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The Short-Sighted Popularity of the Kurdish Cause

For many years, Kurds in Iraq and across the Mid­dle East said they felt abandoned. Kurdish minorities were ill-treated in many countries, with their political ambitions repressed. Continue reading


The Sieges of Syria and History

Earlier this month in Syria, a siege was broken. Rebels in Aleppo, aided by more religiously extreme elements and passively supported by humanitarians the world over, succeeded in meeting – ceremoniously shaking hands, like the Allies during the Second World War at the river Elbe in 1945 – by breaking the lines of those troops loyal to the Assad regime and its foreign backers. Continue reading