Who are the Kurds? This short video explains what you need to know about the history of this Middle Eastern ethnic group, its state-building efforts and the conflicts surrounding it. Written and narrated by journalist Michael Petrou.
The election of a
Kurdish political party to the Turkish parliament last summer offered glimmers
of respite in a 30-year war between the government and Kurdish militants. But renewed
tension and violence have tempered any expectations of progress or peace, as Emily Feldman reports from Istanbul.
Kurdish Iraqis have long
dreamt of a state to call their own. With the support of Canadian troops, they
are now gaining ground as the fight against ISIS continues. But what would their
independence mean for the region?
Western governments emphasize
the importance of regional actors in devising a solution to Syria’s civil war,
but the interests of those involved — from the Saudi government to the Kurds — are
drastically different from our own.