Russia boosted spending to form a force consisting of Arabs in northern Syria in a bid to counter U.S. influence in the region, Cıburi tribe sheikh Fewaz Zobea told Rudaw, adding that Moscow is trying to pull youth from Arab tribes to its side by arming them and paying their salaries in dollars.
Academic at Mardin’s Artuklu University becomes Turkey’s first Zaza language and literature professor
Ferhat Yaşar reports: İlyas Akman at Artuklu University in the southeastern province of Mardin has become Turkey's first Zaza language and literature professor. Zaza is a language spoken by around two million people in Turkey. There has been a long-standing intellectual debate about whether Zaza is a separate language or one of the numerous Kurdish dialects.
While the ENKS and the PYD agree on certain topics, a deep gap remains between the two groups. And the American and French pressure will do little to close that gap. Moreover, Barzani’s ties with Turkey limit his capabilities. Given the KDP and the PKK were fighting each other in the Qandil mountains, how could the two movements unite on the Syrian front?
Kurdish singer Şivan Perwer has apologized from Yazidis after his remarks during an event organized by the Mesopotamia Culture Center and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul branch drew criticism. "I talked about how some practices are giving us pain and that how they shouldn't exist among us. If I offended people, I apologize. Yazidis are our dearest and our light," Perwer said on April 29.
Opposition deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) put forward parliamentary questions denouncing the Turkish government’s efforts at demographic engineering to make Kurds a minority in towns where they are the majority. The parliamentary questions also claimed that destroying the demographics of an area constituted a crime against humanity.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has sent coronavirus test kits to southeastern Syria to help the Syrian Kurds in the fight against the highly contagious virus. "Utmost thanks and appreciation to the President of Kurdistan Region, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani," Mazloum Abdi, commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), tweeted on April 12.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has called for a humanitarian truce and committed to suspending most military operations in northeast Syria amid the coronavirus outbreak. “We hope that this humanitarian truce will help to open the door for dialogue and political solution and to put an end to the war in the world and Syria,” the group said.
Germany's leftwing political party Die Linke and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (RLS) have hosted a conference on the Kurdish issue in the German Bundestag on March 6, with the participants discussing "the current opportunities and perspectives" with regards to the solution of the Kurdish issue in the Middle East in several panels. From Turkey, CHP Istanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu and HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar attended the conference.
Kurds are the key to a solution in the Middle East, namely Syria, said founder and leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan on March 4 in what was the first meeting he's had with his brother in eight months. "There's a two-legged table in Turkey. You have to be the other leg, the table won't tip over if it has three legs," Öcalan reportedly told his brother.
In their "Freedom in the World 2020" report, the US government-funded organization Freedom House said Turkey has been the second country to limit freedoms and human rights the most in the past decade. The country's human rights score on the Freedom House scale was cut in half over the past decade when the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has governed uninterruptedly. For 2019, the re-run of the Istanbul mayoral elections and the unwavering pressure on the opposition were deemed the biggest blows to freedoms.
Brett McGurk, former special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS, told Rudaw that the U.S. should not abandon the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Praising the group's role in fighting ISIS, McGurk said that the world needs to know the SDF's efforts in keeping jihadist prisoners in camps in al-Hol and other parts of northern Syria.
No tents were set up for victims of the 6.0-magnitude in Iran that killed nine people in the southeastern province of Van, a group of officials from Turkey's Human Rights Association said. No alternative shelter was provided for the survivors either, the group said, condemning families to spend the night in the freezing cold.
Iconic member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Leila Khaled said at the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) congress that the Palestinian people and the Kurdish people are members of the same struggle. "Our people have embraced your party, our people are elevating the party. We struggle together against Zionism, against imperialism and bigotry," said Khaled Feb. 23.
Seven educators who were detained for teaching Kurdish to preschoolers were acquitted of the charges of educating students on behalf of an organization, presumably the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), deemed a terrorist organization by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.
Kurdish archaeologist Ahmet Kınay says that Kurdish society has overlooked its own history in favor of ideological in-fighting, and that its misconception that historical research is nationalism has pushed it away from looking into its heritage.