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The Democratic Society Movement is an intellectual extension of the (Turkish) Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Syria and its leader Abdullah Ocalan, who has been imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imrali since 1999. In Syria, it attempts to decentralize the future government of Syria, starting with the ...
... had announced that it would start training a 30,000-strong border security forces, comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara considers affiliates of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey.

The advance was triggered by Washington's announcement that it would begin training a 30,000-strong border security force, comprised of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara considers affiliates of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), ...
Ankara considers the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Kurdish political party in northern Syria, and Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia affiliates of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Ankara. Damascus has expressed its opposition to the Turkish ...
Turkish hostility to the democratic self-administration in Syria's north is directly tied to the fact Ocalan is also the inspiration of much of the democratic opposition in Turkey and Bakur (Turkish Kurdistan) – in the streets, at the ballot box and on the battlefield. The US and its NATO partner Turkey were initially ...

Located at the edge of Turkish Kurdistan, Tur Abdin (“mountain of the servants of God”) is the birthplace of Syrian Orthodox spirituality. Progress on the property issue appears to have been made in recent months. Restitution of the Mor Gabriel monastery, founded in the fourth century, was announced last ...
Turkish police have unlawfully confiscated thousands of books as well as computers from a Kurdish publisher in the southeast Turkish city of Diyarbakır, the Kurdish news agency Kurdistan 24 reported on Thursday. Over 30 anti-terror police arrived in armoured vehicles to raid Aram Publishing House at ...

Nowadays, with the defeat of the so called “Islamic State” (IS) on the ground in Syria, the geopolitics of the Syrian Kurds is discussed more than ever. To be precise, we should speak of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and of the political structure “Democratic Federation of Northern Syria” (DFNS) of ...
Ankara has designated the latter to be a terrorist group, working in alliance with the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought for extensive autonomy or independence for Turkey's Kurds, who form about 20 per cent of the country's 80 million population. Ankara essentially wants to carve out ...
Women's ecovillages have been built both in Rojava and across the border in Turkish Kurdistan, aimed at helping victims of domestic violence and trauma. Patriarchy is just one more aspect of the neoliberal program being cast aside in Rojava, on the road towards building what MEM describes as “a ...
The PYD is the Syrian branch of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been waging a guerrilla-style war against Turkey's government since 1984. Initially, the US shared Erdoğan's concerns. In August 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that, “Syria must not become a ...
Ankara considers the PYD, a Kurdish political party in northern Syria, an affiliate of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terror organization in Turkey. Turkey has recently launched a military operation in the Syrian region of Afrin against Kurdish militias, including the PYD. PYD-kopstuk ...


 

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