In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor in northeast Syria, Gen. Mazlum Kobane speaks on a range of issues including prospects for reviving dialogue with Turkey, US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and the impact of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani's killing in Iraq.
Historically, Syrian Kurds have been banned from owning bookstores, printing presses and television stations, however, all of this has changed with the start of the Syrian conflict, which has allowed the Kurds to have more autonomous rule over their villages and cities.
Due to the ongoing clashes between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, the UN announced that the Libyan national conference, set to take place soon, has now been postponed.
In Iraq's Kurdish region, a new generation is coming of age which has seen only two parties in power - KDP and PUK. For some of these youth, the two parties are responsible for the worsening of the economic situation in the country.
From Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad to the film "Girls of the Sun" at the Cannes Film Festival, 2018 has been a year of Kurdish women. The recently held Dahuk International Film Festival showcased Kurdish women's presence in the film industry.
Over 2,500 Libyan and non-Libyan actors participated in a conference held by the Centre For Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. The conference was organised in coordination with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and is considered the first phase of the larger Libyan National Conference.