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VIDEO: Rojava the suspended future

VIDEO: Rojava the suspended future

Chris Den Honds latest film, Rojava the suspended future, documents the Autonomous Administration of North-East Syria and it’s uncertain future, trapped between Turkish occupation and the Syrian regime which wishes to retake its former territory. Chris is a video-journalist and author of several documentaries about the Kurds and the Palestinians, including “Rojava: A Utopia in the Heart of the Syrian Chaos” and “Rojava in Syria: Between Compromise and Utopia.” What remains now of Rojava Since the United States withdrew from northern Syria in October 2019, and the Turkish military operation began, the cards have been reshuffled among the protagonists of…
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EU Turkey Civic Commission meets in Brussels

EU Turkey Civic Commission meets in Brussels

The Annual International Conference on the EU, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds was hosted by the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) in cooperation with the GUE/NGL Group, the Greens-European Free Alliance (GREENS/EFA) and the Groups of the Free Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). The conference met on 5th and 6th of February 2020 in the European Parliament in Brussels. EU Turkey Civic Commission The EU Turkey Civic Commissions patrons include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South Africa, Bianca Jagger, The Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Noam…
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Turkey continues ISIS’ persecution of Yazidis

Turkey continues ISIS’ persecution of Yazidis

The persecution of the Yazidis continues as Turkey’s war in Northern Syria pushes into Iraq. Ben Norman of Unite explains the significance of Turkeys assassination of Yazidi military leader Zardasht ShingalI and why this crime represents a continuation of the so-called Islamic States genocidal assault on the Yazidi people. Turkey continues the genocidal work of ISIS The Freedom for Öcalan campaign has always been as much about the ideas of Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish liberation struggle as it is about the man himself. Those ideas and the democratic revolution they’ve inspired are under sustained attack from Turkey which this…
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Thousands gather in London to ‘Rise up for Rojava’

Thousands gather in London to ‘Rise up for Rojava’

Twenty thousand trade unionists, anti-fascists, feminists and socialists came together in central London on Sunday the 13th of October to show their collective anger at Turkish President Erdogan's criminal invasion of Northern Syria and to show their solidarity with the Kurds and their allies. The London event mirrored similar demonstrations which took place around the world under the banner ‘Rise up for Rojava’.  Rise up for Rojava Turkeys invasion of Northern Syria has led to hundreds of civilian casualties, numerous war crimes including the killing of human rights activist and politician Hevrin Khalaf and a resurgence of ISIS and other…
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Trade Unions condemn Turkey – General Secretaries urge the UK government to act

Trade Unions condemn Turkey – General Secretaries urge the UK government to act

Trade Union's condemn Turkey for its invasion of Syria. Thirteen General Secretaries representing millions of UK workers and their communities have demanded that prime minister Boris Johnson deploy the UK’s influence to prevent a humanitarian disaster as a result of the Turkish invasion of north and east Syria. Resurgence of ISIS Thirteen trade unions and a leading law firm are warning that President Trump’s ‘appalling’ abandonment of the fragile region will see Turkey seek its own military and strategic advantage which will `undoubtedly lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Kurds as well as a resurgence of ISIS’ in…
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Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds widely condemned

Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds widely condemned

Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds. In a move, which has shocked the international community US president Trump has betrayed the Kurds of Northern Syria by withdrawing US ground troops which act as a buffer against an expansionist genocidal Turkish state. It is now almost inevitable that Turkey will expand its policy of ethnic cleansing and displacement which it began in the Afrin canton to the entire Syria border region and perhaps much deeper into Syrian territory. 18,000 ISIS combatants likely to escape This cowardly act, seemingly on the whim of President Trump who has personal property interests in Istanbul, came…
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Free Ocalan! The emphatic demand from TUC Annual Congress 2019

Free Ocalan! The emphatic demand from TUC Annual Congress 2019

Free Ocalan. A powerful, emotional and historic call to release jailed Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan was made by enthusiastic delegates at the 2019 annual congress of the TUC. At the 2019 TUC annual congress, at the end of the first day's debate, the combined leadership of the UK trade union movement called from the platform for the gathered delegates to show their solidarity with the Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan. Two years ago, our Congress agreed to support the campaign to free the leader of the Kurdish peace movement Abdullah Ocalan. This campaign is now backed by many of…
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Is Turkey a democracy?

Is Turkey a democracy?

Is Turkey a democracy? Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Prize for Peace recipient,  Nora Cortinas, Mother of the Plaza de Mayo and Beverly Keene, Coordinator of Dialogo 2000, Argentina have issued a joint statement condemning the arrests of more than 500 in Turkey. Many are asking, is Turkey a democracy? After the Turkish President Erdogan arrested hundreds of political opponents and overturned huge democratic mandates to remove Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Mayors, Council Members and employees in Diyarbakir, Mardin and Vans South and Eastern Turkey on Monday 19th of August 2019. The arrest of political leaders from HDP is unacceptable This…
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Trade unionists’ letter to the Home Secretary: Don’t Criminalise International Solidarity – Border Security Act 2019

Trade unionists’ letter to the Home Secretary: Don’t Criminalise International Solidarity – Border Security Act 2019

In a joint letter to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, senior trade union officials oppose any Home Office decision to make Kurdish-run North-East Syria a “designated area” under the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019. Under such a designation, anyone visiting the region could face up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine or both. They urge the Homes Secretary "Don't criminalise international solidarity." Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 - No precedent for such outrageous powers This law was enacted amidst alarm that UK citizens who had travelled to join Daesh in Iraq or Syria might return home. As…
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Trade union general secretary uses the platform of Durham Miners Gala 2019 to call for Ocalan’s release

Trade union general secretary uses the platform of Durham Miners Gala 2019 to call for Ocalan’s release

Doug Nicholls, General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions, has renewed calls for the release of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan at the Durham Miners Gala 2019 an event attended by 200,000 trade unionists, socialists and activists. Durham Miners Gala 2019 The Durham Miners Gala or Big Meeting, now in its 135th year, is attended by senior trade unionists and Labour Party politicians including Lader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn and Laura Pidcock as well as hundreds of thousands of organised working-class people from up and down the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YISF_AB0gAA International solidarity theme The Durham Miners Gala…
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