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  • Attack on CHP leader worrying for Turkey / Serkan DemirtasAttack on CHP leader worrying for Turkey / Serkan Demirtas

    It is very unfortunate and worrying for Turkey and Turkish politics to observe a mass physical attack against Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), in Çubuk district of Ankara during the funeral of a soldier who was martyred by the PKK on April 19. The footage of the attack reveals that Kılıçdaroğlu nearly escaped lynch by a nationalist group obviously in a rage. 

    10:16 AM
  • U.S. continues supplying Kurds to counteract Turkey / Firas SamuriU.S. continues supplying Kurds to counteract Turkey / Firas Samuri

    The mass media has been widely covering the details of the disastrous humanitarian situation in Rukban refugee camp over recent months.

    11:12 AM
  • The Improbable Rise and Uncertain Future of Syria’s Kurds / Ofra BengioThe Improbable Rise and Uncertain Future of Syria’s Kurds / Ofra Bengio

    The Kurds’ rapid rise in Syria has been remarkable by any standard. With the U.S. military now pulling back, can their experiment in autonomy last?

    10:11 AM
  • Turkish election board disqualifies pro-Kurdish mayors in southeast / Jasper MortimerTurkish election board disqualifies pro-Kurdish mayors in southeast / Jasper Mortimer

    Two weeks after they voted, Turks are still waiting to know whom the Supreme Electoral Council will declare to be the mayor of Istanbul. Not a day passes without the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) finding a reason to discredit the provisional result, which favors the opposition by a narrow margin. Some days the council orders a recount in a certain district; other days it dismisses the objection.

    09:58 AM
  • Mosul faces political crisis after governor dismissed / Mustafa SaadounMosul faces political crisis after governor dismissed / Mustafa Saadoun

    The Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council issued an official order to the Erbil Appeals Court on April 8 to implement an arrest warrant for the former governor of Ninevah province, Nawfal al-Akoub. A conflict over the post of governor ensued in the city of Mosul, which is at the heart of Ninevah province.

    03:39 PM
  • How the Kurdish factor had a boomerang effect in Erdogan's election defeat / Kadri GurselHow the Kurdish factor had a boomerang effect in Erdogan's election defeat / Kadri Gursel

    The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey — which has a predominantly Kurdish base and has suffered heavy government oppression since 2015 — played a decisive role in the government’s loss of the big cities, including the crucial Istanbul, in the March 31 local elections. As part of its political strategy in the country’s west, the HDP sat out the mayoral races in big cities such as Istanbul, Izmir, Adana and the capital city of Ankara. Paradoxically, the HDP absence from the ballots became the party’s way of proving its political presence and weight.

    09:31 AM
  • Turkey in for 'hard time' following Erdogan election losses / Jasper MortimerTurkey in for 'hard time' following Erdogan election losses / Jasper Mortimer

    The interview had ended. But as Al-Monitor prepared to leave his office, the interviewee waited until it was clear the digital recorder was turned off to say: “If (President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan loses in these elections, Turkey will have a hard time.”

    03:26 PM
  • Kurds suffer from complicated situation in Syria, professor tells KurdpressKurds suffer from complicated situation in Syria, professor tells Kurdpress

    A researcher working at Carnegie Foundation believes the threat of the Islamic State is jeopardizing Syria, including the Kurds at a time that neither the opposition nor the central government in Damascus is not ready to accept Kurdish demands at a time that the US pullout issue has complicated the situation in the war-torn Syria.

    12:40 AM
  • Women played pivotal role in defeating IS, YPJ commander tells KurdpressWomen played pivotal role in defeating IS, YPJ commander tells Kurdpress

    The commander of the Kurdish forces of Women Protection Units (YPJ) stated that women played a critical role in fight against the Islamic State (IS) in the past years.

    10:42 AM
  • The beginning of the end for the Erdogan era / Deutsche WelleThe beginning of the end for the Erdogan era / Deutsche Welle

    During his election campaign appearances, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated one sentiment over and over again: An AKP loss in big cities would cause chaos in Turkey. Now that the local elections are over, there seems to be more to it than that: The political survival of the president could be at stake, because these elections were one of the biggest defeats Erdogan has yet suffered.

    06:36 PM
  • Kurds in Afrin celebrate Nowruz despite ban / Mohammad Abdulsattar IbrahimKurds in Afrin celebrate Nowruz despite ban / Mohammad Abdulsattar Ibrahim

    On the rooftop of a building in the city of Afrin in northwestern Syria, Keilistan Afrini celebrated Nowruz in protest against a decision by Syrian armed opposition factions to ban celebrations of the Kurdish New Year that falls on or around March 21 every year.

    10:13 PM
  • Kurdish politicians urge protesters to spare own lives in Turkey / Ayla Jean YackleyKurdish politicians urge protesters to spare own lives in Turkey / Ayla Jean Yackley

    Kurdish politicians have called on prisoners to stop taking their own lives after a spate of suicides and an ongoing hunger strike while the Turkish government refuses to meet their demands.

    04:34 PM
  • Newruz is a protesting festival: Ayshe AfandiNewruz is a protesting festival: Ayshe Afandi

    The co-Leader of the Syria Kurdistan Democratic Communities, Ayshe Afandi, stated that the festival of Newruz is the celebration of freedom.

    08:37 PM
  • Syrian Kurds remain wary of US plan for Turkish safe zone / Amberin ZamanSyrian Kurds remain wary of US plan for Turkish safe zone / Amberin Zaman

    Syrian Kurdish officials say they remain opposed to any US plans for a safe zone that would foresee the further injection of Turkish forces and their rebel opposition Free Syrian Army allies in territories currently under their control along the Turkish border, saying any such arrangement would escalate tensions and add to instability. “A safe zone that allows for Turkish troops to come into our areas is completely unacceptable. The US goal should be to prevent Turkish aggression against us as we have no aggressive intentions towards Turkey,” a senior official in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Al-Monitor in a telephone interview.

    02:37 AM
  • US alliance with Syrian Kurds would continue, analyst tells KurdpressUS alliance with Syrian Kurds would continue, analyst tells Kurdpress

    Max Abrahms, an assistant professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern University, told Kurdpress in an interview about the future of the alliance between the US and the Syrian Kurdish forces that there is a sentiment in White House to continue working with the Kurds in Syria even though the original strategic rationale has changed. Strong U.S.-Kurdish ties are also seen as important for keeping IS down.

    02:23 AM
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