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Kurdistan news and analysis from The Nation
May 13, 2021
Time for Mutiny Over Turkey’s Bounties on Kurdish Leaders
Why is the Biden administration blindly following Donald Trump’s policy of propping up Turkey’s authoritarian president?
November 11, 2019
Turkey’s Other Weapon Against the Kurds: Water
In times of conflict, war, and climate change, hydropower is state power.
October 11, 2019
Our Maniac in the White House: Tales of Woe and Resistance
Trump is inflicting enormous damage with his great and unmatched idiocy. But California continues to dance to its own tune, with a raft of progressive legislation.
October 8, 2019
Trump’s Syria Pullout Will Destroy the Middle East’s Only Woman-Led Democracy
Betraying Kurdish forces will threaten a thriving model of governance and empower ISIS all over again.
January 26, 2018
Showdown in Afrin: Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds Threatens That Country’s Most Democratic, Pluralist Force
The Kurds have said they will fight to the death before they give up an inch of Afrin.
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December 21, 2017
In Turkey, Repression of the Kurdish Language Is Back, With No End in Sight
Since 2015, scores of Kurdish media organizations, associations, language schools, and cultural institutions have been shut down.
November 3, 2017
Devolutionary Road: Lessons From the Failed Independence Bids of the Kurds and Catalans
Instead of cracking down on separatists, governments should devolve more powers to regional governments.
October 25, 2017
Iran’s—and Russia’s—Influence Is Growing in Iraqi Kurdistan
Baghdad’s seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk, aided by Shiite militias close to Tehran, has forced the Kurdish government to freeze its independence-referendum results.
August 11, 2017
Turkey’s Great Terror
Recep Erdogan has turned his country into a gulag state, branding millions of citizens as terrorists.
August 3, 2017
ISIS’s Days in Syria Are Numbered, but Does Trump Have More Wars to Fight There?
Both Damascus and Ankara are afraid Washington may establish a long-term military base in the Syrian Kurdish northeast.