Original op-ed by RIC’s Thomas McClure, The National Interest, 29 October 2020.
The October 2019 ‘deal’ between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Government was poorly-understood from the outset. Foreign press and NGO staff scrambled for the border as irrational panic spread about an instantaneous return of Damascus control to the Kurdish-led autonomous regions, to head off Turkey’s ongoing, bloody advance. Locals expressed more realistic concerns over the collapse of regional autonomy, violent reprisals, and a dreaded return of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) military service.
Why is Turkey arresting its own proxy council members in Afrin? Mass arrests, disappearances and kidnappings are nothing unusual in Turkish-occupied Afrin. Since the Kurdish enclave’s invasion and occupation by Turkey at the start of 2018, thousands of people have been seized by the Turkish-backed militias which now control the region – hundreds in the past two months alone.
Internationalist women who came to Rojava from different territories, went to the house where our comrades Zehra, Hebûn and Mother Emîna, members and activists of Kongra Star women’s movement in Rojava, were murdered by the Turkish state. There they read a statement condemning the triple femicide committed by Turkey which represents an attack on all women in the world, calling on all women worldwide to stand up against these attacks and valuing the common struggle of women all over the world.They also demand the states and international community to take immediate measures to be able to walk towards peace in Syria, because so far the states from which they come from remain silent.
The struggle of women in Kurdistan is the struggle of women all over the world.
“With resistance we will defend ourselves! Through organisation we will end femicide!”
Call for Action Days on the 18th and 19th July. RiseUp 4 the Revolution– Against Colonialism, Fascism, Patriarchy and Femicides, Ecological Destruction, and all forms of oppression around the World –19th July – the 8th anniversary of the Rojava revolution; the Nicaraguan and Spanish revolution. The 19th July is an important day for the whole world; not only historically, but also in our present dayand time; important for everyone fighting against fascism and building up the world we want to live in!
On the occasion of today’s birthday of Abdullah Öcalan, the coordination of Kongra Star, women’s movement in North and East Syria, sends its greetings to all resistant societies and the democratic public:
We congratulate all people on the birthday of the pioneer of democratic confederalism! We congratulate all women on the birthday of leader Abdullah Öcalan, which also marks the birth of free woman and free man! There are many examples in the Middle East of how their birth has left a legacy in the lives of societies, cultures and people. Öcalan has made a great contribution to the society and the earth in which he was born, and has thus also become the result of this heritage.
De COVID 19 pandemie toont opnieuw de patriarchale pandemie: Wij vrouwen verdedigen onszelf! De strijd voor leven en vrijheid gaat door en wordt elke dag intensiever, vooral in het leven en de lichamen van vrouwen over de hele wereld. De kapitalistische moderniteit probeert zich bij elke stap te versterken, probeert haar koers op te leggen aan het leven van alle mensen, veegt de planeet mee en probeert elke mogelijkheid tot een andere wereld en levenswijze uit onze gedachten te wissen. Zoals we in onze recente brochure kort hebben laten zien, zijn vrouwen het doelwit geweest van aanvallen in de pogingen van het patriarchaat om alle hoop op een vrij en democratisch leven voor iedereen te vernietigen.
Het hof van cassatie heeft dinsdag het cassatieberoep verworpen dat het federaal parket had ingesteld tegen twee arresten van de Brusselse kamer van inbeschuldigingstelling waarbij beweerde leden van de PKK buiten vervolging werden gesteld. Met de beslissing van het hoogste hof komt een definitief einde aan beide dossiers, die jarenlang hebben aangesleept. De Raad van de Koerdische Gemeenschap van België reageert verheugd.
The PKK is not a terrorist organisation, the Belgian Court of Cassation ruled on Tuesday. At a press conference in Brussels, politicians and parties to the proceedings have called for a new approach by the EU to the Kurdish question.
The main purpose behind the invasion of northern and eastern Syria by the Turkish state and its gangs is to change the demographic structure of the region. Turkey has launched a war of aggression stating it wants to create a safe zone, and called these attacks “Source of Peace”. We know what that means from the massacre they committed in Afrîn under the name “Olive Branch”. Since then, hundreds of people have been killed in Afrîn, thousands kidnapped and tortured, olive groves and historical sites destroyed, hundreds of thousands forced to flee.