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Why Two New Kurdistans Are Better Than One
The Kurdish Project - 2017-02-26 22:24
For nearly a century now, the question of whether there should be an independent Kurdish state has loomed over the Middle East. The post Why Two New Kurdistans Are Better Than One appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

US Army Gen. Joseph Votel, Makes Secret Visit to Rojava
Waar Media - 2017-02-26 12:16
WAAR-DUHOK: US General Joseph Votel, the commander of the US Central Command which coordinates operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Middle East, has made an unannounced visit to Rojava (northern Syria) on Friday. In Syria, Votel met with th ...

Why two new Kurdistans are better than one / Bilal Wahab
KurdPress - 2017-02-25 01:55
For nearly a century now, the question of whether there should be an independent Kurdish state has loomed over the Middle East. The issue achieved new urgency after U.S. forces evicted Saddam Hussein from northern Iraq after the Gulf War in 1991, effectiv ...

Pentagon wants more senior-level talks with Russia on security of flights in Syria
Waar Media - 2017-02-24 12:14
WAAR-DUHOK: The US military officials want to elevate a more senior-level talks with Russia about air operations over Syria, according to Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, the top Air Force commander in the Middle East, the Washington Post wrote. “Our perspect ...

Hipsters storm Iraq's Erbil, but all in the best possible taste | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-02-23 16:30

Masrour Barzani Stresses Political Agreement on Post-IS Mosul
BAS News - 2017-02-23 15:25
Barzani and German Special Envoy for the Middle East Stability met in Erbil ERBIL — Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani received Eckhard Preveza, German Special Representative for the Middle East Stability, on Thur ...

US-backed alliance enters Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province – Kurdish military source – Middle East Monitor
Middleeastmonitor - 2017-02-23 14:39

John McCain made secret trip to Syria Kurdistan
KurdPress - 2017-02-23 08:36
U.S. Sen. John McCain secretly visited the Kurdish-held region of Syria during a trip to the Middle East last weekend to meet with United States military officials, The Wall Street Journal reported. ...

Donald Trump will design a new Middle East
Orient News - 2017-02-23 02:00

Shia, Sunni unity boosts Mideast security: minister
KurdPress - 2017-02-22 10:43
Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi says unity and cordial relations between Shia and Sunni Muslims play a key role in reinforcing security in the Middle East. ...

Iraq refutes Turkey’s sectarian allegations against Iran
KurdPress - 2017-02-22 10:43
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman has rejected as “wrong” and “unreasonable” Turkey’s recent allegations that Iran is involved in spreading sectarianism in the Middle East. ...

Iraqi Official Calls Turkey’s Recent Remarks On Iran “Unreasonable”
BAS News - 2017-02-21 22:24
LEEDS — The Spokesperson of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, Ahmad Jamal, publicly rejected Turkey’s recent allegations that Iran is involved with spreading sectarianism in the Middle East.Jamal said in a statement released on Tuesday that the remarks made by ...

Global arms trade reaches highest point since cold war era
Waar Media - 2017-02-20 16:09
WAAR-DUHOK: Middle East almost doubles weapons imports, as US and Europe remain the main suppliers and China joins top-tier exporters The global transfer of major weapons systems rose over the past five years to the highest volume since the end of the co ...

Russian President Envoy “Bogdanov” Arrives Baghdad
Waar Media - 2017-02-19 14:27
WAAR-DUHOK: Russian President’s Special Envoy to the Middle East Michael Bogdanov arrived in Baghdad on Sunday. The Russian president’s envoy is expected to hold talks with Iraqi officials on the latest security and military developments in Iraq as well ...

Israel's defense minister says Iran wants to undermine Saudi Arabia
Reuters - 2017-02-19 11:20
MUNICH (Reuters) - Israel's defense minister said on Sunday Iran had an ultimate objective of undermining Saudi Arabia in the Middle East and called for a dialogue with Sunni Arab states to defeat "radical" elements in the region. ...

Asya Abdullah: Turkey has no role in the Raqqa operation
ANHA - 2017-02-18 22:57
NEWS DESK – The PYD co-chair Asya Abdullah said after meetings with Russian and Kurdish officials in Moscow that no stability was possible in the Middle East without the Kurdish question being solved. Asya Abdullah criticized the exclusion of the Rojava K ...

