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Kurdistan news and analysis from The Nation
May 12, 2017
US Arms Syrian Kurds—and Turkey’s Erdogan Cries ‘Terrorism’ Ahead of Trump Meeting
Ankara fears it will help the Kurds form a federal ethnic province in Syria, and thus give the Turkish Kurds ideas.
April 28, 2017
After Turkey’s Referendum, the Clampdown Continues—But Activists Pledge Resistance
“We do not consider these results legitimate and we don’t accept them,” says one opposition leader.
April 28, 2017
Is Turkey’s War on Syrian Kurds Becoming a War on the United States?
President Erdogan seems to believe he can bully Trump into abandoning his allies in the fight against ISIS.
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.
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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.
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