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10.10.2019 - Defend Rojava demo in Kreuzberg - Berlin/MontecruzFoto

As Turkey continues its assaults on Kurdish regions, the international campaign RiseUp4Rojava issues a call...

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

The Kurdish quest for freedom and independence has been long, dramatic and complicated. Here’s a potted history of the past...

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

Lorraine Mallinder gets inside the proto-petrostate of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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

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

Smuggling is necessary but dangerous work for these Kurdish boys. Many are killed every year by Iranian border patrols. Rahman Hassani/Alamy

Iran’s Kurds are suffering in silence. But for how much longer?

Turkish airstrikes in Northern Iraq are nothing new, but the recent co-ordinated air and ground assault is unprecedented,...

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

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

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

Turkey is bent on extinguishing a beacon of women’s liberation in northern Syria. But the women of Rojava are not giving up...

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

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Under the cover of Covid-19, Turkey is hammering the Kurds. Again. Should the world care? Vanessa Baird...

Turkey is restricting access to a vital life source for thousands of people in northeast Syria. A new crowdfunder is raising money for water infrastructure in the region, writes Jo Taylor from the campaign.

This article is more than one year old.

Turkey is restricting access to a vital life source for thousands of people in northeast Syria. A new crowdfunder is raising...

The entrance graffiti of the Ex-Caserma Livorno. Credit: Stefania D'Ignoti

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Stefania D’ignoti speaks to a group of volunteers met with hostility and legal persecution after returning...

This article is almost two years old.

Rahila Gupta on why Turkey is encroaching on Rojava, an autonomous democratic commune fighting on the...

This article is more than two years old.

Alessio Perrone talks to a Kurdish artist and journalist who has taken on the Turkish...

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

The reverberations of the Kurdish referendum: Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.

This article is almost four years old.

What’s next after Kurds in Iraq voted for independence? Chalaine Chang reports.

This article is almost four years old.

A word with Macer Gifford, a former currency trader who joined the Kurdish revolution.

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