The Wounds of Afrin, the Promise of Rojava: an Interview with Nazan Üstündağ

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Nazan Üstündağ. Posted LeftEast Februry 14, 2018. LeftEast interviewed sociologist and feminist Nazan Üstündağ on Afrin, Rojava and the social stakes of the resistance to Turkey’s current military…

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Shifting Relations Between Turkey and the U.S. and the State of the Turkish Left

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

 Foti Benlisoy. Posted on left voice January 4, 2018. Left Voice recently spoke with Foti Benlisoy of Başlangıç Dergisi, a socialist organization in Turkey, to discuss the political…

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On the front line in Syria, a confusing conversation with a doctor who may be an official of the YPG

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted by the Independent on February 2, 2018. Dr Heddo – trained as a doctor at the Aleppo medical school, he confided – wouldn’t exactly confirm…

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Female Kurdish Fighter Kills Turkish Troops in Likely Suicide Bombing in Syria

Monday, January 29, 2018

Rod Nordland. Posted on New York Times, January 28, 2018. QAMISHLI, Syria — A female Kurdish fighter carried out what appeared to be a suicide bombing attack on…

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Showdown in Afrin: Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds Threatens That Country’s Most Democratic, Pluralist Force

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Meredith Tax. Posted on the Nation 26th January 2018. The Kurds have said they will fight to the death before they give up an inch of Afrin. Last…

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The next Kurdish war is on the horizon – Turkey and Syria will never allow it to create a mini-state

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on the Independent January 22, 2018.   Syria cannot countenance Kurdish presence on its territory and Turkey cannot tolerate a Kurdish enclave along its southern…

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Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jean-Marie Guéhenno. Published in Foreign Policy . The world is entering its most dangerous chapter in decades. The sharp uptick in war over recent years is outstripping our…

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Redrawing the map: Why is Trump abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Yassamine Mather. Posted on  Weekly Worker 19th October 2017. In a single speech on October 13, lasting just a few minutes, Donald Trump managed to succeed in doing…

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Kirkuk redux was a bloodless offensive. Here’s why

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pepe Escobar. First posted  on Asia Times October 18, 2017. The Battle of Kirkuk lasted less than 24 hours. In a lightning – and mostly bloodless – offensive,…

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Does the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan fulfill with the right to self-determination?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hedayat Soltanzadeh The following is an abridged translation of an article that has been published on several Farsi language sites. It was written on the eve of the…

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Syria: Underground in Raqqa

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Published on London Review of Books October 2017, volume 39 number 20 pp15-17. Shortly before the siege of Raqqa began in June, Islamic State officials arrested…

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How Syria’s Victory Reshapes Mideast

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Alastair Crooke. Posted on Consortium News on September 30, 2017. Plainly, Syria’s success – notwithstanding the caution of President Bashar al-Assad in saying that signs of success are…

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Syria: Assad and allies target the YPG: The marriage of convenience hits a wall

Friday, September 29, 2017

Kareem Chehayeb. Posted on Middle East Eye on September 28, 2017. The alliance of convenience between the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) –…

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Iraqi Kurdish referendum: Why international powers fear independence vote could derail fight against Isis

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Independent on line on September 19, 2017. The Kurdish leadership is coming under intense international pressure to postpone the referendum on independence due to…

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Congress fuels Christian rivalries with bid to arm Iraqi militias

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bryant Harris Posted on al-Monitor on September 15, 2017. A little-noticed provision to arm Iraqi Christians in the House version of a must-pass defense bill is inadvertently fueling unrest…

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Iran’s Strategic Goals in Post-ISIS Syria

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Aida Ghajar. First posted on The Iranian on June 29, 2017. ISIS has recently suffered a series of significant defeats in Iraq and Syria, leading Iran and other…

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The Signal in Syria’s Noise

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sam Heller. This post appeared on War on The Rocks on June 30, 2017. It provides an interesting analysis of the current line-ups in Syria and policy advise…

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Now Turkey is bombing Kurdish-led revolutionaries in Syria — with Western complicity

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tony Iltis. Posted on The Green Left on April 28. Turkish war planes launched air strikes against Syria and Iraq on April 24. For months local and foreign…

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Fear and Loathing in Turkey: The Backstory to Erdoğan’s Referendum

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ümit Cizre, Merip Report. This article was first posted on Merip Report on April 26, 2017. Shortly after the failed coup attempt of July 16, 2016 in Turkey,…

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How will Abadi handle Iraq’s Shiite militias Popular Mobilization Units (PMU)?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ali Mamouri, Al Monitor. Some factions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are less than satisfied with the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Washington on March 19-23,…

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Trump and the Middle East: A talk with Ardeshir Mehrdad

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mehdi Kia: In an earlier interview with Barabari television station you talked about the apparent change of direction in Trump administration’s foreign policy which you called “going beyond…

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Between Slow and Sudden Death in Turkey

Monday, March 20, 2017

This article was originally published by the Committee for Human Rights of the American Anthropological Association and  reprinted in Jadaliyya on March 17, 2017. On 25 February 2017,…

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All or nothing: Erdoğan is going for bust in an attempt to cling onto power,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Esen Uslu, Weekly Worker. The winds of change sweeping the turbulent waters of Turkish politics have been pounding president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rocking and rolling caïque and driving…

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Turkey and the Road to Genocide

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Djene Bajalan, Jacobin. On Sunday, April 24, 1915, Ottoman minister of the interior, Talat Pasha, ordered the arrest and detention of Armenian community leaders residing within the empire….

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Turkey: HDP on the arrests of party co-chairs and MPs and the eradication of rule of law

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hişyar Özsoy and Aysel Tuğluk, Links. This brief presents an overview of the illegality of the entire political and judicial process leading up to the arrest of our…

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A Kurdish response to climate change

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Anna Lau, Erdelan Baran, and Melanie Sirinathsingh, Open Democracy UK. For 4000 years since the breakdown of the Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia, almost every major societal collapse has…

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Iraq: Mosul offensive poses new questions amid Western hypocrisy

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tony Iltis, Green Left. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of an assault to recapture Mosul, the most important Iraqi city held by ISIS, on October…

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Amid Mosul offensive, Turkey denounces US policy, stakes claims in Balkans

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site. The US-directed attack on Mosul and fallout from the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July, backed by Washington and…

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The Kurdish Question Then and Now

Friday, October 14, 2016

Semir Amin, Monthly Review. The political chaos that has recently dominated the scene in the Middle East is expressed, among other ways, by the violent resurgence of the…

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First ISIS, then Iran: Kurdish-Iranian leader has eyes on Iran

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kim Dean, Middle East Eye. Erbil, Iraq – A small range of hills outside of Kirkuk has been the frontline with the Islamic State since the group fled…

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