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U.S. Department of State, Press Releases: Daily Press Briefing on Kurds in Syria & Iraq چاپ ارسال به دوست
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U.S. Department of State,

Press Releases: Daily Press Briefing on Kurds in Syria & Iraq

 

February 16, 2016

 

 

 

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Some of the questions  in today's US Department of State Press Briefing:

 - Do U.S. A urges Turkey to stop targeting only the Kurds in Syria?

What exactly is the U.S. urging Turkey to do? 

-The recent decision by the Kurdistan region’s President Barzani that the region is going to hold a referendum by November 2016. What is the U.S. Government position on that? 

  

Mark C. Toner, Deputy Spokesperson
 
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
  February 16, 2016
 
   

QUESTION: Syria/Turkey, may I please?

 

MR TONER: Yeah. Syria/Turkey --

QUESTION: Yes.

 

MR TONER: I’m sorry, go ahead.

 

QUESTION: Syria told the UN that Turkey hit Syrian army positions as well as Kurdish positions. Do you urge Turkey to stop targeting only the Kurds in Syria?

 

MR TONER: I’m sorry, one more time. You said Syrian – sorry, I apologize.

 

QUESTION: Syria told the UN that Turkey hit Syrian army positions as well as Kurdish positions in Syria.

 

MR TONER: Okay.

 

QUESTION: Do you urge Turkey to stop targeting only the Kurds in Syria?

 

MR TONER: I’m not aware of those allegations, frankly. I am aware, as you mentioned, reports that they have struck YPG-affiliated forces outside of Afrin and Azaz, and we have actually said – first of all, we’ve been very clear that these moves by the YPG on the ground, we believe, are counterproductive and undermine our collective efforts in northern Syria to defeat ISIL. And I’ve talked about this before; we believe the YPG is an effective group fighting Daesh or ISIL on the ground. I just would have to look into your actual question, which is – I was not aware that they had hit Syrian positions in and around Aleppo. You said Aleppo?

 

QUESTION: What exactly is the U.S. urging Turkey to do?

 

MR TONER: I’m sorry, within – well, first of all, look, Turkey is a member of the anti-Daesh or anti-ISIL coalition and a valued member of that. We have seen in the past week or so – and we’ve talked about it a lot in this briefing room – their concerns about the YPG. So at the same time, we have urged the YPG to avoid moves that will heighten tensions with Turkey and with other Arab opposition forces in northern Syria, because we believe they’re counterproductive. And I’ve talked about some of these, which is they’ve taken additional territory outside of Afrin; they’ve attacked areas close to Azaz, including the Menagh airbase. We have been clear to them in our communications with them that this – these moves we consider to be counterproductive to the overall effort to defeat ISIL. But at the same time, we’ve also urged Turkey to cease any – its artillery fire across the border.

 

QUESTION: And no matter what the target – so is it no matter what the target is? Is it just – are you urging Turkey to stop hitting --

 

MR TONER: We’ve urged Turkey to --

 

QUESTION: -- Kurds in Syria or --

 

MR TONER: We’ve urged Turkey to cease its artillery fire over the border (inaudible).

 

QUESTION: Altogether, no matter what the target is?

 

MR TONER: Well, look, as – against Daesh, of course, would be fine. Please.

 

QUESTION: Do you urge Turkey – the YPG on the ground to withdraw from the airbase?

 

MR TONER: To be --

 

QUESTION: Do you urge the YPG forces to withdraw from the airbase?

 

MR TONER: We’ve made it clear that we consider such moves to be counterproductive.

 

QUESTION: No, no. Avoid to it was something else, but they should withdraw from the airbase?

 

MR TONER: You’re talking about control from Menagh airbase.

 

 

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URGENT CALL FOR ACTION and SOLIDARITY! End military curfew in Kurdish towns of Turkey چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 URGENT CALL FOR ACTION and SOLIDARITY!

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The Women Freedom Assembly in Turkey (Kadın Özgürlük Meclisi – KÖM)

 

 

 

 

 Dec. 22, 2015

End military curfew in Kurdish towns of Turkey 

The war in Turkey is intensifying; people, all living beings and history is being destroyed!
As the State becomes more and more ISIS-like, the peoples’ resistance resembles Kobanê!

In the Kurdish towns/provinces of Hakkari, Dargeçit, Sur, Nusaybin, Silopi and Cizre, the State:

  • Has removed all doctors’ leaves and permissions, calling all medical equipment personnel to be prepared,
  • Has emptied out student dormitories, placing security forces within them instead of students,
  • Has swiftly removed teachers from places where it has declared or is planning to declare curfews and perpetrate massacres,
  • Is currently preventing entry into and exit from these districts by way of police and military forces,
  • Is continuing an endless dispatch of military equipment, ammunition, soldiers and police forces at the highest level possible to these areas. What this means is more killings, greater massacres, destruction and pain.

