Coup and counter-coup in Turkey and Kurdistan

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sarah Parker and Phil Hearse, Links. The dramatic events of 15/16 July created an international shock wave: this was, contrary to some initial opinions, a very serious coup…

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Book Review: women fight the Islamic state

Monday, August 29, 2016

Janet Biehl, Roar. A Road Unforseen: Women fight the Islamic State, by Meredith Tax. Second Wave feminism, once it erupted in the late 1960s, called out misogyny where…

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Erdoğan’s counter-coup coup in Turkey

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Esen Uslu, Weekly Worker. When I was writing the following lines two years ago, I was almost able to see the smirk on the face of some of…

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Turkey: Kurdish movement condemns coup and counter-coup

Friday, July 22, 2016

Green Left. The umbrella organisation of the Kurdish movement, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Co-Presidency, released the following statement on July 16: There has been a…

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PKK on Turkey coup: No democracy in ‘fascist’ Erdogan-led government

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Open Democracy. In a statement published on July 16, the political affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Koma Civakên Kurdistan (Group of Communities in Kurdistan –…

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How the Syrian Revolt Became Armed

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Robin Yassib-Kassab/Leila al-Shami The Daily Beast The Bashar al-Assad regime has burned Syria with artillery, Scud missiles, barrel bombs and sarin gas. According to the United Nations Human…

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Iraq’s forgotten uprising

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab Qunfuz A great deal has been written on the factors behind the rise of ISIS, or Daesh, in Iraq and Syria. Too much of the commentary…

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Committees, Councils and Cultural Production

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gunfuz Middle East for Change links to this podcast because of the light it throws on democratic achievements and self-government in Syria. In this presentation on Syria –…

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A Commune in Rojava?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Alex de Jong New Politics The siege of Kobani by Islamic State (ISIS) brought worldwide attention to the Syrian Kurdish PYD (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat, Democratic Union Party), the…

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Turkey: HDP proposes law for peace

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Green Left The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), a Kurdish-led party that has united a swath of Turkey’s broad left, has proposed a new law in parliament to establish…

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What Is The Kurdish Calculation In Rojava?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fehim Taştekin interviews Eldar Halill Links The US Department of State and the Pentagon had given certain warnings to the YPG, in an attempt to appease Turkey’s anger…

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Burning country: Syrians in revolution and war

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab Syria Solidarity UK Talk given at LSE on March 21 2016. Robin Yassin Kassab is author of Road from Damascus and is closely involved with the…

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Kurdish PYD leader: Time has proved us right

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Interview by Karlos Zurutuza Links Salih Muslim Muhammad is co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party – PYD, the political force that has led the uprising of the Kurds in…

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On Texas secession, Syrian partition and imploding nation-states

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Christina Lin Asia Times The house of international law could be shaken to its foundations if Secretary of State John Kerry removes a critical cornerstone that holds it…

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The Global disorder of Capital

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Alain Badiou translated by Yassamine Mather Weekly Worker Alain Badiou discusses the consequences of neoliberal capital’s disastrous policies worldwide and what he calls new imperial practices. He writes:…

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Iran-Iraq War, Chemical Wonders: Book Review

Friday, February 12, 2016

London Review of Books Joost Hiltermann reviews a new book on the Iran-Iraq war by Pierre Razoux, translated into English by Nicholas Elliott. Hiltermann, a program director of…

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Experiment in communal living in Eastern Turkey destroyed

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Abdullah Demirbas New York Times Former mayor of Diyarbakir’s historic Sur district in eastern Turkey describes how an experiment in peaceful communal living among different ethnic and religious…

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Military to Military: Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Seymour M Hersh London Review of Books The investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports on the confusions and disagreements within the US over its policy in Syria. He also…

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Why are so many staying silent on the Kurdish conflict?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pinar Tremblay Al-Monitor The current war imposed on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdish people by the Erdogan regime in Turkey is not only causing terrible…

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