Archive for category: ANALYSIS

  • Cengiz Çandar: A Newroz vision for Turkish-Kurdish relations

    Cengiz Çandar: A Newroz vision for Turkish-Kurdish relations

    ANALYSIS, Peace Process 26 March 2013 12:53:13 no comments

    What was read out yesterday was a declaration of peace and unity for Mesopotamia, Kurdistan and Anatolia. I listened to the “historic” declaration expected from Abdullah Ocalan on a live transmission from NTV. Everything was momentous yesterday [March 21]. All leading Turkish television channels were transmitting the Nowruz celebrations in Diyarbakir […]

     
  • Jihad el-Zein: No matter where the rains fall in our region these days, the bloom is always Kurdish

    Jihad el-Zein: No matter where the rains fall in our region these days, the bloom is always Kurdish

    ANALYSIS, Peace Process 26 March 2013 11:04:12 no comments

    No matter where the rains fall in our region these days, the bloom is always Kurdish. In the Kurds’ view, be they elites or commoners, this political era is theirs — an era that would see the redressing of 90 years of injustices perpetrated against them since after the First […]

     
  • Cengiz Çandar: Ocalan’s message is much more than a ceasefire

    Cengiz Çandar: Ocalan’s message is much more than a ceasefire

    ANALYSIS, Peace Process 26 March 2013 02:37:26 no comments

    Newroz, known as the Iranian New Year in the western world, is the beginning of the new year for some central Asia and Balkan countries, as well as the Kurds. On March 21, 2013, Newroz became more than the beginning of the new year for the Kurds. In Turkey, it was […]

     
  • On the current situation in Western Kurdistan

    On the current situation in Western Kurdistan

    ANALYSIS, NEWS 2 March 2013 09:26:55 no comments

    As the fighting continues and indeed intensifies it becomes more evident by the day that the turmoil in Syria has no easing in sight. This has to do with several reasons. Firstly, as the conflict wears on, the opposition that was organized by the country’s majority Sunni population looks more […]

     
  • Karasu: French state knows the perpetrator of Paris killings

    Karasu: French state knows the perpetrator of Paris killings

    ANALYSIS, NEWS 26 February 2013 10:20:37 no comments

    Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council member Mustafa Karasu spoke to Nuçe Tv on Sunday evening about the execution of Sakine Cansız, a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Fidan Doğan, representative of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) in Paris and Leyla Şaylemez, member of the Kurdish youth movement. […]

     
  • Cemil Bayik: Turkey Does not Have the Intention to solve Kurdish question

    Cemil Bayik: Turkey Does not Have the Intention to solve Kurdish question

    ANALYSIS, NEWS 31 January 2013 17:26:23 no comments

    Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Member Cemil Bayik, last week in his article in Azadiya Welat newspaper wrote about the previous ceasefires by PKK and the ongoing negotiations in Imrali prison with the leader of Kurd, Abdullah Ocalan. According to this article: The Kurdish liberation movement and leader Apo […]

     
  • PJAK continues the goals of Republic of Kurdistan

    PJAK continues the goals of Republic of Kurdistan

    ANALYSIS, FEATURED NEWS 26 January 2013 22:05:04 no comments

    Free Life Party of Kurdistan, PJAK, issued a statement in relation to the 67th anniversary of establishment of Republic of Kurdistan. In the statement PJAK congratulates this day to the Kurdish people and emphasized that PJAK continues the goals of Republic of Kurdistan. PJAK also called all Kurdish political parties […]

     
  • Executions: A message to Kurdish people, PKK and Öcalan

    Executions: A message to Kurdish people, PKK and Öcalan

    ANALYSIS, NEWS, WOMEN 17 January 2013 23:35:23 no comments

    ANF, FERDA ÇETIN — The killings in Paris of Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez have more known sides than the unknown, the latest being summed up by the question “who pulled the trigger”. When dealing with these type of actions, keeping the focus constantly on the “unknown side” […]

     
  • For better or worse? The Kurdish hunger strike

    For better or worse? The Kurdish hunger strike

    ANALYSIS 26 November 2012 22:20:53 no comments

    It has been just over a week since the 68 day hunger strike of Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey and North Kurdistan ended following an appeal by the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. Since that day everybody concerned with the hunger strike, Turkey, Kurdistan and the region has been debating […]

     
  • Syria’s Kurdish Spring

    Syria’s Kurdish Spring

    ANALYSIS 24 November 2012 17:04:29 no comments

    Karlos Zurutuz; Syria’s three million Kurds are the country’s largest minority and have been part of the uprising since it first erupted. Their rebellion, however, is in a separate struggle. The Kurds have been fighting for basic rights under oppressive regimes ever since the Ottoman Empire fell after the First […]

