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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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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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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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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After Four Decades of Chaos is Iraq Finally Stabilizing?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Changes of government in Iraq are often fiercely disputed and frequently violent. When the monarchy was overthrown in 1958, the young King Faisal II was machine gunned in…

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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 The Turkish army of the modern republican era has never withdrawn from any piece of land it has occupied on whatever pretext.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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Idlib, Syria: Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Monday, September 17, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker Sept 13, 2108. The forces of Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Iran and Russia, are poised to strike deep into Syria’s Idlib…

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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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Iraqi Protests: Deep Anger and Simple Demands

Monday, August 13, 2018

Darya Najim and Krekar Mustafa. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialists August 2, 2018 Editor’s Note: Below we print an opinion article submitted by two Iraqi Kurdish…

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The Syrian War in Five Sieges

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on London Review of Books Vol 40, July 19, 2018. The road to Raqqa, once the de facto Syrian capital of Islamic State, looks surprisingly…

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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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A Brief History of the Turkish Left, Part 2: from the 1980 Coup to the Present

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Foti Benlisoy. Posted on Left East. This is the second part of our interview with Foti Benlisoy on the history of the Turkish Left from its late-Ottoman beginnings…

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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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Survivors of the Syrian Wars

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Published in London Review of Books Volume 40 number 7 April 5, 2018. When I first visited Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria, early in 2015, it…

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The Ignorant and the Arrogant: How Pompeo and Bolton Bring Us Closer to War in the Middle East

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Counterpunch April 2, 2018. Armed conflict between the US and Iran is becoming more probable by the day as super-hawks replace hawks in the…

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The Fall of Afrîn

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Güney Işıkara and Alp Kayserilioğlu. Posted on Jacobin 22nd March 2018. On January 20, the Turkish military launched its invasion of the Syrian-Kurdish canton of Afrîn in northwest…

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Climate & Capitalism Interview with Zafer Ülger: Ecological crisis and capitalism in Turkey today

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Zafar Ugler and Arielle Conclio. Posted on Monthly Review on March 5, 2018. Originally on Left Voice.  Zafer Ülger is a member of the Başlangıç socialist collective in…

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Turkey: The struggle Continues

Monday, March 26, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker number 1195, March 22 , 2018. After the surrender of Afrin, Esen Uslu says that the Turkish left and Kurdish movement must…

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Turkish War Planes Strike Northern Syria As Assad Continues Bombing South

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ellen Frances. Posted on Huffington Post on March 17, 2018. BEIRUT, March 17 (Reuters) – Thousands of civilians streamed out of their towns on Saturday to escape battles…

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Syria’s war of ethnic cleansing: Kurds threatened with beheading by Turkey’s allies if they don’t convert to extremism

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on the Independent and on ZCommunications 17 March 2018. Syrian Arab militiamen leading the Turkish attack on Afrin in northern Syria are threatening to massacre…

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Turkey: conflicts on many fronts

Monday, March 12, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker, number 1193, March 8, 2018. Despite the popularity of Turkish actions in Syria, Cyprus and the Aegean, the ruling AKP is forced…

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Turkish armed forces meet determined resistance

Monday, February 26, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker Issue 1191 February 22, 2018. ‘Operation Olive Branch’ has given rise to increased repression and an intense outburst of chauvinism, writes Esen…

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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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