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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.

Turkey's Kurdish Spring: Historic Day Full of Hope -- Doubts Too

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Yavuz Baydar

On Thursday, as the spring festival Nevruz was celebrated in Diyarbakır, its historic significance was far beyond the typical joy of jumping over fires.

Arab Dictator Gasses Own People -- Now and Then

Barry Lando | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Barry Lando

How could any U.S. administration stand by as an Arab dictator gassed his own people? The fact is they did: President Reagan not only turned his back on such ruthless attacks, though they were substantiated by grisly video evidence, but continued to aid the tyrant who was ordering the savagery.

W's Iraq War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

Ten years ago today the U.S. invaded Iraq with the goals of toppling Saddam Hussein, destroying its weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and freeing its people. Now, a decade later, Hussein is dead, but no WMDs were ever found, and the country has devolved into a de facto civil war.

Fears and Expectations of Sykes-Picot

Taha Ozhan | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Taha Ozhan

The Kurdish entity born out of the invasion in Iraq and the uprisings in Syria resulted both in exaggerated expectations and fears. This state, which in fact coincided to fears and expectations about Sykes-Picot, prevented a healthy analysis and discussion of the issue.

Merkel's Visit to Turkey Marks a Positive Change of Mind

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 04.29.2013 | World
Yavuz Baydar

Does this mean that the German chancellor comes closer to CDU heavyweights who have been vocally pro-Turkish membership, such as Ruprecht Polenz, Chariman of the Bundestag's Committee on Foreign Affairs, and gets ready to be challenged by others within?

The Kurds Got Me

Sarah Wayne Callies | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Sarah Wayne Callies

There are more renowned camps with more famous people asking for your help, and they are great people championing worthy causes. But today I am passing on the voices of the Syrian Kurdish refugees to your ears.

What Was It All For?

Andrew Self | Posted 04.05.2013 | World
Andrew Self

Ankara's recently acknowledged talks with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan have spawned more questions than answers. Waves of speculation abound over the terms of the talks, the motives behind them, and their possibility for success.

Assaulting Armenians in Turkey: This Time It's Old Ladies

Christopher Atamian | Posted 01.31.2013 | World
Christopher Atamian

What kind of a coward attacks eighty- and ninety-year-old women on their way to church, stabbing them to death in one case and beating another senseless in the other?

Executions of Kurdish Women in Paris Burn Deep

Kani Xulam | Posted 03.17.2013 | World
Kani Xulam

The three Kurdish women political activists who were murdered in Paris last week were promoting the enduring Kurdish cause of basic human rights and dignity in Turkey and elsewhere. For Kurds, the way forward lies in the path traveled by the likes of Dr. King, whose birthday is today.

Obama and the Kurdish Question: Drones Are Not the Answer

Kevin McKiernan | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Kevin McKiernan

A few weeks ago, a U.S. diplomat disclosed that the U.S. had secretly offered Turkey a bin Laden-style assassination of the top leadership of a Kurdish rebel group. But the rebels aren't al-Qaeda -- and assassination isn't the answer to the Kurdish question.

What Will Post-Assad Syria Look Like?

Rajan Menon | Posted 02.15.2013 | World
Rajan Menon

The United States is now working to shape post-Assad Syria. But as many insurgents see it, Washington, having stood by watching the carnage, now presumes that it can decide which Syrian groups are legitimate and which are not.

Bomb Blasts Kill 10 In Iraq

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 01.13.2013 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Insurgents unleashed a new wave of bombings across Iraq early Wednesday targeting security forces and civilians, and killing 17 peopl...

Dozens Killed In Suicide Bombing At Iraqi Military Base

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives detonated the vehicle near an Iraqi military base as soldiers changed shifts no...

Syria: Another Fine Mess

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Joseph Blady, M.D.

This leaves little room for the government moderating its military actions, and the chemical weapons that cast a pall over the proceedings will become an ever-greater temptation. So what should we do?

Why (and How) Syria's Conflict Could Get Worse

Rajan Menon | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

Syria's continuing carnage and chaos have led to tens of thousands of people (mostly non-combatants) being killed and maimed. With things already so horrific, it's hard to imagine them getting worse. But the regime of Bashar al-Assad is steely cruel.

Looking for Friends in the Middle East: Try the Kurds

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
David L. Phillips

Regardless of the outcome to Syria's civil war, the United States will have no friends in Syria except the Kurds. U.S.-Kurdish rapprochement would serve as a counter-weight to political demagogy and Islamist extremism.

Looking for Friends in the Middle East: Try the Kurds

David L. Phillips | Posted 09.25.2012 | World
David L. Phillips

Kurds understand that democracy and individual rights are compatible with Islamic values. The U.S. must not take its friends for granted and should take steps to consolidate friendly relations with the Kurds. Iraqi Kurds are proven, reliable partners.

Bring Annan Back!

James Zogby | Posted 08.11.2012 | World
James Zogby

In the wake of Kofi Annan's resignation as Special United Nation's Envoy for Syria, hawks are circling and war-drums are beating. Before the clamor drowns out right-reason, a few words of caution are in order.

Dozens Of Kurdish Rebels Killed In Turkey

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 08.05.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's security forces have killed as many as 115 Kurdish rebels during a major security offensive over the past two weeks, the co...

Will Syria Become Lebanon?

Rajan Menon | Posted 10.01.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The Arab Spring has so far produced comparable outcomes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt: elections leading to post-revolutionary governments. This pattern may not prevail in Syria, though, and post-Assad politics could be a whole lot messier, with the violence and turmoil continuing.

Religious Neutrality In Iraqi Kurdistan

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 06.18.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

Iraqi Kurdistan is now the only region in the Middle East other than Israel in which the religions of the world are taught on an equal basis in the public schools but no one religion is given preference.