Life is sprouting from ruins in Kobanê – Murat Bay

Now I realise better the sincerity when people that we talked with in the tent cities were saying that “We shall return to Kobanê; we can starve, we can eat dirt, it is okay as long as we are at home”. Many people from Kobanê are, in fact, trying to survive within the ruins. Nevertheless, despite everything, they feel a bittersweet joy of being back to their land. In parallel with the ongoing returns to Kob ...

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Kobanê has bidden farewell to a legend: Hardem, also known as Musa the Sniper – Murat Bay

 “He became martyr, but he saved hundreds of lives. Every sniper he has trained will escalate the struggle in his memory. So the hero of Kobanê, Musa the sniper will live forever.” Following the liberation of the city centre of Kobanê, the perception of the general public that the war is over, in a way, isolates the struggle of Kobanê. The clashes persist in a vast area from the town of Sirrin in the south ...

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Women fighters of YPJ: We are trying to extract the essence inside human beings – Murat Bay

Sendika.Org reporter Murat Bay has talked with women fighters of YPJ (Women’s Protection Units) about the war they have waged against not only ISIS, but also patriarchy, feudalism and capitalist system. The roads of Kobanê, whose streets we have taken at the first hours of the day, took us to one of the quarters of YPJ at the foothills of Mistenur. When it was understood that Heval Rengin, that we have aske ...

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Turkish health workers attacked and arrested for protesting dismissals

Police brutally attacked a group of dismissed health workers at the Maltepe university hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday 25 February after they tried to enter the hospital's offices. Protesters set up camp in front of the hospital last December to demand the reinstatement of 98 workers dismissed for demanding higher wages and shorter working hours, and for joining Dev Sağlık-İş - the health union of ...

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New refugees, new needs and one pair of smiling eyes – Murat Bay

Tens of volunteers who came from different places of Turkey and from all around the world have been working in the units in Suruç where now there is the need for new volunteers. For Kobanê people, there are many other needs becoming compulsory with forthcoming winter. Even if one is not be able to do anything else, they are in need of one pair of smiling eyes would relieve their pain… While YPG continues to ...

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Safety at work in Turkey: more (fatal) accidents but improving working conditions

  On 13 May 2013 about 300 mineworkers in Turkey died in the SOMA coal mines. This tragedy sparked international attention for the work safety problems in Turkey as the SOMA disaster is not as unique as one might think. Work related accidents in Turkey are a daily reality for many. In protest against the lack of a clear government policy for workers’ safety; some NGO’s have started weekly rallies prote ...

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Call from the Suruç Crisis Desk: “You will sleep with peace of mind”

In the 67th day of Kobanê war, neither the violence of the ISİS attacks have decreased, nor the border watch protests has lost its originality. And still the problems of the thousands of refugee are unsolved also. Kobanê and Suruç people are standing straight, in spite of the efforts to change the agenda; they are showing their solidarity with demos, events and campaings. The reporter of sendika.org, Murat ...

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