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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. | 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.

Kurds Drive ISIS Out Of Syria's Kobani

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.27.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and c...

ISIS Re-Enters Kobani Amid Major Assault On Syrian Kurdish Cities

AP | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants launched major attacks in northern Syria on Thursday after a string of recent setbacks, storming government-he...

Sophia Jones

Biggest Obstacle To Kurdish Victory Over ISIS Might Not Be ISIS | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

Fighters with the Kurdish People's Protection Units sit near a checkpoint on the outskirts of the destroyed Syrian town of Kobani on June 20, 2015. ...

Turkey: Hope and Fear

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Two weeks have passed since the legislative elections of June 7 marked a major shift in the recent history of Turkey. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP in Turkish), headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lost its parliamentary majority, declining to 258 out of 550 seats.

Kurdish Fighters Close In On ISIS Stronghold In Syria

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.23.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Kurdish fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tue...

Kurds Make Important Win Against ISIS

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, June 22 (Reuters) - Kurdish-led forces said on Monday that they had captured a military base from Islamic State in Syria's Raq...