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The "Three Turkeys": Making Sense of 30 March Local Elections

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 04.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Umut Özkırımlı

The message these elections have hammered home, and here the "context" does matter, is the apparent lack of willingness on the part of these groups to continue to live together.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 2)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

This is a continuation of my conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, who I met just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time f...

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 1)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I met Faisal Saeed Al Mutar recently, just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time from Iraq. Both of us grew up in Middle Eas...

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Flag on Dorm Room Wall Signifies Resilience of Kurdish People

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Kathleen Buckstaff

When does a country become a country? Is it when the United Nations deems it so, or is it when an 18-year-old hangs a flag on his dorm room wall?

Walking Towards the Sun God

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

We venture into the Tektek Mountains, a curious title for a desert landscape of nomads, desolate temples and ruins of empires long past. But no mountains. We are in the midst of a seven day walk-and-talk journey with seven friends exploring the Abraham Path in southeastern Turkey.

A Gathering at the Home of the Friend

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

The slogan: "the cradle of civilization," is often used to promote travel to ancient places, but nowhere is the term more fitting than here.

Kurdistan's Recent Election: Its Achievements and Challenges

Delovan Barwari | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Delovan Barwari

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq held its fourth legislative elections on September 21, 2013.

Syria: Accidental Diplomacy in the Devils' Playground

Iara Lee | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Iara Lee

The geo-political power games continue, with indisputably bad people on every side surrounding average, innocent Syrians who live under constant threat of death from all parties involved.

Uh... Remember Operation Ranch Hand, Mr. Obama

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

Inconsistency makes the US moral argument against chemical weapons difficult to make -- not because it isn't immoral, but because the US is inclined to latch on to the argument only when it's in its national interest to do so.

The Kurdish Quest in Syria

Delovan Barwari | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Delovan Barwari

The tragedy unfolding in Syria will likely provide an opportunity for the Kurds of Syria to achieve their political and cultural rights under a federal democratic system or possibly establishing an independent Kurdish state in the post Assad era.

9 Reasons to Say No on Syria

Brent Roske | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Brent Roske

If I was in Congress my vote for a strike against Syria would be 'No.' Here's why.

Obama's Inaction in Syria (Almost) Makes Me Wish I Had Supported McCain

Laura Merriman | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Laura Merriman

If we are to be a great country, we need people like Pt. Manning who will hold our military accountable. Pt. Manning is the type of principled, idealistic person I thought President Obama to be.

Syrian Refugees Looking for Security, in Iraq

Swara Salih | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Swara Salih

In recent weeks, thousands of Syrian refugees have bee pouring into Iraqi-Kurdistan. The Arbat Syrian Refugee Camp is one of many in northern Iraq. The conditions were barely tolerable. Makeshift tents covered a roughly 1.5 kilometer area covered in dust and surrounded by trash.

Kurdish Rebels Make 'Final Warning' To Turkey

Reuters | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

ISTANBUL, July 19 (Reuters) - Kurdish militants issued what they said was a "final warning" to Turkey on Friday to take concrete steps to advance a ...

Fiddler on the Roof in Kurdistan

Paul Rockower | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Paul Rockower

Many Kurds showed me mementos from their service with the U.S. Army, or simply gave me thumbs-up when they found out I was American. When learning that I am Jewish, both Iraqi Kurds and Iraqi Arabs expressed warmth and curiosity.

The Dangers of Providing Military Support to the Free Syrian Army

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The issues surrounding political change in Syria are multifaceted and much more intricate than is being reported in the western media, yet the conflict continues to be painted in simplistic black and white terms.

Turkey's Urban Revolt Signals a Critical Phase in Turkish Politics

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 08.02.2013 | World
Yavuz Baydar

Despite the astonishing, far-reaching changes that Turkey has undergone in recent years, clouds of anxiety are gathering over the country. All attention is focused on the decisive impact that Turkey's Kurds will have on the country's macro politics.

Remove the PKK From the Terror List

David L. Phillips | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

President Barack Obama and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a daunting agenda when they met at the White House last week. The Syria crisis was top of the list. The peace process between Turkey and the PKK was also a priority.

Turkey: Opportunities and Risks Ahead

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington on May 16 comes at a pivotal time when the Middle East is riddled with extraordinary conflicts that have the potential of exploding into a regional war.

LOOK: Iranian Men Don Drag For Social Equality Campaign

Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Photos from a stunning new Iranian campaign called "Kurdish Men for Equality" are making the blogosphere rounds. As Al-Jazeera reports, the Facebo...

Have Syria's Kurds Had a Change of Heart?

Daniel Nisman | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Daniel Nisman

n a region which is no stranger to ironic twists, however, it should come as no surprise that this long-persecuted ethnic group has emerged as a kingmaker in a battle which will undoubtedly shape the face of the region for years to come.

The Brave New World of 'Syrianization'

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The battle for Syria demonstrates that what started as a peaceful call for change can lead to the disintegration of an entire country, and creation of a new geopolitical reality. If it can happen in Syria, it can and will certainly happen elsewhere.

Chemical Weapons in Syria Will Be Worse Than We Can Know

Jeremy Courtney | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Jeremy Courtney

The long-tail effects of chemical weapons continue to plague Iraq today, burdening a decimated health care system, and providing horrifying visual fodder for extremists who would incite hatred against the West.