Vilifying Syria's Kurds II: A Second Response to Roy Gutman :: Middle East Forum
Meforum - 2017-02-16 17:30

Astana II: Participants adopts document on trilateral ceasefire group
Waar Media - 2017-02-16 17:16
WAAR-DUHOK: Participants in the Syria talks in Astana II have adopted a document on a joint group of Russia, Turkey and Iran to maintain ceasefire in that country, Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for the Middle East and North Africa Ser ...

Kurdish conference takes place in Moscow
KurdPress - 2017-02-16 09:37
Representatives of Kurdish groups across the Middle East have met in Moscow on Feb. 15 to attend a conference on Kurds and their future, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

Slandering Syria's Kurds: A Response to Roy Gutman :: Middle East Forum
Meforum - 2017-02-15 23:29

Trump relaxes US policy on Middle East two-state solution
BBC - 2017-02-15 20:28
The US president also pledges a "great" Middle East peace deal, but says both sides must compromise. ...

Trump welcomes Israel's Netanyahu for Middle East talks
Reuters - 2017-02-15 07:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Wednesday, their first meeting since the inauguration and one that promises to shape the contours of Middle East policy for the years a ...

Will the US Re-enter the Precarious Middle East?
Kurdish Globe - 2017-02-13 20:27

Manbij: thousands take to streets decrying conspiracy on Ocalan
ANHA - 2017-02-13 12:26
Thousands of Manbij people have taken to streets in massive protests to decry the isolation on the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan holding the slogan” We Cannot Live Without our Leader” assuring that Ocalan has struggled for all Middle East peoples to live ...

A new American strategy in the Middle East
Orient News - 2017-02-13 02:00

Saleh Muslim” conspiracy on Ocalan targets all ME peoples”
ANHA - 2017-02-12 12:15
The Co-Chair of Democratic Union Party (PYD) Saleh Muslim stated that the conspiracy plotted against leader Ocalan does not only target him, contrarily, it also targets all Middle East peoples since his philosophy and perspectives are not restricted only ...

Kurds march for PKK leader's release in Strasbourg - Middle East - RFI
RFI - 2017-02-11 17:45

Video game sees Daesh beaten by a female Kurdish fighter – Middle East Monitor
Middleeastmonitor - 2017-02-10 19:13

Iran Against Division of Iraq: Official
BAS News - 2017-02-06 01:41
LEEDS — A senior adviser to the supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ali Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, said that any possible threat to Iraq's security and territorial integrity would affect the Middle East in general. The Iranian official who spoke ...

Call for Papers: Narratives of Struggle – Maintaining and Preserving Kurdish Cultural Heritage
Kurdish Studies Network - 2017-02-05 23:09
The Kurdish Studies Association (KSA) announces a call for papers for the November 2017 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) meeting to be held in Washington DC, November 18-21, 2017. Narratives of Struggle: Maintaining and Preserving Kurdish Cultural H ...

The vicious cycle of America’s blunders in the Middle East
Orient News - 2017-02-05 02:04

Iran is world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism, US says
BBC - 2017-02-04 15:22
But Defence Secretary James Mattis says he sees no need to increase US troops in the Middle East. ...

Kurdish group heads to US in hope of support from Trump | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-02-02 17:28

Its Snowing; Kurdish ‘Environment Keepers’ Have not Forgotten Starving Birds
BAS News - 2017-02-02 03:22
LODZ — Kurds, known as the most secular and peaceful nation at the center of a war-torn Middle East, are also famous for their strong spiritual relation with nature. Surrounded by fascinating mountainous areas stretching to moorlands and forests, they ha ...

Obama’s administration made the “Muslim ban” possible and the media won’t tell you
Seth Frantzman - 2017-02-01 03:22
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN I was outraged by the ban on refugees from war-torn countries in the Middle East. I’ve covered refugees fleeing war in Iraq and Syria over the […] ...

Kurdish Unity Determines External Behaviour: Marianna Charountaki
BAS News - 2017-01-31 19:52
With the recent developments and rapid political transitions in the Middle East, the relations between international and regional powers seem to be the key for a solution to the future of people in the region. Concerning the role of Kurds and their influ ...

