Workers, vendors in Kurdish Iraq fight for right to work

Vol. 84/No. 17 - May 4, 2020

Mechanics and vendors held protests in Erbil, above, and Duhok April 18 against a government lockdown across the Kurdistan region of Iraq. They called on the government to allow them to reopen their garages and shops after a month of…


Ankara hands off Kurds in Syria! US out of Mideast!

Vol. 83/No. 39 - October 28, 2019

  The capitalist rulers in Turkey and Islamist Syrian forces they arm and control launched airstrikes, artillery bombardments and a ground invasion of northeastern Syria Oct. 9, targeting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces there. Their goal is to weaken the…


Halt Ankara’s assault against the Kurds in north Syria!

Vol. 83/No. 38 - October 21, 2019

Aiming to deal blows to the Kurdish peoples’ struggle for national rights, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has begun airstrikes on the Kurdish-controlled region of northeastern Syria. President Donald Trump announced Oct. 6 the withdrawal of some U.S. troops in…


Kurdistan union leader: Workers faced years of tyranny, war

Vol. 83/No. 19 - May 13, 2019
Participants in April 4 meeting in Erbil of Kurdistan United Workers’ Union and leaders of Socialist Workers Party of U.S. and Communist Leagues of U.K. and Canada. Standing from left: Hangaw Abdullah Khan, KUWU president; Steve Clark, SWP; Steve Penner, CL, Canada; Maghdeed Ahmed, Erbil branch, KUWU; Osborne Hart, Alyson Kennedy, SWP 2016 candidates for vice president and president; Nazem Qoda, Iraqi Communist Party; Saber Othman, KUWU executive board; Ögmundur Jónsson, CL, U.K.; Omar Ismaail, Erbil branch, KUWU. Front row from left: Houree Toufeq and Abed Al Qader Ahmed, KUWU executive board.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — “Workers here have faced decades of tyranny, war and terrorism,” Hangaw Abdullah Khan, president of the Kurdistan United Workers’ Union (KUWU), said at an April 4 meeting with a delegation of leaders of the Socialist…



Kurdistan event discusses way forward for working people

Vol. 83/No. 18 - May 6, 2019
Below, panel at meeting in Ainkawa, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, sponsored by Kurdistan Communist Party. From left, chair Hiwa Omar, Kurdistan Communist Party Political Bureau; Ögmundur Jónsson, Communist League in the United Kingdom; Steve Clark, Socialist Workers Party in the United States; translator Jihad Kamal (Rosty); Osborne Hart and Alyson Kennedy, 2016 Socialist Workers Party candidates for vice president and president of U.S. Abpve, some of the more than 100 participants.

AINKAWA, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — More than 100 people attended a meeting here April 6 sponsored by the Kurdistan Communist Party to hear talks and discuss politics with leaders of the Socialist Workers Party in the U.S. and the Communist…


Erbil book fair draws thousands, reflects Kurdish gains

Vol. 83/No. 16 - April 22, 2019

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — The 10-day-long 14th Erbil International Book Fair opened here April 3, attracting tens of thousands of people seeking novels, poetry and books on science and technology, religion and philosophy, social sciences and politics. The annual…



Kurdistan debate on road to women’s emancipation

Vol. 83/No. 15 - April 15, 2019

SULAYMANIYAH, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — Sixty people turned out here Mar. 30 for a lively discussion and debate on the struggle for women’s emancipation, hosted by two local youth groups, Tema and Nova. Alyson Kennedy, the 2016 Socialist Workers Party’s…


Kurdish protesters push back against Sulaymaniyah censors

Vol. 83/No. 6 - February 11, 2019
Students at Institute of Fine Arts in Sulaymaniyah, in Kurdistan region in Iraq, joined Cinema Salim to protest censorship barring showing of film about government attacks against Kurdish struggle for self-determination in Turkey. Placard says, “Freedom for Cinema Salim.”

SULAYMANIYAH, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — In a blow to artistic freedom, Cinema Salim was closed down by security forces here Jan. 8. The censorship was aimed at preventing the theater from screening the short film “Three Days in 10 Years,”…