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Another Kurdish political prisoner executed in Iran

The Iranian regime has reportedly executed Kurdish political prisoner Morteza Rahmani.

26 years old Kurdish political prisoner Morteza Rahmani has been executed in Sinê Central Prison at dawn Wednesday morning, reported Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.

Rahmani has been in jail for 6 years for “being a member of one of the opposition parties of Eastern Kurdistan”, and for “murdering two persons from the Revolutionary Guards”.

The Kurdish prisoner was also accused of “enmity against God” and was sentenced to a total of three times execution.

HRANA stated that there was no concrete evidence in the process of Rahmani’s prosecution, noting that his interrogation and trial was held in secret.

Morteza Rahmani, from Tylkou village in Kamyaran town of Eastern (Rojhilat) Kurdistan’s Sinê city, had been jailed in 2011 and sentenced to death penalty in 2013.

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Turkish occupation passes to Kobanî

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The Turkish occupation army passes to Kobanî canton lands amid mobilizing its troops.

Hawar news agency’s reporter stated that the Turkish occupation army passed Kobanî canton lands at 21:30 from two points west of Kobanî which are Siftek and Bobanî villages.

The reporter noted that the Turkish occupation mobilizes its forces on the border and within military points in addition to the two points in Kobanî that they passed to the canton from .

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Funeral ceremony for four YPG internationalist martyrs

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The funeral ceremony for the YPG’s 4 internationalist martyrs, Martyr Demhat Goldman (Robert Grodt from US), Martyr Soro Zinar (Luke Rutter from UK), Martyr Rodi Deysie (Nicholas Warden from US), and Martyr Zafer Qereçox (David Taylor from US) was held this morning in Derik.

Hundreds of people attended the ceremony, which began with a military exercise saluting the martyrs. A minute’s silence was followed by speeches in Kurdish and English.

Mothers carried the photographs of our fallen comrades as the martyrs‘ comrades carried those fallen on their shoulders to the border crossing in Semelka.

A speech was made by Cesur Herekol Israel on behalf of the General Command of the Internationalist Battalion

We publish the speech below:

Every single martyr for us is a promise for the victory. Our struggle against the terrorism of oppression and tyranny is a struggle that is in the name all humanity. Our struggle surpasses borders. We are fighting against the enemies of humanity. Serok Apo who lit the fire of freedom and revolution in Kurdistan once said that the movement is the movement of martyrs. Martyrs are our guides, our compasses, and our inspirations.
With the martyrdom of Şehid Demhat, Şehid Soro, Şehid Rodî, and Şehid Zafer; we renew our promises for victory of freedom and revolution. They have come from lands that are far away and wanted to know about the truth of fire. Through the struggle, they discovered that the fire illuminates, warms, and burns. They revolved around it with their courage and dignity without hesitation and were united with the fire. They are like thousands of others the only ones who know now the truth about the fire and will illuminate our path on the way to victory. In the very presence of them, we promise that we will never deviate from this path.

They have taken their places in the hearts of martyrs’ mothers and of the people of Rojava. We are proud of them. I myself met Şehid Demhat at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York. He was a wonderful comrade and a true revolutionary who met the mother of his now four year old daughter while treating her as a street medic. When their daughter was born, she was called as ‘the child of the revolution.’ When he made the decision to join the Rojava Revolution, he knew that he might have to make the sacrifice he made. For him this sacrifice was not just about fighting fascism in the form of Daesh. It was also about providing peace not only for Rojava but also for all the Middle East and beyond.

When Şehid Soro joined YPG he said that he did this because YPG stands for the best opportunity for peace in the Middle East. He showed a great interest in the subjects and participated actively in the academy. In the collective life of YPG, he always helped his comrades and was respected by all. We have never seen him yelling at someone, complaining about anything. He deeply knew about peculiarities of the Middle East and was always eager to learn new things.

Şehid Rodi had already fought against the enemies of humanity in other parts of the world. But when he came to know about YPG, he also wanted to learn about Rojava Revolution. He was a true disciplined soldier and was a source of inspiration for all his comrades. He was generous in sharing his experiences and was self-giving in sharing responsibilities. He was a source of morale for everyone around him with his joy and sense of humor.

Şehid Zafer was also a wonderful comrade with high ethical and intellectual standards. He was honest and courageous. His integrity was impressive. His humility was inspiring. He had said that ‘The Rojava Revolution is honorable because it wants to grant equal protections and freedoms to women and minorities. This is unique in the region.’ He had gladly taken Qereçox as his second nom de guerre and heroically carried to the end.