Turkish municipalities ban movie by Kurdish ‘traitor’ director | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-01-31 17:34

Kurds in Middle East Hope Trump Will Change US Policy - The Media Line
Themedialine - 2017-01-31 17:34

The Case for a Kurdish State in the Middle East
Gatestoneinstitute - 2017-01-27 10:59

US military aid is fueling big ambitions for Syria's leftist Kurdish militia - Middle East - Stripes
Stripes - 2017-01-22 00:53

Turkish prosecutor demands lengthy sentences for pro-Kurdish leaders | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-01-19 09:54

Iran, Saudi can cooperate to end Middle East crises: Zarif
KurdPress - 2017-01-19 06:30
Iran and Saudi Arabia can work together to help end regional conflicts, but Riyadh needs to see the realities on the ground before relations between the two countries could go back to normal, the Iranian foreign minister says. ...

Biden, Barzani discuss US-Kurdistan relations in Davos
Rûdaw - 2017-01-17 19:53
Barzani discussed the fight against ISIS, Washington-Erbil relations and the Middle East's ongoing dynamics with Biden ...

UKH to hold annual conference about Kurds, Middle East
Kurdistan24 - 2017-01-17 16:38
University of Kurdistan - Hewler (UKH) conference flyer. (Photo: UKH) ...

What the future holds for the Middle East
Orient News - 2017-01-17 02:02

'Intelligence organisation' involved in nightclub attack: Turkey deputy PM | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-01-16 21:47

After ISIS, YPJ will continue fighting patriarchal oppressive attitudes in Middle East: Hanna Bohman
Kurdish Question - 2017-01-15 04:34
After ISIS, YPJ will continue fighting patriarchal oppressive attitudes in Middle East: Hanna Bohman ...

A walk through Aleppo
BBC - 2017-01-15 02:50
The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen shares his images - and thoughts - from a journey through ruins of Syria's Aleppo. ...

Turkey agrees to help Gaza with electricity crisis - Middle East - News -
Israelnationalnews - 2017-01-15 02:27

Iranian, Russian official to discuss Syria developments
KurdPress - 2017-01-14 08:51
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari and Russian Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and North Africa Mikhail Bogdanov are expected to discuss latest developments in the Middle East including Syria ...

Student translates literature into Kurdish to celebrate native language | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-01-14 02:08

The Middle East under Trump
Orient News - 2017-01-14 02:07

EU unlocks €200M for Syrian refugees in Turkey – Middle East Monitor
Middleeastmonitor - 2017-01-13 02:25

Ariel Cohen, Energy and Russia Expert & Alex Vatanka, Middle East and Iran Expert - The Axis
Orient News - 2017-01-13 02:05

Iraqi Kurdistan: The Next Middle Eastern Tragedy?
House of Kurds - 2017-01-12 17:47
An (unfortunately) popular conversation topic in Washington nowadays is what the next crisis in the Middle East will be. It has been more-or-less determined that Assad will “win” the Syrian war, ISIS is beginning to fade into the background and—aside from ...

US tweet riles Turkey over Kurdish fighters, Middle East News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
Straitstimes - 2017-01-12 13:28

Iraqi VP Maliki lashes out at Kurds, Saudis and Israel
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
TEHRAN,— Iraqi Vice President Nuri Maliki Nuri al-Maliki has attacked Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, Israel and Saudi Arabia at a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday, accusing them of land-grabbing, terrorism and danger to Middle East stability. Speaking of ...

Untying the Knots of Religious Diversity in Iraqi Kurdistan: Deploying Pluralism against Barbarism
E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
Centre For Religious Pluralism In The Middle East | Ekurd.net Executive Summary § Beside the threat of ISIS, Iraqi Kurdistan is facing deep political and economic crisis that have negative implications on religious pluralism, particularly, in the face of ...

How Should the New U.S. President Play the "Kurdish Card" in the Middle East?
Washingtoninstitute - 2017-01-10 23:08
Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the United States administration divided the world conceptually into good and evil blocs, with most of the evil blocs located in the Middle East. Pushing al-Qaeda out, toppling the Taliban in Afghanistan, and ...

ANALYSIS: 'The victims of Syrian ceasefire are the Kurds' | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-01-10 16:08

20 killed in blast in Syrian town near Turkey – Middle East Monitor
Middleeastmonitor - 2017-01-07 13:59

Kurdish-Arab forces seize strategic Syria citadel from IS | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-01-07 10:08

Turkey turning over a new leaf with Syria | Middle East | DW.COM | 06.01.2017
DW - 2017-01-07 03:35

Turkey and IS: Populism and the manipulation of terror has killed geopolitics | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-01-07 00:49

US Congress plans to tighten sanctions on Iran
Rojikurd - 2017-01-06 00:08
The US Congress plans to tighten sanctions on Iran, focusing on Tehran’s role in supporting terrorism in the Middle East and their missile program, as well as the reports of the human rights violations taking place in the country. According to the Turkey’ ...

