Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Last letter of Paramaz Kızılbaş martyred in Kobanê

The last letter written by MLKP fighter Suphi Nejat Ağırnaslı – also known by his codename Paramaz Kızılbaş – has been read out-loud at a memorial for Nejat at his Alma mater, Boğaziçi University.
Nejat, who was a member of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Turkey (MLKP), is reported to have left the letter for his family and friends before leaving for Kobanê. Nejat lost his life fighting alongside the YPG in the defense of the city on October 5th. 

I have lived life and learned much from those who have been a part of my life. I made a choice with what I have learned and I became a witness to the truth, or to truths.  Within life’s dialectic I have passed to the other pole and hope that it will be for the good. I was born as an ordinary person and I am saying goodbye to you as an ordinary person as well. I know that I often left you halfway down the road, that I sometimes acted clumsily and was sad for it, that I had become sad. Forgive me for the last time.
I have made a choice as an ordinary youth and from nothing but the ordinary contradictions. Above all else I made this choice for myself. I haven’t set out for some lofty belief. All I wanted to do is bring some spark to the lives of unlofty people, to a world without a spark, to a world which has been reified. I have learned that I will not get past my own contradictions, and that insomuch that these are social to map out the contradictions of people only. And I have learned to be able to work toward socializing them to a higher degree. This is the closest point in my life that I have come to the truth.
I was born a fugitive in Söke. A Turkish Duisburger, Cluberger. Anyhow, as for it being Turkey I have no regrets. Every calamity in life is in fact supposed to be an opportunity which can contribute in some way when one seeks to gain from it. My only concern was never to grow up, to never be a part of the world of grown-ups, to remain a child forever…now just like Peter Pan I am going off to Neverland, never to grow up. There is nothing that could have made me happier.
With the wish that you lay the seeds for the emergence of ordinary heroes that will bring a spark to the lives of ordinary working people in the west of Turkey, and that you create a vanguard and rearguard organization that will be devoted to the search for truth.
Every heart is a revolutionary cell!!!
To the power of imagination!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Free journalists Ruben, Chris and Björn from Turkish prison

Late afternoon on October 11 2014 three German based freelance photographers Ruben Martin Neugebauer, Björn Kietzmann and Christian Grodotzki were arrested by Turkish police in Diyarbakır. They were reporting about the situation in East Turkey. According to lawyers, this happened while the three were talking to locals in a shopping mall. The police is accusing our colleagues (with German and international press cards) who work for German and international newspapers of espionage and provocation. Right now they are being held in cells of anti terror police "TEM" in Diyarbakir and are being interrogated.
Additionally, the police wants to put them on trial, possibly resulting in deportation and denial of re-entry. The time for the trial has been set to Monday, October 13th, 11am to 1pm. The German embassy, the foreign ministry and Reporters Without Borders have been informed. We are right now trying to gather more information about the arrest.
Chris, Ruben and Björn are hoping for support by the media to put pressure on the Turkish government. Since the Gezi protests the freedom of press in Turkey has been severely restricted - also for foreign reporters.

We demand the Turkish state to respect freedom of press and to adhere basic rights of journalists, so they can report on the situation in East Turkey.
For more information please contact
Benjamin Hiller: info@benjamin-hiller.com 0151 509 14 666
Jean Peters: jean@peng-collective.net 0176 261 668 42


Solidarity demonstration for free press

Monday, 13.10.2014, 4.30 pm at the Turkish embassy, Tiergartenstraße 19-21, Berlin
Spread the word, bring your friends and show solidarity with Ruben, Chris and Björn.

We need your support

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100% of the money will be used for their potential trial and deportation costs. Leftover money will be used for the emergency-assistance-work of Reporters Without Borders.
Ruben Neugebauer Ruben Neugebauer worked for major newspapers with pictures for Forbes, FastCompany, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, dpa, Der Freitag a.o. He was nominated by UNICEF for photo of the year 2013 and is based in Berlin.
Chris Grodotzki Chris Grodotzki focuses primarily on social conflicts and environmental issues. He won the 1st place at the dpa News Talent Award 2013 and published in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Stern, ZDF, Frontal21 a.o.
Björn Kietzmann Björn Kietzmann is based in Berlin and published in newspapers like taz, Berliner Zeitung, Spiegel, Stern a.o. You can find recent pictures from the conflict area here.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Articles to understand the seriousness of situation in the Kurdish region Rojava in Syria

Below some english information to understand the seriousness of situation in the kurdish region Rojava in Syria,  the political interest of NATO Allies and their affiliated terrorist groups IS heading to massacre the  population of Kobane. The first and second article put also light on the wrong position of the left party and the role of german media.
This new step in the imperialist all over war affects the whole middle east like the destruction of Libya affects the whole Africa.
But most important is that the kurdish project of a council-democratic and self-governing autonomous region is a thread to all warmongers and oppressive powers of the region.
Thats why it has to be attack - we have to understand the message very clear

please read the information taken from the kurdish source:

Struggle for Kobanê, state of emergency in Turkey and International Solidarity
by Errol Babacan and Murat Çakır, newsletter Turkey, 09:10:14

For more than three weeks, the Syrian city Kobanê is besieged by heavily armed militias of the "Islamic State" (IS). The defense units of the population have Kobanês can prevent penetration of the IS despite appearing hopeless military inferiority long time. Now obviously bitter urban warfare take place. Is to be feared another massacre of the IS. The situation is urgent, yet complex, because the struggle for Kobanê is also one of the appropriate means of international solidarity.

Across Europe, solidarity rallies for Kobanê take place. But what practical arrangements envisaged for the solidarity?
Why is Rojava hostility?
Moreover, provided the assumption that Turkey could have a vested interest in favor of the population engage Kobanês against the IS, the entire character of the developments in recent years on the head. Thus, the sharp front position of Turkey towards Rojava is closely linked with its strategic objectives and the political orientation Rojavas. A cursory recapitulation of the background to the front position may suffice at this point.

About a year after the start of the demonstrations against the Syrian government, the PYD autonomous administrative structures began officially in the mainly Kurdish-populated areas of North Syria called Rojava (Western Kurdistan) build and Self-Defense Forces (YPG / YPJ) compile from the population. Previously, the PYD did show through her independent act against the Syrian opposition. As the latter are organized in Turkey, with Western support took up armed struggle against the regime and called for a military intervention, the PYD spoke against such outside intervention and stressed that a democratic Syria could only be the collective work of all Syrians .

Under the leadership of PYD (Afrin, Kobanê and Cizirê) democratic councils structures have been established in three regions, called cantons. The administrative units, as well as the self-defense forces are characterized by gender quotas and representation of constituencies along ethnic or religious affiliation (Kurdish, Arabic, Assyrian-Christian). Village, district, city and regional councils to ensure a high level of popular participation in decision-making. Democratic control of prices, constitutional jurisdiction and free education in their mother tongue are more characteristic of democratic autonomy in Rojava. Under extremely adverse conditions was passed to organize the supply of the population on the basis of production cooperatives.

The population in Rojava not only refused a military intervention in Syria from the outside. In negotiations with the Syrian opposition, they also insisted on an autonomy of the Kurdish region in a possible future Syria. The initially predominantly Arab nationalist Syrian opposition rejected both demands categorically. The representatives Rojavas were isolated from the opposition and the so-called "Group of Friends of Syria" internationally. This isolation was accompanied by an economic embargo that has been implemented by Turkey and the Government of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region (KRG) in Iraq.

The Turkish government said it would not tolerate the "terrorist entity" on its border, which they regarded as identical with the PKK. The rivalry KRG-but in the near Rojava socially weak anchored parties with the leading party YPG on the other hand led to a break in relations with Iraqi Kurdistan. Since then, the KRG tried jointly with Turkey by all means to weaken Rojava. Even the delivery of essential medicines has now been prevented. While Rojava was exposed to the attacks by Islamist militias, leaving the KRG on its border to Rojava to dig a trench in order to strengthen the control. So early was formed an alliance against Rojava, which was reinforced by attacks by Islamist groups that were significantly supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, as recently also reported the mainstream media. While Islamist warriors could travel freely on the Syrian-Turkish border back and forth, refugees were denied from Rojava to the borders with Turkey and Iraq to the north entry. The strategy was clear: Rojava should be starved by any means.

Destruction of democratic autonomy
How to explain this extremely aggressive approach? For the Turkish government provides Rojava is a multiple threat. Rojava The autonomy model serves as a model for the Kurdish population in Turkey. The cantons have stated that natural resources remain in Rojava collective ownership and potential revenues to benefit the entire population were to use. The councils structures based on equality organizing principles and the collectivization of property available to the confessional conservatism of the ACP and forced from their neoliberal privatization policies diametrically opposed. Furthermore Rojava constitutes an obstacle to expansionist ambitions of Turkey to extend its influence over the region. The strategic and economic alignment of Turkey as a whole is in a highly visible opposition to the project Rojava. In effect, contrary to the entire history of the conflict, the expectation that the Syrian Kurdish population could receive support from Turkey. The situation is similar with respect to the Government of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region (KRG). Cooperative production units, a progressive gender politics, democratic councils in Rojava structures are the overall alignment of the existing of the oil-pension quasi State in Iraq - all the lip service in the current situation, despite the - counter.