     
  • Behind the Kurdish Hunger Strike in Turkey

    Behind the Kurdish Hunger Strike in Turkey

    ANALYSIS 9 November 2012 23:26:24 no comments

    Jake Hess, To hear Mazlum Tekdağ’s story is enough to understand why 700 Kurdish political prisoners have gone on hunger strike in Turkey. His father was murdered by the state in front of his Diyarbakır pastry shop in 1993, when Mazlum was just nine years old. His uncle Ali was […]

     
  • Meet the YPG, the Kurdish Militia That Doesn’t Want Help from Anyone

    Meet the YPG, the Kurdish Militia That Doesn’t Want Help from Anyone

    ANALYSIS 2 November 2012 15:50:14 no comments

    Danny Gold, On last Thursday, FSA rebels advanced into Kurdish and Christian neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria, in a daring attempt to capture the city. Initial reports based on FSA claims and somebody’s friend who spoke to someone in Aleppo on the phone had the rebels taking 90 percent of the […]

     
  • PiK: Press freedom crushed by Anti-terror laws in Europe

    PiK: Press freedom crushed by Anti-terror laws in Europe

    ANALYSIS 30 October 2012 22:55:00 no comments

    PIK, In January this year, the City Court of Copenhagen ruled that Kurdish satellite station Roj TV was promoting terrorism through its coverage. An appeal has been made against the decision and this was heard on 29 October. Furthermore, eight people have been arrested during police investigations into Roj TV […]

     
  • Photograph links Germans to 1915 Armenia genocide

    Photograph links Germans to 1915 Armenia genocide

    ANALYSIS 21 October 2012 22:44:06 no comments

    Robert Fisk, The photograph – never published before – was apparently taken in the summer of 1915. Human skulls are scattered over the earth. They are all that remain of a handful of Armenians slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks during the First World War. Behind the skulls, posing for the […]

     
  • Turkey’s shame

    Turkey’s shame

    ANALYSIS 13 October 2012 18:37:35 no comments

    Mary Davis – Morning Star The trial of 69 Kurdish trade union organisers which started yesterday should remind the world of the continued denial of democratic and national rights in Turkey. These trade unionists are being prosecuted under the country’s anti-terrorist legislation for being leaders of the Kurdish Communities Union […]

     
  • Arrest of Kurdish diplomat by French police damages French democracy

    Arrest of Kurdish diplomat by French police damages French democracy

    ANALYSIS 12 October 2012 16:06:58 no comments

    Latif Serildan, The Kurdish people in Ireland strongly protests at the arrest of Kurdish diplomat Adem Uzun in France, we are calling it unjust and we demand his immediate release. The Kurds in Ireland have understood that French authorities have taken this action to mollify Turkey and to prevent the […]

     
  • Genocide as Counterinsurgecy: Brief notes on the “Sri Lanka model”

    Genocide as Counterinsurgecy: Brief notes on the “Sri Lanka model”

    ANALYSIS 11 October 2012 12:22:18 no comments

    Karthick RM, Countering insurgencies is as old as states and empires. As a concept, however, study in Counterinsurgency (COIN) gained momentum in the colonial period so as to deal with frequently occurring rebellions in colonies as well as to counter the “communist menace”. COIN grew as a science with late […]

     
  • The Syrian crisis: the current state of affairs

    The Syrian crisis: the current state of affairs

    ANALYSIS 10 October 2012 13:19:20 no comments

    Michael Gunter, The Syrian uprising that has been raging, growing, and morphing since it broke out in the southern city of Dara in March 2011, has enormous internal, regional, and international implications. Unlike Muammar Qaddafi in Libya and Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Bashar al-Assad  still has powerful friends in Iran, […]

     
  • IN THE GLASSHOUSE: NATO-member Turkey supports the rebels in Syria–yet persecutes the opposition movement in its own country

    IN THE GLASSHOUSE: NATO-member Turkey supports the rebels in Syria–yet persecutes the opposition movement in its own country

    ANALYSIS 1 October 2012 21:35:05 no comments

    Norman Paech, Turkey is in a complex situation, which the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his AKP government, seems to want to cover up. The incontestable economic successes – whereby the completely under-developed rights of the working population have been accepted – make the country a power factor between […]

     
  • The Closing of Turkey’s Kurdish Opening

    The Closing of Turkey’s Kurdish Opening

    ANALYSIS 25 September 2012 15:37:07 no comments

    Michael Gunter, During the summer and fall of 2009, the continuing and often violent Kurdish problem in Turkey seemed on the verge of a solution when the ruling Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi [Justice and Development Party] or AK Party (AKP) government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah […]