5 things you need to know to understand the Kurdish independence referendum

Today, millions of Iraqi Kurds will go to the polls to vote on whether they believe Iraqi Kurdistan should become an independent state, in a controversial referendum that could have far reaching implications for Iraq and the Middle East as a whole. Here are 5 things you need to know to understand the “Kexit”: 1. … Continue reading 5 things you need to know to understand the Kurdish independence referendum

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6 reasons why you need to visit Istanbul NOW

The number of tourists travelling to Turkey has drastically declined over the last two years. This is partly due to security concerns after a spate of terror attacks frightened many into staying away. Domestic political tensions within the country have also played a role, as the recent referendum in the country has led many to … Continue reading 6 reasons why you need to visit Istanbul NOW

Turkey’s coup a year on: How the murky events of one night changed the course of Turkish politics

“When they appear in court, let’s make them appear in uniform suits like Guantanamo.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed supporters on Friday night, marking a year since a coup attempt failed to topple his regime, leading to a brutal crackdown on opposition voices and a shift towards greater authoritarianism in Turkey. During his speech, … Continue reading Turkey’s coup a year on: How the murky events of one night changed the course of Turkish politics

6 Ways to Experience the Middle East without leaving London

You might be craving hungover falafel after a heavy weekend or perhaps looking for the perfect spa treatment to end a tough day. Or maybe you’re simply looking for a culture-filled way to spend an afternoon or an undercover shisha to take the edge off those thunderstorms forecasted… Whatever the case, Pink Jinn’s got you covered … Continue reading 6 Ways to Experience the Middle East without leaving London

Astana talks: A turning point for Syria and the region?

The snowy city of Astana has, this week, played host to the latest round of talks aimed at bringing an end to the constant human suffering that has characterised the Syrian conflict. Delegations from the Syrian regime and various armed opposition groups gathered in the Kazakhstani city for two days of negotiations, brokered by a … Continue reading Astana talks: A turning point for Syria and the region?

History Repeats Itself as the West Turns its Back on the Kurds

The Syrian conflict just got messier. Last week, Turkey belatedly joined the fight against the group calling itself ‘Islamic State’. But it also added fuel to a long-burning fire that could undermine the fight altogether. A Turkish air force plane taking off from a base in southern Turkey (image: Irish Times) Turkey launched its first … Continue reading History Repeats Itself as the West Turns its Back on the Kurds

Too Little, Too Late: How Turkey Underestimated the Syrian Conflict

Thirty two people were killed in a suicide attack orchestrated by the so-called Islamic State in the Turkish city of Suruc last Monday. For the rest of the world, the attack was merely the latest in a series of atrocities committed in the region at the hands of ISIL. For Turkey this struck a much … Continue reading Too Little, Too Late: How Turkey Underestimated the Syrian Conflict