Kurdish News

The flag will rise again.

Yesterday, Iraqi forces invaded the kurdish city of kirkuk with 200 tanks, because thats how you respond to an independence referendum.

They evicted people, killed people, pulled down our flags and burned them, stomped on them, even shot at them. Imagine a flag being able to cause that much hatred and anger, someone despising your very existence that much. At the same time, imagine your own flag being pulled from its masts and replaced with a foreign one, and being told that is what you are loyal to now. Forget your langage, culture, and centuries of heritage your people might have. Kurds do not exist. You are not valid.

State officials fled and left people to die. Kurdish soldiers fought until they ran out of bullets and were forced to surrender. What good is an AK against a tank? The rest of our army was in Syria liberating Raqqa from ISIS. Whilst one city was freed, another was imprisoned.

As we watched with horror and disbelief, we thought surely someone would do something. We helped recapture mosul, hawija and now raqqa. Time and time again, Kurdish sodiers put thier lives on the line in the name of liberty, surely that warrants respect and support from someone. Apparently not.

The Kurdish flag will fly again in Kirkuk. We don’t know when, but it will. And when it does, it will symbolise a people that have existed for over 1000 years, that have developed a culture, language, food and music entirely unique to the middle east, that have fought and will fight for the freedom of people not just in kurdistan but across the world.

We survived the ottomans. We survived Saddam. We sirvived ISIS. We will survive this, because we exist. Kurds exist. We are not iraq. We are not Turkey. We are not Iran. We are not Syria.

WE ARE KURDISTAN. WE EXIST.


babalar ki, yalnızlığın en uzun tarihidir
içlerinden gelip geçtiğimiz.

Hasan Ali Toptaş

Görsel :  Syrian Kurdish fighter Delkhwaz Sheikh Ahmad, 22, sits with his wife Siham, 23, and their two sons - Lefteris Pitarakis/ASSOCIATED PRESS

telegraph.co.uk
Kurdistan votes for independence from Iraq with 93% saying 'yes'
Kurdistan has voted to secede from Iraq, in a historic vote which brings them one step closer to its century-old dream of statehood but risks fuelling a new regional conflict.

“The referendum passed with 92.73 percent support and turnout of more than 72 percent of the 3.3 million registered to vote.

Hendrin Mohammed, the head of the Kurdish region’s election commission, declared that out of the 3 million valid ballots, 2.9 million were for independence and 224,464 were against. The rest were spoiled or disregarded.  

The vote was held across the autonomous Kurdish region’s three provinces as well as in some disputed territories controlled by Kurdish security forces but claimed by Baghdad, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani, who called the referendum, believes the “Yes” vote will give them a mandate to start negotiations on secession with the central government in Baghdad.

However, Iraq has said it will not recognise the vote and that it was not willing to negotiate.

On Wednesday it stepped up efforts to isolate the Kurdish region, demanding that foreign governments close their diplomatic missions in the Kurdish capital, Erbil, and threatening to close its air space.

In response to the pressure, international airlines began cancelling flights to the region.

Iraq and Kurdistan’s neighbour Turkey have responded with more force than Mr Barzani had likely anticipated.

Turkey, which is worried its own Kurdish minority will be inspired by the vote, has threatened to impose sanctions on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

Bilateral trade between Turkey and the KRG is worth more than $10bn (£7.4bn) a year.

Nearly all of Kurdistan’s allies, with the exception of Israel, have warned they will not recognise the results, saying the timing was not right with the country still struggling to deal with the threat of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The Kurds were left without a state of their own when the Ottoman empire crumbled a century ago. Around 30 million are scattered in northern Iraq, southeastern Turkey and parts of Syria and Iran.”

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Hepimiz vatandaş olarak
yaşamın aktif bir oyuncusuyuz
ve vatandaş o ülkede yaşayan değil,
o ülkede değiştirmeye çalışandır"

Augusto Boal

Gorsel : Reuters photographer Asmaa Waguih spent time with women fighters at a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) military base on Mount Sinjar in northwest Iraq.

kurdish women fighting Isis

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More than 30 organizations from all over the Basque Country have organized A demonstration in Solidarity with the Kurdish freedom struggle in North Kurdistan and Rojava at the weekend.

Among the organizers were international solidarity groups like Herri Kurduarekin Alkartasun Ekimena, Newroz Elkartea, Komite Internazionalistak, Askapena and Biji Kurdistan, which work politically for several years on Kurdistan, as well as unions and political parties like EH-Bildu and Podemos.

The demonstration was held in Bilbao, the biggest city of the Basque Country, with a preparation time of two months. It was the biggest solidarity demonstration with the Kurds in the history of the Basque people.

In the demonstration the growing repression against Kurds in North Kurdistan and Turkey has been criticized and solidarity with the freedom struggle of the Kurds has been expressed. Different speakers mentioned the arrest of thousands of political activists, journalists, HDP/DBP members, co-mayors and HDP parliamentarians, the forced administrations put on the Kurdish municipalities and thus the destruction of all democratic spheres in the state of Turkey. Also the revolution in Rojava was subject of speeches which urged to show solidarity for this important development for Syria, the Middle East and the world.

Demonstrators particularly emphasized the terror of the Turkish state on Kurdish women. Women, who joined the World Women’s March in March 2015 in North Kurdistan, held speeches and commemorated Kurdish women who have been killed since the restart of the war in North Kurdistan. -Anf

A member of the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement holds an RPD as white pigeons fly around his head. 

Cagdas Erdogan:

I heard that 70 civilians had been killed with chemical gas in Cizre in the south-east of Turkey, so I headed there to document the aftermath. But I was not allowed to enter the city because of a curfew imposed by the Turkish government, so instead I headed to the neighbouring city of Nusaybin. I knew there were resisters there who were fighting the government by building barricades and digging trenches. I ended up staying with them for two weeks.

I came close to death so many times. The Turkish army were bombing the city, and there were many attacks on the trenches and barricades, especially at night. Every day they would prepare themselves for the onslaught to come. And every day I witnessed more corpses of Kurdish fighters who had come to join the resistance. I took this photo one morning of a Kurdish resister from Istanbul – who is protecting his identity with a scarf – holding a rocket-propelled grenade launcher while feeding the white pigeons flying around the living room. It was one of the calmest moments of my life.

The day after I took this photo, the city was demolished and many fighters died, including, possibly, this man. To me, it shows the meaningless of war.

Best photographs of 2016 in pictures: Kurdish fighter and white pigeons in Nusaybin, Kurdistan (26 February)

Guardian News

Koro halinde susuluyordu Ve yalnızca yüksek sesle konuşanlara İnanır olmuştu insanlar. İncelik yalnızlığa dönüşe dönüşe bitmişti. Şiddetin coğrafyasında elbette gökyüzü bir lükstü Ve ancak yağmur yağınca anımsanıyordu…

Şükrü Erbaş

Görsel : Ahmad Nabaz

Kaç kulağı olmalı ki insanın
Ağlayanları duyabilsin
Ve kaç insan hayatını kaybetmeli ki
Artık bu kadarı fazla diyebilsin…

Bob Dylan

Görsel : Isıd le mücadele eden Kürd Kadınlar - Meet The Kurdish Women Fighting ISIS - Cicek Derek’s sister, Rojin, had this to say: “When my mother told Cicek, please stay with your mother’, she answered ‘I left to fight for all the mothers of the world. I cannot stay here.” Source:Newsha Tavakolian / TİME