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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Tukey’s New Left

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cengiz Gunez. Posted by New Left Review 107, September-October 2017. In the Turkish general election of June 2015, the left-wing Peoples’ Democratic Party (hdp) won 13 per cent…

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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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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: 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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Is Turkey the next country for a “proxy and long war” of the Transnational Elite?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ylli Përmeti, Posted on Pravda.ru on July 31, 2017. While Russia helped Ankara ‘without conditions’ during the coup – a massive fire exploded near the military base of…

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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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Turkey: Kemalists seize the moment

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Esen Uslu. This post appeared on Weekly Worker July 13, 2017. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu decided on his ‘Justice’ march in response to the 25-year jail sentence imposed on Enis…

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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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Syria Analysts: The Crucial Developments Overshadowed by Recent Headlines

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kim Bode. This article was posted on Souciant on May 2, 2017 and before that on Syria Deeply Experts in Syria Deeply’s community comment on the important developments…

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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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The freedom to say “No”: Interview with dismissed Turkish academic and Yeniyol editor Uraz Aydin

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This interview was posted on Links International from Left East before the constitutional referendum in Turkey. However, it covers many points that remain relevant regardless of the result…

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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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Only power rules: Turkey after the failed coup

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Nick Ashdown, Los Angeles Review of Books. There are some things I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. I was with my then girlfriend and…

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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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America’s Rocky Road to Raqqa

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Daniel Lazare, Information Clearing House. Though the U.S. has no legal right to operate inside Syria, Official Washington is boasting about its plans to liberate Raqqa from ISIS….

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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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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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Leila Khaled on ISIS and Islamism, Syria and the Palestinians

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, Defend Democracy Press. ISIS is a criminal organization which was created, and is used, by the USA. As for Syria, it was not only the intervention…

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Will Turkey be dragged deeper into Syria?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Kadri Gursel, Al Monitor. The main determinant for Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria, launched Aug. 23 in cooperation with Ankara-sponsored jihadi groups, was not the threat posed…

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Challenging Intellectuals Who Justify Iranian Imperialism; Searching for Socialist Solidarity

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Alliance of Middle East Socialists. Below we print a summary of a longer article by two Iranian socialists who are opposed to Iran’s military intervention in Syria.  Their…

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Bombers Over Hasakah: Assad Clashes With the Kurds

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Aron Lund, Carnegie Middle East Center. On Thursday August 18, the Syrian Air Force struck several targets in the provincial capital of Hasakah in eastern Syria. It was…

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