Erdogan: Main enemy is at home … and abroad

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Esen Uslu. As the temperature rose to an unprecedented high at the beginning of August, the Turkish army was poised to invade Rojava in Syria. While this was…

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Kurdish poems in English by Cigerxwin (Sheikmous Hasan)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Cigerxwin (“The bleeding heart”), is a pseudonym for Sheikmous Hasan. He came from north Kurdistan and was mainly known as a poet. He made a great impact on…

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Syria: “More Tribal, More Sectarian, More Crony Capitalist Than Ever” An Interview with Joseph Daher

Monday, August 26, 2019

Bashar al-Assad has started confiscating the homes of Syrians who fled during the Civil War. For decades, his clan has purged the state of all but the most…

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Abdullah Öcalan’s Strategic Success on prison Island of Imralı

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Civaka Azad and Mahmut Şakar. Mahmut Şakar talked to Civaka Azad about his experience as Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s attorney. On May 2, 2019, Öcalan’s lawyers had…

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Turkey’s Erdoğan: A vizier or a jester?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Esen Uslu. The Turkish airforce base at Mürted near Ankara had an interesting history. The name means ‘renegade’, and it has been associated with the Battle of Ankara…

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Turkey’s arms industry is on a war footing – High-risk foreign adventures

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Esen Uslu. In the aftermath of the defeat of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Istanbul mayoral elections, the survival instincts of his…

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The difficult relationship between the Kemalist CHP and the Kurdish HDP

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Gülistan Gürbey. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) was able to win the mayoral election in Istanbul (31 March and 23 June 2019) and at the same time experienced…

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Istanbul elections major blow to Erdoğan

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Esen Uslu. The results of the March 30 local elections across Turkey were a blow to the ruling coalition of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the…

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Turkey after the elections: Expect the unexpected

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Esen Uslu. Turkey is no longer a dark space, about which the British public occasionally gets scraps of information – it has become a centre of news fed…

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Don’t believe the hype, Isis has not yet been defeated

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Robert Fisk. After all the headlines about the supposed defeat of Isis, anyone who doesn’t believe a word of it may seem a bit of a spoilsport. But whenever…

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Hunger striking for peace in Turkey

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dougie Gerrard. By any measure, Leyla Güven is in a bad way. She is assailed by painful cramps, the result of a protein breakdown in her muscular tissue….

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Voices above the chaos: female war poets from the Middle East

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Ed Vulliamy. The Syrian city of Aleppo crumbles into rubble, assailed by Russian bombs, government artillery and chemical weapons. In the heat of battle, Turkish troops and Kurdish…

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Stand with Rojava, oppose Turkey’s war

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Internationalist Commune of Rojava. The threat of yet another war looms over northern Syria once again. Turkish troops and their Islamist mercenaries are massing on the borders of…

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Iran’s Policy In Post-US Syria Is To Block Kurdish Left

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Maysam Behravesh. US President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria caught many people off guard, including his own administration officials. It…

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Reflection of a Kurdish feminist

Monday, December 31, 2018

Dr Hawzhin Azeez If you want freedom you have to take it! You cannot appeal to the conscience of the imperialists, the colonialists, the oppressors, and the creators…

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Syrian army says it has entered key city of Manbij after appeal from Kurdish fighters

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bianca Britton and Gul Tuysuz. Syria’s army said Friday it had entered the northern city of Manbij for the first time in years after Kurdish fighters called on…

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US sanctions have caused a crisis for Iranian Kurds

Friday, December 14, 2018

Douglas Gerrard. Of the four countries into which Kurdistan is divided, the region spanning Iran is the least prominent in western consciousness. Rojava is well known amongst leftists due…

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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition struggles to be heard

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ayla Jean Yackley. ISTANBUL — Five months ago, Selahattin Demirtas, a popular Kurdish politician jailed for his fiery speeches targeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, staged an unlikely challenge…

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The Women of the Revolution: inside the Kurdish Rojava Revolution

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

David Pratt. A remarkable story is unfolding that defies the usual narrative about Syria. In contrast to the misogyny and anti-democratic values of the jihadists of the Islamic…

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Turkey: A vindictive and pitiless regime

Monday, October 1, 2018

Esen Uslu. The Turkish army of the modern republican era has never withdrawn from any piece of land it has occupied on whatever pretext. A former British army…

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Iran missile strike opens door to escalation with Kurdish armed groups

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fazel Hawramy. Posted on Al-Monitor Sept 14, 2018. The patience of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) with Iranian Kurdish groups operating from northern Iraq was wearing thin. Spiraling…

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Iranian Kurds begin strike against executions and missile attacks

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wladimir van Wilgenburg. Posted on Kurdistan24, September 12 2018. ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iranian Kurdish shopkeepers on Wednesday began Rojhilat-wide (Iranian Kurdistan) strike against the executions of Kurdish…

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Poems by two poets from Iraqi Kurdistan

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Three Poems by Hero Kurda translated by Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse, Pshtewan Kamal Babakir and Shene Mohammed Posted on World Literature Today July 20§18. You in Me On the shore…

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Erdogan has used same techniques as Trump to de-democratize Turkey

Monday, June 25, 2018

Juan Cole. Posted on Informed Comment 25th June 2018. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, began his legitimate political career at the turn of this century with…

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Erdoğan’s ‘new’ Turkey: Purges and Paranoia

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Ella George. Published by London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 10 · 24 May 2018 The elections due to be held on 24 June, brought forward abruptly…

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Syria is not exceptional: interview with Joseph Daher | Part 2

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Joe Hayns & Joseph Daher. Posted on RS21 May 10, 2018. This is Part 2 of an interview with Joseph Daher, on revolution and counter-revolution in Syria.  In…

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The Syrian Revolution and the Emancipation of Palestinians and Kurds: Interview with Joseph Daher

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Joseph Daher and Ela Liberta. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialists May 19, 2018. Below, we reprint an interview which the Greek socialist collective Ela Liberta conducted…

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Turkey: Erdoğan’s Cesspit

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Daniel Finn. Editorial in New Left Review number 107. For the gatekeepers of established wisdom in the West, the rise of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) was…

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Bread, water and roses: The guerrillas of Shengal (Sinjar)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Marcel Cartier. Posted on The Region on April 4, 2018. Powerful, sobering and heart-wrenching images are once again to be seen from the Yazidi heartland of Shengal, otherwise…

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Iran, Russia and Turkey plan Syria’s future as Trump seeks an exit

Friday, April 6, 2018

Erin Cunningham Posted on Washington Post on April 4. 2018 ISTANBUL — The leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey met Wednesday for high-level talks on ending the Syrian…

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