We, as their comrades, will always be proud of them and will follow in their footsteps. There are already internationalist comrades who have taken their names. The fire of freedom and peace will continue to flame and spread to the Middle East and beyond. With this hope, courage, and determination; we say again Şehîd Namirin! Bîjî YPG and YPJ! Bîjî Serok Apo!

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Kein Asyl für kurdischen Kämpfer

Ehemaligem YPG-Soldaten droht die Abschiebung in die Türkei

»Man kann niemandem zu Investitionen in ein Land raten, wenn es dort keine Rechtssicherheit mehr gibt und sogar völlig unbescholtene Unternehmen in die Nähe von Terroristen gerückt werden.« Diese Worte sprach der Bundesminister des Auswärtigen, Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), als in der vergangenen Woche die deutsche Türkeipolitik »neu ausgerichtet« wurde.

Trotz der fehlenden Rechtssicherheit, die Gabriel öffentlich anprangerte, sollen nach dem Willen des Bundesamtes für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) auch Oppositionelle weiterhin in die Türkei abgeschoben werden. Dem »nd« liegen Unterlagen vor, die belegen, dass der Asylantrag von mindestens einem bekannten türkischen Oppositionellen – es handelt sich um einen Politiker der linken prokurdischen HDP aus dem Grenzgebiet zu Syrien – abgelehnt wurde. Dem Mann droht die Abschiebung in die Türkei.

Ende Juni wurde zudem der Asylantrag des türkischen Staatsbürgers Cano Boran* abgelehnt, der 2014 in Nordsyrien für die Kurdenmiliz YPG gegen den »Islamischen Staat« (IS) gekämpft hat. Auch das geht aus Dokumenten hervor, die dem »nd« vorliegen. Bekannt gemacht wurde der Fall von dem Menschrechtler Tobias Huch, der darüber am Dienstag auf seiner Facebookseite berichtet hatte. Das BAMF wollte sich trotz mehrmaliger Nachfrage des »nd« in der Sache nicht äußern.

Cano Boran war im Herbst 2015 aus der Türkei nach Deutschland geflohen und stellte hier einen Asylantrag. Er befürchtet, in der Türkei eine mehrjährige Gefängnisstrafe wegen seines Einsatzes für die YPG beim Kampf um die nordsyrische Stadt Kobane absitzen zu müssen. Aus Sicht der Türkei sind die nordsyrische Partei PYD sowie die zu ihr gehörenden Milizen YPG und YPJ Ableger der PKK. Ihre Anhänger werden als Terroristen verfolgt und bekämpft.

Boran sagte gegenüber »nd«, er habe mithilfe zahlreicher Fotos gegenüber dem BAMF seinen YPG-Einsatz belegen können und ihm sei geglaubt worden. Doch spielte das für die Entscheidung der Behörde offenbar keine Rolle. Das BAMF schreibt in dem Ablehnungsbescheid an Boran, dass »bei Wahrunterstellung des Vortrages des Antragstellers bzgl. eines Kampfeinsatzes bei der YPG zur Befreiung der Stadt Kobane dies nicht zu einer Zuerkennung der Flüchtlingseigenschaft führen würde«.

Das BAMF sieht keine »Gefahr für Leib und Leben«. Die derzeitigen humanitären Bedingungen in der Türkei führten »nicht zu der Annahme, dass bei Abschiebung Folter, unmenschliche oder erniedrigende Strafe oder Behandlung droht«. Auch die Verletzung anderer Menschenrechte oder Grundfreiheiten der Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention komme, so das BAMF, »nicht in Betracht«.

Begründet wird dies unter anderem damit, dass Boran vor seiner Ausreise aus der Türkei im Herbst 2015 sich dort noch einen Pass besorgen und die Türkei legal verlassen konnte. Dies belegt aus Sicht des BAMF, dass er nicht von politischer Verfolgung betroffen gewesen sei. Auch heißt es, dem Antragsteller sei es zwischen seiner Rückkehr aus Syrien und seiner Ausreise aus der Türkei 2015 möglich gewesen, in der Türkei wirtschaftlich tätig zu sein, obwohl viele Menschen in seinem Umfeld von seinem YPG-Einsatz gewusst hätten.

Boran gibt als konkreten Fluchtgrund an, er sei ab dem Sommer 2015 mehrmals von türkischen Nationalisten bedroht worden, später habe sein Laden gebrannt. Diese Darstellung hält das BAMF nicht für glaubhaft.

Bemerkenswert an der Begründung der Behörde ist vor allem, dass die Entwicklungen seit dem Putschversuch in der Türkei im Juli 2016 offenbar in die Entscheidung über den Asylantrag überhaupt nicht einbezogen wurden.

