Beyond the Noise: Nato's new war, the Kurds, resistance and solidarity
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to the heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.
IN this week’s podcast, Jamieson speaks to Stephen Smellie, trade unionist and co-convener of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan about Turkey's invasion of northern Syria and parts of the Kurdish territories following US military withdraw.
Trump green-lights Turkish invasion of NE Syria and the destruction of hope
Sarah Glynn, co-convener of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, argues that the United States’ backing of a Turkish offensive into Syria must be opposed
I’M terrified for my friends and for all that they have done to establish a beacon of hope in their corner of the Middle East – and I’m terrified for a world that can blithely contemplate their extinction.
Sarah Glynn: Hope Vs fascism in Syria and Iraq
Sarah Glynn of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan says that while all eyes are on Iran, Turkey massing troops on the Syrian border spells real danger of an extension of its war on the Kurds, in a region where many external powers are jockeying for control
LAST Friday [19 July] was the seventh anniversary of the Rojava revolution, when the Kurds established autonomous control in northern Syria.
Sarah Glynn: Erdoğan has been humiliated by Istanbul election re-run defeat
Sarah Glynn, Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan activist, looks at the re-run of Turkey’s mayoral election on Sunday [23 June], which has led to a humiliating defeat for authoritarian Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
ON SUNDAY, the voters of Istanbul made history. For the second time in less than three months, they elected as mayor, Ekrem Imamoğlu, of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), decisively ending twenty-five years of Justice and Development Party (AKP) control.
Sarah Glynn: Erdoğan’s little helper - Why is Facebook censoring Kurdish solidarity?
Sarah Glynn from Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, who has had her Facebook account shut down along with other activists, says the social media giant’s policy of censoring Kurdish solidarity is actively suppressing attempts to hold Turkey’s authoritarian regime to account
Turkey, Spain and Britain: The radicalisation of hegemonic nationalisms
In the final contribution to our week of special coverage on international self-determination movements, Rhiannon Davies explores the nationalisms of hegemonic states, and how they can be radicalised in opposition to autonomy and independence movements
ONE of the more alarming outcomes of yesterday’s Spanish election was the arrival of Vox into the Spanish Parliament, and international consciousness. Their 24 seats is the first time a far-right party has won more than a single seat in congress since the death of dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.
STUC supports Kurdish hunger strikers
Sarah Glynn from the Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan campaign group reports on the support for Kurdish hunger strikers in the Scottish Trade Union Congress.
From the mention of Welsh Kurdish hunger striker Imam Sis in Lynn Henderson’s presidential opening speech, the Kurds featured prominently at this week’s Scottish Trade Union Congress.
Sarah Glynn: Turkish thumbs down to Erdoğan – thanks to Kurdish election strategy
Sarah Glynn, Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan activist, analyses the local elections in Turkey, which have seen President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suffer a serious setback
YESTERDAY’S [31 March] Turkish election may only have been for regional control, but the one thing on which everyone is agreed is its importance. Although President Erdoğan was not himself up for election, he put himself at the centre of the campaign, with a frenetic programme of election rallies that demonstrated his belief that the vote is a referendum on his leadership.
Write a letter in support of the Kurdish hunger strikers
Sarah Glynn from Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan provides a model letter for supporters of the aims of the Kurdish hunger strikers to send to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture over the imprisonment and isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan