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Breeding Intolerance: Turkish Soccer Fans Disrespect Islamic State Victims

James Dorsey | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Turkish fans twice in two months disrupted moments of silence for victims of Islamic State attacks in Ankara and Paris in a demonstration of the kind of intolerance bred by religiously-cloaked authoritarianism in countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Chalabi's Final Victory in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It says a lot about man's record in life, that within hours of his death he is widely proclaimed to have shifted the course of history, even though he was never a head of state.

Turkey's Election Was Soaked in Suppression and Blood

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

What makes Turkey's authoritarianism, especially the AKP's, so hard to battle, is that it is covered with a thin layer of democracy. Elections are being held, the turnout is high, no wide range fraud was reported, four parties made it into parliament. But the campaign was all but democratic, given the government's violence, further control over the press and detention of opposition politicians.

Unity Is the Only Way Out for a Troubled Turkey

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 10.20.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

In these dark days, for many analysts what happened on Oct. 10 in Ankara was the end of the Turkish Republic. Not in the sense of the territorial integrity of the country, but the rage and polarization among different groups.

Kurdistan's Slow Rolling Coup d'état

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

A capital city in Iraq is in turmoil. The government has been hit hard by collapsing oil prices and is under pressure from an array of activist groups to reveal the fate of missing oil revenues, and be far more transparent.

Only a Truly New Turkey Can Shed Light on Ankara Massacre

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

A radical break with the past is the only way to provide the families of the Ankara massacre victims with the answers they deserve. The current state can't properly and convincingly investigate the political murders committed against its citizens. Only a truly new Turkey, based on pluralistic citizenship, can.

Hello, My Name Is Luay. I Was A Refugee

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Once upon a time I was a refugee who, unlike many of my relatives, was fortunate to escape persecution and genocide. Despite the refugee crisis being the largest humanitarian one since World War II, the UN has done little other than decry Europe's belated and confused response to the problem.

Turkish Soccer Supports Erdogan's War Against the Kurds

James Dorsey | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities designed to enhance the prospects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party in forthcoming snap elections.

Barzani Must Remain President to Lead Kurds out of Crisis

Delovan Barwari | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
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).

Abadi's Momentous Gambit Against Political Corruption in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 08.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It seems that the 12 years' crescendo of politicization, sectarianism and mismanagement has finally reached its climax. The mid boiling temperature of Iraq's sweltering summer and daily terrorist attacks did not stop the masses from coming out and saying enough is enough.

Kurdish Militants Attack Police In Turkey

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.11.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials say Kurdish rebels have fired at a police vehicle in southern Turkey, killing a policeman and wounding another...

Iraq's Kurds Ask PKK Rebels To Withdraw

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.01.2015 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Kurdish regional government called on the Kurdish Worker's Party to "withdraw" from Iraq's Kurdish territory Saturday to preve...

Iraq's Kurds Want A Ceasefire Between Turkey And The PKK

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iraq's embattled Kurds feel trapped by the resurgent conflict between Turkey and the militant Kurdish PKK movement and would like ...

Selling Out the Kurds

Stephan Richter | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Stephan Richter

The U.S. military is now helping Turkey's hardliners achieve their goals against the very Kurdish fighters whose close coordination with U.S. bombers have pushed ISIS back from Kobane and disrupted its supply lines.

Turkey's Dark Future

David L. Phillips | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

Erdogan wants Turks to blame others for the country's problems. However, there will be a tipping point when they blame Erdogan for mismanaging Turkey's affairs, endangering its security and turning a blind eye to criminal profiteering by his friends and family.

Erdogan Is Pursuing Turkish Self-Interests, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish President's self-serving fake war against terrorism could have the tragic consequence of escalating the violence throughout Turkey and neighboring countries. If Ankara is truly interested in countering the Jihadists, it should have done that long ago, instead of arming and abetting ISIS and other terror groups.

The Kurdish Elephant

John Feffer | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
John Feffer

The more chaotic things get in the Middle East, the more power and territory Kurds can control. But the more power and territory they control, the greater the fear in Tehran, Ankara, and Baghdad that the Kurds will create greater Kurdistan.

Here's What's Behind Erdoğan's New Airstrikes -- And Why They Could Backfire

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly attacked ISIS in Syria. Why now? Just what is going on? There may not be any coherent strategy, but here's what I think are the key issues driving policy.

A Support Network Among Yazidi Women

Taban Shoresh | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Taban Shoresh

Freda, 19, expected August 3rd last year to be a day full of household chores in Sinjar where she lived with her family. Instead, it marked the beginning of a horrific nightmare with the arrival of Daesh (ISIS). Fleeing was not an option for the family. It was too late. They were surrounded by Daesh before they could do anything.

Kurds Demonstrate In Paris Against Turkey's Airstrikes And ISIS

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.25.2015 | World

 PARIS (AP) — More than 1,000 Kurds and leftist Turks have marched in Paris to protest airstrikes by Turkey on Kurdish militant camps in ...

In Iraq and Syria, Kurdistan Fighting ISIS Isn't Exactly Prince Charming

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

It turns out that the Kurds aren't our perfect match. They will be no exception to the trend, with their massive human rights violations, political conflict with Syrians and Iraqis, and destabilizing role in the Middle East.

The US Senate Fails Those Who Fight ISIS on Behalf of the World

Rashid Karadaghi | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Rashid Karadaghi

While the Kurds applaud wholeheartedly the vote by the fifty-five Senators who supported arming the Kurdish Peshmerga directly in their courageous fight against one of the biggest evils facing humanity today, they deplore the vote by the forty-five who voted against the measure.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Congress Voted Against Directly Arming Iraq's Kurds. Here's What That Means For The ISIS Fight. | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's strategy for combating the extremist Islamic State group is still evolving. But for some members of Congress on...

Yazidi Youth Protests Through His Art

Raza Rumi | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Raza Rumi

Recently, I came across a young Ezdi, Nasser H. Kassow from Shingal (Sinjar) who is a student of English at a University in Zakho. Kassow had tweeted some of his impressionistic paintings on the state of Yazidis. As we engaged on social media, I interviewed him via Skype to know a little more about his work.

Kurds Strongly Deny Ethnic Cleansing Accusations In Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.15.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters captured large sections of a strategic town on the Syria-Turkish border on Monday, dealing the biggest se...