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Turkish Soccer Body Penalizes Kurdish Club Amid Mounting Tensions

James Dorsey | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Turkish Football Federation (TFF) decision to penalize a third tier soccer club in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir for adopting a Kurdish name reflects mounting tension in south-eastern Turkey.

Setting Benchmark in Battle for Statehood: Palestine Plays in Asian Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 01.02.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Palestine has set a new benchmark for nations like the Kurds and the Kosovars who see soccer as a key part of their toolbox to achieve statehood with its qualification for this month's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup even if the Palestinian road to statehood is increasingly pockmarked by seemingly insurmountable barriers.

The World Needs Moralistic Politics

Delovan Barwari | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Delovan Barwari

The calamity that unfolded following the Syrian uprising in 2011 and the rise of ISIS following its blitzkrieg advance across a large swath of territories in Iraq and Syria has led to one of the most devastating humanitarian crisis in the history of mankind.

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Danny Postel | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Danny Postel

Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.

Jinn, Sex, Atheism Strike Egyptian Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.22.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

In today's topsy-turvy environment, all bets are off. Rather than focus on critical upcoming legislative elections and a major conference to help attract investments to Egypt's struggling economy, TV channels seem sidelined by matters that raise eyebrows and questions given their timing.

From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy

James Dorsey | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

More than than three years into Syria's brutal civil war, Syrian Kurds have carved out an entity of their own close to the border with Turkey.

Kurdish Iraqi Forces Launch Operation Against ISIS In Sinjar

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Two Leading Iraqi Kurdish Groups Fighting The Islamic State To Be Taken Off U.S. Terror List

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two of the leading political parties representing the Middle East's stateless Kurdish population will soon be removed from a U.S. list o...

Iraq Reaches Major Oil Deal With Kurds

AP | VIVIAN SALAMA | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government on Tuesday reached a deal with the Kurdish local authorities in the country's north to exchange oil from the aut...

Let's Make Bitcoin the Biggest Humanitarian Tool the World Has Ever Seen

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Lorelei Kelly

As the information revolution continues to redistribute power from centralized hierarchies to individuals and communities, the impact of this redistribution is often unpredictable.

Iraq's Internet Is Almost All Under Kurdish Control

Reuters | Posted 11.27.2014 | World

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's reliance on Kurdistan for Internet connectivity due to Baghdad bureaucracy has put the northern ...

Why the Kurdish Fight for Women's Rights Is Revolutionary

Nazand Begikhani | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Nazand Begikhani

While the courage, audacity and resistance of Kurdish women fighters combating Islamic State jihadists in Kobani have made headlines in the last few months, Kurdish women have marked another revolutionary step by passing an equality decree that could guarantee their own rights within family and society.

TentEd in Iraq; Interviews and Winter Edition

Stacy Bare | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Stacy Bare

Since the first TentEd visit to Kurdistan, a lot has changed in the region so I sat down with its co-founder Zack recently to find out what he sees has been accomplished and what he thinks he can get done with another visit to the region.

Kobane: Hunger Strikes and Air Strikes

John Feffer | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

The administration is desperate to find a balance: air strikes but no (or few) boots on the ground, attacks on ISIS but no inadvertent bolstering of the Assad regime, assembling a coalition of Arab states against ISIS but trying to prevent some of these states from funding extremist factions on the ground, and so on.

Kurdish Soccer Team Sparks Swedish FA Ire Over Battle for Kobani, Sparks Debate on What Is Politics?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The dispute over the nature of Dalkurd's support for Kobani raises the question of what the border line is, if there is one, between humanitarian and political aid to groups in distress as a result of conflict as well as the double standards applied by some Western nations.

The Abu Dhabi Diaries: From A to B, With Great Arab Cinema in Between

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.27.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This year, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival feels extra special.

U.S. Reaps Iraqi Whirlwind: Washington Should Get Out Before It's Too Late

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration's Iraq policy has failed. The U.S. is more entangled in conflict and war; Americans have been killed in retaliation for Washington's intervention; the Islamic State is still advancing; U.S. allies continue to free ride on America; Washington hopes to square a nonexistent circle in Syria.

Turkey Would Oppose U.S. Arms Transfers To Kurds

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkey wouldn't agree to any U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic militants in Syria, President Rec...

Fierce Fighting Resumes Against ISIS In Kobani

AP | By SUZAN FRASER and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 12.13.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO allies Turkey and the United States differed Monday on where they stand on the use of a key air base, with Turkish offici...

Kurds Halt Islamic State Militant Advance In Kobani, Say Activists

AP | LEFTERIS PITARAKIS | Posted 12.12.2014 | World

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish fighters have been able to halt the advance of the Islamic State extremist group in the Syrian border town of Kob...

The Role Of The Kurds In The Fight Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.11.2014 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Peter W. Galbraith on the r...

Kurds Protesting Across Europe Ask For Help Against ISIS

AP | SUZAN FRASER and ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 12.07.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish protesters clashed with police in Turkey leaving at least 14 people dead and scores injured Tuesday as demonstrators i...

Turkish President Says Syrian Town Under Islamic State Siege Is About To Fall

Reuters | Posted 12.07.2014 | World

(Reuters) - Turkey's president said the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani was "about to fall" as Islamic State fighters pressed home a three-week assault ...

Kurds Clash With ISIS In Fierce Fighting Over Syrian Border Town

Reuters | By RYAN LUCAS and LEFTERIS PITARAKIS | Posted 12.06.2014 | World

By Daren Butler MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Street fighting raged between Kurdish defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced int...

Amidst Claims of Intelligence Failure, Has Obama Found the Key to Defeating ISIS? (Or Is That an Illusory Goal?)

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What is the center of gravity for this 21st century hybrid outfit ISIS? Has the administration identified a center of gravity? And if so, is its assessment correct? It's all more than a bit unclear, as you'll see.