Erdogan supports violence against women in Turkey, women in Syria, Kurds in Afrin, and elsewhere. Will the United States shore up its principles, and match words with action?
Still, being a Kurdish writer is about rebirth and resistance. The precarious life of Kurds has traveled through history and will continue to do so. If I do what I know how to do, at the very least, I can show that even in the age of nation-states, stateless Kurds matter and we are as complicated, important, imperfect, funny, and fascinating as any other group of humans.
Our people survived the authoritarian Syrian regime for decades. We withstood the past decade of war and instability. We battled the invading armies of ISIS. We have weathered a crushing economic collapse in the past year. With our inspiring democratic model, and with our unity and persistence, we can bring water and life back to Hasakah.
The discussion will address the Syrian crisis from the point of view of North and East Syria, focusing on US policy toward the region.
A recently-retired US diplomat has said that “ethnic cleansing” has occurred under the Turkish occupation of North and East Syria. William Roebuck, former Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, made the comments in an interview last week.
Brownstein celebrated both Newroz and Akito with officials from the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), and the local population in Hasakah, Syria.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have now concluded the first stage of the Campaign for Humanity and Security inside Al-Howl camp, often called “The City of ISIS,” completing an effort aimed at finding and arresting those responsible for the public wave of assassinations and violence that has occurred in the camp in the past three months.
An online meeting was held between the Syrian Democratic Council and the Swedish Foreign Minister that underscored the commitment Sweden has made to support the people of North and East Syria.
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In early 2018, the Turkish military invaded Afrin. The Turkish government now occupies the region, which is the site of frequent human rights violations and war crimes.
There are many threads, colors, and materials necessary to create the breathtaking pattern of our society. The region of North and East Syria is a part of the tapestry.
In an exclusive interview with the Syrian Democratic Times, Newroz Ehmed discusses the future of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US military presence in Syria, the women’s movement in Syria, the Kurdish experience, what motivates her on a daily basis, and more.
“If we look on the map, what do we see today?” asked Mohamad. “We can see a divided Syria. But we want a united Syria… We are not looking for separation, we are looking for autonomy. I don’t want to see Syria divided.”
This International Women’s Day, we will celebrate nearly 10 years of resistance and success that no enemy could destroy. We will continue to build our women’s revolution, and hope that we can be a model for women’s inclusion in the future of Syria and the Middle East.
Women from all parts of North and East Syria held events to celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021, despite economic hardship, military occupation, and instability.
Despite inspiring advances, women in the region are currently facing several unique challenges that threaten to reverse their progress. What are the main challenges to women’s rights in North and East Syria?
In North and East Syria, women lead at the highest levels of government thanks to the co-leadership model. They hold these roles not as tokens, but as decision-makers, respected voices, and influential thinkers.
We call upon all the women of the world to join us, to spin dreams of a life of solidarity, to weave a solid and colorful fabric of resistance, because every woman, every child, all people can contribute.
General Mazlum Abdi Kobani, commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, expresses high hopes that US President Joe Biden’s team will proactively address the Syrian crisis in a way that protects the human rights of all Syrians.
Many experts were shocked when The New York Times, one of the most respected news sources in the world, published an article that seemed to say that the Turkish occupation of Afrin had been good for the region, and that Turkey’s brutal land grab was somehow a humanitarian mission.
Six years ago, the Assyrian Christians of the Khabour villages in Syria were undergoing a brutal attack by ISIS. The villagers were brutalized, detained, and held for ransom. Many doubted they would survive the ordeal.
The book, “The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice” also traces the personal stories of several YPJ commanders and other individuals before, during, and after the battle, and offers valuable political, ideological, and historic context for the fight.
Based on prior aid delivery practices, it seems certain that the Assad government will reserve the vaccines for its own government officials and loyalist regions, while leaving other regions of Syria to fend for themselves.
There are some signs emerging on what Biden’s Syria policy may look like. For now, the US military is planning to stay where it is in North and East Syria and in collaboration with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as confirmed by a spokesperson for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Operation Inherent Resolve.
