Saturday, April 4
Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Doors open for registration at 9:30am; conference finishes at 5:30pm. Organised by the Federation of Democratic Kurdish Society-Australia, Kurdish Women’s League of Victoria, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney) & Australians for Kurdistan
Tickets: $50 solidarity, $15 regular, $7 concession
For more information: Email Australians for Kurdistan
[Sarah Glynn, co-convenor of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, attended the recent conference on ‘The European Union, Turkey, The Middle East and the Kurds’ at the European Parliament, and writes about what she found out.]
Relations between Europe and Turkey demonstrate an unedifying realpolitik in which there are many losers, and the only winners are the usual coterie of financiers, arms manufacturers and authoritarian politicians. Continue reading
The Central Committee of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê) has commented on the ruling of the Court of Cassation in Brussels, which earlier this week finally confirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal that the PKK is not a “terrorist organisation” but a party in an armed conflict. Continue reading
[By Maxime Azadi] BRUSSELS — The Court of Cassation of Belgium ratified the lower court’s judgement and ruled that PKK is not a terrorist organization.
During the first hearing held on January 14, the Court of Cassation prosecutor requested ratification of the ruling of the Court of Appeals in the PKK case. A lower court prosecutor and lawyers for the Turkish state requested time to respond to the opinion of the Court of Cassation prosecutor. Continue reading
[By Peter Boyle] The Yazidi minority community in Sinjar, Iraq is still recovering from the horrendous 2014 genocide by Islamic State (IS) terrorists. Yet, on January 15 it was the target of another deadly airstrike by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s dictatorial regime. Continue reading
[Serkan Demirel interviews Shaoz Hesen, co-chairperson of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the most influential party in the Autonomous Administration of Northern and Eastern Syria.]
The Turkish state continues its occupation attacks on North East Syria, there was agreement among US and Russia and Turkey. Can you explain what is going on?
First of all, I must state that the situation in North East Syria is actually a process of chaos and what is happening in the region is closely related to every problem in Syria. The eyes of local and foreign powers in Syria are on the Rojava region, because these lands are rich in both underground resources and culturally. In addition, the democratic life built in the region, the experience gained and the high presence of Kurds in the region disturb the neighboring countries, especially the Turkish state. Continue reading
Donald Trump’s October withdrawal of US troops from the Rojava region of north-east Syria, home to the Kurdish allies who fought off Isis, and the subsequent Turkish invasion, created an instant humanitarian catastrophe with more than 300,000 internally displaced people already.
Melbourne singer-songwriter Les Thomas quickly wrote and recorded The Great Betrayal (Rojava) to highlight the plight of those in the region. Continue reading