For the IS Rojava and Kobanê have a strategic importance, however. If Kobanê falls into the hands of the IS, it is all the easier to recruit fighters from Turkey and smuggle weapons and other goods. Geographically, Kobanê the middle of the three cantons. The other two cantons were completely decoupled from each other without Kobanê and their defense against further attacks of the IS would be more difficult.

Turkey is now trying to exploit this situation and to exploit the attack of the IS to force Rojava mission and to increase their own international weight. Debunking is of Davutoğlu publicly erected condition compared to the United States to support an insert with ground troops against the IS only when the goal is to overthrow the Syrian government. Open he could not say that constitute the advance of the IS and the murders of the Syrian population within sight of the Turkish border no motivation to intervene. Now, true, the contents of recently adopted by the Turkish Parliament war mandate. The PKK - same for the Turkish government with Rojava - and the IS are mentioned in the same breath as terrorist organizations. Given the choice between the PKK or Rojava and the IS, the decision of the Turkish government falls significantly.

International Solidarity
Turkey and the Government of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region have Rojava isolated and deliberately weakened. So they have Rojava as before now exposed to the attacks other Islamist militias and the attacks of the IS aware. That precisely those forces are now to come to the rescue who have worked towards this situation is absurd.

Without prejudice to their achievements, the population in Rojava has to be expected from other states no substantial assistance. That the destruction Rojavas currently a priority for the United States in the face of a compromised situation in the Middle East, although it is doubtful. Nevertheless, the United States certainly no friends of Rojava that all attempts at instrumentalization eluded to overthrow the Syrian government. In principle, it can be assumed that a council-democratic project with anti-capitalist potential motivation of the United States rather reduces, to protect it from any attacks. Only the integration into an alliance against the IS could temporarily provide a reason to support. However, this reason alone seems too weak to stand up to the special interests of the American allies in the region - Turkey and the Kurdistan Autonomous Region of Iraq - to enforce. The situation that a member of NATO could intervene against the interests of another Member at its borders in favor Rojavas is hard to imagine. The strategic partnership between the West and the KRG, which was recently extended additionally weaken the hope for the population Rojavas, for their salvation could humanitarian reasons come to fruition.
Realistically, that the defense Rojavas still needs to be done mainly by the population and the self-defense forces. They receive direct support of the PKK, the Kurdish population and a so far numerically relatively small but determined left of the population in Turkey.. A wide mobilization in Turkey could obtain that the price for smashing Rojavas for AkP domestic politics will be too high and she feels compelled to make concessions. The opening of a corridor for the support of Kobanê and the lifting of the embargo by Turkey and the KRG would achieve. However, the imposition of curfews, the deployment of the military in many cities, including Istanbul, the shooting of demonstrators and the mobilization of armed fascist militias is already showing that the Turkish government will go to extremes. In contrast, the importance Rojavas for the prospects of an internationalist left just after the rows failed uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East can not be considered to be large enough. The council-democratic cantons show the total population in the Middle East to the possibility that a peaceful, democratic and based on social justice self-government on cultural differences of time can be established. Rojava thus forms a counter-model for ethnic and sectarian polarization in the region. That such a model has been able to be so protected solely by self-defense forces without imperialist patronage, is a special feature. Well, turns out, however that the existence Rojavas can not be saved without international solidarity.

But which solidarity can be practiced from here? An examination of the request by some left-deputies after a military operation with a UN mandate is required. Given the manifest differences in the Security Council, however, this requirement appears as a mere symbolic politics. Since such a mandate will probably hardly come into existence, has the claim only to the conclusion that a second time a peace political principle of party is injured. The extremely short distance to Gregor Gysi's push for an "exceptionally" weapons delivery in a conflict region makes it clear how quickly the exceptions are the rule. The collected receivables of arms shipments to guarantee Rojava straight from a peace politically informed perspective no solidarity with Rojava. Without a doubt, the requirements of Rojava even after military aid in the face of a war in which it is all or nothing, are understandable and legitimate. However, the problem of a peace political position in Germany is different. Can the German Left ensure that the opening of their legitimacy corridor (German or non-German) military deployments and arms sales, will serve the "right" reasons? As the balance of power in Germany not even allow this to some extent, the German Left does not have the power to control operations and weapons deliveries, must be the answer "No".

The recent experience Gysis foray confirms this fear that the Left only assumes the function of a legitimacy buyer. When in the Iraqi Sinjar Mountains  the Yazidi population counter facrd a massacre by the IS, it was left unprotected by the KRG Peshmerga. The hastening to the aid of Rojava forces and the PKK on the other hand were those who were, as already mentioned above in their fight against Islamist militias of the KRG active weakened for a long time. Although these unspeakable role of the KRG is open, they became stylized as Savior and delivered her in violation of the UN Charter German weapons. While the KRG sees himself thus confirms and reaffirms its policy towards Rojava, no one can guarantee that the new weapons are addressed in future not even against the perceived hostile Rojava or the PKK.