Balanche: Kurds may be the victim of the Russian-Turkish cooperation
ANF/English - 2017-01-05 12:36
Middle East expert Fabrice Balanche underlined that there is a risk that the Kurds may be the victim as a result of Turkish-Russian cooperation. ...

Iraq Kurds close down Yazidi aid organisation – Middle East Monitor
Middleeastmonitor - 2017-01-04 13:55

Can Turkey and Russia push back Iran in Syria? | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-01-04 02:09

Turkey's Misdiagnosed Kurdish Problem :: Middle East Forum
Meforum - 2017-01-03 10:33

Turkey hunts for nightclub attacker, IS link seen | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2017-01-02 10:14

The Observer view on the prospects for 2017 | Observer editorial
The Guardian - 2017-01-01 03:46
Europe, Trump, the Middle East… a year of uncertaintiesIt is the conceit of every generation to believe that its experience is unique. This is partly because it fails to understand the lessons of history and partly because it has no idea what the future h ...

Turkey rejects Kurds taking part in Syria talks – Middle East Monitor
Middleeastmonitor - 2016-12-31 15:23

Iranian Kurds Join the Fight :: Middle East Forum
Meforum - 2016-12-31 14:28

Guerrillas: 2017 will be the year of Kurdish people's freedom
ANF/English - 2016-12-31 12:03
HPG and YJA Star guerrillas underlined that 2017 will be the year of freedom for the Kurdish people, Öcalan and the peoples in the Middle East. ...

Saleh Muslim: Kurds should not repeat past faults, take advantage of new balances
ANHA - 2016-12-29 14:27
Saleh Muslim the co-chair of the Democratic Union Party called Kurds to take advantage of the changes taking place in the middle east by standing together, and considered that parties handicapping holding a Kurdistan national conference will not be tolera ...

One Click at a Time: The Change Agents of the Middle East
Foreign Policy Research Institute - 2016-12-27 13:43
The Arabic-speaking world, extending from Morocco in the east to Oman in the west, is changing rapidly. The Arab Spring was but the first chapter of this change. Despite ongoing violence in Syria, Libya, and elsewhere, in much of the Arab world the most p ...

Water level rises in Orumiyeh Lake
KurdPress - 2016-12-26 11:32
Water level of Iran's Orumiyeh Lake, the largest in the Middle East region, has risen by about 33 centimeters compared with the same time in the preceding year, secretary of the headquarters in charge of activities to save the lake Farhad Sarkhosh announ ...

How the Turkish army and Kurdish fighters reduced this town to ruins | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2016-12-26 08:30

Bombs Kill Seven Near Iranian Kurdish Party Headquarters in Iraq
The Kurdish Project - 2016-12-25 00:15
The following article was originally published in Middle East Eye on December 20, 2016. Seven people were killed in a double bomb attack on Tuesday near the headquarters of an Iranian Kurdish opposition party, in a rare assault in Iraq’s relatively secure ...

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Eyes of a Close Ally
E-Kurd - 2016-12-24 12:50
Chiman Salih | Exclusive to Ekurd.net The United States’ foreign policy is crucial and the subject of continuous debate in the Middle East generally but especially for the Kurds because they have been frustrated by other powers for decades. Nevertheless, ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – December 16, 2016
E-Kurd - 2016-12-24 12:50
Kurdish PUK official: Economic crisis transferred from U.S. to Middle East Duhok: The economic crisis has been transferred from the United States to the Middle East including Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, a Kurdish official said on Friday. Head of the Patrioti ...

What next for Syria, its allies and foes after fall of Aleppo?
The Guardian - 2016-12-18 04:33
Assad’s regime remains weak, his backers are already falling out and western influence in the Middle East is at a low ebbWhile US and European politicians wring their hands and indulge in recriminations over the fall of Aleppo, Russia, Iran and Bashar al- ...

The Observer view on the Middle East and Vladimir Putin | Observer editorial
The Guardian - 2016-12-18 04:33
The west seems impotent in the face of Russia’s cynical exploitation of the catastrophe that is SyriaSay what you like about Barack Obama, but he has a way with words. At his final White House press conference on Friday, the president eloquently summarise ...

