Do Not Leave a Single Stone Nor a Single Body Standing…

By Hasan Cemal “Do not leave a single stone nor a single body standing in Nusaybin!” These words belong to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli. Listening to him on television I shuddered. It is a call to massacre… Or the resurrection of the ‘tenkil’ mentality. Tenkil is to annihilate wholesale. It is collective…

Building Democracy Without the State

By Dilar Dirik When people first came to our house a few years ago to ask if our family would like to participate in the communes, I threw stones at them to keep them away,” laughs Bushra, a young woman from Tirbespiye, Rojava. The mother of two belongs to an ultra-conservative religious sect. Before, she…

Everyone’s Favourite Tactical Ally: The Kurds

“Some say that we are at a moment of historical transformation. Some claim that their purpose is to liberate peoples from their oppressors and persecutors. No people have been more persecuted than the Kurds. No nation has known more oppression than the Kurdish nation. Why then are there double standards in such vital questions? Why…

Turkey Is Fighting a Dirty War Against Its Own Kurdish Population

A report from behind the lines, as the PKK resist a ferocious government campaign to crush their uprising. By Jesse Rosenfeld via KQ Cizre, Turkey – The streets here are almost desolate, except for the armored personnel carriers that patrol this war-wrecked Kurdish city. The few children who have recently returned or withstood two and a half months…

“Resistance is Life, Silence is Death”

Cizre Is Like Kobanê and Sinjar Now KQ Exclusive Interview With Faysal Sariyildiz Joint Declaration by Kurdish, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian Parties and Associations on Turkish State Violations Humanity and Fraternity Massacred in Cizre Peoples’ Democratic Party Şırnak deputy Faysal Sarıyıldız has been the only source of information from inside the besieged district of Cızre for the past two…

Free Abdullah Öcalan!

Millions of Kurds view Öcalan as their political representative. His freedom is directly linked to a democratic and peaceful solution to the war in Turkey. By Dilar Dirik Wounded people trapped in basements, civilians burned alive, children shot on the streets, dead women’s bodies stripped naked for display, the Turkish state and army is engaged…

Cholera in Haiti and Africa : The Peacekeepers’ Footprint

By Dady Chery Haiti Chery Like the plantain weed, Plantago major, which so reliably matched the movements of European settlers through North America that it became known as “the white man’s footprint,” the cholera epidemics of the last 15 years have closely followed the growth and trajectories of United Nations troops. Haitians have been infected…

Interview With Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit YPS-JIN

30 January 2016 KQ Formed during the self-rule declarations in North Kurdistan (E/SE Turkey), the armed Civilan Protection Units – Women (YPS-Jin) are growing their organisation day by day with the slogan “we want an equal society” says YPS member Leyla Botan.” We spoke to her about the struggle of Kurdish women behind the barricades…

Turkey’s Foreign Military Bases and Their Threat to Stability

By Wayne Madsen Rather than view with alarm Turkey’s announcement that it is building at least three military bases abroad, the United States and NATO have welcomed Ankara’s move as a contribution to stability. Nothing could be further from the truth. Turkey’s duplicitous fingerprints are all over support for terrorist groups like the Islamic State…

Academics for Peace : “Enemies of the State” in Turkey

About 1,100 Kurdish and Turkish academics signed a letter condemning the ongoing atrocities by the Turkish army. In response, Erdoğan accused them of treason. By Francis O’Connor and Semih Celik I am fine with everything except for imprisonment,” says a recently appointed Assistant Professor from one of the most prominent universities of the country, in…