So Instead of working to combat missions and weapons supplies to its effective implementation and bond no decisive influence can be exercised, the German Left, not only the party could do in the current situation strongly advocate that the machinations of the NATO-member Turkey as the disclosed what they are: A conscious delivery of the population Rojavas in the hands of the IS. Key Demands from Rojava and Turkey could be taken up without falling into war political pitfalls. So the units of YPG / YPJ have also stated that they can afford the defense Rojavas itself together with the PKK. Turkey should these units open only a corridor on their territory for military supplies and logistical support and refrain from the factual support of the IS. To demand this as loud as possible, is now necessary. The German government must be pressurized in order to make their NATO partner Turkey pressure. A military intervention of Turkey is considered, however, it clearly rejected. Next Going currently hundreds of thousands of protesters in Turkey with massive police and military operations, which still beat the orgies of violence of the June uprising, dejectedly. The imposed curfew means the suspension of civil rights. To campaign for an immediate cancellation of this state of emergency, to prevent further killings and to demand the clarification of the already committed murders, is now an urgent task of international solidarity.

False Reporting in Germany: Kurds demand not a Turkish intervention in Kobanê
A review of Civaka Azad, 10.08.2014

 There is not only war in Kobanê. Since at least yesterday there is also a state of war in North Kurdistan and Turkey. It can always reach us back news of protesters killed. It seems as if all dark forces in Turkey that led to the dirty war in Kurdistan in the 90s, again found together: Turkish soldiers, Turkish military, village guards and members and supporters of the radical Islamist Hizbullah (1) that as a paramilitary force in the 90s has spread terror on the streets of Kurdistan and is now organized as a political party with the name Hüda-par, are leading a common struggle against Kurds who go everywhere on the streets. There is a "serhildan" - a popular uprising in northern Kurdistan. And this popular uprising is fought with brutal means. "All violent actions are rewarded with a multiple," Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala had declared yesterday. These statements seem to have been an order. Ever since then, reach us almost hourly reports of deaths. There is absolute state of emergency in the cities of Northern Kurdistan. In many cities, curfews were imposed. The schools remained closed today. In the cities of Kurdistan Turkish soldiers and military tanks are mounted. There is an atmosphere similar to a military coup. The fire of Kobanê has so beaten over to Northern Kurdistan.

But why go the Kurds in Turkey again on the streets?

 Actually, the answer to this question lies at hand. Turkey supports the IS with weapons and logistics and will necessarily mean that Kobanê falls. While it is taking a supposed peace process with the Kurds in Northern Kurdistan, it also leads a proxy war over the IS in Rojava. Thus they want to strengthen their negotiating position with the Kurds in his own country. But the Turkish state does not just play with fire, this fire is already broken; he has miscalculated. He might have expected that the Kurds in his own country watch the case Kobanês idly. But that's not happening, we see since yesterday. The resistance for Kobanê is in fact at least since yesterday no more resistance that is out alone in Kobanê.

False reporting in the German media?

So this is the reason why the Kurds in Northern Kurdistan and Turkey take to the streets. But strangely enough, have virtually all media in Germany a completely different answer to the question above. The Kurds would go because of the inaction of Turkey in the attack on the IS Kobanê on the streets, was widely read today in the German media and listen. So the Kurds go on the streets, doing a resistance against the Turkish state terror and leave to dozens their lifes to move Turkey for a military intervention in Kobanê, is the argument of these media organs. This line of argument is a mockery to the people who risk for days on the streets of Northern Kurdistan and Turkey their lives in order to show solidarity with the resistance of Kobanê. The people do not go on the streets to move Turkey to Kobanê. They go on the streets, so that Turkey finally adjusts their actions and their dirty politics in Kobanê and throughout Rojava.

Against this background, the media coverage of Kobanê in Germany is not only strange and just plain wrong, it is also extremely dangerous. Because Turkey wants to intervene militarily in the neighboring country since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. An important reason for this is the self-governing structures of the Kurds in Rojava. This is simply what the AKP government is not willing to tolerate.  Therefore, it calls for a buffer zone on the border, for then Turkey has to take care. For example, Turkey could control not only the areas of Rojava, at best, they might even incorporate the region in perspective in their own territory. Because the Syrian state is already a failed state and who may now assume that he can still work in the future with its present boundaries. So the calculus of Ankara. To implement these plans, a plot should be generated, in which Turkish soldiers shortly after the fall Kobanês - with the Erdogan earlier expected - invade Rojava and seemingly save the Kurds there. Then they appear as the savior from the Islamists, who are barely treated in Turkish hospitals - as well as Vice-President of the Bundestag Claudia Roth accused in the ARD television - on. Thus, from the perspective of the Turkish government, both the Kurdish Problem solved and the IS would be repulsed, so that they can concentrate only on Assad.

