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Roboski: Murdered for the Crime of Being Impoverished Kurds

On December 28, 2011, the Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink was in Istanbul when the Turkish army massacred members of a Kurdish convoy transporting goods between Turkey and Iraq. Witness reports revealed during the investigation that it occured with the knowledge of the authorities. The government of northern Kurdistan made sure that people remained absorbed in […]

Jin, Jiyan, Azadi and Confederalist Feminism

By Rojin Mukriyan  Jin, Jiyan, Azadî (woman, life, freedom), a Kurdish slogan, is the leading motto for a revolutionary movement in Iran since September 16, 2022. It was triggered by the killing of Jîna Aminî at the hands of the infamously brutal ‘morality’ police. Since then, men and women have been chanting Jin, Jiyan, Azadî […]

Women’s Rights in the KRG: An Interview with Karwan Jamal Tahir

By Dr. Shilan Fuad Hussain With a women’s-led revolution brewing in neighbouring Iran and the Kurdish women’s slogan of “Women, Life, Freedom” (Jin, Jiyan, Azadi) being shouted in Parliaments around the globe, the focus on women’s rights and equality in the Middle East has never been more prescient. In light of this, Dr. Shilan Fuad […]

The Imagination of Turkish Colonialism and the Doctrine of the “Blue…

By Ferhad Hemmi Since the far-right government, Justice and Development Party (AKP), and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Coalition has tightened its grip on the reins of the Turkish state following the failed coup, two colonial projects have clearly dominated foreign policy. First, the “Misak-ı Millî (National Oath)” document signed in 1920, which sought a partnership […]

Miley: Redefining Self-Determination in our Collective Existential Crises

The Kurdish Center for Studies (KCS) recently conducted an interview with Dr. Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Lecturer in Political Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. In the interview, Miley shares his expertise on defining “nation” and “nationalism” and elaborates on Abdullah Öcalan’s democratic nation and his reinterpretation of the concept of […]

Should the Kurds Prepare for Another Betrayal in the Iranian Revolution?

By Dr. Hawzhin Azeez The death of a Kurdish woman, Jina Mehsa Amini, on 16th of September has produced one of the most powerful uprisings in Iran to date. Jina’s murder has sparked an internal dialogue in relation to Iranian identity politics, which has also spread to an international level. As protestors spread to the […]