Kurdistan Region ‘only entity’ to witness changes soon: Dlawer Alaadin
Waar Media - 2016-12-16 18:08
Waar, Duhok: The Founding President of the Middle East Research Institute said the Kurdistan Region was the only territory that had the chance to head for independence. Talking during ‘Independence of Kurdistan: Challenges and Opportunities’ conference in ...

Irish backpacker friends find themselves on the front line in IRAQ after a boozy night out with a Canadian soldier
Dailymail - 2016-12-15 10:16
Craig Reynolds, 24, and William Meara, 26, from Dublin, Ireland, had been in the Middle East for several weeks before they made friends with a Kurdish fighters battling ISIS. ...

The Middle East in disarray
Orient News - 2016-12-15 02:04

Newcomer Kitchen: how Syrian refugees took over a Toronto restaurant – video
The Guardian - 2016-12-13 02:13
When Canada pledged to take 25,000 refugees fleeing war in the Middle East, one restaurateur in Toronto opened his doors, giving a group of Syrian women the opportunity to cook for the community, spread the wealth of their home country’s cuisines – and fi ...

Blast near Istanbul soccer stadium wounds 20, many riot police | Middle East Eye
Middleeasteye - 2016-12-10 22:53

PYD's Muslim proposes Rojava model against Sykes-Picot
ANF/English - 2016-12-10 12:39
Speaking at the conference titled “Kurdish Project in the Middle East 100 Years After the Sykes-Picot” at French Senate, PYD Co-chair Salih Müslim proposed the Rojava model against the Sykes-Picot model. ...

U.S., Turkey and Iran pressuring KDP to postpone independence referendum, expert tells Kurdpress
KurdPress - 2016-12-10 09:28
Within its effort to shed light on different Kurdish issues in the Middle East through talking to experts in Kurdish issue, Kurdpress discussed the latest regional developments related to the issue with David Romano, a political science expert in U.S. Mi ...

Human Rights Day under the heavy shadow of the lack of rights
Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2016-12-10 01:40
While the principles of human rights violations in various parts of the world and the Middle East, and especially in Turkey, Iran and Iraq and Syria is continuing strongly, and while most of northern and West Kurdistan almost war-torn and ravaged cities a ...

Israeli Defense Minister: Iraq, Syria should be divided
Waar Media - 2016-12-08 19:31
Waar, Duhok: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the division of Iraq and Syria was the only solution to the conflicts of the Middle East. Lieberman said the current instability in the Middle East was a “historic earthquake” especially in Iraq ...

Phillips: Only solution is Kurds’ right to self determination
ANF/English - 2016-12-08 17:41
The second session of the Kurdish Conference continued under the title “Lines in the Sand: The Historical Development of the Kurdish Issue and the Sykes-Picot”. The situation of Kurds in the Middle East was discussed in this session. ...

Iran and Turkey are Dragging Kurds Into Their Cold War in the Middle East
Kurdistantribune - 2016-12-07 11:48

Iranian, Russian officials to discuss humanitarian crisis in Syria
KurdPress - 2016-12-05 09:16
Russian and Iranian deputy foreign ministers will review the humanitarian crisis and the latest developments in Syria and Middle East as well as the regional and international issues in Tehran tomorrow. ...

A Turning Point for Kurds Across the Middle East
Kurdish Question - 2016-12-05 00:42
A Turning Point for Kurds Across the Middle East ...

Trumptonian self-interest and the Middle East
Rûdaw - 2016-12-03 00:04
Trump favours a business approach to foreign policy ...

Gathering urges Tehran-Ankara regional collaboration
KurdPress - 2016-12-02 04:57
Several Iranian and Turkish officials attended the Iran-Turkey round table discussions on modern Middle East here on Wednesday. ...

Gathering urges Tehran-Ankara regional collaboration
KurdPress - 2016-12-01 11:30
Several Iranian and Turkish officials attended the Iran-Turkey round table discussions on modern Middle East here on Wednesday. ...

Kurdish PYD leader says Turkey’s warrant to limit his travels to Europe
E-Kurd - 2016-12-01 09:59
BRUSSELS,— The co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Salih Muslim, said Turkey’s arrest warrant issued on Tuesday will limit his travel to Europe. Muslim, in an interview with Middle East Eye said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo ...

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