And today's coverage in parts of the German media suggests indeed that the Kurds take to the streets in despair and anger because of the inaction of Ankara in Northern Kurdistan and Turkey and afford struggles with the Turkish security forces and their helpers there. Us, the question arises what the media want hereby intend? If they have received from any major Kurdish politicians or activists a statement or a statement that confirms their coverage, so we are willing to apologize and withdraw our representation of the situation. Otherwise, we ask for a correction of this false reporting, because otherwise you would have to press those representatives who wish to maintain their false representation, impute evil intentions.

 "If Turkey with international support, because it is necessary to actually implement their plans and invade Kobanê, the Kurds are the intended as a further occupation of Kurdistan and increase their resistance drastically," this is the answer we have received from a Kurdish politician from Northern Kurdistan today.

(1) Not to be confused with Hezbollah, which is active in Lebanon [↩]

PKK Leader Öcalan: “Kobanê Is Everything To Us,” Warns Of End To Peace Process

Öcalan added that “if JİTEM is not thwarted and once again put out of commission then this process would not go on.” Öcalan also spoke on the attacks on Kobanê and the subsequent uprisings in North Kurdistan, saying “Kurds should rise up everywhere against these policies.They should show great resistance to ISIS. If they do not do this today, tomorrow might be too late.”
Abdullah Öcalan’s brother Mehmet explained to DİHA that he spoke with the Kurdish leader as part of a 45 minute family visit earlier this week. He gave positive news about Öcalan’s health – saying it was much improved – and added that Öcalan had spoken about three main topic – the recent death of his older sister Havva, the siege of Kobanê, and the course of the peace process.
“Kurds Must Rise Up Everywhere Against The Attacks In Kobanê”
Öcalan called on the Kurds to rise up against the attacks on ISIS, saying “the Kurds are an oppressed people. The people of Kobanê are an oppressed people. They have just drawn a border between us. The people are where they are because of their own labor. They have developed a system proper to themselves. The state cannot tolerate this. They should have supported them but they did not…our people in Kobanê will resist to the end. Wherever ISIS is and wherever ISIS exists in regions where Kurds live we will resist to the end. There will be no compromise with ISIS. ISIS is an artificial organization. Wherever there is an attack against Kurds there must be a big response.”
Öcalan also stressed that certain international and regional powers were supporting ISIS with the goal of eliminating the Kurds, adding “no one has the right to destroy a people. Kurds should rise up everywhere against these policies.They should show great resistance to ISIS. If they do not do this today, tomorrow might be too late. Look at what they are doing some of them are having breakfast, some lunch and some dinner. This is not an acceptable situation. No one has the right to abandon Kobanê. There must be a great resistance to ISIS everywhere. Kobanê is everything to us. Every segment of society is involved in the process in Kobanê. The Kurdish people there is an umbrella. Turkmens, Arabs, Armenians and all the other ethnic groups there can carry on life together under this umbrella.”
“A Great Resistance Awaits The Kurds”
Öcalan went on to describe how Kurds wanted to live in peace with all the peoples of the region, saying “the Kurdish people want to build brotherhood with all groups. The Turks are also our brothers however there is law to brotherhood. If this law is not followed then this brotherhood is not a true brotherhood. It cannot be accepted. It must be true brotherhood.  The Kurdish people are not the enemies of any people. They are the friends of every people and group. Intellectual and democratic groups, every structure and color, should refuse to abandon the people of Kobanê. No one has the write to destroy or finish the Kurdish people. We do not accept this. Only one thing remains for the Kurds and that is a great resistance.”
“There Is A Peace Process In Theory But None In Practice”   
Öcalan spoke of the current impasse of the peace process, saying “we have nothing on our side. Whatever falls upon our shoulders we will we do it and we are doing it. However the process cannot be one-sided. In Turkey they are passing laws. They are saying let the people come back from Maxmur. Well did they pass a law about this? No, they did not pass any laws. They are saying let the Kurdish fighters come back but is there a law for this? No. Well what should the Kurds come back and do? Shall they come back, be arrested and thrown in prison? This is not something that can be accepted…If they want – and I have told them before – to start negotiations they should not put them off. It should be a true and proper negotiation. I said to them give me a secretary so that I can write what I want but they did not do this. There is a process in theory but none in practice. They process cannot go on in this way.”
Öcalan added that if the government did not take steps towards a real negotiation by October 15th then he would withdraw his support, saying “there is nothing left for me to do. They have been doing this for 5 years but nothing has come of it. This is not right.”
“JİTEM Must Be Put Out Of Commission”
Öcalan added that he thought “Jitem was working to destroy the process. If JİTEM is not thwarted and once again put out of commission then this process will no go on. Take the process out of the hands of JİTEM and direct it in a democratic manner. We are ready for everything but we want it to come from a true and proper process. We do not want delay tactics.” He also warned his people of the danger of ISIS, saying “Let our people be awake. It is not certain what will happen tomorrow. Let everyone show where they stand now. Tomorrow could be too late.”
Finally Öcalan sent his greetings to all those resisting ISIS and in particular the people of Kobanê.


