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The Secrets of the Syrian War: the Kurdish Factor
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The Secrets of the Syrian War: the Kurdish Factor
July 24, 2017

…The leaders of the Syrian Kurds must now grapple with the enormous responsibility of making a fateful decision for their people. They can either refrain from throwing obstacles in Damascus’s way, helping to build a new version of the state in which they will have far more rights than they used to have in Syria, or they can choose the opposite path, doing the bidding of what Robert Ford has called the «immoral» foreign politicians and embark on adventures that will end with them losing everything they have gained.

President Trump Orders to Arm Syrian Kurds
May 13, 2017

The US Defense Department announced on May 9 that President Donald Trump had authorized arming the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of rebel fighters led – by the United States in Syria, which includes the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as its main element. The package is to include small arms, machine guns, construction equipment and armored vehicles among the provisions. The decision was taken to boost the SDF firepower before the offensive to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa – the unofficial capital of the Islamic State (IS) group…

President Trump Orders to Arm Syrian Kurds
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Turkey’s Kurds Excluded from Post-Coup National Unity
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Turkey’s Kurds Excluded from Post-Coup National Unity
August 9, 2016

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Station Square in Diyarbakir, Turkey’s largest Kurdish-majority city, July 31 for the biggest gathering there since a twin bomb attack bloodied a pre-election rally of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) last year. For the first time since the deadly attack, the HDP held a rally at the venue to denounce the July 15 coup attempt, but to also warn Ankara against straying from the path of democracy…

EU-Turkey Migrants’ Deal on the Verge of Collapse: What Next?
May 29, 2016

Turkey could make «radical decisions» and suspend all of its agreements with the European Union, warned Yigit Bulut, an advisor on economy to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. «Let them continue to apply double standards, let them continue not keeping promises made to Turkish citizens», he said, «But they should know that Turkey will make very radical decisions very soon as long as they maintain their attitude»…

EU-Turkey Migrants’ Deal on the Verge of Collapse: What Next?
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The Persecution of Turkey’s Kurds
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The Persecution of Turkey’s Kurds
February 25, 2016

The Kurdish people have been much in the news, mainly because of their alleged involvement in a bombing in Ankara on February 17 and Turkish shelling of the Kobani region of northern Syria where Kurds of the US-supported People’s Protection Units, the YPG, are fighting against Islamic State extremists. The most important news, however, is that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is determined to crush the fifteen million Kurds in Turkey – a fifth of his own population – and is being unashamedly brutal in his campaign…

What Kind of State Is Erdogan’s Turkey?
February 3, 2016

On the February 1, 2016 Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, held a press conference urging Turkey to investigate a report of the Turkish military shooting at unarmed civilians in the south-eastern town of Cizre…

What Kind of State Is Erdogan’s Turkey?
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Kurdish Factor to Change Middle East Dynamics
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Kurdish Factor to Change Middle East Dynamics
July 30, 2013

A new front is emerging in Syria’s devastating civil war as Kurds and al-Qaeda-inspired Jihadist fighters fight a stiff battle for control of northern populated areas. The Democratic Union Party (PYD), a pro-government Kurdish group in Syria, has taken control of two major towns on Syria's northern border with Turkey and is definitely gaining ground… The ongoing struggle with al-Qaeda-linked fighters is achieving what many Kurdish leaders in northern Syria have long been unable to do, unifying under the PYD banner an ethnic group long divided about its future between at least 16 parties. On July 25 all the Kurdish parties gathered in Arbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish territory in northern Iraq under President Masoud Barzani… A planned Kurdish National Conference that will gather Kurds from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria is likely to take place between Aug. 20 and 30…

The Kurdish Spring in Turkey’s backyard (I)
July 22, 2013

The blowback of Turkey’s covert operations aimed at destabilizing the Syrian regime has begun surging. The spectre of an independent Kurdish entity on its Syrian border has come to haunt Turkey. The challenge posed by the «Kurdish Spring» in northern Syria is of an existential character, but, ironically, the powers from far and near who encouraged Turkey to destabilize Syria are nowhere to be seen – incapable or unwilling to get involved in what could turn out to be a regional maelstrom… Kurds’ longstanding search for national identity will have taken a big step forward and Turkey would come under pressure to match the appreciable level of autonomy for Kurds that exists in Iraq and Syria…

The Kurdish Spring in Turkey’s backyard (I)
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