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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.

Turkey's President Erdogan Calls Parliamentary Elections

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.24.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called for fresh parliamentary elections, his office said on Monday, in a widely anti...

Is Erdogan 'Wagging the Dog' Against the Kurds in Turkey?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
John A. Tures

In 1997, the movie Wag the Dog told the tale of an American President who created a fictitious war against Albania to distract from domestic scandals, ensuring reelection. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must have seen it, as he's following the same script against the Kurds in order to boost his party's flagging fortunes. But will it work?

Where do Iranian Kurds Fit in Iran's Kurdish policy?

Galip Dalay | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Galip Dalay

A number of analysts and regional experts have propagated the idea of the importance of rapprochement between Iran and Kurds in general and Iran and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in particular.

Turkey Pays Former CIA Director and Lobbyists to Misrepresent Attacks on Kurds and ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Among the U.S. lobbyists for Turkey, perhaps the most questionable is Porter Goss, CIA Director from 2004 to 2006, who has agreed to sell his soul and possibly U.S. national secrets for a fistful of Turkish Liras.

A Turkish Stadium Harbors a Stark Message for Multiculturalism

James Dorsey | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A condemned Turkish stadium harbours a dark warning of the long-term consequences of ethnic cleansing or what Turks euphemistically call the population exchange almost a century ago when Turkey and Greece expelled their respective Greek and Turkish minorities.

Turkey and the Kurdish Corridor: Why the Islamic State Survives

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The history of Tal Abyad is a metaphor of the Syrian civil war and of the ambivalence in the larger motives of the various actors engaged in the ongoing struggle to expel Islamic State (IS) jihadists from the region.

The Fight To Document The ISIS Massacre Of The Yazidis

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.15.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Christoph Wilcke about the...

ISIS Likely Used Mustard Agent In Iraq: U.S. Officials

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 08.17.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - The United States believes Islamic State militants likely used mustard agent in an attack on Kurdish forces i...

ISIS Enshrines A Theology Of Rape

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about t...

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).

Turkey And The Kurds Need An Antwerp Agreement

Stanley Weiss | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

The American agreement with Turkey may bring U.S. drones and bombers a thousand miles closer to ISIS targets. But in the long run, it sets the Kurds back yet again in their dream of independence. As they say in the Arabian peninsula, one should not drink poison to quench a thirst.

Kurdish Militants Target Turkish Military In Suicide Attack

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.02.2015 | World

ISTANBUL, Aug 2 (Reuters) - The Turkish army said two of its soldiers were killed and 31 wounded in an attack overnight by the Kurdistan Workers Par...

Syrian Kurds Accuse Turkey Of Attacks, Ask U.S. For Explanation

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.01.2015 | World

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in ...

The Facebook Feud That Explains The United States' Dilemma in Syria

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S.'s two main partners in Syria have been sniping at each other for months in official statements and media reports, undermining ...

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.

The Only Thing We Know For Sure Is That We Share Tears

Nuri Kino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

My heart is breaking. The cease-fire between the Turkish government and the PKK has been cancelled. My heart is breaking because the country doesn't have a government, because ISIS operates from within the country, and that the tourism industry and thus, Turkey, can be affected financially.

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.

Turkish Prosecutor Launches Probe Against Kurdish Opposition Leader

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.30.2015 | World

ISTANBUL, July 30 (Reuters) - A Turkish prosecutor launched an investigation on Thursday into the head of the pro-Kurdish opposition over accusations...

Why Erdoğan Is Fighting Two Wars -- Against ISIS and the PKK

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Mustafa Akyol

ISTANBUL -- As the tough leader who gave the "terrorists" what they deserve, Erdogan can garner more nationalist votes for his party. Pro-PKK Kurds have lately emerged as the biggest obstacle to Erdogan's dream of drafting a new constitution with an all-powerful "presidential system" tailor-made for him.

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.

A Fragile Peace Between Turkey And The Kurds Is Collapsing

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.29.2015 | World

A fragile ceasefire in Turkey has threatened to fall apart this week, as conflict flared again between the government and the militant 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.

White House To Kurds: Please Just Stay In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

   WASHINGTON -- The Kurds who run their own region in northeastern Iraq should be content with the level of autonomy they have now, the Wh...

A Witch Hunt For Kurdish Politicians Is Brewing In Turkey

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.28.2015 | World

A witch hunt is brewing in Turkey, one that could result in the leading politicians within the country's pro-Kurdish party being sent to jail as terr...