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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 07.31.2015 | 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...

Robert Fisk: Almost Everyone Has Betrayed The Kurds

The Independent | Annum Masroor | Posted 07.28.2015 | World

The Kurds were born to be betrayed. Almost every would-be Middle East statelet was promised freedom after the First World War, and the Kurds even sen...

Turkey's Erdogan Says 'Not Possible' To Continue Peace Process With Kurdish Militants

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.28.2015 | World

ANKARA, July 28 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday it was impossible to continue a peace process with Kurdish militants and...

Turkey Bombs Syria

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Jeff Danziger

Who am I supposed to bomb?

Turkey Accused Of Bombing Kurdish Fighters In Syria

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.27.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Turkish troops have shelled a Syrian village near the border, targeting Kurdish fighters who have been battling the Islamic State grou...

Car Bomb Kills Turkish Soldiers In Mainly Kurdish Province

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.26.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A car bomb struck a military vehicle in southeast Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding four others in an attack blam...

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.

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 07.23.2015 | 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).

Iraq Is Not Iraq Anymore

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

If America doesn't have the stomach for such an open-ended commitment -- and honestly, it's hard to imagine a successful candidacy for the White House in 2016 built around the theme, "Let's Re-invade Iraq" -- the options get much more limited. But there are three things that would make a difference.

Has Turkish Democracy Won in Turkey's June 7 Election?

Galip Dalay | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Galip Dalay

Many interpreted the result of Turkey's June 7 general election as a major defeat for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK party) and creeping authoritarianism, and a welcome victory for democracy.

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.

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year.

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Turkey is headed in a dangerous direction, toward a corrupt, authoritarian state. The country needs an Arab Spring of sorts, but within the democratic process. An electoral revolution, not a street putsch. The use of the rule of law to end an illiberal government. The ballot box must make political power accountable.