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A weekly brief of events occurred in the Kurdistan regions of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Turkey Several protests broke out in Istanbul and Turkey’s Kurdish region after an armed Turkish man attacked the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) building in Istanbul on December 28 and wounded two HDP members....
The YPJ International released the sixth episode of its web mini-series called “Meet the internationals”. Sîpan from the US shares his experience in Rojava. The YPJ International released the sixth episode of its web mini-series called “Meet the internationals”. Sîpan, who has been in Rojava for 18 months, said that the...
Hivda Hebun The women’s union Zenobiya works for the organization of women in the north and east Syrian regions of Raqqa, Tabqa, Manbij and Deir ez-Zor. However, the work is to be extended to all of Syria. The Rojava Revolution is known as a revolution for women’s liberation. The revolution,...
Three Kurdish sisters from Erbil won a total of 12 medals, including nine gold prizes, in an international weightlifting competition that was held in the Kurdistan Region in late December. Sixteen countries took part in the Arabic Champion for Weightlifting Youth, Junior Senior held in the town of Shaqlawa in...
Families of the nine detained Kurdish migrants are calling for their urgent release from the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army, as thousands of Kurds take illegal and dangerous routes in the pursuit of a better life they continue to believe is found in western Europe. Damavand Paksrisht, 32, had been trying...
A university lecturer in the Kurdistan Region’s Erbil province has argued that the original name of terebinth coffee was “Kurdish coffee” until it was renamed Menengic by the Kemalists in Turkey in the 1930s.  Karwan Sabah Hawrami is a lecturer at the Salahaddin University-Hawler. In a Dec. 22 Facebook post,...
Iranian security forces have arrested three more Kurdish activists in Kamyaran, Kurdistan province, in the past two days for attending executed Kurdish political prisoner Heydar Ghorbani‘s funeral. Mohammad Mirza Rahmani, who is a Sunni cleric, was detained on 22 December after being summoned to the office of the Ministry of Intelligence...
KONGRA-GEL Co-Presidency said that atrocities against prisoners have run rampant through Turkey’s prisons and called for mobilisation against it. The KONGRA-GEL Co-Presidency released a written statement expressing concern over the alarming conditions of political prisoners in Turkey’s prisons.  “As the collapse of the AKP-MHP government speeds up, violence in prisons...
$500,000 Gift from Labourers’ International Union of North America Paints a Brighter Future & Builds a Bigger Home for Emergency Mental Health Services at St. Joe’s The union whose members have built much of the landscape of our city has made a half-million-dollar donation to help build a larger, brighter...
A weekly brief of events occurred in the Kurdistan regions of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.Iran The Iranian regime executed Heidar Ghorbani, a Kurdish political prisoner, despite outcry by human rights organizations, including Amnesty International. According to the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, Ghorbani was executed on Sunday in Sanandaj (Sena) prison secretly,...
Italian paper ‘Il Sole 24 ORE’ published a statement calling Kurdistan Workers’ Party be removed from the Terror List. A note that was signed by intellectuals and free thinking people all around the world was published by the Italian paper Il Sole 24 ORE calling Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK,...
According to SOHR statistics, the number of Syrian civilians who have been killed by the Turkish forces since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution has risen to 496. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that a civilian from Maara Al-Noamaan city in the countryside of Idlib, was brutally...
The Rojava Film Commune has released the first ‘making off’ video of Kobanê film. The Rojava Film Commune announced the end of the shooting of the Kobanê film on 1 November, World’s Kobanê Day. Now the group of filmmakers has released the first ‘making off’ video of the film.  As the...
TORONTO – It may not come as a surprise to China, as the Prime Minister mayclaim, but I will bet it does to the Chinese community in the country. Canada is notgoing to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics and Para-Olympics… well, therewill not be any Canadian “diplomatic representation”.Canada will...
It is now over seven years since most of the world learnt about the Yazidis. For a short time, international media carried international hearts to Iraq’s Şengal (Sinjar) Mountains, and to the families fleeing genocide and sexual slavery. But news keeps churning, and cameras and sympathy are now focused elsewhere....
While writing this column, the news broke that Turkey had murdered a commander of the YBŞ, the Yezidi self-defense force, with a drone strike. Marwan Badal Haji had been part of the YBŞ since the genocide against his people in August 2014. It is hard not to draw parallels with...
A weekly brief of events occurred in the Kurdistan regions of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Turkey  The Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) denounced the suspicious death of a female Kurdish political prisoner Garibe Gezer. The HDP said that Gezer “had been subjected to severe torture by prison guards” and “sexually assaulted,” accusing the...
The SDC has launched a new international initiative for a peaceful and democratic way out of the ongoing conflict in Syria. Its Arab and Kurdish co-leaders have visited Sweden and Finland to overcome the ongoing impasse. The Kurdish and Arab co-chairs of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Elham Ahmad and...