arab recruits to the QSD (Syrian Democratic Forces) receive ideological training.

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Fighters from the Arab component Syria joined the democratic forces and are now receiving military and ideological training, the joining of these forces is to defend the people and building a democratic Syria...

Participants receive in the course lessons of thought about the importance of training, history of the Middle East, the history of peoples and their relationships, religions, democratic civilization and philosophy of the Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Ocalan, democratic self-management, democratic nation, morality and revolutionary spirit of comradeship, women's history and civilization, the rules of procedure for the units to protect the people democracy and the forces of Syria.

Arab fighters: Our goal is to defend the Syrian territory, ANF, December 29, 2015

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Jan 13 2016 12:42

any verification from another source?

http://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/23-soldiers-resign-from-turkish-army-in-sirnak

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As part of this objection, 23 specialist sergeants and high-ranking officers are reported to have resigned from the Turkish military recently. These were affiliated to Çakırsöğüt Gendarme Regimental Command in Şırnak where dozens of temporarily serving village guards have also quitted the job recently, refusing to take part in the aggression on Kurdish civilians.
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Jan 13 2016 15:25
Entdinglichung wrote:
any verification from another source?

I don't have another source, but it seems very believable. They even list the 12 specialists by name. Lets hope we see more resignations and desertions.

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Jan 13 2016 15:38

Seems like Kurdish forces backed by US airstrikes will gain a lot of ground on ISIS in the coming months as ISIS is now reverting back to a strategy of guerrilla warfare with the understanding that it is too vulnerable otherwise. Also my impression that the Kurds will have some leeway in society building as the regional forces (with the exception of Iran and Russia) are all severely weakened at this point.

Main issue will be the guerrilla war that will be waged by ISIS as the year progresses, they will be wreaking havoc rest assured. best strategy to counter this afaics is to make efforts to incorporate sunnis to a future Kurdish society rather than discriminating against them. This was the successful tactic us by the USG when defeating Al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2005/2006 when the USG started to make alliances withe Sunni tribes thereby isolating AQI which many Iraqi sunnis felt was too violent

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Jan 13 2016 15:46

Btw, I'm curious as to what the relationship is between the YPG, PKK, and the KRG

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Jan 13 2016 18:20
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Btw, I'm curious as to what the relationship is between the YPG, PKK, and the KRG

Terrible.

YPG and HPG have a close relationship. There are HPG embedded with YPG in Rojava. YPG and HPG work together with the YBS in the Sinjar area in Iraq. Many YPG were trained by HPG.

PYD and PKK have a close relationship. Same ideology.

In Turkey/Bakur, there are new Civil Defense Units forming up with the initials YPS and YPS-Jin; a name obviously meant to invoke similarity with the YPG/YPJ. Nusaybin district of Mardin (which is just across the border from the Rojava defacto capitol of Qamislo) and the Cizre district of Şırnak (less than 12 miles from Al-Malikiyah / Derik. which is home of the New World Summit Parliament, the Sohdo Abgar (Martyr Abgar military academy) and the Şîlan Kobanî Academy that trains young women to form special forces).

The KRG is officially now a dictatorship with President Masoud Barzani having stayed in office past his extended 2 year term which expired in August 2015. In response to protests, the KDP blocked the second largest party in parliament--Gorran--from parliament. This included the Speaker of Parliament who should have taken over the presidency until there was a new election. KDP also removed all Gorran party members from government ministries. Gorran parliamentary representatives have even been banned from the capitol of Erbil. Several Gorran related media offices were shutdown by KDP and journalists were arrested. The protests were violent suppressed.

Gorran isn't gone, though. They still control the civil administration in Sulaymaniyah, which is defended by PUK Peshmerga who have stated their willingness to act on the orders of Gorran. Gorran was a split from the PUK in protest of PUK collusion with KDP. Relationships between PUK and Gorran have since improved. PUK controls the civil administration of Kirkuk as well. Gorran and PUK have a positive relationship with the HPG/PKK. HPG is deployed in the Kirkuk area and coordinates with PUK Peshmerga.

HPG in SInjar revealed high tensions between themselves, their allies (YBS/YJE, YPG and the HPŞ) against the KDP Peshmerga. KDP is pushing for HPG/PKK to leave. KDP is also outraged that YBS may be getting arms and salaries from Baghdad as part of the PMU (popular moblization units). The Shammar militia in the area also has PMU support (while across the border the Shammar militia--Quwat al-Senadid is an important part of the YPG and the QSD).

Barzani's attempts to consolidate power may result in the autonomy of Sulaymaniyah and Sinjar as cantons separate from KRG (KDP) influence.

KRG(KDP) may still be maintaining an embargo of Rojava (though it may be weaker in some aspects).

Meanwhile in Rojava, the KDPS (KDP affiliate in Syria) organizes protests against conscription and against mother tongue education in primary school for Kurds. KDPS was offered a fig leaf of having a representative (one out of 43) in the Syrian Democratic Congress (MSD). This includes a KDPS representative on the 9 member Joint Coordination Committee. Other parties to the right of the PYD also have representatives in the MSD.

The KRG dictatorship is very fragile and autonomy by Sulaymaniyah is very likely. Autonomy of Sinjar is also likely, particularly if Baghdad supports it to weaken Barzani. Barzani has probably never been less popular in KRG. The PKK has probably never been more popular in the KRG than it is right now.

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Jan 13 2016 17:06

Follow up questions:

1. So the YPG and the PKK have close links?
2. What is the HPG?
3. What are the areas in which the supposedly bakunin inspired experiments are taking place?

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Jan 13 2016 17:50
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Also my impression that the Kurds will have some leeway in society building as the regional forces (with the exception of Iran and Russia) are all severely weakened at this point.
...to make efforts to incorporate sunnis to a future Kurdish society rather than discriminating against them. This was the successful tactic us by the USG when defeating Al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2005/2006 when the USG started to make alliances withe Sunni tribes thereby isolating AQI which many Iraqi sunnis felt was too violent

PYD/TEV-DEM/YPG has been trying to gain the support of Arabs since the beginning of the civil war. First it was the Shammar, but many other tribes are now pledging alliance. The Syrian Democratic Congress(MSD) brought a lot of Arabs into the TEV-DEM'S "Project for a Democratic Syria". Arabs and Kurds are balanced in MSD representation, with also several seats for Syriacs/Assyrians, one for Druze, one for Turkemen, etc... the MSD has an Arab co-Chair. Many of the Arab parties recruited into MSD are left-wing, while some of the Kurdish parties in the MSD are so far to the right to KDP in Syria.

Supposedly, about 30% of the Syrian Democratic Forces are Arab. Arabs are also a large component of the HXP (static infantry, conscripts), A woman Arab fighter with the YPG was martyred during the Tishrin Dam capture.

The Arab Al-Shaitat tribe recently declared they were joining the Syrian Democratic Forces. Al-Shaitat suffered a large massacre in their homeland in Deir ez-Zor Governorate, were living in YPG controlled areas as internally displaced people and now have moved to Tel Abyad.

There as a conflict west of Tel Abyad with a newly formed Army of Clans made up of Arabs and Turkemen. The Army of Clans nominally was tribal fighters who were going to join with Liwa Thuwar al-Raqqa; which then upgraded itself to Jabhat(Army) Thuwarr al-Raqqa. There was skirmish between the Army of Clans and YPG, with Army of Clans demanding control of Tel Abyad be transferred to them. Tel Abyad had a council government setup with representation by Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen who had voted for Tel Abyad to join the Kobane canton. After the skirmish, it seems that the Army of Clans dissolved. Jabhat Thuwarr al-Raaqa claimed that some of the tribal leaders were dismissed but with many of the members joining Jaibhat Thuwarr al-Raqqa. JabhatThuwarr al-Raqqa also restarted their membership in the Syrian Democratic Forces and their desire to campaign to liberate al-Raqqa.

The al-Bagara tribe also pledged to join the YPG

Arab loyalties in Northern Syria seem divided between the Assad Regime, ISIS and the SDF. Which is an improvement over their divided loyal between the Assad regime and ISIS.