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Kurdistan news and analysis from The Nation
April 12, 2017
Turkey’s Fateful Referendum: The Road to Dictatorship?
If it passes this Sunday, the country will adopt a presidential system, but without the checks and balances that constrain President Erdogan’s power.
February 21, 2017
The Syrian Kurds and Allegations of War Crimes
Critics respond to Roy Gutman’s special report on the Syrian Kurdish militia.
February 13, 2017
America’s Favorite Syrian Militia Rules With an Iron Fist
The Kurdish YPG recruits fighters at gunpoint, assassinates political opponents, and suppresses the media.
February 7, 2017
Have the Syrian Kurds Committed War Crimes?
This special report, which also exposes their collusion with the Assad regime, undermines their claim to be leading a democratic, open society.
October 31, 2016
The War in Syria Cannot Be Won. But It Can Be Ended.
The left is profoundly divided over the conflict, but we should at least agree on a set of principles to end it.
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September 16, 2016
Turkey Is Supporting the Syrian Jihadis Washington Says It Wants to Fight
And our NATO ally is bent on destroying the Kurds of Rojava, the Syrian force with the most democratic, pluralistic, and feminist vision.
July 8, 2016
What It’s Like to Live Through Turkey’s Descent Into Authoritarianism
In the wake of the Istanbul terror attack, we must mend our country’s bitter divisions.
Riada Ašimović Akyol
July 6, 2016
The Istanbul Terror Attack May Force a Reckoning in Turkey’s Foreign Policy
Ankara has already patched up relations with Israel and Russia—and Washington could be next.
May 18, 2016
Iraqi Kurdish Leader Calls for Redrawing Regional Borders—And Attacks Fellow Kurds
Massoud Barzani praises Turkey’s authoritarian leader but has harsh words for the Turkish PKK and its Syrian Kurdish offshoot.
March 9, 2016
Turkey Is Fighting a Dirty War Against Its Own Kurdish Population
A report from behind the lines, as PKK rebels resist a ferocious government campaign to crush their uprising.