"Islamist paramilitaries are underway"
Cemil Bayik, KCK co-chairman, column at Azadiya Welat, 10/09/2014

"The AKP government and the green JITEM are active. The attacks by police, military, Hüda-par and JITEM were exercised to prevent the support of the Kurdish society for Kobanê. They will not be successful with this project. Those engaged in a dirty war, will drown in this blood shed. And the Kurdish people will be able to live in the near future in freedom and democracy.

"In one of Kurdish newspapers' Azadiya Welat 'and' Yeni Özgür Politika "published column has the co-chair of the Community of the companies of Kurdistan (KCK) Cemil Bayik the uprisings in North Kurdistan after the invasion of the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) in the canton Kobanê evaluated in Western Kurdistan and the attacks by the radical Islamist Hüda-par on Kurds. The following is a free translation of his analysis.

The Turkish state has mobilized, as well as the attacks of the fascist IS (Islamic State) on Kobanê, also in Northern Kurdistan reactionary forces (members of Hüda-Par). Both inside (political) and external (political) they exploited their forces against the Kurdish freedom movement. Just as they have in the 1990s JITEM ( Intelligence and counterterrorism gendarmerie) and the JITEM- related forces mobilized against the Kurdish freedom movement, they now attack democratic actions of the people. These attacks are directly related with the Turkish war forces. It involves planned and prepared attacks.

The Hizbollah and (members of) Hüda-par have the people attacked publicly in the past and killed some patriots. The Turkish state tries to provoke a conflict, which favors that these forces can attack the people between the Kurdish freedom movement and these forces. The Turkish government was silent on their acts. The institutions of the Turkish warfare have always tried to deal with the Kurdish freedom movement with some forces and exert attacks on them, but these measures have not been effective. The recent attacks show that the Turkish warfare has once again organized these forces from the 1990s.

While thousands of villages are besieged by Kobanê, forced tens of thousands of people had to leave their homes and are on the run and Kobanê is however subjected to severe attacks, the Kurdish people is on the road to support this resistance in Kobanê. Attacking people, who have risen for Kobanê, the public support of the IS is the same. They attacked in the name of the IS the people. These attacks happened like in the 1990s under the supervision of the Turkish police. They show once again and even more sharp that the Turkish state has not changed his mentality to continue  suppressing the Kurdish struggle for freedom with all the dirty means. For this reason, they have mobilized some forces under the guise of religion against the Kurdish people and this policy will continue.

These types of attacks are the result of some Hüda-Par-related media and television stations, which have declared the Kurdish freedom movement to its destination. The aggressive language of these media were the harbingers of such attacks.

The free and alternative Kurdish press had previously never reported these forces or started after several attacks with the reporting. It has repeatedly said that the attacks of these forces serve as a provocation of the Kurdish freedom movement and democratic forces. Behind this provocation certainly put the Turkish state and AKP government. In a phase in which continued the resistance of Kobanê, the transformation of this provocation in killings was remarkable. The thesis of Reber Apo which 'the ISIS, JITEM is another name' highlight the backgrounds of these attacks. The JITEM from the 1990s have brought it back to life. The JITEM, which was renewed during the reign of the ACP is essentially the same JITEM the nineties, with the difference that it is now dyed [in the sense of an Islamist orientation] green.

These events can be illustrated only in this way. It can not be explained by the fact that some young people or provocateurs have crept into the society and throw stones these incidents. The Kurdish freedom movement has been dealt patiently. It has been even the death and injury of some viewed as a provocation. But the recent killings show that these incidents are organized and planned. It is clear once again what forces can renew and organize the Turkish state.

The AKP government and the green JITEM are active. These attacks were exercised to prevent the support of the Kurdish society for Kobanê. The other reason for these attacks is that the Turkish state has responded by these attacks on the termination of the ceasefire on the part of the Kurdish freedom movement. The Turkish government threatened the Kurdish population and the freedom movement under the slogan 'If you do not bow to our policy, you will be faced with such attacks'. Even the threat of the (Turkish Interior Minister) Efkan Ala is this the same.

The AKP and the forces that organized the Turkish state should take note that the freedom struggle of the Kurdish people can not be stopped. The Turkish state and AKP government want to destroy the organization of such forces, the Kurdish struggle for freedom, to escape the solution to the Kurdish question. You will not be successful with this project. Those engaged in a dirty war, will drown in this blood shed. And the Kurdish people will be able to live in the near future in freedom and democracy.


