• Ticking corona time-bomb for refugees / David Lepeska

    COVID-19 claimed its first death in Syria this week, where in Idlib province some 2 million displaced people have been huddled together in ad hoc encampments for months, squeezed between the advancing forces of President Bashar Assad and the Turkish border.



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    Facing a coronavirus pandemic that has invaded most countries of the world, the Kurdish autonomous administration in Syria has imposed a curfew and lockdown throughout its areas of control, as a preventive measure.

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  • Syrian Kurds still fight for rights on unrecognizable battlefield / Shivan IbrahimSyrian Kurds still fight for rights on unrecognizable battlefield / Shivan Ibrahim

    Syrian Kurds are surrounded on all sides by conflicting forces, but their internal division has also held them back. Could they finally be ready to unite their efforts to build a workable autonomy?

    09:44 PM
  • Syrian Kurdish officials setting up court to try foreign IS fighters / Rana al-AhmdeSyrian Kurdish officials setting up court to try foreign IS fighters / Rana al-Ahmde

    Amid ongoing operations to find and eliminate remnants of the Islamic State (IS), the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria plans to begin public trials for accused members of the extremist organization.

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  • Breakaway parties from AKP have soften stance on Kurds, expert tells KurdpressBreakaway parties from AKP have soften stance on Kurds, expert tells Kurdpress

    Dr. Paul Levin, a professor at Sweden State University, told Kurdpress in an interview that the two breakaway parties from Turkey ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will have a softer stance on the Kurdish issue, but not much is expected from the parties.

    12:29 AM
  • COVID-19 and Turkish policy making / Edward G. Stafford COVID-19 and Turkish policy making / Edward G. Stafford 

    As more and more countries adopt stringent controls on the movement of people across their borders as well as effecting quarantine and mandatory social distancing policies, Turkey’s leaders must learn to accommodate themselves to being cut off from and cutting off others from regular face-to-face interactions. If handled well, Erdogan’s response will be praised by supporters and opponents alike, if not, it will cause anger by the public.

    01:00 AM
  • Turkish using water as a weapon against Syrian KurdsTurkish using water as a weapon against Syrian Kurds

    There have been concerns that the fragile security situation in parts of north-eastern Syria could be undermined by a lack of water.

    02:30 AM
  • US-Russia standoffs in northeast Syria: Just getting started / Neil HauerUS-Russia standoffs in northeast Syria: Just getting started / Neil Hauer

    As Syria’s war reaches its ninth anniversary, Russian and U.S. soldiers are increasingly finding themselves face to face — quite literally — in the country’s northeast. A spate of confrontations over the last two months has opened questions about the fate of Syria’s north in the coming year. Following a relatively quiet 2019, the first two and a half months of 2020 have raised doubts as to whether the U.S. and its Kurdish allies will be able to peacefully maintain control of northeast Syria, and especially its crucial oil and gas fields.

    04:25 PM
  • Turkey cannot make a terrorist out of Kurdish mayor Selcuk Mizrakli / Nurcan Baysal  Turkey cannot make a terrorist out of Kurdish mayor Selcuk Mizrakli / Nurcan Baysal

    On Monday, we were at court again. This time, it was the final hearing to announce the court’s verdict for Selçuk Mızraklı, Kurdish former mayor for Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakır . Previously, Mizrakli had refused to attend the hearings if audio-visual surveillance systems would be recording the proceedings. This was again the case at this hearing as well. Mızraklı’s attorneys spoke for him.

    11:29 PM
  • Turkey looks to Russia for 'quick cease-fire' in Syria / Ayla Jean YackleyTurkey looks to Russia for 'quick cease-fire' in Syria / Ayla Jean Yackley

    Turkey hopes negotiations with Russia will yield a truce in northwest Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, less than a week after he launched a military operation to stop the Syrian army’s advance in the last opposition stronghold and prevent a new refugee crisis at its southern border.

    08:27 PM
  • Amed, city of forgotten memories and passions / Nurcan BaysalAmed, city of forgotten memories and passions / Nurcan Baysal

    <p style="text-align: left;">It was a cold but sunny day in Diyarbakır, or with its Kurdish name, Amed. Every lunch hour, I take a break from work and walk to Sur, the old city and the heart of Amed. While walking, I pass the Lise High School at the corner of my street. Yesterday, the students were outside, laughing and talking on the corner. However, when I look at that corner I always remember the same thing: a young man who was killed on that corner in the 90s. 25 years have passed; I still see his image lying on the ground in a puddle of blood. I found myself walking towards the students to ask them, &ldquo;please don&rsquo;t walk here, someone is lying here&rdquo;. Then I stop. What am I doing? It means nothing to them. These children do not know the &#39;90s.&nbsp;</p>

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  • Mixed feelings for Turkey in U.S officialdom / Yaşar Yakiş Mixed feelings for Turkey in U.S officialdom / Yaşar Yakiş 

    After the most serious attack for decades that the Turkish army suffered on Feb. 27 in Idlib, Turkey redirected its efforts to Euro-Atlantic sources to acquire its air defense system needs.

    02:21 PM
  • What's behind Ankara's decision to lift visit ban on jailed PKK leader? / Amberin Zaman

    The Turkish government's decision to allow family visits for Abdullah Ocalan may be linked to Ankara's ongoing operation in northwest Syria.

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    As fighting in Syria’s rebel bastion of Idlib rages on, fueled by a Turkish thrust to reverse government gains, a less palpable but related struggle is under way to the north, where the Syrian Kurds are weighing their options on how to wrestle back Turkish-controlled Afrin.

    12:00 AM
  • The truth about Turkey's role in Syria / David PhilipsThe truth about Turkey's role in Syria / David Philips

    Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan asked NATO to exercise its mutual defense agreement stipulated by Article 5 of its charter when 33 Turkish troops were killed by Russian and Syrian forces in Idlib.

    12:32 AM
  • Jailed Kurdish leader becomes literary star behind barsJailed Kurdish leader becomes literary star behind bars

    A former presidential candidate and persistent thorn in the side of Turkey's current leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, former Turkey pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Leader Selahattin Demirtas has spent more than three years in jail and faces up to 142 years more if convicted of ties to Kurdish militants, which he denies.

    07:35 PM
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