Since the 7th of June, indefinite and all day long curfews have been declared 52 times in the 17 districts of 6 different provinces, where 1.3 million people live.

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IHD-TIHV-Report: Human right violations in Turkey in 2015 چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Severe human right violations by the Turkish state

We call all the democratic organizations and international foundations to stand against AKP and Erdogan's dictatorship and support the peoples resisting for democracy.

As long as peace for the Kurdish people is not ensured and an end is not put to Turkey's policies in Syria and Iraq, EU countries are facing a threat. ISIS, that is taking advantage of Turkey's approach in the Middle East, is bloodsheding in the EU. To stop ISIS, the support that Turkey is giving to ISIS needs to be halted and condemned.

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The Human Rights Association (IHD) and the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV), published the 2015 human rights violation report that was prepared during the 10-17 December Week of Human Rights. Ozturk Turkdogan, the general president of IHD who disclosed the report declared "From the perspective of human rights there is a demand that needs to be met from Turkey. That is to urgently establish peace. When peace is not ensured the right to live is not protected, when the right to live is being abused it is impossible to speak of other human rights". Moreover Turkdogan, said that since there was no intervention in the human right violations conducted in 2015, the United Nations' system has collapsed.

The end of the Kurdish-Turkish Peace Process increased the violations

Severe cases of human right violations were experienced during 2015: In Diyarbakir (5 dead, tens injured) , in Suruc (33 dead, tens injured) and in the Ankara massacre (100 dead, hundreds injured). With the end of the Kurdish-Turkish Peace Process by the President of Turkey Recep T Erdogan, hundreds of people were shot in the streets by the law enforcement units, in the renewed conflicts. Tens of times civilians and the PKK were bombed on Iraq grounds. Curfew was declared in tens of Kurdish towns within Turkey. During the curfew period water and electric outages, lack of basic food supply was experienced. Medication and treatment to those injured by the attacks were not allowed by the police itself on the ground of the incident, whereas the dead could not be buried due to curfew prohibitions. During the blockade of towns and neighborhoods by the law enforcements units civilian youths, women, elderly and children were massacred. Journalists were arrested and freedom of press was violated. The refugees in Turkey are facing dramatic circumstances.

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Ahmet Kaya’s daughter says plagiarism allegations against Adele under investigation چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Ahmet Kaya's daughter says plagiarism allegations against Adele under investigation

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By: Ava Homa 

Dec. 13, 2015
 

 

 

Los Angeles - The daughter of legendary Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya says allegation that British singer Adele has plagiarized from her late father are being investigated, and that her family is not ready to make any accusations.

 

The Kurdish singer's name appeared in the international media recently, when his fans accused Adele of plagiarising his song.  Kaya's 1985 hit "Acilara Tutunmak," which means "clinging to pain," is believed to have astounding similarities with "A Million Year Ago" of Adele's third album, "25." melis_kaya.jpg

 

"We heard about the incident indeed,"  Ahmet Kaya's daughter, Melis Kaya, told Rudaw

"There is a harmonic similarity between two songs, yet we left it to the music experts and lawyers. Also, we contacted our edition company in London. We believe that fans are somehow being a bit too excited about it though; it's not fair to accuse someone with something which is uncertain," she said.

 

She added that the deceased singer's recording companies in London and Istanbul are investigating the matter, but the family refuses to make any accusations just yet. 

The international pop singer of the UK's biggest-selling number one album of all time, Adele was once before accused of plagiarism in October, when Tom Waits' fans pointed out similarities between Adele's "Hello" and Waits' "Martha."  

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Open Letter to President Barak Obama about the November 1 Elections in Turkey چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Open Letter to President Barak Obama about the November 1 Elections

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in Turkey  

 

The President of the United States of America

The White House
1600
Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20501

 

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Dear President Obama:


We members of the Kurdish American Education Society and the greater Kurdish communities in Southern California are hereby urging you and the international community to ensure that the upcoming November 1 elections 1 in Turkey are held freely and fairly.

As you are aware in the June nation wide elections, the opposition parties emerged triumphant by ending the AKP 's majority of parliamentary seats for the first time. The Pro-Kurdish HDP passed the 10% threshold in the hope of bringing about genuine democratic changes; however, the AKP has done everything possible to contest and reverse the results of these elections by tightening its grip on power, silencing all voices of opposition with its authoritarianism and so called anti-terrorism laws.

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