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  • Bones sent in the post: Kurdish remains are not considered human / Nurcan Baysal Bones sent in the post: Kurdish remains are not considered human / Nurcan Baysal 

     “I saw the parcel with my Agit was there. So, I took the bones and went home,” Halime Aksoy, mother to the late Agit İpek, said to the Mezopotamya News Agency recently.

    12:17 AM
  • How Turkey’s latest incursion in northeast Syria helped Syrian Kurds / David Lepeska How Turkey’s latest incursion in northeast Syria helped Syrian Kurds / David Lepeska 

    While the Kurdish political movement in Turkey has suffered considerably of late from persistent government persecution, Kurds in northeast Syria appear to have made significant gains as a result of Turkey’s recent military invasion.

    11:04 PM
  • Where is my mother tongue?*Where is my mother tongue?*

    May 15 was celebrated as Kurdish Language Day all over the world, except in Turkey.

    12:54 AM
  • Turkey targets US-backed Syrian Kurdish peace talks / Amberin Zaman Turkey targets US-backed Syrian Kurdish peace talks / Amberin Zaman

    Turkey has begun to openly signal its displeasure with US-backed peace talks between Syrian Kurdish rival groups, raising the specter of failure for the latest US attempt to fulfill what have so far proven irreconcilable goals: to pursue its partnership with the Kurds and to repair ties with its NATO ally, Ankara, which have been badly frayed because of it.

    09:30 AM
  • Turkey’s war expenditure - some things never change / Nurcan Baysal Turkey’s war expenditure - some things never change / Nurcan Baysal 

    In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Turkish government has not declared a full lockdown to protect the health of its citizens. The main reason behind this decision is the country’s economic situation. The government cannot say to its citizens: “Sit at home, just look after your health, we will pay your electricity, water and other costs during the pandemic,” because there is no money in the treasury. Everyone knows why, but we are not supposed to talk about it.

    11:47 PM
  • Islamic State prison riot underscores fragile security in northeast Syria / Elizabeth HagedornIslamic State prison riot underscores fragile security in northeast Syria / Elizabeth Hagedorn

    The issue of what to do with Islamic State prisoners in northeast Syria continues to be a nagging problem.

    09:18 AM
  • Iraq cuts federal budget from KRG, Kurds defy it as political*Iraq cuts federal budget from KRG, Kurds defy it as political*

    The Iraqi federal government cuts funds used for salaries of Kurdistan Regional Government employees; Kurds describe the move as illegal and politically motivated.

    09:34 AM
  • US delegation meets representatives of 14 Syrian Kurdish partiesUS delegation meets representatives of 14 Syrian Kurdish parties

    KurdPress sources announced a meeting has been held between a U.S. envoy and the representatives of 14 Syrian Kurdish parties in Syria Kurdistan.

    09:09 AM
  • Syrian Kurdish parties resume talks, in secretSyrian Kurdish parties resume talks, in secret

    For the first time since Oct. 28, 2019, when Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Mazlum Abdi announced an initiative to resolve inter-Kurdish differences, the Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) kick-started secret, direct talks. The initiative is seemingly designed to include all the Kurdish parties in the PYD-ruled autonomous administration in northeast Syria, paving the way for the autonomous administration to join the UN-sponsored negotiations in Geneva to end the Syrian conflict.

    08:44 AM
  • Turkey grants Kurdish militants no peace, even in death / Amberin Zaman

    In the long and devastating war between Kurdish rebels and the Turkish state, violations against the Kurdish fallen continue well past their deaths.

    08:41 AM
  • Look up to the sky, the stars are still there... / Nurcan Baysal Look up to the sky, the stars are still there... / Nurcan Baysal 

    I have a dream of establishing a school of peace in Sur, the historical and poor center of my hometown, Diyarbakır. About ten years ago, I was able to find the perfect place - a 19th century stone house, complete with a beautiful mulberry tree, which covered the entire residence. When I first saw the house, I fell in love with it. I found out later that the building belonged to an Armenian family at the start of the 20th century.

    10:08 PM
  • Turkey seeks to exploit claims to Iraqi Kurdish village / Fehim TastekinTurkey seeks to exploit claims to Iraqi Kurdish village / Fehim Tastekin

    “Brakuji” is the curse of the Kurds. The Kurdish word for fratricide is also used by Kurds to define the Iraqi-Kurdish civil war in the 1990s. The yearslong conflict between three major Kurdish actors in Iraqi Kurdistan is a black stain in Kurdish history. Today, escalating tensions among those actors over a small northern Iraqi town have revived memories of the civil war, calling to mind the oath of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s leader, Massoud Barzani: “I will never allow another Brakuji.”

    02:12 PM
  • Syria's Kurdish-led region decries lack of international support in COVID-19 fight / Amberin ZamanSyria's Kurdish-led region decries lack of international support in COVID-19 fight / Amberin Zaman

    The Kurdish-led autonomous administration in northeast Syria has formally confirmed the area’s first death from the coronavirus while also taking aim at the cynical nature of the United Nations’ modus operandi, which prioritizes relations with national governments — sometimes at the expense of human lives.

    11:42 PM
  • Turkey forgets Kurds as it tackles pandemic / Nurcan Baysal

    On the night of April 10, after the Turkish Interior Ministry announced a 48-hour lockdown across 31 provinces, residents of the country’s major cities scrambled to the markets and bakeries to stock up on essentials. But in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır, my hometown, few people were in a hurry to make last-minute purchases. This mostly likely stems from the fact that Turkey’s Kurds are used to curfews, and we have, more or less, figured out how to survive under such conditions.

    12:21 PM
  • Extended lockdown brings more burdens for Syrian Kurds / Shivan IbrahimExtended lockdown brings more burdens for Syrian Kurds / Shivan Ibrahim

    Shahla Mohieddine stands in front of her courtyard in the Assyria district of Qamishli, wearing gloves and a mask she hopes will keep her safe from the coronavirus. She shows signs of bewilderment and concern as she utters a few words on her mobile phone with her husband.

    03:00 PM
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