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Global Rights International Magazine Issue #7
ROJAVA: THIS PROJECT CANNOT HAPPEN
RADICAL DEMOCRACY, DEMOCRATIC CONFEDERALISM
VICTIMS ARE NOT NUMBERS…
THE LAW OF THE STRONGEST AND THE LAW OF REASON
THE PHOTOS IN THIS ISSUE
Banos Film Project
NEW TURKISH OFFENSIVE IN ROJAVA: THE ROLE OF RUSSIA AND THE US
SYRIAN NATIONAL ARMY: MERCENARIES FOR TURKEY
WHO ARE THE TERRORISTS
INTERVIEW WITH SAHOZ HESEN, PYD CO-CHAIR
CULTURE, ONE OF THE PILLARS OF DEMOCRATIC CONFEDERALISM
MERYEM KOBANE: THE OCCUPATION OF SEREKANIYE, TURKISH VENDETTA
TEMELLI: TURKEY IS WITNESSING A POLITICAL COUP
Victims are not numbers…
As we are going to print the devastating and disturbing images of yet another massacre carried out by Turkey are reaching us.
This time the victims are the youngest. Eight children between 3 and 15 years old hit while playing in their school yard. A school opened in exile. Because these children had fled from the Turkish aggression in Afrin, their city, in March 2018.
In Til Rifat, helped by the Autonomous Administration, they had begun to laboriously reconstruct an appearance of “normality”. Opening the school for the Autonomous Administration was a crucial point in order to restore that “normal” life these children had lost.
But the “normality” did not last long. On December 2, the lives of these children were wiped out. The verb is hard, but unfortunately it dramatically expresses well the contempt of life constantly reaffirmed by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. On 9 October 2019, the new Turkish operation against the Federation of North East Syria began.
Accomplices of this extermination operation, everyone. The United States, which gave the green light to the attack by suddenly withdrawing its troops by order of President Donald Trump. Russia, which plays on several tables, always to the detriment of all the different peoples living in the territories of Syria.
The European Union that timidly protested in the face of the violence of the mercenaries in the pay of Erdogan. The UN, which is really pathetic in its “demand” for respect for human rights. As if F-16, armed drones, tanks, bombs, were something intelligent. And above all as if the goal of war was not annihilation …
Faced with this new massacre of the Kurdish people and the populations with mythical names that inhabit the north-east of Syria and Rojava, the Assyrians, the Armenians … only the voice of those who protest at this injustice remains.
This issue of Global Rights Magazine joins the chorus of those who are lining up alongside the Kurdish people.
We persist, paraphrasing Antonio Gramsci, in refusing indifference. For this reason we continue to denounce the crimes of the Turkish government against Rojava and the north-east of Syria but also against the Kurdish population inside Turkey and all those who oppose the government of the “new Sultan”.
And we also denounce Ankara’s continuing attacks on northern Iraq, South Kurdistan. And we denounce the Kurdistan Regional Government for the timid objections to the increasingly heavy attacks and incursions into Iraqi territory.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel met in London at the side of the NATO summit on 3 December. The meeting ended in a stalemate, as explained in the often contradictory statements on the encounter issued by the four heads of state. If for Erdogan the meeting was “positive” for Macron “the uncertainties of the beginning” remain and for Merkel “there is a need for more meetings”. The next meeting will be in February and will again involve the four heads of state.
Meanwhile, international solidarity must make its voice heard more than ever.
Because the death of the children of Til Rifat and all other civilians (over 200 as to 4 December) cannot be “only” and once again another macabre number.
This issue is dedicated to the general secretary of the Party of the Future of Syria, Hevrin Xelef, brutally murdered by mercenaries in the pay of Turkey on 12 October 2019 and to the victims of Til
Mihmed Ali (11 years old),
Mistefa Mihmed (10 years old), Mihmed Haci (7 years old),
Arif Cafer (6 years old),
Imad Ehmed (9 years old),
Abdul Fetah (3 years old),
Semir Abdurihman (12 years old), Mihmed Adulriham (15 years old), Hisên Abdulha Kildedo (74 years old), Ali Mehmud Osman (63 years old)
The authors of this issue:
Journalist with the news agency firat news. lives in Rojava. He was director of the newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi.
Journalist. She worked for the newspaper il manifesto for 25 years. is co-editor together with sergio segio of the online magazine www.globalrights.info. She writes for the Basque newspaper Berria. She edited for the English publisher Comma Press (www.commapress.co.uk) The Book of Havana. Soon to be published again for Comma Press Kurdistan +100 and the Book of Venice.
Journalist of the news agency firat news. He also worked for the press agency Dicle.
Author of several books on Basque-Spanish politics, he has been following politics in Bakur Kurdistan and Rojava for several years through conferences, articles and solidarity projects. Currently collaborates with the association Threatened peoples – gesellschaft für bedrohte völker in Bolzano-Bozen.
Creator and editor of the sixteen volumes of the Global Rights Report.
In the nineties he promoted and directed the monthly magazines “Narcomafie” and “Fuoriluogo”.
In 2001, after the events of the G8 in Genoa, he promoted and directed the online information agency “Testimoni di GeNova”.
Since 2003 he has been the director of the non-profit association, società informazione for which he designed and created the report on Global Rights.
He promoted and directed the websites www.dirittiglobali.it and www.globalrights.info. Since 2015 he has founded the international online magazine “Global Rights”, which he co-edit together with Orsola Casagrande.
Who we interviewed in this issue:
Since September 2017 he is the co-president of the PYD (Democratic Union Party). He was a member of the Democratic Society Movement (Tev-Dem), the civil society organization that carried out and led the most important changes since the victory of the Revolution of Rojava in 2012.
The commander of the YPJ during the siege of Kobane. The city had been attacked by the Islamic State in September 2014 and was freed by the YPJ and YPG in January 2015.
He is co-president of the TEV-ÇAND cultural center in Kobane.
Born in istanbul in 1963. From 11 February 2018 he is co-president of the HDP, the Peoples’ Democratic Party together with Pervin Buldan. Temelli is a founding member of the HDP and was a deputy for the second constituency in Istanbul from June to November 2015.
Before being elected co-president of the HDP in the third ordinary party congress, he was deputy president responsible for economic policy.
Temelli has a degree and a doctorate in finance and has taught political science and public policy at the university of istanbul.
the growing team
editors: sergio segio – orsola casagrande
editorial team: maider varela – jm arrugaeta – bibi bozzato – azad evdike
serkan demirel – ednan osman hesen – ersin çaksu – berna ozgencil – yado uzun
félix julio alfonso lópez – vroni plainer – simona malatesta – mauro guglielminotti – seamas carraher – marcia lynx qualey – petra probst
photos: banos film serekaniye ANF news agency – www.firatnews.com