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Turkey’s Kurdish Lifeline?

The tug-of-war between Iraq and Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, over control of the autonomous region’s oil reserves seems …

Losing Erbil

Can flight timetables tell us anything about international politics? Five nights a week, wheels go up just after midnight from …

Kurdistan Goes it Alone

Iraq’s Kurds have taken another step toward independence with the creation of a pipeline that will give them an independent …

PKK Waves Flag of Islam

Recent comments from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan puzzled groups that have long been allied with his …

War of Words

It is only a fish restaurant, but Memet gasps with surprise when he sees it. “I’ve never seen this in …

The Stateless Statesmen

The vast majority of global debate over the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq has focused on the rights …

Big Brother Erdoğan

Five years ago in Diyarbakır, a Kurdish city built on a volcanic outcrop over a bend in the River Tigris …

Three’s A Crowd

My career as a diplomatic reporter began just a couple of months before the start of the First Gulf War. …

Mr. Öçalan’s Philosophy

Across a narrow belt of land along Syria’s northern border, Kurds are staking a claim to self-determination. Where the overstretched …