Why I joined

Western volunteers on why they fight for Rojava.

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NI 526 - The Kurds - betrayed again - July, 2020
The face of Abdullah Öcalan frequently appears on banners at pro-Kurdish demonstrations around the world, like this one in Berlin.Photo: Jan Scheunert/Zuma/Alamy

Mandela of the Middle East?

Abdullah Öcalan’s journey to democratic confederalism.

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NI 526 - The Kurds - betrayed again - July, 2020
Smuggling is necessary but dangerous work for these Kurdish boys. Many are killed every year by Iranian border patrols.Photo: Rahman Hassani/Alamy

Shoot first

No mercy for Iran’s mountain smugglers.

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NI 526 - The Kurds - betrayed again - July, 2020
Locals are still not allowed back to their neighbourhood in Sur, ravaged by the Turkish army and PKK militants in 2015, then flattened by bulldozers.Photo: Sertac Kayar/Reuters

Dreaming of Sur

Longing for a return to Turkish Kurdistan’s shattered city centre.

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NI 526 - The Kurds - betrayed again - July, 2020
A shopping mall in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, displays neoliberal modernity and ruling-elite spending habits.Photo: Michael Runkel/Alamy

A shot at statehood

Lorraine Mallinder gets inside the proto-petro-state of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Women in Qamishlo, the de facto capital of Rojava, protest against a Turkish-Russian deal that threatens them and the gains of their revolution.Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

Unbowed

Turkey wants to undo the revolution in North and East Syria. But the women of Rojava are resisting, writes Dilar Dirik.

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Kurds - The Facts

Kurds - The Facts

The Kurds – the fourth-biggest ethnic group in the Middle East – are described as ‘the largest nation without a state’. (Where accurate statistics are lacking, we have gone with ‘reasonable’ estimates.)

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Kurdish Political Parties.Wikipedia.org

Who’s who and what do they stand for?

There are scores of different Kurdish political factions, parties and movements, some of which connect with each other, others that are radically and bitterly opposed. Here, in simple form, are the key players.

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Action and Information

Action and Information

Links for campaigning and more reading on Kurdistan.

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Get out! Young Kurds confront a Turkish military vehicle on patrol in northern Syria after Turkey’s invasion.Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

Betrayed again

Under the cover of Covid-19, Turkey is hammering the Kurds. Again. Should the world care? Vanessa Baird offers several good reasons why it should.

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Husna during training with her kickboxing instructor who comes from Dohuk, the nearest city to the camp.Photo: Giacomo Sini

Packing a punch

In the refugee camps of Iraqi Kurdistan, Yazidi women are using boxing to overcome the traumas of war. Report by Monir Ghaedi, photos by Giacomo Sini.

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NI 520 - The right to the city - July, 2019
Turkey: wolf at the door

Turkey: wolf at the door

The Kurdish MP has been on hunger strike since November.

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NI 518 - Building a new internationalism - March, 2019
Boycott Turkish holidays, say Kurds

Boycott Turkish holidays, say Kurds

The Kurdish freedom movement has called for a boycott of Turkish goods and services. Sarah Wood reports.

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NI 512 - Public ownership rises again - May, 2018
A portrait of Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) female leader Bese Hozat.

‘Freedom can’t be contained by a wall’

In an explosive interview to New Internationalist, the Kurdish female leader Bese Hozat opens up about peace, the party’s view on the region and the independence referendum in South Kurdistan, and accuses Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the West to have incubated Isis. By Karlos Zurutuza.

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NI 504 - The Equality Effect - July, 2017
Photo: Sudeep Lingamneni

Southern Exposure: Sudeep Lingamneni

Alice Melike Ülgezer’s Kurdish body art photographed by Sudeep Lingamneni.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016

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Building a new internationalism March, 2019
Public ownership rises again May, 2018
The Equality Effect August, 2017
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
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