Turbulent neighborhood leaves Iraq Kurds straddling lines and borders for stability above politics
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Most of Syria’s Kurds have avoided involvement in ongoing rebellion led by Sunni majority Syrians
Bombs, warplanes, defection, hunger: Syria war engulfs country including Kurds: Kurdish future in jeopardy amid population drop and destroyed social order
Internal reforms include Turkey book and literature Ban removal as democracy becoming stronger: Turkey moves on banned books and also on Kurdish conflict
Turkey in Peace Talks with Kurdish population stretching across Turkey, Iraq, Syria in center of region’s turmoil
Sectarianism rears its head but Iraq deal with Kurdish leaders would be impressive new accord
Tensions between Baghdad based government of Iraqi Shiites and Kurds threaten Iraq stability
Far-reaching government talks with Kurdish Turkey rebels could reshape Middle East power balance
Violence in the north moving closer to locations where majority Syria Kurds Increasingly Exposed
Turkey can leverage its unique history and lead region into arms of democratic world. If Turkey is to retake its place as the center of Muslim thought and power, as it has every right to do, it must stand up to the dictatorships on its borders and embrace its true allies in the democratic world.