Martyrs, Traitors, and Patriots: Kurdistan After the Gulf War

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Zed Books, 1996 - Political Science - 224 pages
What has happened to the Kurds since their great uprising against Saddam and the tragic exodus to the safe havens? What factors condition the course of the continuing guerilla war in Kurdistan? What policies have Turkey, Iraq and Iran pursued to deal with the Kurdish people, the largest ethnic group devoid of nationhood in the world? Can the Kurds establish their own distinct political identity, on a par with their cultural distinctiveness, or are they condemned to endless internecine conflict and tribal rivalries?

These questions are answered in depth in Sheri Laizer's new book. Informed by frequent recent visits to the frontline areas, she provides the reader with a clear analysis of Kurdish realpolitik, focussing on the political practices of the PKK and the other major Kurdish groups. The issues facing the Turkish parliament and army, the long-term strategies pursued by Iran and Iraq, and the evolution of Kurdish democratic institutions are brought to the fore.
 

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Contents

Kurdish realpolitik and the failed uprising
29
Summer of the safe haven
35
Waiting in the cold
47
s The fratricidal war
58
ft The dirty war in Turkey
72
sabotage of the enclave
109
The war of the colours
123
only a military solution
139
identity and purpose
161
The international community and the Kurdish
193
Kurdish identity in the diaspora 193 Arms to Turkey
204
Abdullah Ocalan and the December 1995 ceasefires 210
210
Index
218
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Sheri Laizer is a writer, poet, and film researcher as well as a respected authority on Kurdistan and the Kurdish struggle. Her other works include Into Kurdistan: Frontiers Under Fire (Zed Books, 1991). She is a respected authority on Kurdistan and the Kurdish struggle.

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