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Syria's Kurds Divided On Syrian Opposition

Syria's Kurds Divided On Syrian Opposition | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In Syria, both the opposition and the government are courting the country's large Kurdish minority. And even though Kurds have suffered years of discrimination at the hands of the Assad regime, the...
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Kurds in Turkey Rended by War That Haunts Country

Kurds in Turkey Rended by War That Haunts Country | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Many Kurds feel caught between a guerrilla movement fighting for minority rights and local autonomy and a Turkish government that says it wants peace, but fears carving up the country.
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Turkey: Is Quake Aftermath Widening Ankara-Kurdish Rift?

Turkey: Is Quake Aftermath Widening Ankara-Kurdish Rift? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As a military helicopter roars over the Kurdish village of Gedikbulak in southeastern Turkey, a crowd of men looks up, some muttering in anger.
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Mistrust at the centre of Kurdish strife

Mistrust at the centre of Kurdish strife | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's Jonathan Head in Istanbul looks at why Kurdish PKK rebels have escalated their operations against the Turkish military in recent months.
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Rebels 'kill 24 Turkish soldiers'

At least 24 Turkish soldiers have been killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels in south-east Turkey, reports say, sparking retaliatory raids by Turkish forces.
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A New Syrian Identity For Kurds...

A New Syrian Identity For Kurds... | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The assassinated Kurdish activist and opposition leader Mishaal Tamo stood for a new Syrian identity. Kurds in Syria suddenly feel more Syrian, whereas in the past they associated Syrian identity with Arabization and Arab chauvinism.

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Ebullient Turkey ignores critics in Iran and Syria but worries about Kurds - The National

Ebullient Turkey ignores critics in Iran and Syria but worries about Kurds - The National | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ankara is unworried about upsetting the neighbours as it takes a lead in regional politics but is watching Iran and Syria closely because of concerns that they could try to stoke the flames of the Kurdish conflict inside Turkey.
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Thousands of Kurds could awaken against Syrian regime - Telegraph

Thousands of Kurds could awaken against Syrian regime  - Telegraph | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria's insurgency took a dangerous turn over the weekend after the assassination of a prominent Kurdish opposition leader heightened tension and threatened to turn a once quiescent minority against President Bashar al-Assad.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Syria says Goodbye to Mishaal!

Sympathy without support is leaving us alone to face a merciless killing machine…

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At least 50 wounded in Kurdish protest in Iraq

At least 50 wounded in Kurdish protest in Iraq | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Another peaceful protest turned violent in northern Iraq on Monday when hundreds of Kurdish protesters clashed with riot police, security officials in Sulaimaniya told CNN.
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Syrian leader seeks to calm Kurdish unrest

Syrian President Bashar Assad made new concessions Thursday to the country's minority Kurdish population after some members joined pro-democracy demonstrators, threatening to create a new flank in Assad's political crisis.
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Kurdistan comes alive

Kurdistan comes alive | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Despite its unique circumstances, Kurdistan has not been immune to the chain of protests across the middle east. Ranj Alaaldin expresses hope that the movement will help build upon, rather than set back, the region's nascent democratic institutions.
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Why Syria’s Kurds Will Determine The Fate Of The Revolution

Why Syria’s Kurds Will Determine The Fate Of The Revolution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

To ensure that Syria’s Kurds don’t abandon the opposition, the SNC needs to move fast with a number of concrete reassurances, including increased representation in all decision-making bodies and the speedy drafting of a provisional constitution that would spell out, in no uncertain terms, what the Kurds can expect in the post-Assad era. Here’s where the U.S. State Department, rather than the Turkish Foreign Ministry, ought to lead from the front.

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PKK card may exacerbate already strained ties between Syria and Turkey

PKK card may exacerbate already strained ties between Syria and Turkey | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The relations between Turkey and Syria might get even worse because of the latter’s alleged involvement in supporting the recent surge in terrorist attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
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Foreign minister tells Syria not to stir up Turkey

Foreign minister tells Syria not to stir up Turkey | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ahmet Davutoğlu has sent a stern warning to Syria’s government, telling Damascus to not even think about seeking to raise tensions in Turkey by inciting the country’s Kurdish citizens.
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Turkish troops enter northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels

Turkish troops enter northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Offensive against PKK fighters launched after 26 soldiers killed in attacks on military outposts...
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Iraq: Turks' raids on Kurds fuel war fears - UPI.com

Fighting between Turkey's Kurdish separatists and the Ankara government is escalating, raising fears a new civil war in Turkey is looming in the region.
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Assassination so far fails to unite Syria's conflicted Kurds

A Syrian saying tells us that when two Kurds meet, they form a political party. Yet in the face of the regime's crackdown, the Kurdish parties cannot get beyond their narrow loyalties.
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Assassination of Syrian Kurdish leader a ‘dangerous escalation’

Assassination of Syrian Kurdish leader a ‘dangerous escalation’ | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
An eyewitness to the killing tells Amnesty International of Mesha'al al-Tammo's death on Friday.
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Anti-Assad activists storm Syrian embassies in Europe

Anti-Assad activists storm Syrian embassies in Europe | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Assassination of Kurdish leader Meshaal al-Tammo by Syrian forces prompts protests in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna and Geneva.
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Ninety wounded in northern Iraq protests

(Reuters) - At least 90 people were wounded in a second straight day of clashes between protesters and security forces in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on Monday, police and medical sources said.
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Protests erupt in Syrian Kurdish region: activist

Protests erupt in Syrian Kurdish region: activist | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Protests against Baath Party rule erupted in Kurdish regions of eastern Syria on Friday, Kurdish activists said, a day after President Bashar al-Assad offered Syrian nationality to some Kurds. The grant of citizenship on Thursday to an unspecified number of Kurds is seen as part of a government attempt to cool resentment over nearly five decades of Baath Party rule and deflect pro-democracy protests.
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Syria Kurds support Deraa protestors on Facebook

Syria Kurds support Deraa protestors on Facebook | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria Kurds support Deraa protestors on Facebook
While Kurdish parties in Syria called upon protestors to mend fences with the government, a group of Syrian Kurdish youths started an online campaign to express solidarity with the protestors in city of Deraa.
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Iraqi Kurdistan: Time for a Rethink

Iraqi Kurdistan: Time for a Rethink | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Upon first glance, much has improved for women in northern Iraq: almost a third of parliamentarians in Iraqi Kurdistan are female. But the number of honour killings and self-immolations is still high. Mona Naggar reports from Erbil
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