The follow article – “Türkiye stratejik olarak yenildi“ –
 written by Veysi Sarısözen and originally appeared in Özgür Gündem.

From a strategic perspective Turkey has suffered a major defeat in the nearly 25 day resistance [in Kobanê].
For that reason the international powers which have been coolly watching ISIS – a group around which they made a big gamble – have begun to “talk.”
When Obama said “we underestimated ISIS” he was not confessing. He was saying that the gamble which Erdoğan had made had the expected results. But because it was impossible for him to say this, he called this expected result “a small mistake which we made” and went on about having `underestimated” ISIS.
The United States did not underestimate ISIS. They chose to look the other way. And now that they see the results of the “terrorist gamble” which Erdoğan has made they have began to speak openly about what they have known for a long time.
The US Vice-President – or actually the “head chef in the kitchen” – Joe Biden spoke thus: “Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria… What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad they poured in hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight Assad; except the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and extremist elements of the Jihadis coming from other parts of the world…They have provoked a Sunni-Shia proxy war.”
“Now Saudi Arabia has stopped the funding going out. Saudi Arabia is allowing training on its soil of American forces. The Qataris have cut off their support for the most extreme elements of the terrorist organizations. And the Turks…President Erdogan told me, he is an old friend, ‘you were right we let too many people through.’ Now they are trying to seal their border.”
These words, which only reflect a small part of the reality, were drawn from Biden by the heroic resistance fighters in Kobanê. The Pentagon analyzed the Kobanê resistance wonderfully in reflecting on what had happened over the previous two days and in their last analysis they understood, even if they zigzagged here and there, that ISIS and more fundamentally Turkey had lost in Kobanê.
As soon as they understood this Biden spoke this way. With this speech the United States proclaimed it has suffered a defeat from the strategic perspective in the region.
The battle for Kobanê could go on a long time. Like in all battles there might be tactical victories and defeats in this battle. But in the same way that the Nazis suffered defeat at Stalingrad from a strategic perspective despite the fact that the battle would go on for two more years and cost millions of lives this is what is happening and will happen here.
Biden did not just blame Turkey in any old manner. He did just speak about “mistakes” and “errors.”
Biden accused Turkey of various crimes. He blamed it for starting a sectarian war, and of supporting a terrorist organization materially and militarily. And now the Council of Europe has taken in a historical decision in the course of its meetings around Kobanê in which it was said that “terrorists and their supporters must be put on trial.” Later the decision that came out read: “all states in the Middle East and more widely in the international community must condemn the violent actions and ethnic cleansing carried out by ISIS against different ethnic and religious groups and must unite their forces against the existing crisis and so that it does not repeat. All human rights violations much be investigated and those responsible should be held legally accountable.”
Turkey can no longer continue its gamble with ISIS. That road has been cut by the PYD together with the resistance fighters.
For the present as least Turkey’s dreams to establish its own hegemony over Rojava have fallen apart. But still waiting in the wings is the United States and European Union’s plans for a “Rojava without the YPG and PYD.”
Just as the blows dealt by the guerrillas to the gangs in Kobanê have disappointed Turkey’s dreams of expansion, victory in Kobanê and the liberation of the whole of Rojava will be a major blow to the plans of the global powers to break apart the Middle East, extract its riches and share its markets; and it will open the way for Öcalan’s dream of uniting Kurdistan while rendering borders meaningless, and of building a common confederal Middle East home and a society on a democratic national foundation formed from a synthesis of all ethnicities, religions, sects and cultures. The heroic defenders of Kobanê have become the hope and the spirit of humanity.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Turkey's warfare due to media oppression

Read the report published by Reporters without borders

Freedom of information needed for public debate, and to restore calm

Full and responsible news coverage is more necessary than ever in Turkey, now in the throes of the most violent rioting in a decade. Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of media workers currently in police custody and urges the authorities to do what is necessary to protect journalists and facilitate their work.
The Jihadi organization Islamic State’s siege of Kobane, Syria’s third biggest Kurdish city, is the source of the current tension in Turkey. Around 30 people have been killed in clashes between political groups or clashes with the police since 7 October. At the same time, it has become very difficult for journalists throughout the country, especially in the southeast, to cover the unrest.

