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The Kurds: Betrayed again

While the world’s attention is on the Covid-19 pandemic, Turkey is ramping up its war against the Kurds – in Syria, in Iraq and in Turkey itself. Will the West, once again, wring its hands and do nothing to help the friends who led the fight against Islamic State?


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Syrian Kurds seek refuge in Turkey, after fleeing Islamic State  ​which for months laid siege to their hometown Kobani in 2014. Gail Orenstein/Zuma/Alamy

100 years of hope, struggle and betrayal

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Poverty is not unusual in the oil-rich semi-autonomous region.  ​This woman begs in Erbil. Ton Koene/Alamy

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Lorraine Mallinder gets inside the proto-petrostate of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Illustration by Emma Peer

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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. Sertac Kayar/Reuters

Dreaming of Sur

Five years after bombarding the historic neighbourhood of Sur, the Turkish state still wants to keep Kurdish residents out. But...
Illustration by Emma Peer

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Richard Swift on the ambiguous figure managing the WHO’s pandemic response. 
Illustration by Sarah John

Ways of belonging

Having travelled to the land of her birth as the coronavirus pandemic began to gather pace, Yewande Omotoso feels the tug of...
United Nations SDG Goals Annual Gathering, Opening Plenary on Day Two 21-23 March 2018, Photo Credit: Neil Baynes/Flickr

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The deadly neglect of India’s rural communities must end, writes Nilanjana Bhowmick.
Where we would have been: Fridays for Future activists leave placards outside the Reichstag in Berlin,  ​Germany, as an alternative climate protest. Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Alamy Live News

Temperature check

Aruna Chandrasekhar on how climate activism has kept going in a time of isolation.
Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers attends inauguration of Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina,  ​19 January 2019 by GovernmentZA is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

The lies and the liars

Nanjala Nyabola grapples with the challenge of misinformation and disinformation.
Smuggling is necessary but dangerous work for these Kurdish boys. Many are killed every year by Iranian border patrols. Rahman Hassani/Alamy

Shoot first

Iran’s Kurds are suffering in silence. But for how much longer?
The face of Abdullah Öcalan frequently appears on banners at pro-Kurdish demonstrations around the world,  ​like this one in Berlin. Jan Scheunert/Zuma/Alamy

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How did a once hardcore Marxist-Leninist and nationalist guerrilla leader come to develop a politics of participatory democracy...

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