Category Archives: politics

Rojava’s strategic cooperation with USA: good, bad or neither?

With the newly-launched Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) offensive aimed at pushing Daesh (Isis/Isil) out of its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, the world has seen perhaps the closest cooperation yet between the USA and armed forces from Rojava, raising the question: is such … Continue reading

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Big differences between Rojava, Assad and Daesh

Regarding questions of religion and ethnicity, there are several big differences between Daesh, the Assad regime, and Rojava. Daesh Daesh insists upon an “Islamic system” of rule (by which we should read ‘Wahhabi system’). People who don’t follow Wahhabi practices and views … Continue reading

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The 100-year-old disease plaguing the Middle East

The Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916, written at the height of the First World War, had a significant impact on the Middle East throughout the twentieth century. And it still has far-reaching consequences today – particularly for stateless ethnic groups like the Kurds. … Continue reading

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Chaos at Erdoğan’s talk in the USA (31 March)

This week I focused mainly on mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and stressing that the West is slowly losing patience with their ally’s authoritarian antics. But on the same day I published my article on Erdoğan, numerous sources spoke of chaos … Continue reading

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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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