An Interview With Osman Ocalan: The Guerrilla Movement Rejecting Discrimination Against Women in Kurdistan

Johanna Higgs | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

My meeting with Osman Ocalan was for me, truly revolutionary. In the midst of this tremendous violence facing women not just in Iraqi Kurdistan but throughout the world, there are men who choose not to conform to the discriminatory attitudes that promote the rights of men and limit those of women.

We Can't Ignore the Kurds Fighting Alongside Violent Extremist Groups

Tanya Silverman | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

The challenge of understanding "who's fighting who" in the conflict in Syria and Iraq has led to a simplified representation of the Kurds solely taking up arms against ISIS. Kurdish groups such as the People's Protection Units (YPG) have indeed proved worthy adversaries to this Islamist extremist group and as allies to the US. However, scores of Iraqi Kurds are also fighting alongside violent extremist groups.

Why I Refuse to Share Aylan Kurdi's Picture

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

If you cannot support the Kurds fighting to end the brutalities of racism, fundamentalism and genocide, fighting to create a system based on social and economic justice, do not bother to shed tears over Aylan Kurdi.

ISIS, The Not So Lone Wolf

Joshua Virasami | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Citizens of Kobane in the refugee camps, Suruç "I am saying this to the whole world: We will never allow the establishment of a state on our souther...

The Promise of the Women of Kobane

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

The promise of the revolutionary women of Kobane is poignant. It is a promise that democracy, radical freedom and social justice are not meaningless terms, but are lived realities. It is a promise of a society where equality is a practice, and not a word on paper.

Arming the Kurds and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Oggy Boytchev

Contrary to the desires and interests of regional governments, arming and helping the Kurds to fight ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in Kobane may be the trigger for the birth of a new nation - Kurdistan. No country in the region wants that but this will be one of the unintended consequences of the break up of Syria and the emergence of ISIL.

Ankara-Erbil Relations Rare Bright Spot in the Middle East

Gary Kent | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

When I began visiting the Kurdistan Region in 2006, one big issue was how best to deal with its awkward neighbour, Turkey. We heard stories of people finding it difficult to cross the border. One trade union delegation, delivering a fire engine to Erbil, was delayed for a day at the border without food or water. It was all pretty petty stuff but more serious dangers simmered. Just five years ago, 100,000 Turkish troops were poised on the border with the Kurdistan Region.

Iraqi Kurds: From Object to Subject of History

Gary Kent | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It sometimes seems that Iraqi Kurds have no word with the urgency of manana but it hasn't stopped Iraqi Kurdistan making tremendous strides in a few short years. The best start date for their renaissance is 2006, the first full year of the new Iraqi constitution, agreed by the people and which recognised Kurdistan as a largely autonomous region.

What Does Gezi Park Mean for Peace in Turkey?

Professor Alp Ozerdem | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK
Professor Alp Ozerdem

A few weeks ago the hottest topic in Turkey was the peace process with the PKK, until a small scale demonstration to protect trees in an Istanbul public park erupted into mass anti-government protests.

Turkish-Kurdish Peace: It Is Different This Time

Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci

Arriving at a peaceful settlement will take some time and will require a great deal of honesty as well as transparency. But the short answer is yes, this time it is different and there is reason to be hopeful for peace.

Drinking Poison for Peace

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 27.06.2013 | UK Politics
Ilco van der Linde

Last week Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looked back on the first weeks of peace talks with the Kurds and happily stated that it had turned into an 'extremely resolved journey of hope'. Could this be a true reflection of what's really going on?

"If Women Want, Fight Will End"

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

I happen to know two wonderful women who have been at the forefront of peace building for decades and who show how much inspiration and result this can bring: Mary Robinson and Angelique Kidjo

Kurdish Activists Protest In Paris After 'Political Execution' Of Three Women

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK

Hundreds of Kurds have gathered to protest the killings of three women activists in Paris, who were the victims of a politically-motivated "execution"...

Survival Strategies and Diplomatic Tools: The Kurdistan Region's Foreign Policy Outlook

Shwan Zulal | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK
Shwan Zulal

In some basic outline, the paper gives the readers an idea where Kurdistan Region foreign policy is at and where it is heading. It also points out the...

Kurdish MP Leyla Zana Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison by Turkish High Court Again

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

Leyla Zana is a Kurdish politician and member of Peace and Democracy party in Turkey. She has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by Diyarbakir's High Court for nine speeches she has made between 2007 and 2008.

Turkish Earthquake Reveals Nationalist Fault Lines

Simon Johns | Posted 06.01.2012 | UK
Simon Johns

Out of tragedy, community is often born. Turkey realised that in 1999 when successive earthquakes here and in Greece prompted mutual outpourings of aid and led to reconciliation between the arch enemies. The earthquake in Van offers Turkey another chance at such "earthquake diplomacy," this time inviting it to make peace with its own citizens.

Kurds Show Revulsion at Turkish Attacks & Barzani Calls for Calm

Shwan Zulal | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK
Shwan Zulal

Demonistaration in Erbil, Kurdistan Region's capital was underway today condemning the Turkish air raids on Qandil mountains and PKK (Kurdistan worker...