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,”…


The Kurds’ decadeslong fight to gain a homeland

Vol. 83/No. 2 - January 14, 2019

The Donald Trump administration’s announced intention to draw down U.S. troops from Syria has been portrayed by many media outlets as an unexpected betrayal of Kurdish forces who have been the key troops in the fight to liberate areas of…


Turkish rulers threaten to attack Kurds seeking autonomy in Syria

Vol. 83/No. 1 - January 7, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spent the last few weeks repeatedly threatening to unleash a military assault on Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) that control a swathe of eastern Syria. These forces have won a measure of autonomous rule…


Sulaymaniyah students protest campus conditions

Vol. 82/No. 48 - December 24, 2018
Sulaymaniyah students protest campus conditions

SULAYMANIYAH, Kurdistan — Around 100 women at the University of Sulaymaniyah breached the college’s 5 p.m. curfew for female students Nov. 23, walking out of their dorms at 11 p.m. to protest living conditions there. The protest continued until midnight…


Kurdistan book fair marked by thirst for political discussion

Event in Erbil reflects Kurds’ fight for homeland and crisis of global imperialist order
Vol. 82/No. 43 - November 19, 2018
Thousands attended Erbil International Book Fair Oct. 10-20.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — The 13th Erbil International Book Fair showed expanding space to discuss the broadest questions of world and regional politics here. This openness is a product of the Kurdish people’s fight for their national rights and…


Thousands come to Erbil book fair in Kurdistan

Vol. 82/No. 40 - October 29, 2018

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region, Iraq — The 13th Erbil International Book Fair opened here Oct. 10, with exhibitors from some 35 countries. Titles in English are much sought after, as many young Kurds are learning the language. On display is a…


Kurds: ‘Atrocities don’t kill our quest for freedom’

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

WASHINGTON — “Thirty years ago, on March 16, 1988, Iraqi aircraft attacked the people of Halabja with chemical weapons. Children were lost in the chaos that followed, families died, and thousands more were injured by poison gas. Today, we mourn…


Kurds worldwide protest against Ankara’s assault on Afrin

Vol. 82/No. 12 - March 26, 2018

Thousands of people responded around the world to calls for protests against the Turkish government’s bombing and invasion of the Kurdish province of Afrin, in Syria, March 11 and 12. Actions took place in Rennes, France, left, and dozens of…


Protest Turkish rulers’ war against Kurds in Afrin!

Vol. 82/No. 8 - February 26, 2018
Protest Turkish rulers’ war against Kurds in Afrin!

Protests in Toronto, above, and worldwide continue against the Turkish rulers’ weekslong bombardment and invasion of the Kurdish province of Afrin in northwest Syria. Ankara’s forces and their Free Syrian Army allies continue to make little progress in the mountainous…