The ongoing situation in Ayn Issa continues to display the chaotic situation that resulted from the abrupt withdrawal of American forces in October 2019 and the Turkish invasion that followed. Turkish, Russian, and regime forces all became major influencers of events in regions of Syria that they previously had very little influence over.
There have been 330 graduates of the University of Rojava, who have graduated in the five years since its founding during times of war, instability, and hardship.
The President of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council, Ilham Ahmed, received a delegation of Belgian parliamentarians in Qamishlo the first week of December 2020. They discussed political and humanitarian issues.
2021 is the year that the people of North and East Syria are calling upon the international community for inclusion in talks on the future of Syria. We ask to be recognized as a key player in the solution to the Syrian crisis.
As 2021 dawns, the AANES remains committed to a peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict through dialog. It remains committed to initiatives to expand true democracy in the region — feminism, religious diversity, ethnic diversity, self-rule, and self-protection.
Since the first day of Turkey’s occupation of Afrin, the horrendous human rights violations against civilians, especially the Kurds, have not stopped, as all immoral and illegal practices are being carried out against the remaining locals who were trapped inside the region.
The number of COVID-19 cases in North and East Syria since the start of the pandemic is now 8,313 cases. Of these cases, there have been 285 deaths. The number of cases continues to climb, and represents a dangerous acceleration in the transmission of the virus.
Little is known about the wellbeing of its 240,000 people. Shehba is in peril, and the international community is not paying attention.
“Erdogan has taken the country in a very bad direction in my view,” said Representative Jim Costa (D-CA). “It’s not the Turkey we knew two decades ago.”
“We call on the Biden Administration to recognize North and East Syria,” said Mohamad.
In Syria, the SDF has played the lead role as a reliable and effective partner for the United States in their war against ISIS and Islamic extremism.
This brings the total number of cases in North and East Syria since the start of the pandemic to 7,824, of which 263 have died. The number of recorded cases is accelerating.
The Syrian Democratic Council held thirteen symposia and a series of public meetings, practicing democracy for the region of North and East Syria.
“Shining a light in the darkest night, the Christmas Tree was lit in the town square in Hasakah, North and East Syria — a remarkable display of the religious freedom and diversity in our region.”
“May our shared democratic spirit and focus on peace and security provide the basis for continued collaboration and cooperation…”
General Mazloum expressed his optimism that the new presidential administration of Joe Biden could be favorable.
The radical inclusion of our co-leadership model is the step that the women of our region needed. No matter what happens to our model, we will endure as an inspiration and an example of what happens when women claim their power.
The total number of cases in the region are at 6,691 since the start of the pandemic. Of this number, 183 have died.
The Syrian Democratic Forces are still keeping the world safe from ISIS — a year and a half after President Donald Trump announced the fall of the “caliphate.”
“As we mark the anniversary of the Turkish invasion of northern Syria on October 9, 2019, the Kurds’ reality remains one of darkness and indeed oppression at the hands of those with designs of empire,” reads the ad.
Nadine Maenza, a commissioner of the USCIRF and a high-ranking US official on religious freedom, was one of the officials in the delegation.
In 2014, the people of North and East Syria fought to defend their homeland, but they also fought for an idea: democracy. Today, the struggle for true democracy continues.
Human rights violations are committed each day. Our people live in fear. The bombs and the violence never stopped. “Ceasefire” seems like nothing more than an empty word, a word that means nothing to Turkey.
Before Turkey and Turkish-backed militias commit even more war crimes and human rights atrocities, uproot our communities, and cause our culture to go extinct, we must have meaningful action from the global community.
The officials discussed ways that the United States can pressure Turkey to withdraw from North and East Syria, support inclusion of North and East Syria in the UNSCR 2254 talks, UN peace talks on the future of Syria, as well as continued support for the intra-Kurdish dialog.
The Commission specifically lists crimes committed by the SNA in the Afrin region and Ras Al-Ain, which are under occupation by the Turkish state.