Dass seit Sommer 2016 in der Türkei Zehntausende wegen des Verdachts auf Unterstützung einer Terrororganisation verhaftet wurden – darunter Aktivisten von Amnesty International und eine Reihe von Journalisten – scheint für des BAMF keine Rolle zu spielen. So liest sich zumindest die Argumentation, Boran sei 2015 nicht verfolgt gewesen, da er die Türkei legal verlassen konnte, also liege auch heute keine Gefährdung vor.

Brisant ist zudem, dass das BAMF bei der Beurteilung der YPG der Türkei näher ist als etwa den USA. So heißt es in dem Bescheid an Boran, dass »repressive oder präventive Maßnahmen«, die der Staat zur Abwehr des Terrorismus ergreife, nicht flüchtlingsschutzrelevant seien, wenn sie »demjenigen gelten, der Unterstützungsmaßnahmen vornimmt oder sich terroristisch betätigt«.

Für die von den USA angeführte Anti-IS-Koallition, der auch die Bundesrepublik angehört, ist die YPG einer der wichtigsten Verbündeten. Als stärkster Teil der kurdisch-arabischen Militärallianz SDF trägt sie seit Jahren die Hauptlast im Kampf gegen die Dschihadisten in Syrien. Die USA unterstützen die YPG mit Waffen und unterscheiden – anders als die Türkei – zwischen PYD und PKK.

Die Bundesrepublik ist hingegen seit dem Ausbruch des Syrienkonflikts auf Distanz zur YPG gegangen. Sie unterstützt nur die irakisch-kurdischen Peschmerga, die ebenfalls den IS bekämpfen. Zwischen syrischen und irakischen Kurden gibt es stellenweise Kooperation, aber auch Auseinandersetzungen. So unterliegt Syrisch-Kurdistan einem Embargo seitens der irakischen Autonomen Region Kurdistan.

Die Bundesregierung verschärfte im März dieses Jahres das Vorgehen gegen PYD und YPG in Deutschland. So verbot das Innenministerium das öffentliche Zeigen von YPG-Symbolen. Die betroffenen Symbole würden – so eine Erklärung der Behörde – von der »PKK ersatzweise für ihre Zwecke verwendet«. Diese ist – anders als die PYD – in Europa illegal. Die Gesetzesverschärfung war von verschiedenen Seiten als Zugeständnis an die Türkei kritisiert worden.

Die nun bekannt gewordenen Fälle abgelehnter Asylanträge erwecken den Eindruck, das BAMF berücksichtige die von der Bundesregierung öffentlich kritisierte Verfolgung Oppositioneller in der Türkei nicht bei seinen Entscheidungen. Die Begründung des BAMF im Fall Boran steht im Gegensatz zu den Worten Sigmar Gabriels von vergangener Woche.

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David Taylor ( Zafer Qereçox )

Latest international fighter to fall fighting ISIS with the Kurdish revolutionary forces is David Taylor from Florida, USA.

Rest in Peace

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Turkish state terror against Kurds

Salute to the Martyrs on the Fifth Anniversary of the Rojava Revolution

Today, July 19th marks the fifth anniversary of the Rojava Revolution. In commemoration, we, from the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement and Rojava Solidarity NYC, would like to extend our insurgent greetings. It is impossible to quantify the importance of the revolution for the Kurdish freedom struggle, for women’s liberation, the anti-state struggle, and for the larger drive for revolution globally. But in the annals of history we are certain that this revolution will be recognized at the forefront of the most important moments in revolutionary history.

Through decisive battles against Daesh in Kobane, the liberation of the Yazidis in Shengal, the eventual liberation of Raqqa, and the coming defeat of the reactionary Turkish state, armed forces have carved out a path for dignity.

The Democratic Confederalist movement, with its roots in feminism, anti-capitalism, anti-state struggle, and multiplicity have constructed the revolutionary paradigm of our day. With these pillars it is of utmost importance for anarchists to participate, learn, and fight.

As you walk, we will walk with you, and as you fight we will fight. It is through the path of shared struggle, that the Rojava Revolution will spread beyond national confines and become truly international as it ushers in a new period for the world. It is here that as anarchists we will begin eradicating borders, overthrowing capitalists regimes, and fighting against all racist, patriarchal and colonial states.

It is in this vein that we offer revolutionary salutes to those we have come to know as comrades through their martyrdom. Today we mourn the recently fallen comrade Shehid Demhat Goldman, also known as Robert Grodt, who was recently martyred in battle. Comrades on the front all spoke highly of Demhat and we here in NYC will make sure his name lives on in history.

Revolutionary salute to the martyrs Paolo Todd. Michael Israel, and Jordan MacTaggart. Through their sacrifice the struggle for revolution continues.

