Monthly Archives: March 2016

Is the West running out of patience with Turkey?

In February 2016, Kurdish Question published leaked minutes from a meeting between President Erdoğan and the EU’s two top officials – Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk – which took place in November 2015. It was clear from the encounter that … Continue reading

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The PKK finally decides to respond fully to the Turkish State’s war on Kurdish Communities

In March 2016 (at an event celebrating Newroz), the Co-Chair of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey, Selahattin Demirtaş, called for peace and a return to negotiations between the ruling AKP and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). But the … Continue reading

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The Turkish State’s war on freedom and peace (March 2016 summary)

This post follows on from previous posts in February about the current Turkish regime’s warmongering politics and its crackdown on democracy and freedom of speech. At least 310 civilian deaths so far at the hands of the State The Documentation … Continue reading

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The unreasoned argument that ‘the PKK is Stalinist’ is just destructive propaganda

When giving talks about the Rojava Revolution and the context within which it has occurred, I have been questioned on one issue more often than anything else: Is the PKK a Stalinist organisation? The simple answer is no. Such a … Continue reading

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What is ‘Stalinism’? And why is it an insult?

[Note: This post aims to provide a very brief overview, rather than an in depth account of Joseph Stalin’s rule in the Soviet Union.] An authoritarian nationalist One key feature of Stalinism, said British scholar Robert Conquest in 2003, was the … Continue reading

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The Daily Fail on Cuba

The Daily Mail demonstrated once again the severe lack of depth of its reporting on 20 March when US President Barack Obama began his historic visit to Cuba. The paper called Raúl Castro the son of Fidel Castro, no doubt leaving … Continue reading

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My international articles at The Canary (Oct. 2015-Mar. 2016) reading

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Cameron on Turkey: clueless or deceptive? (VIDEO)

Is David Cameron lying to us about Turkey, or does he just have no idea? Source: Cameron on Turkey: clueless or deceptive? (VIDEO)

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Kurds condemn Istanbul bombing (19 March)

In February 2016, The Huffington Post wrote about how Turkish media bans after recent terrorist attacks have allowed the governing AKP regime to “control supporters and punish dissenters in the press”. In other words, they allow the State to control … Continue reading

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Rojava: Chapter 1C

Below, I will take a brief look at the recent histories of Yemen, Lebanon, the Gulf States, and northern African states. While there are Muslim nations to the east of India, in the former Soviet Union, and outside the northernmost … Continue reading

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