thi wurd presents the launch of James Kelman’s new book ‘The Freedom to Think Kurdistan’ published by thi word: https://twitter.com/thiwurd
9 December 2019|Peace in Kurdistan
Barrister Bill Bowring speaks to journalist Alaettin Sinayic about international law, Turkey’s invasion of Syria, and possible solutions for the Kurdish plight of self-determination.
Bowring is Professor of Law in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London, and a practising barrister at Field Court Chambers, Gray’s Inn. He is well known for his work in the field of human rights and combines his academic work with practice at the Bar, appearing in the European Court of Human Rights, and advising the Council of Europe, European Union, OSCE, United Nations, on human rights, minority rights and related issues. He is Executive Committee Member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales; President of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH); and Founder and Chair of the International Steering Committee, of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC).
8 December 2019|Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
Journalist Alaettin Sinayic speaks to Baroness Christine Blower who has been recently appointed to the House of Lords. They discuss the upcoming general elections as well issues being overshadowed by the constant reference to Brexit, such as health, social care, education, climate justice and the ‘Green New Deal’. She also said that while members of the press may not get what Labour’s Brexit policies are about they are in fact “very clear to anyone who has actually read it”. A Corbyn government will seek to renegotiate the current deal, which the Baroness called “terrible”. Following which there would be another referendum within six months with the newly negotiated “better deal” with a “soft Brexit” or “remain”.
8 December 2019|Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
Jean Lambert has been an active member of the UK Green Party since 1977 and was Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England and Wales from 1992-93 and 1998-99. She was chair of the Green Party Executive in 1994. She has been London’s Green MEP from 1999-2019. Jean has a close working relationship with community groups, NGO’s, trade unions and policy makers across the capital.
In conversation with Burhan Sönmez, Nurcan Baysal, Gökhan Ahi and Maureen Freely
The situation for writers and journalists in Turkey continues to deteriorate and independent media has been all but wiped out and at least 117 journalists are behind bars, making Turkey the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.
The audience heard stories of writers, artists and activists from Turkey who continue their work despite mounting pressure to self-censor. Award-winning writer Burhan Sönmez, investigative journalist Nurcan Baysaland lawyer Gökhan Ahiwill shared experiences of being harassed and imprisoned for their work, and discussed how people in Turkey remain determined to speak out in the face of censorship. The event was
moderated by author, journalist, translator and Chair of English PEN Maureen Freely
Peace in Kurdistan
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Patrons: John Austin, Baroness Blower of Starch Green, former GS NUT, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director, Jill Evans MEP, Desmond Fernandes, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Christopher Gingell, Rahila Gupta, Nick Hildyard, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert, Elfyn Llwyd, Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Ali Gul Ozbek, Former Councillor and Mayor of Haringey; Gareth Peirce, Dr Felix Padel, Maxine Peake, actor, Trevor Rayne, writer, Lord Rea, Joe Ryan, Tony Simpson, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Stephen Smellie, Jonathan Steele, Steve Sweeney, Gianni Tognoni, General Secretary Permanent People’s Tribunal, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward MEP, Hywel Williams MP.
9 November 2019|Lindsey German and Alaettin Sinayic
Convening Chair of Stop the War Coalition Lindsey German sat down with Kurdish journalist Alaettin Sinayic to discuss the founding of the StWC, the illegal invasion of Iraq, and the policies of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They also discuss the potential of a further conflict with NATO and Russia as a result of the Turkish invasion of Syria as well as the “NATO project” more generally and plans of future demonstrations against NATO.
8 November 2019|Alaettin Sinayic
Cambridge University Professor and author Dr. Thomas Jeffery Miley speaks with Journalist Alaettin Sinayic about Turkish state violence, Kurdish resistance and the philosophy of “democratic confederalism” which has been adopted by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the PYD in Syria for the better part of twenty years.
Kurdish song Şivan perwer – ‘Who are we?’
14 November 2019|ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan with Alaettin Sinayic
Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) General Secretary Mick Whelan interviewed by Journalist Alaettin Sinayic. Whelan commented on Brexit, austerity, the importance of having a Labour government and Turkey’s invasion and attacks to North East Syria. He also explains that the 139 year old union campagned against “fascism”, “racism”, and “self-determination”.