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Rojava Protest: Kurdish liberation from Turkish attacks on Northern Syria

On Tuesday 15 October, people gathered around the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh to show solidarity towards Kurdish people in North-East Syria, also known as Rojava. The mainly-Kurdish group People’s Defence Units (YPG) had formed the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in 2015, in an effort to liberate North-East Syria, or Rojava, from the Islamic State […]

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Defend Rojava Demonstration: Scottish solidarity with Kurdistan

Last Sunday, the small but not insignificant Kurdish community in Edinburgh came together for the ‘Defend Rojava’ demonstration. Attendees aimed to protest Donald Trump’s removal of US troops from Syria and display their solidarity with the YPG and the Kurdistan mission as a whole. A small but vocal group formed outside the Scottish National Gallery on […]

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Kurdish independence still a distant dream

It has been almost 100 years since the Kurds were denied sovereignty at the settlements following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. Now, demands for Kurdish independence are as strong as ever, and Kurdish contributions to the fight against IS have sparked hope that a Kurdish state can emerge from the ashes of Iraq as […]