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Turkey Detains Pro-Kurdish Leaders As Opposition Crackdown Intensifies

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home

ANKARA - Turkey detained two co-leaders and nine other lawmakers of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) early on Friday over relu...

Time For Kurdexit From Iraq

Delovan Barwari | Posted 09.24.2016 | Home
Delovan Barwari

The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) and the Institute for Media and Political Research (IMPR) in August 2016 conducted a face-to-face survey in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to measure the level of support for independence.

Turkey-Russia Reset? What Is Next?

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 08.11.2016 | Home
Aydoğan Vatandaş

After the end of the cold war, during the Europeanization of the international relations in the region, energy politics played a significant role for Turkish-Russian rapprochement.

In Turkey, You Can Still Attack Armenians in Public: Parliamentarian Garo Paylan in Danger

Christopher Atamian | Posted 05.13.2016 | Home
Christopher Atamian

Armenian Parliament Member Physically Attacked Former AGOS Journalist Garo Paylan, one of three ethnic Armenians in the Turkish Parliament, was attack...

At Least 10 Killed In Fighting Between Turkish Soldiers And PKK

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 05.09.2016 | Home

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed in two days of fighting between security forces and Kurdish militants in Turkey's southe...

"A Void": Coming to Terms with Genocide, 101 Years Later

Christopher Atamian | Posted 05.13.2016 | Entertainment
Christopher Atamian

New Jersey-born oud player Ara Dinkjian travels the world playing Ottoman Armenian music along with a small coterie of like-minded musicians. Raffi W...

Obama Ramps Up Special Forces Mission In Syria Against ISIS

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics

HANOVER, Germany, April 25 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil...

Terrorized Texts: The Iraqi-Syrian Crisis and Its Chilling Effect on Kurdish Publishing

Elizabeth A. Nolan | Posted 03.17.2017 | Impact
Elizabeth A. Nolan

As the Syrian civil war rages into its 6th year, cultural criminality continues. Beneath the headlines, however, ISIS is claiming yet another cultural victim: Kurdish literature and with it, the multi-dialectal Kurdish language.

The Bloody Cost Of Turkey's Crackdown On Kurds

The New York Times | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.31.2015 | Home

ISTANBUL — A major Turkish military operation to eradicate Kurdish militants in Turkey’s restive southeast has turned dozens of urban districts in...

Moving Stories: International Review of How Media Cover Migration

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.26.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they're migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, who the media worldwide have, for the most part, failed to cover accurately, fairly, in a balanced way, and ethically.

Kurds Detail Raid That Killed American Special Operator

McClatchy DC | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home

The call came in late. Drone operators had caught sight of what appeared to be people digging trenches near the central Iraqi town of Hawija, the scen...

Barzani Must Remain President to Lead Kurds out of Crisis

Delovan Barwari | Posted 08.09.2016 | Home
Delovan Barwari

With Iraq and Syria embroiling in bloodshed, the calamity is likely to deepen as Turkey officially entered the war by conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

For History --- How Arab, Turkish, and Persian So-called Intellectuals and Educators Fight the Kurds Thousands of Miles Away From the Homeland

Rashid Karadaghi | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Rashid Karadaghi

The year was 1973. I had already finished my graduate studies in English at UC Santa Barbara and earned a Ph.D. in that field. At that time, I was working on an English-Kurdish dictionary, which I eventually published in 2006 (The Azadi English-Kurdish Dictionary).

Can Turkey Survive Erdoğan?

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Graham E. Fuller

Bottom line: if President Erdoğan's AKP party is able to win big, the entire system of separation of powers in Turkey will likely reach breaking point. Erdoğan will have gained the carte blanche he seeks to mold, shape and steer the state any direction he wants in a semi-legal form of one man rule.

A Two-State Solution for Iraq

Delovan Barwari | Posted 04.26.2015 | Home
Delovan Barwari

The unfolding chaos in Iraq is fundamentally linked to the historic religious and ethnic enmity among its three major ethnic and religious components. The vicious cycle of violence appears to have no end in sight.

Top 7 Myths About Daesh

Juan Cole, Informed Comment | Posted 02.18.2015 | Home

The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western jo...

Why the Syrian Refugee Crisis is the Greatest Humanitarian Disaster of Our Time

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 02.08.2015 | Home
Negar Mojtahedi

Harsh winter weather is fast approaching in the Middle East. If the member states of the United Nations don't do something soon, the world's failure to deal with the catastrophe that is spilling out of Syria's civil war, could soon reach historic proportions.

Iraq Militants Strike Air Base, Seize Oilfields

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2014 | Home

* Mortars hit "Camp Anaconda" * 40 U.S. special operations personnel in Iraq * Government troops battle fighters for con...

The Millennial Solution - Iraq's Peaceful End

Richard Fowler | Posted 08.23.2014 | Home
Richard Fowler

Our generation deserves a meaningful end to a baby-boomer/warmonger created conflict and that end must include rational conversation, not more boots on the ground. The only way to honor the lives of those that have fallen in Iraq is to forge a meaningful peace in the region.

Partition: The Only Viable Solution for the Turmoil in Iraq and Syria

Delovan Barwari | Posted 08.19.2014 | Home
Delovan Barwari

The United States and the other international powers should look beyond short-term strategies for reducing violence and combating terrorism, as the failure in their quest stems from disregarding the underlying issues.

Kurdistan's Recent Election: Its Achievements and Challenges

Delovan Barwari | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Delovan Barwari

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq held its fourth legislative elections on September 21, 2013.

The Man Without A Country

Stewart A. Swerdlow | Posted 12.25.2013 | Politics
Stewart A. Swerdlow

Americans do not know what it is like to live in a country where you are not allowed to be who you are. What would we do if we had to spend each day of life living in fear because of our ethnicity?

The Kurdish Quest in Syria

Delovan Barwari | Posted 11.07.2013 | Home
Delovan Barwari

The tragedy unfolding in Syria will likely provide an opportunity for the Kurds of Syria to achieve their political and cultural rights under a federal democratic system or possibly establishing an independent Kurdish state in the post Assad era.

The Syrian Kurds: A Key Element in the Syrian Conflict

Delovan Barwari | Posted 10.14.2013 | Home
Delovan Barwari

The secular and democratic-leaning elements of the Syrian opposition, including the Kurds, should be supported and the rights of the ethnic and religious minorities must be guaranteed in the post Assad era, as it is the key for the stability of the entire region.

Finding Beauty in a Broken World

Melis Figanmese | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Melis Figanmese

Shocked by its beauty, as the plane landed into the city of Van, in the southeastern region of Turkey, we were engulfed by the bluest of blue water from the lake and snowcapped mountains.