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The Making of a United Kurdistan

Slowly, and much to the distaste of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the possibility of a united autonomous Kurdistan stretching across the northern reaches of Syria and Iraq is emerging.

Soccer fans supporting Turkey's Fenerbahçe S.K. Photo by Kızıl Şaman, Wikipedia Commons.

The Story of Hardening Fault Lines in Turkey

Turkish soccer pitches tell the story of the country’s multiple sharpening fault lines that are exploding into political violence on the streets of Turkey’s major cities as the government fuels deep-seated political and ethnic tensions. The warning signs were long visible on the pitch: increased militarism, ethnic tensions between Kurds and Turkish nationalists, and expressions of empathy with the Islamic State (IS), the jihadist group that controls chunks of Syria and Iraq and that alongside Kurds is believed to be responsible for some of the recent bombings in Istanbul, Ankara and south-eastern Turkey.

A mosque in central Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region

The Changing Face of Islam in Kurdistan

ERBIL, Kurdistan region — “We Muslims have a lot of problems with our religion for a lot of reasons,” the words of Sanger Najim, a young man living in Erbil, echo the sentiments of a growing population in the Kurdistan region who struggle with questions about their faith.

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Iraq: Oil Abundance and Religion Instil Division and Instability

This press report of two Iraqi newspapers covers the period between 10 December 2013 and 20 December 2013. The topics regarded here used online newspapers as a source of information. The report reflects namely the main political issues being covered by Azzaman and Aswat al-Iraq newspapers showing that religion and oil abundance are main sources of conflict and division persistence. The former is a daily Iraqi newspaper, which works independently with a secular influence. The latter is an independent Iraqi news agency that reports on Iraqi affairs and covers news of political, economic, cultural, sports and security issues, as well as…
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