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Obama's Big UN Week Sunk by Putin's Clever Gambit, Iran's Cold Rebuke, and Multiple U.S. Policy Failures

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

We may look back on this week as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is a particular low point for President Obama.

A Lost Opportunity -- The 1991 Iraq Uprisings

ADST | Posted 10.02.2015 | World

In the days following the decimation of the Iraqi Army during Operation Desert Storm, groups of Iraqi minorities, specifically the Shia in the south and the Kurds in the north, seized on the weakness of Saddam Hussein's armed forces to try and overthrow the Iraqi Baathist regime.


David L. Phillips | Posted 10.02.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

Though the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will win a plurality in Turkey's parliamentary ballot on November 1, the elections mark the beginning of the end for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

First First Things First: Defeat ISIS, Then Deal With Assad

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

To show how Byzantine the already complex Middle East political debate has become, my take on recent developments there will seem counter-intuitive to my long-standing fans (all three of you). For example, I support - gasp! - the recent U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.

Militant Nationalism Is Threatening Turkey's Social Fabric

Galip Dalay | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Galip Dalay

Increasing attacks against ordinary Kurds in the western part of Turkey risks the societal fragmentation of the country, which in turn would encourage political fragmentation and feed into the PKK's narrative as being the sole protector of the Kurds.

Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebels After Deadly Attack

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.07.2015 | World

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish insurgent targets overnight after the militants staged what appeared to be th...

The U.S. Is Betraying the Kurds -- Again

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Turkey's offering Washington a fig leaf of cooperation against the Islamic State, but it's turning all its firepower against the most effective anti-ISIS fighters in the region -- the Kurds.

A Muslim Cleric That America Should Support

John A. Tures | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
John A. Tures

Usually, when Americans hear the term "Muslim cleric," they cringe. Yet there's a Muslim leader who calls for peace and inter-faith dialogue, whose supporters are being rounded up by an increasingly authoritarian leader. Backing the right leader could be the key in the war against ISIS.

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.