Violence against journalists

At least four journalists have been attacked or injured during pro-Kurdish, Islamist or nationalist demonstrations in the past few days. Necati Savas, a photographer with the daily Cumhuriyet, was injured in the head in Ankara on the afternoon of 7 October by a teargas canister fired by the police.
After projectiles fired by rioters in the Okmeydani district of Istanbul injured Sebnem Coskun, a photographer with the partly state-owned news agency Anatolia, and cameraman Melik Firat Yücel on 7 October, doctors ordered three days of medical leave for both. Hayat TV reporter Duygu Ayber was injured by police near Istanbul’s Taksim Square on 6 October.
Four reporters for pro-Kurdish media – Bisar Durgut and Nihat Kutlu of the daily Azadiya Welat and Beritan Canözer and Sarya Gözüoglu of the women’s news agency JINHA – sustained stab wounds when attacked by demonstrators in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on 2 October. Durgut was rushed to hospital with no fewer than eight knife wounds.
The situation is especially tense near the Syrian border. A BBC minibus caught fire when police fired three teargas grenades at it near a border post in Mürsitpinar (in Suruç district), which is very close to Kobane. The minibus’ occupants – six people including Paul Adams and Piers Scholfield of the BBC – were able to take cover.
After visiting the border, a delegation from the Turkish coalition Freedom for Journalists (GÖP) presented a report on 8 October, denouncing the police violence experienced by many journalists in the border region.
Esra Ciftçi, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, told the delegation she was badly beaten by police while covering three injured people being taken to hospital last week. A TV10 reporter said police fired a teargas grenade at his vehicle’s windshield, on the driver’s side. He also reported that a riot police vehicle deliberate rammed his crew’s satellite dish.
A news agency journalist confirmed that “the security forces prevented journalists from working,” adding that some reporters were also attacked by the local population.
“The authorities have a duty to protect media personnel,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It is clear that, in this respect, no lessons have been learned from the Gezi Park protests.”

Access obstructed, journalists in custody

Bihr added: “We call on the authorities to grant journalists full access to the southeastern regions and the border areas without discrimination, regardless of whether they have an official press card.”
Journalists without an official press ID issued by the prime minister’s office are being denied access to certain areas along the Syrian border that have been declared “military zones.”
Since 5 October, this has included the hill directly across the border from Kobane, which the media have been using as a vantage point for following the fighting in and around the city. Many journalists, including reporters from pro-Kurdish media such as the news agency DIHA, are being refused access because they lack the essential press pass.
The same restrictions are in place in the regions where a curfew was imposed after the violence of 7 October. Only journalists with a press card are able to move about freely there although, like the public, they are exposed to violence and hampered by the many army barriers. The curfew was lifted yesterday in Mardin and Batman provinces but is still partly in place in Diyarbakir and some districts of Van and Siirt.
According to Diyarbakir’s Free Journalists’ Association (ÖGC), around 20 employees of Kurdish and Kobane media have been in police custody in Suruç* since 6 October. In all, around 160 people have been arrested on entering Turkey from Syria and are being held at a sports centre in Suruç pending interrogation.
Reached by phone, fixer Perwer Mihamed Ali told Reporters Without Borders Turkey representative that “all of Kobane’s freelance journalists” were in police custody and were on hunger strike.
The ÖGC also reported that four journalists were arrested in the Van region. Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of all detained media employees.

Media coverage in question

Some Turkish TV news stations have provided very limited coverage of these events, prompting expressions of concern on 7 October about a return of the self-censorship seen during the Gezi Park protests.
“In view of the crucial importance of these on-going events for Turkey and the entire region, any attempt to suppress or doctor coverage would be unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.
“We urge the media to provide complete coverage while refraining from fuelling tension unnecessarily. The peace process between the government and the PKK is too important in every respect, including for freedom of information, to be sacrificed to short-term political advantages.”
Coverage of the rioting in the leading national dailies has been very polarized and marked by political divisions.
The nationalist daily Sözcü’s front-page headline on 8 October was, “PKK uses Kobane as pretext to devastate the country.” But the pro-Kurdish Özgür Gündem’s headline was, “All the streets are Kobanes.” The Islamist Yeni Safak pointed at the main opposition parties, headlining, “CHP and HDP have provoked Turkey’s enemies.”
Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

* The media workers in police custody are: Ranya Mihamed, Dicle Sexo, Xezne Nebi, Xwinav Isa, Sara Mahmud, Nazdar Ali, Evin Ali, Dilisan Ibis, Ranya Ali, Mizgin Kurdo, Mustafa Faris, Mustafa Bali, Mustafa Mihamed Ali, Ahmed Ibrahim, Mustafa Ali, Perwer Mihamed Ali, Mihamed Isa, Ehmed Mustafa, Heysem Müslim and Isa Mihamed.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Arin Mirkan - YPJ hero of Kobane

October 5, 2014 - Due to lack of arms and just because she couldn't bear seeing ISIS tanks killing the people, Arin Mirkan a captain of the Women's Defense Units (YPJ) carried out a suicide operation against ISIS terrorists this afternoon on the hill Mishtenur (Southeast #Kobane)

The whole world is watching all the tragedies happening in Kobane and doing just nothing, shame.