The fallen, from all backgrounds and identities, demonstrates the potential for true international solidarity. From Ivana Hoffman and Abu Layla, to Mehmet Yoldaşh and Arin Mirkan, we must honor their bravery and memorialize the joining of people in this fight for world revolution.

As our objectives unite, our fighters live and die together, and the fate of our struggles become intertwined making international revolution a viable option once again.

We send our greetings to comrades in the IRPGF, the IFB, the YPG, the YPJ, the SDF and all revolutionary forces in Rojava.

Long live the Revolution!
Long live anarchism!
Martyrs are Immortal!

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Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement

Rojava, 5 Year Birthday

On the 19th July 2012, The Peoples Protection Unit liberated the city of Kobanî, signalling the beginning of the Rojava Revolution. The Social revolution which will shape the future of the region. Happy Birthday.


Ari Murad

First, a Symbol of Occupy Wall Street. Then He Waded Into Syria

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Robert Grodt was a volunteer medic at the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011, when he pulled Kaylee Dedrick, who had just been pepper-sprayed in the face, out of the crowd to treat her.

The pair quickly hit it off, and when video of Ms. Dedrick being sprayed in the face captured the world’s attention, the spotlight turned to their budding romance. They again garnered media attention the next year, when they had a daughter — quickly nicknamed “Occubaby” — because she was conceived in the protest camp in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park where the pair had been camped out.

But then he made a dangerous decision that few young Westerners have made — joining a Kurdish militia fighting in the Syrian War.

On Monday, Kurdish fighters announced that Mr. Grodt died on the outskirts of Raqqa, Syria.

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Robert Grodt, who died fighting with Kurdish forces in Syria, with Kaylee Dedrick and their daughter, Teagan. The couple met during an Occupy Wall Street protest. Credit Photo provided by Tammy Grodt

Mr. Grodt, 28, had no military training and no previous connection to Syria. But he found himself on the front line of one of the most dangerous conflicts in the world.
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“Rob felt strongly enough that he was willing to risk and ultimately give his life,” said Ronald L. Kuby, a civil rights lawyer who met Mr. Grodt and Ms. Dedrick at the Occupy protest. “It was a powerful vision.”

Mr. Grodt’s family was told of his death by the State Department on Friday, said his mother, Tammy Grodt, but has few details on the circumstances of his death.

What they do have are two videos featuring Mr. Grodt and posted by the Kurdish militia he joined, the People’s Protection Units, known as Y.P.G. One clip posted in June details his rationale for joining the group; the second was released on Tuesday when the Y.P.G. announced he had been killed.

In the video, Mr. Grodt says he joined the militia because he was committed to the Kurdish independence movement. Kurds, members of a stateless ethnic group, have been fighting for autonomy in the region for decades.

“My reason for joining the Y.P.G. was to help the Kurdish people in their struggle for autonomy,” Mr. Grodt says. He also says he wants to fight ISIS.

The Y.P.G. has become a major player in the Syrian conflict, making up the bulk of coalition ground forces fighting the Islamic State in parts of the country. Although the coalition is backed by the United States, many of the Y.P.G. leaders have roots in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., which is on the State Department’s list of foreign terror organizations.

The coalition has pushed closer to the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in recent weeks, trying to wrest the city from the extremist group.

Mr. Grodt’s mother said she saw her son’s decision to join the militia as an extension of a life spent fighting for what he saw as a noble cause, and a penchant for fighting for the oppressed.

She remembered when he told her that he was hitchhiking across the United States from his home in California to join the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York.

“It was hard to let him go,” she said. “I wasn’t against it but I did tell him, ‘You are a braver, more adventurous person than I am.’ He was a medic for the movement, so it was not just to be there to cause upset. He was there for the solutions.”

She said that in Syria, he hoped to be part of reconstruction of areas destroyed during battle, and he wanted to raise awareness for the Kurdish cause.

Mr. Grodt’s sister, Meghann Conforti, said he had explained to her that he would be on the front line, information he initially kept from his mother.

After Mr. Grodt left the United States, he kept in sporadic contact with his family over Facebook and Skype, and he often spoke with Ms. Dedrick and their daughter.

On the same day that it announced Mr. Grodt’s death, the Y.P.G. announced the death of two other foreign fighters: Nicholas Alan Warden, an American, and a British citizen, Luke Rutter.

Mrs. Grodt said she last spoke to her son in May. The recent intensifying of fighting in the region had made it harder for him to get in touch, she said.

The clip offers a final message to his family.

“Just know that I love you all, and there is a lot that goes unsaid,” Mr. Grodt says, before directly addressing his 4-year-old, Teagan. “To my daughter, I am sorry that I am not there.”

The New York Times

YPG international

They will never be forgotten and in our minds and hearts, our stories and our fight against the enemy,they will live forever.

Şehîd Namirin




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