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Turkey signals tougher response to PUK over PKK links amid Kurdish unity over Kirkuk

If the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) does not distance itself from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkey may take “further steps” in response, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said in an interview on Sunday. Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan has threatened the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) for not …

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Turkey bombs Kurdish city Kobani, renowned for resistance to ISIS

Turkish jets carried out a new series of airstrikes on Friday night, targeting various sites and infrastructure facilities in Kobani (Kobanê) city in northern Syria. On Friday, the airstrikes completely destroyed all the power stations and most of the region’s oil production facilities, leaving some two million people without electricity …

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Turkish airstrikes escalate ahead of Erdoğan’s visit to Iraq

Turkey has conducted more than 665 airstrikes and drone strikes in Syria and Iraq by June this year, in an escalation emboldened by Turkey’s international leverage. Turkish forces have carried out more than 665 airstrikes and drone strikes in Syria and Iraq in the first six months of 2023, London-based …

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Centenary of Treaty of Lausanne and Kurds: A deepening crisis

“The Westerners, especially the British, were bargaining over Mesopotamia and Kurdistan; the Turkish delegation was almost sacrificing the Kurds to save the Anatolian lands. As can be seen, there is a scenario written and implemented against the Kurds without the Kurds. Because the Kemalist administration had already made secret negotiations …

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Former Belgian minister takes Turkish regime to the International Court

The complaint speaks of 200,000 victims of torture, disappearances, incarceration and convictions without due process. The alleged crimes took place in Turkey, a country that doesn’t recognise the ICC, but also in 45 other countries including Belgium. Former Belgian minister takes Turkish regime to the International Court Former Belgian cabinet …

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AANES report death toll at 25 in Turkey’s Syria air strikes

The death toll in Turkey’s air strikes on north and east Syria now totals 25, including 11 civilians and 14 fighters from the Syrian regime forces, according a report released by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) reported that …

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Journalists killed in defence of the truth in Rojava

23 male and female journalists were martyred in NE Syria in order to reveal the truth. ANHA agency’s correspondent Issam Abdullah was killed during the bombing of Derik on the 20th of November, while he was covering the air strikes launched by the Turkish occupation state on NE Syria. Here …

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Turkish physician leader’s arrest condemned by WMA

The World Medical Association has issued a strong condemnation about the arrest in Turkey of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, President of the Turkish Medical Association. The World Medical Association has issued a strong condemnation about the arrest in Turkey of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, President of the Turkish Medical Association. …

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HRW: Türkiye deported hundreds of refugees to Syria in months

”Türkiye is trying to make Northern Syria a refugee dumping ground,” said Nadia Hardman, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. Syria remains unsafe for returning refugees, according to HRW. By August, Türkiye had reportedly already built 60,000 houses in the northwestern province of Idlib. The organization said …

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17 Kurdish guerrillas killed by Turkish chemical weapons

During the six-month war between 14 April and 14 October 2022, the Turkish army used banned bombs and chemical weapons 2467 times. The People’s Defense Centre (HSM) Headquarters Command published the names of 17 guerrillas who were killed at different times in Turkish chemical weapons attacks in southern Kurdistan (Northern …

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Satellite images show extent of deforestation in Şirnex

Thousands of trees have been cut down near Mount Cudi and in the Besta region, and tree felling continues in areas declared “special security zones.” About 1,000 tons of trees are cut down every day, and brought to the city center to be sold. Tree felling has been continuing in …

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Teacher expelled for speaking Kurdish in Turkey

The use of Kurdish in public was banned in Turkey in the 1990s, and Kurds weren’t allowed to learn their mother tongue. There were restrictions for kindergartens, city theaters, and cultural clubs operating in the Kurdish language. A secondary school teacher at the Mersin Akdeniz District Ulubatlı Hasan Secondary School …

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Belgium, US suggest Turkey can host Afghan refugees, Ankara says it’s ‘unacceptable’

• Hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan have been crossing into Turkey every day over the past month• Withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan, the US suggested Afghans who worked for it and their families apply for asylum in Turkey• Turkey’s Foreign Ministry denounced the US statement and said, “The US may …

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Turkey’s local elections were not free or fair

Thomas Phillips During a hurried midnight taxi ride between Istanbul’s two major airports, the faces of Racep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s authoritarian president, and Binali Yildrim, Turkey’s former Prime Minister and Istanbul mayoral candidate, gazed down at me from every lamppost and roadside hoarding. I had been invited to Turkey by …

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Kurdish women’s experience of state violence in Turkey

Later he too [my second son] was wounded, but it was not serious. He told me, ‘Mom, do not take me to the hospital, if you take me there, they will kill me.’ How was I supposed to know? We took him there and they killed him. This is my …

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Kurdish is forbidden at prisons in Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan before Local Election of 31 March 2019 claimed that Kurdish was allowed in prison. Unfortunately, Kurdish publications, television and radio channels have been banned and authorities have not allowed Kurdish language to be spoken during the meeting between prisoners and their parents. Aqide Ertas, mother of …

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Professor Emeritus of International Politics Christodoulos Yiallourides: “Greeks and Kurds have similar existences regarding the preservation of their identities.”

The Turkish – Greek relations are extremely contentious in today’s world. In order to better understand this issue, Necat Ayaz interviewed Christodoulos Yiallourides, Professor Emeritus of International Politics and director of the Centre of Eastern Studies for Culture and Communication at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences . …

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Tortured in Turkey, badly treated in Greece and seeking asylum in Switzerland: The plight of a Kurdish woman journalist

Fatos’s 20 years have passed in constant dislocations and resistance for relocation as a result of persecutions against her and her family members. Beginning with the leaving behind of her village, she no longer could stop her never-ending move to new lands where she has not yet been successful to …

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HDP regains control of main Kurdish cities despite state repression

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP, Kurdish left) regained control of the main cities of North Kurdistan in the local elections held in Turkey 31 March. The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP, Kurdish left) regained control of the main cities of North Kurdistan in the local elections held in Turkey 31 March. …

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New report highlights crackdown on Kurdish political movement in Turkey

The Turkish government’s obligations under international conventions have already begun to be questioned with this crackdown on Kurds, which is continuing unabated. In March 2017 the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released a damning report on the serious human rights and international law violations by …

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Words in Mother Tongues Recorded as ‘X’ in Parliament Minutes

MPs from opposition parties celebrated the February 21 Mother Tongue Day in yesterday’s parliamentary session with messages in Kurdish and in the languages of minorities in Turkey.The words in languages other than Turkish were recorded as “x” in the minutes of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). On the …

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